Section III. TROUBLESHOOTING
information for locating and correcting most of the
troubles which may develop in the tent (10-man arctic,
M-1942 assembly, M-1945 command post, or M-1950
This manual cannot list all malfunctions that may
occur, nor all tests or inspections and corrective actions.
If a malfunction is not listed or is not corrected by listed
corrective actions, notify your supervisor.
In table 3-2, each malfunction listed is followed by
inspections which will help you to determine probable
causes and corrective actions to take. You should
perform the inspections and corrective actions in the
Table 3-2. Troubleshooting
TEST OR INSPECTION
1. SLIDE FASTENER HARD TO OPERATE
Step 1. Inspect for dirt or corrosion
Clean by using a soft bristle brush, then lubricate
Step 2. Check for crushed slider.
Report to organizational maintenance
2. RIDGE PLATE (OR RIDGE POLE) DOES NOT FIT SQUARELY ON UPRIGHT
Check for bent or missing spindle.
Straighten spindle or replace upright pole
3. EAVE AND CORNER GROMMETS RIPPING OUT WITH REGULARITY
Step 1. Inspect for old and worn fabric
Step 2. Check tightness of lines in wet weather.
Loosen at tent slips in wet weather.
Step 3. Check lines for looseness during windy weather
Tighten at tent slips more frequently during windy periods
4. TENT PINS PULLED UP
Check for tightness during heavy rains
Reset pins with poles angled slightly towards tent. Adjust lines at tent slips more frequently.
5. TENT LEAKING
Step 1. Check for hole in fabric.
Mark, and report to organizational maintenance for patching at earliest opportunity.
Step 2. Inspect for deterioration of weather proofing compound.
Report defect to organizational maintenance
Section IV. MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
3-5. Protection of Tent Against Damage
General. Probably the greatest amount of
damage to tentage is caused by carelessness, such as
forgetting to loosen the lines when it starts to rain, not
bothering to use spark arresters or draft diverters,
adjusting lines carelessly, driving pins in a slipshod
manner, or dragging tents over rough ground. To
prolong the life and usefulness of tentage, the following
rules should be observed:
Pitch, strike, and fold tentage in the
manner described in this manual. Do not try to take
shortcuts unless you are sure no damage will be done.
To protect the top of the tent, fold the tent so that the
sidewalls rather than the top of the tent will be exposed.
Observe the utmost care when pitching
and striking tent, making sure the material does not tear
on protruding pins, overhanging branches, or other
Never drag tent along the ground or floor.
accessories for the tent and use them for their intended