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Old 09-18-2008   #1
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Drybag repair?

Can I use my hypalon repair kit to patch a hole in an NRS drybag? Is there something else I should use?

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it's pvc so get pvc material and glue.
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Curious, to what extent will this work? Just minor repairs or big jobs too? I've got a dry bag the airline <United, coughcough> put 26 holes in. It's one of those XXXL size bags, so I didn't want to get rid of yet.... Lost cause?
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Patch away count: 26 patches, ah ah ah!

Seriously though, as long as they're not going to interfere with the closure it will work fine. Surely most of them are bunched so a patch will cover many holes right?
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Yes there is, it's MEK.

For pvc use MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) as surface prep. Go to your local hardware store and they should have some. It costs a lot for a small amount, but if you have a pvc raft, paco pad, then buy a half gallon or so.

Go to the local 'fabric' store.. you see mostly women in there (bonus!!) but there are some rolls of 500 denier pvc fabric available, which costs about 10 bucks per square yard. Get a foot or two of the color that matches your shit. They usually have a couple colors available.

Clean your surface with MEK, maybe three inches radius around the hole; On your drybag do it on the inside, so turn that fucker inside out. Cut your patch, set it on the cleaned surface. Take pencil, mark a key (one inch mark half on the patch half on the other material to orient the friggin round thingy-dingy), AND while you still hold it down as if it were final set run the pencil around the patch. Put glue on patch and inside circle, wait 15 minutes for glue to bond to fabric, stick together, heat the thingy with your heatgun for a minute and voila!

Good as new drybag, tada!

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Thanks a lot III+.

Dave, you're nothing but trouble, as usual .

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Link to JPW

Here is a link to Jack's web page with a very detailed description of making PVC repairs.

Using Our Adheasive for Inflatable Boat Repair_Jack's Plastic Welding inc

I have several bags with homemade patches and they are keeping everything dry. I used a hair dryer as a heat source for my patches.

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That sucks to hear about your drybag. Has anyone else had this happen to them while they are flying. I am heading down to CR this winter and was planning on just packing my NRS Bill Bag as my gear bag but I dont really want to get a bunch of holes punched in it. Anyone know if this is common and if it is better to simply pack a backpack and put the drybag inside it???

If you dont want to fix your smaller drybags you can always leave the hole and make it a beer bag. The hole will let in river water and act like a personal softshelled cooler.
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Use a duffle/backpack, put the drybag inside. Especially if you are in a time-critical travel situation, it would be a major drag to show up to a beat up or damaged drybag, and need to get on the water ASAP.
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