How to Repair a Tent Shock Cord

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How to Repair a Tent Shock Cord
If the shock cord breaks, fix it yourself. (John Slater/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Modern tent poles use a shock cord to hold the rods together. These shock cords are essentially mini-bungee cords. When the tent pole shock cord rips or tears, it is time for repair work. Repairing a tent's shock cord means replacing the ripped portion on the rod section. Repairs are possible at home or in the field. When travelling into the back country, a repair kit should be part of your standard gear.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tent pole repair kit
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Open the tent pole with the damaged shock cord all the way. Pull each rod from the next to find the rod with the damaged cord.

  2. 2

    Cut off the cord/rod where the damage is present. Be sure to grab the remaining shock cord on the other tent rods and tie a knot at the ends to prevent the shock cord from retreating into the rod blanks.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of the shock cord replacement out of the repair kit. Cut a length the same as the damaged piece. Light the ends of the cut shock cord to melt the nylon fibres together, preventing unwanted frays.

  4. 4

    Thread the cord through the rod blank. Place the rod blank back into the full tent pole where it originated.

  5. 5

    Pull the shock cord out from the tent pole and untie the small knot made. Tie the shock cord pieces together and push the rods together.

Tips and warnings

  • When opening and closing tent poles with shock cords, do not let them self-assemble. This leads to damaged metal on the tent pole ends. Hand fasten them together.

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