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Old 04-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #71
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This might be a little "over the top" for tie down ropes...

2 - Pk. Of Glow - In - The - Dark Ropes - 1177161, Ropes at Sportsman's Guide
Hmm. Now you have me thinking. For my kayaks, I use retro-reflective ropes. They really pop when a light is shined on them. (Assuming lights are used, of course.)
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #72
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That's the most labor intensive task in the whole project. Layout, drill, cut out, file, form and bead blast. If I had a powered hyd. press, cutout dies, etc. it would be easy, but I only have a small garage with hand tools, not a complete machine shop with manufacturing equipment.
Oh darn, maybe thats why they look so cool.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:46 PM   #73
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Oh darn, maybe thats why they look so cool.
Original one I fabricated was a pc of 1" wide alum with the ears tig welded on. Then made a flat layout and hand formed the 2 ears in a vice and finally built the crude form die & punch to form the 2 ears and the angle for the ratchet straps in my hyd. arbor press.
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Still time to make the UPS pickup.
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Original one I fabricated was a pc of 1" wide alum with the ears tig welded on. The made a flat layout and hand formed the 2 ears in a vice and finally built the crude form die & punch to form the 2 ears and the angle for the ratchet straps in my hyd. arbor press.
Yes they are AWESOME brackets. I am SO glad I got them from you before you quit doing them. It's also a great design and overall super idea.
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Hey btw OC I got the upper brackets in my little care package way back when, but no lowers to store.

I guess I didn't make enough sales
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Hey btw OC I got the upper brackets in my little care package way back when, but no lowers to store.

I guess I didn't make enough sales
Sorry about that, figured you'd use duct tape til you got a pc of 1" alum strap to make them out of. OH, BTW, you DO have to have poles MOUNTED before you need the stow brackets just in case you forgot.

p.s. Use duct tape, I'll bring a set to Goshen for you.
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Sorry about that, figured you'd use duct tape til you got a pc of 1" alum strap to make them out of. OH, BTW, you DO have to have poles MOUNTED before you need the stow brackets just in case you forgot.
Worked on it yesterday.
I might have something concrete by August 3rd but don't count on it.
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Worked on it yesterday.
I might have something concrete by August 3rd but don't count on it.
Kinda heavy if you're using concrete. I'd suggest a pc of re-rod in the center and definitely an extra bolt in the attaching bracket.
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Here's a tip I learned after the first support.

If you're going to drill the second hole for the upper mounting bracket, install the bracket and the support, center the lower portion of the support on the awning arm, mark the location for the second hole, and then drill it.

On the first one I eyeballed whether the upper bracket was "straight", and I was off slightly. But slightly at the top can become quite a bit at the bottom. LOL

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