How to Repair a Nylon Tent

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How to Repair a Nylon Tent

Most campers need a tent, whether they are camping at a site with a group of friends, heading out into rough country, or simply having a night of fun in the back garden. Most campers and backpackers prefer tents constructed from nylon, as they are lightweight and easily packed into a backpack. Campers need to rely on their tents at all times, in all types of weather and terrain. Therefore, it is useful for campers to learn how to perform quick repairs in case their nylon tent rips, the zipper breaks, or a tent pole bends or breaks. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and a small tent repair kit, campers can easily perform most repairs on the go.

Repairing a Nylon Tent

Although a nylon tent is an ideal choice for camping, backpacking, and hiking and campers can often find deals on Camping gear and equipment, nylon is a type of material that rips easily. Luckily, owners can easily keep a tent repair kit in their camping gear with extra nylon, scissors, and silicone adhesive.

Repairing Bent or Broken Tent Poles

Tent poles can bend or break. Fortunately, owners can easily repair most tent pole problems by knowing which repairs work for specific tent pole problems.



Section of pole needs replacing

Remove end tips and untie cords

Count the sections and mark in order of length and assembly

If necessary, unthread shock cord

Re-assemble cord and replace end tip

Poles need to be shortened

Remove the end tips and untie cords

Trim the poles and file smooth

Re-assemble the cord and replace end tips

Split section ends

Cut off the split end with a tube cutter or hacksaw

File the end smooth and wrap with the shock cord

Bent poles

Slowly pull against the bend to straighten the pole

Replace badly bent poles

In many cases, broken or bent poles occur more often than tears, rips, or holes in the nylon. However, as nylon shrinks in certain weather conditions, knowing how to repair poles is important.

Repairing Broken Zippers

If there is a lot of damage to the zipper itself or the slider, then replace the entire zipper. However, if the damage is minimal, a quick fix is to clean the teeth on the zipper with water, a small amount of beeswax, and an old toothbrush. If necessary, use a pair of pliers to squeeze the top and bottom ends of the slider together to ensure an adequate connection. If the tracks of the zipper separate or bend, gently straighten then with a small camping knife or needle.

Repairing Holes, Rips, and Tears

Tears, rips, and small holes in the fabric occur quite often with nylon tents. Simply rubbing a tent against rocks or trees while hiking, setting the tent up in the wrong place, or exposing it to inclement weather can cause this type of damage.

To repair holes, rips, and tears, first remove loose dirt, debris, and dust from the area with a clean, dry cloth. Once the area is clean, apply an adhesive patch or some nylon tape on both the inside and outside of the tent. Carefully smooth the edges of the patch or tape and use seam sealer to coat the entire area to ensure the repair is watertight. If the tent has tiny holes in it, such as from the embers of a campfire, plug them with a seam sealer.

Repairing Large Holes, Rips, and Tears

For large hole and tears, use seam grip to construct a large, waterproof patch to cover the damage. To do this, simply lay the tent on a flat, hard surface and paint the area with seam grip. To waterproof the seal, spread the seam grip about 2 cm further than the damaged area.

Making Temporary Repairs

There may be a time when a tent needs a quick repair, but owners do not have repair materials on hand. Fortunately, owners can use duct tape to temporarily fix a hole, tear, or rip.

How to Buy Nylon Tent Repair Materials on eBay

Buying materials to repair a nylon tent is quick and easy on eBay. Simply type relevant keywords into the Search bar located on any eBay page. For example, to find a pre-packaged tent repair kit, type " tent repair kit" into the box. Once the results display, you can further refine your search by criteria such as brand, condition, price, format, and location.

Being able to repair a nylon tent out in the field is a useful skill that helps campers stay safe and dry during inclement weather. Additionally, the camping experience is much more enjoyable if campers know that they are safe and secure.

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