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Rated 5 out of 5Â by 3CarGarageGuy Good quality dome canopy-update
This is an update to my last review - have now uploaded 2 pictures.
December 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by 3CarGarageGuy Good quality dome canopy
After much research I ordered this King Canopy "garage" through HD.com (the lowest price including shipping that I saw anywhere) and picked it up at my local HD store, very convenient, and avoided shipping charges to my house from the HD store. The canopy took 16 hours in total to complete by myself (prior to and during our ice storm (I had nothing else to do since no power)!
Took longer than I thought, but not difficult, it just takes some time so keep that in mind before you begin.
Day 1 - assembled the frame + fine tuned (enlarged) the 10x20 spot where this dome would stand + attached 5 ropes to the frame to help keep the frame tight and square + a neighbor helped me pull the roof tarp over the top + used mini bungee cords to secure roof tarp to the frame.
Day 2 - used the 5 red colored wires (attached to the 10 frame feet) to ensure the pole's feet were not too wide or too narrow width-wise prior to hammering in one spike per foot + installed the rear wall (velcro and bungee cords) + installed the front wall (velcro and bungee cords) + laid down several 2x8 heavy boards along the 3 sides (laid on top of the top wall tarp's bottom to help secure the roof tarp) + installed the 6 ground anchors + installed the 4 turnbuckles (secures the corner feet to the anchors).
Pros - good quality 1.5 inch o/d welded steel frame poles + has a 10 feet frame design (most ShelterLogic canopies for instance only have 8 feet, so having 10 feet is more robust) + no bolts to keep frame together + all steel feet (no plastic feet that some competitive canopies have) + has a round shape which sheds snow easier and has a lower profile vs. the more visible "A" frame shape (so less noticeable I think to my neighbors) + has a 9oz roof tarp (most are 5.5oz or 6oz) + the grey color (vs. beige or white) is less noticeable to my neighbors + top tarp and rear tarp have extra material at the bottom so can bury it or place wood on it to prevent canopy from becoming a kite during high wind situations.
Cons - no video to help with installation + instruction manual includes very low resolution pictures, so hard to tell what frame pieces are needed, so I used the color picture on the box cover to determine the interior frame construction + since no bolts to hold frame pipes together, it was very FLIMSY until several cross pipes had been attached (do use the foot stakes to keep it from collapsing under its own weight, it gets more rigid as more frame pipes are attached) + no mention of where to place the 4 corner turnbuckles in the instruction manual + need longer velcro strips for the front roll up door, especially during winter months (when the rolled up portion will have snow on it) + need wider velcro strips at bottom corners of front door tarp, so that the corners can be velcroed together (which is why the foot distance, 10 feet wide, needs to be verified using those 5 red wires is important) so that the velcro surfaces mate + would like bottom material also on the front door tarp, as the other 3 sides have, to help keep rodents out of the canopy + need 20 more foot spikes, as one per foot is not enough strength.
Learnings - take the time to inventory all of the parts in the two boxes, BEFORE you start assembling the canopy (my kit did not have any missing parts luckily) + when you mark the center line of the roof & rear & front tarps (I used a Sharpie marker to write a "C" along the tarp's inside surface) be sure to align that center mark precisely at both the front and rear ends of the roof tarp, this will help make installing the many mini bungee cords a little less strenuous later (as you really have to pull the tarp and the bungee cords tightly together, a 2nd person would be helpful at this stage to help pull) + keep the enclosed black ropes attached to the frame, and even add your own ropes as I did (don't remove them as the manual states IMHO), this will help keep the frame poles tight to one another and keep it square, so that the dome shape is maintained side to side, so that the roof tarp and end tarps are installed more accurately (equal distance side to side) using those bungee cords + when you pull on the front wall & rear wall integrated tarp cords, to pull the tarps tighter to the frame, attach them to the INNER double "C" hooks on the corner feet (and not to the OUTER single "C" hooks) so that those black corner cords do not later get in the way of the corner velcro pieces that you need to mate together + do shake the tarp after a snow fall to shed the snow that collects, important even with a dome shape + attach the 4 turnbuckles to the OUTER single "C" hooks at each corner foot + place those 6 anchors INSIDE the frame and covered by the tarp, and not OUTSIDE of the frame and exposed to the elements (hey, you learn as you go building this thing) + be careful not to rip the roof tarp when pulling it into place up top (mine was not ripped but have to be careful to not get it caught on the frame while pulling it into place).
All in all, seems to be a good quality canopy, time will tell, but so far so good.
December 29, 2013