|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
Patch a tent hole, layer for extreme conditions, clean your stove, make an old bag warmer, and more.
PATCH A HOLE IN YOUR TENT
Don't try to sew a gash smaller than two inches in diameter–it might lead to leaks and stress-related tears. Instead, fix it with adhesive ripstop nylon repair tape (such as Kenyon K Tape) or a pre-cut peel-and-stick tent repair patch (like what MSR sells at msrgear.com).
1) Wipe the damaged area clean with water and/or an alcohol prep pad from your first-aid kit. Let dry.
2) If using tape, cut a piece that extends 1/4 inch beyond the tear. Round the edges with scissors to prevent fraying.
3) Place a hard surface (such as a book or cutting board) under the area.
4) With one hand, pull the torn tent fabric back together as closely as possible. Use the other hand to press the patch on top of the tear. Press from the middle of the patch toward the outer edges, smoothing any ripples or bubbles.
5) If the gash is on the floor or rainfly, repeat the taping process on the opposite side for extra security.
FIX A BUM TENT POLE