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  • Repairing a Broken Instant Canopy

    I’ve run into the same problem, and have a slightly better solution. First, you could replace the whole strut with a flat bar. It wouldn’t look the same, but would be ok if you painted it white. Second, drilling any more holes in the flimsy strut is just making it weaker, so I think the pop rivet/screws are not ideal. I used a price of flat bar just the right size to fit snugly within the tube, about 4-6 inches long; 3 inches are probably adequate, but felt too short. I drilled a hole in the middle, where the adjoining screw for the neighboring strut would be. Then you can use either epoxy or polyurethane glue to hold the bar inside the strut. In theory, if the bar was the perfect size, it would fit tightly, and you wouldn’t need any glue. You could use any number of adhesives, li…

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    I’ve run into the same problem, and have a slightly better solution. First, you could replace the whole strut with a flat bar. It wouldn’t look the same, but would be ok if you painted it white. Second, drilling any more holes in the flimsy strut is just making it weaker, so I think the pop rivet/screws are not ideal. I used a price of flat bar just the right size to fit snugly within the tube, about 4-6 inches long; 3 inches are probably adequate, but felt too short. I drilled a hole in the middle, where the adjoining screw for the neighboring strut would be. Then you can use either epoxy or polyurethane glue to hold the bar inside the strut. In theory, if the bar was the perfect size, it would fit tightly, and you wouldn’t need any glue. You could use any number of adhesives, like a Liquid Nails caulk, the bond doesn’t need to be that strong, and you have a lot of surface area to work with. Maybe you could just use foaming insulation in a can, but that might not be strong enough.I used the foaming poly glue. Usually it’s a woodworking glue, that you dampen the wood before applying the glue thinly, to make it foam to fill any voids and cure. Epoxy seemed overkill, you don’t need that strong a glue, and you want to fill the space, so the foaming poly glue was perfect; I just added a few drops of water to the glue, and coated the bar, and slid it inside the middle of the strut, and waited to cure. You could put the glue in the strut first, but I felt coating the bar would be a more uniform application.Then just assemble the strut into framework.For our next trick, we replace the cloth covering part of their canopy!

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  • Easy Applesauce

    There are lots of ways to make this easier. You can get a gadget that peels and cores the apples easily. Or you can just quarter the apples without peeling them, cook them, and then run them through a 'Victorio' type strainer with an auger inside a cylindrical screen. It takes out peels, seeds, stems and anything else solid. A MUST HAVE! If you cook the apples with red peels, the applesauce will be a beautiful marbled pink!One of the hardest things about making applesauce is keeping it from browning. Chilling the apples before hand and chilling the cut apples in ice water with lemon juice or citric acid and some sugar helps a lot. The amount of sugar and acidity in the apples also matters.

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