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Old 23-06-2018, 03:25 PM
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Default Largest you've ever stretched a 24" beach ball with just your weight?
What's the largest you've ever stretched a 24" beach ball with just your weight? Have you ever measured? How do you measure?

I measured for the first time today. I used a measuring tape and measured pole-to-pole. I've measured the pillow end of single-chamber air mattresses before, because those are my favorite to pop, but this is the first I've measured a beach ball, though I have done a visual comparison with an unstretched ball before.

Today I got an intex 24 to 32 inches before it developed a leak. I started with a ball that held my full weight for several minutes. Figured I had good stock After I reinflated it I added weight very slowly, but got up to my full weight again! They almost never survive that. I weight almost 600. From there I used only part of my weight. I probably blew into it four more times, never inflating it very hard.

Once I felt the leak I got off of it. I'm just not into popping them once they leak. I like the pops to be unexpected.

Do you have a strategy for getting the largest stretch?
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Old 23-06-2018, 04:05 PM
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Oh, what the hell. I just laid on it with my tit over the hole and kept going. I got it to 34 inches before it developed a fast leak on a seam I wasn't protecting. The first leak was so slow I couldn't find it until I put weight on the ball. I'm still surprised that isn't where the seam split.

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Old 23-06-2018, 07:13 PM
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I got another one stretched to 34". At that size I can put as much weight as I dare on it and it doesn't stretch any more. I can barely get my fingers under the valve, even after I've had weight on it. But I got it that large without leaks, so I'm letting it rest and I'm going to see how close it recovers to its original size, which is 25". Once I've learned that, it'll be stretched again, and this time I'm going to use more weight to get past 34". I suspect it's just going to pop, though.
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I got another one stretched to 34". At that size I can put as much weight as I dare on it and it doesn't stretch any more. I can barely get my fingers under the valve, even after I've had weight on it. But I got it that large without leaks, so I'm letting it rest and I'm going to see how close it recovers to its original size, which is 25". Once I've learned that, it'll be stretched again, and this time I'm going to use more weight to get past 34". I suspect it's just going to pop, though.
Have you tried heat stretching them? Might soften it enough to squeeze a few more inches out of it, although it might just make it too weak to handle the pressure.
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Old 24-06-2018, 03:56 PM
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Have you tried heat stretching them? Might soften it enough to squeeze a few more inches out of it, although it might just make it too weak to handle the pressure.
I've gotten a 24 to 37 inches easily by heat stretching and I'm sure it could have gone larger than that, but I didn't particularly enjoy it. And they don't hold much weight at all when they are heat stretched. In fact an ordinary 36 inch ball won't hold me. The 24's are stronger.

The point of this exercise was to see how large I could get it by stretching it with my weight. I got the second ball to 34 inches before it leaked. I don't seem to be able to do more than 34 inches by weight alone.
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