Heavy Duty Industrial Stitching…Some dirty work, out in the mud, springtime trucks and stumps. Ha! Honestly, this is pretty easy repair work in the sewing area. $10-$20 max depending on how bad and thick the strap material is, we can stitch through some heavy gear. And really honest, this is from pulling a Carolla out of a snow bank. Still stoked for spring storms and sunshine. Keep it Clean at TEC!
We had the pleasure of adding a series of sponsor patches to a classic US Ski Team coach jacket before the World Cup races at Squaw Valley this March. The jacket came with a package of sponsor patches that were not attached, but had a diagram card for placement…so we followed instruction and stitched in the patches in the proper location. Fun work for our buddy and long time Tahoe local skier boot fitter Bob Campbell.
Our between powder skiing window has arrived in the Sierras. We need it, but not for long hopefully! When the sun is shining it’s a great time to reup the cleaning and waterproofing of your technical outerwear items. Hardshell jackets and pants, necessary to guard you from the storm, are put away in favor of more breathable softshell and lighter weight items. Now is the time to get ready for the next storm cycle. Keep it clean at TEC!
Well it’s been a wild season across the West with record storms record power outages and more to come. Here’s a shot from Alpine Bowl Chair looking east at the inversion over Lake Tahoe.
Your outerwear is taking the brunt of these storms. Hardshell jackets have done the work during the mixed precipitation events and heavy duty down and synthetic insulation jackets have been working overtime in blizzard conditions as well.
Chairlift grease gets thrown around too from our favorite uphill chariots!
All in all it’s been a great start to the season, and if the second half is like the first…..get your shovels ready…And #keepitclean at #tectahoe
Recent wetsuit repair completed at Technical Equipment Cleaners. The item arrived with torn neoprene material on the calf of this wetsuit. These types of repairs can be super tricky. Not all wetsuit repairs are doable? It all depends on material and type of damage, and damage to what area of the wetsuit. Usually it is the zipper that fails, back or front. Triathletes rip these things off quick, and they’ll tear at the seams or other locations…hence our repair request here.
We were able to glue this wetsuit cleanly and effectively. Stitching inside the calf/leg, or sleeve area is really difficult and usually takes a specialty machine. Glue worked like a champ for this repair!
A good stretch to test the work! Stitching here can compromise the material and create a “check book” type line of weakened material that rips again the first time stretched. Glad this didnt rip again…or tear! Sometimes it works great…and sometimes they dont. The triathlete’s wetsuit is repaired and ready for the next race!
Its still pretty warm outside these days, but fall is in the air each morning! Down jackets and synthetic puffys are coming out for coffee and dog walking. Switching to a lightweight wind jacket for early runs and rides is in order too! Stay clean and on top of all your outerwear this fall before winter. Its coming out of the closet and into the shop more and more as labor day approaches. Thanks for the goodies, and classics (Marmot Mtn Works Sleeping Bag!)from our customers and Salomon. Hit the trails!
Your ski jacket works fine for snowmobiling in bad weather. However, white ski jackets dont work well with pull starts and clutch belt grease. We has to put some work into this one….”elbow grease” you could say. At least elbow grease results in a solid clean job on a grwat jacket. Clean & Waterproof ready to hit the mountains again!
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Zip Fit boot liner tongue pull ripped out of its anchor point. We were able to feed the strap back into place and stitch it back down. Stitching that involves punching through plastic, nylon webbing, and layered dense foam is always interesting, but we were able to make it happen and get the product back to the customer quickly and at minimal cost.