Metal items. Burrs, rough spots, rust, or corrosion on metal items that cannot be eliminated by
brushing or spot cleaning, using procedures in (1) and (2) above, may be removed by filing with a
metal file or by buffing and polishing with crocus cloth or steel wool. When applicable, ensure
that the adjacent fabric materials are not damaged when filing, buffing, or polishing. When the
metal item has been properly smoothed, remove all oils and filings by brushing and dipping in
tetrachloroethylene. When the tetrachloroethylene has dried, spray the metal item with a dry film
lubricant and allow to air dry for 24 hours and put hardware back into service. Shield adjacent
fabric material when spraying dry film lubricant to prevent saturation. Small amounts of lubricant
will not damage fabric, but may cause discoloration and make fabric appear soiled.
Drying. Insertion/extraction equipment that is wet or damp will be suspended or elevated in a well
ventilated room or in a heated drying room. Item drying time may be reduced through the use of
electric circulating fans. When heat is used, the heat temperature will not be in excess of 160
with preferred temperature at 140 until the item is dry. Fabric or wooden items will not be dried
in direct sunlight or by laying an item out on the ground, except in an emergency.
3-6. Service Life.
The personnel STABO extraction system does not have a prescribed service life. The length of time the
system components may remain serviceable shall depend on the results of required inspections performed.
The maximum service life of the web loop and each of the strap assemblies shall be computed as 10 years
from the date of manufacture which is stenciled on the web loop and each strap.
Section III. PACKING PROCEDURES
Packing of the personnel STABO extraction system applies to the layout and stowing of the suspension rope, bridle, and
safety rope, along with closing of the deployment bag. During packing, the deployment bag shall be secured to the
suspension rope at two points to prevent loss of the bag when the system is used.
3-8. Proper Layout.
To place the STABO extraction system in proper layout, perform the following:
Position the deployment bag on a flat surface with the suspension rope stow loops facing up.
Remove all tangles from the suspension rope, if applicable, and coil the rope at a point near the bag opposite
the weighted end of the bag.
The weighted portion of the deployment bag is considered the bag bottom end.