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A really beautiful piece of kit and at an amazing price.
on 1 August 2013
This arrived yesterday and it took the best part of four hours to assemble with the help of a gorgeous day, couple of tins of beer and some lovely background music. Very enjoyable and very satisfying to watch it come together.
The design and build are everything you expect from German engineering - it is precision formed and welded, there are eight sloping roof struts instead of the four on our previous wooden one. The whole thing has been brilliantly worked out and every part was carefully numbered and labelled. We keep looking at it, gracing the end of our garden, and now decorated with shrubs, furniture and flowers, it is SO pretty, and a real delight. I could imagine it being a wonderful place for a new bride at a wedding reception, it's gorgeous.
We are even considering buying another one as a spare, it is that good.
Will it survive a severe gale? No more so than your fences I guess, so you would probably take the side panels off (30 seconds) and the roof (one minute) if you saw that a gale was on the way, as you would with any gazebo. We're going to leave it bare in the winter - the roof and panels are machine washable too!. If you left it covered and panelled, or even in an exposed area without the cover, in severe winds, it's probably a bit unfair to write a review here saying that it blew over and broke. Perhaps this delightful structure isn't really your cup of tea.
The instruction sheets are good but not brilliant, there are no words, probably to cut down on translation.
If I were to build another of these it would take me less than half the time so here are some tips in helping you assemble it:-
1. When you put the two corner panels together, you will notice that the pretty welded circles are OFFSET on one of the panels and the offset part should be on the OUTSIDE, otherwise you won't get the corner piece on properly. also, the END of each panel that goes to the floor has TWO holes and not THREE. The THREE holes go to the top You'll jiggle it around a bit to get it right. If I had known that, it would have cut half an hour off the work!
2. Don't over-tighten nuts which squeeze the box-sections - this will only distort the box section and make it difficult to apply the plastic nut covers later.
3. Putting the side panels on is a dream. Thread the elastic loops back through the thin gap adjacent to the decorative welded circles and push the plastic rod through them. When you do the other end of the panel, push the beginning of the panel through as well as the elastic loops. This helps a lot.
4. Do bolt it to the concrete or patio stones, it does need that support, although if on grass, good ten pegs and secure fixing would do the job nicely.
5. From time to time I suggest checking the nuts to make sure they haven't loosened. All metal will expand and contract with temperature fluctuations and this can loosen them.
There you are, my advice for what it's worth. Enjoy!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION January 2014
Well the advice I gave above is good advice - strip it for winter! Ours has been through all the terrible storms this winter and it's still there, un-damaged and ready to be dressed in the spring.