I recently purchased an awning to put at the front of our house where there is a sun trap . V doesn't like full sun anymore so I thought this would do the trick for the summer . I bought it on line and it did say they could provide a fitting service but that it was a simple task - so hey I have a degree - albeit in Sociology and not civil engineering but it couldn't be that difficult surely .I have been looking at the box for the past two weeks contemplating making a start . I am the man with a shed full of tools none of which ever seem to be the appropriate one's for the task in hand . Eventually I opened the box and searched out the instruction manual and list of contents . Now usually there is always some crucial element missing - not this time ! There were extra bits for which there was no explanation . The manual was of little help as it appeared to have been written by an outer Mongolian nomad with an expertise in erecting yurts and with very little understanding of standard English .Still I persevered and rang the company - no they didn't know what the extra bits were for either and recommended the online video showing how to put it up . This I did and this chap and his mate had it all assembled and up in a flash - leaving me none the wiser . Not to be defeated I decided that I would put this thing up one way or another and if it fell down taking the front of the house with it - well at least I had tried . Any way to cut what is already a rather long story short - I did it ,having exhausted just about all the swear words in my not inconsiderable vocabulary and used all the bits maybe not in all the right places but it seemed to be OK . Triumphantly I wound out the awning and it worked . In doors I sped and said to V "come and look " "no" she said " I am watching Pointless "
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