What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

tent fly repair

on November 14, 2014

Here’s another long-stalled project completed: replacement of the shock cords on my Eureka! Timberline 2 tent. After almost 30 years, they lost their stretch, and the fly wouldn’t stay attached to the frame. I found new shock cord some time ago at REI, but puzzled about how to secure it. Eureka! used custom aluminum hog rings that close in a tight oval and have rounded tips (the better to not cut holes in tender tent fabric). I tried to pry one off, but found they were a one-use item.

I have to go to a meeting in central Georgia tonight and tomorrow and welcome a chance to sleep outside. I don’t want to set up Nimue’s palace and I shed the 1-person tent earlier this year, so I need the Timberline back in service. It was time to stop making perfection the enemy of the good and accept the use of “regular” hog rings.

But since I neither raise hogs (they’re used to attach tags to pig ears), nor build chain-link fences (which use rings several ways), nor re-cover automobile seats (they hold the fabric to the frame), I didn’t own hog ring pliers and none of my parts drawers were full of rings. So yesterday I went on a hunt.

At one auto parts store, the clerk apologized, “We didn’t move many, so we stopped stocking them.” At the next I got a blank look and shake of the head. “Hog rings? What are those?” an employee of a Big Box Home Improvement Warehouse asked. A second Big Box HIW had pliers, but no rings. Fortunately, I live near a Medium Box Farm Supply Store. Nimue and I went there on our evening walk, and I came away with enough to tag 100 piglets.

hog ring pliers, the proper tool for the job

hog ring pliers with hog ring, the proper tools for the job

It went smoothly once I had the tool and supplies. A groove in the jaws of the pliers holds the ring until it’s pressed, whereupon it folds into a triangle, clamping whatever it’s meant to secure.

fresh shock cord on a 30-year-old tent

fresh shock cord on a 30-year-old tent

I’m thrilled to see the Timberline up again. It’s sheltered me in a lot of interesting places, and we have more of the world to see!

the Eureka! Timberline 2, first produced in the 1970s and still available almost unchanged

the Eureka! Timberline 2, first produced in the 1970s and still available almost unchanged

shedding style: repair

Comments welcome … no hogs were harmed in the completion of this shed!


4 responses to “tent fly repair

  1. Kathleen Job says:

    I guess you know Father Darkwater probably has one around here someplace. :) Maybe in the lower shed – or basement. Maybe even two or three of them! <3

  2. Kathleen Job says:

    I can remember helping to install “fits all”, usually plaid, slipcovers on some of the used cars he loved to acquire.

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