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Silicone boot repair update

update on the experiment to repair leaky boots with silicone patch

The creek flooded last night, which made today silicone patch testing day.

It worked at stopping water, but a close inspection shows the silicone already starting to break apart.

The hip waders are still better than the alternative, especially when you add an outer layer of grocery bags to your socks.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Mark. We see alot of the holes around here. Big swamp area. Have you ever tried Plasticoat ( works like a champ. We get it at ACE Hardware.
Comment by howard klett Mon Jan 14 15:36:52 2013
I repaired a rubber boot with a piece of rubber innertube and Shoe Goo from Walmart. The patch is still holding after two years.
Comment by Jackie Mon Jan 14 16:56:34 2013

Mark, I think you should be using rubber cement, like they use for bicycle tires.

Comment by tom Mon Jan 14 17:24:42 2013
I would patch it like a tire with a piece of rubber and rubber cement, and then letting it cure for a few days.
Comment by Amy Mon Jan 14 18:29:29 2013
I can give a glowing review of Shoe Goo. I REALLY didn't want to buy it. I thought it looked hokey. However, I had badly ripped the rubber toe on my (long awaited/saved up for) Keen shoes and they had to be repaired. My husband and the shoe store salesman convinced me to give it a try, and it worked beautifully. It's been a couple of years since then, and there has not been the tiniest sign of failure.
Comment by Michelle Tue Jan 15 09:05:01 2013

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