SEARING AND WAXING
Cord, textile tape, or webbing which has been cut for use in performing maintenance will be seared or dipped in wax to
prevent fraying unless otherwise specified. Searing and waxing of textile items shall be performed as follows:
Searing. Ends of nylon textile tape, webbing, or cord may be seared by pressing each exposed end against a
hot, metal surface until the cut nylon material has melted sufficiently to prevent fraying. Avoid forming a sharp
edge or a lump of melted material. Cotton textile tape, webbing, and cord will not be seared.
Waxing. Ends of cotton or nylon textile tape, webbing, and cord may be waxed by dipping 1/2 inch of each end
in a thoroughly melted mixture of half beeswax and half paraffin to prevent fray- ing. Wax temperature should be
to a point which will ensure a thorough penetration of the dipped material rather than just applying a coating on
EYELET GROMMET REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT
Repair. To repair an eyelet type grommet, use a mallet, punch, and an applicable size die, and reseat the
grommet in the original location by hammering until the grommet becomes firmly seated and cannot be turned by
Replacement. Replace a defective eyelet grommet and washer with serviceable items of the same size from
stock and the following procedures:
Cut the crimped edge of the original grommet at three or four points using diagonal nippers. Pry the cut
crimped edges back and remove the original grommet and washer.
If the fabric area around the original grommet has been damaged, repair the area by darning as outlined
in paragraph 2-7, using the specifics in table 2-3. However, if darning does not provide a satisfactory
repair, construct a suitable sized reinforcement of the same type material as that in the original grommet
location and secure the reinforcement to the inside of the damaged area using the specifics in table 2-3
and patching procedures outlined in paragraph 2-7. After the reinforcement has been secured in place,
darn over the reinforced area using the specifics in table 2-3.
Using a grommet hole cutter, cut a suitable sized hole in the reinforcement material to accommodate the
applicable size grommet. Ensure the hole is cut with a slightly smaller diameter than the diameter of the
replacement grommet barrel.
Insert the barrel of the replacement grommet through the hole cut in (3) above, and ensure the grommet
flange is located on the same side of the material as the original grommet.
Position the grommet on a comparable sized die with the barrel facing up and place the washer over the