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End caps
Assuming it's standard plumbing PVC pipe, then why not use the pipe end caps that are available for this piping? PVC pipe end cap Google directs me to UK suppliers that look promising, bu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ideas needed
June 25, 11:46am

fumes & oxygen supply
I think you need to identify whether the fumes are from the Esbit tablet, or from the epoxy-phenolic lining of the Sapporo can burning off; I note the discoloration of the base of the can in the la...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Silver Bullet Sapporo Bottle Stove
June 25, 11:32am

Re: wind blocker/ heat reflector for stoves.
Many people in the US use aluminium flashing. It's 0.23mm thick(ish). You might like to have a look at my windshield tool.

In Make Your Own Gear » wind blocker/ heat reflector for stoves.
June 14, 12:20pm

re: tape loops
> Actually if using simply a loop of tape like I've done in the past, it doesn't give right where the guyline passes through as you might expect so the PET would be pointless in that cas...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
April 20, 7:09am

re: Stuff Sack Dimensions
> Start with maybe 30 inches of fabric so I can roll it down a few times and account for hems. For the width of fabric though... Well, a pack liner needs to match the internal dimensions of t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Stuff Sack Dimensions
April 19, 11:18am

washer as stress concentrator
As UM suggests, a round washer will tend to concentrate stress at the radial edge. I considered making a simple reinforcement by taking a piece of PET bottle wall, folding it in half, and then p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Tarp Tested!
April 19, 11:01am

mock vs true flat-felled seam
I'm not sure if there's actually much difference in seam loading between a mock and true flat-felled seam. After all, in both seams, there's still a line of stitches between the seam an...

In Make Your Own Gear » What type of seam do tent manufacturers use?
April 09, 11:50am

polycryo etymology?
I'd assumed the made-up name was from its use as secondary glazing; the -cryo bit referring to cold things (although we use it to do the opposite, keeping the house warmer). Then we stick on t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Bathtub!
April 02, 10:33am

re: straight stitch needle plate
> The zig zag plate has a slot for the needle to pass through, since the needle moves side to side. The straight stitch plate has a hole for the needle to pass through. Just make sure you rem...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing machine?
April 02, 10:27am

re: drooping sides
> Nice idea, but the stuff is thin. Even if the corners stand up with some sort of reinforcement, the sides will droop. That's true of almost all groundsheet materials. At least of any g...

In Make Your Own Gear » Polycro Bathtub!
March 30, 9:08am

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