Repairing Canopy Frame Ribs

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Introduction: Repairing Canopy Frame Ribs

About: I have a group on facebook.South La. radio restoration and collecting.

My canopy got messed up in a wind storm and it broke a few frame ribs.

Step 1: Remove and Matched Up Broken Frame Ribs

I bought 3 eight foot 5/8 x 11/2 trim boards and measured each rib.

Step 2: Marking the Holes

I used the broken ribs to match,mark and drill out the wholes, I also rounded the edge of the board that goes into the top of frame. I used a belt sander but you can also use a hand sander.

Step 3: Painting

I used grey primer paint which matched well

Step 4: Attach the Ribs

I re-attached the ribs using original hardware.

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    This has been on my to-do list for weeks! Though my canopy was so cheap that buying another unit simply for parts was how I was gonna take care of it. My rod broke completely so I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle to fix it with wood.

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    I use mine to work under in the backyard doing projects. The wood was cheap and I already had the paint. Wood cost $3 and I used the hardware on the canopy.

    I want to explain that I replaced the broken frame rib, not just repaired. I cut the wood out to match the original metal rib and installed it in place of the original.

    Great instructable! I need to get better at taking pictures and writing the articles. I had a neighbor who wanted to throw away a flat screen tv because no one works on them anymore in our area. He brought it to me and I went on YouTube, watch someone change a diode in the same model. I tested his tv found out it was a bad diode. Ordered one online and repaired it for less than $5.

    nice. I love finding those easy to fix treasures :)

    thanks I hate to throw something away without trying to fix them first.

    I don't want to talk about how mine got messed up. But it did. So I took some scraps of steel, drilled holes in them, and pushed them into the frame bars with some JB Quick Epoxy.

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    Good job I guess your like me, I hate to throw anything away that I can repair. We live in a throwaway society, my neighbors bring stuff to me to try to fix before they get rid of them.