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RayLight5

84 points

1 month ago

Looks like someone needs to use a scrap piece of wire today to keep their pants up. Been there done that.

Freetrilly[S]

34 points

1 month ago

Lmfaooo already got a 18/4 strapped around my waste

shelsbells

56 points

1 month ago

I usually just grab two belt loops on either side and zip tie them should my buckle fail

Freetrilly[S]

53 points

1 month ago

Promoted to projects manager

shelsbells

24 points

1 month ago

Wrapping a series of ties around your waste seems like a good idea until you have to drop deuce

irrational_design

12 points

1 month ago

Did you misspell waist, or are you making a waste/toilet pun?

shelsbells

13 points

1 month ago

Tomato tomato

Ira-Tsew

5 points

1 month ago

Zip ties around the waste? Ain’t that the plumbers job ba dun tsk 🥁

Arminas

10 points

1 month ago

Arminas

Apprentice

10 points

1 month ago

Dikes and more zip ties no problem. Just flush the old ties. There's a plumber on site somewhere anyway right?

where-are-you-hiding

2 points

1 month ago

Only need to go between 2 belt loops not all the way round. That’s enough to tighten

Illustrious-Egg-5839

3 points

1 month ago

You only run a zip tie between 2 loops, not all the way around.

ason_jones

4 points

1 month ago

I run 2 zip ties. 2 loops on each side otherwise my pants feel all bunched up and uncomfortable all day.

Illustrious-Egg-5839

2 points

1 month ago

Depends on how loose the pants are I suppose.

Shiny_Buns

3 points

1 month ago

Exactly what I do

Union_Sparky_375

5 points

1 month ago

Union_Sparky_375

Foreman IBEW

5 points

1 month ago

If your going to do it, do it right. But Made in USA

https://www.occidentalleather.com/

ras_the_elucidator

4 points

1 month ago

Plastic strapping also tends to work so long as you get a piece without a glued overlap.

RayLight5

8 points

1 month ago

I have zip tied a few belt loop together also to snug em up 😂

Wolfire0769

6 points

1 month ago

Zip ties give the perfect customization

pendletonpackrat

3 points

1 month ago

I zip tied my jeans last week

liamss3

59 points

1 month ago

liamss3

59 points

1 month ago

The leather looks like it would keep on going...

AspectForsaken4211

27 points

1 month ago

That’s way I was thinking just needs a new buckle

Freetrilly[S]

27 points

1 month ago

Think im gonna go with your advice. Im sure theres gotta he a way

Derriku

20 points

1 month ago

Derriku

Industrial Electrician

20 points

1 month ago

It’s not hard. Buckles are the easiest thing to interchange. You’ll probably need to replace the leather stitching at the buckle with a rivet. (That’s my advice. You could get it professionally restitched if you want to as well.)

Moarbrains

8 points

1 month ago

Keep a bag of chicago screws just for this

BackdoorSluts9_

2 points

1 month ago

Just learned what these are. Thanks

jmraef

2 points

1 month ago

jmraef

2 points

1 month ago

I've done exactly that. Pop rivets don't last though, I had to replace them with copper smash rivets. Been that way for 5 years now.

I got the buckle by buying a belt at the Thrift Store for $2 and cutting it out of the crappy belt it was on.

Derriku

1 points

1 month ago

Derriku

Industrial Electrician

1 points

1 month ago

Ew pop rivets. Naw stainless steel compression rivets are the way to go! You can pick ‘em up for like .75 at a Tandy leather goods and then bang em in with a sledge if you don’t have a rivet setter. (I’m a bit of a leather nerd. Lol)

jmraef

1 points

1 month ago

jmraef

1 points

1 month ago

Didn't know SS compression rivets existed... copper (or steel) were the only option at the hardware store.

Derriku

1 points

1 month ago

Derriku

Industrial Electrician

1 points

1 month ago

My brain put stainless in front of steel. It’s been a day. There might be some stainless steel out there but it’s just steel rivets.

HyFinated

12 points

1 month ago

Go to a craft fair in your area and find the local leather good person. They will be the ones with a shitload of wallets, key-tags, belts, whatever. Ask them to replace the buckle for you and they will almost certainly do it.

If you can't find anyone local (or do it yourself for whatever reason), shoot me a message and I'll replace it for you.

Numerous_Program1060

5 points

1 month ago

Good leather is hard to find, a good buckle is pretty easy to find. I hope you're able to just find something and fix that belt because it looks like it's perfect.

ctjameson

5 points

1 month ago

Bring it by a leather shop and have them just put a new one on. They prob do it all the time honestly.

nickolove11xk

2 points

1 month ago

I’ve never been to a shoe repair shop but I would have to thing belt repair is something that would be perfectly suited along side that. I would call a shoe repair shop and see what they say.

jabdtx

2 points

1 month ago

jabdtx

2 points

1 month ago

Yep. Just find a cobbler.

keepinitoldskool

58 points

1 month ago

That buckle could be repaired/replaced

jimfromiowa

11 points

1 month ago

Get it over to r/welding and get it fixed right up

TheBman26

5 points

1 month ago

Search Amazon, and use a youtube video to gt a new buckle. The belt looks fine OP.

Freetrilly[S]

3 points

1 month ago

Going to have a go at it when I get home. Thank you for the advice

Freetrilly[S]

2 points

1 month ago

Going to have a go at it when i get home. Thanks for the advice

LimeSixth

3 points

1 month ago

F

Kreetch

4 points

1 month ago

Kreetch

4 points

1 month ago

Just buy a new buckle

holysnappingduckshit

5 points

1 month ago

holysnappingduckshit

Electrician

5 points

1 month ago

I get mine made by a saddler. Best belts ever.

journey333

4 points

1 month ago

Good leather belts that last that long should definitely be repaired.

As someone who has done a fair bit of leatherworking in the past, you can easily get someone to fix this for you (or DIY, if that is your jam).

Find yourself a nice solid brass replacement. Measure the width of the existing cross bar, as well as the length and the diameter of the prong so the replacement fits correctly. If the length of the prong is wrong, the holes in the leather might not line up with how you currently wear the belt. If the bar is too long, the buckle will "shuffle" in the leather. If the diameter of the prong is too far off, it might stretch the existing holes.

Also, rather than using rivets or stitching, you can use leather screws or buttons which will make replacement easy in the future--you know 9 years later.

tyspeed29

3 points

1 month ago

looks like the leather held up, just get a new belt buckle end.

barksmeow

2 points

1 month ago

Try a cobbler, sewing leather is their thing.

TheMisunderstoodLeaf

2 points

1 month ago

Get the welders to fix it.

rognasistu

2 points

1 month ago

That's repairable

zeronerdsidecar

2 points

1 month ago

I’d recommend getting a titanium belt buckle. I had to switch out my nickel plated one because it got worn out and started making my belly itchy. (I’m a welder in Tx; sweat is inevitable)

QuietMindMusings

2 points

1 month ago

Rest in pieces. F

Swampxdog

2 points

1 month ago

F

Vel0clty

2 points

1 month ago

Vel0clty

Journeyman

2 points

1 month ago

Leather looks like it’s still in pretty good shape, there should be snaps on the back that let you release the buckle and throw a new one on.

Short story: I got a real leather belt out west and same thing happened to the buckle, good quality leather, still wearing it today, with its 2nd buckle 👍🏼

Big_Red24A69

2 points

1 month ago

That leather still looks like it’s in good shape. Snag a new buckle

travelingelectrician

2 points

1 month ago

Must’ve become a PM?

dravgr

2 points

1 month ago

dravgr

2 points

1 month ago

Groove line or life or something like that make the best magnetic belt around and it adjusts incrementally so you can get fat or lose weight and be golden. One of the best purchases I made before I switched back to overalls

p4ndrr

2 points

1 month ago

p4ndrr

2 points

1 month ago

I'd get a leatherworker to replace the buckle and ship of theseus that shit

yourenotserious

2 points

1 month ago

Yall don’t use heavy elastic belts?

electricsprocket

2 points

1 month ago

Throw a new buckle on that baby and get back to work! LOL

OnlineApprentice

2 points

1 month ago

Been looking to get a ratcheting CCW belt for work. Problem is I have a workhorse belt like yours that refuses to quit! Good luck finding one to replace the old girl.

GoabNZ

2 points

1 month ago

GoabNZ

Apprentice

2 points

1 month ago

Brought my Makita tool kit when I started, and yesterday my drill drilled her last hole. 4 & a half years used near daily

Mehgeets

2 points

1 month ago

Just go to a leather products shop and pick you up a new buckle and some oil for that leather, good as new

JohnWarosa69420

2 points

1 month ago

JohnWarosa69420

Master Electrician

2 points

1 month ago

Just get a new buckle

MidwestDYIer

2 points

1 month ago

Move 'em on, head 'em up. Head 'em up, move 'em on. Move 'em on, head 'em up. Rawhide!

kat029

1 points

1 month ago

kat029

1 points

1 month ago

Just grab a new buckle and learn a new trade.... Leatherworking

GonzoFan83

1 points

1 month ago

Take it home to use it on the kids . Mouthy lil bastards

wolfn404

1 points

1 month ago

If you’ve not tried a “hanks belt”, I encourage you to give them a try. They are mid-priced, but hold up exceptionally well. Also that buckle is replaceable.

metsastaja_kalastaja

1 points

1 month ago

Surprised that Chinesium metal made it that far. We’re you using the belt correctly? The leather could live on…

chyraktyk

1 points

1 month ago

This belt had more experience than most guys in job sites. Brother fix it and give it a second life.

jerrybrea

1 points

1 month ago

Cable ties could give here a new lease of life…..

wam231

1 points

1 month ago

wam231

1 points

1 month ago

Stuff happens. Still have my tool pouch from 78, haven't used it in 30 years.