Gear problems and causes / solutions

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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Orion » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 3:10 pm

Language is more complicated and flows both ways, although not equally. "No worries" is a common expression here nowadays. I can't speak for all Americans but I don't want to see any culture subsumed by another. The differences are what makes it so interesting.

That said, I prefer "pad" to "mat".
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Lamont » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 3:49 pm

Come across in ten years, this will be the 51st state. I have worked with thousands of children aged 12 -18, (every year for the past 30).
If you want to find out what will happen next, look to the children. Again, really, nothing against you.
Point in case-the spell check on this very web-site is set to American language, when I type in color it does not underline in red, my "error", when I type in colour, my word is now underlined in red. I would be willing to bet that you didn't even notice that when you spell US on an Australian forum site that it didn't underline your error-am I right? The changes are not even subtle anymore. Flows both ways-afraid not, your mistaken. Anyway, have an awesome day. All the best.
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 4:03 pm

Orion wrote:Language is more complicated and flows both ways, although not equally. "No worries" is a common expression here nowadays. I can't speak for all Americans but I don't want to see any culture subsumed by another. The differences are what makes it so interesting.

That said, I prefer "pad" to "mat".

Vive le difference. The French have proscribed English words used in France when there are existing French words.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... sting.html
https://www.thelocal.fr/20160316/englis ... ver-before

I did not know there was a spell check on the website. Short posts can be checked quickly as I key in the comment box. Longer ones are keyed in a word processor and moved to the comment box.
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Orion » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 4:13 pm

I didn't know about a website spell check either. Where is it? The spell check I use is built into either my browser or the OS, I'm not sure which. And I'm always teaching it new words, ones that it really should already know. Since I post here I've taught it accept "colour".
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Lamont » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 4:19 pm

Lophopaps do you not notice (or does it not occur when you type in "colour") that each time you spell a word correctly, that if there is a US spelling of the same word i.e. colour, you will be told you have made an "error"?
Do you have a different system to me?
Oh, and the Frogs made that decision long ago- A CD was not allowed to be advertised as CD, it had to be Compacte Discuelle or something like that.
And it is English globally they are fighting but it is basically American English.
They just give a s----t because they understand the value of language's integral place within preservation of their culture.
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Neo » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 6:13 pm

For me, and always will be:
Mat, it's short for mattress;
Pad, it's short for padding. Something smaller that you might put under your bum (I don't have a butt!)
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 04 Jun, 2018 9:12 pm

Drifting a bit off-topic, no matter, hopefully helpful. The spell checker is part of Firefox, and may vary with the program location - see
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/ho ... ll-checker

This is an Australian dictionary
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... age-tools/
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby PepsiMax88 » Sat 07 Jul, 2018 7:59 pm

anyone know how to fix a drawstring on a sleeping bag?

Specifically the hood section, as it only goes about 90% around the sleeping bag hooded area (stops at the zipper area front and back)

I can feel the cord left in the hood has like a weird end on it, like heat shrink/thinner string and would you just need to sew the new string into the hooded ends.

hope this makes sense
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 07 Jul, 2018 8:45 pm

PepsiMax88 wrote:anyone know how to fix a drawstring on a sleeping bag?

Specifically the hood section, as it only goes about 90% around the sleeping bag hooded area (stops at the zipper area front and back)

I can feel the cord left in the hood has like a weird end on it, like heat shrink/thinner string and would you just need to sew the new string into the hooded ends.

hope this makes sense


Has the cord pulled out?
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby PepsiMax88 » Sat 07 Jul, 2018 9:50 pm

Moondog55 wrote:
PepsiMax88 wrote:....


Has the cord pulled out?


it snapped half way on one end and came fully out on the other
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Neo » Sun 08 Jul, 2018 9:45 am

I had a hem elastic come off at one end, not fully pulled out. Wriggled it back to a seam and hand stitched through the elastic cord and seam a few times. Is holding.

Sounds like you need a new piece and thread it back in, then stitch it to stay there. One of those big blunt needles may help getting it in(forgot the name)
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby north-north-west » Sun 08 Jul, 2018 11:11 am

Tapestry or carpet needle might work.

I've done this with a couple of sleeping bags. Work the far end in to the appropriate point and stitch in place. So far they've latest longer than the original attachment.
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 9:12 am

Common problem. I have had to make a small hole in the thread tunnel in order to rethread a cord but it is a small hole and once stitched back up merely a cosmetic issue. I have found good elastic a superior material for drawcords too so consider using that as a replacement.
Spotlite in the haberdashery department and a "Birch" Pinch and Pull Bodkin is what Cecile recommends as the cheapest and easiest method
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 2:38 pm

One way to thread drawstrings is to use a paperclip. Tie the cord to the end with one bend of metal so that the double end pushes through the tunnel. Make an overhand knot and leave a long tail on the free end, maybe 100 mm. This ensures that the knot stays done up. If the tunnel is non-contiguous then double the cord for about 30 mm and wrap tightly with thread and finish with several clove hitches to make it stiff enough to push. When you get to the end of the tunnel stitch the cord in place.
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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby PepsiMax88 » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 3:17 am

Lophophaps wrote:One way to thread drawstrings is to use a paperclip. Tie the cord to the end with one bend of metal so that the double end pushes through the tunnel. Make an overhand knot and leave a long tail on the free end, maybe 100 mm. This ensures that the knot stays done up. If the tunnel is non-contiguous then double the cord for about 30 mm and wrap tightly with thread and finish with several clove hitches to make it stiff enough to push. When you get to the end of the tunnel stitch the cord in place.



deeply appreciate the help with the above comments.

I might give the below a go, as then I can leave one section already in place and stitch up on one side - plus it doesnt look that difficult to do

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Re: Gear problems and causes / solutions

Postby Neo » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 4:04 pm

Just noticed my 2lt Platypus is showing fatigue at the mouth. Worst is beside the hard block, and that wrinkle half way along.
Any idea of fixes, or is it close to failure then replacement?
Not particularly old and had not been treated roughly :(
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