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How do I tell if this single climbing rope is still safe for use?

I have always been told that if you are not sure a climbing rope is safe it is deemed unsafe and should be discarded, and many people do it in such way it can never be used for climbing anymore. You ...
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How to clean and refurbish a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife?

When mine gets too bad I use WD40 to free it up, then clean with soapy water and a brush. Mine also goes through the dishwasher sometimes, with the blades partially open. If it gets gummed up with ...
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How do I tell if this single climbing rope is still safe for use?

You should replace your rope. 5 years is a long time for a climbing rope. 6 weeks of daily use in wet conditions (especially if it's a not a dry treated rope) is a fair amount of stress for an old ...
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How to clean and refurbish a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife?

The producer offers a page of care instructions on their website (here) (PDF). The gist is: don't use a dishwasher, that might be too aggressive open and close the blade multiple times in warm water ...
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Relation of ski edge sharpening to skiing ability and snow conditions

TL;DR Don't do it. It is really easy to ruin a perfectly good pair of skis. A great way to handle ski maintenance is to wax your own skis, touch up the burrs with a fine grit diamond stone (400-grit ...
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Is is okay for a SUP-pump to get wet?

I'm assuming you have some sort of barrel pump like this one pictured? In short, it is fine but not great if it gets wet. The pump will work better and last longer if kept dry. Water will mess up the ...
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Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?

Storing tents follows the same rules as storing anything basically, with a couple of important additions: Keep away from sunlight. UV radiation will damage many materials after extended exposure, so ...
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What is the difference between a sac liner and a dry bag?

The soft dry bags aren't as good as the stiffer sort anyway. My traditional plasticised dry bag can handle long periods in the water if it's been rolled down properly, but my nylon ones eventually let ...
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How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight? Try using black nail polish on your flashlight 🔦. But make sure it is a good quality nail polish and not something from the Dollar ...
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Is it ok for my climbing shoes/chalk bag to get wet?

In addition to @Liam's fine answer: The usability of both chalk and shoes will be severely limited while wet, e.g. friction is extremely reduced and you will slip. Chalk will lump. Your shoes will be ...
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How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?

The solution on my backpack/bike helmet is a rubber band/hair tie like cord around the straps just below the buckle. In order to readjust the buckle you have to loosen the elastic cord around the ...
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How do I tell if this single climbing rope is still safe for use?

I searched for the source of the chart posted by Noah (hoping to find a somewhat better quality version) and found this excellent page How Many Years Does a Climbing Rope Last? . The article is well ...
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Cleaning the plastic residue of the inside of my old backpack

Soap / water / kitchen brush (not wire for me) + 30 minutes of listening to good music and scrubbing.
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Can or should you season titanium cookware?

Seasoning is done for two reasons, To prevent rust/corrosion. To prevent sticking. While titanium can rust, in the process it creates a layer of titanium oxide which creates a protective layer that ...
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How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?

If you've got the strap to the perfect length and want to maintain that length, you can sew a small fold in the strap, similar to what's used at the end to stop the whole strap running through. ...
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How do I tell if this single climbing rope is still safe for use?

Just have a look at one of the the countless guides out there or if you prefer visual media, have a look at one of these. Basically run down the length of the rope and check for irregularities. How ...
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Cleaning the plastic residue of the inside of my old backpack

A few thoughts. My old Gregory pack started losing its weatherproofing a few years ago, at least in part, due to mold. So, after scrapping off the old material (yes, even in the corners), I treated it ...
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Via ferrata equipment maintenance

For storing the harness, REI recommends Transport a harness in its supplied bag and always keep it away from sharp objects, ice screws, crampons, direct sunlight, corrosive substances (e.g., battery ...
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What is the difference between a sac liner and a dry bag?

Rucksack liners don't require as much sturdiness as a dry bag since they go inside a rucksack/backpack, which gives it protection and structure. As such rucksack liners weigh less than dry bags and ...
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How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

"How can I [make] it completely black?" Cover it with something black. Drawing on it with a black marker will work, but that might rub off after serious use. You could use black spray paint, but ...
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How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?

I find that simply tying a half knot below the buckle keeps it from slipping:
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How to prevent strap slippage through buckle?

Double-back your buckles as on a climbing harness? If you can weave the strap around the bars in the buckle differently, you can change the level of friction at the expense of convenience. Here's a ...
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Removing pickle smell from a tent

One important detail that should not be overlooked is how cleaning will affect waterproofing, particularly if cleaning would affect the fly or walls. Different materials with different water-repellent ...
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Is it ok for my climbing shoes/chalk bag to get wet?

Of course your outdoor equipment has no problems with getting wet. It's not getting any damage if used in rain. While wet the function of your gear may be influenced, e.g. in the case of rubber soles ...
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Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?

A key part of your question -- "...in its stuff sack..." -- is not addressed here (or in the original, duplicate question). When I bought my first high-quality back-packing tent, I was advised not to ...
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Using Gri Gri 2's Carabiner with Another Belay Device?

The reasons for this recommendation are the same as with the recommendation to never use the rock side biner of a quickdraw with a rope. In both cases there is metal-metal contact. This leads to ...
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How can I fix an airbed valve that pops open?

Stick a cork in it. Or a rubber stopper. Or a wooden dowel (wet or waxed). See what you can find you might luck out. You got me curious though and I’ve been googling. Sounds like your best bet ...
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Where can I get little durable cases you can hang on your climbing harness?

One possibility: Check out the home improvement store. Check the tool section. You can get all sorts of attachments for tool belts, including ones to carry things like a cell phone. They aren't ...
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