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Do sharpies or markers damage soft rock climbing gear?

It's possible that it could damage the soft gear, Tests done by the UIAA Safety Commission and some rope manufacturers have shown that marking ropes with liquids such as those provided by felt-...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Putting it up in the garden sounds like a great idea, as it will let you check if: all parts are still there, everything is in working condition, you still know how to actually put it up. One ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Additionally to what April mentioned I would: Check if any of the plastic parts (if there are any) got brittle. If they did I would replace them (this should be easy if the tent is actually still ...
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Can oiling keep tools from rusting?

Ordinary vegetable oils of the type used for cooking will work but are not ideal. Over time they will gradually oxidise and may be colonised by bacteria, both of which can cause them to become acidic ...
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When to sharpen crampons?

According to Will Gadd, you should sharpen your crampons and ice tools after every use. If you spend just a minute or two after each trip–sometimes you won't even need a minute, just give them a look ...
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When to sharpen crampons?

I usually sharp my crampons when I am expecting icy conditions, that means glare ice. Especially when you go steep and need front point technique, you need to rely on those points - all your bodys ...
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In a boat repair, what would cause Gelcoat not to harden?

There are several factors that can inhibit the gelcoat from curing. There is not enough information in the review to identify the specific cause. The only specific cause mentioned is stirring, if we ...
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How to get rid of illegal artificial paints on historical monuments?

When I've had to clean spray paint from remote destinations, we've used chemical paint removers in spray bottles and scrub brushes. Do not do this on a historic site without permission from whoever ...
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What accreditations should a professional rock climbing cams reslinger have?

There is a UIAA certification for slings just as is there are for (nearly?) all critical recreational climbing gear. You should only have reslinging done by a company that produces UIAA certified ...
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How to prevent metal eyelets from rusting?

When I bought my first pair of walking boots, I was told to buy a jar of vaseline and use that on the hooks of the boots. You can apply it very precisely and it is very likely not to run off and ...
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What are these painted markings on trees for? (not trail markers)

These markings are for logging operations. The marks indicate that the trees should be removed. Note that there are also marks at the base, this is to help verify that the proper trees are removed. ...
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Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

Solution: Use Ethyl / Denatured Alcohol to dissolve it off. I've used this solution on two bags now and it had worked amazingly. Bag 1 - Thermarest stuff sack: It was so sticky I had to peel it apart. ...
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How do I clean my knife sharpener?

According to the owners manual here, it says to Always clean your sharpener after use. Clean with damp cloth or mild brush. Do not rinse with water. Store in a drawer or cabinet. Since you ...
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Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I had this problem with a favorite fanny pack (L.L. Bean) a few years ago. I turned the pack inside out and used a stiff brush on it to get it all out. I even tried a wire brush for tough spots. But, ...
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Need help Identifying the proper globe for an unknown propane lantern

Edit: My bad. Poster is asking for globe -- the glass enclosure on the outside, not the fine thorium oxide ash mantle that breaks so easily. In passing: The lantern can be operated without a globe....
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How to prevent metal eyelets from rusting?

I think the simplest solution would be to wear ankle-high gaiters and salt the gaiters instead of your boots. This way you will get even added protection from the gaiter, and spare your expensive boot ...
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How to prevent metal eyelets from rusting?

Wash the eyelets with soap and water (tooth brush) follow with a solution of TSP. (tri-sodium phosphate) Let dry. Apply zinc chromate primer with small brush or Q-tip (cotton swap on a stick) Let ...
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When to clean out old bird boxes?

It looks like the answer is to clean them out at least once a year, once the breeding season is over and before winter, which would be around the end of August in the northern hemisphere (or the end ...
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Do sharpies or markers damage soft rock climbing gear?

Some manufacturers state that soft goods such as ropes and dogbones can be damaged by markers so it is best practice not to mark them with sharpies or other generic markers. If you do wish to mark ...
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How can I clean water filter's intake filter?

Try scrubbing with a toothbrush. In addition to scrubbing, push the toothbrush bristles through the mesh. Wipe the bristles off when they poke out the other side, otherwise you pull the same gunk ...
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Why is silnylon/silpoly slippery, but silicone sealant is not?

I'm not a materials scientist, so can't give you a definitive answer. But I do know that if you make your own silnylon or silpoly by soaking the base fabric in a solution of silicone and mineral ...
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Fixing a Jetboil igniter

The original answer misses the mark for the jetboil flash. Here is what is happening in a nutshell. The white insulation on the piezo ignitor wire is of a poor quality and will not withstand the ...
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Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I have temporarily solved the problem by rubbing the sticky part with talc. But this protection leaves a bit of talc around, and must be repeated every few days. Luckily I don't use the backpack for ...
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How and when to sharpen ice screws?

There exist specialized tools which can assist sharpening. However those generally only work well with a specific brand/type of screw, since the angles of the screw's teeth differ. (One example is "...
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Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I have had this problem with several packs. One solution that has worked for me is to spray the insides with VALSPAR Premium Finish-Satin (in a very well ventilated area).
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Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I had a Deuter bagpack which had similar problem. I kept the bag in hot sun (covered in old cloth so that no fading happens) for few days and then washed it with detergent with a nice scrub on the ...
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Dealing with Sap on a Tent

If it is maple sap, I'd try plain ol' soap and water, since it is not oily like pine or fir. Oil and solvent based cleaners often fail on aqueous crud. I haven't had to deal with maple sap, but I've ...
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Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I had this same issue with a twenty-year-old CamelBak which hadn’t seen heavy outdoor use. I guess the coating just ages out over time and becomes sticky. I tried scrubbing it out with an old ...
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How can I clean water filter's intake filter?

Outcome: I soaked this intake filter piece in bleach for a few hours (not sure how much difference that made; it looked less grungy but still partially blocked), rinsed it well, then gently scrubbed ...
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