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Buying Guide for the Best Oversized Patio Umbrellas

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Oversized patio umbrellas are large umbrellas that are set for outdoor leisure activities.

You can use it as a dining shade where you have your meals, or you set up some seats for resting during the day.

Patio umbrellas come in different sizes, materials and also design for customers to choose from.

Some of the areas that you can use your patio umbrellas at include; the garden area, at the pool area or the entrance of your home.

Before you buy or choose the kind of umbrella you need for your home use, here are some buying guides to help you make the right choice for a patio umbrella.

The size of the umbrella

The large patio umbrella comes in different sizes to suit different customers’ needs.

As a customer, there are some factors that you need to consider before you select the umbrella of your choice.

For example, you need to know how much space you need to cover and how much space is available for the umbrella to fit.

You don’t need an umbrella that will cover the entire entrance area and leave no room for smooth passage.

So before you head to the shop to buy the umbrella, take the measurements of the area that you want to set up the tent and use it to buy an excellent fitting umbrella.

Note that if you are using the umbrella with a dining table or other seats, the umbrella should relatively extend past the furniture to secure people from the sun while seated there or to shield the seats from getting sun damaged.

The height

Although you are 5 feet tall, you will not be the only one using the umbrella.

Your guests may be six feet or more than that and therefore to make sure that everyone fits well under the umbrella, make sure you buy an umbrella with an extended patio umbrella pole.

If the umbrella that you like has a standard height such that cannot be adjusted, ensure the pole has a height of about 7 feet tall.

If you find an adjustable patio umbrella, make sure that it can be adjusted up to 7 feet tall.

The base

The base of the umbrella is a crucial part to look at since if it is not heavy, then the umbrella will keep on falling especially during the windy times.

This may also end up damaging your umbrella.

So, before you buy your oversized umbrella, make sure the pole base is strong enough to accommodate the weight of the umbrella.

The best weight of the umbrella should range from 50 pounds and above.

The material

The shades come in different materials.

The choice of the umbrella material is determined by the owner’s needs or even the weather climates.

If you live in areas that tend to rains a lot you may consider an umbrella that is made of canvas umbrella since it is strong enough to withstand the heavy rains.

If you want an umbrella that lets in enough light during the day, then a light material will be ideal for you.

The type of umbrellas

The umbrellas are made of three different types which include tilting, cantilever umbrellas, and free standing umbrellas.

The tilting and cantilever umbrellas are suitable for those who want an umbrella that they can turn to cover the direction that the sun is coming from.

Standard umbrellas do not move, but they provide ample shade to the sitting area.

3 Great Benefits of Smartphone Technology

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Today, the smartphone addict has access to almost everything that they need in one device.

Since technology is constantly advancing in the area of smartphone technology, the sky appears to be the limit in what can be done with this type of phone.

In fact, since the manufacturers are now providing an end to end great user experience, users all over the globe can do virtually anything that they desire with the use of their smartphones.

So, for those of you who are interested in all of the smart things that the phones can do, here are 3 great benefits that users can look forward to when they buy the latest in technology.

Diverse Communication Options

Before the smartphone, a phone was simply a phone that could easily be used to make phone calls from one caller to one another.

Today, things have changed dramatically in this area of technology, especially in the smartphone addict world.

In fact, the smartphone addict can contact their friends and family via more than media since they can pick and choose which types that they prefer the best.

For instance, if the user chooses to, they can contact a family member by sending a text message so that they can respond back without disturbing others around them.

Or, they may decide to communicate via an instant messaging because they can communicate back and forth real time.

In addition to the text messaging and instant messaging platforms, the smartphone addict may also send their message via email or a video call.

Or, if they may want to talk to more than one person at a time, they may set up a video conference.

Remote Access to the Web

In addition to sending message via the latest smartphone platforms like video conferencing, the smartphone addict can take advantage of remote access to the web.

With these features, people can stay connected to one another via social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the like.

All of which can be accessed online while riding down the street, sitting in a coffee shop or in their physician’s office.

This type of remote access can even provide the user the capability to keep up with daily transactions that’s made to an online business venture.

Device Merger

The smartphone takes technology to a new level, especially since there are so many different things that can be done including merging one device with another.

For instance, if you do not want to carry around a lot of extra devices to run your own business, you can take your smartphone to serve as multiple devices in one.

For example, a smartphone can be used for many different reasons and purposes including running all kinds of different useful applications.

So, it is an all in one solution that can be used for a lot of different types of devices.

Keep Your Family Safe With These Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Christmas is a wonderful and festive time of year, but the one thing that people don’t usually think about is the danger involved with trees.

Each year homes burn or people get injured due to not using best practices and being cautious.

It’s not just live trees that have safety concerns, but those that are artificial as well.

If you plan to have a tree of any type in your home, here are some tips to keep your family safe this holiday season.

Check your bulbs

If you find any bulbs that are burnt out while checking your lights, be sure to replace them to avoid electrical hazards.

It’s also important to throw away strings of lights that you suspect may have a short in the cord or other potentially dangerous problems.

Keep candles far away from any tree

Some people place traditional candles around their trees for the illumination, which can look nice.

However, the appearance of such a set up isn’t worth the fire hazard.

Two alternatives are LED candles without a flame or pre decorated Christmas trees that incorporate lights.

Be mindful of the type of ornaments you use if you have kids or pets

Since young children and curious pets can get seriously injured if they happen to break an ornament, either elevate your tree so that it stays out of their reach or opt for high quality pre decorated Christmas trees with well secured ornaments.

If you choose the latter, opt for one with unbreakable decorations made of wood or plastic.

Properly prepare your live tree

It’s easy to see the allure of live Christmas trees — they’re a truly beautiful sight, and the scent that wafts from them is unlike anything else.

However, they can be a bigger fire hazard than artificial trees, especially if they get overly dry.

Before you go buy or cut down a live Christmas tree, plan where you’re going to put it.

It should be at least three feet from any type of heat or flame, radiator, HVAC vent, fireplace, or light source.

Once you have the tree home, cut two inches from its trunk and place it in a stand with a water dish.

Be sure to water your tree daily, otherwise you run the risk of it dying well before Christmas day comes.

Quickly dispose of your live tree safely, and pack artificial trees away carefully

Live trees will only continue to dry out over time, and that’s a huge fire hazard.

To eliminate this issue, look into recycling options in your area before you even go to buy a tree.

Many areas offer to pick up trees with the weekly trash after Christmas, otherwise you’ll need to call around to recycling centers.

Don’t try to store leftover live trees in your garage, basement, or attic, as that’s unsafe.

If you plan to have an artificial tree, pack it into its box or a storage container and seal it in a dry place until next year.

Shorten Your Cleaning Time with Bissell Steam and Sweep

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Cleaning hardwood, linoleum, and tile floors used to be tricky and involve several steps.

First, you had to sweep your hard surface floor, sometimes twice and chase the pile of dirt around with your brush and dustpan trying to catch what your broom had left behind.

Then you needed to fill a bucket with the hottest tap water you could get from your kitchen faucet and find it got cold by the time you added the cleaning solution and dipped in the mop to start cleaning.

Even if you wore kitchen gloves, it was still a sloppy endeavor and the chemicals would irritate eyes and skin.

The only upside to cleaning the floors step by step manually is the amount of calories you burn.

According to Live Healthy, you can burn quite a few calories sweeping and mopping your grandma’s way; however, who has the time and patience for that? There are much more fun ways to burn calories than swabbing the deck like an old fashioned sailor.

Fortunately, there are many new products on the market that have made that job, if not pleasurable, a bit less cumbersome.

Wikipedia defines steam mops as cleaning tools that use steam to clean floors in place of detergents.

Having the water at such high temperature, disinfects and polishes the surface of hardwood, tile, or laminate.

These devices are great for high traffic areas and/or households with children and pets so that the floor can be sanitized with heat, not harsh chemicals.

One amazing fairly new invention is the Bissell Steam and Sweep, an ingenious device that not only picks up crumbs and debris from your hard surface floors, but employs the power of steam mopping to get your floors shiny clean.

This product combines the power of an electric sweeper with a steam mop in one handy tool.

A review from Good Housekeeping notes that although its productivity as a steam mop outweighs its effectiveness in removing debris as a sweeper, its long tank time (average 20 minutes) and 28 foot cord makes it a powerful cleaning tool.

Features include a heat ready light and a warm up time of only 30 seconds.

It’s lightweight at 9.5 pounds, so it’s easy to navigate and push.

Storage is easy as well, as it can replace all of those smelly mops that fill your closet with the reek of mildew.

The one- step process by the Bissell Steam and Sweep might work well for light traffic areas, and it only takes a few minutes to do a quick vacuum of your hardwood high traffic areas before you steam and sweep.

Products like the Bissell Steam and Sweep cost more than a regular broom and mop; however, the time you will save and the quality of clean they provide pays for itself in convenience.

Bissell is the best selling producer of floor care products in North America and holds 20% of the market share.

As a trusted brand, it’s no surprise that they have developed such innovative cleaning products.

The Bissell Steam and Sweep is available online as well as through your local retailer.