How to Repair a Broken Tent Pole Joint

Written by nathaniel miller
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Repairing tent poles sometimes becomes necessary when you're on a camping trip in the backwoods or just the backyard. Over time, fibreglass tent pole joints can wear out or are broken in transport, and you may think that it's time to toss the pole. Luckily, there are tent pole repair kits that offer immediate and very effective fixes. Anyone with a bit of ingenuity and common sense can easily fix a broken tent pole joint in no time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tent pole splint
  • Hacksaw
  • Fibreglass epoxy

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  1. 1

    Isolate the broken tent pole joint and take tension off of it by breaking down the rest of the poles.

  2. 2

    Use a hacksaw to cut the broken joint off, making sure not to cut the elastic band inside the pole.

  3. 3

    Spread a thin layer of fibreglass epoxy on one of the fibreglass poles and then slide one end of the pole splint onto the tent pole. Allow the epoxy to dry for at least three hours.

  4. 4

    Slide the other end of the tent pole into the splint and erect the rest of the tent pole as normal.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when erecting the fibreglass poles as they are under tension and could break, causing physical harm to you or bystanders.

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