Step 2: Find your threader

You now need to find yourself a threader to feed the cord through.

I have found an excellent metal threader inside an old windscreen wiper. So when you come to replace your windscreen wipers save them Or salvage some from your local garage.

You will find two strips of metal which run the length of the wiper blade you need to remove these from the wiper blade assembly.

The best wiper blades are those from a saloon car or a van for the best length.

Ideally you need wiper blades of length around 50cm - 52 cm so they are just longer than a single pole of the tent pole assembly.

Note, my photo shows a windscreen wiper but its too short also NOT ALL WINDSCREEN WIPERS have metal inserts.

The cheaper wiper blades are unlikely to have metal inserts.
<p>I just used fishing line or heavy thread and a heavy needle to go through the poles.</p><p>Simply thread the needle and drop it through the pole &amp; pull it out when it falls through the bottom. Go though all the poles one at a time, trailing the fishing line or thread. I connect each poles after I put the thread through. When you finish the last one, push the needle through the elastic cord near the end (like you are sewing), and tie a knot in the fishing line or thread (if you use fishing line tie a good fishing knot, it is slippery). Then pull the line from the other end and it will pull the cord through all of the poles. Rest of the directions from the instructable work fine</p>
Couldn't you sew the new cord to the old with a stitch or two, (after knot is removed) and then pull the other end of the old cord?
<p>ebay do a easy kit which comes with shockcord, threading steel and washers (tie behind so easy secure). Works well I don't tape but use pliers to pinch threading steel closed around shockcord. Ebay prices &pound;3.90 - &pound;5.00 depending on vendor includes postage UK. Enough cord and washers for 3 poles from family tent</p>
cool. very clever. <br>last time I had to restring poles I used a can of compressed air to blow the shock cord thru.
I use a different method, I take my shop vac and suck fishing line thru the poles and then pull the shock cord thru.
That's another interesting method...... <br> <br>I wonder if the fish line could work with just a small lead weight on it without the hoover and just drop the feeder line through the pole vertically. It may not be quick but useful approach with very limited resources at hand (i.e. no hoover or shop vac) <br> <br>Hopefully we will end up with quite a good list of various methods here with this article. <br> <br>Thanks for your input.
If it's a pipe, I find an easier way to thread anything through it is to get some string. <br />Put the string end at the pipe entrance and suck at the other end. The string should follow through unless it's damp/obstructed.
That's another interesting method! <br /> <br />Personally i wouldn't recommended sucking through an old glassfibre pole just for the glass splinters alone. <br /> <br />Aluminum poles OK.

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