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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 houses down.
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 anchors.
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 thing?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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