For the Love of Shade – Pt. 2

30 Apr

So, a few days ago, I posted about my work in building the frame opposite of my house wall to help support this shade sail I got. Well, it’s finally finished!

I got the hooks and tie downs screwed in and decided to hang it….

Ummmm….yeah. That’s just not gonna work….but I persisted and tried hanging the rest of it to see just what my problems were…

Initially, when I tried to hang the shade over the top of the PVC, the pipes started bowing in towards the house under the weight of the shade. So, I had to back up and rethink things. I wasn’t going to be able to put the excess of the shade sail between the fence and the PVC because the weight was just going to be too significant.

So I used some of the extra rope and tied the inside pipes to the fence.

Never mind my floats in the background. We’ll talk about those at a later date 😉

See all this sag though?

Just…not cool at all. I’m about 5’8″ and had to duck considerably underneath it. It was time to call in my friends for help, tools, and ideas. So, we tackled it 🙂

And tada!

See, the sag needed to be lifted, so my friend and her hubby came over to help. He added three more grommets to the house side of the shade sail so that we could use some more hooks, s-hooks, and rope to better secure and lift it.

See what a difference it made on the inside???

It may be a little hard to see in the photos, but we also went back through and tightened the rope to the pipe and fence to secure it. Overall, I think it’s helped a lot 🙂

Now…we just get to wait for the next wind/thunderstorm!

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Home and Garden, Uncategorized


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