Stuck 2-piece paddle? Use an air compressor!

I have a Werner Skagit 2-piece kayak paddle with a carbon shaft that seemed hopelessly stuck. I spent time researching and read about roughly two dozen different ideas to get it apart—everything from WD-40 and KY Jelly to heat guns, hot water and soap, and venting anger at Trump on the paddle and getting blistered hands, LOL.

The first idea I tried WORKED PERFECTLY: I fired up my air compressor to 150psi, stuck a cone-shaped rubber nozzle into the button hole on the paddle (I just forced the button down with the nozzle), and let it rip.

THOOP! The paddle popped right apart almost immediately!

So if you have this problem, just saying: compressed air worked for me.


That’s a good trick.