Above: Major problem fixed. Here, we’re lashing a fractured pole to provide flexible strength and stop splintering, then covering the damaged area in tape to protect the pole sleeves and repair.
Rips and punctures
Stormy conditions make repairs hard to effect in the field – but not impossible. Speed is of the essence and strong, waterproof tapes that stretch to counter movement – like Gorilla Tape or Tenacious Tape– really come into their own. Just slap over the damaged area and, unless the tent’s structural integrity has been badly affected, it should last until a permanent repair can be done at home. Groundsheets can also be treated with tape.
Tent repair glues are also available from McNett (manufacturers of Tenacious Tape) and Storm (specialists in waterproofing outdoor gear) to match their tapes and patches. REPAIR KIT One roll of tape; tube of glue
It is rare for a sealed seam of a synthetic tent, or a correctly prepared polycotton/cotton seam, to leak and little can be done to stop it until the weather improves except use the above tape to stem the worse of the drips.
If available, a tarp, plastic sheet or groundsheet can be slung up outside over the affected area to protect it from the worse of the weather and minimise water entry. When the tent is dry spray the outside of the seam with a waterproofing spray and seal inside using a seam sealant (or a latexbased adhesive like Copydex if none available).
Dry thoroughly before packing away – worth dusting the set glue with talc to ensure fully dry before packing away. REPAIR KIT Small tube of seam sealer and small can of waterproofing spray, like Outwell Seam Guard and Water Guard