David, Panama is known to be hot and our little Hyundai Atos doesn’t have the best AC.Our carport doesn’t have enough overhang to keep the sun off the side so I decided to add some shade. Gregorio, our Panamanian friend had some material he called saran shading the front of his house and told us he would go with us to get some if we wanted. So, off we went in search of saran. Four places later, we found it.It cost $4 a linear meter and was 12 wide. I bought 5 meters for $20 and had 2 pieces about 16’x6′, one for the side of the garage and one for the patio in back of the garage. I went to the Do It Center but saw that the rope I was after was pretty expensive PLUS the single cashier had a line with 20 people in it-I left empty handed. On the way home I remembered that I’d brought a lot of microphone cables that weren’t in use and could take the place of the ropes I had wanted to buy.
Getting it hooked up was pretty easy. The roof is corrugated so the ends of the mic cords fit through and were tied then stretched diagonally and tied to the chain link fence. The saran can be twirled and tied in a knot and fastened to the mic cords. I’ll probably get more wire ties to support the saran closest to the house.
There it is. Cheap, easy to install and now we have a cooler car and a lot more shade!