Retractable garage awning

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by crazybrit, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Has anyone ever installed one.

    Amazon has a few (link), they're a) designed mostly for decks b) all pretty ugly c) open down a fairly steep angle (concerned about working headroom though obviously you can always mount them higher above garage door).

    My single car garage is literally full of bikes, so working on them, especially in the spring/fall when it's rainy here in Oregon sucks.

    I found this Youtube video. I'd be fine with a manually operated one.

    I have an EZ-Up but it's too large for the driveway and a pain to setup/teardown if I just want to work on a bike for an hour and I don't want any kind of permanent cover.

    Curious if there are better options.
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  2. 9mm

    9mm Been here awhile

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    I have a broken patio umbrella. Not good enough for the pool patio but works great in the driveway.
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  3. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    The music alone makes that YouTube worth watching :lol3

    I had a similar issue, but it was the sun and not the rain that made working the driveway suck. I bought some sail shades from Costo and they do a remarkable job for the $.
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  4. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    I'm following along because I've had the same idea. In my case it's more about the sun too, my garage door faces due west and so the garage and driveway both are pretty miserable on summer afternoons.
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  5. crazybrit

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    I wouldn't mind sun protection also, in the summer. Working on the bikes outside here in Dec/Jan/Feb is probably not happening, too cold. Oct/Nov/March/April is rainy in Oregon. So I need some kind of rain protection and so I'm not sure a sail shade would work.
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  6. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails Supporter

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    Subscribed, I have been thinking of installing something very similar.
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  7. vtwinjunkie

    vtwinjunkie Been here awhile

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    damn I love this. My communist neighborhood would never allow it.

    Yet another reason to move.
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  8. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Sorry, 1 useful idea required per subscribed lurker :D
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  9. south

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    RV awning may be a viable alternative; typically, the struts can be adjusted to various lengths to allow for max headroom if needed. I imagine you might be able to pick a used one up cheap at an RV boneyard or perhaps off CL or the like.
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  10. foxtrapper

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    Huh, like others, I'm going to say this is brilliant, and why hadn't I already thought of it? :lol3

    I question the cheapie amazon one you linked too. Seems to me that with mere wet cloth, let alone a breeze, it would break or tear off when extended. But, perhaps not. Conversely, it's cheap enough to try it and see.
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  11. Cromoth

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    RV awning also should have arms that can anchor to the ground and tolerate wind best. I installed regular awning over deck & wish it had arms. Having an air gap by house wall helps. Maybe cut some vent holes midway?
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