How to Replace Broken Fiberglass Awning Pole Sections
Fiberglass poles are commonly used in tents and caravan awnings due to the perfectly balanced strength and flexibility of the poles. Plus, they are light in weight so they help you to keep the load within manageable limits. But sometimes, these poles may get damaged with broken sections clearly visible along the fault line.
How does one repair or replace the broken fiberglass awning poles in such a situation? Let’s find out.
If the fiberglass pole is broken with shards of the material coming out from the section, then keep away from it. You would not want the sharp parts to cut your hand or leave small fragments under your skin. Trust me, it can be damn painful and with no immediate medical help around, you might have to go through a lot of suffering. It’s better to stay away from it.
Things You Will Need
- Hacksaw (small sized)
- Safety Goggles
- Gloves (for extra protection)
- Shock cord
Replacing the Broken Fiberglass Awning Pole Section
- Measure the diameter of the damaged pole and the replacement section. Both should have the same diameter or else the fit won’t be perfect.
- The entire length of the pole will not be required. Measure the length of the replacement pole that is needed and trim off the remaining section. Use the hacksaw for this.
- After the pole has been cut at the measured position, use a file to smoothen the surface. A rough surface won’t allow a proper fit to be achieved. It is important to get a clean cut without any splinters or sharp edges remaining.
- Get a shock cord and tie one end firmly. Pass the other end through the pole’s length and ensure that they are the correct way round. Once it comes out from the other end, pull the cord and make sure that it is tight.
- Adjust the tension of the cord for keeping the two pole sections together. Remember, the tension should be perfect. It should not be too tight or else it could snap. When the tension is checked and adjusted, trim off the extra shock cord length and tie the free end into a firm knot.
Important Tips to Consider
- Try to keep the lengths of the pole section as even as possible.
- Do not use a metal ferrule joiner in the middle of the fixed fiberglass awning pole.
- Mark the pole sections before cutting. This can be done by applying insulation tape or any other tape to mark the place where the pole needs to be cut. Cut gently to avoid creating a rough splintered surface.