point replacement
hey guys, so i'm planning on ordering some board grip points, but as far as i know the only two ways to change points is with a point puller or a rivet gun. iv'e heard that u can use some household materials but once i tried removing with some pliers, i ended up breaking 2 points one after another... does anyone have any experience or thoughts on how to change points without a puller or a rivet gun? sorry if a similar thread already exists. cheers

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180's : over 25
2015 180's : 2
140's : lost count (well over 200)
highest out : 170
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Just have someone do it with a point puller/press. I've broken too many points trying to do home methods. You can never accurately gauge how tight a point is seated...some you can possibly get away with doing yourself but I find the majority are too tight/just snap at the barrel.
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I agree it can be done, and I have done it five or six times but I eventually broke down and bought a point changing tool. What a difference that made, much less stress and faster and easier. There are some threads on here for doing it yourself though.
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It's risky especially if you are dealing with your most precious darts. A puller that is worth $60 is a reasonable practical worthy investment. There are instructions in You Tube about replacing points using alternative methods but I am not endorsing it here in the forum as a thing for you or anyone else to try.
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I have a rivet gun. It would not work. Even with the proper fitting selected it would not grab the point. Plus, it would not install a point anyway. So, I broke a point off right at the barrel using hand tools and a vise, even though I was careful as could be. I bought a Designa re-pointer. Re-pointing is easy and quick. It only takes about 5 minutes a set. My advice, save yourself the aggravation and possibly a month of the vinegar point removal procedure and get a proper tool.
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ya, taking em out is fairly easy, but sometimes putting the new ones back in can be quite frustrating,
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I would deep six the idea of gripper points. Unless you don't mind buying new boards frequently or destroying a bars board.
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i see... i guess ill have to invest in a puller. but then again, if the gripped points destroy boards fairly easy then i might not buy them at all... thanks everyone for the answers so far, good advice from everyone.
180's : over 25
2015 180's : 2
140's : lost count (well over 200)
highest out : 170
best leg : 13 darts
darts used : 23 grams, 80% tungsten
favourite double : 20
playing darts since : 2011
favorite players : Paul Lim, Dean Winstanley and Simon Whithlock
players i hate: : Wez Newton, Brendan Dolan and more.
from : Lithuania
other intrests : working out, getting high.
music : cypress hill, psytrance and more
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Definitely buy the Designer puller it great value, if you want grippy points that do not destroy boards go for the smooth gold storms.
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From everything I've read here, if I was having issues with board grip I would definitely try scuffing my existing points or going with some smooth gold storm points.

I got some spare points with some pretty knarly barbs to em for board grip and although I haven't had to install them in any darts yet, I immediately sanded them smooth.
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Try a nail file or emry board just pull it across the points it will scuff it and give it small burr's
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