Mix 3 cups soybean oil (available from grocery or health food
store) with 1 1/2 cups turpentine. Paint on and let dry.
Reapply after a year or two of hard use or outdoor exposure.
This is great for tents, awnings and camping equipment.
WATERPROOFING LEATHER FOR OUTDOOR USE
Method 1: Heat together in a double boiler, 2 1/2 ounces
neat's-foot oil (be careful - oil is flammable - available from
boot or shoe store), 3/4 ounce mineral oil (available from
drugstore or chemical supply house) and 1/2 ounce of tallow (be
careful tallow is flammable - available from meat market). Stir
gently until well mixed. Cool and bottle. Use a cloth to rub
into shoes and boots.
Method 2: Mix 1 tablespoon silicone oil (available from foundry
or foundry supply dealer) into 1 cup of Stoddard solvent
(hardware store, drugstore or dry-cleaning shop). Apply
Mix 1 1/4 pounds ammonium stearate (available from drugstore or
chemical supply house) into 4 gallons of hot water and apply two
coats with a large paint brush.
This can be used for a concrete garden wall,foundation or a
floor which becomes wet repeatedly.
Into 3 pints water mix 1 cup ammonium chloride (available from
drugstore or chemical supply house) and 1/2 cup ammonium
phosphate (available from a garden supply store). Soak cloth
well and let dry.
This preparation can be used for clothing, tents, awnings and
(Important Note: Preparation will not make it impossible for
wood to burn, just hard for the wood to catch fire)
Into 2 quarts water, mix 1/2 cup zinc chloride (available from
feed and grain dealer), 1/4 cup ferric chloride (available from
chemical supply house), 3 tablespoons boric acid (available from
drugstore) and 3 tablespoons ammonium phosphate (available from
garden supply store).
Spray or brush on 2 or 3 coats.
This preparation can be used in buildings, for outdoor
furniture, camping equipment,etc.
FIREPROOFING CHRISTMAS TREES
Into 1 gallon water mix 1 cup ammonium sulphate (available from
garden supply store), 1/2 cup boric acid (available from
drugstore), and 2 tablespoons borax (available from grocery or
Mix well. Spray on tree and let tree stand in this solution
instead of in water.
FROSTING WINDOWS (Duplicating Jack Frost)
This is perfect to create privacy, such as in a bathroom, or for
shielding an ugly view. Make sure your windows are clean before
Dissolve 4 heaping tablespoons of Epsom salts in one cup of
beer. This will foam. Let set for at least 30 minutes. The
salt crystals will partially dissolve.
Apply to window. This can be done with a 2 inch paint brush,
but for a nicer effect, dip a facial tissue or terry cloth in
the liquid and wipe over the window as if you were washing it.
Then while the window is still wet go back and dab and pat at
the glass with the wet tissue.
Mixture dries to form beautiful crystals. This looks even
better the next day, and lasts a long time. It can be washed
off with water and a cloth and is easily reapplied.
KEEPING CHIMNEY FLUE FREE OF SOOT
Mix 1 cup salt with 1 cup zinc oxide powder (available at
ceramic shop or drugstore) and sprinkle on hot fire. This will
help keep the chimney flue clean.