How to Restring Tent Poles

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How to Restring Tent Poles
Most backcountry tents use shock-corded poles. (climbers about tents image by Galyna Andrushko from

Modern camping and backcountry tents typically use shock-corded poles to erect the shelters. Over time the nylon shock cord may rip or lose elasticity, necessitating a change of the cord. Restringing the tent poles brings them back to their original lustre and function. Fix the poles with a spare hour and a little space on a home work bench.

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Things you need

  • Replacement shock cord
  • Utility knife
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Separate the rod blanks on the tent poles. Cut the top rod blank's shock-cord attachment from the pole. Unscrew the bottom tent pole tip and pull the tip out of the blank along with the attached shock cord.

  2. 2

    Measure out and cut a replacement length of nylon shock-cord in the same diameter as the pole's cord plus two inches. Hold the lighter flame to the cut ends of the cord to melt the nylon fibres, thus preventing frays.

  3. 3

    Tie the end of the cord to the tent pole tip using a simple square knot. Thread the cord through the individual blanks, going up the length of the pole. Push the rod blanks together as you go.

  4. 4

    Pull the end of the cord out from the last blank and tie it to the attachment rod blank tip with a square knot. Push the tip into the last rod blank.

  5. 5

    Repeat for other poles as per Steps 1 through 4.

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