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Old 09-23-2008, 10:14 PM   #15
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Marcus, do you REALLY want to be hefting an awning tube around while trying to slide the old awning out of the top bracket?
Unroll the awning, slide the fabric off the tube, then slide it off the rail. It will be easier to slide it on the tube before installing it in the top bracket. And you will need a helper (read spouse).
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:04 AM   #16
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Marcus, do you REALLY want to be hefting an awning tube around while trying to slide the old awning out of the top bracket?
Unroll the awning, slide the fabric off the tube, then slide it off the rail. It will be easier to slide it on the tube before installing it in the top bracket. And you will need a helper (read spouse).
Well, you've gotten to the crux of my issue-- most of the work I do is alone, so I'm always trying to figure out some way to do things without relying on other people. When I'm working outside, it generally means Mary is tied up with the toddler inside the house. We can work together when the toddler is taking a nap, but those are difficult to plan around...

The truth is I'd rather have someone help and do it the way you and Lew are recommending, but as a solo project, I'm imagining it might be easier to leave the awning in the upright position and set the roller on my shoulder and slide the entire assy out of the awning rail, rather than extend the awning and do it the "right" way.

But usually, there's a reason the "right" way is the "right" way, and I believe that's what you and Lew are getting at...

Thanks for the input!
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Well, you've gotten to the crux of my issue-- most of the work I do is alone, so I'm always trying to figure out some way to do things without relying on other people. When I'm working outside, it generally means Mary is tied up with the toddler inside the house. We can work together when the toddler is taking a nap, but those are difficult to plan around...

The truth is I'd rather have someone help and do it the way you and Lew are recommending, but as a solo project, I'm imagining it might be easier to leave the awning in the upright position and set the roller on my shoulder and slide the entire assy out of the awning rail, rather than extend the awning and do it the "right" way.

But usually, there's a reason the "right" way is the "right" way, and I believe that's what you and Lew are getting at...

Thanks for the input!
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Marcus,

I've done fabric replacements solo on a few ocassions. You need 2 sturdy ladders to support the extended roller tube, and you can then work the fabric out with the ladders being your 'helper'.
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Marcus, you can get one of these to hold the other end of the tube in position, just rest the tube on the notch, and it is adjustable in height:
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Alrigh, alright-- you all have convinced me. I'll do it the "right" way!

I'm also thinking how tough it would be to roll the fabric back onto the roller if I attempted my proposed plan. There's pretty much no way it would line up correctly.

So, now I need to go buy a second ladder. I actually have two 16-ft extendable ladders, but only one a-frame ladder. Maybe I'll get one of those "little giant" type ladders, which can double as a short scaffolding for when I begin polishing!
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Alrigh, alright-- you all have convinced me. I'll do it the "right" way!

I'm also thinking how tough it would be to roll the fabric back onto the roller if I attempted my proposed plan. There's pretty much no way it would line up correctly.

So, now I need to go buy a second ladder. I actually have two 16-ft extendable ladders, but only one a-frame ladder. Maybe I'll get one of those "little giant" type ladders, which can double as a short scaffolding for when I begin polishing!
Now is the perfect time to invest in a Telestep ladder. They are about 16" tall, but extend up to 10'. We have one, it goes everywhere the trailer goes, and has been invaluable. The fact it weighs about 15 pounds, and takes up as much room as a foot stool are both huge pluses.
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