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How do you install plastic roll-up shades?

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To install plastic roll-up shades, decide where to install the shades, get the necessary measurements, mount hooks for support, and secure the shade in place. A carpenter's level, a 10-feet retractable measuring tape, three 2-inch screwable picture hooks and a stepladder are necessary for the project.

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Decide whether to install the roll-up shades on a deck or windows that face the porch, or over the porch roof. Measure the dimensions of the roof beam or window, record the measurements, and use them to place an order. Purchase a shade that comes with headrails to aid in mounting. The rails are usually fixed to the shade.

Measure and designate the area to install the shade at the center of the rails' terminals, and fasten the ends of the rails with screws. Ensure that the shade is spread evenly. Roll and unroll the shade to test it.

If the shade doesn't come with mounting hardware, use inverted V-shaped support brackets and picture hooks for mounting. Use a carpenter's level to fix two brackets on the edges of the roof beam and one at the center, and attach picture hooks to each bracket. Then, install the outdoor shade. Adjust the picture hooks if the shade is not level. Run pull cords over the shade, then test the work.

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