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FAQ: How does the 4:1 Mechanical Advantage of Pulleys Work?

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FAQ: How does the 4:1 Mechanical Advantage of Pulleys Work?

Pulleys are fantastic. We love using them for installing shade sails, because they make tensioning so easy! Our pulleys have a 4:1 mechanical advantage, which means that you only have to pull with 1/4 of the force you need to use to tension the sail. For example, to apply 400 lbs to the sail, you'll only need to pull with a force of 100 lbs. Is it magic? Not quite... Warning: This article contains algebra and trace amounts of trigonometry. Proceed with caution. Newton's First Law of Motion In order for a body to be stationary, the net, or total...

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Don't Forget to Check the Spacing Guide!

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Don't Forget to Check the Spacing Guide!

All of the names of our shade sails are based off of their relaxed dimensions. For example, the SS-18 is a square shade sail with side lengths of 18', the TS-1217 is a triangular shade sail with two 12' sides and one 17' side, and the RS-916 is a rectangular shade sail with two 9' sides and two 16' sides. It's incredibly important to remember that these dimensions are the sizes of the relaxed sail. If you buy an SS-18, don't expect to attach it to poles that are 18' apart. On turnbuckles, your poles will actually need to 19' 10.5" apart! Hardware...

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FAQ: How Should I Measure Dimensions?

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FAQ: How Should I Measure Dimensions?

When working with one of our project managers on a custom shade project, one of the first things he or she will ask you for is dimensions. There are generally two ways to convey desired dimensions, and it is important to understand the distinction. Attachment Point Measurements If you already have attachment points installed, the best way to make sure your sail fits that space is to measure from attachment point to attachment point. This can be a tab, eye bolt, wall mount, etc. We will use those measurements to pattern your sail, accommodating for the stretch of the fabric...

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Pulley Install in 30 seconds!

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Pulley Install in 30 seconds!

    If you're installing a standard shade sail or one of similar size, you really owe it to yourself to check out our pulleys! They are hands down the easiest hardware to use for quick install and take down. Learn more about shade sail install with pulleys here!

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FAQ: Which Shade Product Should I Use?

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FAQ: Which Shade Product Should I Use?

You've got a space that you want to shade. You know that much. But what should you shade it with? A shade sail? Panel? Roman? What's the difference?? Each of our shade products has a unique application in which it excels above the others. You need to find out what will work best in your space, so you can truly take advantage of Tenshon shade!  Shade Sails Our first suspect is the head turner and double taker of shade membranes. With their hyperbolic twists and often thousands of pounds of tension, shade sails stand rigid in the air, suspended between anchor...

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