A big problem often encountered by people who live life on the road is broken portable equipment. When you are in the middle of nowhere, being skilled at repairs being as handy as possible is a major advantage. As soon as equipment trouble bubbles to the surface it must be repaired immediately or the damage can turn catastrophic. One perfect example of an outdoor accessory that require immediate repair is the portable gazebo.
No one wants to spend the night under a canopy with a hole. That’s unsafe and the marking of nighttime disaster. Here’s what to remember when the gazebo breaks and how to repair it:
Step 1: Remove Gazebo Cover
If the tear on the gazebo cover and it can be taken down, do this. Attempting to repair holes and tears while standing on a ladder or any other footing is very dangerous. Get a partner to help remove the cover to prepare it for fixing.
Step 2: Wash Thoroughly
Most of the time the gazebo cover will have debris, dirt, and dust. To make the repairs easier make sure to wash the cover until it is clean and allow to dry. The next steps will be easier to accomplish with a clean and dry cover.
Step 3: Determining Repair Technique
There are different ways to remedy a torn portable gazebo, depending on where the location of the hole. Patching and sewing can be doing by just about anyone, no need to be a quilting master for this task.
Step 4: Patching Up
A patch job can only be done right if the correct fabric type is available. To ensure that you will always be ready for an emergency, always bring a couple of fabric pieces that match the canopy. The colors don’t have to be the same, but the material should be as close as possible.
It is important to clean the hole with alcohol to remove dirt and dust. A cleaner area makes a better working area. Cut a piece of fabric and sew it or stick it on the hole. When using glue, make sure it is industrial grade cloth glue to avoid seepage.
Step 5: Sewing Seams
Ripped seams of gazebos with delicate material, sewing is the best way to repair the canopy. Use a double stitch to make the repairs more durable. Always use heavy-duty thread and needle to make the sewing job easier.
Step 6: Tape It Up
For a quick repair that is temporary and for emergency cases only, a canopy tape can be used. This is a fast solution when no other ways of canopy repairs are available. Make sure the tear is positioned as close together as possible to ensure a good seal. If not, the results will be disastrous.
The most important part about gazebo repair is to be thorough. Always double check the patch job, the sewing, and the tape to ensure that there are no holes left. A small hole can spring into a large leak and no one wants that!
A portable gazebo is a good investment for anyone who loves the outdoors. Whether you love to stay by the beach or somewhere more adventurous, 4WD Supacentre has the supplies you need.