One of the neighbor dogs took it upon himself to take away and probably eat the leather fan belt that was drip drying out on my leaves.
I had soaked a stiff old leather belt in neatís-foot oil for a few days and was making ready to use said belt and yesterday I noticed it was gone. I donít like the smell of 50 year old Chemline Neatís-Foot Oil so it was outside on the ground, right outside the shed. Gone.
Dopey me, today I checked what the oil is and find its leg and hoof parts of cows. No wonder the hungry dog wanted it. Ugh (Duane just shakes his head). The chickens and now the damned fan belt.
Why not, the full moon is out...
Another of many lessons learned.
OK, a 35? year old Gates 828 Vulco rubber/canvas belt that had been on my Ď18 is as stiff as a wedding pr..k and will never go around the pulleys.
Is there anything I can do to this beautiful old (brand new) belt to soften it so it can be used again? I have another new fan belt that is the same... A Dayton Maxim-Aire F-30. With its little ďNew" wrapper.
Wall hanger,get one from Russ Firstnow
Check the dogs collar, maybe he is wearing it .
This definitely trumps "he ate my homework"!!
I understand dog skin coats are very warm and soft, especially when treated with neatís-foot oil!
Better hide your pants belts and wallet in case he develops a taste for hide.
Heard about this a while ago, don't know if it works but probably worth a try: http://v4musclebike.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13477
Also you might try a Google search for softening old rubber
There is a gallon metal can in the basement of
Ruglyde .I remember using it to lubricate rubber and from what I remember it helps soften it to.
i have heard brake fluid works but haven't used it much myself
Hmmmm, much to think about!
Maybe a cure in here for "stiff fan belt syndrome"!
Hang it on a nail outside the shed/beyond the dog's reach whilst drip/drying the old leather belt, Duane...
Thanks Guys! I'm gonna try some of these things...