Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fuel-Free Summer Boating Ideas


Fuel-Free Boating

Unless you drive an electric vehicle or live on the banks of a river or lake, you’ll have to use a little fuel to get to your destination.  It’s not perfectly fuel-free, I’m sorry to say, but once you get to the water, you can leave the world of high-priced fuel behind and simply enjoy the quiet splendor of nature.

Whether your preference is to catch fish, snap photos, or just enjoy a relaxing outing on the water, you can find plenty of fuel-free fun in one of the following human-powered boats:

  • Jon Boats are ideal if fishing is your preference.  This basic, no frills boat allows you to safely keep yourself and your gear dry while you lure fish after fish toward your line.  Be sure to leave the outboard motor at home and opt for the oars.  This quieter, fuel-free option will prevent fish from getting frightened away.
  • Kayaks and Canoes are perfect for nature observers and photographers.  Getting close to your subject is easier when you can quietly and smoothly glide through the water without scaring away the very creatures you wish to capture with your camera.
  • Pedal Boats are fantastic family fun.  Powered only by your feet and legs, a pedal boat can take you across a pond or lake on a seriously fun family outing.  Kids love the novelty of pedal boats, and they make an effective lower body workout that adults will appreciate, too.

Saving fuel this summer doesn’t mean you have to stay home.  Take your Jon Boat, Kayak, Canoe, or Pedal Boat to the nearest body of water, and create your own human-powered adventures.  When your day is done, be sure to protect your boat with a proper Boat Cover to keep it safe from weather exposure and ready for your next fuel-free boating excursion.

Boat Covers for Jon Boats "Olive"  Infinity™ Canoes/Kayaks Covers  Pedal Boat Covers

Party Shade Sails Create Instant Shade When You Need It


Party Shade Sails and Sun Shades

Sometimes, all that’s needed is temporary shade.  Whether you’re at the park or in the backyard, shade is not always where you need it most.  Making your own shade is simply a matter of hanging up a Party Shade Sail.

Party shade sails are triangular in shape and constructed from Coolaroo’s well-known UV resistant fabric.  Party sails are generous in size, measuring close to ten feet long on each side.  Additionally, they block up to 90 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so you and your family stay protected.  Party shade sails are intended for temporary use, though, so they are much less expensive than permanent shade sails, and they require only three nearby fixing points for installation.  Tie each corner of a party shade sail to trees or to existing posts or poles, and you have instant shade.

Create a colorful shaded area for a backyard party or family gathering.  Protect your picnic lunch at the park from the harsh rays of the sun.  Construct a temporary shelter for a kiddie pool or sandbox play area.  Party shade sails are a versatile solution for temporary shade.

Installing Shade Cloth: A Complete How-To


Shade Cloth on Pergola
Shade cloth is a great medium to provide sun protection and shade to your porch, pergola, or patio. It is very versatile and can be used for countless purposes so get creative and let your imagination be your guide. For installation, let Mighty Covers be your guide!

What you will need to apply shade cloth to your pergola or patio:

  1. Rolled shade cloth – enough to cover your area, plus 25% more.
  2. Box cutters or other sharp cutting instruments
  3. Attachment hardware – screws, nails, or 1″ staples.
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Safety Goggles
  6. Hammer
  • Roll out your shade cloth across the structure you are planning to cover and pull it loosely into position.   Leave at least 8-12 inches of overhang on all sides.
  • Attach shade cloth to one of the longest sides first. Start at one end and pull with medium pressure (enough to get the wrinkles out and just a bit more) as you move along the edge.    Attach the shade cloth to the structure about every 12″.
  • Finish attaching the outside edges, continuing in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Make sure that the knitted knot lines in the fabric are straight.
  • When attaching the shade cloth along an edge of the structure where you’ll be cutting the fabric, be sure to move the attachment point in from the outside edge, beam, or post so you leave room to cut the fabric.
  • When joining the edges of two rolls of shade cloth, try not to overlap the cloth if possible.
  • Tack down to any interior support beams, if required, and trim off all the edges using a box cutter.

You are now ready to enjoy your newly shaded area. Pictures of all steps are available online. If you have any further questions about installing shade cloth, please contact Larry at, and he will be glad to offer assistance.

Solar Pool Covers – A Cheap and Green Way to Heat a Swimming Pool


Swimming in a Cold Pool

Taking a dip in a frigid swimming pool is not most people’s idea of relaxing, unless you happen to be a polar bear.  Running the pool heater non-stop is not the most cost-effective or environmentally friendly idea, though, for warming up the water.  Many pool owners find that Solar Pool Covers offer the best of both worlds.

Solar Cover or Solar BlanketA solar pool cover, sometimes referred to as a solar blanket, looks like an enormous sheet of bubble wrap.  It lies on the surface of the pool water and absorbs heat from the sun.  The solar cover transfers that heat to the pool water, increasing its temperature by as much as 10-15 degrees.  When in place during day or night, the solar cover keeps heat from escaping the pool and significantly decreases water evaporation.  This results in water that stays warmer and chemically balanced for longer periods.  Pool owners save money on water, chemicals, and energy while enjoying comfortable water temperatures well beyond the standard swimming season.

Solar covers, or covers of any kind, should always be completely removed from the pool before swimmers enter the water.

Remember Your Service Men and Women This Month

Even though we should take time everyday to thank our military for their dedicated service, there are several upcoming holidays dedicated to our armed forces. Memorial Day is May 30th, 2011 (annually, the last Monday of May). Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. You can observe this day by visiting cemeteries or memorials to remember our fallen soldiers. May 21st is Armed Forces Day. This is a day to salute all service men and women, especially those in active duty now. Take some time this day to thank our military. Treat the special military person in your life to a special gift to express your gratitude for their dedication. Whether military related (such as flag and medal cases or branch-specific merchandise) or general, useful gifts (gift cards to their favorite store, team specific grill covers for their favorite pro team, or jewelry for women), they will surely appreciate your token of thanks!

Sleek Comfort for Your Lawnmower Seat

Spring is here and plants are thriving. Unfortunately, this includes your grass! Your lawnmower is probably getting plenty of action right now. Improve the look and comfort of your riding mower seat with a deluxe tractor seat covers. Seat covers offer year round protection against sun and UV damage, bad weather, dirt, birds, and tree sap. If your seat is faded, ripped, or cracking, seat covers will make them appear new again. If you seat is new, keep it protected to prevent wear and tear. Out seat covers are also cushioned, adding extra comfort to your ride. Available in different sizes, you will find exactly what you are looking for for your riding lawn mower or tractor.
Deluxe Tractor Seat Cover