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Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
tent repair on 08/30/2011 15:46:05 MDT Print View

We took out our new REI quarter dome. When we we shaking out the tent, found a knife that had been left in one of the pockets as it poked a hole in the top of the tent. Any recommendations on how to fix a tear? It's about 1 1/2 inches long in the ripstop.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
tent repair on 08/30/2011 15:51:27 MDT Print View

Top of the tent, or top of the fly?

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: tent repair on 08/30/2011 15:57:46 MDT Print View

Smear silicone around the tear, slap a nylon patch on the inside of the fly, and hand stitch it while the silicone is still wet. Press the repair overnight to force the silicone into the stitching.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: tent repair on 08/30/2011 16:15:59 MDT Print View

"Tear Aid" Type A

Round the corners on the patches.
Sandwich the tear.

Edited by greg23 on 08/30/2011 16:22:31 MDT.

Rodney OndaRock
(RodneyOndaRock) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: tent repair on 08/31/2011 00:59:52 MDT Print View

REI (and walmart) sell a tent repair kit for about $5
its looks like the patch repair kit that comes with those aweful Coleman inflatable air mattresses. basically a tiny squeeze tube of a glue, a round peel sticker 2" or 3" diameter, or a rectangular 2"x4" peel and stick.

I just used the stickers, without the glue or sewing.

http://www.rei.com/product/684939/coghlans-nylon-tent-repair-kit

Decades ago a wild bonfire near my tent, resulted in dime sized burn holes, that mosquitoes exploited... that's how I fixed it.