How to make a fountain out of a clay pot

July 13, 2011 at 9:33 PMMonty Walker

Adding a fountain to your backyard is a great way to add some additional calm in your oasis. The sound of running water can be so soothing while you relax outside under your Screenmobile patio sun shades or lattice covers, and creating a fountain is pretty easy.

First you want to gather your supplies. Go to your local home improvement or garden supply store to pick out the clay pot you want to use. Use your backyard for inspiration. Pick out colors that blend in with the environment right outside your back door.

You want the pot to be at least 12 inches high and 16-20 inches in diameter. To reduce the chances of leaks or future cracks, choose a pot that is sealed with a glaze. If you find one you like that isn’t sealed, you can always seal it with a waterproof sealant.

Once you have the pot you want to use, you need the rest of your supplies. The easiest way is to purchase an electric fountain kit—which comes with all the supplies you need)—or you can purchase the electric submersible water pump, foam filter and a fountain spout separately.

Decide where you want your fountain to be outside on your patio or porch or in the garden. Make sure it is near a power source so your pump works!

Next you need to plug up the drainage hole of the pot. A wine cork can work well or use duct tape to tape the hole and then use rocks to keep the tape down. Add more pebbles and other rocks into the pot and make it as level as possible .

Place the pump on the pebble base. Fill the pot with water until it’s about three inches from the top of the pot. Plug the electrical pump in and attach the fountain spout to the top of the pump. Play with the settings until the water is as high and as wide in diameter as you like it.

Enjoy relaxing outdoors in the sun (or shade) by your new fountain!


Simple Summer Refreshment

July 5, 2011 at 9:37 PMMonty Walker

During the summer, keeping your body hydrated can be a challenge and if you’re one of the millions of Americans who doesn’t like to drink water it is even more difficult. So next time you’re sitting out on your patio enclosure with a few friends, let these creative water recipes keep you refreshed.

  • Cucumber Water: Peel and slice about 1/2 a cucumber and place it in a pitcher of water.
  • Strawberry, mint & lemon Water: 3 Slices of lemon, 2 sprigs of mint and a handful of sliced strawberries makes a delicious and refreshing water that is sure to impress your friends.
  • Fruit salad Water: Slice one orange, 1 green apple, and about 2 cups of watermelon.
  • Peach Orange Water: Even your kids are sure to love this water. Just slice up a peach and an orange to create a summertime treat that no one can refuse. But if you’re looking for a bit more color to your water, add a small handful of blueberries. Delicious!

All naturally flavored waters should sit for at least 2 hours before serving. If you can give them a full 24 hours, you will enjoy them that much more. Bon appetit.

And if by chance your patio or porch isn’t as appetizing because it isn’t screened in, don’t fear. We will be happy to create the perfect space for you to drink these wonderful waters on. You can see the many products that we have created for others at


Summer Fun

June 6, 2011 at 11:03 PMMonty Walker

You know that summer is coming when people start wearing shorts and t-shirts instead of heavy sweaters, warm boots and long pants. We all love the time of year when we get to trade in our winter gear for swimsuits and flip flops so we can enjoy the summer sun and refreshing water.

If you don’t have your own pool, you can have some fun in the water at a local water park, community pool, river, lake or at the beach. However, the summer heat usually brings annoying bugs which are attracted to not only to your food, but also your warm skin that is fully exposed by shorts and bathing suits.

As if itching wasn’t enough and we still need another reason to avoid bugs, Insects can carry diseases in them which can enter your blood stream when they bite or sting you. It’s important to protect yourself and your family from more than just a simple bug bite. You’re also protecting them from strange diseases.

If you’re fortunate enough to have your own pool right outside your backdoor, you can enjoy taking a dip anytime. And to keep the insects away, you can install a pool screen enclosure. This will help you to keep bugs out and avoid being eaten alive by mosquitoes, gnats, no-see-ums, or other insects.

If you don’t have your own pool, but enjoy splashing around in the water at the beach, lake or community pool, we recommend that you invest in some good insect repellant to keep the bugs away.

Whether you have to travel long miles or mere feet to enjoy some fun in the water this summer, make sure you don’t invite the bugs to your party!


How to throw the Perfect BBQ party

April 28, 2011 at 11:07 PMMonty Walker

Summer is almost here, and that means warmer weather and barbeque season! It’s time to whip out your best barbeque recipes, clean out that grill, and start having friends and family over. Whether you’re having a big shindig on the Fourth of July or just a few guests over for a backyard BBQ, you want to make sure your barbeque goes on without any flaws.

First step

in hosting a great barbeque: making your grill BBQ ready. If you don’t have a grill and want to host the get-together, you might want to purchase one. If you plan on hosting more barbeque functions, buying a grill is a good investment.

Already have a grill? Before you host your party, make sure the grill is clean. A clean grill cooks better and doesn’t leave a bad taste on your perfectly good meat. Remove the cooking grates and soak them in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes. Give them a good scrub with a stiff wire brush and rinse. Clean out the ash around the burner, making sure you put the burner back in place when you’re done. Use the brush and some soapy water to gently scrub the inside surfaces of the grill and rinse. Give yourself extra cooking time the next time you use your grill to make sure any residue burns off.

Next step: get the supplies. Make sure you have the charcoal or gas that goes with the grill, the meat for the grilling, the paper products for putting the meat on, etc. It’s a good idea to make a list of all the things you need so you don’t forget anything and have to leave the party to make a store run. Decide if you want decorations, or if you just want to have the backyard and patio as your décor.

Another very important part in planning the best barbeque: figuring out seating. If you’re hosting the BBQ in your backyard, pull out the lawn furniture or put blankets out for people to enjoy your cooking outside. If you don’t have enough seating, see if you can borrow or rent tables and chairs. If you really want to, you could always purchase an extra card table and folding chairs that can be easily stored when you don’t need them.

The next step: sending out invitations. Decide when you want to host the BBQ and who you want to invite to your party. Do you want a lot of people? Do you want a more intimate gathering? Do you want adults only or can kids come too? Once you know what kind of get-together you want, invite your friends and family members.

The final step: start grilling! The big day is here! Fire up that grill and start grilling that meat. Enjoy spending time eating good food in good company.


Screenmobile of Hilton Head

March 24, 2011 at 11:16 PMMonty Walker

Screenmobile welcomes its newest owners, Rolland, Debbie and Zach, to the Hilton Head area. Rolland and his wife, Debbie, owned their own business for 30 years before joining Screenmobile with their son, Zach, who also had been self-employed. The family wanted to join the Screenmobile franchise because they like the products Screenmobile has to offer and it allowed them to run the business as a family.

The family-owned

business believes they are able to offer great products, like retractable screen doors and great porch screenoptions, that are not readily available in the area. It gives them the opportunity to bring something new to Hilton Head and surrounding cities.

Under the leadership of Zach, Debbie and Rolland, Screenmobile of Hilton Head offers custom installation, fabrication and repair of window and door screening products. The mobile “Screen Store” trucks and trailers that come to your home or business, combined with professional expertise, give you the best screening experience.

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to put in that retractable screen door to let in the summer breeze. If you’ve been wanting to install a motorized roll down sun shade to keep you cool in the summer heat, call the owners at Screenmobile of Hilton Head before the heat kicks in. They’d be more than happy to help you with any screening questions.

Screenmobile of Hilton Head specializes in screened in porches, perfect for updating your porch for summer. The Hilton Head team can also discuss with you on how you can keep the summer heat out of your cool house with motorized sun screens and save on your energy bill!

Zach lives in the area with his wife, who’s family has been in Hilton Head for years (the bridge is even named after her family). By working with his parents in a family setting, they are able to meet the needs of their customers and give them the best service possible. The three owners take pride in giving quality service with a personal touch to their customers.

No matter what your screening needs are, Zach, Debbie and Rolland are here to help. With summer right around the corner, now is the time to update or repair your window screens, screen doors and screened in porches. The Hilton Head trio running the new Screenmobile franchise can answer any of your screening questions so call them today at 843-815-5580.


Screenmobile of Stockton and Manteca

March 7, 2011 at 11:20 PMMonty Walker

Screenmobile welcomes its newest owners, Jose and Felicia Montes, to the Stockton and Manteca areas. The husband and wife team owned a screen repair business for 5 years before deciding to purchase the local franchise. The decision came into place after talking to the previous owner and seeing the system Screenmobile had in place.

Have screens

that are worn out or in need of repair? Want to install sun screens to reduce your energy costs from running the air conditioning all day? Screenmobile of Stockton and Manteca is the best choice for all your screening needs.

Under the leadership of Jose and Felicia Montes, Screenmobile of Stockton and Manteca offers custom installation, fabrication and repair of window and door screening products. The mobile “Screen Store” trucks and trailers that come to your home or business, combined with professional expertise, give you the best screening experience.

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to put in that retractable screen door or sun control panel you’ve wanted to install. Screenmobile of Stockton and Manteca specialize in retractable screens and doors, as well as sun control panels and screens. Call the Montes team to discuss how you keep the summer heat out of your cool house and save on your energy bill!

Jose has lived in the area for 16 years and enjoys coaching soccer locally. The Montes pair takes pride in the local community and aspire to offer it the best customer service possible. No matter what your screening needs are, Jose and Felicia are here to help. The Montes duo can answer any of your screening questions so call them today at 209-825-6955. Se habla español.


Mobile Window and Door Screening Company, Now Open In Chattanooga

January 10, 2011 at 11:22 PMMonty Walker

Screenmobile is a mobile screen repair and replacement franchise and they recently announced that its newest franchise operation will serve Chattanooga and surrounding areas. David and Kelly LeCroy, both lifelong residents of Chattanooga, are now the happy owners of the latest franchise.

Screenmobile of Chattanooga serves Bradley, Hamilton and Catoosa counties including the areas of Apison, Chattanooga, Cleveland, McDonald, Ooltewah and Ringgold.

David spent 18 years serving the community as a police officer with the city of East Ridge. After that he made his living by driving trucks for 16 years and he was ready for a change. “I was ready to take the lessons I learned working for others and put them to use in running my own business,” he said.

When trying to decide what type of business to launch, LeCroy looked to his personal experience. Years ago when he hired a company to fix his screens, they removed the screens and frames from the windows, and sent them all off for repair. When his screens were returned, none of them fit the windows properly so his windows remained screenless. Therefore, LeCroy not only had first hand knowledge of how Chattanooga needed a quality screening service, he also knew that a mobile service would be the key to success. This is what led him to Screenmobile.

LeCroy’s conversations with Screenmobile’s CEO, Scott Walker, sealed the deal. “I found the Screenmobile franchise system to be a stable company with a big family feeling,” said LeCroy. “Feeling like one big family is exactly how I want my customers to feel – personal attention from me, the company owner, rather than sales person.”

“The LeCroys’ work experience will be an asset to their new business, and their professionalism and customer service standards match the Screenmobile philosophy and core beliefs,” said Mr. Walker. “We are pleased to welcome David and Kelly LeCroy to the Screenmobile family.”

David’s wife, Kelly, a bookkeeper for a local school district, will be assisting with the business. As a mobile business, they say they look forward to screening doors and windows of Chattanooga.

For more information about Screenmobile of Chattanooga, call (706) 965-7178 or (423) 752-5250.

The original article can be found at The Chattanoogan.


Using Solar Screens to Block the Sun’s Rays

September 25, 2010 at 12:40 AMMonty Walker

In a effort to keep houses and businesses cool, the window shading movement is certainly expanding. Screenmobile offers custom shading products for homes and businesses from more than 100 franchise locations nationwide. As the name suggests, these are mobile franchises that come right to customers’ doors to discuss and install products for windows, doors and patios.

Seven-year Screenmobile customer Vikki Clayton has lived through 10 steamy desert summers in her Phoenix, Arizona, home. After three years of living in the west-facing concrete-block house—two features that turn any building into a sun sponge—she’d grown tired of quick fixes like ceiling fans, window-tinting films and costly A/C units. She turned to Screenmobile for their solar screens, which block 80% to 90% of the sun’s rays. The screens are installed on the outside of the window and, unlike tinting films, they are completely removable.

Today, with several solar screens in place, her electricity bills have dropped from about $378 per month to $200 per month. In addition, her A/C usage has dropped by about 40%. Citing additional savings related to the protection of her carpets, furniture and art work, Clayton says, “If you live in this region, it’s not really possible to live in a house and not have them.”

Looking forward, new technological advancements will allow us to harness the sun’s energy any way we see fit, right on the surface of our windows. Until then, bushes, trees and high-tech screens, retractable or otherwise, will have to suffice.

The original article can be found at