I was having a tinker in the shed the other day, decided to start doing bit of tidying/mending as you do… Now my shed is an Aladdin’s cave of half made bird boxes, shelving, rubbish, old cloths and shoes, tool boxes and other random bits that are no longer wanted from the house.
The tidying I can put off for another day. So….I got the various bits needed to start the mend – Stormsure flexible repair adhesive, super glue, hammer and nails bit of duct tape for the proper bodges.
I found one of my old leather jackets, it was a much loved favourite of mine once upon a time. But now the stitching had come away, one of the sleeves had almost completely departed. This would be my first job of the day. I knew I needed the strength and weather resistance of the Stormsure but the precision of the Superglue pen I had to hand. (I didn’t think the hammer and nails would have been much use for this).
I wondered if the nozzle from the glue pen would work on my Stormsure tube….
Eureka..! It fits.
Heres a close up of the stitching being glued. The nozzle worked great, so much easier than a spreader. No mess on my new old jacket as the glue goes within a millimetre of where it needs to be. The glue does not gush out due to the small hole at the end. Best of all the air tight cap keeps the glue fresh without having to use the usual trick of having to keep it in the freezer.
Getting those hard to reach places.
Had mine out of the fridge for over 3 weeks now; I wouldn’t recommend doing this however because it does say on the packet to store in the fridge or freezer.
I was getting my inflatable boat towable ready for the summer (this is a large inflatable mattress that you can tow behind a speed boat) only to discover that the mice had been at it. A couple of small holes in the PVC are going to spoil the fun. A quick dollop of Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive have fixed them in no time.
Worse, however, is the fact that the bung is missing. I can inflate it with no problem, but I cannot keep the air in! The bung has an unusual thread which tapers as it goes in. I have looked on line but found nothing.
So , I have made a new bung. I used StormForm. This is a hot water mouldable polymer. It comes in granule form. I put about 25 grams in a cup and covered it with boiling water.
After a few seconds it all melts into a thick flexible plastic. Then, with my hands I have moulded this into the rough shape of a bung. Of course it did not fit, but by remelting the StormForm and screwing the bung into the hole, I have managed to make a perfect screw thread.
After about 10 minutes I have an airtight bung again.
Hand Made bung
This year is the time for a transport revolution. I came across a great new invention, bought one and have been using it daily since September. This amazing item is called a Solowheel.
Solowheel looks unusual. It is a one wheeled personal electric vehicle. It is not much larger than a brief case. It weighs 10Kgs and the wheel is the ONLY moving part.
Whilst it looks impossible to use (as it has only one wheel) it actually took me about 20 minutes to learn how to use it. Once learnt – never forgotten, rather like riding a bicycle…
Solowheel is the ideal method of getting from A to B when the distance is a bit more than you want to, or have time to, walk. I use it to go to the village shop which is one and a half miles away. I also use it for getting around town.I park on the edge of town and then take the Solowheel in for the last mile; it means I no longer pay Cambridge’s extortionate parking fees, which can be nearly £10 for a couple of hours.
Solowheel is great for commuters too. It can be carried onto a bus, train or aeroplane and used at both ends of the journey. It will take you up to 10 miles on a single charge and takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour to fully recharge the battery.
Solowheel actually goes up quite steep hills. I rode mine straight up Park Row in Bristol. but the range will reduce if you go up hill all the time. However it does recharge the battery when you are going down hill again!
Solo wheel Limited will start distributing Solowheels this year, so get in touch if you want to know more.
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I bought a new bicycle recently, with the aim of taking a bit of serious exercise. The bike design is great for the most part, but I noticed that there is not enough room on the handle bars to place the fittings for a front light. Also the seat fitting/position is not suitable for the rear light either, as it interferes with the mudguard fitting. Even the struts down to the rear wheel are not cylindrical but tapering triangular sections, so they do not work with the rear light fittings.
My plans to cycle with some friends to a pub one evening and come back in the dark are being thwarted!
However, I have used some StormForm (our new product) and a bit of ingenuity, and fixed both front and rear LED lights onto my helmet.
StormForm is polymer which can be melted in hot water and moulded to almost any shape, and it then cools into a hard white plastic. It sticks really well to the plastic on the helmet and and after a few rides shows no sign of coming off.
StormForm is THE MOST USEFUL PRODUCT I have come across for ages!
So I should be visible coming back after dark this week end. Does anyone want to try it out?
You can get StormForm in a box of 70g and 250ml and 1 litre tins from www.stormsure.com
Fix Rips in Triathlon Wetsuits
Any experienced triathlete will know that depressing feeling when they pull on their wetsuit, and their fingernails pierce the neoprene material. Often it is just a small hole and maybe brushed off as “not a big deal”… until the next time they pull it on and a massive rip appears.
The simple solution is to fix the small hole right away.
It only takes 2 or 3 minutes and can be done anywhere; even on the beach. You just need a tube of Neoprene Queen Wetsuit Repair Adhesive.
Put a thin layer of the black Neoprene Queen glue on the thin edge of the rip (on both sides that need to be glued together). Leave it for 2 minutes until the glue is touch dry, and then carefully aligned the split and press the edges together again firmly. That is all there is to it! The repair will be as strong as the original material.
We have 5g tubes of Neoprene Queen available and also larger 30g tubes.
Buy a few of the small ones and keep one in your car, one in your sports bag and another at home. You will always be able to fix that small hole in the neoprene before it gets any larger.
Now you can easily make a Stormsure purchase online using your smart phone. The Stormsure website has been adapted to work simply on small screen devices (iPads, tablets and smart phones) and it could hardly be easier to use. All of the well know products are available and can be purchased at the click of a couple of buttons. We have also introduced a number of new products and accessories and have a really exciting new product to launch in the summer. Watch this space… Have you tried out our mobile site yet? Try this from you smart phone… It looks different to what you see on your desktop computer. www.stormsure.com
Due to our overwhelming festive spirit and the desire to know what your best repair has been this year we are offering the readers of our blog the opportunity to win either a 10m roll of TUFF tape or a selection of our repair kits!
All you have to do is tell us what your best repair has been to date, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 12th December and we will let you know who our winner is by the 18th!
Our You Tube site is a good place to start if you want any tips and tricks on how to mend the items within our growing range of repair kits, TUFF tapes, TUFF patches and Flexible Repair Adhesives.
GOOD LUCK AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!