How to Repair DAC Tent Poles

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How to Repair DAC Tent Poles
A broken tent pole on a camping trip needs field repair. (tent in the sunset image by Galyna Andrushko from Fotolia.com)

DAC makes several models of aluminium tent poles, including the DAC Featherlite, which replaced glued-in ferrules with extruded pole ends. The extruded pole ends helped strengthen the joint between pole sections. Despite the improvements in pole technology, poles still break. Replacing a broken pole section is the only permanent way to repair it. That's not usually an option when you're on a camping trip. To repair a tent pole in the field, either improvise a fix or use a repair kit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 5-inch aluminium tube
  • Duct tape
  • Tent stake

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Squeeze the pieces of the broken pole section back to near its original shape.

  2. 2

    Slide a 5-inch aluminium tube slightly larger than the tent pole's size over the pole until it covers the broken part. Most high-end tents come with a 5-inch aluminium tube for these types of repairs; otherwise, most pole repair kits include an aluminium tube.

  3. 3

    Wrap duct tape around the tent pole and the 5-inch aluminium tube to fix the tube in place. The tube provides enough structure to set up your tent. Treat the repaired pole with care.

  1. 1

    Squeeze the pieces of the broken pole section back to near its original shape.

  2. 2

    Wrap duct tape around the break.

  3. 3

    Hold a tent stake against the break. If you don't have enough stakes, try to find something thin and metal, or use a strong stick.

  4. 4

    Secure the tent stake in place by wrapping duct tape around the broken pole and stake. Because a tent stake's sharp edges could rip your tent, cover all the sharp edges with tape.

Tips and warnings

  • To help preserve the life of your pole's bungee, start folding the pole from the centre, which evenly distributes the stress across the entire length.
  • When joining a pole's sections together, make sure to insert the ferrules completely. A half-inserted ferrule creates a weak joint and can work as a lever to split the pole's end.
  • An improvised repair doesn't provide as much support as an aluminium tube, so check the repair often and add another stake if you notice problems.

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