Even when you think that your tent is tough, it can still suffer the occasional leak or tear. A simple fix, surprisingly, can provide your tent with more years of backcountry bliss. Lucky for you, these fixes don’t require you to be a DIY wizard at all. In fact, you can perform these repairs by yourself and in the comfort of your own home.
In this post, we will be talking about the three common repairs for damaged tents such as fixing tears in the fabric, sealing leaks, and splinting a bent pole. It should be noted, however, that while these fixes are pretty basic and easy to do, basic tent care is still essential if you want to add more years to your home in the wild. Keep on reading if you want to know more.
How to Patch Rips in Your Tent
Stones, sharp sticks, as well as errant tree branches, can all contribute to tears in your tent’s fabric. If you’re carrying a patch kit with you when you’re backpacking or camping, you can simply fix the tear while you’re out. You can also wait until you get home to perform the repair in case you don’t have the complete gear for such repairs.
Basically, patching rips in tents require rubbing alcohol, scissors, a rag, repair tape, and a mesh patch kit. Once you’ve gathered these materials, here’s what you need to do:
A different set of repair should be done if you find a rip in the window or the mesh door. Here’s what you need to do:
How to Seal Leaks in Your Tent
Generally, tents come with seams that are sealed with seam tape. However, it has been proven that repairs are easier when done using a liquid seam sealer. In case you didn’t know, seams are considered a vulnerable area of the tent. So, when you’re going on an outdoor camping adventure, make sure that you have made necessary inspections, particularly on the seams, and watch out for damages or signs that water may come sneaking in.
When sealing leaks in your tent, you are going to need a rag, rubbing alcohol, and a seam sealer. Here’s what you need to follow:
How to Splint a Broken Tent Pole
Your tent pole may get stepped on or worse, a powerful gust of wind damages or snaps, causing your tent to become uneven for the rest of your outdoor camping trip. All these factors contribute to an uncomfortable camping experience so we do advise that you take immediate action to repair it even when you’re in the field. If this is not an option for you, you may also wait until you get home to have the pole repaired or replaced.
The quickest and easiest way to repair a broken pole is using a pole repair sleeve, also referred to as a splint. It is a short tube, which is commonly provided along with the purchase of a tent. If you don’t have any, you may simply buy one from the store. Here’s what you need to do:
We’re now at the end of the discussions about how to repair a tent and we hope that you have learned a lot from the instructions we have provided you. It’s inevitable that your tent undergoes normal wear and tear over the years so it’s always a good measure to maintain your tent’s good condition to the best of your abilities. While these are all easy steps to follow, nothing beats good and proper care for your tent, especially after you have used it and are ready to be stored away.