Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: Old tents
Re: Old tents
Steven G. Tyler
Sun, 27 Sep 1998 21:23:27 -0400
Carol J. Fletcher wrote:
> Our troop recently found some very old canvas tents (8x10? approx.) in a
> closet at the council office. They are not dome tents. Someone had cut out
> squares from the floor of the tents, some zippers were no good and there are
> the cross bars at the top missing.
> Question is: can we find replacement cross bars for them? What about the
> floor. Would I be able to sew new ones in and where could I find new zippers
> to sew in. This is an inner city troop that doesn't have a lot of money and
> if I can repair these four tents, we'd be ecstatic.
Carol, I think the answer is, it all depends how creative you can be!
First, I'd be sure the fabric is good enough that, with suitable
waterproofing, the tents will give good service after being repaired. If
the fabric is frayed, rotted or badly mildewed, you'd be better off
Second, I'd look for spare parts. Check with the manufacturer if known,
and places like Campmor if not. I believe you should be able to find
replacement poles and zippers, which can, with care and a lot of work,
be made to fit. Holes in the floor I'd be less concerned about: a good
groundcloth on the inside and any moisture coming through the hole will
be stopped cold. The holes themselves can be patched with any available
material, including parts of any discarded tents.
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
"The Computer Counselor," Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and de facto Webmaster, Troop 339,
Baltimore Area Council, BSA (http://members.aol.com/troop339/)