February 25, 2011
To those of us in mild northern climates, evaporation coolers (also known as swamp coolers) are an unknown home accessory. Down-draft, side-draft and turbine are meaningless terms.
But down South, these coolers are quite popular, and are a great way to save money on your air conditioning bill. Basically, you fill these things with water and, as the sun evaporates said water, it produces a cooling effect that mimics how our bodies use sweating to cool down. Your body sweats water onto your skin, it evaporates, and your skin is cooled. Now your house can do the same.
These coolers can be vulnerable to sun and damage from the elements, and quite unnecessarily during the winter months. Using an evaporation cooler cover is an excellent idea, and I now have 20 different sizes to choose from. Made from 300 denier treated polyester, these covers will keep the sun and rain off your cover when not in use. Why not keep your cooler looking good and performing at a high level?
You’ll appreciate it in August.
February 16, 2011
I have new car covers in. The material is the same as the old single-layer polypropylene models though the color is grey instead of tan now and I have several more sizing choices including hatchbacks and crew cab long bed pickups.
These covers have a non-scratch liner and can be locked to the car through a leash that the trunk or cargo doors close on. OverDrive car covers bring a wider range of sizes to the semi-custom market at a very competitive price, with most models under $50 including shipping. Not a bad way to go if you need a dust cover or something light and easy to put on the car for shorter periods of time.
February 15, 2011
Float tubes have come a long way. When I was a kid we’d take a large truck tire inner tube, wrap some webbing around it if we were feeling productive and call it good. These days, float tubes are basically floating easy chairs with all kinds of pockets, fishing tools like stripping aprons and rod holders and compartmentalized bladders for extra safety. Most are made of tough 420 denier and up polyester with at least 3 mm of thickness for the bladder material. While more complicated, they are certainly more comfortable. A friend of mine has pulled his out as an extra chair at gatherings many times.
Modern float tubes typically offer at least 300 lbs of weight capacity, though keep in mind that as you approach that weight, of course, more of you is going to be sitting in the water. Most will be able to keep your rear out of the water, however. Float tubes are ideal for fishing in small lakes, ponds and slow-moving rivers. They are extremely portable and most weigh under 15 lbs, a significant weight advantage over their brawnier cousins, personal pontoon boats, which can weigh as much as 70 lbs or more.
It is one of the best times of year to purchase a float tube as well, as most manufacturers have discontinued older models and are looking to move them out the door in time for March, when float tube season starts to heat up. I have a Bighorn float tube on special right now at $98.02, including shipping, which is quite a break from their original retail around $180. If you can see yourself in a float tube, now is a good time to make it happen.
February 14, 2011
Did you know that you can get a custom golf cart cover
for a semi-custom price? Custom covers from the factory can easily run into the $500 range. And that, my friends, was a bummer.
Yamaha Drive golf cart enclosures are now available. So are Club Car Precedent enclosures. They look fantastic as you can see from the pictures. Additionally, the front windshield problem has been solved! For years, those of you who already had front windshields would have to stare through two layers of plastic or roll up the front, leaving the sides flapping in the breeze. Now, there is a better solution. The front windshield simply zips down, and is a separate piece from the front portion of the enclosure. No more flapping. No more blurred vision. It’s a win-win.
These things fit like a glove. And for additional warmth, look at getting a golf cart seat blanket . I have found that these blankets are especially appreciated by the fairer golfer.
February 14, 2011
As the February rains (or snows) beat down and make us wish for May, many of you doubtlessly have moved your patio furniture under cover, perhaps in the garage or the shed. This is, of course, a sound policy, as water and even winter sun can combine to age your furniture 3 seasons in one winter.
Once you get it out for spring-time grilling and fun, however, you don’t want to be lugging that heavy furniture back and forth as need dictates. Why not get some garden furniture covers to protect your expensive recreational investment? These covers can extend the useful life of your furniture dramatically, absorbing all the punishment and keeping it looking nice and ready to go at the drop of a hat.
Cover manufacturers have dramatically expanded their offering, with new products like Veranda island grill top covers for those of you with built-in island grills. These covers are made with a high-quality 600 denier polyester that is similar in durability to soft luggage.
If you don’t want to break the bank, you could look at Villa BBQ grill covers. Starting at $29.99 with free shipping, these are an excellent value. Made with treated polypropylene, which has similar qualities to Dupont’s Tyvek, these covers will prevent sun and rain damage for around two seasons.
Another relatively new product is the Veranda offset umbrella cover. Those of you who have been searching for this item will be impressed with the quality of the material and the 3-year warranty.
Garden furniture is a must for those of you with the outdoor space to enjoy it, but so are the garden furniture covers. Don’t lug these pieces around every time you use them, or worse yet, leave them exposed to the elements. Cover them up!
February 11, 2011
As the most popular outdoor appliance, the cover market for barbecue grills has been strong for quite some time. There is a wide variety of covers out there to choose from with a number of different materials and colors. But the vast majority of these options were designed for the stand-alone barbecue grill, either in cart, smoker or kettle-style.
Those with permanent island grills were left out, or forced to pay dearly for custom jobs or settle for lower quality craftsmanship and materials. Fortunately, those days are over. Classic Accessories has just launched their new island grill covers in the Veranda line. These hig-quality covers are made of 600 denier polyester, which is akin to soft luggage, and come with a three year warranty. They look good, too.
Check these covers out and see if they’re right for you.