Your awnining or your gazebo etc, did not fair well in the wind and now you have an anoying bent or even broken pole! Do you throw the whole damn thing away? Many people do and that is where this tip comes in! We have now got 'Recycle centers', we used to call 'tips'. That is where all the damaged awnings, gazebos and tents end up! Now do you see where I am coming from? I have picked up several sets of poles and even complete awnings etc. I keep them in my garage for spares and donate to charity when some one needs a bit! I usualy ask a fiver....Cheap way to repair! So, my tip is ,The Tip.......Paol.