Patching mesh on a tent

4:36 p.m. on September 8, 2009 (EDT)
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Got a tear this past weekend in the "no-see-um" mesh door of my tent - no more than two centimeters, but in an L shape. Probably had a zipper catch in it, but not sure. All I know is when I camp with the kids things have a tendency to break, rip or go missing - and there's no explanation to be had.

Anyways, I wanted to solicit some opinions on the best way to patch a hole in a mesh door. Sew it? Maybe sew a patch of mesh over it? I just know some bees or ants are going to zero in on that hole...

6:50 p.m. on September 8, 2009 (EDT)
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You can buy a repair kit for tents and such things or you can go the cheap way out two pieces of duck-tape of equal size one on the inside and one on the outside then put it between some books or something like that for a couple of hours just for good measure.

9:12 p.m. on September 17, 2009 (EDT)
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I'd just get a ripstop patch and use some McNett's seam sealer to glue it on. Won't look great but it should hold.

8:59 a.m. on October 1, 2009 (EDT)
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I carry needle and thread, and glue in my first aid kit. Along with a little screening. In the field I do a quick patch job, making sure that I can undo it when I get home. At home I make it look like nothing ever happened. :)

12:54 p.m. on October 1, 2009 (EDT)
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Since it is the mesh, which is there to provide ventilation, you want to preserve the airflow. Two ways to do this, depending on whether it is a linear tear or a hole -

1. if it is a linear tear or has linear edges (as opposed to a hole where the mesh is missing), you can just use dental floss (the universal repair thread of backpackers, backcountry skiers, and climbers - Glide being the recommended brand because of the teflon coating) to thread through the holes on each side of the tear line to close up the tear (like lacing your shoes). Go a couple of holes back from the edge of the tear, but try to minimize the "pucker".

2. If it is a hole (from the kids, er, I mean, the mysterious "Not Me"getting a candle too close to the mesh or poking something through the mesh), get a section of mesh that is an inch or so larger than the hole and stitch it in place as in 1. If you know how to do "french weaving", you can also do that to hold the mesh section in place.

10:27 p.m. on October 2, 2009 (EDT)
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