How To Patch an Ice Shelter

How To Patch an Ice Shelter
Ice shelters are not permanent structures. They are mainly made of fabric and are collapsible when not in use. The shelters are for blocking the wind and elements while ice fishing. Wind out on the ice can create havoc on even the toughest fabrics, so eventually you'll have to deal with a rip in the material that needs repair. For this type of damage, patch kits are available.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cloth
Step 1
Clean the fabric around the tear with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.
Step 2
Lay the material down flat on a hard surface so that you can bring the torn areas together to repair them.
Step 3
Place heavy objects around the edges or use clamps to secure the fabric so it doesn't slip.
Step 4
Slip a fabric patch from your kit under the the tear and place another one on top in the same position.
Step 5
Press down to adhere the patches to the fabric.

Tips & Warnings

If the patch does not cover the entire rip, use more patches. If even the slightest tear is not covered, it could continue to rip.
Patches come in different colors, so there is no need to use swatch material to conceal tears.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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