This is my first instructable, so please bear with me. Comments or questions are welcome and appreciated.
Several years ago I bought this pop up gazebo from Walmart. A couple years back, I was using it in the back yard as a shelter for cookouts, etc. and it stayed up most of the summer. Unfortunately, it gets pretty windy in my back yard, and during a particularly strong windstorm, the shelter blew completely over, the top got a tear in it, and one of the accordion frame pieces was bent (all in all, not too bad damage considering...) So after having the thing sit in my shed unused for a while I decided to take a look at fixing it. I don't use it much anymore because of the bend, and I'm afraid that if I do use it, it will bend more, maybe break completely, or possibly other pieces could get bent, and the whole thing will have to be replaced.
After looking for just the frame piece online, I found the whole accordion side (at about half the cost of replacing the whole thing) but couldn't find just the one piece I was looking for. So I decided to see if I could fix this up myself, and basically I decided to reinforce the pole with a spare shank of metal. Here's what I did:
Step 1: Get a Suitable Piece to Reinforce With
First I removed the plastic end cap from the frame. This was a simple matter of pulling it straight off. If you can't pull it off very easily, you can use a screwdriver, or do what I did and use a garden stake to carefully push the end cap off the pole.
I had some garden stakes lying around from some border that I'm not using anymore, and a quick measurement indicated that it would be just about perfect size for reinforcing this bend.
I hammered out the crook of the stake to make it (relatively) straight so I can insert it into the pole. I left the lengthwise bend in the stake to help give the reinforced pole some added strength.