choosing a location for your Windfeather® look around
carefully for any objects close enough to come into contact
with the sail or streamers. Be
especially careful not to come into contact with power lines.
Locate the white fiberglass ground stake
and galvanized ground washer. Insert the pointed end of stake
through the rubber center of the washer sliding the washer
about half way onto the stake. Exact placement does not matter,
as the washer is self adjusting. Use a hammer to drive the
ground stake into the ground until firm. The depth required
will vary depending on the type of soil, and is usually between
6 and 12 inches. Some locations with especially compacted
soils may prove difficult to drive the stake into. If this
is the case in your area, we recommend using a long screwdriver
or similar object to create a pilot hole before driving in
the ground stake (Download
"GROUNDER" Installation Instructions PDF).
Do not replace ground stake
with anything that might cause damage to your pole. Use of
rigid metal stakes, especially rebar can easily destroy the
bottom section of your pole.
Remove the pole from the carry bag and
pull the black rubber plug from the top end. Tilt the pole
over until the top section with the bead slides out. Pull
this section out until the next section emerges and then,
holding both sections pull and
twist against each other until firm. Do
not over tighten. Continue this until the pole is fully
extended. Now unscrew the cap from the bottom of the pole.
At this point we recommend that you store the top rubber plug
and bottom metal cap in the cloth storage bag.
Unroll your Windfeathers® sail and
locate the open end at the bottom of the pocket. Run the pole
into the pocket all the way making sure that the bead on top
of the pole is all the way up to the end of the pocket. At
the bottom of the pocket, pull down on the attached loop of
bungee cord and slip it onto the clip on the base of the pole.
If the bungee does not match
up with the metal clip check to make sure that either the
top of the pole is not hung in the feather pocket , or that
the pole sections are fully extended.
Unroll the streamers and using the clip,
attach them to the top of the sail. Do
not use your streamers if they will be able to rub against
any object that could cause fraying, especially power lines.
Finally lift your fully assembled Windfeathers®
and place it over the ground stake until the bottom of the
pole is resting on the ground washer, and the ground washer
is flush with the ground.
When taking your feather down simply
reverse the above directions. Leave the streamers attached
to the top and roll the sail from top to bottom trapping the
streamers inside. Be sure to store the ground stake in the
plastic sleeve before putting it in the bag with your sail.
This will keep dirt from soiling the sail.