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Tad

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Not directly health related, but looking to repair some equipment so I can get back to some more healthy habits, and thought some people here might have ideas.

We have a little weight machine in our basement. About 15 years ago we'd moved for a job for 18 months and rented out our house, and the tenants stopped paying rent and pulled a runner, leaving behind only some fleas and and the weight machine. I got rid of the fleas, moved the weight machine to the basement, and have used it sporadically since (my desires for fitness and for blob-life vary in strength, and so motivation to use the machine). It isn't great, but we had it, so I used it for what it was. It didn't look new when I inherited it (there was a tear in the padding, some signs of wear), so I have no idea how old the thing is

Last night, after realizing that I'd been in my desk chair for about 12 hours and I'd sleep better if I actually moved a few muscles, I went to use it, and it broke :( The ring on one of the cables had pulled through. I can't imagine that is an expected failure mode, and I've certainly not used the thing that hard, but I guess it had a defect, or something? Anyway, it is the sort of machine where the cables feed through a huge number of pullies, and in the end there is only like two cables and they pull against each other, so with that one break the whole thing is useless :(

The question is, is there a way for me to attach a new ring lug onto the cable strongly enough for it to stay in place?

Or if not, got some ideas for not too expensive gear I could pick up to do some resistance training in an unfinished basement? (realistically I won't do it if I have to do it around other people)
 

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Since I know you're in Ottawa, Tad, you might be able to find a more secure industrial fitting to replace that ring lug at Ottawa Fastener and Supply in Bells Corners. There are fittings that would clamp over that broken ring, and have a space at the end where the cable can either be snugged up by bolts or run through freely, depending on the original workings.

They have a website, but this sort of replacement piece is best sourced in person. Take photos and measurements of the broken part, but also of where it is supposed to fit.
 
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Thanks Nugget, I'll see if they have instructions for replacing these things.

Thanks FH, great idea. I haven't been there in years, I'm glad to hear that the place is still there

They sold me the right crimping tool after a test chamber I'd cobbled together at work lost its ground connection over a weekend and burned a bunch of FR4 (circuit board material) over a weekend, stinking up an entire building. The store I'd bought the very heavy gauge cable and lugs from hadn't had a large enough crimping tool so originally I'd improvised and I'd thought I'd made good crimps, but with the different levels of thermal expansion once heated up to 125C, apparently they'd not been as good as I thought. Got the correct tool, re-did all the crimps, and we used that things for thousands of hours more without trouble. Which is all to say, when I needed help with a connector, I should have thought of them just from my own history. Also to say that my history of cobbling things together has been less than inspirational.
 
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