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Old 08-03-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Out of round main tube

We have another newly found problem.
Our awning has a bent roller tube.
Does anyone have a simple cure.
We were told that a new tube was the repair.

Russ
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:07 AM   #2
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If it's a Zip Dee, only bowed and does not have a kink, you may get lucky. Zip Dee has some instructions on their site on re-straighting the main tube. I can say that mine resisted all efforts to straighten by simply using 3 mildly heavy dudes. I ended up placing a ladder under each end with the bow curving upward, then I used a front end loader to push down and straighten it out.

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ZipDee has instructions here:
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I got lucky as well. I placed a single ladder at the low point of the U shaped upturned tube; tied down one end to a lawn tractor, and pulled down (bounced and hung) from the other end. I stopped before it was absoultely straight, but it is working fine, with little wobble when retracting and deploying.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #5
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Thanks to all
The bend does not have a kink, there is about a 1.5 inch wobble. We will try the applied preasure repair and see how that goes.

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:43 AM   #6
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Study, study, study where the exact center of bend is. You don't want to end up with a "W".
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