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Old 05-31-2008   #11
rubber repairman
glenwoodsprings, Colorado
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Originally Posted by rsmiller View Post
I put a 35 inch tear across two chambers on a NRS cat tube last weekend. I have a permit for the Smith River in Montana June 13.

Inflatable Technologies in Denver won't be able to get it done in time....

Any advice on who can patch her up???

we are A-hole inflatable repair located in glenwoodsprings tell me where you are maybe meet half way. 35 inch rip, where at? how many seams does it go through? any baffle damage? call me or E-mail( fast turn over and 2 year warrenty on all work. chris 970 618

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Old 05-31-2008   #12
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Try this...

That's a big rip-gluing isn't going to cut it. If you're going to attempt it by yourself, here's my advice. First, get a speedy stitcher and do some practice with it to learn how to use it and how to do a tight "baseball stitch". Then, stitch the gash shut with heavy gauge thread. The stitch job will hold the tube together when under stress and the kind of air pressure cats are designed to handle. Then go ahead and patch it being sure to use a pressure roller to purge out any air pockets and get a good seal. Then, put blocks all around the patch, fill up an 80qt cooler with water and let the weight sit on it for a couple days. For some good pointers on the "baseball stitch" check out an Aire repair video/owner's manuel. Good Luck!

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