Replacing sculling blade grips is actually very easy. Following these simple steps makes the task a cinch.
Decide whether you want to keep the old grips or not. If you don’t need them, just take a sharp knife (Stanley blade type) and cut the old grips off.
If you want to keep the old grips, perhaps for re-use on another pair of blades, then take an electrician’s screwdriver with a long thin blade and insert it between the grip and the oar handle. You will probably find you can only insert it about 100 mm. Lever up the grip away from the oar handle and squirt a small amount of WD40 (using the red spray tube that comes with the WD40), then remove the screwdriver and twist the grip. The “seal” will break quite easily and you will find the grip moves quite easily. Insert the screwdriver again, and you will find you can insert it further this time. Apply WD40 again. If necessary, perform the same process on the other side of the grip. You will find the grip is now able to be slid off the scull handle.
Make sure you now wash the old grips (if they are to be re-used) as well as the scull handle with warm soapy water to remove all traces of WD40.
Now take your new grips. You have many choices of fitting, but my preference is the first one, & I have replaced about 20 pairs this way. Fill the grip with water (if there is a hole in the end, put a finger over it). Place the blade so the spoon (cleaver) end is against a wall where it meets the ground. Place the grip (still full of water) over the end of the scull handle and then get ready for the fun bit.
Slide the grip quickly down the scull handle and it will slide very easily into place, as the water forms a cushion between grip and handle. This is great fun, and prepare to get wet as the water exits the grip at high speed, usually over your nether regions ! If the grip doesn’t seat fully, use a hose over the small hole in the end to give enough water pressure to finish the job. The water will quickly dry out and the grip will stay in place when dry.
1) Spray some of your good lady’s hair spray on to the dry scull handle, and slide the grip quickly into place. The hair spray will act as a light glue when it dries. You need to be quick with this one!
2) Smear Fairy Liquid on the first 25 mm of the grip and push them on.
3) Soak the grips in hot water for 5 minutes and push them on.