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John Rowling II
(jrowling) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Repair Tent Floor hole. on 03/22/2008 05:29:08 MDT Print View

Hi,
I pitched my tent in the dark over a small stone which created a very small hole the size of a nail hole. What is the best way to repair this? Thanks for your advice in advance.
John

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Repair Tent Floor hole. on 03/22/2008 15:27:21 MDT Print View

I've had pretty good luck using sail tape. For a tent, or any other situation where you have access to both sides of the tear, cut two round patches about 3/4" larger than the hole and apply one to each side of the cloth. Roll the patch on from one side to the other and burnish the patches to remove any air bubbles. Be sure to use some alcohol to clean the cloth before sticking on the patches. Over time the edge of the patch may fray a little but the tape material is quite sturdy. I've used this on tent bodies and flys, jackets, stuff sacks, and sleeping bags. Sail repair tape is available in most any Chandlry or boat shop catering to sail boats.

Edited by redleader on 03/22/2008 15:29:09 MDT.

Charles G.
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Repair Tent Floor hole. on 03/22/2008 15:29:20 MDT Print View

First, you need to know what fabric the tent floor is made of. If it is silicone nylon, there is one procedure; if it is urethane coated nylon, there is another. There are kits sold by BPL to repair either fabric.

John Rowling II
(jrowling) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Re: Repair Tent Floor hole. on 03/22/2008 19:25:05 MDT Print View

It is Silicone Nylon. I'll check BPL out.

Thanks for the sail tape idea.

John

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Repair Tent Floor hole. on 03/22/2008 21:50:06 MDT Print View

John,

If it is silnylon, the prevailing wisdom is that you must use a silicon based adhesive like McNett SilNet or GE Silicon Sealer II to glue a patch made of silnylon. McNett SilFix sold at BPL probably works well but I have not used it. I don't know if sail tape is Si based ... not familiar with it.

If you don't care about matching the color, PM me your snail mail addr and I will mail you some silnylon scraps and you could buy GE Silicon Sealer II at a hardware store (get clear, it also comes in white). Or let me know the color and I'll see if I have a similar color.