If you want to improve your yard or garden, adding shade sails can be the perfect solution. These attractive shades are an aesthetically pleasing way to improve the way your yard looks. You can create a shady spot to comfortably relax in the summer and take a cat nap.
These special shades are sail like in design and must be attached to posts. To correctly install them, you need to carefully fit the shade sails. If they are not fitted correctly, they will appear loose and become less attractive.
Over time, incorrectly fitted shades will not just look worse; badly fitted shades will wear faster and tear more easily. After spending so much time setting them up, nothing is worse than damaging the beautiful shades.
Before You Start
Before you set up your shades, make sure that they do not violate any building codes. Some municipalities have codes that require builders to get a building permit. If this is the case in your area, do not set the shade sails up until you have your permit in hand.
Once you have checked for any building permits or codes, cut any tree branches that could hit the shades. If the branches are left up, they can damage the shades.
During winter time or in adverse weather conditions, always remember to take the shades down. If you protect your shades, you will be able to enjoy them for years to come.
The first step is to find a corner to start in. Which corner does not matter; just select the one closest to you. Once you have chosen a corner, carefully thread the wire cable through it. The cable will go around the perimeter of the shade until it returns to the starting corner.
Overall, the leftover that hangs out of the shade cable should be around four to six feet in length. Be careful not to push the cable through any of the rings. This step will occur later on.
After these steps are complete, place the cable clamps on the ends. This should hold the ends together loosely. Make sure the clamps are attached completely. The nuts on the clamps should end up facing up. Next, find the D-shackles. These should be attached to each corner. While you are attaching everything, recheck to ensure that the D-shackle is completely attached to the D-ring and the cable.
You should have white lithium grease with you. This grease needs to be applied on the turnbuckles. Properly greased threads will ensure that your shade sails are properly lubricated and will prevent future wear. Once the turnbuckles are lubricated, you should attach each one to a D-shackle, cable and D-ring.
One D-shackle should be attached to one side and then another D-shackle should be attached to the other side of the turnbuckle. The D-shackle should then be fixed to the pole.
Every corner of the shade should be firmly attached to its own pole. Before everything is finished, make sure the seam side of the shade is facing upwards. Once you have ascertained the seam is facing upwards, tighten all of the cables and clamps.
To make it firmly tightened, you can use a winch or some sort of come-along on the turnbuckles. Everything should now be complete. Before you sit down to enjoy your shade sail, make sure it is pulled tightly.
Now that your shade sail is complete, you can sit back and relax in the shade. Shade sails are extremely attractive options for summertime shade. Remember to remove the shades during bad weather and the winter so you can enjoy your shades for multiple summers.
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