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Old 04-02-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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Securing an awning foot to cement

Hi,
Do any of you have a clever idea for securing an awning foot when it is resting on cement?
I saw people using sand bags and someone who had them in large plastic tubs (not sure what the tub was filled with) but these solutions seem heavy or awkward.
Here's a photo of the foot. (Please ignore the grime on the awning arm and trailer, we have just returned from a very wet road trip
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I've seen all kinds of things used from milk jugs of water (with cord), to hand thrown pots (), to buckets filled with sand, to buckets filled with rocks.... and on and on.

I use plates designed to hold down temporary shelters. 20# total. I got mine at the end of the season for half-price. After someone saw mine, they instantly thought of weight plates for weight lifting. probably cheaper! Quik Shade Canopy Leg Weight Set (4) - Toys "R" Us

The difference betwee weight plates and what I purchased, is mine are rubber coated... no rust.
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Thanks Donna!
As usual, you're the best!!!
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... to hand thrown pots () ...
That would be us. Robert has a pottery studio where he made what I call "Elephant's Feet" to weigh down the awning legs.
The awning arm anchor is set in Plaster-of-Paris. It makes a handy carry handle as well. They weigh about 20 pounds each.
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How about some 10 lb free weights or dumbbells from a sporting goods store?
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Are you sure that isn't a Ming Dynasty Vase. I am sure I saw one just like it on Antiques Roadshow the other night. It was worth about the same price as a new Trillium 5.0
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That would be us. Robert has a pottery studio where he made what I call "Elephant's Feet" to weigh down the awning legs.
The awning arm anchor is set in Plaster-of-Paris. It makes a handy carry handle as well. They weigh about 20 pounds each.
Frederick,
Those are REALLY nice. I checked out some ceramic pots today that might just work!
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This is an interesting thread. I have almost no experience with awnings and wondered how the feet would be kept from moving. Now I see. Frederick, do you have to be careful about using those pots if it gets windy? Could they get dragged around and broken by a gust?

What about on dirt? Can one simply drive a stake or two through the holes and expect it to hold?
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awning feet

We always secure our awning with two nylon straps with thumb-lok catches. Those Trade Winds can do serious damage in the Keys when a quick storm blows in.
That being said , we let our guard down on an overniter at Stephen Foster S P on Saturday...no Trade winds, right? Just a chance of a thunderstorm...no biggie. So we are sitting in the Toad on Saturday pm and POW!!! a major wind burst whips our shademaster UP and OVER the Trill in one second flat!.Both rafters and arms are now hanging down on the opposite side to the door!!!Surprisingly no damage ( I was expecting a rafter to pierce the side )
and I will re & re when we get home to be sure the shiny bits all work.
Moral: ALWAYS secure the awning, all the time , every time!
Al & Inge in the Road Toad in Kentucky Horse Park...heading home
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Picnic Table.
Works every time and I have yet to camp where there was not one at the site.
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(1) Frederick, do you have to be careful about using those pots if it gets windy?
Could they get dragged around and broken by a gust?
(2) What about on dirt? Can one simply drive a stake or two through the holes and expect it to hold?
(1) No, I used to have the awning out in winds that flapped the fabric up and down like snapping a towel in 8th grade gym class... but the feet and legs remained motionless. The snapping noise and creaking of the aluminum crossbars was what convinced me to put the awning away during wind now.

(2) I've had the screw-in anchors pull out of dirt, so I wouldn't trust a straight stake to hold.
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Old gallon milk jugs are lightweight when empty. Each filled with water, you've got 16 lbs + of weight to hold the awning down. May be more weight when filled with sand or pebbles. I always have empty jugs around for emergencies of some sort. So, while I prefer the neatness of the weight plates, there are items you can use to accomplish the job. And this may be more important to those whom are near their towing limit.
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hmmmmm a cooler full of beer and wine at each leg to tie down too?
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In most campsites we get a picnic table to which we attach the legs using bungee cords ... works great! We have a 13 Scamp so the table is usually 6-8 feet in length which works well with our 8ft Catalina awning.
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