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Monday, September 22, 2008

More about tent poles-

I assembled my tent with the repaired poles. It went together very nicely. I took a little more time, and did each step deliberately.

The two repaired poles worked fine. The one that folds a bit funny due to mixed lengths to the sections still flexed just fine. It is doing its job right now, and doing it well.

Though this was not particularly challenging I really enjoyed learning to rebuild the poles and put them to work. It was satisfying. It is kind of like learning the art of barbecue. I have been experiencing satisfaction there, as well.

One thing I did in assembling the tent that seemed to help was to keep everything slack until I had it all up. Last week I think I had things too tight, which caused me to have to apply too much energy in flexing the poles that broke. I only tightened the various straps that hold the tent in the truck bed enough to keep things in place as I inserted the poles. I think that this allowed the whole tent to flex as I worked and prevented thing from being so tight that I had to hyperextend the poles to get them in place.

Relax. Take time to do it right.

2 comments:

Robyn said...

Hey you...it is so great to see you over at my blog! Your kind words mean the world to me! And I love that you love my mystery trips! I hope to see you more! It is really lovely to see you there!
Hugs,
Robyn

Megan said...

I always have trouble putting up the tent. Even after all these years.

Last summer my cousin just finally couldn't take it and stepped in and put it up for us.

I let him do it.