FROM SATELLITE TO SUN SCREEN!September 28th, 2010 in member junk
When I made this, I didn't really think about photographing the process as I assembled it. My neighbors moved out and left this 8 foot diameter aluminum Satellite dish behind. It hadn't been hooked up or used for at least 10 years. I kept looking at it and suddenly it hit me - wouldn't that make a really cool umbrella.
So I found an old 10' piece of black steel pipe and took it too my local hardware store and had one end of it threaded and then I cut it down to 8 feet. Next I found a threaded pipe base plate at a yard sale that actually fit the threaded pipe. I placed the base plate on the underside of the satellite dish, marked it and then drilled 4 holes, dropped 4 bolts in from the top, tightened them with nuts and then placed the pole in an old umbrella stand I had laying around. It creates a great shade and still lets enough light through if you have plants underneath. Great for the desert - the plants get filtered light without frying! Great for people too!
Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Satellite Umbrella
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