some seeing eye wrote:Suggest ratchet tie downs, one for each upright (6) to Mr Figjam's lag bolts with washer https://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic ... lag+screws. The extra long lag bolts might not be at Home Despot. You could put the uprights over lag bolts, gutter spikes or rebar, all easily available in Reno.
Your uprights need to be able to take the compression. Not sure about PVC.
Jgladdy wrote:I actually have one of those kits. Here's how they work (not sure how you are going to construct yours)...it's not PVC they are made from metal. There's a hole at the bottom with a set screw in it. Basically you put rebar inside the legs, then tighten the set screws until they push against the rebar.
fernley1 wrote:I have a shade structure like that too. My uses 1 inch electrical EMT pipe. Each leg has a foot pad where I use long 12 inch nails. Each corner get 2 tie down straps going to 18 inch rebar.
EspressoDude wrote:hell for stout solution is steel T shaped fence posts. drive them in next to the EMT corners, wrap leg and post together with plastic (saran or ?) wrap then duct tape. the plastic wrap keeps thing from turning into a gooey mess
danibel wrote:I have a black rock shade structure, and yes it is EMT.
fernley1 wrote:Barking mad, I use a 1 inch emt foot pad. I found them on e-bay.
like Trilobyte said, the pads help so the poles don't sink into the playa.
plus, if you carpet under your shade structure, the pads with the long nails help hold the carpet down.
If your driving from far away, there is a Lowes in fernley Nevada with lots of EMT that you can pick up before heading north on highway 447.
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