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Now that's funny!
But I have seen repairs on canopies. I was at a show last year and one exhibitor had to replace three pieces on the truss. He took pressure treated wood and cut it to the sizes needed, drilled them, and replaced the broken truss parts. He said he did it a year back and they work just fine.
He too was from New England where I say many times:
"Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without."
We don't go buy a new canopy just because a part breaks.
TX for your reply Chris! Pressure treated wood is an interesting way to go....... there are lots of carpenters out there with the skills and tools to make that work I am sure!
The beauty of my repair kit is that it recycles the broken truss parts in the form of a stronger than the OEM part, way. It also is a quick fix to get you through your event when you might be far from home and your shop. Deo Read
When I am going to a long show, I usually have 2 replacement trusses in the van - I got them from EZ-UP, and they cost $20 per piece. (And this from a person who never had a truss broken - I do not know why!) And if I need to do a quick fix on the spot, I would use few soldering rods and (of course) duct tape. What we'll do without duct tape? Actually I gave this idea to a friend in one show we attended on a regular basis - and he kept using the rods for few seasons. I an pretty sure he's still using them.
Couldn't locate you on Ebay, can you tell me how to? Thanks.
I sold out what stock I Had, so I haven't put it back up on e-Bay. How many truss splints do you need? and how soon do you need them? I can make some up for $5 per splint plus shipping......
Just one for now, although David seems to suggest there will be others. I have a show on the 25th of this month.
I can make up one with parts I now have & send it out for $5 + shipping........ You can use nylon tape or duct tape for the repair. Let me know & I can have it right out to you.... David is right, the scissors truss material on the EZ up is NOT very durable! They are NOT motivated to make their trusses more durable since that is bad for sales...........
Actually there are two broke. Both broke clean through at the truss pivot bolt. Can that be repaired?
Each of the metal trusses in the canopy frame are different lengths so IF you decide to get replacement pieces from the parent company, make sure you order the correct lengths. My repair truss splint comes with spacers to bridge the scissor truss joint. see attached picture. IF your repair "bridges" the break, then you can still open & close the truss frame. IF you do not "bridge" the break, you need to keep taping and removing the repair at the broken area each time you set it up. I include (3) splints in my kit so that when the weakened bent area finally breaks, you have the repair splint ready to use. IF you use white duct tape to make the repair, either to cover the nylon tape or just by itself, the repair "blends" in with the frame. Because a broken truss has sharp edges, it is important to wrap these broken edges with tape to avoid puncturing or ripping the tent canopy top. There is another factor to consider IF you try and order exact replacement parts from the canopy company; time........... They are NOT, in my experience, quick shippers! that is IF they even have the part in stock!
So even if the truss are both broken through at the pivot bolt, these splints allow them to flex? If so, do I go yo your ebay site and order?
YES, when you span the broken pivot, you maintain it's flexibility. The splint spans the broken areas and allow the trusses to "scissors"
open & close. You can see my ad on Craig's List Hudson Valley, NY under "Ez Up Style Canopy Truss Repair Kit".
"Have you ever broken a TRUSS in your tent canopy? Have you ever had to find something to repair that broken TRUSS? Did you ever wish some one sold a reasonably priced TRUSS repair product that would work for your canopy? IF you answered yes to any of those previous questions..."
HA HA HA!!!!!!
Ya just gotta ask yourself WHY there are so many broken E-Z Ups out there.
GO WITH A REAL CANOPY AND SAVE YOURSELF THE HEARTACHE (and save your neighbors the heartache when YOUR E-Z ends up on top of their Light Dome).