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STEP FIVE(Adding Middle Pulley Ropes)
26. Secure a small rope to the top of the middle grommet key ring. (This will be your “Open Shade” rope.)
27. Have the rope run parallel to the middle cable, above the cloth.
28. Attach a small eye screw 2” above sail cloth & cable/eye screw.
29. Thread rope thru eye and down back wall.
30. Attach an eye screw on the back wall, about 4’ from ground.
31. Thread rope thru this eye screw.
32. Make sure shade cloth is completely shut to block out sun.
33. Tie a knot in the end (that won’t allow rope to come out of eye), but leave a few inches of slack.
34. Completely open shade cloth.
35. Secure another rope to the bottom of the middle grommet key ring.
36. Repeat the same process as you did for the other side by threading thru a side wall eye.
37. Knot the rope, leaving a little excess. (This will become your “Close Shade” rope.)
*Note: If you would like to have water to runoff the cloth: Seal with a product like Kiwi Camp Dry Water Repellent and make the screw eyes on the first wall slightly higher than the opposite side so that it has a slight pitch to allow water to run off instead of pooling in the center. You can also purchase a premade canvas tarpaulin already hemmed and with grommets every 2’. Keep in mind they are usually “water-resistant”, but not “waterproof” . They come in select sizes-Example: 10’x12’ for $60 or 12’x14’ for $85. You can also pay more for custom sizes. You can also get a plastic one a lot cheaper, but it won’t have the look or feel of cloth. This could be a great option to skip most of step one.
STEP TWO (Attaching Eye/Hook Screws)
8. Locate where first screw eye (or pad eye) for the first line will go. (Edge where one side of the cloth will end.)
9. Drill pilot hole & tighten screw. Tie string to the eye center.
10. Have helper go to opposite side with end of the string. You hold carpenter’s square perpendicular to the house, while directing helper to move string until it is parallel to one arm of the square.
11. Mark that location & install screw eye on that side.
12. Repeat for 2nd line. (The end of the edge of the opposite side of the cloth.)
13. Place an eye screw in the middle of those two eye screws, on each opposite wall. (This will be the pulley cable.)
STEP THREE (Securing Cable Ends on Eye Screws)
14. Place thimbles on the three screw eyes, on the same wall side.
15. Add ferrule or rope clips to cable. (make sure clips are on correctly)
16. Feed cable evenly around thimble.
17. Feed cable dead end thru ferrule or clips & secure as directed. (leave 1/8" extra sticking out of clips/ferrules)
STEP FOUR (Securing Cable Ends on Turnbuckles)
18. Thread the cable thru your key rings (Or, if your turnbuckle will go thru key rings, you can do this later.)
19. Ensure cable length will reach other side, by loosely placing thru the eye of the turnbuckle that is hooked on your opposite eye screw & giving it about 6”-8” extra to wrap & secure on turnbuckle. Don’t cut cable yet.
20. Place thimbles on the eye bolt of each turnbuckle and repeat as directed in step 3 to secure cable ends.
21. Cut any excess cable, but leave a little excess.
22. Repeat for the other side.
23. For the middle cable: Secure one end of the cable into the eye screw, thru the key ring on the center grommet, and the other end in the turnbuckle. Cable line should rest under the cloth to support it.
24. Place hook portions of the turnbuckles onto the eye screws on the opposite side of your wall.
25. Tighten all the turnbuckles until there is no slack in cables and cloth is suspended neatly.
STEP ONE (Hemming Cloth and Attaching Grommets/Key Rings)
1. Cut sail cloth to dimensions needed & hem all cut edges to prevent fraying or curling.
2. Decide where to place grommets and make marks in pencil. ____inches (Length of cloth) ÷ ____ (Number of Grommets) = ____inches (Distance between grommets-measured center of grommet to center of next grommet) [Use an even number of grommets for each side. Have one extra for the center pulley.]
3. Punch holes in material at your marked locations(centered inside hem area-about 1” from edge of cloth) using the tool included in the kit, in a straight line.
4. Insert half the grommet in the hole, place matching half on top & use hammer & die to fasten halves together.
5. Repeat until the two sides of the sail cloth (that will be attached to cables) are finished.
6. In the front edge of your cloth, centered between the two sides, add a grommet for your pulley.
7. Insert a key ring into each of the grommets.
• 4 Stainless Steel Screw Eye Lag Bolts (3”-4”Long 5/16” or 3/8”) to attach to wall or post $4 OR ↓
• 4 Stainless Steel Diamond Shaped Pad Eyes (make sure interior hole is at least 3/16”) $16
• 3 Stainless Steel Hook & Eye Turnbuckles M5 or M6 (Eye Hole Diameter: 5mm min. needed Length: 5”) $13
• 6 Stainless Steel Thimbles (Not necessary, but will be reduce wear & fraying of cable) 10 for $5
• Vinyl Coated Aircraft Cable (250’x1/8” (3.18 mm) wire size x 3/16” (4.78mm) size of wire with vinyl on it) $36
• Rope for pulley(clothesline, propylene, or similar) Polypropylene Rope (assorted colors) 3/16”x 100’ $8-$9
• 12 Stainless Steel Rope Clips “Clamps” 1/8” (2 clips per rope end) $12 OR ↓
• 6 Aluminum, Zinc, or Copper 1/8” Double Ferrule Sleeves $5 to $10. (Aluminum could cause degrading in areas exposed to salt water spray) PLUS ↓
• Swaging or Crimping Tool (used to press on the ferrules) $20 and up (make sure it does 1/8”)
• Wire cutters (rated to cut 3/16 aircraft cable-need clean cuts to use ferrules!) $30
• Key Rings (1” heavy duty) 100 for $7
• Grommets Kit (1/2” inner hole [#4]) Includes: 12 grommets, Cutting block, hole cutter, inserting punch & die $12
• Shade Cloth $40 & up. Woven: higher cost, plastic like, lifespan 10-12 yrs, unravels if hole occurs. OR Knitted: lifespan 7-10 yrs, more cloth-like, won’t unravel if hole occurs. OR ↓
• 12’x14’ Premade Canvas Tarpaulin for $85 (Instead of making your own-no need for shade cloth or grommet kit)
• Kiwi Camp Dry Water Repellent $10 OR Nikwax Concentrated Tent & Gear Solar Proof Waterproofing $13
*$180 total cost for highlighted areas.
**When at all possible, choose Stainless Steel parts. Zinc plated and galvanized fasteners are made of steel with a sacrificial zinc coating. That coating is eventually consumed. Galvanized coatings are almost always several times thicker than electroplated (sometimes called zinc plated) coatings, so galvanized fasteners greatly outlast zinc plated fasteners.
Using his video as a guide, I made the following parts list and step-by-step instructions to follow. He doesn’t give measurements, so I had to estimate. He also doesn’t mention the type of material, so I chose stainless steel. I’m in Florida and we have humid conditions and lots of rain, this way I don’t have to worry about parts rusting. They make different types, such as zinc plated, which will be cheaper, but not necessarily last as long. He used ferrules/sleeves to “tie-off” the end of the cables. This requires a crimping/swagging tool, if you want it done right/safe. You can also use rope clips/clamps. They do the same thing and are higher in cost, but don’t require a swagger tool, so the cost turns out less. He just used the wire for a pulley, but I will use a rope. They come in different colors/sizes. He attached the one end to a fence they had. I have walls, so I can’t use the eyebolts and will just use regular screw eyes or pad eyes. He didn’t use thimbles (you don’t have to), but I will. I’m not sure what type of shade cloth they bought and they vary widely in cost and quality. They sewed their own and installed grommets. I found a premade one, that was double stitched with grommets, in the size I needed. (I might still need to add more grommets-especially the middle one.) I priced everything out (Amazon, local Lowes & Home Depot). My total for the project turns out to be $180. Well, I’m off to hand this to my husband ;) , but I figured I would share with anyone who wants it!
The grommets he used have very small holes (and are cheaper). He attached key rings that have a larger hole so that the turnbuckle could easily pass thru them. You could use just grommets and thread the wire before sealing the ends of the cable. I'm thinking it might glide a little better with the use of key rings too.
Wonderful video! Thank you for the great idea. I'm working on something similar to add to a pergola I'm planning. Again, great video!
Hi I Hope you have the plans soon need it for hot tub. Also I lived in the Bay For 3 years I worked at the Grill there on the ocean road. I do miss the food but most of all the people. Thank You so much seeing the home of my heart really helped as did your video.
If you want a DIY high quality canopy check out Infinity Canopy, It is slide on wire canopy that is modular so it fits any space and can be in any length or width. www.infinitycanopy.com .
I remember when I tried to build a retractable awning for my garden with the help of my husband a few years ago – what a disaster! We gave up pretty quickly and ended up spending just a little more to get a bespoke awning designed by Nationwide Home Innovations.
Is there an update on the plans? would love to do something like that here in Arizona for my plants
I think most are wanting to know how the strings are run through the center section that allows it to drawn open and closed. Could you please post that info?
Thank you, thank you, thank you ! i have been wracking my brain for a way to cover our back deck & allow water run off and the dimensions of the area have really stymied me. This is an absolutely elegant solution. I will need multiple cables due to the width of the deck and probably will incorporate a dowel along the leading edge so that the whole width pulls evenly. I wonder (as a previous comment asks) "why the key rings, why not just thread the cable through the gromet?" I look forward to your answer at firstname.lastname@example.org Again, bless you for the idea.
If the the material you purchase is made specifically for the outdoors, it will hold up well.
How does the material hold up to rain?
Will plans ever be posted, I see over the past year folks have been asking.Thanks
Great video. Didn't think I'd find anything showing this. Especially one with tips to eat crawfish. From what I got in the video the material list seemed to be:Drill and bit (pilot hole)1" screw eyes (looked like 3 to 5 feet between each one)Eye BoltsTwine Carpenters SquareAirplane WireFerrelsMetal snap (carabiners may work too)Swagging tool (crimper)TurnbucklesShade ClothGrommet kitNeedle and thread
*You can look at or print of the video transcript for instructions
The center section should be done the same way as the side sections except that only the one key ring will run through it in order to draw and retract the awning.
Emily LymanRon Hazelton Team
Currently we are working on drawing up plans for our projects but it maybe awhile before plans for this project are realized. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Emily LymanRon Hazelton Team
Emily LymanRon Hazelton Team
The fabric Ron used is permeable to allow water and air to flow through it. It shouldn't hold much rain at all and with rain comes strong wind so its probably best to retract the awning when it starts raining.
Can we get better explanation on how to do the center section?Thanks
The section about the center wire is very vague. Can you clarify that a little more?
It's not that hard people. Simply watch the video and take notes on the materials being used. Good luck! :)
Has been a month.. are we just missing this? Would love to have this yet this summer so can enjoy my deck before the summer ends. Thanks!
Not a problem in northern Canada but still a good idea. I am envisioning a screen to keep bugs out.
I do not find the printed instructions; are they available?
Loved Marsha,She was terrific !!She reminded me of my wife.. He is one lucky man.. Long live the southern bells!!
Looks easy enought
What happens when it rains, lots of weight there.
Hi Emily,Am I missing the materials list somewhere?
Love this awning! I am very interested in detailed instructions also!
What a great idea, I would love the plans to, thank you
Thanks for this!
When are you posting the plans and material list? Also, the directions on the middle wire needs a better explanation.