After a neighbour's Cockatoo (she is a wildlife carer) destroyed the top of our au$500 umbrella, I wasn't impressed but didn't mention it to her ( she is doing such a great job for injured birds) although it was the second one that this had happened to. Cockatoos in the wild crack macadamia nuts like peanuts.
A subsequent storm sucked up inside the topless umbrella and flung it out of its "well protected" spot beside our pool.
Before tackling the storm broken ribs I got a quote on the canvas repair which was $100. I accepted but due to the canvas fade I opted for a contrast colour which I thought best=black.
I then setabout using aluminium angle I already had in my spoils and repaired the two broken ribs.
Cheap $100 canvas umbrella. P.s. The bird returned to our other umbrella so mentioned it in passing so the poor thing is caged permanently now in an avery but better than the 1 cubic metre usual cages that folk keep them in.
Nice repair and would hardly know it was there.
I had a similar situation with a patio umbrella we keep in our front court yard. We forgot to close it down one evening and a nighttime windstorm lifted the umbrella up and broke two of the inside support ribs. It could have been a lot worst because the umbrella landed about about two feet from a 100 year+ set of leaded glass bay windows.
We have another patio umbrella by the backyard pool and several of the canvas pockets at the end of the canvas shade were ripped out. I used thick copper sheeting to make 1" X 3" rectangular plates with rounded corners. I drilled two holes in each and the holes went through the underside support brackets and through the canvas. Using long pop rivets I attached the copper plates from above and into the under support brackets. This was an easy fix and saved us from buying a new canvas cover.
I splinted these umbrellas, myself, several times. Yours is a more permanent, durable and nicer looking fix, though. (I would have thought to spray paint the fix to match but then that handiwork may go completely unnoticed!)
BTW, I know exactly why you put "well protected" spot in quotes. Its gotten to the point where I've had damage to those umbrellas so many times from the wind that if I know we'll be having high winds, I just go outside beforehand and lay them down on the patio before the wind does it in its own less-than-caring manner!
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Paul Jones (02-10-2019)
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