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Weber Grill Covers

Posted in Grills by admin on October 6, 2006.

Weber Grill Covers are a smart investment. With fall and winter coming Weber Grill owners are looking to protect their gas and charcoal babeque grills with a quality cover.

The search for a compatible Weber Grill Cover often becomes a chore so below is the information you need to help match your grills model number with cover. You can also search amazon if you do not find your specific cover below.

Find your weber grill cover below:

Premium Gas Barbecue Covers

Weber Grill Cover model numbers:

9855
9857
9859
9892
9893

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers

Weber Grill Cover model numbers:

8701
97881
97882
7201
7301
7701
9911

Standard Charcoal Kettle Covers

Weber Grill Cover model numbers:

4301
4701

Premium Gas Barbecue Covers

The premium gas barbecue covers manufactured by Weber are some of the best around.

Weather-resistant and full-length covers, these protect grills from the elements with a tight fit.

Easily placed and easily removed, there are even Velcro straps on the bottom edge, making them easily tightened and eliminating the chances of being blown off.

Made from a weighted material and well lined, premium gas barbecue covers are perfect for winter months as they never stick to the grill or need to be peeled off like common plastic covers, these Weber grill covers are made to take on the even the worst parts of the off seasons.

Premium Gas Barbecue Cover number 9855

Designed to fit two different gas barbecues, cover 9855 is one of the most well known of the Weber grill covers, representing the brands quality, fitting grills at approximately 52 inches wide, 25 inches deep and 42 inches tall.

Weber Grill Cover 9855 weighs only four pounds.

Cover 9855 was made to protect:

Genesis Silver A
Spirit 500

Premium Gas Barbecue Cover number 9857

A perfect fit for four different gas barbecues sold by Weber.

These grills are 54 inches wide, 27 inches deep and 45 inches tall.

Weber Grill Cover 9857 weighs six pounds, and can only be shipped within the United States.

Cover 9857 was made to protect:

Genesis Silver B
Genesis 1000
Spirit 700
Spirit 900

Premium Gas Barbecue Cover number 9859

Developed for barbecues manufactured between 2002 and 2003, the range of models go from the Genesis Silver to the Genesis Gold and protect at least five different barbecues.

Making for an excellent heavy-duty protection, the Weber Grill Cover 9859 weighs nine pounds and extends some 54 inches wide, 27 inches deep and 45 inches tall.

Cover 9859 was made to protect:

Genesis 2000-5500

Premium Gas Barbecue Cover number 9892

Weber Grill Cover 9892 was designed specifically to keep out spiders and other pests while reducing the risk of fires and other hazards.

Weighing six pounds and extending some 61 inches by 68 inches, cover 9892 will fit around twelve varieties of Summit series:

Cover 9892 was made to protect:

Summit Silver A
Summit Silver B
Summit Silver C
Summit Silver D

Summit Gold A4
Summit Gold B4
Summit Gold C4
Summit Gold D4

Summit Platinum A4
Summit Platinum B4
Summit Platinum C4
Summit Platinum D4

Premium Gas Barbecue Cover number 9893

Weber Grill Cover 9893 follows the same design pattern as the 9892 model, but fits nine other models from the Gold and Platinum series.

Cover 9893 was made to protect:

Summit Gold A
Summit Gold B
Summit Gold D
Summit Gold A6
Summit Gold B6
Summit Gold D6

Summit Platinum A6
Summit Platinum B6
Summit Platinum D6

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers:

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers are full-length, heavy-duty vinyl covers made by Weber to protect barbecue grills from the coldest of temperatures.

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 8701

Made from vinyl, lined with flannel and complete with the Weber logo, the Weber Grill Cover 9701 is shipped at only 3.7 pounds and was made specifically for the Performer Grill Series prior to 2005.

Cover 8701 was made to protect:

The Performer Grill Series

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 97881

Weber Grill Cover 97881 is made from heavy-duty vinyl in order to resist even the severest of temperatures and avoid cracks.

Shipped at a weight of three pounds it was made specifically to fit over the One-Touch Platinum, hanging over the top half at 18 and a half inches.

Cover 97881 was made to protect:

One-Touch® Platinum Grill Cover 18-1/2″ Models

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 97882

Of heavy-duty vinyl, the Weber Grill Cover 97882 was made to resist the cracking that can occur at extremely cold temperatures.

Covering the upper half of the Weber 22-1/2-inch One-Touch Platinum grill series that measure around 27 inches wide, 49 inches deep and 32 inches tall.

Cover 97882 itself is 35 by 27 by 35 inches and weighs 3.4 pounds.

Cover 97882 was made to protect:

22-1/2-inch One-Touch Platinum grills

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 7201

Weber Grill Cover 7201 is the perfect protection for standard charcoal grills against winter.

For the outdoor chef passionate about their Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker it is the perfect accessory.

With an elastic bottom for snug and secure fit, it is both easy to place and remove without risk of exposure to the elements and weighs only 2 pounds.

Cover 7201 was made to protect:

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
Genesis Silver A gas grills

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 7301

Weber Grill Cover 7301 is for charcoal grills of 23 inches wide by 23 inches deep and 31 inches high.

Made from heavy-duty vinyl, hanging almost all the way to the legs at 18.5 inches down with a beautiful Weber logo on the front cover that takes on some of the hardest weather.

Grill cover 7301 weighs 1.9 pounds, measures 22 inches wide, 21 inches deep, 31 inches high and is excellent for the standard sized charcoal grill.

Cover 7301 was made to protect:

Weber 18-1/2-inch kettles

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 7701

Weber Grill Cover 7701 fits wider charcoal grills that measure some 27 inches by 27 inches and stand at 34 inches high.

On the standard Weber 22-1/2-inch kettle it hangs almost to the ground, protecting even the legs from cold weather.

Weighing only 2.2 pounds, this cover is 26 inches wide, 4 inches deep and 32 inches high.

Cover 7701 was made to protect:

Weber 22-1/2″ kettles

Premium Charcoal Grill and Smoker Covers 9911

Weber Grill Cover 9911 is for the 2005-model Performer Grill Series or any grill that measures 23 inches wide by 30 inches deep or 43 inches long.

Black with an intricately embroidered Weber logo, it is easily cleaned with a simple hose down while still protecting from harsh outdoor climates.

This Weber Grill Cover weighs only three pounds.

Cover 9911 was made to protect:

Performer® Grill Series

Standard Charcoal Kettle Covers

Standard Charcoal Kettle Covers are a full-length vinyl plaid blue and white, made to protect the standard barbecue grill from the coming winter.

Standard Charcoal Kettle Covers 4301

Weber 4301 is a lightweight grill cover that fits an 18.5 inch diameter and weighs only 15.2 ounces, shipping at 12.8 ounces.

Cover 4301 was made to protect:

Weber 18-1/2″ kettles

Standard Charcoal Kettle Covers 4701

Weber Grill Cover 4701 is blue and weighs only 2 pounds, fitting perfectly around standard round barbecue covers of 22.5 inches.

At 10.9 inches wide, 4.7 inches deep and 1.6 inches high it ships at only one pound.

Cover 4701 was made to protect:

Weber 22-1/2″ kettles

Barbecue season is almost at its end, unless we live in the Southern United States, and if there is that fear that ones nice barbecue will be taken by the elements, fear not, for Weber Grill Covers are some of the best around, made from full-length, heavy-duty vinyl and perfect for almost all weather conditions.

Garden Hopper

Posted in Garden Gadgets by admin on August 11, 2006.

For those of us who enjoy working out in the garden, sitting down can make all the difference, Garden Hopper by Step2® is not merely a garden stool on wheels, it is also a garden toolbox in one beautiful design.

Garden Hopper has a large easy to reach storage compartment underneath with even a place to hold a water bottle. The comfortable seat has been designed to include a molded handle for easy carrying around the yard.

The wheels are a durable yet smooth material to make rolling the garden hopper around while in a sitting position easier for those on grass or walkways.

What makes Garden Hopper so special is the ability to move from one part of the garden to another without standing up and moving the stool over.

Gardening is fun and we are always willing to pay the price in back pain for a nice looking garden, but standing, squatting, stooping and kneeling can take a toll on our bodies that is unnecessary with the use of Garden Hopper.

Garden Hopper will protect your back and make gardening so much more enjoyable with a simple solution to moving around in the garden with all your tools that allows you to care for yourself as you care for your plants

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Food For Everyone

Posted in Garden by admin on June 5, 2006.

In Salt Lake City, Jim Kennard’s Food For Everyone Foundation is trying hard to make sure the battle to fight world hunger is ongoing and self-sustainable, with the continued guerrilla marketing of Dr. Jacob R. Mettleider’s methods on the net and in the field around the world.

The Food For Everyone Foundation is the main distributor for Dr. Jacob R. Mettleider’s numerous books, online, but it is also a non-for-profit organization truly interested in helping people all over the world, including here in the United States of America achieve their very own healthy garden crops that permit food year round.

The Mittleider Method is based on Dr. Mittleider’s research and development in the area of self-sustainable gardening for impoverished and hungry nations around the world since 1964. The breakthrough in this method is not merely the simplicity of it, but the fact that Mittleider has discovered a methodology for growing in any soil at almost any altitude where food is a serious concern.

This is a very important method for those looking to get off the grid in tightly compacted urban areas, as well as those people with seriously challenges with technological development, such as impoverished and hungry third-world nations.

Basically, Dr. Mittleider discovered that soil anywhere in the world suffers from elementary challenges and advantages that can be dealt with common ways, and he travels the world in search of those villages and people in need, teaching them how to grow themselves in their own yards, no matter what conditions they find themselves facing.

Just this last month, Dr. Mittleider has traveled to his 31st country for teaching his methodology, Armenia. Initial projects are already underway and the hope of a people begins to find itself restored.

In arid and dry sand soils, where blowing winds never allow anything at all to grow, the use of raised beds in rows allows for suitable watering and easier weeding than with traditional flat cropping. By always giving the soil the proper treatment with the correct nutrients for plant survival, green house protection from the elements and enough irrigation, Mittleider has proven that even in the middle of the desert, people can have enough food to eat.

His many books are prepared for those looking to do-it-themselves on a low budget and even convince the children that it can be fun. Once you have learned the secrets to making any kind of vegetable garden you want in any climate you might find yourself in, teaching others to do the same is just as easy as taking care of crops using the Mittleider Method.

One thing is for certain, Mittleider has a serious point about world hunger; it’s unnecessary. People can be taught to cultivate a forgotten and dead soil with just a little bit of preparation and even less work throughout the year, all they really need is someone to show them how, the rest they can figure out by themselves. The fact is of course, Mittleider has done something that is rare for most anyone, he has actually gone and done something, rather than just given advice or sent a check from afar.

And that is the biggest point that Jim Kennard’s Food For Everyone Foundation has been trying to get across for so long. It isn’t enough that we merely teach, we must actually get our hands in the soil here at home and do it ourselves if we are ever going to be a completely sustainable nation. Best of all, the Mittleider Method offers the world a way to learn, do-it-yourself and teach to others. The Mittleider Method teaches one family at a time, healthy, organically sustainable gardening practices, one family at a time.

The Mittleider Method

Posted in Garden by admin on June 5, 2006.

Interview with Jim Kennard from the Food For Everyone Foundation who follows Dr. Jacob R. Mettleider’s Methods for productive gardening.

1. When and why was the Food For Everyone foundation started?

The Foundation was first conceived in the early 90’s when I spent time in Russia with Dr. Jacob Mittleider, where it is the most popular and productive method of gardening in the entire country, so far as we can determine. I really began to realize the tremendous scope of his work and the great good it was doing wherever people were lucky enough to learn it. In 1998 Dr. Mittleider charged me with the responsibility of carrying on and hopefully expanding the reach of his work, and I incorporated the Foundation that same year.

2. How long have you been using the Mittleider Method?

I was introduced to the Mittleider Method in 1976, when he moved from Loma Linda, California to Salt Lake City, Utah. Fortunately for me, the Mittleiders lived only 1 1/2 miles from us, and we were able to visit them, see their garden, and ask questions. I was sold in the first year when my garden was many times better than it had ever been before. Not long after that my youngest daughter, at age 8, ran the whole garden for the summer, and I knew anyone could have a great garden just by following the simple recipe.

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Friendly Robotics

Posted in Garden Gadgets by admin on May 2, 2006.

Friendly Robotics® makes improvements on technology, robots have now gotten smart enough to be able to mow the lawn without supervision. Of course they all still have to be shown their limits, and where the lawn is.

And most importantly, the curious might be shunned from approaching these pre-programmed technological miracles.

2006 has brought on an onslaught of new robotic companies to get into the market as well as do-it-yourselfers with models that have in some cases even been built from scrap.

The most famous name brand in the market for this year so far has been the RoboMower® by Friendly Robotics. The versions RL850 and RL1000 are both cost effective, electric chargeable modules with total self-sustainability.

If you want something a little more style, the Automower from Husqvarna is a nice military green. Darker than the light RoboMower green, but with basically the same specs. Automowers can be found for 1,500 pounds including accessories.

But for sleek stylization, the Robots and Relax Company have developed a beautiful crimson red Lamborghini looking robot lawn mower with lithium batteries known as the Evolution. The idea is that this is the latest and coolest robot model of the year.

Fashion is what goes into price. Testing these machines by consumers is the whole step for this year, so as soon as you purchase yours be sure and write a consumer report, so other people will know what your experience has been thus far.

For 2007 more of these machines are sure to appear, but right now, they are the fever for small urban lots that need to cut down on serious CO2 pollution as well as noise. They are so quiet you can program robot lawn mowers to do the lawn at night and return to post.

Comfort, efficiency and aesthetic appeal all in one autonomous solution that is quickly revolutionizing our way of doing the lawn.

Complete review of latest Robomowers.

Treegator

Posted in Garden Gadgets by admin on March 24, 2006.

What is a Treegator® Drip Irrigation Bag? It’s a tree bag that holds water for slow release irrigation to tree and shrub roots. Treegator® makes a patented product in two different variations for this task. The secret to deep root growth is slow release drip irrigation, treegators disperse needed moisture as well as aid in water retention.

Two Treegator Styles

Treegator® Junior is a 15 gallon irrigation bag is for trees and shrubs up to 4 “calipered” inches at their base with branches roughly 6 inches from the ground or higher.

  • Metered Irrigation – Delivers water from full to empty averaging 4 to 8 hours per refill cycle.
  • UV Protected Protected – Gator skin will not degrade from sunlight hitting it’s surface.
  • Removable Emitters – For easy cleaning.
  • Durable Heat Seals – When water is heated it expands, the gator skin is made to handle this.
  • Color – Brown which blends in with dirt or mulch.

Instructions: Level ground at the base of your tree or shrub, cover this area with a few inches of mulch to help soil retain moisture. Place bag and fill with water.

Treegator® Original is a 20 gallon portable irrigation bag for 1-4 inch trees with branches 25 inches from the ground or higher.

  • Metered Irrigation – Delivers water from full to empty averaging 6 to 10 hours per refill cycle.
  • UV Protected Protected Polyethylene – Gator skin will not degrade from sunlight hitting it’s surface.
  • Drip Holes – Uses drip holes to emit drip irrigation.
  • Nylon Zippers – To zip up bag around base of tree.
  • Pull Strap Handle – To pull up bag to allow drip holes to emit water.
  • Color – Green.

Instructions: Wrap treegator around tree, zip up the zipper, fill bag with hose and lift straps.

An added benefit when using treegators is that the moist ground underneath is attractive to earthworms which churn and aerate the soil leaving worm castings that act as a natural fertilizer. These drip irrigation bags are the real deal, I will post some pictures when the ground thaws.

SafeGrasp Gardening Gloves

Posted in Garden Gadgets by admin on March 21, 2006.

For me “gardening” is only one part of what I do in my yard so when I purchase gardening gloves I want them to be rugged enough to complete multiple tasks. Enter GardenArmor™ 225 Garden Gloves by SafeGrasp™. I contacted SafeGrasp™ to asked them about their interesting new gloves and they kindly sent me a sample pair to try out, so here is my review.

GardenArmor™ Garden Gloves come nicely boxed with a brochure and a tube that warns you to be careful and have the gloves on before opening it. What was in the tube? Barbed wire! That’s right, SafeGrasp™ is confident enough of these gloves puncture protection that they ask you to grasp barbed wire to prove their strength. Sure enough, they are in fact puncture proof and will be perfect for my rose bushes and clearing brush.

Gardening Glove Info.

  • Puncture Protection – Micro-sized guard plates (a super hard resin) are integrated into a flexible fabric base making these gloves soft but puncture proof.
  • Cut Protection – The micro-sized patented plates (developed by HDM, Inc.) also gives these gardening gloves their cut protection.
  • Stain Resistance – SafeGrasp™ gloves are machine washable (nice!).
  • Unisex sizes – small, medium, large, x-large, and xx-large.
  • Colors – Sage (light green) or Kelly (darker green)
  • I have average size male hands and the large sized gloves were a little loose but not uncomfortably so, if you like a more snug fit go with one size smaller. They have womens GardenArmor™ 250w Leather Gloves that offer puncture and cut protection but in a more traditional style. If you are simply interested in getting a set of gloves specifically for rose and other thorny bushes you could try the ThornArmor™ 235 Gloves.

    What ever garden gloves you choose you will surely have purchased a set that will last more than one season. An outstanding product and I am not just saying so because I got a free pair!

    WheelEasy

    Posted in Garden Gadgets by admin on March 3, 2006.

    WheelEasy Yard Cart

    Spring is coming, I can just feel it and to celebrate warm weather I will be reviewing garden gadgets. Today I am looking at the Wheel Easy yard cart. The WheelEasy is different from a wheel barrel in that it is ground level loading. You simply rake leaves and other yard debris onto this unit’s canvas and wheel it away.

    Two Yard Cart Sizes

    Small Cart – Holds 150 pounds
    Large Cart – Holds 250 pounds

    The cart gets great reviews over at Amazon.com, some kid claims it is “great for hauling midgets”? Now that is just wrong!

    It also appears that this cart will work well for those of us who have small yards and no place to store a large wheel barrel. Fold this cart up, hang it in the garage or garden shed and you are good to go.

    Homemade Christmas Ornaments

    Posted in Christmas by admin on December 7, 2005.

    Hanging Christmas ornaments is a major part of Christmas tradition. Finding unique homemade ornaments in gift shops, flea markets and online is also a popular holiday pastime of many people around the world. In my travels I met Staci from All That Glitters and Glistens who makes beautiful, intricate Christmas ornaments. Her ornaments are quilted with layers of shimmering ribbons that sparkle with an old style Victorian flair.

    A brief history of the Christmas ornament

    To know the history of Christmas ornaments one must go all the way back to ancient Germany, study pagan ritual and tree cults that celebrated the renewal of life. With the spread of Christianity this German ritual eventually transformed into making Christmas pyramids and then to decorating fir trees. We must credit the Germans for their export of glass ornaments as well as acknowledge the ancient celebration of life. Plants that remain green in winter have been cherished and decorated probably even further back than record can provide but let’s not spoil the mystery of Christmas.
    Popular Types of Christmas Ornaments

    Glass Christmas Ornaments – Mouth blown glass ornaments have been made and exported by artisans in Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic for years. Glass ornaments are colorful and intricate and should be handled with care.

    Felt Christmas Ornaments – Felt ornaments are popular homemade decorations, felt can be cut to look like Christmas trees, cats, dogs and anything else your can think of.

    Personalized Christmas Ornaments – You often find people at craft fairs offering personalized ornaments to give as gifts to friends and family during the holiday season. A personalized ornament usually has a name embroidered, sewn or printed on it.

    Beaded Christmas Ornaments – For those who enjoy beads a beaded ornament is a nice Christmas gift.

    Homemade Christmas Ornaments – These ornaments are often made by folks to celebrtate the holidays, you can find ideas for making your own in crafts stores and books. If you are not crafty you can purchase homemade ornaments from a crafts person and support their art at the same time.

    Handmade Christmas Stockings

    Posted in Christmas by admin on December 5, 2005.

    Homemade and Handmade Christmas Stockings

    The Christmas stocking is an important part of holiday cheer. You can purchase personalized Christmas stockings at stores but why not buy a stocking from a crafts person or find a free pattern and make your own homemade Christmas stocking?

    A Brief History of the Christmas stocking

    The Christmas stocking is a major part of holiday celebration and tradition. The most well known story of the practice of hanging up stockings is said to have originated with St. Nicholas. While trying to help out a poor man who needed a dowry for his daughter, he is said to have tossed a bag of gold through the man’s window. The bag landed in a young lady’s stockings that had been hung up to dry. Others believe the practice of hanging stockings started during the 16th Century in Holland. Children would leave their shoes outside to be filled with toys from Sinterklaas. Over the years, the shoes (clogs) were replaced with Christmas stockings but who really cares to know the mystery behind the magic of Christmas anyhow.

    Types of Christmas Stockings

    Handmade Christmas Stockings – These are the stockings that are most cherished within a family. There is nothing more enjoyable than making or receiving a handmade Christmas stocking from a friend or family member. Handmade Christmas stockings can be knitted, cross stitched, crocheted, embroidered, quilted and made from felt or even velvet.

    Personalized Christmas Stockings – When I was a child we had beautifully patterned stockings that where handmade by a friend of our family and given to us as a gift. Each of our stockings had a different theme and our names were thoughtfully monogrammed on them. These types of stockings become Christmas heirlooms.

    Christmas Stocking Kits – For those who do not like throwing together a stocking on a whim, a stocking kit is a good choice. You can easy follow the provided instructions and make a good looking stocking with little effort. Choose a kit below!

    IKEA Catalog

    Posted in Furniture by admin on November 29, 2005.

    The IKEA Catalog and Online Store Catalogs

    A free 2005 Ikea catalog that’s valid until June 30, 2006 was sent to us because they recently opened a store in Stoughton, MA which is only 55 minutes away from where we live. IKEA has stores in Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East and the Asian Pacific. Their catalog is a wopping 362 pages for those who enjoy looking in catalogs. I was impressed by the furniture’s simplicity, style and functionality which eventually led me to visit an IKEA Store to refinish my entire home.

    A short history of IKEA

    IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943. The name IKEA was formed from the founder’s initials plus the first letters of Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd which are areas in the village where he grew up. Ingvar started off selling small items like pens, pencils and wallets. In 1953 IKEA opened a showroom which was an improvement over distributing products via the “county milk van”.

    A trip to an IKEA store

    IKEA definitely has a system in place for visiting, shopping and checking out. When you walk in you can pick up a shopping list, pen and a measuring tape. The buildings are massive so there is ample room to explore. Items are setup just as they would be in a home so you can get a good idea if they are exactly what you are looking for.

    There are store clerks throughout the complex, you bring your item numbers to them and they enter the data. The next step is pretty straight forward, get a cart that fits your items and go to the stock area to get them, wheel your items to the front checkout area and pay for them, you are then on your way. If you prefer to make it a day long trip they even have a cafeteria.

    What I like about Ikea

    Low cost – IKEA is making an effort to offer you more, they can do this because it is “self serve” and most items require assembly which brings down their costs.

    No pressure – They do not have sales people hounding you while you explore the store; you are free to lie on beds and let your children try out all the furniture.

    Useful Furniture – The furniture is well thought out, a European style that allows you to make small areas efficient when it comes to space. For those with small homes or rooms that require less bulky furnishings this is a perfect match.

    What do you need to be aware of before you purchase furniture?

    Most of the furniture does not come assembled, *hint* I notice a few people offering to pickup and assemble items on craigslist.

    Because the furniture is composite you have to be careful when assembling it, you can strip screws and break fittings but once it is together it is solid.

    Flat non-assembled items do not ship well so if you can pickup them up to avoid dings I highly suggest this.

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    Halloween background

    Posted in Halloween by admin on October 29, 2005.

    Scary Halloween background for your desktop

    Halloween BackgroundWent online tonight with my son to try to find a free scary Halloween background to use as a desktop image on our computer. We couldn’t find any we really liked so we made our own. We had also worked hard today putting together a spooky Halloween prop out on the front lawn to scare the kids during trick or treat. I took a few pictures with my digital camera and sized them to fit two popular desktop screen sizes.

    The skeleton leaning against an old whiskey keg is part of our pirate ship theme, with chains, barrels, barbwire, and demonic blue lighting. This scary scene is actually some what believable (like a Hollywood prop) so we are very proud of ourselves. My son is only 4 so when the sun went down, and the outdoor spotlight cast spooky shadows, he asked to go back inside. Veeeeery scary!

    Here is our free Halloween Background in two different sizes. Click on a link below to open, then right button click on it again and “save as wallpaper”.

    Halloween Background: Size 800 x 600

    Halloween Background: Size 1024 x 768

    New: Halloween Background: Size 1280 x 800 for LCD Laptop Resolutions

    I highly suggest you look around your yard, garage or barn this season and make your own “themed” Halloween scene. If you have some good images, send them to me @ home2garden[@]gmail.com and I will add them to this halloween desktop background page.

    Wooden Sheds

    Posted in Sheds by admin on August 27, 2005.

    Wooden Sheds Can Be So Beautiful

    The wooden shed has a comforting appeal which goes back to the days when man built shelters to seek warmth from the cold.

    Wooden sheds can be made to look so beautiful that some folks are prepared to go through all the maintenance inconveniences and every other problem you can throw at them, to have wooden sheds.

    For the older, more conservative folk, outdoor storage sheds have always been made of wood as far back as anybody can remember and most seniors cannot imagine any other material for their outdoor storage shed. Little wonder that even Vinyl siding options that mimic wood are by far the most popular.

    Still, how would you possibly have an authentic country-style shed without using real wood and not Vinyl? If you have a country style home that requires an outdoor storage shed, it will make lots of sense to use wood and even go further to make every effort to ensure that your structure blends as much as possible with the surroundings and the other structure or structures on the property.

    Anything less will create an ugly thing sticking out of the ground that will greatly affect the good looks that most country-style properties usually enjoy. Looks matter a lot in property and when you will want to sell, you will find that the price difference between good looking and ugly-structure-clattered-property can enormous.

    There are many beautiful natural woods that you can use which will give you a beautiful finish and a look that will be the envy of all your neighbors. Sadly one still needs to be very careful because as attractive as most natural wood will look, the fact is that when wood is exposed to water over time, it will tend to rot. Some folks solve this problem by insisting on woods that contain natural resins that make them a little more rot-resistant. Cedar is such a wood.

    Still you will also need to be careful in taking steps to maintain your cedar. For example you will need to coat it with UV-preservatives every other year to protect it from ultra violent solar radiation. You will also be required to apply a clear stain which will help it preserve its’ natural beauty.

    If you live in an area where it does not rain too much, you can even go further and indulge in the luxury of using particleboard and plywood, which usually give a nice shiny, neat finish. These are wood materials that are composed of pieces of wood products that have been pressed and glued together. These materials are in fact very popular wooden choices for siding materials for outdoor storage sheds in many drier areas.

    Because of the great advantage that wooden storage sheds usually have in terms of beauty, it is not surprising that many people will not hesitate to take care of every shortcoming and disadvantage that wood may have to retain their wooden storage sheds.

    Of course the other huge advantage is the flexibility homeowners enjoy with wooden storage sheds where extensions and alterations can quickly and easily be made to accommodate new developments or shifting priorities.

    The same cannot be said for metal or Vinyl storage sheds which are much less flexible and whose storage sheds are much more difficult to expand or make quick changes to.

    Vinyl Sheds

    Posted in Sheds by admin on August 27, 2005.

    Why Vinyl Sheds Are So Popular

    The vinyl shed is a product of todays fast paced society which tends to not have time for care and maintenance.

    Vinyl sheds have everything going for them and these sheds will tend to have a huge advantage over its’ wooden and metal counterpart. Vinyl may lack the beauty of wood, but the impact of this has been lessened by the introduction of many Vinyl sidings that mimic certain types of wood finishes

    Those who know just how costly and time-consuming a regular coat of paint can be are usually ecstatic at the maintenance-free characteristics of Vinyl outdoor storage sheds.

    What is more Vinyl will not rot or flake. Coupled with the reasonable cost, it is not surprising that Vinyl has become the most popular siding material in the United States.

    However Vinyl has a number of disadvantages that you will need to carefully consider. Top on the list are health concerns associated with this popular storage shed material. Vinyl is manufactured from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic resin, which causes cancer. Its manufacture and disposal is also widely believed to be hazardous to the environment. High incidences of neurological problems, respiratory diseases, liver and kidney failure, as well as birth defects and cancer are being reported among people who live near Vinyl factories.

    In case of any accidental fire, they will tend to be much more dangerous if they occur in a Vinyl shed. This is because vinyl emits toxic fumes when it is heated.

    Secondly even the durability quality of Vinyl has its’ downside. Because Vinyl sheds last a long time, mainly due to the permanent nature of vinyl, it is much more difficult to dispose of this material safely. Even more interesting is the fact that under extreme weather conditions, Vinyl actually ends up being less durable than wood or metal. Violent wind has been known to get underneath the thin sheets of vinyl siding. Lifting panels from the wall. And what is more, when struck by something heavy like a lawnmower, Vinyl can crack or break. Unfortunately this kind of damage cannot be prepared like with metal and wooden sheds. The whole panel will have to be replaced.

    Thirdly unlike wooden sheds Vinyl will require more energy to keep warm or to cool because Vinyl does not provide significant insulation.

    Despite these disadvantages Vinyl has got many advantages and improvements are being made all the time that are quickly eliminating the negative aspects.

    One of the huge attractions of Vinyl siding is that there are more colors than ever before now available. The new Vinyl siding material does not fade as quickly as the old Vinyl used to do. Another plus is in the fact that the pigmentation is usually baked through instead of just applied on the surface. The result is that Vinyl will usually not show scratches.

    Secondly if you go for high quality Vinyl, the siding is fully capable of fooling the eye and can resemble wood so closely that nobody can tell the difference.

    Actually as the quality and variety of vinyl keeps on improving, further acceptance is also growing rapidly. For most new constructions Vinyl is actually becoming the norm.

    Little wonder that this material is also the most popular and widely used for outdoor storage sheds.

    Metal Sheds

    Posted in Sheds by admin on August 27, 2005.

    Outdoor Storage Sheds – Points To Ponder.

    An outdoor storage shed is a part of your personal space so make sure it fits your unique style.

    Before settling on the outdoor storage shed that will suit you best, there are a number of considerations and factors that you will need to carefully consider.

    Probably the most important thing to remember before anything else is that your outdoor storage shed will have an impact on the property. Whatever structure you settle on will affect the appearance and look of the property.

    So price should not be allowed to have the final say, you will need to choose an outdoor storage shed that best compliments your home and the general look of the property. Avoid at all costs having some structure that sticks out like a sore thumb just to save on a couple dollars.

    There are various ways of ensuring that your outdoor storage shed blends with the landscape. For instance, plants are very useful in integrating many types of outdoor storage shed structures into the surrounding landscape.

    The material used for your outdoor storage shed is also important in helping your structure to blend with the surroundings. For instance wood that gives a rustic appearance will go perfectly with most country style houses. But the issue of material used is not quite as simple as that. There are other important considerations that you may need to take into account.

    For example as attractive as most natural wood will be for a country style home, one needs to remember that when wood is exposed to water over time, it will rot. So you might want to go for woods that contain natural resins that make them a little more rot-resistant. Cedar is such a wood.

    Still you will also need to be careful to maintain your cedar. You must coat it with UV-preservatives every other year to protect it from ultraviolet solar radiation. Applying a clear stain will also help it preserve its’ natural beauty.

    Before installing your outdoor storage shed, getting acquainted with building codes and zoning ordinances is a must. Some areas may require a building permit. The codes will more often than not dictate the position of your outdoor storage shed and materials that you can use for the siding.

    Once you are through with the requirements of the local authority, the next step is to prepare the spot where your outdoor storage shed will be situated. You can at least lay down crushed stone if nothing else. However better quality supports like cinder blocks, concrete piers or concrete slabs are recommended. After all you want an all-weather solid structure capable of protecting your tools and equipment from all sorts of weather conditions.

    There are a lot of other small but important details that you will need to check carefully. For example before setting it up you will need to carefully consider if your proposed storage shed is big enough to store everything and fulfill the functions you plan for it. Will your door be large enough to take in the largest piece of equipment you intend to store? These are just some of the small details that get forgotten and end up causing serious inconveniences later.

    The big difference between do-it-yourself outdoor storage sheds and professional installation where everything is done for you is the cost. However part from saving money, for many people setting up outdoor storage sheds, assembling or constructing the unit is half the fun. You will need to decide into which category you fall. Most folks order an outdoor storage kit complete with assembly instructions.

    Outdoor Storage Sheds

    Posted in Sheds by admin on August 27, 2005.

    Outdoor Storage Sheds – Points To Ponder.

    An outdoor storage shed is a part of your personal space so make sure it fits your unique style.

    Before settling on the outdoor storage shed that will suit you best, there are a number of considerations and factors that you will need to carefully consider.

    Probably the most important thing to remember before anything else is that your outdoor storage shed will have an impact on the property. Whatever structure you settle on will affect the appearance and look of the property.

    So price should not be allowed to have the final say, you will need to choose an outdoor storage shed that best compliments your home and the general look of the property. Avoid at all costs having some structure that sticks out like a sore thumb just to save on a couple dollars.

    There are various ways of ensuring that your outdoor storage shed blends with the landscape. For instance, plants are very useful in integrating many types of outdoor storage shed structures into the surrounding landscape.

    The material used for your outdoor storage shed is also important in helping your structure to blend with the surroundings. For instance wood that gives a rustic appearance will go perfectly with most country style houses. But the issue of material used is not quite as simple as that. There are other important considerations that you may need to take into account.

    For example as attractive as most natural wood will be for a country style home, one needs to remember that when wood is exposed to water over time, it will rot. So you might want to go for woods that contain natural resins that make them a little more rot-resistant. Cedar is such a wood.

    Still you will also need to be careful to maintain your cedar. You must coat it with UV-preservatives every other year to protect it from ultraviolet solar radiation. Applying a clear stain will also help it preserve its’ natural beauty.

    Before installing your outdoor storage shed, getting acquainted with building codes and zoning ordinances is a must. Some areas may require a building permit. The codes will more often than not dictate the position of your outdoor storage shed and materials that you can use for the siding.

    Once you are through with the requirements of the local authority, the next step is to prepare the spot where your outdoor storage shed will be situated. You can at least lay down crushed stone if nothing else. However better quality supports like cinder blocks, concrete piers or concrete slabs are recommended. After all you want an all-weather solid structure capable of protecting your tools and equipment from all sorts of weather conditions.

    There are a lot of other small but important details that you will need to check carefully. For example before setting it up you will need to carefully consider if your proposed storage shed is big enough to store everything and fulfill the functions you plan for it. Will your door be large enough to take in the largest piece of equipment you intend to store? These are just some of the small details that get forgotten and end up causing serious inconveniences later.

    The big difference between do-it-yourself outdoor storage sheds and professional installation where everything is done for you is the cost. However part from saving money, for many people setting up outdoor storage sheds, assembling or constructing the unit is half the fun. You will need to decide into which category you fall. Most folks order an outdoor storage kit complete with assembly instructions.

    Garden Shed Catalogs

    Posted in Garden by admin on August 8, 2005.

    A Garden Shed Catalog brings mail ordered customer assembled garden sheds to your door. For example, I couldn’t find the right garden shed in a store where I live so I ordered from a garden shed catalog that I found online. Here are a few retailers of garden sheds that offer free catalogs.

    Name: Cedershed Industries
    Claim: Cedarshed Industries is a Canadian gazebo and shed manufacturer located in Langley, BC, Canada. They have distributors throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

  • Cedar Gazebos
  • Sheds and Outdoor Furnishings
    URL: http://www.cedarshed.com/
    Address: Canada
    Phome: 800·830·8033
    Free Catalog: Yes

    Name: Spirit Elements
    Claim: Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Spirit Elements is one of the largest catalog and internet retailers of highend home and garden products in the United States. Each piece in their collection is selected using the highest standards for craftsmanship, quality and aesthetics.

  • Gazebos
  • Playhouses
  • Garden Sheds
  • Address: Spirit Elements, Inc.
    6672 Gunpark Drive, #200
    Boulder, CO 80301
    URL: http://www.spiritelements.com/
    Phone: 800.511.1440
    Free Catalog: Yes

    I will be adding new Garden Shed Catalogs as I find them but not before I review each. It seems that everyone is getting into the game and it is sometimes hard to find good honest product amongst a bunch of Martha Stewart clones!

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    Garden Seed Catalogs

    Posted in Garden by admin on August 8, 2005.

    Garden Seed Catalog Favorites

    A free Garden Seed Catalog can renew an avid gardeners spirit with positive energy before the arrival of spring. Most garden seed catalogs are beautifully arranged with bright images of successful yields of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Here is my growing list of favorites.

    Name: Abundant Life Seeds
    Claim: Abundant Life Seeds has been protecting the genetic diversity of rare and endangered food crops since 1975. Their goal is to offer open pollinated varieties grown using only certified organic or biodynamic farming methods. Abundant Life has a new research farm is London Spring Farms, located in London, Oregon, USA.
    Address: PO Box 157
    Saginaw, OR 97427
    Phone: 541-767-9606
    URL: http://www.abundantlifeseeds.com/
    Catalog: Yes

    Name: Burpee
    Claim: Quote: “The Burpee company was founded in Philadelphia in 1876 by an 18 year old with a passion for plants and animals and a mother willing to lend him $1000 dollars of “seed money” to get started in business. Within 25 years he had developed the largest, most progressive seed company in America”.
    Address: 300 Park Avenue
    Warminster, PA 18974
    Phone: 215-674-4900
    URL: http://www.burpee.com/
    Catalog: Yes

    Name: Harris Seeds
    Claim: The Harris Seeds company began its catalog operation in 1879. It evolved from the efforts of Joseph Harris who was a English immigrant who became successful in the selection of superior strains of vegetables and grains which are no available via catalog.
    Harris Seeds is an active member of the American Seed Trade Association, the National Garden Bureau and the Mail-order Gardening Association.
    Address: PO Box 24966 – 355 Paul Rd.
    Rochester, NY 14624-0966
    Phone: 800-514-4441
    URL: http://gardeners.harrisseeds.com/
    Catalog: Yes

    Name: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
    Claim: Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a mail order seed producer and merchant located in Albion and Winslow, Maine, USA. The company was established in 1973 by Chairman Rob Johnston, Jr. Johnny’s prides itself on its product, research, technical information, and service for home gardeners and commercial growers.
    Address: 955 Benton Ave.
    Winslow, ME 04901
    Phone: 1-877-Johnnys
    URL: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/
    Catalog: Yes

    Name: Park Seed
    Claim: For over 132 years, Park has maintained the highest standards of excellence in products and service. This, they believe, has been the source of Park’s growth in the past and will continue to be in the future. Park seed helps gardeners grow more beautiful flowers and tastier vegetables.
    Address: PO Box 31 – Hwy. 254
    Greenwood, SC 29648
    Phone: 800-845-3369
    URL: http://www.parkseed.com/
    Catalog: Yes

    Name: Thompson and Morgan
    Claim: Quote: “The history of horticulture in the UK is bench marked with names that have become famous. Among the companies that have founded the country’s seed industry a few names still survive, although their independence has been surrendered. Yet, as one of the oldest firms in the business, Thompson & Morgan retains both its identity and its reputation for innovation and quality. It all began in a small garden behind a baker’s shop in Tavern Street, Ipswich, tended by William Thompson, the baker’s son”.
    Address: PO Box 24966 – 355 Paul Rd.
    Rochester, NY 14624-0966
    Phone: 800-514-4441
    URL: http://seeds.thompson-morgan.com/
    Catalog: Yes

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