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Big Storm, Minor Damage

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Summer rain and hail storms here in the Midwest can be something fierce.

This week an afternoon a storm cell quickly snuck-up on me, bringing heavy rains and ferocious winds.  Despite my best efforts to hastily retract the (Zip Dee) patio awning, I found myself wrestling with what was effectively a 20 foot sail.  While I eventually managed to retract, I did not do so without escaping damage … specifically the ‘claw hook’, which is a piece of connecting support bracket hardware.

Fortunately, the claw hook is seemingly designed to fail under certain circumstances; I suspect this design helps avoid even more significant damage .

A quick internet search pointed me to a parts dealer and within a few minutes I had a replacement part on its way.   The part was easy to replace and cost only $21.

Unfortunately, 2-day shipping from Utah set me back $20 dollars.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. LizW #

    Glad you didn’t have anymore damage than this. Are you back in the Black Hills? Always look forward to your posts!

    July 22, 2017
  2. Hi Liz – yes we were back in Custer, at Roost Resort!

    July 24, 2017
    • LizW #

      Hope you got your good campsite!

      July 24, 2017
  3. Penelope New #

    Enjoyed chatting with you, and loved the Roost Resort. Alas, our next choice is not so lovely, but such are the vagaries of traveling this way. Safe travels to you and love to Lilly.

    July 24, 2017

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