It's a, Holy Cow, an Awning!Thursday, April 21, 2016
I know I've mentioned, the electric retractable awning from our previous address. We enjoyed it; Mike thought it cooler than sliced bread and has wanted one of his own ever since. It was such a hit, his brother got one!
During the last spate of warm weather, lolling about out on the deck, Mike mentioned the awning* again. Who can blame him as it can get pretty toasty sitting up there in the unabated sun. Plus he's got that delicate ginger skin. :)
So then ah, the dangers of smart phones and their apps....I pulled up the Menards app and lo, there was a manually powered retractable awning on sale. "Get it!" he proclaimed.
A couple days later I did so though quickly discovered that the twelve foot long cardboard tube was sadly not going to come home in my lil' Rabbit. I mean, it could have but it would not have been ideal nor easy nor manageable trying to maneuver the thing around by myself. It came home in Mike's car a few days later.
|Awning in a tube.|
We did well again together though Mike said I got a wee snippy once or twice. And one time when he was holding up the twelve foot 2x6 on the garage while I ran in to get the correct size nut driver due to my error, he was plotting my demise. Other than that, unscathed!
Well, ok unscathed but at one juncture we were mighty downtrodden.
Before installation, I read the instructions. Important, yes.
When Mike and I went to pick up the awning, we grabbed that twelve foot pressure treated 2x6 to use as a ledger along with some lag bolts and fender washers. The guy I spoke to when buying the awning said a ledger would be a good idea against siding, hence, so purchased.
The sales guy and I were standing around looking at the tube when I asked him about a ledger, good idea or can we skip it. He looked at me all scrunched brow, wide-eyed, mouth agape, confused, unable to answer. Yes, chicks know things, sheesh! So tired of that.
Our first task was installing the ledger. We unpacked the awning, took a gander, then set to work.
I tried to find the studs with my little stud finder* but fyi, it doesn't find studs through siding. Siding and OSB.
|Hello? Anybody there? Helloooo?|
|Thank you garage people for making my life easier.|
|Studs all located and marked. We opted for the full length actual framed construction studs.|
Mike had said, "bring the whole box of bits." I said, "nah, this'll be fine." I had to tell him he was right. Yes he was quite excited about that.
|Aaaand the ledger is up, round one.|
|Cruising right along, putting those awning brackets on. Go my befreckled ginger man!|
So we lifted the awning up, slid it onto the brackets and hey, why is this metal nubby thing, ....huh? After pacing and pondering I picked up the directions and hey guess what, we were trying to hang the thing the wrong way.
There wasn't any real clear indication of which end was up, frustrating, so we calculated and installed the ledger based on, well, everything incorrectness. Just a simple sticker with an arrow would've made a world of difference.
|At least we were well guarded by Finn on active yard patrol.|
Because too, moving the ledger down meant two things: siding holes and removing the fantastic light fixture. Yeah. Now let's talk about sad.
|Siding holes. Boo. Ugh. Not happy.|
|The new ledger location, above the door header. Sniffle, my light fixture....|
But hey hey, it was up! Yay!
|Hey! It's on!|
We discussed adding removable curtains on the west end to cut down on chair moving, so I'll give that some thought. Mike had a brilliant idea to use magnets to hold the curtains on. Thumbs up babe!
|Opened, and straight out.|
|Actually I think it's still straight out here. Guess I don't have a pitched shot for you, sorry.|
|Wild clouds, huh?! Here's the awning closed up. I worried we'd both tweak about it being off-center but, whew, we're ok.|
We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting on the deck in the shade. Yay! Skooching our chairs around but in the shade! Mike's a happy awning guy now.
Next docket item out there? I have to put up a gutter to protect the awning, and yeah, the deck too. I realized I can now make use of the stupid rain barrel by dumping the garage roof rainwater into it. I'm only putting a gutter across the yard side though.
Oh, heh, a steel weld epoxy update? Heh, yeah, nope. We had a fire last weekend, I shifted in the chair -- plink. Epoxy broke. Oh so sad, heh. Dammit! Ah well. So much for that. I really should take a welding class or something huh?
All righty, lots to do. Mike is on me about the first floor bathroom so that's ramping up. We finally came up with an idea to finish it so, time to work. Plus I'm trying to sneak in more of my outdoor list in between. Stay tuned!
But omg, sniffle, nooooo. Not my purple one. It is a sad, sad, sad day.
*The awning, stud finder, and snap line are Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info.