First off if you are offended by this post you need to lighten up, it’s a hot dog hat. Yes I said that … a hot dog hat. One of my friends Amy wanted one of these and I wanted to surprise her… so off to Amazon and Prime and a few days later in comes the hat.
The hat fit me ok but the wiener was a limp flat wiener and no one likes a limp flat wiener. So I thought about sending it back for another but was impatient and didn’t want to wait.
I’m a Maker a DIY type of guy… I can fix this wiener and make the hat proud.
So here is the wiener on the workbench where you can see it needs a little help. I’m wondering what can be used in place of the little blue pill? Daddy’s helper?
So I look around on the shelves and come across a can of “Great Stuff” expanding foam. One of the warnings you can see on the top of the can in this picture is “Wear Gloves”.
I didn’t read this or the warning repeated on the side of the can. TIP: Wear gloves this Stuff is super sticky. When you get it on your hands you have to use a pot & pan scrubber to get it off.
This Stuff expands to 2-3 times it original volume. NOTE: It takes time to do this, be patient, less is more. Do like the instructions say “Plan before use”
I cut a small hole in the bottom of the hat, stuck in the nozzle and put in some foam expecting it to expand rapidly. When it didn’t I put in more foam and kept doing that over and over until the wiener felt firm.
It wasn’t long after I filled the wiener full of expanding foam that it started to ooze out of the hole I had cut in the bottom and started to stick the to the plaid part of the hat. I panicked and grabbed a shop towel, in my bare hands, and started to clean up the excess.
I had sticky Stuff on my shirt, my hands, my cellphone and in my hair. It was everywhere. NOTE: Let any excess foam be… it is much easier to clean up after it has hardened. After I finished cleaning the hat the realization set in I can’t give away a sticky wiener hat. Frustrated I tossed the hat on the bench and left it.
Next morning after I got over my failure it was back to the workshop to find the hat firmly stuck to the workbench table. This is going to be a problem when working on future projects. So I pry the wiener from the workbench and find the hat looking like this.
So the wiener is hard and firm but the hat is a wreck. My workbench is a mess, my shirt is in the garbage and I’m scarping sticky foam remnants off my new Samsung S5 and having my wife get Stuff out of my hair. Overall a classic DIY Fail.
The folks who make “Great Stuff” make “Great Stuff Pro” that fills up twice as much as the classic “Great Stuff”. Imagine the havoc you can reek with that Stuff!
After another quick Amazon and Prime order a replacement wiener came in and here is Amy wearing the hat. Left the tag on for the Minnie Pearl look. Look at how nice that wiener is. Look at the smile on Amy’s face. MORAL: Rush in DIY usually results in a fail, read the damn instructions on anything new. Less is more. Amazon Prime rules.