Reply To: REPAIRING LARGE HOLES AND CUTS IN BOUNCE HOUSES
I haven’t tried this yet but I am going to venture a educated guess from an upholstery perspective. Most bounce house are machine stitched together and use a blower to keep them inflated. Some leakage is expected in a bounce house or similar structure, otherwise, the blower would not be needed continuously. If the tear is large, repairing it might not be possible in the traditional “vinyl repair sense”, but sewing a new seam into the structure might actually work. Like a hidden stitch works on a seat where velour fibers just won’t hold up. Even though stitching the tear shut may not keep all the air from leaking out I would venture to guess that it would keep 90% or more in. The stitching I am talking about may be by hand or by a sewing machine depending on the location, but either way a great majority of the tear would be closed off. I think you might even be able to get to nearly 100% if you use a seam sealer. This is a product that is used widely in the tent industry by owners to keep water out of their tents.
I guess all these years in the field has taught me to think a little outside the box.