Emergency Blowout Repairs Simple

Emergency Blowout Repairs Simple

Blowouts in the tires of the chief’s car or light apparatus can be repaired in fifteen or twenty minutes, in case of emergency. By carrying some wire belt lacing the job is made simple. First cut away the loose rubber around the blowout an inch or two beyond each end of the break. Then with a sharp instrument punch a number of holes along the edge of the cut, not too close together nor too near the sides of the openings. Lace up the cut with the wire lacing, using but one strand to each hole and keep the tension as uniform as possible. Always place a piece of canvas, cardboard or leather inside the casing to prevent injury to the inner tube. The wire lacing should be the best obtainable so that it can withstand the necessary resistance to torsion and flexion.

In removing rust by means of kerosene bear in mind that it will restore it as well as remove it. The place should be wiped dry of kerosene and a little thin oil or an oily rag rubbed over the part.

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