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Carport with a canvas roof.

Sun, rain, and falling plums caused Nan and Emery Rogers to add this carport to their side-yard driveway in Palo Alto, California. Canvas was their material of choice since local building code did not allow addition of a permanent structure.

An awning shop made the 9- by 30-foot synthetic canvas rectangle, which has grommets spaced every 24 inches around its perimeter. Cost was about $500.

The lightweight canvas rests on a simple wooden framework. Along the house wall, lag screws anchor 2 by 8's that make a 36-foot-long ledger; four 2 by 4's run from the ledger to the top of the fence. Rubber shock cords pull the canvas taut; they link the grommets in the canvas with eye screws spaced 24 inches apart along the ledger and fence.
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Date:Jun 1, 1984
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