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Old 06-18-2005, 09:39 PM   #1
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Awning for under $75

Here are some pictures of my homemade awning. Yesterday I was at Harbor Fright tools and found this canvas (although it looks more like muslin) 9X12 Drop cloth for $12.99. I not expecting spectacular results although it seems to be pretty strong and water beads on its surface. I am gluing (thatís right gluing) screen porch spline into the fabric. With some scotch guard, wooden poles and some rope I should have a pretty vintage looking awning for under 75 bucks! I knew that algebra book would come in handy.
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Old 06-19-2005, 08:41 AM   #2
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Very nice job and welcome to the forums.......

Post some pictures when you get it all set up....

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It looks intriguing! I look forward to the finished product.
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Old 07-22-2005, 06:56 AM   #4
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I am about to make my own awning -- did you finish yours? What's a spline?

Love your frugal approach!
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I did finish mine but I didnít post it. The fabrics thread count was to low for it to be water proof so I am awaiting for something a little thicker (Backorderd). The Spline is a bead of material sewn or glued onto one end of the awning. The spline is slid into the awning track and holds the awning on.
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Thanks for the explanation! It's too bad the canvas didn't work. Do you plan to put a horizontal bar along the awning on the opposite long edge? Or just use the vertical wooden poles to stretch it?
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I think in most pole awnings you use the poles to stretch it tight.

How did you (or are you) going to do the grommits for the poles to pass through?
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Yup Found a grommit kit form harbor fright tools here is the link http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3003
This awning of mine isnít rely easy to set up (actually itís a pain in the a**) Like I said or eer... wrote this isnít exactly a Zip Dee. At 20 Years old I donít exactly have a lot of money . Going to collage is expensive. Some of you millionare airstreamers may think this project is a bit strange and I can understand that. As an airstrem owner I reserve the right to be strange.
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BTW A horizontal bar at the end would make it easier to roll up but in a rain shower it may cause the water to run off the sides and splash mud on your pink flamingos.

With everyone in a trance from the sight of my gleaming airstream the ropes on this thing can be a trip hazard .
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