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Re: [Hammock Camping] Deet on HH ultralight?

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  • Risk
    I tested a piece of 100 percent polyester thread with 100% DEET. I applied it and let it soak for several hours. The thread was not any weaker for the
    Message 1 of 8 , Sep 4, 2004
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      I tested a piece of 100 percent polyester thread with 100% DEET. I
      applied it and let it soak for several hours. The thread was not any
      weaker for the exposure to the DEET.


      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Risk" <ra1@i...> wrote:
      > Shane certainly has much more experience than I have. I almost never
      > use DEET, and he needs to down in LA!
      > Given the advice I found with a simple search of the net, I think that
      > using DEET on skin and then crawling into a nylon hammock is probably
      > OK for the nylon. I could not find evidence about polyester and DEET.
      > The thread I use when building hammocks is 100 percent polyester. I
      > am not sure what the HH builders use.
      > I had been taught this trail legend many times... but when I went out
      > just now to investigate, Shane is completely correct according to the
      > majority of sources I found about nylon:
      > Rick
      > *****************
      > DEET can damage some plastics and synthetic fabrics, such as nylon and
      > acetate, so be careful not to damage clothing or camping equipment.
      > http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthingswork/a/aa042703a.htm
      > DEET can damage plastics, synthetic fabrics, leather, and painted or
      > varnished materials, so keep it away from eyeglasses, watch crystals,
      > walls and furniture. DEET doesn't harm nylon or natural fibers, such
      > as cotton or wool.
      > http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/FL/00083.html
      > Never put DEET based repellants on plastics, acetate, spandex or
      > nylon, as the DEET can damage these materials. Spraying your pack and
      > jacket or rain gear, is not a good idea.
      > http://www.outdoorplaces.com/Features/Hiking/repel/repel.htm
      > Do not apply DEET formulations on or near plastics, acetate,rayon,
      > Spandex, synthetic fabrics (other than nylon), furniture finishes,
      > leather, watch crystals, and painted or varnished surfaces. Plastic
      > glass frames and goggles should be protected from DEET applications.
      > Car finishes and interiors also may be damaged by DEET. It will not
      > damage nylon, cotton, or wool fabrics.
      > http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_IG122
      > (Diethyltoluamide will not damage clothing materials, such as cotton,
      > wool, or nylon. However, it may damage acetate, rayon, spandex, or
      > some other synthetic materials.
      > http://www.drugs.com/cons/DEET.html
      > ******************
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Shane" <shane@t...> wrote:
      > > > I strongly advise against applying DEET to the nylon fabric. I even
      > > > advise against getting it on the fabric by accident from your
      > skin. It
      > > > seems to be a solvent for nylon and will at least weaken the
      > fabric. It
      > > > may cause the fabric to fail.
      > >
      > > Have you experienced failures? DEET will dissolve plastic
      > instantly, but is
      > > non-reactive with nylon. I have sprayed DEET all over nylon
      webbing and
      > > other nylon things. I frequently lay (both inside and outside) of
      my HH
      > > after freshly spraying DEET on myself. I have never had any failure.
      > >
      > > It isn't effective on the hammock - permethrin should be used - but
      > I don't
      > > think it will hurt a nylon hammock.
      > >
      > > Shane
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