I have never been a very good do it yourself kind of guy. Projects always turn out way more complicated than they first intended to be. My waders started leaking last weekend and I looked into repairing them. I found this video on youtube. It made it seem simple enough. The problem was the video shows the waders hanging from a platform which makes it easy to fill them and monitor the leaks. I don't have such a thing. Also it's hard to find a random place to hang waders and fill them up with water. I could have gambled and tried the rain gutter but if it broke I'd have two things to repair.
So here was my bright idea. I'd get in the shower hold my waders up to the shower head and while they fill up I'll look for leaks. My first major mistake was understanding that waders are not very stiff. When they start to fill with water they expand like a water balloon. The weight picks up rapidly as the waders fill with water. The water got to about knee level when I realized there is no way I'm going to be able to hold these waders up while one leg fills up.
My 3yr old daughter was watching the whole ordeal intently. How often does she get to watch her dad fill up some pants in the shower? The weight became unbearable and I asked my daughter to turn off the water. With the sound of the water she couldn't really understand what I was saying. I tried to kind of brace the waders on the shower head but then I was worried about the waders ripping the shower head off the wall. Eventually I just moved the waders down and tried to shut off the water.
So here I am fighting with half filled waders, fumbling with the shower faucet and getting drenched at the same time. My daughter kept yelling at me, "what are you doing? what are you doing? Funny, I was kind of wondering the same thing. Luckily I was smart enough to strip down to my underwear and just a t-shirt before starting. Still I felt pretty dumb. I figured I might as well look the waders over. The shower had gotten the outside all wet and now it was hard to identify a leak from all the other water. I started trying to transfer water from one leg to the other and eventually I noticed some water leaking more in one spot. It was right on a seem on the upper thigh. Right where I thought there was a leak. I only had to drench myself, almost rip a shower head off and traumatize my child to find it.
The end result was me buying another pair off Sierra Trading post. To me a leak at the seem is a sign of bad craftsmanship. I'm going to return the waders. It would be different if the hole was in another location and obviously from me hooking myself or briar bushes. I think I'm done with DIY fly fishing gear repairs for now.