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Making The Bias Cut
Install the top rail. Tie the chain link loosely to the top rail in the proper postion on the rail, so it follows parallel to the top rail. Pull it to the terminal post until the shortest of the two, top or bottom, just reaches the post. The other corner of the fabric will overlap the terminal (Figure B).
Count the number of weaves (not diamonds) that overlap the terminal on the long corner. Let's call this 'Cut Count'. This count is the number of cuts that must be made ultimately. Next, count the number of full diamonds on the height (Height Count).
Divide the 'Height Count' by the 'Cut Count'. Round up to nearest whole number. This number (Diamond Count) represents the number of diamonds to count before making a weave cut. Figure B illustrates an upward grade. The grade could be exactly opposite, a downward grade. The grade type will determine which end needs to be cut. In Figure B, you must start counting down from the top. Count out the 'Diamond Count' and cut the last weave in the roll. Remove the bottom portion of that weave from the fabric, cutting the other end of the weave, if necessary. At the cut, count down your 'Diamond Count' and cut the next weave. Remove the bottom portion again. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the fence.
The tension bar can now be slid into the fabric following the angle created by your bias cut. It is possible that the bias is so sharp (Diamond Count of 1 or 2), that it is nearly impossible to slide the tension bar into the fabric. You may have to bend the diamond slightly where the tension bar is hitting a weave as it is slid into the fabric.
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