b. Wash leather with a clean sponge in clear lukewarm water, and a neutral soap (free
from alkali), preferably Castile soap. Thoroughly wash the entire length of the leather and work
the lather well into all parts. Place in a cool area to dry.
c. Leather should be oiled about every 6 months. Use a small quantity, about 20
milliliters (4 teaspoonfuls) of pure neatsfoot oil per set of equipment, and apply it gradually with
the hands, using long light strokes while the leather is still damp from washing. Leave in a cool
place to dry for 24 hours, and then rub the leather vigorously with a soft cloth to remove all
188.8.131.52 Storing Climbing Equipment. When safety harnesses and straps are not in use,
they should be stored in proper compartments on the electric truck or in other suitable places to
protect them from being damaged. When stored, climbers should be wrapped in pairs and
fastened with their straps.
184.108.40.206 Conditioning Climbing Equipment. Climbers, straps, and pads should be kept
in good conditions at all times. Gaffs should be at least 26 millimeters (1-1/4 inches) long,
measured from the point of the gaff to the point of contact with the stirrup on the under side.
Sharpen climbers using a gaff shaping bit as follows:
a. Place the climber between wood in a vise with the leg iron horizontal and the gaff on
the top side.
b. Use a smooth cut file and finish with a sharpening stone. Never grind with an emery
wheel, as this takes the temper out of the metal.
c. File only at and toward the point of the gaff and only on the outside. Never file the
front or flat side except for a slight touching up.
d. Do not file a long sharp point. The sharp part of the point should be about 3
millimeters (1/8 inch) long.
e. Never use a climber with a gaff shorter than 26 millimeters (1-1/4 inches) long, as
measured on the flat side.