How to Repair a Tent Pole in 30 Seconds

Let me guess. You have a tent that you bought on sale at Wal Mart. You're on the big Girl Scout Father-Daughter campout at Lake Winimichonka. You go to set up your tent, and you trip, head first, into a fully assembled, fiberglass tent pole, and snap the thing like it was a twig. Hope you didn't get any fiberglass in you. So how do you repair a tent pole? Well, not that you'll likely have any way to really fix it now that you're out there, and everyone is laughing at you. But, on the way home, pick up a small length of PVC pipe at your home center store. The smallest diameter size is what you need. Cut the PVC to be about 14" long. Carefully slip the PVC pipe over the broken section of your tent pole, and you'll be ready for the next time you go camping. Be really careful handling the broken tent pole because fiberglass splinters have a bad habit of having to be removed surgically from your hand. And no, that's not in the Girl Scout manual. I checked.   … [Read more...]

How to dry a tent after a hunting / camping trip

If you're like me, what happens is you go on a camping/hunting weekend with the guys, and inevitably, it either rains on the last day, or it's simply that the dew from the morning has made your tent wet on the outside. The dew doesn't make your tent wet on the inside; no, that's the beer you spilled. Anyway, you are normally forced to pack up camp before you can dry your tent. Not to mention the fact that since there were no women present on the hunt, you failed to take off your shoes when you went back and forth in the tent. So, your tent is filled with little bits of pine straw and leaves. So, How to Dry a Tent? A simple solution to this dilemma that's been perplexing mankind for generations, is to put up a few hooks or nails in the carport or garage of your house. You can then hang the tent sideways, with the door facing down. This lets all the debris fall forward, including that flashlight you forgot was in there. It also gives you a chance to let the tent dry out. Have any … [Read more...]