Shade Cloth D.I.Y. Tips
shade cloth comes in 3m widths.
may be made by shaping a template out of cardboard, placing this over
cloth and cutting the material with a soldering iron.
ring shank nails may be used instead of ordinary nails and cover-strip
rounds in any of the designs.
staple gun is a useful tool for affixing shade cloth to
and Don'ts of Shade Cloth D.I.Y.
the shade cloth straight when pulling it taut across any structure.
It has a natural pattern which can be used as a guide.
large pieces of shade cloth. A tip is to tack one end evenly onto a
length of cover strip
and roll. Firmly affix the other end to your structure and tension by
shade cloth with a soldering iron and straight edge. The
heat has the effect of sealing
the edges which might otherwise fray.
shade cloth with water and any standard detergent when necessary.
a double seam when sewing two pieces of shade cloth together.
slightly longer pieces of timber and cut to size if the lengths specified
are not available.
Alnet's monofilament to stitch pieces of shade cloth
together. Alternatively get some other thread or twine - like black
polyester - which is resistant to sunlight.
use ordinary cotton thread to stitch shade cloth as it will deteriorate
in the sunlight.
try and glue shade cloth; it simply won't stick.
treat poles with creosote as it breaks down the molecular
structure of the shade
an existing structure has already been creosoted, use a cover-strip
between the pole and
shade cloth to protect it.
allow direct contact between steel and shade cloth when using the material
on a steel structure. Abrasion and heat can be damaging. Use an insulating
strip such as an old plastic
'thin walled' water pipe.
affix shade cloth directly over an open braai as the heat can melt the
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