Multi piece rods allow us to transport and store longer rods in our vehicles and houses. However, there are a couple of important things to remember when using them. Proper use and care will reduce the likelihood of damaging the rods, causing a loss of fishing time. Snapped rods are not always covered under warranty, particularly when it's clear it's due to incorrect use.
It's important to inspect your rod before the first use. Any damage noted at this point needs to be addressed with us so we can get you a replacement rod quickly. Check the rod for any physical signs of damage, missing or chipped guides, marks on the rod (particularly important for graphite rods) and so on.
Multi piece rods are designed to have a snug fit - however, the tapered section might not necessarily fit all the way down into the socket when brand new. Many rods are designed to wear down a tiny amount over time and simply be pushed in a little more to keep things snug.
You shouldn't need to muscle the rod together, or strain pulling it apart - either would indicate you are pushing the spigot in too far.
On the other hand, the spigot needs to be seated in far enough to be adequately supported by the lower section of the rod.
Don't lube it up!
While in many situations, a little lube can go a long way, it's not the case with multi piece fishing rods. Most are designed to be a friction fit, and putting oils or waxes on the rod will likely cause more issues than not. A wipe down at the end of the day with a cloth, along with the rest of the rod is all they need. Get the salt water off them.
If you do find the two pieces stuck together, applying a steam of cold water can help. Like many materials, rods can expand a little with heat - and if they were pushed together hard in the first place, it could be enough to cause issue. Running under cold water for a while can help shrink the material back and free up the sections.