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Workbench Creations is the place for conversation and discussion about do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. This DIY blog will feature projects completed by its owner as well as projects completed by other do-it-yourselfers. Workbench Creations is the place where DIYers can discuss ideas, learn about what others have done, and share their expertise.

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DIY Grape Arbor (Part 4)

Posted October 05, 2009 4:59 AM by U V

Part 4 of the grape arbor series involves the shade cloth covering.

I found a good source on the Internet. For $140 (USD), I bought 100' x 12', 60% shade cloth and 300 gripping grommets.

Dad whipped up a quick way to feed off the roll.

I attached the far corner on the straightest edge. For its grommets, the manufacturer recommends a 2" folded back overlap on the edge. I attached the other corner and then attached the strait edge to align the cloth. Next, I attached the peaked side.

As I pulled the back edge and pulled it tight, the extra was cut off.

The snap-together grommets had a side loop, but I cut a hole through the cloth in the center of the grommet and used long zip-ties to fasten to my main beams. The zip ties were double-rapped and spread to stop the possibility of shifting in the high winds we get here.

Channel lock pliers and side cutters were used to tighten and trim the zip ties.

We then decided to cover the sides and make a door. That's the subject of Part 5 in this series, which will run next week. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 are already here on CR4.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank U V for contributing this multi-part series.

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Re: DIY Grape Arbor (Part 4)

10/06/2009 10:28 AM

Attaching the shade cloth with zip ties is a quick way to do it but they won't last. I use zip ties in my garden to make wooden tomato supports and they last one season before becoming brittle from the sun.

If you are planning to remove the shade during the winter then the zip ties should be fine for a season.

Black zip ties last longer but still not permanent. Look for a permanent attachment method i.e. bolts and nuts. The shade cloth will last about 10 - 15 years depending on amount of sun in your location. I have used it on the west side of my house.

Looks like a great project and it will provide lots of shade.

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Re: DIY Grape Arbor (Part 4)

10/06/2009 12:01 PM

The Shade cloth is to last until the Grapes and Trumpet vines take over. The Zip ties are over 3 foot long and I figure should last 2 years as thick as they are.

If not I have more, I picked them up at a garage sale. For a permanent solution the zip ties could be replaces with heavy wire.

I have several thousand feet of #9 copper clad. If it didn't react too bad with the cold galvinizing, that should last a long time.

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