Originally Posted by scooterbob
Thanks everyone for the Ideas.
Going with the cable and ring idea.
sounds like the simplest way to go..
I did just what has been suggested to you. I built an RV carport that has a gabled type of roof. I too wanted to "curtain off" the front end. So, I came up with the "cable - hung - pull" idea. I strung a cable from the upper corner of one side, through an eye bolt at the center of the gable, down to the other top corner. I used a turn buckle to adjust tension. Then, I cut the shade cloth at an angle, to comply with the top angle and, it's flat across the bottom. Now, there are TWO curtains.
Those two curtains, are held to that cable, via locking "Key rings" of about 2" in diameter. Now, to "draw" the curtains closed, I simply ran another small diameter nylon rope, about 3/16th in diameter, up to an upper, corner mounted pulley. From there, the nylon rope goes through the same eye bolt in the upper center of the gable and down to the leading edge of the curtain. I duplicated that for the other side.
So, now, all I do is, go to one side, pull on the rope and the opposite side curtain, slides up the tensioned cable, all the way to the center eye bolt where it stops. I lock that rope around a mini-boat cleat I've got mounted to the pole. Then, I go to the other side, and pull on that rope which, pulls the opposite side curtain, up to the center eye bolt and meets the first curtain's front edge. I then lock that rope. DONE!
It takes a lot longer to explain this than it does to do it. I can pull both curtains and lock the ropes in about 10 seconds. When it comes time to open them up, I simply unwind the ropes on the cleats and, go pull the curtains open. DONE! If I could create a video of how it works, I'd do it so you could see how it's all put together. It's a "Poor mans" enclosed garage.
I'm going to attempt to attach a picture in a different manor than I usually do to show at least what the two curtains look like from a distance. It's the only picture I've got of them right now.