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Old 04-12-2014, 07:02 PM   #1
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Okay, don't laugh! (Awning)

Alright, I wanted an awning, but didn't want to spend hundreds of bucks on one, so this idea came to me at 3 AM (like most good ideas). Cost all of maybe ten bucks using new supplies and old stuff sitting around, but it works just fine keeping the sun out, so I'm happy. One 4X6 tarp, 4 Command hooks, a grommet kit, some old PVC pipes, rope, and tent stakes. I made a sleeve for the tarp by using grommets only, and used Command hooks on the roof to hold the tarp on the trailer side. So far so good. We had some good breezes to day, and it didn't budge!
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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Great stick on hook idea! I like it.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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Those are strong and tough little guys! Look like mini shark fins when the tarp isn't on them.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:21 PM   #4
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Ingenious!

A fabulous testament to "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"! lol

Great Job, Filbert V.!!!
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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Aw shucks, thanks Vanessa!
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:19 PM   #6
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It always feels better to build something from you our thoughts and needs rather than to have to buy one.
Good JOB Fil.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:30 PM   #7
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Looks like you went fishing for a solution, and caught a TARPon.

And you never even had to bait the hooks!
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Okay Mike, dn't quit your day job yet. You're on a roll, but make mine cinnamon. I fell for your joke hook, line, and stinker! And Ron, it is nice when one of our wild ideas actually works.
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WOW that is awesome. I love it. And if you ever want to get rid of it does it have those pull tabs to remove the adhesive tape?

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Now that's thinking out of the box!!!
Or should I say thinking out of the egg!
I like it
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Yes Rick, they are easily removable, but really strong once they're in place. We had a good breeze going through the carport yesterday, but nothing gave way. I'd like it better if the hook part was deeper, but this was the best I could find for self-stick hooks. I didn't want to drill any more holes in my egg. It has enough already! http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M...4529207&rt=rud
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:49 PM   #12
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Nice work! Also the first time I have ever seen a tarp used under another tarp lol
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I've often wondered how these suction cup dent pullers would work as a tie-down on the roof. TEKTON 5652 4-Inch Suction Cup Dent Puller - Nail Pullers - Amazon.com
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I've often wondered how these suction cup dent pullers would work as a tie-down on the roof. TEKTON 5652 4-Inch Suction Cup Dent Puller - Nail Pullers - Amazon.com
The suction cups only hold as long as the vacuum is maintained. I never found any that seal perfectly, and stay sealed. It would be a long shot. Those pressure sensitive tapes have been getting better and better over the years.
The use of the tarp and adhesive hooks is a great idea for an awning, I might copy it some day. My Scamp came without one - the previous owner lost it to wind. And, I would also hate to pay big money for one. They are about $900 as a factory option!
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