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Shade Sails- DIY Tips

When it comes to putting up Shade Sails there isn't much to the construction or placement except what is the end result you wish to acheive. If its shade you want then identifying the regular patterns of the sun and where to place the sail to screen is about all there is to it.

The following shadesail is the kind that is attached on one side to an existing roof facaia and or awning and supported away from the building by a steel pole concreted into the ground. You can attach a sail to another object but just remember attaching to anything not as solid as a steel pol may allow the sail to do damage in the event of high winds.

Step 1. Secure the metal posts Paint the posts with a metal primer and apply two coats of colour. Dig two holes 3100mm apart, 250mm diameter and 800mm deep. Plumb the posts to lean away from the sail. Check the tops are level then add concrete, sloping the surface away.

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Step 2. Secure the crossbeam On the treated pine crossbeam, mark out and drill the bolt holes using a 12mm drill bit. Position the beam to span the posts, securing with 120 x 10mm galvanised bolts. – TIP: If the timber bows, curve it away from the sail.

Step 3. Attach the eye plates Mark the eye plates on the deck fascia and the top of the crossbeam, matching the eyelet spacings on the sail (see Diagram), drilling four 2mm pilot holes, then securing with 65mm x 8g stainless steel decking screws

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Step 4. Swage the wire to plates Cut the wire to span between the eye plates, allowing 80mm for swaging and turnbuckles when fully extended. Push thimbles around the eye plate hooks, thread wire through the swages, around the thimbles, back into the swages to crimp with a swager.

Step 5. Thread the wire Position the sail beneath the eye plates and pass the wire in sequence through the eyelets, checking you haven’t missed any before swaging at the end by threading the wire through the swage, around the thimble, and back into the swage.

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Step 6. Attach the turnbuckle Wind out the turnbuckle to maximum length, connecting one end to the eye plates on the crossbeam, and the other end to the thimble on each wire. TIP: You’ll need an extra pair of hands to hold the sail up.

Finished Result You can put multiple sails up to provide more coverage from the sun or simply to give a sheque desert look. Either way at the end of the day you have made a marked improvement to your family's quality of life and to the value of your property. Great Work !!

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