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Old age has gotten to my White River (Bass Pro) brand wading boots and they began to fall apart this year.  The issue is that the nylon cording that holds the sole to the boot has worn through which allowed the sole to seperate.  I think I paid around a $100 for them and after 12 years of heavy use I really can't complain.   At this point I would like to be able to finish the Autumn fishing season with them before buying a new pair.   They are pretty beat and I couldn't justify dropping them off at a cobbler.   I restitched them with some heavy nylon thread which wasn't too hard because the holes are already there and thread I used was considerably smaller than the original.  Because of the lighter weight thread  I had to reinforce the area and worked some JB Weld 2 part epoxy into the seam before covering the exterior with the stuff.  Looks like hell but it works.  I repaired my left heel 2 months ago and it's still holding up.  I finished the right front last night.    

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4 hours ago, DFoster said:

the nylon cording that holds the sole to the boot has worn through which allowed the sole to seperate

Noticed the same thing happening to my Weinbrenner boots last outing, I shudder to think how old they are.  I absolutely detest getting new footwear of any kind, and usually wear what I have until friends and family refuse to be seen with me.  Good idea on re-sewing the sole, I'll take a look and see if that'll work on mine.  

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On 9/9/2021 at 12:47 PM, niveker said:

Noticed the same thing happening to my Weinbrenner boots last outing, I shudder to think how old they are.  I absolutely detest getting new footwear of any kind, and usually wear what I have until friends and family refuse to be seen with me.  Good idea on re-sewing the sole, I'll take a look and see if that'll work on mine.  

Niveker- JB Weld will never be removable once it's cured in place.  If you really love the boots It might be worth asking a cobbler to repair them correctly.  I only went this route because I'm trying to get to the end of the season without dropping $150(ish) for replacements.

 

On 9/9/2021 at 12:15 PM, Sandan said:

JB Weld rocks. Nice job on the boots!

Thanks sir-  JB is a permanent resident in my work shop.  Over the years I've been able to stick together a lot of broken things that I was pretty sure couldn't be stuck back together.  It's never pretty but it is practical. With boots and waders I don't care what the look like I just want them to work.  Besides all the ugly home repairs add character to an item.  Since I don't expect Prince Charles to invite me salmon fishing on a "tweed required" English estate this year-   character is good.😉

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9 minutes ago, DFoster said:

Niveker- JB Weld will never be removable once it's cured in place.  If you really love the boots It might be worth asking a cobbler to repair them correctly.  I only went this route because I'm trying to get to the end of the season without dropping $150(ish) for replacements.

 

Thanks sir-  JB is a permanent resident in my work shop.  Over the years I've been able to stick together a lot of broken things that I was pretty sure couldn't be stuck back together.  It's never pretty but it is practical. With boots and waders I don't care what the look like I just want them to work.  Besides all the ugly home repairs add character to an item.  Since I don't expect Prince Charles to invite me salmon fishing on a "tweed required" English estate this year-   character is good.😉

Character is good. My ex, took the drivers side mirror right off pulling out of the garage years ago.  Mixed up the JB, clamped the mirror back on let it cure overnight, never needed to fix it again. It's a staple in my shop too.  I used some waterproof silicone caulking to fix and old pair of wading boots, should have used the JB.

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JB weld is always a solid repair option. Adventure dual-sport motorcyclists carry it to make emergency repairs to just about anything, including a cracked engine case. I also have also had good success with Lepages PL Premium adhesive.

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JB weld is one of those things where you say "yeah right, that stuff won't work".....till you try it, then think "holy crap that stuff works!" lol

I have about a 20yr old? Lamson Litespeed reel. One of the first ones they made. The two screws that hold the foot to the frame stripped out about 15 yrs ago. I JB welded it, been rock solid every since.

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JB Weld,Gorilla Glue and Duct tape. Thats all a man needs to fix anything

 

A couple of weeks ago, while Goose hunting, the sole of a pair of  my Muck Bots,literally fell off the boot. the boots are 15 yesrs old and have seen a LOT of miles. I took the boots home and filled the sole up wilt Gorilla Glue,duct taked the boot and sole together to keep it all together while it dried. The boot is now good for another 15 years. I used the Gorilla glue simply because it was easier to get to than the JB Weld..

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My 1st experience with JB Weld-  I'm a professional musician and one of the bands I work with uses Sure 55 series microphones (see below).  They look and sound great but after screwing them on and off of mic stands over hundreds of gigs the treads in the metal housing eventually strip.  These mics are heavy and I play a very expensive upright bass which is made out of old school wood.  A microphone getting dislodged from a stand and falling onto, probably through the soft spruce wood was a terrifying scenario.  A JB Welded that sucker on  a decade ago and there it still remains-

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