Armoury

Equipment Issues - Personal Gear

Intermittent White Lights (Foil and Sabre)

This generally means that there is something not maintaining a constant connection. There are four likely problems that can cause this:
Loose Pin: Pins are made of two folded pieces of metal over a cylinder (in most cases). the two pieces of metal can flatten against the cylinder, causing the pin to sit loosely in the socket, creating the White Light. On the Piste Fix - Use a Small Flat Head Screwdriver to bend the metal away from the cylinder. Off the Piste Fix (if it is reoccurring) - replace the pin.
Loose Weapon: This will happen for Foil. Both weapons use the blade to complete the circuit, so if the Weapon is loose, the circuit will break, causing the White Light. On the Piste Fix - tighten the Weapon. Off the Piste Fix - pull the weapon apart and ensure all off the connections are clean, when putting Pistol Grip Foils back together, it might pay to ensure there is a spring washer against the nut (the added tension caused by the spring washer should eliminate the loosening of the nut from causing an issue).
Break in a Wire: The break in a wire may not not be complete, but movement of the wire could mean that the wire looses enough connection to cause the White Light. On the Piste fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste fix - have a look at the ends of the wire for any breaks. you will need to cut back the wire and reattach to the pins (as described in the Gear Maintenance section, under Body Wires).
Loose Wires: This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the wire is no longer connected correctly to the pin. On the Piste Fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste Fix - reattach the wires to the pins.

White Lights (Foil and Sabre)

This generally means that there is something not connecting. There are three likely problems that can cause this:
Break in a Wire: The break in a wire causes the White Light. On the Piste fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste fix - have a look at the ends of the wire for any breaks. You will need to cut back the wire and reattach to the pins (as described in the Gear Maintenance section, under Body Wires).
Wire Not Connected: This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the wire is no longer connected to the pin. On the Piste Fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste Fix - reattach the wires to the pins.
Weapon is Broken: This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the wire in the weapon is broken. On the Piste Fix - replace the Weapon. Off the Piste Fix - Check the wire is correctly attached to the socket, if it is and still does not work, then it is likely that the Blade will need to be rewired.

Hits Register as White Lights (Foil)

This generally means that the Crocodile Clip is not connected. There are two likely problems that can cause this:
Break in a Wire: The break in the Crocodile Clip part of the Body Wire. On the Piste fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste fix - have a look at the ends of the wire for any breaks. You will need to cut back the wire and reattach to either the pin (as described in the Gear Maintenance section, under Body Wires), or reattach to the Crocodile Clip using Solder.
Wire Not Connected: This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the wire is no longer connected to the pin or Crocodile Clip. On the Piste Fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste Fix - reattach the wire to the pin or Crocodile Clip.

Hits Do Not Register

This generally means that there is something connecting that shouldn't be for Foil and Sabre. For Epee it means that something is not connecting correctly. There are four likely problems that can cause this:
Break in a Wire: For Epee the break in a wire means the circuit will never close, thus no hits are registered. For Foil and Sabre, two wires are touching when they should not. On the Piste fix - replace the Body Wire. Off the Piste fix - For Epee, have a look at the ends of the wire for any breaks. you will need to cut back the wire and reattach to the pins (as described in the Gear Maintenance section, under Body Wires). For Foil and Sabre, have a look in the Body Wire ends to ensure that two wires are not touching (completing the circuit). this could be a break in the insulating plastic, or misplacement of the wires. You will need to place the wires correctly, or if it is a break in the insulation, you will need to cut back the wires and reattach (as described in the Gear Maintenance section, under Body Wires).
Contact Spring Not Connecting (Epee): This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the Contact Spring in the tip is not touching the contact at the end of the Blade Wires inside the barrel. On the Piste Fix - replace the Weapon. Off the Piste Fix - replace the contact spring (as described in the Gear Maintenance section, under Weapons, Epee).
Weapon is Broken: This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the wire in the weapon is broken. On the Piste Fix - replace the Weapon. Off the Piste Fix - Check the wire is correctly attached to the socket, if it is and still does not work, then it is likely that the Blade will need to be rewired as the Blade Wire/s are not insulated from the blade, or each other in the case of Epees.
Crocodile Clip not Connected (Sabre): This is similar to the Break in a Wire, but is when the Opponents Body Wire is not working correctly with the Crocodile Clip wire. On the Piste Fix - ensure your Opponents Crocodile Clip is connected to their Lame, if the problem persists, they will need to replace their Body Wire. Off the Piste Fix - your Opponent will need to fix their Body Wire.