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This is an excerpt from an e-mail that I received from bindsteve in January of 2001. It explains how he puts on a Posey straitjacket solo.

#2 How to put on a Posey

I just finished reading "How I get myself in to a Posey Straitjacket". I thought I was the only person that had ever tried this. I have a 6 or 7 year old Posey straitjacket that I bought directly from them. I'm married and my wife will put me in the jacket when I want, but I've also played with it when she's gone and have learned how to put it on, although I use a different (less secure) method. I fasten the four buckles to where I know I can slip the jacket over my head. I put a rubber band (wrapped several times, around the arm strap buckle, circling both the main part of the buckle and the toothed part. If you can picture it, the rubber band is parallel to the pin in the buckle and is perpendicular to the strap. The buckle is now "spring-loaded" so to speak, with the toothed part held snugly against the main part of the buckle by the rubber band. I then pass both arm sleeves through the front strap loop. I pull open my spring-loaded buckle and pass about 6 inches of the arm strap through it. Finally, I do the same rubber band thing with the crotch strap. and fasten it so about 5 inches is through the buckle I slip the jacket over my head and put my leg through the crotch strap like you do. Once in, I pull the jacket down and reach around and pull the crotch strap snug. Next, with my hands already through the front strap loop, I step into the loop formed by the arm strap and pull the strap up my legs and to my back, I now have my arms through the front strap loop, but not through the underarm loops,. If I slide my right arm as far as I can through the front strap loop and pull with my left arm, I can get the buckle around almost to the front of the jacket (with the 6 inches of the strap protruding from the rubber rigged buckle.. Next, I walk over to our bedroom door and slip the 6 inch end of the arm strap into the hinge side jamb of the door. I then use my left foot to pull the door closed. The leverage in the hinge side of the door is tremendous and the strap is gripped tightly when the door closes. I then turn to my left and pull the strap as tight as I want. When it's snug, I use my foot to open the door and I'm in!!

At this point, my arms are through the front strap loop, but not through the underarm loops. To get out, I need to rub the rubber band on the arm strap buckle back toward the sleeve so that it doesn't hold the toothed keeper against the strap. Once I do that, I can wiggle the arm strap and it will come out of the buckle fairly easily since it isn't through the keeper.

The first time I did this, I wanted to pull the arm strap just a few inches tighter, to see if I could get out, but after I was in the jacket and was standing at the door with the strap pinched in the door jamb, something came over me and I gave the strap a strong, long pull and it pulled deliciously snug through the buckle. After I opened the door, I came to my senses and wondered if I would be able to get out. It took me at least an hour to get out that time. Now I can get out in a few minutes, because I know just how to slide the rubber band over to the center of the buckle (off the toothed part) and what piece of furniture works best to do this.

I wouldn't have believed it was possible to put on the jacket solo and get the arms through the underarm loops also. You are ingenious! I may try this some time, but I honestly don't think I could do it. More importantly, I wouldn't be able to get out once I was in that way.


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