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PUTTING UP A SHADESAIL – Monte Dwyer

Sail pic

Sail pic

Sail pic

Sail pic

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 or similar.

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 plumb (vertical).

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 well.




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