Maybe you have a smaller vehicle, and not so much cargo space. But you are an avid outdoors person who enjoys, biking, skiing and maybe kayaking. So what to do? A great option is installing a car rack on your vehicle. These racks carry extra luggage, skis and bikes. It is a great space saver.
First thing to consider is the type of rack. There are many types and brands. Are you carrying just bikes or maybe skis too? Or maybe you want one that can carry various things depending on what you are doing. Do you go with a factory rack or buy one out of a store? Factory racks are the simplest. You can go to your car dealer and they can find the exact one for your make and model. It pretty much makes the installation cake. Or if you decide to go to a store it may be cheaper, but you will have to figure out most of the installation yourself.
Choosing a rack is the next biggest issue. There are four types of racks. I am going to go through each one.
- Roof Racks: These racks can carry the biggest variety of equipment. They can hold luggage, bikes, skis or other things.
- Strap Rack: This rack attaches to your car and is removable. You only use it when you need it. The downside to strap racks is they can only carry bikes and are limited to only 3 at a time.
- Hitch Rack: This is an easy rack. If you have a hitch, just attach it. You can get different racks for different size hitches so you can pretty much carry whatever you want.
- Truck Rack: Don’t worry, truck drivers, we did not forget about you! Trucks racks are put into place on the tailgate or side rail. They are mainly used for bikes.
This is just some interesting information about car racks if you are in the market for a car rack. Above you will also find a video telling more tips about installing car racks.
It’s summer: time for a little fun in the sun! There are lots of things to do, especially water activities, like kayaking. Kayaking is great fun for the entire family. But how do you know which is the best kayak for what you are doing? I bet you thought, like me, that all kayaks are the same. Well let me share something with you. They are not the same and not all used for the same types of activities. Kayaks fall into one of four classifications:
- Ocean/Sea: These kayaks are built longer and are able to withstand saltwater. These are also acceptable for flat water travels because they cannot handle whitewater due to length and size.
- Whitewater Kayaks: These kayaks are smaller. They are easier to handle for that reason. These particular kayaks are built for short fun activities, not long, grueling trips.
- Recreational Kayaks: These are suitable for groups. They can hold multiple people. These kayaks can be custom built to suit your needs, whether you want them for sea trips or whitewater rafting. They can be built for speed or just paddling.
- Speciality Kayaks: This category covers everything else. You have the folding, inflatable, and traditional kayaks. These are more for convenience. They can be put away easily when not in use and are easier to store and carry.
These are the various types of kayaks. You just need to choose which is the best for you. There is a kayak for everyone. Most kayaks can be built to your own specifications if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for.
A sauna is basically a heated room or building. The comfort level of the room is adjusted by controlling the humidity in the room. The temperatures in some saunas would be intolerable if it weren’t for the ability to adjust the humidity.
Though various cultures have their own uses for saunas, today they are often used as part of a health regime or as a means to calm the senses. Depending on the manner of heating the sauna, various scents can be used to create a comfortable atmosphere.
Not only can people benefit from the calming sensation found in saunas, they can also benefit by using the sauna for detoxification. The human body is a wondrous machine that has its own way of expelling toxins. Sweat is just one of the ways that toxin can be released from the body. A sauna promotes sweat so that the toxins are released. There are even theories to suggest that weight loss can occur from the use of saunas since some water weight is lost and the toxins that are removed from the body may be toxins that were preventing weight loss.
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Use a grill cover. Yes, it really is worth the expense to purchase a grill cover that will protect your grill from the outdoor elements.
Protect your grate. You might try using a nonstick spray on the grate of your grill. Not only is the spray helpful in keeping food from sticking to the grate, but it also helps to protect the metal from chemicals in the food that may react badly with it.
Use only the heat you need. Every time you heat a metal up you weaken it. Grills are no different. Don’t leave grills hot if they don’t need to be. Or, you can leave them hot and accept the fact that you’ll be replacing metal parts soon.
Keep it clean. Of course, keep your grill clean. It not only extends the life of the grill, but makes it a healthier way to cook your food.
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If you’re looking for a quick and easy lawn game to pass the time on a warm afternoon (or to get your irritating in-laws out of your house), you might consider learning how to play horseshoes. This game is pretty old, possibly even originating in ancient Rome, but it’s still an enjoyable and relatively inexpensive endeavor.
Find a metal or wood stake and stick it about 40 feet from the area you’ll be pitching the horseshoes from. 40 feet is the official regulation distance, but if you’re short on space, you can place the stake anywhere you’d like. Place another wooden stake at the “throwing” spot. Or just use another landmark like a grill, a water cooler, or your Aunt Hazel.
If you have an even number of players, split them into two separate teams. If you have an odd number of players, you can just play a game where all of you compete against each other. Find a way to decide who will go first. Traditionally, people flipped coins to do this, but you might try another approach. Have a dance-off or have the person with the most Facebook friends go first…I don’t know. Anything will really do.
The first person to pitch should throw two horseshoes in a row and so should each subsequent player. Each successful toss around the stake is worth one point. The game is over when one person or one team reaches 21 points. You will probably need two horseshoes per player, but if you don’t have that many, you can just recycle the same two horseshoes and mark the spots where the previous throwers’ pitches landed.
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Planning on buying an outdoor hot tub or jacuzzi? It’s not as simple as just setting it up. There are things you need to know when considering installation. For example, you must determine the size of the hot tub or jacuzzi: do you want a small one that may hold four, or a bigger one that could hold four or more?
There aren’t a lot of steps to installing a hot tub or jacuzzi but there are things to think about. The first thing is location, location, location. You need to find a strong area if it will be in your patio/deck area. The area needs to be able to support the jacuzzi or hot tub filled with water. It needs to be close to your main water supply. You also need to look up and make sure it not sitting directly under power line. You want to cook BBQ, not yourself.
If you have a deck consider installing under the overhang. It will keep your hot tub from being exposed to the elements. You may decide on outdoor lighting or speakers to listen to the music while you lounge. These are just extra perks worth considering when installing your hot tub or jacuzzi.
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Bocce Ball is a primitive sport that was made popular by the Roman Empire circa 800 B.C. The basic concept of this game is the idea of tossing an object to hit another object or target. Over time the game has evolved into a sophisticated activity with specific rules to follow.
Here are the rules of the game:
Open Bocce: Open Bocce is the most popular way to play. An open field is all you need to play this form of the game. You can also play at the beach, or even on an open parking lot. Open Bocce can be a great challenge if played on hilly or uneven terrain. The equipment for Bocce includes eight large balls and a small ball called the pallino. The game has to have an even number of players ranging from two players to eight players. Divide the Bocce balls evenly between the number of players. The balls are different colors so that they can be told apart by the opposite team. Chose a player at random to throw the pallino. The same player will then throw his Bocce ball in the direction of the pallino. The object of the game is for each team to get their Bocce ball the closest to the pallino. After the first ball has been thrown, that player would be considered “inside,” meaning his ball is the closest to the pallino at that time. The inside player usually forfeits their next throw, allowing the “outside” players a chance to get their ball closer to the pallino. After all players have thrown their Bocce balls, the player that is “inside” will be awarded points. One point will be awarded to this player for every ball that is closer to the pallino than his closest competitor’s ball. After the points are awarded the frame has ended. Start a new frame by picking another player to throw the pallino. A game is won when a player reaches 13 points. Play as many games needed to reach the end.
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