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Snatch Strap Care 101
By Larry Stewart
What is spelt with four letters, ending in IT, and makes a mess of
your snatch strap? Grit!
This nasty stuff works its way into the webbing and slowly
rubs away on the nylon fbres, weakening them.
Got home from Damp Coffs with two flthy straps and a dose
of “Trench Foot”. Washed the excess mud off then soaked them
in a bucket for a few days, agitating and changing the water
regularly using a gentle washing agent. Pinched the wife’s Lux
Soap Flakes, but that will remain our secret. It’s best not to use
harsh detergents on your straps.
After another agitate and rinse in the washing machine they
were ready to dry out. One school of thought here is that the
straps shouldn’t be dried in direct sunlight as the UVs break
down the material. Not being sure if this is correct or just an old
wive’s tale I dried them on the verandah.
Now the straps are like new again and ready for Coffs next
year. The feet are taking longer to clean up.
While we’re talking snatch straps – it’s not an ideal practice
when joining straps to simply push one strap eye through the
eye on the other strap and poke a stick through to hold them
together. This makes the stick a load bearing component and
it can dislodge when the going gets slack. The recommended
method is to intertwine both strap’s eyes, and use the stick, or
something similar, to prevent the eyes tightening on each other
camp, we followed our noses navigating some of the
forest roads via Black Springs and Shooters Hill to fnd
the Banshea and Kowmung Fire Trails. After lunch on
the Kowmung River and much distribution of remaining
fuel supplies, the group climbed out later that afternoon
and headed back to Lithgow via Jenolan Caves to then
divide up again and head our separate ways to home.
Well done and congratulations must go to Ken and
Raquel and perennial campaigner, Andy Mac.
If any persons or groups are interested in being a part
of next year’s event, then they should make contact with
the Rally Organisers as soon as possible to get on their
mailing list. Write to P.O. Box 470 Oberon NSW 2787. If
you cannot wait for next year, another interesting event
along similar lines is held every June Long weekend,
called the Echuca Steam Rally. Look it up on the web,
www.echucasteamrally.com.au to learn more.
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