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Old 03-18-2010, 10:05 AM   #15
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Our ZipDee arms were stuck also when we purchased out AS. I used PB Blaster first and sprayed it in the top till it came out the bottom.They loosened up in a few days. Then I used the Silicon Spray. I spray em a couple of times a yr.No problems since.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:37 AM   #16
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I will have alot of pictures. The solid aluminum arm was bent near the top. A good 1/2 inch bend. I now know how to straighten the bend...I hope. This bend caused it to be wedged into the receiver arm. Eight years of dried white lithium grease, sand, dirt and corrosion welded them together. Took them off the AS and forced them apart using a piece of rebar and a hammer. Slow going, but eventually worked them free. The crud and corrosion are now history. Will bend it back and silicone it throughly. Had left PB on it for two days. The crud did not allow it to pass to the blockage. Thanks. Jack
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:21 PM   #17
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OK, need some more help. Tried to bend arms back straight like in the Zip Dee video. Succeeded in putting a bigger bend in the hollow tube. My thinking is to go to a metal work shop that has a large vise to see if they can straighten the bends in it and the solid aluminum arm. Any other suggestions? Thanks. Jack
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:00 AM   #18
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I had a bend in one of my tubes. I simply put it in a shop vise on my work bench and used a helper bar (hollow fence post to slide over the tube and give you leverage that can be applied gently). The trick is to do it slowly and in small increments until you have it straight. Taking it out of the vise after each adjustment and laying it on the flat floor to see where your bow is helps to see how close you are to straight. When it lays flat on all 4 sides it should slide easily.
I had seen the video and didn't think much of the 'whacking it on the ground' adjustment plan.
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If the bend is too great, you need to replace the arm.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:53 AM   #20
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Just left metal work shop with large vises. Still could not get the solid bar to straighten. May have another go at it, but right now am contacting Zip Dee to see how much to replace. Can see where bends in both arms were probably due to leaving the awning up in high winds. Will let you all know. Thanks. Jack
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When I bent my arms (photo above) I had to replace the outer bars and I sent the solid bars back to ZipDee and they straightened them at no cost. I did have to buy the outer bars and pay for shipping of the solid bars.
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Just left metal work shop with large vises. Still could not get the solid bar to straighten. May have another go at it, but right now am contacting Zip Dee to see how much to replace. Can see where bends in both arms were probably due to leaving the awning up in high winds. Will let you all know. Thanks. Jack
Contrary to some opinions, adding a "center support" on the larger Zip Dee awnings, helps prevent "bent" arms.

Any Zip Dee over about 12 feet should have a center support.

That stops some of the flopping that is caused by winds.

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Old 03-19-2010, 12:28 PM   #23
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Thanks for that information. The replacement solid stainless steel bars are $83. The main aluminum tube arm is $53. I did not realize the solid bar was stainless. Will go back to metal shop and be a little more agressive. Worse case is to order new parts and in the scheme of things, not too much money. I called Zip Dee and they would try to straighten it for me at no charge. Since the claw pins are missing and have to be press fitted to install, may just send all parts to them. Thanks. Jack
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Update: Managed to get both arms straight enough to reassemble awning. Wound it 29 times (22' length + 7 turns) being very careful to hold on tight and out of the way. It rolled up like a charm. Will probably order new support tube. It appears to still have some rubbing action as evidenced by black residue. Pull strap broke from what I guess is the use of bleach. Will research best thread and restitch tomorrow. It does look great! Thanks again for all your help and advice. Jack
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