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Sun Shade

Added May 25, 2010

by bjeppson

Portland, Oregon...






The temperature in the living room of our modest mid-century duplex gets very high during summer afternoons because of direct sunlight on the porch. I decided to create a triangular shade that would catch the worst of the rays without obscuring the views from inside.

Material Notes

The fabric is parachute material that I purchased from a military surplus store. It is very lightweight and yet with its unique weave is indestructable. It can’t be torn!




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    May 25, 2010, 07.18 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i really like your idea and it helps me for the decision, what i am going to do this summer for the side of my balcony. it is not so much the sun, we need to keep out, but we do not want our very near and very nosy neigbours to see inside of our little green oasis, so this is the right thing!

    very lovely idea and so well done (as you allway work)

    nice garden and veranda!!!

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    May 25, 2010, 03.59 AMby kelepso

    Very cool! I like this a lot. How do you prevent water from sitting inside of it or wind from blowing it away. Did you consider small holes?

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      May 26, 2010, 09.00 PMby bjeppson

      Good questions! The shade is very light (the whole thing weighs less than a pound) and the breeze lifts it up easily. That’s fine because it’s still pretty taut. We have had torrential rains the past two days, really giving it a test. If the wind blows a bit, the rain just flips off. If the wind isn’t blowing, the rain pools a bit and drips through. I never meant it to be an umbrella, so this seems okay. I may lower one corner a few inches so the rain will drain off more easily.

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      May 27, 2010, 02.08 AMby kelepso

      Cool. Sounds like you’ve got a money maker!

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