The most unpredictable element of outdoor entertaining is of course the weather.
You might have a deck with shade and protection from rain and wind but a BBQ
area with no cover at all.
The best solution is to put up some sort of shade cloth.
It is made out of heavy-duty shade cloth with fixings sewn into the corners.
These come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours to suit any space.
To put up a triangular sail over an unprotected BBQ area next to a deck, as
Monte is doing in Hands On, you start by fixing 2 corners to the existing
structure and getting a third anchor point by dynabolting a pole to a brick wall
Start with an eyebolt at each of the anchor points. The eyebolts as well as the
shackles on the sail are closed therefore snap hooks are required to shackle the
two together. Turnbuckles on two of the anchor points will give you the ability
to tension the sail.
These fixings are all available in galvanised or stainless steel, stainless
steel ones last longer. The gauge for these should be equivalent to the gauge of
the shackle on the sail.
Drill the holes for the high anchor points into appropriately strong points on
the structure, put the eyebolt through the hole, put the washer and the nut on
and tighten. Now that the two high corners of the sail are secured, determine
how high your pole needs to be for the third anchor point.
Hold the sail up at the angle you want it, make your mark allowing some extra
height and then cut your post to size.
Our low wall is strong enough to support the pole, so we’ve chosen to use
dynabolts to fasten it. The dynabolts need to get a 50mm bite on the masonry, so
you may need to counterbore your pole so the dynabolt protrudes enough. Use your
holes to mark the brickwork, then use a masonry bit to drill the second part of
the hole. Make sure they are completely clear.
Put the dynabolt through very carefully so you don’t open the flanges before
the dynabolt is completely seated in the hole. Tighten the nuts to secure the
pole against the wall.
You may need to use wedges between the pole and the wall to help make the post
Keep the post slightly off the ground (about 10mm) because when a post is
sitting on concrete it will absorb water and ultimately rot.
Now attach the eyebolt through the post. Attach the snap hook to the eyebolt and
use a turnbuckle at this anchor point to allow you to tension the sail.
Our new sail looks good, provides shade and keeps the house cooler inside as