How to Repair Snapped Camping Tent Pole Threading

What You'll Need
Pole Elastic
Camping tent poles
Felt tip pen
Tape measure
Wire threader
Lighter or match

Most camping tent pole threading is made of elastic, which can become fragile over time, leading to it breaking or snapping. This problem can be very annoying, particularly if you find that you are stuck in a location with no convenient tent repair kits nearby. Rather than sending out for an expensive kit by mail, or even taking your tent to a camping specialist to be fixed, you can repair snapped camping tent pole threading quickly and easily by doing it yourself. With a few simple tools and some basic materials, you can repair your snapped camping tent pole threading no matter where you are.

Step 1 - Finding Some Pole Elastic

In order to properly repair the pole threading you will need to find some fresh elastic. This can be bought in a pole threading kit, although it is rather expensive to do it this way, and another alternative is just to purchase a suitable pack of pole elastic from a camping supply store, such as Millets. This elastic will be suitable for threading onto a pole, and you will find that you can get quite a large pack for a suitably small price, and you will likely have some money left over.

Step 2 - Prepare the Pole

Before you can put any new elastic into the pole, you will have to remove the old stuff, and make sure that the area is clean and smooth. Sharp pieces of metal from the pole can quickly wear holes in elastic, which weakens it enough to snap it, and this can be one cause of elastic breaking. Pull out the old elastic from your camping tent pole using a pair of tweezers, or a crochet hook. You should then keep hold of the elastic.

Step 3 - Preparing the Elastic

Once you have purchased your elastic, you will have to make sure that it is suitable for inserting into the pole. There are two ways of doing this. The first is to purchase a device known as a wire threader, which can be put onto the end of the elastic, and will allow you to thread it through the pole, or you can make the end of it tougher by singeing with a flame. This will give the elastic enough stamina to allow you to thread it through the hole. Measure the old elastic, and then mark off the same length on the new piece with a felt tip pen. Cut to size.

Step 4 - Replace the Elastic

Hold the pole upright, and then push the elastic through the pole. When you have threaded your camping tent pole, tie a knot in the end of the elastic, pull the elastic through the pole until you have come to the felt tip pen mark, and then tie another knot in that position. Make sure that the elastic is through all of the tent poles that you need, and then use as normal.