Sometimes when you are out mining for suburban gold http://www.instructables.com/id/Mining-for-suburban-gold/
what you find isn't as nice in the daylight as you may have thought, you can either set it back at the curb, but our local recycle pickup doesn't recycle plastic chairs, or you can attempt to repair the item. On the plus side, the table I'm working on was found the same night
Step 1: Materials
The back of this chair was/is split in several places and I had some rolls of "rope" from the dollar store (I'm pretty sure this stuff is made from recycled plastic)
Step 2: Repair
I started at the bottom of the back and tied the rope off, then wove it in and out of the back "splats", trying to keep as much tension on the rope as possible and going back to work it tighter as I worked. I quickly realized it was going to take more than the 2 rolls of rope I had to do the entire back so I started the second rope from the top and "wove" it down. All told this took about a half hour.
Step 3: Conclusions
Although the chair looks unfinished it is sturdy enough to support my 250lbs comfortably and it really is comfortable. I expect that 3 more rolls of rope should finish the back and for around $5.us I'll have a unique chair for the summer. Of course it could also morph into a prop for this years Haunted House... but that's in the future.