Field expediant gear repairs

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  1. 1911srule

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    Found this article on repairing gear in the field. I like the Shoe Goo for boot repairs, works great. The paracord repair of pack straps I found useful. Please post examples of repairs you've made . I enjoy out of the box thinking on this subject. At home I have a dedicated kit for repairing packs, slings, ect. A conglomeration of various parts I cannibalized off broken stuff that gets repurposed for others. Enjoy...

    http://www.americanpartisan.org/2018/07/expedient-field-gear-repairs-or-for-want-of-a-nail/
     
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    Good info, thanks for sharing.

    I was on a fire assignment in Wyoming, one of crewmembers had a total separation of the sole on one of his logging boots. We repaired it with duct tape and he

    was able to hike down the mountain to base camp. He had to catch a ride to Cody (60 miles south) to purchase a new pair of boots that cost $220 back in 1988. :17:
     
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    Great article. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Not exactly bushcraft. But mountain biking. We wrapped the frame under the chain in electrical tape. Taking jumps the chain slaps and takes off the paint. We got a flat mid trail. Realized the patch kits were in the truck. We pryed the tire with sticks. Used salvaged tape to plug the hole. Used a mini pump and rode out. We had an hour of light left. Would have taken it all to hike out.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I used to carry some stainless “wire” in the tube of my old frame backpack. When my buddy’s pack buckled broke I used that to patch up the strap. Electrical ties would likely serve same purpose. I think the same old things we are used to using are good to carry. Duct tape, bailing wire, electrical ties and the like come to mind.

    The stainless wire was actually scrap pieces from stainless welders. The incident I mentioned probably involved needle nosed pliers, befor my first Leatherman. The old outdoor books frequently suggested needle nose.
     
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    Shoe and tent repairs:
    Permatex® Contact Cement

    Makes a tough, permanent bond on contact. Instantly bonds metal, wood, ceramic, leather, rubber and many other surfaces. Instantly bonds rubber to glass and metal. Heat and water resistant. Easy-to-use. Requires no clamping.




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    I could see that being along too for hull repair on a boat, kayak, or canoe
     
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    I carry liquid bandaid in my first aide kit - it’s crazy glue!

    And two to three wraps of duct tape around my water bottle.

    I’ve used both out in the woods fairly often.
     
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    I once fixed a buddy's pack on the AT with snare wire and duct tape. A snapped pin on an external frame.
     
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    I find Tenacious Tape to be a very valuable addition to my repair kit- tears in tents/tarps, sleeping bags/quilts, jackets, etc- weighs next to nothing too.

    I recall one repair of a torn snowshoe binding- I used some small diameter stainless wire and "sewed" the two torn pieces together, wrapped with Gorilla tape and proceeded to snowshoe 7 miles back to my truck :)

    I snapped a trekking pole this year on the Bob Marshall Open and despite several attempts, couldn't successfully repair it- too much torque on the poles evidently for the repairs to hold
     
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