Step 6: Reattach the spreader bar

man reinserting spreader bar of patio chair with replaced sling
Photo: Matthew Septimus
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Reinsert the spreader bar. Use a pipe clamp to spread the rails slightly; if need be, bend the bar a bit to make it fit, then hit it with a rubber mallet to restore its shape.
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    Tools List

    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    • to remove damaged sling
    • 100-foot tape measure
      Flexible tape measure
    • bar clamp
      Rubber mallet
    • mallet
      Wire cutter
    • wire cable snips
      Screwdriver

    • to pop out pegs and clips

    Shopping List

    1. Replacement sling or single-wrap vinyl straps

    2. Pegs
    for vinyl strap installation

    3. Metal furniture paint
    for touch-ups or repainting