DIY





Slap Together an Easy Mosquito-Net Tent


| 10/22/2013 1:30:00 PM



This article was originally posted in Instructables and is reposted with permission from Brent Garcia.

Photo by Brent Garcia

This travel mosquito-net tent is made from a couple of fiberglass rods, rope and aluminum tubing. I bought 4 yards of mosquito mesh at Hancock Fabrics for about $20. It's an easy project and very simple to set up. No sewing required!

Step 1: Fiberglass Rod Protective Covering

Fiberglass rod is strong and flexible, which is a must for this mosquito net tent. The problem is that you get invisible splinters from handling it. To fix this, I gutted 3/8-inch rope and used the sheath to cover the rod. Next, I sealed them in by crimping and melting the ends. What’s even better, they now fit snuggly into the tubes they'll go in.

Photo by Brent Garcia

Step 2: Tent Pole Connectors

I got the aluminum tubing at Home Depot. I cut four 4-inch sections with a pipe cutter. Next, I removed the burrs with a file and drilled a hole 10 millimeters from the bottom edge.



Step 3: Form Eyelets in the Stakes

I placed the hooked end of a stake in a vise and closed it along with a socket. This created the needed loop for the connectors. After slipping the tube on, I closed the hook the rest of the way. The tube should be able to fold freely for storage.



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