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Other toothpaste
I confess that I use travel samples for toothpaste; either a 15ml thing of Thera-Med, or sample tubes of normal toothpaste (free from your dentist, usually). e.g. Thera-Med sample http://www....

In Make Your Own Gear » You know you're having fun when...
August 21, 5:54am

ah, that's what it is...
> I resorted to stuffing them with a pillow. [breathes sigh of relief] ;-) Chaps, I think, is the closest to what you have, although I guess they're individual leggings suspended fr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Crotchless Pants
August 20, 12:03pm

Waterproof zip
This might be used to replace my suggested placket (aka flap protecting the zip). But I think your logic regarding use and the big hole at the top is probably sound; how 'waterproof' do yo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding a zip to an Event Bivy.
August 12, 10:13am

If you can add a zip...
If you are competent at sewing a zip, then I don't see any real problem. I'd probably remove any seam seal tape (warm iron and brown paper; the reverse of my OM article on repairing waterp...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding a zip to an Event Bivy.
August 11, 6:49pm

Can opener
A similar pot and lid can be created by the careful use of a side-cutting can opener, cutting the lid off below the rolled lip of the lid. The advantage of this method is that the rolled lip is ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Headache and Heartache For Opening ( tiny/small/medium/large/XL/SL) beer cans ?
July 26, 5:57am

Multiple layers trapping food residue?
I'm not too keen on the use of multiple layers of foil, since, when heating food like soup or pasta, it is very likely that food residue will become trapped between the layers. I don't lik...

In Make Your Own Gear » Nothing but just pot lip
July 26, 5:54am

EPE foam diffuser
I've used expanded polythene foam sheet & block for all sort of uses, for years, and the white, thin sheet (2-3mm) version makes a good diffuser for a headtorch. Same principle as the Mont...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make UL lantern out of headlamp?
July 24, 11:37am

folding Ti...?
In my experience, you won't get more that a few folds out of Ti foil before it fractures. If you have some Ti foil, experiment with a bit, and see how long it lasts. As for a template, sure...

In Make Your Own Gear » Anybody know of a template for the Esbit emergency stove?
July 04, 12:10pm

cat cut tent hems
A catenary cut on the hem of a tent allows the panel to be pulled taut, spreading the guying tension across the panel. So, unless the hem is so low as to be loosely hanging on the ground, I'd ...

In Make Your Own Gear » trailstar(copy): a lazy man's pitch
June 20, 11:58am

burner suggestions
I use a 'red bull' burner with an inward-facing jet ring and conic inner wall. You can see it on this thread:

In Make Your Own Gear » Stove for a Caldera Cone
May 22, 10:48am

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