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We have a pool in the backyard, and in the past it was
pretty well screened by trees and shrubs. But the ice
storm over the winter took out one of the neighbor's trees,
so that now about 1/3 of the pool,including where the steps
are, is directly visible from a second-story window two
Anyway, I've been thinking of ways to at least temporarily
screen the pool from this window's view so we can play
naturist from time to time. :-)
So I've figured out that one way to do this is to make a
screen of the right size from cheap muslin cloth.
Actually, I've already used muslin to make a "privacy
fence" really private instead of being able to see right
through all the spaces between the pickets. And it's
really cheap to do this. - $.99/yard at Wal-Mart.
Anyway, from a long-abandoned project I have a couple
stands made of PVC, which can be anchored down with
bar-bell plates, and I thought I might mount the muslin
screen on a PVC frame and mount it on the old stands.
The problem, of course, is that the screen is in effect a
large sail, and even with the stands weighted down, I think
it will blow over. I know that guy wires would be more
stable, but I would rather avoid putting in permanent
So I would appreciate any ideas anyone may have for a
better way of doing this, but specifically what I would
like to know is whether there is a way of making the muslin
less of a sail while still being functional as a screen.
I had thought about overlapping strips so that the wind
could get through, but it seems to me that it's the total
area presented to the wind that determines the force on the
mounting stands. And to the extent the screening moves
toward the horizontal as the wind picks up, I lose the
screening. Unless I'm forgetting something. Do the awning
manufacturers have tricks for dealing with that kind of
Thanks for any suggestions.
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