I am repairing an old (1960's ?) vinyl strap patio chair. The chair is made
of solid tube aluminum 5/8 inch thick. The aluminum has a 1/4 inch slot cut
into it where the vinyl strap is inserted. The original strap had small
rectangular aluminum tabs that were crimped over each end. When I crimp an
old tab onto the new vinyl strap, the end is difficult to insert into the
slot. I can get it on the first end ok using pliers, but the second end is
very difficult since I can only get to one side, due to the wrap of the
strap. Is there a special tool or trick I need to know about?
which made that kind back in 50s and early sixties. He'd drag the rejects
and webbing roll ends home- we sat on that junk till the 70's.) Only trick I
know is to leave the tubing sitting out in the sun, till it is almost too
hot too handle, before you lace up the chair. It is a lot stretchier then.
You can pull the other tubes that are blocking access to the side till you
get the end seated, and then push them back in place.
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