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I should have included this information in my post...
Two chain washers weigh 1.7g (.06 oz).
My new kite weighs 230g (8.1 oz) -> rev Mid-vent equiv with two-wrap rev rods; shock cords are not trimmed yet.
The addition of two chain washers will only increase the weight of the the kite defined above by .7%
I like the field-fix idea . Considering a tear as I experienced, a bottle cap washer with two holes could allow one to continue to fly; it would support the vertical displacement of the shock cord loop against the remaining Dacron and there would still be plenty of meat left on the horizontal portion of the LE end for the required shock cord tension to the rod end.
Add a pocket knife or multi-tool to the things you should bring along with you for emergencies. I plan to. Make sure the tool has the equivalent of an awl or pointed knife tip to make the holes.