DIY Standard Shape Shade Sail Installation Guide

Turnbuckles, Cable Trace and D Shackles, all available on our Hardware page, may be required for your new Standard Shape DIY Shade Sail Installation. Any purchase of a Standard Shape Shade Sail does not include fittings.

With our “Standard Size” DIY shade sails Installations, you can achieve a great result. Keep in mind that the sail will stretch by around 10%.

The correct length of the SST cable has been calculated and is now swaged off in the perimeter of your shade sail. To completely tighten the SST cable, stretch the sail out using turnbuckles or UV resistant cord.

If you do the following steps correctly, you’ll have a well-tensioned Shade Sail Installation that looks like it was placed by experienced Shade Sail installers.

  • The first step is to lay out the sail on the ground where your fixing points will be installed.
  • Each corner should be at least 400mm – 600mm outside the sail’s edge.
  • Turnbuckles or a cable trace can easily fill up the gap.
  • It’s far more difficult to overcome if you don’t leave an adequate room.
  • It is preferable to leave more room rather than less.
  • With your fitting attachment, you’re attempting to bisect the corner.
  • The diagrams on this page should help you understand how to do so.
  • If you do it well, you’ll have a professional look for a fraction of the cost of hiring a Shade Sail Company to supply and install it.
  • Of course, you’re limited by the fact that you’re dealing with a specific sail size, so you’ll need to match your posts, fixing points and other details to the sail precisely.
  • We recommend a minimum of 65mm x 65mm x 3mm for mounting posts.
  • For taller sails up to 2.8 – 3.3m above ground, 75mm x 75mm x 3mm is preferable and for higher posts, 100mm x 100mm x 4mm is preferable.
  • This is the most common post size among professionals and it is well worth the extra cost.
  • The footings should be 1000mm x 350mm and the concrete should have a minimum strength of 20MPA. It’s best to go overboard on the strength because a storm will undoubtedly put your efforts to the test.
  • Square your post on all sides, but lean it back about 5 to 7 degrees, as is industry customary.
  • We can provide the 316-grade stainless steel eye-nut assembly as well as caps to fit any post. (See the Hardware page for more information) We usually use 10mm eye nuts. You can use the shade sail specialists’ approach by drilling 1 hole 50mm from the top of the post, bolting on the fitting and finishing with the cap.
  • There is a range of fittings to suit your purpose, whether you’re fixing to masonry, brickwork, lumber or another material.
  • Individual scenarios, we’ve always found, can require a practical solution.
  • Over the years, we’ve been continually astounded by the inventive solutions devised by our DIY consumers.
  • You, too, can create a unique and attractive shade sail installation at very little cost, while also getting the joy of building it yourself.
  • We will provide a free consultation after your purchase to further assist you in getting a spectacular result.

NB: If the Shade Cloth catches on something, such as a box gutter corner, it can tear. Therefore all necessary precautions must be taken.

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