How to hang Sail Shades?

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I want to hang sail shades over my pool. The peaked wall is approx. 50' long and its approx. 26' from that wall across the pool to a 6' fence I can tie into. Im just not sure how to hang them since I have the peak roof, any ideas are welcome!
Thanks,
Lisa
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  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 15, 2018
    You could use the roof if you want... or you can just use 4x4 posts... the height of the post should allow you to walk under the shade sail without ducking.... and remember... there will be a certain amount of tension on the posts... if the shade sail is stretched tight enough to be installed correctly.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jun 16, 2018
    Put in some wooden posts in the ground and use them instead.

  • Linda Linda on Jun 16, 2018
    They sell posts for sun sails also which dont require finishing. And remember it doesnt have to be at same level on all sides. Looks good to overlap more than one. Link attached. Good luck

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jun 16, 2018
    You can screw some eye bolts into the side of the building at any point that is appropriate

  • Deborah Luchak Nester Deborah Luchak Nester on Jun 16, 2018
    Sink some 4 x 4’s and use several triangle or right angle shades at different angles. That gives you shade from all different times of the day. Coordinate the colors, it would look great! Don’t over cover, you still want the grass to grow.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jun 16, 2018
    It's a pain to "fine tune" hanging a sail shade. I first used a large eye bolt into the highest (reachable) side of my house. Unless you want to start putting up HIGH posts, etc. you need to look at all available hanging points that are "givens" such as the house, trees, telephone poles, etc.oIt's a pain to "fine tune" hanging a sail shade. I first used a large eye bolt into the highest (reachable) side of my house. Unless you want to start putting up HIGH posts, etc. you need to look at all available hanging points that are "givens" such as the house, trees, telephone poles, etc.

    Things to remember: It's impossible to completely pull a sail shade taut unless you've got a lot of people, ladders, and possibly a come-along type tool. Because of this, you need to keep the connection points really high as the sail will droop - keep in mind proper headroom.

    The fence on the far side of the pool is possibly a connection point for you but at 6' tall, you'll lose headroom on that side. Sinking posts in the ground doesn't help unless you plan to put in one that is like 15' tall!

    If more height is needed, I'd think about attaching galvanized steel plumbing pipes to the fence posts. It's strong, straight and cheap! You may even be able to find a coupling that will allow you to directly affix pipes to the posts!

    I think if you put in 2 screw eyes in the house and 1 high on the fence, you'll be off to a great start. You'll need lot's of rope that doesn't stretch so the sail shade reaches over the pool instead of shading the roof, etc.

    • Kate N Kate N on Jun 16, 2018
      Love the idea of the steel plumbing pipes, that way you can adjust the height and also move them if you don’t particularily like here they are ( per where you want the shade).

  • CJ CJ on Jun 16, 2018
    Please do NOT tie onto a utility pole, it's probably illegal.

  • Deborah Deborah on Jun 16, 2018
    If you want to be able to adjust you could use high tension wire from the house to the fence, and use small plastic curtain rings to attach to canvas drop cloths to make what would essentially be a series of large horizontal roman shades. Using a pole hook you could adjust however you needed them and could leave open in the winter to warm the pool. You could paint the upward side of the cloth with a coat of exterior latex to make it more weather resistant.