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EPE foam
This is expanded polythene foam (EPE). Also known as 'JiffyFoam' (as in 'JiffyBags', the padded envelopes). I've been using the stuff as lightweight sit/casualty mat for yea...

In Make Your Own Gear » Buying industrial packaging as MYOG lightweight puncture resistant ground pad with some small cushioning value...
July 03, 11:54am

re: BPA
I guess you have to ask yourself just what risk BPA might actually pose to your health*. Yes, there was a well-publicised scare a few years back, and everyone went crazy-ape bonkers about it, bu...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Silver Bullet Sapporo Bottle Stove
June 29, 9:06am

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

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