What is WATERPROOFING?

Garden work often entails a certain amount of getting about in wet weather. Now and again it is useful to waterproof the old garments that are worn in the open. A useful way of doing this is briefly described below. Make a weak solution of size or glue and water. This should set similarly to a badly made jelly when it is cold. Whilst the mixture is hot throw in a lump of alum, allowing half an ounce of this to every pint of the solution. Then add a breakfastcupful of soapsuds to the same quantity of hot solution, and brush it over the garments whilst still hot. It will be found to render them completely waterproof, and the addition of soap prevents the glue from hardening the material. Any kind of cloth can be rendered waterproof by rubbing the underside with a lump of beeswax. A sufficient amount of the wax should be applied to the cloth to give it a slightly greyish appearance. Making Boots Watertight.Dry feet are of supreme importance to the gardener, and on this account it is desirable to render boots waterproof. The liberal application of almost any kind of grease will of course keep out the damp. But in time, however, this treatment will rot the leather, and the boots will get into a very unsatisfactory state. A well-tried preparation is made as follows : Mix together pint of linseed oil, 4 oz. of mutton fat, 3 oz. of clean beeswax, and 2 oz. of resin. These ingredients should be mixed in a pot over a slow fire, and the preparation applied when the boots are clean and dry. It is brushed on whilst warm, but it must not be put on very hot or it will shrink the leather. One application is su

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