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    One of my bowls has a chip about the size of a match head: can I repair this myself or do I have to go to a specialist? What substance is used to repair it?

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    With such a small chip it should be possible with a filler(are the bowls black) if so you add a touch of boot polish to the resin .I guess most players would not bother as it will not have any bearing on the running surface
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    Thanks John. The bowl is red!

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    It happens a lot when I play - (to mine and to opposition). I do fire pretty fast and play with either 5H or 7, so unfortunately, it is a regular occasion. Not done deliberately, but it isn't the impact of bowl on bowl, rather the impact when it goes into the ditch and hits something that isn't good for it. Anyway, an opponent of mine this season had two large chips taken out from one of his coloured Aeros from when I had fired and smashed his bowl into the ditch. He coped well with it, as they are expensive bowls - and went away and filled the holes with super-glue. This seems to have done the trick. Might be worth a try.

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    I'll make sure I'm playing on a different rink when you're in the opposition :-/

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    The real solution is with clubs,the ditch and bank should be constructed so as to not damage bowls,please do not tell me it cannot be done
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    Quite a lot of greens have nails that attach the back board - they often sit out proud. Also, damage can be done when the bowl bounces off the back board and hits the bottom edge of the green side, where sometimes there are concrete/stone edging blocks.At least gone are the days when there used to be immovable large pebbles in ditches! Definitely the fault of the ditch (club, for not sorting it) and just one of those things. Bats break in cricket. Strings go in tennis racquets. etc etc. Not done deliberately. I did get one of the large chips in my 7s filled at Pershore, but although it looked great and Maurice repaired it well, it didn't last long - probably fell out after firing and hitting another bowl hard. I'll see how the super-glue holds up. It did make it look pretty unnoticeable and looked a good finish.

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    Quite a lot of greens have nails that attach the back board - they often sit out proud. Also, damage can be done when the bowl bounces off the back board and hits the bottom edge of the green side, where sometimes there are concrete/stone edging blocks.At least gone are the days when there used to be immovable large pebbles in ditches! Definitely the fault of the ditch (club, for not sorting it) and just one of those things. Bats break in cricket. Strings go in tennis racquets. etc etc. Not done deliberately. I did get one of the large chips in my 7s filled at Pershore, but although it looked great and Maurice repaired it well, it didn't last long - probably fell out after firing and hitting another bowl hard. I'll see how the super-glue holds up. It did make it look pretty unnoticeable and looked a good finish.
    They are excuses for non-confirming ditches.I do not think you can compare a broken racket string,to the damage to a set of bowls.
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    It's perhaps naive (despite the requirements in the laws) to think that banks/ditches will be continually inspected to ensure that they cannot possibly cause damage - nails/screws etc can work their way loose. Damage to sports equipment is a natural hazard (that can and should be limited as far as possible, but cannot be 100% prevented). Take for example golf clubs damaged in play - I once broke the head off a wedge by trying to play my ball in an area where gorse had been cut down (but not designated as GUR or otherwise out of play): you could argue that I should have ben more cautious and taken a penalty, rather than attempt the shot, or that the course should have done more to avoid/limit the potential problem, but that really is beside the point.

    The degree of damage may vary - and there are many more examples than simply a broken racket string (although that's not as cheap/simple to have repaired as you might think; I've hardly played tennis, but did play squash when younger, and remember being surprised by the relative cost of restringing the first time it was needed) : it's the principle that damage at some point is not unlikely in even a moderately active sport (I've even damaged a chess piece when it was accidentally nudged off the table onto the floor).

    That said, you are right John - you do come across a number of greens where the banks/ditches are potential damage points right from the start of play! It shouldn't be, but it is. What are players to do? Refuse to play until everything is fixed 100% to satisfaction?

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    If a club has not provided a playing area that complies with the laws, and a bowl is subsequently damaged by a foreign object, would/should the club not have a responsibility to pay for damages to equipment?

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