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tparrett62
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I'm doing a test-run of setting up my booth for my Zibit on Sunday, and having a little difficulty setting up my EZ-Up alone. I put the whole thing together when I bought it 2 years ago, (ie canopy is already attached to the frame) but can't seem to get it set up on my own. The instructions tell you to use 2 people, but I'm flying solo. I'm trying to do this in my backyard, but can't get the canopy high enough for the pins to lock. Any solo Zibiters have any tips? Much appreciated!
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Do a search. There's been a lot posted about this in the past.
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tparrett62
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Thanks, I did, and I found it. Got it up, just wasn't giving it enough muscle!
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Simple to erect all the way is to open as far as you can and then get underneath the center and push up on the center bars. That will lift the top and you can then secure the pins.

Moreover, to protect against winds Take a ball bungee or cable tie and wrap around outside canopy top to secure to the top knot. This will prevent the top from bouncing up and down during wind and ripping through.

Use truck ties from the upper top corners to center of the side so that when done, it will look like a V. This will secure the EZ Up and keep it from twisting in high winds...

Take it from me, veteran since 1993 in the deserts of Arizona, Mojave and elsewhere...
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Thanks Kahuna!
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Tparrett62:

I had the same problem a few years ago. I bought the EZ UP Embassy 2 and it weighed a ton, I could not get the thing in the air by myself. I sold the thing and got an EZ UP Encore instead. Its lighter and built for solo workers. I LOVE IT! Get the Encore , it is made for show vendors. Kahuna has some great tips for wind. if you don't secure your EZ it will take off like a kite in a split second. I use sand filled weights that Ez Up sells for this purpose.

I also have a Zibit, its a mer type. Good Luck on your gig this Sunday!

Rod Pringle
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Sandbags or something similar is a necessity. These things can fly like kites. I would also use the tent spikes that came with it if you are on dirt, but don't rely on those tiny things they are just a little extra insurance.

Michael

P.S. You WILL tell us how your Zibiting went next week.
P.P.S. I'm keeping mine hidden for a while yet.
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Thanks for all the tips- I will fill you in on how it goes. Right now, the weather is sounding a little sketchy, but it's rain or shine, so I'll be there. The flea is on pavement, so stakes are a no-no; I'll be using cinder blocks as weights.
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I don't know if cinder blocks will be enough. A while back I saw a post about using the pyramid anchors in a bucket of cement. That way you could put a bolt in the pyramid and screw down the legs. They said this also gives them more height and viability. Just some thoughts.

Michael
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Five gallon Blitz cans filled with water can work just fine in most situations. Once you starting getting that 35 mile and hour winds, though, you best be prepared...
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