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Old 06-11-2007, 09:21 AM   #1
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I saw HD stock up many those large size back yard shape curtain... which I like to insall wait for its price to drop for a few years... now they seems in a more reasonable pricing... for electric one approx 350... for manual one approx 250...

my question to you is "Have you experience using one of this stuff"... which one is better... the manual one or the electrical one... I reluctant to go with the electrical one worring the motor will break then the curtain becomes obsolete....

this is those you hang over your patio door measuring very large, somthing like 10' x 12' etc....

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Are you talking about an awning that attaches to the house? Don't mean to be a snob, but it seems chintzy. I'd go with building a trellis instead.

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Old 06-11-2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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Yes it is a long horizontal bar attached to the house and able to extend and retract.... I know it may not looks very attractive to some people.. but it has very practical usage... for people like us whose backyard is facing west... and at dinner time.. without it... we have to close up our patio vertical blind... otherwise it will be too sunny and hot... with this guy we can leave the blind open....

building a trellis is a good idea too except it require a large deck/patio which we currently don't have....

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They aren't too good in the wind. They also have to be secured to a ledger on the house.

Find a large umbrella, you'd be better off.
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Try the umbrella last year... didn't work... also good blow off/blended...etc. by wind... well... may wait longer after next year when I built a larger deck then go with the trellis approach them... my pocket is kind of dry up anyway after the major basement impact...
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If your large patio window faces west. consider building a pergola so you can build your patio later just under it.

Run 2xs north south to cut off the sun in the aftrernoon. They can be 6", 8", 10" or 12" high and space at 12 to 24" depending on how much direct sun you want to cut off. It is just like a deck with no deck boards. Make sure you have good posts and some lateral support from the house ot from some diagonals.

Because they are open, you have less of a problem with the wind and snow.

There are tables somewhere on the net that can give you the spacing for your location (latitude, longitude). This will give you many combinations of 2x size and spacing, depending on what you want.
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I suppose if I do that...and then I do the deck... and then I can convert this pergola into a large sunroom by put in some short of transparent roofing.......or at least do those plants stuff to make them like a plant house..etc... look like a big dream though...
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I like the creativity, but -

The odds are that a half-way intellegent code offical would spot the ultimate goal and require the pergola to be built like an addition with real roof loads and not a just sun screen.

a pergola is intended to be an open airy structure. If you have to add the posts and footing for a room with a roof, you have a different anumal unless you plan very well and anticipate future code requirements. - Nationally, often code changes are based on failures or shortcomings in earlier projects.

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I suppose if I do that...and then I do the deck... and then I can convert this pergola into a large sunroom by put in some short of transparent roofing.......or at least do those plants stuff to make them like a plant house..etc... look like a big dream though...
You could probobly build all that for the price of one of those awnings.

Think ahead.

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