old hats

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:07
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the old leather hat has shrunk tried soaking in water and trying to strech not working any ideas . somebody said Rays Out Doors sell a hat strecher about $80.00 makes it a dear hat thanks mal b
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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:16

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:16
what about a witches hat... (not sure where you might find one ;-)

Cut off the skinny bit that is too small for your size, and then pull it over the bit that is where you want to be... Need to do it wet I guess..
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:17

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:17
Soak it in warm water and drag it onto your head and let it dry it should stretch and conform to every bump and dent.

Marie said maybe the hat hasnt shrunk..........
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:41

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 22:41
buy a new hat. they arent that expensive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toytruck (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 16:21

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 16:21
Truckster,
a new just ain't the same as the original. I still wear an Akubra that I was given for my 21st...........many years ago. I left it at Haligan Bay at Lake Eyre one year and was half was back to Maree before I realised........much to my new wifes discust, as we were on our honeymoon, I did a quick 180 and went back to get my hat........... I think this is when she realised I was a total nut, but we a re still married.

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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:09

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:09
An old African remedy is to fill the hat with corn kernels and then pour some water in the hat. Kernels swell out and make the hat larger. Have seen it work on shoes!!

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:40

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:40
Jeez a few people I've known must have eaten an AWFUL lot of corn LOL
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Follow Up By: Hairy - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 13:46

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 13:46
That sounds sesible because you have to stretch it out bigger than your head. If not when it dries it will shrink back too small again.
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Reply By: Muzzgit [WA] - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:48

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 23:48
Don't keep wetting your hat. The wet,dry,wet,dry,wet just makes the leather age faster and dries out the natural oils. Another tip...don't dry it out with anything other than dry air, hang it up and leave it. Putting it next to the heater or in the oven or using a hair dryer will stuff it. Same with leather boots.

Sit down, pull the hat between both hands and your knee, going around and around and around. Do this for a minute or two tonight and tomorrow night and Thursday night and you will have a hat that fits you for the weekend. Get carried away and it will go out of shape and you'll bust the stitching.

Cheers,

MUZZ
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Follow Up By: Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 07:15

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 07:15
A guy I knew played a joke on his mate by quietly taking his hat and inserting a strip of folded paper inside the hat band, this made the hat seem to be smaller and not fit properly. The owner of the hat could not figure how his head had swelled or the hat shrunk overnight.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 07:51

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 07:51
use the IRWIN type clamps from bunnings or other hardware stores
reverse the jaws
make up a half round timber frame for each jaw and start stretching...did this to an old but GOODEN Akubra many times...... till it disintegrated
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:22

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:22
Had a similar problem with my leather jock strap.....tried the soaking in water approach and the bloody thing just got tighter :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Rotord - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:52

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:52
It's no joke . In the Philippines Huk rebellion some tribesmen bound their testicles in wet leather before an attack . Theory was the pain of the shrinking leather made it possible to ignore minor pains like being shot . Worked so well that the American Army went from 38Cal revolvers to 45Cal .
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Reply By: Member - Mal B - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 20:11

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 20:11
thanks all for your advice tell marie checked another hat and it looks like my head is ok at this point, tried the soak and put the hat back on worked but what a headake mal b
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Reply By: obee - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 22:56

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 22:56
Get some of that drizabone stuff that has beeswax in emulsion or similar that is sold for shoe leather. I reckon the leather is losing the oils it got when it was tanned.

Dont try Dubbin cos it smells like sheep dip and attracts Kiwis!

Owen
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