Well, before I get into the article, I promised someone I would share some news they emailed me. I received an email from someone the other day, telling about how an Denny’s told some detectives to take their side arms to their cars or leave the premises. The article can be found here. I think this is stupid and I am personally not going to a Denny’s anymore. As the email says, “…it is their right to not allow guns on their premises. However, it is our right not to frequent a place that won’t allow anyone to carry.
The computer is back up and running (thank God I am a computer tech), Angie is on the road to recovery from the flu, so maybe we can get everything back on track.
So, I was going through some items and ideas for an inexpensive Get Home Bag, using an old European military surplus canvas pack, when it occurred to me that I might want to waterproof it, just in case. That got me to thinking about ways to waterproof and then ways to make my own inexpensive homemade waterproofing solutions.
Obviously, having water repellant equipment when you are trying to get to safety or get home in bad weather) would be a good idea. It would be
The first obvious answer is to do it the way that they used to in ‘the old days’, linseed oil. This is a protectant you can pick up at the local Lowe’s or Home Depot (Lowe’s sells a quart for about 7.99 here). This is referred to as oil cloth. It was used for a long time for everything from tarps to slickers. You just liberally apply and rub it in with your hands (I am sure you can use anything to rub it down with).
A quick look on Google showed me a couple of ideas that might work, one more so than the other. Although, I think the linseed oil would be the best alternative. The first thing is the cheapest form. This was on Yahoo Answers by a guy that calls himself Mr.. Curious Rides Again. You buy a large tube of “Dimethicone, Cylomethicone or Silicone based anti-frizz hair product.” (Think Citra-shine) Buy the big one and a bottle of 99% rubbing alcohol. Mix the gel into the alcohol, a little at a time, until it is dissolved in the alcohol. Put this in a spray bottle and spray what you want protected. I don’t know how well it works, but I would be interested in finding out.
The other is a mix of 8 ounces of soyabean oil and and 4 ounces of turpentine. Mix together and brush onto whatever you are trying to protect. There are probably hundreds of other ideas out there, I’m sure. But these are a few to get you started.
Due to the amount linseed oil was (and is currently) used, I would, and am, going to go with that. The oil cloth can stand up a lot longer to any other kind of waterproofing.
If you know of any others, let me know. I would love to hear them.