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Old 05-10-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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I have two bahama aluminum awnings (clamshell) like this...
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They are about 9' long, and about 4' from the hinge to the edge. They both have a continuous hinge which is a tube that slips inside a shroud. It works like a piano hinge.

What I want to do is bolt the two hinges together, spread out the two awnings like a pitched roof, so it would be a roof about 8' wide and about 9' long. Waterproofing the joint area of the two hinges will be with an angled vent cover that's about 12" wide. It's a composite. Same type of roofing material I used on my shed, from Ondura. I need to create end rails of sort to brace the two awnings at the angle I want. I would also need to support it with 4 vertical supports. Those could be poles or tubes of some sort. The four supports would need to be secured to a concrete patio.

Some of the details that I want to consider are that I'm intending it to be an outdoor cover for our gas grill (which is on wheels). In the event of a hurricane, and I need to use my generator, to move the grill inside, and place the generator under the shelter.

As for installation details, the setup would be at the edge of the patio, with one side of the 9' length at the edge, and the 8' width projecting inboard to the patio. I would prefer some type of minimal surface hardware at the base of the supports. I know I could just use red heads and "L" brackets, but maybe there is a better way.





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Joed, WWT is one of our sister forums. C-man, I had to sign in to get to the thread, I wonder if a person is not a member of WWT could see your thread?

My suggestion would be to cut into the concrete and install square aluminum or stainless steel tubing so about 18 inches or so sticks out of the ground. You could get more tubing that would slip down in the tubing that is in the ground or slide over the tubing in the ground, just drill holes and slid a bolt through to hold it in place. By the way I am jiju1943 on the WWT.
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A competitor...that's funny. Anyway, I edited the thread.





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Joed, WWT is one of our sister forums. C-man, I had to sign in to get to the thread, I wonder if a person is not a member of WWT could see your thread?

My suggestion would be to cut into the concrete and install square aluminum or stainless steel tubing so about 18 inches or so sticks out of the ground. You could get more tubing that would slip down in the tubing that is in the ground or slide over the tubing in the ground, just drill holes and slid a bolt through to hold it in place. By the way I am jiju1943 on the WWT.
Thanks...a good possibility. I like that idea.

One of my considerations is how to brace the two awnings at a preset sloped angle, as they are connected by a long slip hinge. IOW, when the two hinges are bolted together, the awnings will still pivot on their own hinge. Along with this problem by configuring some kind of brace, like for an end gable, I'd like that to be made so in case I want to break it down (like for a hurricane), it won't be a big PITA. Each end brace would be something like a squatty triangle with both awnings attached. Does that sound too confusing?




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The only thing off the top of my head would be a frame something like a wishing well, the gable ends could be triangles mounted on hinges that could be folded in when ready to take down.
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Sure it would not be cheaper and easier to start over with the depth and width you want? Perhaps with some other material you could tie off, like a sail? Retractable awning?
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Sorry, I guess I thought most folks here knew that. We have several sister forums, Contractortalk, the WWT, the DIY and the Craft forum and there may be even more that I don't know about.

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