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Why did wetting down canvas sails increase the speed of a sailing ship?

Wetting the sails down helps hold more wind by closing the gaps and making the sails stand flatter. Now the sails had to be kept wet, for a wet sail holds more of the wind than a dry one. Water had ...
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How did/does shrinking canvas effect sailing ships?

There are no similar issues with sailing ships. Sails are never designed to fit tightly within any kind of frame. To be effective they must be able to change shape and position, something that is ...
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How are canvas tents made to be fire retardant?

They are treated with chemicals to be fire retardent. Fire retardant canvas tarps are treated with substances that lessen flammability. They are not exactly resistant to flames. When fire comes in ...
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What's the best or easiest way to attach a loop tag onto canvas?

If I was going to do this, I would use a Speedy Stitcher or similar tool, to stitch the loop to the tent and then cover the stitches with a canvas seam sealer. I wouldn't trust glue as there is ...
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How can I prevent this canvas swag from sagging in the middle?

The main thing is that the outer guy-line needs to pull in a direction which pulls the top of the hoop outward effectively. Extending the guy-line in the picture farther away from the tent and closer ...
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How to get rid the mold smell in old canvas tent?

Buy pure clove oil from a health food store. It comes in small, brown glass bottles of 10-20 ml or so. Add the whole contents to a half litre spray bottle of cleaning liquid, ie detergent. Shake ...
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Install a stove jack onto a canvas tent without one

The problem with using a a stove inside a tent that is not designed for one, is that it will lack the fire retardation treatment on the canvas, and therefore be more liable to catch on fire. A: ...
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