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Wed 23-Feb-11
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JoannaS
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Since some of you have longer memories than me, can you tell me what people used to do to keep things dry instead of using plastic bags? Plastic bags these days are biodegradable which is a proper nuisance when you want to keep items of clothing dry or something like that.cheers

Wed 23-Feb-11
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wave  I remember things always being rather damp duing the war. Clothes & bedlinen had to be dried offf again before use........everything felt cold & clammy, a bit like they do while camping. Clothes were always hanging on clothes horses in front of open fires or ovens.

As to nowadays & the bio-degradeable plastic bags you can buy special zipped plastic storage bags to keep out the moths etc. They come in all sizes & qualities. Would they help Joanna...?

 

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Thu 24-Feb-11
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That could be the answer Hattie although what we really need is a bag we can carry that won't let the contents get wet. roll_eyes

Fri 25-Feb-11
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JoannaS said:

That could be the answer Hattie although what we really need is a bag we can carry that won't let the contents get wet. roll_eyes


 Hi Joanna,

Sorry, I misunderstood, I thought you meant storage indoors. I had a look at canoeing sites for bags to keep things dry & came across these......>>

http://www.brighton-canoes.co.uk/productpages/equi.....y-bags.htm

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/COMPRESSION-DRY-SACK-BAG-SMA.....53e3f1a02a

Hope this helps, but I still maybe on the wrong track........whistle  whistle

PS. both companies deliver only to the UK but maybe there are equivalent suppliers nearer to you or someone here could send send it on to you from the UK.

***As to the question about waterproofing in the past, they used oil on canvas-like fabirics.....a bit like Barbour coats. A nasty messy buisness.....I once helped someone re-proof a very old canvass tent which was a family treasure as it had been made by her mother......!!   eeek

 

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Fri 25-Feb-11
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That's more like it Hattie and I did wonder about the waterproofed coat and tent type of stuff, wasn't sure how it was done in the past or what was used. I know that Barbour jackets are also known as wax jackets but not sure what kind of wax would have been used or how effective. I know they use different types of stuff these days.cheers

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JoannaS said:

That's more like it Hattie and I did wonder about the waterproofed coat and tent type of stuff, wasn't sure how it was done in the past or what was used. I know that Barbour jackets are also known as wax jackets but not sure what kind of wax would have been used or how effective. I know they use different types of stuff these days.cheers


Joanna,  wave
 

 

I know you can buy a refurbishing kit from Barbour for re-waterproofing your treasured garments. I have a 20+year old coat & hat; the coat I hardly wear(too heavy & smelly, but the cap I love.  

Good luck with your search  smile

 

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Lots of firms sell the waterproofing wax ,for hats and newbags probably, coat with wax and a quick nuke in the microwave works it in , coats are too big have to nick the hairdryer ((did you know they have a cutout ?)whistle 

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There's a waterproof silicone spray by Outdoor Life, not used this particular  brand but the product worked well on my camping gear

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runaway     Ah, now I think I have found some recipes for making your own waterproofing products. See if any of these fit the bill Joannna.......?!  what_the_heck

http://www.ehow.com/way_5780710_inexpensive-ways-w.....abric.html

http://www.trails.com/how_1748_waterproof-fabrics.html

 

cool I think....?   ponder

 

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They look promising Hattie, may require some local adaptation but could work. I was wondering more from the point of view of if there was no high tech stuff available what do you use? Maybe useful to know one day cheers

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Original Oilskin was cotton proofed with linseed oil  ; Sailcloth was proofed with tar.wave

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JoannaS said:

They look promising Hattie, may require some local adaptation but could work. I was wondering more from the point of view of if there was no high tech stuff available what do you use? Maybe useful to know one day cheers


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OK, Joanna. so going back to earlier times I suppose we are talking about tanned hides, specifically bark-tanned hides.

Sleuthing around I have found this......>>

http://goingferal.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/bark-ta.....echnology/

 

Ooooooh.....! There is nothing I love more than a bit of research.  I have spent my life doing it.....it's like an addiction to me.................... what_the_heck     

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runaway............OMG.......This one is even more 'squirmy'.........>>

DON'T LOOK If you have a delicate constitution.    flaming_nora

http://goingferal.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/how-to-.....a-stomach/

 

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god grief, there's self sufficiency, and then there's just going too far. Not sure I'd ever be that desperate to keep something dry,

Fri 25-Feb-11
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JoannaS said:

They look promising Hattie, may require some local adaptation but could work. I was wondering more from the point of view of if there was no high tech stuff available what do you use? Maybe useful to know one day cheers


 

I may be going a bit too low-tech here Joanna, but would a sturdy carry-all such as a sportsbag lined with a 2 dustbin liners (one inside the other) be a solution?  You can get different strengths and sizes of refuse bag quite easily over here, but I don't know if these are easy to get round your way ....?

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