Originally Posted by beckybillrae
How do you do this?
-1st rachet is just after attaching the strut arms to the roller tube rod ends... usually 1-3 clicks.
and can be done standing on the ground
then the awning is RAISED to the 4th hole.
most stop at the 3rd hole, and MAY need to stand on a foot stool to get it high enough for the 4th hole.
some folks need to ADD the 'assist handles' that z/d offers to fully extend and get the 4th hole.
-2nd ratchet is now done while standing UP on the stool under the strut, usually to the 3rd-5th notch or 'clicks'...
when the awning is CLOSED try removing the ratcheting section from the strut arms and count the notches...
use as many notches (clicks) as are available when tensioning (this is also a good time to clean and LUBE the internal strut arms)
IF this is done correctly the cloth will b FULLY stretched and flat, no sag and the same height as the actual strut arms
on new awnings it takes more EFFORT to get the struts fully extended.
some of us are strong enough to get 4-5 notches/clicks or a full stretch BEFORE raising it to the 4th hole...
but most folks aren't and need to stand on a stool and do in after RAISING the awning.
also DRY lube inside the strut arms can help with the process.
now when lowering the awning it is important to DE-tension the struts FIRST before lowering.
after lowering the pins should pull easier, IF DE-tensioned in the raised positions.