How to install a shade sail

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How to install a shade sail

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Project Overview

Shade sails can be used to protect your plants from the elements or you can install them over an entertaining area to protect you from the sun. They’re easy to install and we’ll show you how. In this video we attach a shade sail to three posts that have already been installed and checked by a qualified builder.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and mark the poles
2 Pre-drill the holes
3 Attach the anchor fittings
4 Tighten the anchor fitting
5 Attach the turnbuckles to the shade cloth
6 Attach the corners to the poles
7 Attach the turnbuckle to the last pole
8 Tighten the shade cloth with the turnbuckle
  • Step 1. Measure and mark the poles

    Measure an equal distance down from the top and mark the centre on each pole.
  • Step 2. Pre-drill the holes

    Using your drill, pre-drill holes through all of the marks on each post.  

  • Step 3. Attach the anchor fittings

    Attach the anchor fitting through the holes of one post. Tighten it by hand, using the nut and washer. 

  • Step 4. Tighten the anchor fitting

    Insert your screwdriver through the eye of the fitting and place your spanner around the nut on the other side of the pole. Twist the fitting as tight as you can get it. Repeat Steps 3 & 4 for the other poles.

  • Step 5. Attach the turnbuckles to the shade cloth

    Attach the turnbuckle to a D-link and thread that through the hole of one corner of the shade cloth. Then insert the D-link bolt and screw it in to attach the turnbuckle. 

  • Step 6. Attach the corners to the poles

    Attach the other D-links to the other two corners of the shade sail. Then hook those up to two of the poles and secure with the D-link bolts.

  • Step 7. Attach the turnbuckle to the last pole

    Now take the last corner of your shade sail and hook the turnbuckle through the eye of the anchor fitting on the remaining pole.
  • Step 8. Tighten the shade cloth with the turnbuckle

    Once you’ve hooked up your shade sail, it’s important to tighten it. Adjust the turnbuckle and make sure that the tension is even across the whole shade sail. 

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