Good Canopy for the Price
Overall, the canopy is made of decent quality and well under price for similar products I found both online and in stores. Definitely a two person job. My brother and I spent a little less 7 hours at a nice pace putting the canopy together. This does include a break of about 45 minutes to get warmed up. It definitely helped to lay all of the parts out and group them my parts. Some parts had hard to read part numbers on them. We found they did provide an extra bolt in each size, which was appreciated and fortunately not needed. I also found that the instructions printed online for this model (1015) deferred some from the instructions received in the box. We primarily used the instructions that came in the box, but there were a couple of places where the instructions printed from online helped. It's also worth watching the 10 minute video that is online. The four augers took about 45 minutes to "screw" into the ground. We have hard pack and pretty rocky soil. Also, it took a bit of time to tape over screws on the two ends (explained in Cons) and figure out the diagonal dimensions (also explained in cons). The screw issue is the main reason I rated this canopy a 4 and not a 5.
ProsRelatively easy to construct. It was just a bit time consuming and tedious, but brought me back to my younger days of building an erector set on a larger scale. I had a great time bonding with my brother while we laughed about some of the Chinese directions and how this could have been designed a bit better. The metal parts are definitely durable enough. We will see how the canopy itself holds up to the breeze, rain, snow and falling twigs.
ConsNot sure how the fabric will hold up, but time will tell. One minor con is the top end piece part numbers were labeled incorrectly in the step by step instructions. That was easily figured out since there were only two of those pieces. The two bigger issues we found were: 1) The diagonal dimension is listed as 17 feet and we got 18 feet. We just could not get it to less than about 17.5 feet in both diagonal directions and when we did this the two ends were not straight up and down. We resorted to a bit of math (Pythagorean Theorem Base is 10 feet and Length is 15 feet) and guess what the diagonal dimension should be 18 feet. Someone needs to correct the instructions! 2) When installing bolts in the two end frames (ribs) we did install the bolts with the nuts on the inside as directed, BUT when you wrap the end canopy around the frame and ratchet it down the canopy end cover pulls tight against several of these bolts, which have sharp edges so we decided to apply some tape over the ends to protect the canopy from sharp edges. The poles should be designed with the bolt holes 90 degrees from the position they are in to reduce the bolts from being against the canopy and possibly puncturing it.