Morning health update.....TLE and I continue to be asymptomatic. We are healthy, not so wealthy, and a little wiser. The worldwide confirmed case totals as of Friday morning are still below a quarter million, and worldwide deaths just over 10,000. I know as of Saturday morning those numbers have gone up. Within the U.S. as of Friday night the death rate in the U.S. was 1.3%....far below the forecast 2%. In Arizona we recorded our first death from the Chinese Virus, and we have 63 confirmed cases of the Chinese Virus.....nothing catastrophic yet.
I had two projects Friday to occupy my time......fix the Zip Dee patio awning, which was not on my 'TO DO' list originally, but was added after the microburst, and finally install the new passenger door interior pull handle (to close the door from the inside) which broke a few weeks ago, which was also not on my original 'TO DO' list. Over the past 6 years we have repaired most of the seams as the 38 year old thread has given up the ghost. The two seams which came undone during the microburst are the last two seams.....the other seams, which had been previously glued using the clear silicone caulk held during the microburst, which made us very happy. We use silicone caulk for the repairs as the Sunbrella® fabric is also silicone based, and it has worked, and continues to work well in repairs. The Sunbrella® itself is in wonderful condition considering its age.
To repair the 87" long seams I use black sail thread to stitch the seam back together in two, or three places.....
.....one of the repaired seams can be seen in the picture above.......⤴ While I waiting for the first seam to cure in the sun I turned my attention to removing the old door pull, and installing the new one....the new, aftermarket, door pull is a much better design, and I think this one will last much longer than the first.......↴