Baseball gloves, like everything else you may own, age with use. In fact, the laces in a baseball glove that hold the webbing and individual fingers in place tend to loosen and crack over time. When that happens, they need to be replaced. Fortunately, you can learn “how to replace a baseball glove” starting right now.
Here Is All You Need To Get Started
According to eHow.com, it is much more satisfying to repair the baseball glove you already own than it is to buy a new one. It is also inexpensive to repair the glove and it requires very few items to get the job done.
To begin, you will need:
- 1. A leather softener or glove oil which you can use to “relax” the leather and make it easier to handle.
- 2. A pair of sharp scissors.
- 3. Rawhide lacing to replace the worn-out lacing in your glove.
- 4. A leather awl, an ice pick, a lacing needle or some other pointy tool which can be used to thread the lacing into and through the holes in your baseball glove.
It is entirely possible that you already have some of these items in your home. However, even if you have to buy everything listed, the cost to you should be modest, no more than $5 or $10 in total.
Now … you are ready to restore “the glove you love.” Here’s how …
- Step 1: To begin, treat your new rawhide lacing with leather softener or glove oil before you begin working with it.
- Step 2: Survey the damage on your baseball glove to determine how much new lacing is needed and to memorize the lacing pattern so that you can repeat it when you replace the old lacing.
- Step 3: Remove one section of the old, broken or worn lacing, using your scissors, if necessary, to cut it free. It’s important to remove only one section of damaged lacing at a time. That leaves other old lacing temporarily in place and gives you a “guide” to follow and to continue the lacing pattern that has served you so well.
- Step 4: When inserting new lacing into the glove, tie a simple over hand knot at one end of a long piece of your new rawhide lacing and pull it as tight as possible to help shape the pocket that will enable you to catch the ball and close the glove around it.
These initial steps will point you in the right direction toward “giving new life” to your old baseball glove. But, there is still more that needs to be done …
These Final Steps Will Enable You To Successfully Complete The Repairs On Your Glove
- Step 5: Use your leather awl, ice pick or lacing needle to push the lacing through the first hole and then continue to pull the lacing all the way through right up to the knot at the end of the lacing.
- Step 6: Continue the threading process by pulling the lacing all the way through the holes, duplicating the original lacing pattern. Make sure to pull the lacing as tight as you can without altering the shape of the glove. Tightness is critically important because lacing stretches and loosens over time.
- Step 7: Tie another overhand knot at the end of the lacing in the section you’ve just threaded. Now, adjust the knot so that it rests snugly against the glove.
- Step 8: Now, cut off any excess lacing and begin working on other sections of your glove that have lacing which needs to be replaced.
That’s it. As you can now see, it really is easy and inexpensive to re-lace your old baseball glove. But, before you run to the store to buy the items you require, there are a few more things you need to know.
Here Are Some Simple-To-Follow Tips That Can Make Your Job Even Easier
You’ll be proud of your accomplishment if you replace your baseball glove properly. And you can assure your success by taking advantage of the following tips.
Remember to remove old lacing one section at a time so that you will be able to restore the old pattern with the new lacing. Rawhide lacing, leather softeners, glove oil and a leather awl or lacing needle can be bought at a sports equipment shop or a hardware store. Be sure to assemble everything you need before you start working on your glove.
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