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Old 06-14-2006, 11:05 AM
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Default Wader Repair ???

I have an extra pair of waders (bootfoot) that I was given by a friend before he moved away & I know that they have a small hole somewhere in the leg area. My question for anyone is what is the easiest method for locating the hole ? I know what to buy to repair the problem, but finding the flaw/hole is the tougher part of the equation. I have had others share some ideas, but I want to compare them all & decide which will work best for me.

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If they are gore-tex waders, then there is a cool trick you can use to find holes. Put some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Turn the waders inside out and spray all of the area where you think the hole may be. Turn them right side out and look for dark spots. Those dark spots are holes where the alcohol wicked through the hole in the wader. This method will reveal tiny holes that might be otherwise undetectable. I don't know if this worksfor the other waterproof/breathable laminates that are not gore-tex, but I bet it will.

If the waders are neoprene or rubber, you might be able to spray watered down dish liquid on them, fill them with air, close off the top, squeeze them, and look for bubbles. Others are bound to have more experience with hole fixing/detection on these types of waders, but that might work.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:15 PM
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if they're neoprene a hairdryer on low and a pool (or bathtub) will work wonders that or put some pants on and stand in a river for just a few min and find the wet spot on your pants and look in that area
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Default Re: Wader Repair ???

If they are Neo and you have a sloped driveway, lay them in the driveway and take a hose and fill them up wait for them to leak. You can do the same with breathable ones as well, just make sure you turn them inside out.
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Take them into a dark room like a small closet, and shine a bright flashlight from inside the waders. Look for a spot of light shining through. This might not work on breathable waders, but it might be worth a try.
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if they're neoprene a hairdryer on low and a pool (or bathtub) will work wonders
WAIT ONE COTTON PICKING MINUTE!!! Are you really suggesting that its a good idea to put the waders AND A HAIRDRYER IN A FILLED BATHTUB? Last time I checked, this is known as a method used TO COMMIT SUICIDE.


Surely somebody else caught that as well.
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I took it as meaning use the dryer to fill the waders with air, like a balloon, then use the tube to check for leaks.
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