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Q&A How can I get oil out of my MTB disc brake pads?

I went to get something on my mountain bike checked out at the bike shop, and at the same time they told me that my brake pads were absorbing oil. Short of replacing the disc brake pads, is there ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Adjusting derailleur with bike upside down, is it ok?

I need to adjust the derailleur on my bike, I don't have a bike stand because I am on the bike trail. I have three options for pedaling while adjusting the the derailleur. Turn the bike upside dow...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A How do I clean my knife sharpener?

Pictured below is my knife sharpener. I’d like to sharpen my knives, but there’s so much metal built up on the stones that it won’t sharpen. How can I clean these off? Attempts with cloths and Q-ti...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Zenon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean rock-climbing shoes?

I have never found a good answer to this one: How do you clean rock-climbing shoes, without ruining them? Let me be more specific. I have a pair of modern leather-and-fancy-rubber climbing sho...

11 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by theJollySin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do sharpies or markers damage soft rock climbing gear?

I have been writing my initials onto the dogbones (webbing connecting biners) of my quickdraws with a sharpie (permanent marker) so I can tell them apart from everyone else's. Recently, one of my c...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moormanly‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will a down sleeping bag recover 100% after being squeezed if it's not for a long time?

It is well known that a down sleeping bag should be stored as open as possible when not in use, but that can be squeezed and compressed to a very small fraction of its size when necessary (that fea...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you repair a plastic kayak?

So roughly a month ago my other half and I brought ourselves each a SOT plastic kayak, we've been out on the water for maybe 2 hours total paddling time, but mine filled up with water. We found a ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Things to keep away from climbing ropes

There are some no brainers like don't throw your climbing rope next to car batteries in the back of your car. The effect of bug sprays containing Deet seem to be controversial. I have also heard a ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DJBunk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to wash hiking boots

I have a pair of GriSport boots. They are natural leather, with SimpaTex membrane. I use them for biking, weekend hikes and general wear in the winter in the city: salt and car oils everywhere. Th...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When to clean out old bird boxes?

We had birds (blue tits) at who work last year nested in a metal wall mounted cigarette bin, this year we provided a hand-made wooden bird box specifically designed for blue tits and then blocked u...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can oiling keep tools from rusting?

Even stainless-steel can rust, and I've seen axes and saws that were visibly rusted. I've been told that wrapping the metal parts of the tools in oiled paper will prevent this. Can oil really be u...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Henrik Hansen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I have a 50-liter backpack which I used very little and that afterwards was kept stored for more than 10 years. Today I noticed that some parts inside, I think the waterproof coating, has become ...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ouroboros‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In a boat repair, what would cause Gelcoat not to harden?

Gelcoat is available in 2 formulas, one has wax (finishing), one does not (layering). Both need to be mixed with an agent to cause it to harden. Gelcoat that is exposed to the air stays tacky, this...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to drink out of a rusty thermos?

I've got a thermos for coffee and/or water storage that I use on hikes and for bike touring since it keeps things hot for hours. However, it seems like the inside is rusting a bit. Is this safe...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to remove a tent pole cord from a pole tip?

We have lots of tent pole segments and I'd like to repair one of our poles but the cord is stuck on the inside of the tip. I had to just cut the cord just so I can work with the tip alone. Any tip...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by user56833‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I remove mildew from a tent?

Similar to this question, but mildew tends to be very resistant to removal. I sadly failed to keep my tent dry enough, and now it has a couple of mildew spots. They're not bad, but I would rather...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How and when to sharpen ice screws?

Ice screws need to be sharp to be placed into the ice, and just like anything with an edge they will get dull over time. How would one know when to sharpen an ice screw, and once they do need to b...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

I have a rather nice 1-2 person hiking tent from over 20 years ago. It's still made, with very few changes, and is a double wall design that pitches in one go. I thought it was nylon but the curren...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dealing with Sap on a Tent

Basically as the title states. I placed my tent under a tree at the weekend to give a bit of respite against the torrential rain while setting it up. Said rain has mixed with sap laden leaves (whic...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dynadin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Fixing a Jetboil igniter

The electric igniter on my jetboil has been giving me trouble. It's not completely broken, but I'll only see a spark 5 or 10% of the time. This means I don't completely trust my stove, and have t...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Felix‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are good designs for volunteer-buildable trail bridges?

We have several places on local trails maintained by volunteers where the trail crosses a small stream or ditch. In these places the stream is a bit too wide and deep to expect people to jump accr...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent metal eyelets from rusting?

I have these hiking shoes that have metal hook type of eyelets. Since I frequently go to the leech infested areas of the western ghats in India, I'm forced to use salt on my shoes to prevent leeche...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fix a leak in a fibreglass kayak?

I have got an old kayak from a friend of mine who no longer needs it. As he told me, there are 3 leaks in that Kayak, one of them is very visible being a coin-sized hole (:D). The others are pretty...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to dry paddling gloves

I currently use MEC Humboldt paddling gloves for cycling in warm/cool - windy/wet weather as they offer better protection than my thin runnning gloves and are not as hot as my winter gloves. My is...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get rid of illegal artificial paints on historical monuments?

India is known for its historical monuments and Caves are essential part of them. While among them, almost all major tourist attractions are very well conserved and looked after, unfortunately some...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Repairing a North Face Tent rain cover

I have bought a North Face RoadRunner 3 tent 10 years ago. It is a great tent, and it served me well during a 9-month trip to South America. The problem is that the transparent part of the rain ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Adam Matan‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fold rope for storage?

What is a good and easy way to fold a (50-100') rope for storage so that it resembles a caterpillar and has no loose ends getting undone? Close to the way it comes folded in a store like this at th...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Best technique to sharpen a knife using a whetstone?

I have a knife and a whetstone. One side of the whetstone is rough and the other is finely grained. I occasionally sharpen my knife but I'm not 100% clear if I'm using it correctly. I normally mov...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best way to clean and maintain a Burton Channel System snowboard?

I have been throwing around the idea of purchasing a Burton Channel System snowboard and everything sounds good except for the lack of information on maintenance. I have been unable to find much on...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by mlegge‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean vomit from camping gear?

Some background. Whilst car camping down in Weymouth recently I was unfortunate enough to encounter a stomach bug (we initially thought it was food poisoning but later realised it was a bug as my o...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What harm, if any, does epoxy paint do to rope?

I use ropes to paint Silos. We use epoxy paint which invariably contaminates the ropes. Has there been any tests on these ropes for paint contamination

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by crosser‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dropping gear: Where did the hairline/micro fracture urban legend come from?

In an answer given to this question: Micro-Fractures in Climbing Equipments, it's stated that dropping gear causing micro fractures is a persistent myth, quoting Black Diamond's statement: Q. I...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get rid of RV awning/canopy stink?

I have a camper (tow behind RV) with an awning. Every time I unroll the awning/canopy it stinks. I have scrubbed it with soapy water, and left it open to air dry several time. But it always get ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is silnylon/silpoly slippery, but silicone sealant is not?

I am seam-sealing a tent made from silpoly with silicone sealant (generic 100% silicone, couln't find any silnet around me). The fabric is very slippery, much more than regular polyester fabric or...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by njzk2‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean hiking boots

How can I clean my hiking boots after any hike I made and how can I clean them after extended use e.g. multi day hike? How can i clean them back home and on the field?

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by ibex‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does rain harm a bow

Does rain (or moisture in general) harm a modern (hunting) recurvebow (including the string)? Let's talk about a "Bear Archery Grizzly" for example. A glass laminated, wooden recurve. Crown...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What accreditations should a professional rock climbing cams reslinger have?

Rock climbing cams often have integrated slings. Like all webbing, these slings can be degraded by UV and wear out much sooner than the cam themselves. There are numerous companies that will "profe...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Need help Identifying the proper globe for an unknown propane lantern

I "inherited" a two-burner Propane lantern for which I need a globe. Besides a warning label on the section just above the brass cylinder attaching body, it only has a small number (0597) stamped ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Bryophyte 4‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you sharpen a hand chain saw?

For group hikes where we plan on having a fire, I carry a hand chain saw for dead wood. We've used ours for a while now and it is definitely getting dull. How do you sharpen this?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I get cam slings replaced?

I bought my first set of cams and I've been curious about what happens when the slings start to wear out. Are they user-replaceable? The ones I purchased seem to be very un-user-replaceable: How...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Stronger bond between GoPro mount and helmet?

I used a regular curved helmet mount for my GoPro on my recent snowboarding trip, which comes self-adhesive. At one point I fell on my back and hit the back of my helmet, the shock of which unglue...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to wash a foam helmet?

I have a Foam Helmet, made for climbing. Its kinda old and looks like it needs a wash. The Helmet is old, and so is the foam. Roughly a bit more than 3 years now. With other foam-made things that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I extend the life of waterproof leather boots?

I've got some leather boots that are showing some wear and tear. More importantly, the seam between the sole and boot is starting to crack and allow some water in. Do products like ShoeGoo or FreeS...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by BMitch‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I take care of Gore-Tex boots?

I have a pair of Gore-Tex walking boots that I have used a fair bit now and want to make sure I keep them serviceable for as long as possible. What is the best way to maintain Gore-Tex walking boot...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Phil‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How often should I wax skis?

I have a pair of skis, let's pretend I use them as much as I want to. How often should I wax them? Once a season? Every few ski days? Before or after every ski day? Both? Does it matter what kind o...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Kevin‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What refilling material or glue did you chose to resole your trekking shoes? (What works, what doesn't)

Theses shoes are still good (picture have been removed), but the small missing part of the heel makes them painful to wear. I'm looking for the most efficient way to extend my shoes life (robust, c...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by JinSnow‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A When to sharpen crampons?

When do I know that I need to sharpen my crampons? In documentaries, I have seen people filing their crampons.

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does keeping the crossbow cocked for long periods of time, (i.e. while hunting), harm the crossbow in any way?

I'm thinking about getting into bow hunting, and I'm wondering about the mechanics of crossbows. I assume that I wouldn't cock the crossbow at the time I see a target, and I also assume that I wou...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Nathaniel is protesting‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How often do I need to clean my rimfires?

When is it necessary to clean a rimfire firearm? Only after exposure to excessive moisture? Only when it begins to malfunction (for autoloaders)? With some frequency of shooting, or time, or bef...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by feetwet‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Seam tape on tent fly

I've got a Kelty Typhoon 2 tent, from the mid-1990s but still in good shape. I haven't noticed any leaking from the fly, but I'm thinking it might be time to re-seal the seams on the fly before I t...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by miken32‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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