WATERPROOFING TENTóWill you please give me a good recipe for waterproofing a tent?
The following method is given by an authority on such matters: Dissolve a half pound of powdered slum in 4 gallons of boiling soft water, and in another vessel dissolve a half pound of sugar of lead in the same amount of water, When clear, pour the alum solution into a larger vessel, but not the sediment from the bottom, then add the sugar of lead solution and after it has stood several hours, immerse the tent in it, kneading it and getting it soaked thoroughly. Wring it out only lightly and hang it up to dry. This also makes it impervious to sparks.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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