How to Measure for a Shade Sail
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Hi, Brad at Tenshion here. This video is about measuring an area for a sail.
We need accurate and complete measurements in order to make a sail that will fit well. This video will walk you through the measurements you’ll need to make.
Note that you’ll need to have your attachment points installed before you can do this. There are two sets of measurements to make, for height and distance.
First, you’ll measure the height of each attachment point. Measure from the ground to the centre of the hole.
Second, you’ll measure the distance between the attachment points. Measure from mounting point to mounting point, you can’t just measure the distance between the poles on the ground, it has to be at the attachment points. Start and end with the inside edge of the attachment point.
You’re going to need a second person for this, they’ll hold one end of the tape measure and you can read the measurement at the other end.
The number of measurements you’ll need to make is dependent on how many sides your sail will have. For a triangle sail, make three measurements, from here to here, here to here and here to here.
For a four-sided sail, you’ll make four measurements around the perimeter, then make two additional measurements for the diagonals.
For a five-sided sail, you’ll make five measurements around the perimeter, then five additional measurements for the diagonals.
It’s very important that you stay organized so your numbers don’t get mixed up.
Here’s what we suggest doing:
Start by drawing the rough shape of the sail as seen from above, then mark the corners with letters.
Write pole heights, then list your pole letters below it.
Measure the first attachment height, then record the height for that pole.
Continue until your list is complete.
Next, write distances, then make a list for all the distance measurements you’ll need.
For this sail we will need:
A to B
B to C
C to D
D to A
A to C
B to D
Make a measurement, then record it. Continue until your list is complete.
Now I know what you’re thinking, this seems like a lot of work, but once you get started, it shouldn’t take too long, and remember, good measurements are vital for us to make you a sail that will fit just right.
Well, that does it for this video. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll see you next time.