A Temporary Fix for a Loose Cover

**Originally Published May 5/15**
There are a number of instances where a cover will need to be installed in less than ideal conditions. This can be either be on a windy day or in the cold (-10C or worse) and the job simply can not wait. This will almost invariably lead to a situation where the cover will need to be re-tightened on a warmer and/or calmer day.

The lifespan of a cover can very quickly be reduced if it is repeatedly flapping in  the hard wind. A very effective, temporary fix to give you more time to do the job right, is to put ropes or straps over the building. A 1” or 2” wide seat belt type material is ideal but likely you will need to settle for a soft, marine grade rope instead. Using nylon rope is almost worse then using nothing because of the abrasion factor.

The idea is to put a strap or rope between pairs of hoops every 12’ to 16’ and pull as tight as you can. Use nails or eye bolts on your base as the spot for securing the ropes or straps. If your cover is especially loose, it is best to install each of the ropes or straps snugly first. Then go back and tighten them as tight as you can. This will prevent you from pulling too much in one spot.

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