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DukeHarding

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Storing bowling balls for future use....
« on: May 08, 2006, 06:39:24 AM »
What is the best way to storm NIB bowling balls for an extended period of time (3+ years) or so?

I figure it would be a good idea to keep them at 70 degrees or so, out of direct sunlight. Try to keep them away from temp. fluctuation.

Anyone have any other ideas?


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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2006, 02:49:00 PM »
Just put them in the closet at your house and they will be fine. Just don't store them in the garage..
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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2006, 02:50:55 PM »
I "storm" my balls outside, so when there're thunder storms I can charge them up with lightning strikes for future use ...

All seriousness aside (),
Keep them in a place where the temperature AND humidity do not change much. (Of course don't keep them in 120 degree nor in 30 degree temperatures.) It's large changes in both that affect almost everything from wine to bowling balls. I keep them in my basement, but not in my wine cellar! The dehumidifier runs during the Summer to keep the humidity constant. For 4 years now, I've never had a ball crack or anything else happen to it.

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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2006, 03:41:48 PM »
I would also suggest keeping them off the ground in a room with air circulation.

DukeHarding

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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2006, 04:07:26 PM »
Thanks, Guys.

Last year I checked on a few balls that I had stored in a closet.

I had a Storm Trauma ER, undrilled that split in half, sitting in the closet on a ball cup.

I do rotate my balls (sounds kind of kinky ).

I have a few EPX T1s, and am worried about them cracking (don't know why ).

I'm thinking of buying a few RAW DOOM, and Track Solution EX (if I can find them).

Would hate to find them cracked in the box.
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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2006, 05:12:16 PM »
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Thanks, Guys.

I had a Storm Trauma ER, undrilled that split in half, sitting in the closet on a ball cup.



Wonder it that's still under warrenty through Storm?  Because its undrilled, I would venture to say its a defect in workmanship and/or quality of materials...LOL

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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2006, 07:07:55 PM »
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Thanks, Guys.

I had a Storm Trauma ER, undrilled that split in half, sitting in the closet on a ball cup.



Wonder it that's still under warrenty through Storm?  Because its undrilled, I would venture to say its a defect in workmanship and/or quality of materials...LOL

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Isn't the time limit on all bowling ball waranties One Year?
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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2006, 07:53:59 PM »
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 had a Storm Trauma ER, undrilled that split in half, sitting in the closet on a ball cup.



Was that in a plastic bag?  I am thinking that (at least here in Arizona) cracking may be partly due to loss of resin due to evaporation.  Could the cover shrink because of loss of resin and then crack because the core does not shrink so the core puts pressure on the shrunken cover?  

I have had drilled balls crack sitting in a locker or in my closet but in all cases they were exposed to air, not in a plastic bag to help seal them in and had not been used in awhile (no exposure to lane oil).


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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2006, 08:14:21 PM »
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Thanks, Guys.

I had a Storm Trauma ER, undrilled that split in half, sitting in the closet on a ball cup.



Wonder it that's still under warrenty through Storm?  Because its undrilled, I would venture to say its a defect in workmanship and/or quality of materials...LOL

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Probably under warranty...also under million tons of garbage in a Chicago dump.
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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2006, 08:17:37 PM »
i just keep mine in the box/bag in my closet, i have my own stash of 10 balls undrilled.
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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2006, 08:17:40 PM »
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 had a Storm Trauma ER, undrilled that split in half, sitting in the closet on a ball cup.



Was that in a plastic bag?  I am thinking that (at least here in Arizona) cracking may be partly due to loss of resin due to evaporation.  Could the cover shrink because of loss of resin and then crack because the core does not shrink so the core puts pressure on the shrunken cover?  

I have had drilled balls crack sitting in a locker or in my closet but in all cases they were exposed to air, not in a plastic bag to help seal them in and had not been used in awhile (no exposure to lane oil).


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Wasn't in the plastic bag...So that's why the balls come in a plastic bag!
Never thought of that....makes perfect sense!
Resin gets sucked out of the ball in low humidity...coverstock shrinks, and contracts to hard on the core, and splits...sounds feasible.


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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2006, 08:37:59 PM »
So I'm not crazy?  


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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2006, 10:54:47 AM »
Now we have to keep our balls in plastic bags when we're not bowling?



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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2006, 09:36:45 AM »
Great thread! Great tips!

Thanks!

(Never thought about rotating the balls before, it's now on my monthly 'to-do-list')
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Re: Storing bowling balls for future use....
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2006, 09:54:10 AM »
Keep sunlight away, since UV light attacks the molecule chains in the coverstock material (becomes brittle and might bleach over longer periods).

Additionally, as some others suggested, try to distribute the ball's weight over a wide surface - do not use a simple ring as a stand, rather a "massive" cup which fits the ball's shape, or some soft stuff that adapts to the shape and weight of the ball.

Avoid other plastics, especially soft material, since it might react with the ball's surface (softener leaking out and being sucked up by the ball).
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