captain mcguiver wrote:Clamshell- Although I must say it looks cool what is the benefit for essentially pulling 4 legs out from a perfectly good carport?
I've had no trouble with Carports over the years, I assume the Clamshell is some attempt at making it more sturdy?
I usually use 2' rebar on every post, and duct tape the rebar to the pole. I also sometimes duct tape the joints (leaving a flap for easy removal). I can't think of a time in 9 years where I ever put a guy line on a Carport. Maybe one or two lines total, ever.
Never had one break, or even begin to fly away.
Purely personal preference. MyLarry intensely dislikes the duct tape set up, doesn't trust it as far as he thinks a good windstorm could throw it. The full standing carport did shudder more in the wind when we did that way, tore the hell out of the end walls in 2004. The clamshell is rock solid for us. Aerodynamics, the wind flows over it rather than slams into the sides. And we never have to mess with sidewalls now, although we can install one rolled up along the top of the long legs in case of rain.
Also makes our cozy shade configuration easier to manage, making three tent bedrooms, a dressing area, a kitchen and a living room. We use the X ropes as a base for privacy curtains too, it is all very functional. Lots of air flow in the middle shade area.
To each their own. We've had the carports for nine years, been happily clamshelling for seven. And we have spare legs if we ever need them.