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    Curious....adding water to down

    I just ordered some Tyvek for my first real DIY-a pair of rain mitts...so I peruse the DIY forum admiring all the genius here and not that I'll ever attempt a down project I do look at the techniques used to instill the down into the baffles.
    So I'm curious if this method would work-get the plastic packets of down from your supplier, cut open, then add water, fold the plastic over to contain while you shake and slosh. A clump will form, a solid little mass of wet down. Then simply place the glob into the baffle. After the baffles are sewn then into the dryer on tumble with the tennis balls.
    Crazy?

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    Hey MedicineMan,

    Sounds like it could work but I would be afraid it may take a long time to dry out properly from a wet clump of down. It would be interesting to see if it worked...maybe try it with just a small pouch of material and a small amount of down.
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    I wouldn't mess with the water, that's for sure. Insert the open end of the packet all the way into the chamber. Push the down out with a broom stick or dowel. Fold and pin the chamber shut. voila!
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    can always try to find Polyvinyl alcohol baggies. Pack the down in them and wash afterward. That is something the down suppliers might look into.

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    Nope, freeze the whole mess. Insert ice cubes. ...

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    This idea come up from time to time. I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work. It gets soaking wet & clumps everytime you wash it, then dries out & fluffs up like normal.

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    Hey Violent Green,

    That is so true. I guess there is no difference then is it.
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    I think the problem with wetting down is that it then seems to stick to everything, so it would stick to the inside of the plastic packet - I think you would find it difficult to get it all out.

    I dont find working with down so difficult that I would consider going to such lengths, it just has so much potential to backfire.

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    "Crazy?" Certainly messy. MM, what have you been burning in your bushbuddy? There are are some very easy ways to stuff down. After a conversation with Stormcrow, I made a down syringe from a 1.5" pvc pipe, and a dowel with a leather washer on it for the plunger. Works very well with a minimum of escaped down.

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