Repairing an outdoor umbrella

in outdoors •  23 days ago  (edited)

Our outdoor umbrella broke a few arms and so we decided to repair it. The umbrella is not particularly expensive and we could easily replace it. But it does seem wasteful to throw away a whole umbrella for merely minor problems.

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What happened was that the plastic hinges broke where the arm attaches to umbrella top for four of the arms. I replaced the hinges with lightweight aluminium tent pegs that had the hook hammered into an eye. Aluminium is soft enough to work with a hammer without heating. I then put the eyes into the attachment rose but lost one of the pins!

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This picture shows one of the tent stakes that formed new hinges, the old plastic broken hinges and the remnants of a nail. Yes, we replaced a lost hinge pin with a cut down section of nail! The arms were attached to the tent pegs using duct tape.

The whole operation took a couple of evenings, mostly because refitting all the arm hinges and pins was a nightmare.

In the end we have a useable umbrella. I'll be more careful about leaving it up when the wind is blowing.

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At all times, Mor-mor 沫沫 the Labrador was around assisting. Here she is testing my French commando desert tent. These single layer, non water proofed and used tents were selling cheap so I grabbed one. It came with a strange coffee stain on the floor and a lot of fine desert dust coating everything. It took a brush and wireless vac to clean the tent up.

Until next time.

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