COVID 19 UPDATE. I am still working through this crisis, my workshop is by my home and i am able to continue working. The team are not able to assist me however, so i am working largely on my own, which is far slower. I managed to keep up to date through the early weeks of the crisis and so though i am working solo i also am basically up to date and managing to maintain the usual time scales for repairs, as i am reasonably quiet, which is understandable. I am still repairing and altering waders, still selling new and warranty replacement waders. I am also still selling our water repellent, Repel, both here and on ebay, search Repel by Diver Dave on eBay.

Getting waders to me is an issue at this time, and i have a deal with the royal mail so you can get the waders posted with minimal human contact, link below, you just print the label and get it into the postal system at a post office, parcel depot and some postys will take them. Pay nothing, we charge for this when the waders are invoiced. Its £10 for any number of waders up to 8 so a good deal if sending heavy waders or multiple pairs, and they are properly insured. Link here.  https://www.royalmail.com/track-my-return/create/2817

Many people are getting packages collected from home and i believe Parcel to go and Hermes offer this service. I have no experience of sending this way, but some customers have told me its super simple, so it may help if needed. Hope you all stay safe and well

Dave


In response to many questions about if we are still working, fixing waders and jackets and

supplying Repel.

During this difficult time making predictions is just about impossible, but at the moment I am still able to repair waders and jackets. I am still able to seamseal them, but at the moment its far slower than normal, as none of the team are able to help, they are all at home locked down! I am being helped by my daughters, basically they take the waders to me, I repair them and they hang them up to dry, whilst I repair the next one. Its slower than having the team here, but at least I am able to continue processing waders, and the plan is to get them ready for when we are released back to our fishing grounds. I am unable to do alterations at the moment, they are too time consuming and I want to get as many as possible completed and posted out. It may be I post alterations to the team to do at home, but at the moment I don’t have too many alterations in, and I can re consider this later.
I am doing a reduced postage, just one or two days a week, but the Royal Mail are still collecting from me and delivering to me. I am still selling new and warranty replacement waders, and have had another very large delivery of breathable stocking foots, zip and non zip models. New wader deliveries to me are now far less predictable

Some anglers are posting me waders whilst they are unable to use them, which is grand. I cannot guarantee them being ready as soon as we are all released from lockdown, particularly if I was to get ill, but I expect I should be able to get them done in a similar time scale to normal, with just a delay to post day and perhaps a few days added to the repair schedule. Ideally wash them down then dry them before posting, we will wash them down the inside as part of the process anyway, but if you do the outside it will help.
Our discounted postal system is good and safe at the moment. All you need to do is print off a postal label from my website, stick it to your wader box and get it into the postal system, via the post office or parcel office. They are well insured and you can probably post 6 or 8 waders at the same price, we have a maximum weight of 25 kg and that is a lot of waders! Details here www.wader-repair.co.uk I am still getting deliveries from all the usual couriers, so if you have something in place or can use your local courier safely, then I don’t mind how they get here. I am not however accepting customers dropping off or collecting waders from me in person. I have a good safe system in place with all my delivery drivers, I have spoken to them all, and we are able to get packages in and out without any direct contact, I simply cannot guarantee this with a drop off service so for the low cost of postage it is safer for all parties to stop this at the moment.

Finally, Repel is still available on ebay, and we can still post it out, search Repel by Diver Dave.

Stay safe and if in any doubt if you can get your repairs to me safely, then wait till this is all over and back to normal. If you do decide to send waders to me, please understand that they may take longer than normal to process, and only do so if you can send them safely. If you have any of the well documented symptoms, please don’t post them until you are safe and clear again.

Cheers

Our 2020 warranty replacement stock has just arrived, we currently have all sizes of zip and non zip breathable stocking foots in stock, that always sell quickly, email dave@davegordon.co.uk for details or check my facebook page, for the most up to date . It is best to email me the size of wader you want, rather than asking for the whole list. If you dont know send me an ACCUCURATE chest size and inside leg in inches and your shoe size.and i will check and advise.
list, https://www.facebook.com/diverdaves.waderrepair
 
We sell New waders, that we have seam sealed, tested and guarantee for a year. We know the weak points of basically every UK wader, so strengthen these in the new waders we sell, have a look at our wader sales tab on the left for further details. We should be able to get these year round as we are working with a number of manufacturers. To make life easy with these we include free UK delivery and often a discount on the RRP.


 
 To assist our customers and because we are now getting lots of requested we are now selling glues, sealants and wader repair kits. These can be found at our prices page on the left or click here We also sell our own water repellent - Repel, it is available via the link above and on eBay, search for Repel by Diver Dave

 
It is always worth writing your name on initials inside your waders before you send them, they all look the same when inside out!
I made up a new page made for Repel, our water repellent, it is in the column to the left. Loads of details there!

Now servicing waders from: Eire, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, UAE, USA, Russia and all of Scandanavia!
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DELIVERY ADDRESS
 .Dave Gordon

113 Jesmond Road

Bridge of Don

Aberdeen

AB228NY

email is by far the best way to chat to me, i cannot answer the phone when gluing!

 

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Our Story, how it all started! 
 
 
  For the last few years I have been repairing anglers waders. For many years I was a diver, running my own business. A large part of the business was dry suit repair, as they are very expensive and only last about 5-10 years. However like most anglers I found myself replacing my waders every second season.

I decided to attempt to pressure test the wader’s using the same technique as I used for dry suits, and then to repair them to dive suit standards. I got a loan of all my friends waders, most of which had a leak or two and pressure tested them using compressed air. I found that they all leaked in the same places, and that the problem was always the manufacturing technique, they were simply not made to last, the seams, particularly in the crotch and feet being the common leak points. I then compared the seams of dive suits and waders and found that the taping was very poor, however this was an easy fix

 
We then started repairing wader in the business, however I decided to retire from diving a couple of years ago. I still did the odd repair for friends but now am getting waders from all over the country so have decided to start doing waders again, I have set up a workshop and am getting steady business.

What I do is pressure test them using compressed air, and do a bubble check on them. We have done considerable research on the various wader fabrics used and work to a set pressure on each, so to find all the leaks without damaging the wader material. The advantage of this is that we find weak points as well as leaks, so we repair problems before they occur. Leaks are marked and then the waders are washed and dried. We used to use a thick sealant, however it was too thick, it sat on top of the weave of the material and did not soak in properly. What we now do is thin the glue right down to a consistency of water, and paint this on. We generally use about 4 coats thinly painted on to breathables, and 6+ on neoprenes, as the weave is much thicker and more absorbent. In recent times we have further developed the technique, to use our sealant heated right up, so it is thinner to spray, but leaves a much stronger repair

 
All repairs are made in the inside, so your waders look ok when being worn. This actually makes sense, as this is where the tape is. We do a much wider seam than the manufacturers and it really lasts, it is stronger than the wader material. Once dry we re-pressure test, to ensure that they are 100% air tight, and re repair as necessary. Pin holes, tears and the like are repaired in the same way, and we can even reduce the size of neoprene socks and replace them if the sock is available. Dont worry if you have made repairs yourself, inside or out we will either remove them, work over them our round them. My own waders, had a complete seam re seal at the end of their first years, once the warranty ran out. They are now in their 4rth season and have no leaks. And dont worry about the waders breathability after our process, as we only treat seams and leaks the majority of the material is left untouched an so will breath just as much as it does before treatment!

I am happy to advise on wader repairs, or will quote for any repairs required on your waders. Prices range from £10 for a pressure test and puncture repairs to £45 for a breathable wader’s complete seam re seal and test plus postage and packaging. See price page for more details. I aim for same day puncture repair and a week or two for a complete re seam/re seal. Other jobs may take slightly longer.

 

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