> BTW, I have stopped using nylon sail repair tape after several of the tie-outs let go.
Good, I was wondering if I'd done something wrong. LOL. I will use longer pieces next time to get more surface area since I much prefer the nylon tape to the tough duct tape, but it doesn't seem to stick as well. It's so much lighter that I can use a lot more though.
I like your new ends, but the duct tape is a major PITA to sew through. I'd guess the sail tape is easier though the adhesive will likely still gum the needle eventually.
BTW, the Duck brand patio door kits are 7x10. They are meant for indoor installation, of course, but I'm not sure if that affects long-term durability. I got mine at Walmart on off-season clearance.