Joshatdot wrote:I would like to use Shade Cloth, but I think it would get expensive, while I can goto Goodwill and buy some sheets or summat. I might look into the rivet rings to add to the sheets. Or maybe just find a 20'x10' tarp.
The summat that I would recommend would be fabric shower curtains, which already have a row of grommets included along one edge. I'd also recommend looking at the edge that already has the grommets. They have folded over the fabric and sewn it down to add extra strength the the intersection of grommet and fabric. So, do the same on the other edges when you add your grommets.
FaeTora wrote:Would cutting U's into the fabric help with the structure staying down in a windstorm since the wind would be able to travel through it?
I wouldn't recommend doing that because certain types of fabric will just continue to rip from the ends of the cuts you make. If you were going to do anything like that you'd want to sew on extra patches of fabric to reinforce the area and then make the cuts within those patches. But fabric can breathe a little bit; usually you see those u-cuts in something like a vinyl banner. My shade last year was an adapted carport with a vinyl roof and cloth shower curtains & sheets for the "walls"... the cloth was fine and breathed and flexed with the windstorms no problem... the vinyl roof was definitely the most dangerous aspect of the structure as far as being something that looked like it wanted to rip the whole thing out of the ground and take off. It did start to tear apart the structure but I was able to tighten down my ropes, and further reinforce all the joints with gaffer's tape (as strong as duct tape but leaves none of the nasty adhesive residue when it comes time to pull it off).