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#61 glgrumpy ONLINE  

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Posted June 30, 2016 - 08:27 AM

Double over edges and put in gromments. Can buy those kits that do that with a tool to put in. Best to leave the cloth in till done, then cut out with bolt hole type punch to be clean. OR, how about just enough to fold over the pipes themselves and leave room to slip the frame into that as it is put together? Would maybe have to make slightly tight now, might loosen up later. OR, same fold over on oversize cloth and run a rope thru it, cutting the overlap off at corners so rope is exposed there and is able to pull right and draw top over and under the tubing. That is how my Canapy does the ends on it's top. Rope hooks into the corner poles in a hole with S-hook and I just turn the pole to twist it tight.


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Posted June 30, 2016 - 08:36 AM

The canopy frame is all welded together, so some type of grommet would need to be put in. Or sew a rope inside like a drawstring. I have some clamps coming so I can temp the material on to cut the size down and be able to figure out how best/easiest/cheapest way to attach.



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Posted June 30, 2016 - 09:07 AM

Ok Kenny been brainstorming....a lot of good ideas so how about another one. Remember the kiddy pools how the plastic liner would fold over the top of the metal frame then you would have a lot of short pieces of plastic tubing that would snap over the frame & hold the liner. You could probably use some type of plastic tubing then cut away a linear section so it would snap over your frame. I believe pvc might be too ridgid but you could try or maybe some plastic conduit.
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Posted June 30, 2016 - 02:49 PM

Ok Kenny been brainstorming....a lot of good ideas so how about another one. Remember the kiddy pools how the plastic liner would fold over the top of the metal frame then you would have a lot of short pieces of plastic tubing that would snap over the frame & hold the liner. You could probably use some type of plastic tubing then cut away a linear section so it would snap over your frame. I believe pvc might be too ridgid but you could try or maybe some plastic conduit.

Any and ALL ideas are welcome here! This is new territory for me! That is a possibility to add to the mix!


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Posted June 30, 2016 - 04:39 PM

Seeing as how I am both lazy and cheap....

I copied this idea from a fellow " Elec- Trakker". ....cost me about 15 bucks. Floor flange, length of 3/4 galvi pipe, and an el-cheapo beach umbrella.. Works for me !image.jpeg
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Posted June 30, 2016 - 05:21 PM

I would use webbing and add snaps and put a few quick adjust to take up the slack or to tighten the tarp.

 

 

 

What I mean by snaps are these adjusters that also allow you to squeeze and release the canopy as you would a back pack.

 

If you sew webbing from one end to the next your material won't fray and it also add super strength. Webbing is real easy to work with so your sewing skill can be minimum just need a machine or you will have sore fingers.

 

http://www.strapwork...arware_s/18.htm <-webbing supplies 


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 01:33 PM

Since I have the clamps now, I got it all out to see what we can do with it, especially the corners. She's thinking about sewing one end to slide over the frame, then attach with Velcro strips from there. Also some small straps to wrap over the cross bars to help hold it on.

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Wally World has some 3' sections of the Velcro fairly cheap. Probably 4 packages of those would give us plenty.

 


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:40 PM

There's sure a lot of times I'd love to have a canopy but it wouldn't get along well with the tree branches----

Looks like this is going to give you a lot of comfort, Kenny!

 

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Posted July 05, 2016 - 05:33 AM

There's sure a lot of times I'd love to have a canopy but it wouldn't get along well with the tree branches----

Looks like this is going to give you a lot of comfort, Kenny!

 

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I hope so!



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Posted July 18, 2016 - 04:16 PM

I have Velcro in hand! But it is so warm out now I don't know when more progress will be made!


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Posted July 27, 2016 - 07:34 AM

Thanks Kenny, The Craftsman Canopy I purchased just has a gusset pocket in the front that fits in the frame, then at the rear it has two sewn in elastic straps over the side, and two tie straps at the rear. I'll get detailed pictures this evening.  

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Posted July 27, 2016 - 08:23 AM

Thanks Kenny, The Craftsman Canopy I purchased just has a gusset pocket in the front that fits in the frame, then at the rear it has two sewn in elastic straps over the side, and two tie straps at the rear. I'll get detailed pictures this evening.  

Thanks, Larry! My lady doing the sewing has bent her bobbin holder and hasn't gotten it fixed as yet. So this is in a holding pattern right now.


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Posted July 27, 2016 - 04:55 PM

Well this is on hold for sure now. The seamstress was caught dallying with an old boyfriend and is not welcome here anymore!


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Posted July 27, 2016 - 09:00 PM

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Posted July 27, 2016 - 09:03 PM

This may give you some ideas without  a seamstress.

 

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