So, we just built a 20x30 shade structure out of EMT conduit tubing, and i have two piles of interesting scrap sitting around. One is a dozen 2 foot lengths of EMT. The other is a pile of scrap banner vinyl thats about 3 x 20 or 40 each. I'm thinking of ways to use them and possible provide some "personal shade" for tents so we can keep the main unit open for communal activities.
My idea is to use connectors to turn the 12 scraps into six supports necessary to add 40 feet in length at 4 feet high. ANd then trim the banners to 12 feet or so, and add 8 grommets per end. Bungie to the edge of the shade and suspend out to the 4 foot rail. anchor it down, done. a bunch of sleeping shade.
for privacy and separation/decor purposes, i can grommet a dozen 8 foot lengths of the banner, and use zip ties to hang them vertically.
what do you dudes think? it's about $100 for all the rest of the parts; seems like a great way to use these scraps, and get some stable shade. anything super glaring i'm overlooking?
Oh- one initial concern is the vinyl is pretty heavy. it would probably be much simpler and more stable to pay $50 for a couple more big tarps, but then that adds to an already stretched budget AND loses a little of the scrap charm. But it is an alternative.