loading
I was in goodwill and found a Coleman 13'x13' instant canopy for only a few dollars because one of the support tubes was broken in half.  The support tube ran diagonally from one of the corner legs to the middle of the side of the tent.  The tube broke right at the point where the screw passed through to attach it to a second tube so that the tent folds up scissor style to close .

looking at the tent, it seemed like it could be easily repaired.  I felt up to the challenge so I got the tent and headed home.

I did call the manufacturer to see if replacement parts were available, but all they had to offer was a replacement canopy.  They don't have any of the support structure available.

with that avenue closed I was off to the hardware store to get some parts to play Mr. Fixit.


 

Step 1: Things that seemed like a good idea but weren't

I went to the local "big box" store to get some 3/4" oval tube steel to replace the broken support.  As it turns out they don't stock oval tube steel. 
So i grabbed some 1/2" round conduit tubing.  I figured it could flatten it into the oval shape that I needed. 

Lacking a vise to use to compress the tubing I tried to improvise one using a few boards and a series of clamps. 

yeah .. about that ... not so much. 

1) conduit tubing is a lot sturdier than it looks.
2) A vise has certain mechanical advantages that a few clamps and some boards fail miserably at duplicating. 

On to plan 2 .. the 3 lb sledge hammer.

That worked alot better at whacking the tube out of round and towards the oval shape I wanted.  The problem was that the tube was not only flattening out, but it was starting to curl up.  Flipping it over and hammering the other side of the tube straightened out the curl.  As you can see from the last picture The tube was slowly starting to take shape, but it was getting a bit lumpy from all the hammer marks. 

 
This is pretty ironic as the day before i saw this,i repaired mine from wind damage. The wind bent up the piping along the top. I removed the bent bolts,drilled out the holes slightly bigger and installed new hardware.
I had originally planned on replacing the broken piece but I wasn't able to find replacement tubing sold individually .. I would have had to buy a whole frame (kind of defeats the purpose) .. so I fixed the broken spar the best way I could think of :)
<p>I guess my comment didn't go through. To repeat, I also have a Coleman canopy. When a support broke and I was unable to purchase repair parts, I did buy the flat bar for about $4. I drilled 3 holes and sandwiched the flat bar between sets of washers to make up the thickness. It appears to be holding up well. A 2nd support broke and I replaced it today. I am prepared to replace them all if necessary as it will be less expensive that purchasing another canpoy. </p>
<p>Awesome idea! I happen to have a couple of busted ez-ups that I refuse to throw away and was planning on re-purposing them. Now it looks like I can get it back in service. Thanks!</p>
<p>Awesome idea! I happen to have a couple of busted ez-ups that I refuse to throw away and was planning on re-purposing them. Now it looks like I can get it back in service. Thanks!</p>

About This Instructable

10,880views

17favorites

License:

Bio: Jack-of-all trades, master of some. I would probably be much more modest if it wasn't for these delusions of granduer that I suffer from.
More by Lorddrake:Super Simple Sweet and Savory Summer SaladMy Possible Bag (A Work in Progress)Tackle Box Organization
Add instructable to: