WolfDen: I hope everyone is having a good week!
Jul 31, 2019 18:04:38 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - been away for quite a while - hope you are all well.
Aug 4, 2019 20:52:42 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hi SA. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Aug 5, 2019 0:01:16 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Up to 40mm rain by the weekend - and cold & windy. Stay warm & dry peeps.
Aug 6, 2019 23:02:47 GMT 10
spinifex: Was working out on an exposed hilltop in a paddock when the front came through. Nearly got blown away by a squall that must have been 100kmh. Battling to stand up in it and quite a few trees had large branches snapped off.
Aug 9, 2019 15:46:27 GMT 10
fei: If anyone is wondering how clueless journos are about firearms, have a look at 60 Minutes tonight. Apparently the airsoft gun those lads in Canada played with before their rampage is "one of the closest objects on the market to a realistic machine gun"
Aug 11, 2019 19:02:38 GMT 10
fei: I guess the fact that it fires plastic balls 20 metres makes it really dangerous and realistic
Aug 11, 2019 19:03:17 GMT 10
spinifex: Hi Fei, Good to see you back. Yeah, what a bunch of morons. We all have bigger fish to fry.
Aug 11, 2019 21:31:32 GMT 10
spinifex: Anyone else here watch the David Attenborough show on Climate Change? Pretty depressing. Why worry about gel guns? Or real ones? Looks like my desalination experiments just got more pertinent.
Aug 11, 2019 21:34:46 GMT 10
spinifex: Soon the only reliable water left will be the sea. Evidently there wont be much left living in that either. Bring on the asteroid.
Aug 11, 2019 21:36:14 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hello everybody. Hope you all have had good weekend and ready take this week on!
Aug 12, 2019 19:40:41 GMT 10
SA Hunter: HI all - hope you are well - finally some sunshine after over a week of wet, windy weather.
Aug 13, 2019 9:43:09 GMT 10
thereth: Gday lads, long time no see!
Aug 13, 2019 18:25:49 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi reth - how've you been?
Aug 13, 2019 22:24:22 GMT 10
thereth: yeah good mate, flat out, new house, job and all that since I have been here, thought I would jump back into the lifestyle, the eldest daughter is pretty keen which has given me a push
Aug 13, 2019 22:26:40 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Glad to hear things are working out for you-good to have family on board too.
Aug 14, 2019 17:58:21 GMT 10
thereth: thanks, finally bought a few acres (not sure if I had that last time I was on here) so have been working on getting all that sorted
Aug 14, 2019 18:37:04 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all. Welcome to our newest members.
Aug 17, 2019 19:23:26 GMT 10
blueshoes: Hey people that like firearms, and are in victoria, do you know ms Fiona Patten is conducting an enquiry as to whether our gun laws are tight enough, submissions are open now til november... www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic-lc/article/4244
Aug 18, 2019 21:50:35 GMT 10
Post by doglovingjim on Jul 19, 2018 11:26:29 GMT 10
I got myself a very old hiking backpack with an external metal frame that I'm planning to convert into my BOB, and I noticed that apart from everything else the straps (they were leather) are now either worn out or broken so I was wondering if it's possible to get strong bag straps separately so I can restore her to her former glory. If so then are there any you recommend?
I don't really mind what type of straps as long as they are durable and would last long (since it'd be for a BOB I need something reliable), however if you know where to get leather straps then I'm also listening.
I do leather work as a hobby, so I could probably work something out. The problem with leather straps for a BOB is that to make them wide enough to distribute the weight of the loaded bag - and to provide padding - it gets expensive. If you do get leather ones, avoid "Genuine Leather" like the plague as it's the lowest quality form of all leather types and won't last well.
"Full grain" is best, followed by "Top Grain".
That said, I've had 2 adult backpacks and 2 kids backpacks from Joey; the quality and comfort is excellent in all of them. I'd be asking him about straps for any repair jobs I need to make.
Post by doglovingjim on Jul 19, 2018 20:50:39 GMT 10
Yeah thank you guys, I'll certainly take a picture when I can (at the moment it's under a compartment in my work bench which I can only open when I get everything else off top of it) to provide some more infomation and so I can get estimates on costs.
I finally got her out today but the damage didnt seem too bad (apart from some parts which might need to be replaced in a couple of years but at the moment if it aint broke don't fix it). Appears the only problems is with the bag itself, for example all I need to do is to rivet some material on the bottom so the bag can properly tie on the frame once more. I don't even need to replace the original straps, so looks like one more piece of evidence on how they made things properly back in those times. My bug-out-bag will be back in action before I know it.
Any ideas on where to get rivets? Does Bunnings sell non-pop-rivet rivets?
EDIT: If I ever have to put her out of action completely how universal are these bag frames anyway? For sentimental reasons I'd rather get a new bag but keep the frame then have to replace the frame too.
Those leather straps are really easy to make or repair, but I wouldn't want to carry any decent weight with them.
Look at tandyleather.com.au for rivets/press studs. You'll also need the setter & anvil.
There's also buckleguy.com - they do some better quality studs & buckles (stainless steel, etc).
There is another cheat, which may sound odd... go to a pawn shop and see if they have an old accordion going cheap. Some have excellent padded straps, as the player is effectively wearing the instrument for some hours. And they tend to be cheap due to low demand.
Post by doglovingjim on Jul 29, 2018 21:34:20 GMT 10
Could I just use a hammer and a solid surface instead of getting a proper setter/anvil for the rivets?
As for Joey I have been reading about your business and it got me interested. Should this BOB fall beyond repair or stop being useful for the growing demands I would place on it (as I'm going to be now constantly testing it/using it so we will see how it fares) would it be possible to negotiate a custom bag that can be attached to the current external frame (plus reinforced bag-straps) instead?
Australian made sounds pretty darn good compared to something made from some sweatshop in China, and if everyones vouching for you then certainly you would be the first person I go to.
A solid surface is certainly an option, as long as you don't mind some flattening of the convex surfaces.
A hammer (or mallet) will be fine to hit the setter, but you'll need a setter or a suitable alternative to convey the force into the rivet; the hammer won't fit in there. Look at Tandy Leather for setters to suit your particular rivet/snap:
Post by doglovingjim on Dec 1, 2018 6:00:46 GMT 10
I restored her and tested her out by going on a trip overseas, the airline crew at either London or Dubai affectionately tore apart the straps for me.
Needless to say I'm not exactly a happy person at the display of affection, and I'll be doing some research on the next BOB step for when I get back. Joey I might be calling for your services soon (for a daily bug-out-bag).