>I used the handle of a fork to ‘shoe horn’ the mid-shaft skin under the top teeth. While that over-came the pinch, the fork handle was ‘vise gripped’ into the gel cushion as the Hanger was being tightened. So, that created a laceration in the cushion (on the left side. In the large padding that is right behind the glans.) <
“Shoe-horning” is probably not a good idea. You should be able to push the shaft down, as in the pinching thread, and then squeeze the head before tightening, if that is what you want to do.
>Anyway, I thought nothing of it at first. But the laceration kept creeping with each set. Last night I used I used a flexible, contact adhesive and sealant to glue the cushion to the Hanger itself (only the area under the laceration).<
Usually, if the gel tears, or continues a tear, it is because the hanger is not tight enough. Even with a small tear, the pressure from the hanger should hold everything in place and not allow any slippage which could tear the gel.
>While that sealant is very good and has worked well in other situations, I really don’t think it’s going to hold because the cushion moves a bit as the hanger is tightened.<
No, there is no type of adhesive, etc that will bond to the gel. If you find one, let me know.
>Anyway, I’m pretty sure I saw a thread where you were saying replacement cushions could be ordered. That may become a necessity, because I have a good fatigue and I want to keep pounding….. All of that having been said, how do I go about getting a new cushion? <
The gel, or soft plastic is molded to the hard plastic at 350 degrees. You will need to send it back in and let me remold it.
>But I am going to have to come up with a softer ‘shoe horn’ that won’t puncture the cushioning. Because, unless I grow a third hand, I won’t be able to use the techniques in the ‘Defeating’ thread. I use one hand to squeeze the glans to avoid pressure build-up. <
You push the shaft down, from either end of the hanger before you tighten. So, if you need to squeeze the head, just do it after pushing the shaft down. Then, quickly squeeze the hanger together with one hand while spinning the top wing nut with the other. Then, finish tightening the top wing nut.
>Or, I suppose as long as my wrap was padded enough, I could (in theory) take all the cushion out and just use the outer Hanger to hold the weight… <
You can try this before you send the hanger back for remolding. I used to use a hanger without the gel. The testers wanted the padding. You might try leaving the gel on the front of the hanger, or rather the very front thumbs.