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We carry several different types of eyelets, some that use our installer tool and others that do not.
With the aid of customer suggestions & prototypes, we have developed a quality eyelet tool that is inexpensive (free with all drum wrap orders over $100); that when used correctly, results in a crimped eyelet with “factory like” results. To our knowledge, this is the first time anything like this has been offered to the public and included w/ drum wrap.
One Eyelet Installer tool comes with 2 eyelets (over the number that comes with the wrap). Use one eyelet in the tool (without the drum) to see how the tool works and how over tightening can cause damage. You should receive a correctly assembled tool with an eyelet already in place to be crimped. Crimp an eyelet for practice (not using a drum- just crimping w/ the tool) following the below procedures. If after crimping two eyelets (not using a drum), you are not successful, call us for assistance before proceeding. For best practice results: Get a scrape piece of wood (about the same thickness of your shells), drill a hole the same size as your eyelet hole(s) (usually 7/16″) and use that piece for practice. Remember, do not install eyelets (with this tool) on your drums until you are successful with it in practice- eyelets are rather inexpensive, buying new material is not. We can always send you more eyelets for just a few dollars.
In using our eyelet tool, there is a four step procedure that must be followed precisely:
- First, take apart the tool and place the bolt through the drum’s eyelet hole- the bolt head on the inside of the drum and the threads on the outside. Then put the eyelet on the plastic sleeve with the flange of the eyelet (the part facing outside) against the stop of the plastic sleeve (see picture).
Next, slide the plastic sleeve and eyelet onto the bolt so the eyelet is in the correct position to be installed (it should look similar to the picture above). Place the steel washer, then the nut unto the bolt (like picture above) and hand tighten nut until snug.
- Use an “Allen” wrench (3/16″) on the head of the bolt (inside the drum), and a “Box End” wrench (or ratchet- 9/16″ or 15 mm) on the nut (outside of drum). Use the “Allen” wrench to keep the bolt from turning, and the “Box End” wrench (or ratchet) to force the backside of the eyelet against the taper of the bolt head to flare the eyelet. Slowly tighten the nut with the wrench/racket until the taper of the bolt head spreads backside of the eyelet out slightly. Try not to spread the eyelet too wide or the end will split or the outer flange (what the audience sees) will collapse.
- Take apart the eyelet tool and inspect the eyelet. Make sure the front of the eyelet has kept it’s original shape (or consistency) around the flange. If the eyelet is damaged at this point, remove it from the drum. It will be much easier to remove it now than after it is pressed against the shell. If desired results are obtained, put the plastic sleeve against the eyelet (as before), but this time put the bolt through the eyelet and sleeve from the front of the drum with the steel washer between the head of the bolt and the plastic sleeve.
- Next, put the nut on the bolt (inside the drum) right up against the now partially spread eyelet and hand tighten. Hold the “Allen” wrench on the bolt head (outside the drum), while slowly tightening the nut with the “Box End” wrench (or racket) on the inside of the drum. When you start to tighten, the pressure will slightly increase, then drop, then increase. Once you feel the last slight increase in pressure- stop- your done. Remove the tool and check your results.
Thank you for buying our products. If you have any problems or questions just give us a call.