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  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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ChuckHutchings

How long do inflatables usually last?

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I had a snowman inflatable for about 4 years before the seams stretched too much causing it to not stand up. This year we bought a brand new inflatable that got vandalized with a knife on the last night of the display. :(

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My Tigger Vampire made it through it's fourth season this year - no problems standing up or inflating completely - with no frabric treatments or anything.

Hey NoHandles, with the Formula 303, how are you applying this? On the inside or outside? with it inflated or not?

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I would like to get some inflatables but we have cats that like to claw things. Does anyone have cat problems and how well do they hold up?

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I have had a snowman for about 4 years now and the only thing wrong with it, is that it has yellowed.

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Chuck,

I've figured out a cure for a limp airblown.......

Mix up about a gallon of epoxy. Throw it in your washing machine on top of your airblown. Turn off the water, then put it on wash for 2 minutes to coat the fabric totally.Take it out and plug it in until the epoxy is thoroughly set.

Now you won't need your blower any more!!!!!!!

Problem solved!!!! Then blame the wrecked washing machine on your son ;)

When finished, you will be a proud member of the blow mold club!!!:P

J/K Please don't anyone try this !!!! It won't be pretty.......

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I have a Tigger Vampire that is 4 or 5 years old. I just got him out and he isn't looking too good. While I can't find any holes or leaks in any of the seams he's not standing upright.

Is there anything I can do or should I just haul him around to the alley now?

Take him to the alley! Get on ebay buy a tigger blowmold and you will never have a problem again! He will last forever! Good luck, Tom

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I have a Tigger Vampire that is 4 or 5 years old. I just got him out and he isn't looking too good. While I can't find any holes or leaks in any of the seams he's not standing upright.

Is there anything I can do or should I just haul him around to the alley now?

Did you check the lights in side.. My Santa would not stand all the way up and the light cord inside was getting hung up on something. Once I got it untangled it worked just fine

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Take him to the alley! Get on ebay buy a tigger blowmold and you will never have a problem again! He will last forever! Good luck, Tom

blowmolds are to small.....LOL

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Chuck,

I've figured out a cure for a limp airblown.......

Mix up about a gallon of epoxy. Throw it in your washing machine on top of your airblown. Turn off the water, then put it on wash for 2 minutes to coat the fabric totally.Take it out and plug it in until the epoxy is thoroughly set.

Now you won't need your blower any more!!!!!!!

Problem solved!!!! Then blame the wrecked washing machine on your son ;)

When finished, you will be a proud member of the blow mold club!!!:P

J/K Please don't anyone try this !!!! It won't be pretty.......

I missed the "J/K" part and now my washing machine is screwed up.

But Tigger looks pretty good. Of course, now he looks like a blowmold so I put him in the alley. :P

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Chuck, Chuck, Chuck....

Come on over to the dark side.... because in the end... all that will be left are roaches and blowmolds...

buhahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS (I only suggest Gemmy's... I've blown through a bunch of other brands... and I run mine for 30+ days 24/7... and have a few still going strong 5+ years!)

(Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... don't tell them I'm out here... they won't let me back in! :D)

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