One of the ribs in the six-passenger umbrella we keep in the van snagged on something and snapped its fitting on the spreader strut:
This being wonderful engineering plastic that cannot be solvent-bonded, epoxy is the only adhesive that will work. However, those joints undergo tremendous stress in a deployed umbrella, so a bare epoxy joint won’t have enough strength for the job. What to do?
Wonder of wonders, when I got the umbrella into the Basement Laboratory Repair Wing, I discovered:
- The not-quite-round strut fitting stub slipped right into a short brass tube from the heap and
- Just enough of the fitting remained on the rib to anchor the tubing
A silicone tape wrap kept most of the epoxy inside while it cured:
Clearing off a few blobs made it all good:
We don’t play golf, but such a big umbrella keeps most of the rain off two people; it’s a tchotchke from back when Mary worked at IBM (hence the color scheme). We call it our “six-passenger” umbrella because it looks about that big when we deploy it…