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 screenmobile.com.

 

Window Of Opportunity

June 13, 2011 at 9:44 PMMonty Walker

One thing that will always brighten your day—quite literally—is a window in your office or workspace. Being able to look outside and see sunshine, rain or even clouds, will do so much for your mood. Some windows even come with great views of nature, the ocean or a beautiful building.

Having a window in your office is always a perk. You get to see the outside world while you work. Even if I don’t have a view of the waves crashing at the ocean, it’s still a great pick-me-up. Try it. Just stare out the window for a few minutes.

You know that time of the day where you start looking at the clock to see if it’s quitting time, that’s when looking out the window can be the most refreshing little break. Just looking out a window for a few minutes before I go back to working on my computer is just the change of scenery, and mental energy, that I needed to pull me through the rest of the day.

Sometimes you can even get lucky and see something cool out your window. Maybe a beautiful bird will fly by or a person you know might be walking down the street. A few lucky people might even get to see dolphin jumping outside their window. You also never know what inspiration you might find by just looking out your window. Writers are always looking for inspiration.

Writer Tom Peters once said, “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” But if you do decide opportunity is shining too bright, don’t worry. Screenmobile has a sun shade to help you with that.

 

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.

 

Screenmobile Innovates to Help Home Owners

January 4, 2011 at 11:25 PMMonty Walker

Blake and Cindy McGrath own Screenmobile of Delmarva, a screen repair and replacement business, have announced their new screen retention approach for seaside decks.

Their high-tension method is perfect for spindles within railings and they can install the system without getting in the way of beautiful waterfront or golf course views.

The McGraths recognized a need when they began seeing neighbors and seaside property owners replacing spindles with glass and fighting against Mother Nature in an effort to keep the glass clean.  McGrath’s experience with the many versatile uses of screening materials inspired him to develop a new method that incorporates high-tension couplings and heavy-duty screens to serve the needs of residents, but he can do it at a much lower price point. The system requires only a few minutes to maintain because and cleaning it only requires the occasional rinsing with a hose.

“Blake has always explored new uses for screening materials,” said Cindy McGrath. “People think of screen in the traditional sense and with the development of a new generation of products, the retaining system seemed like a perfect blend of form and function.”

“It pains me every time I see someone with rag and soapy water cleaning deck glass, especially since I know that there is a less expensive, more practical way,” said Blake. “No one wants, or should have, to work that hard in the laid-back seaside communities we serve.”

Another product offered in perfect harmony with the seaside lifestyle is a motorized garage door screen. This product utilizes the same heavy-duty screening material. “Motion Screens installed on a garage door is ideal for crab feasts, creating a workout area or even an occasional cigar,” said Blake. “With the push of a button, an additional screened-in room creates an area perfect for entertaining.”

Blake purchased a Screenmobile franchise and set up his mobile screening repair and replacement company based in Ocean City and Selbyville. As an entrepreneur, he saw that Screenmobile’s on-site services focus on customer satisfaction and they were desperately needed in the area. His company takes its Screenmobile trucks and fully self-contained trailers equipped with generators and on-board chop saws to a customer’s location and complete most jobs the same day.

To learn more visit Screenmobile of Ocean-City or call 410-520-0025.

Original article is located at capegazette.com.

 

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 EMagazine.com.

 

Is a retractable screen door right for your home?

September 24, 2010 at 12:21 PMMonty Walker

You remember the roll-up blinds of yesterday, but do you know how their technology has been redesigned? Are you aware that this improved technology is now being used on screen doors? It is and home owners absolutely love them.

Enjoy the sounds of nature and breathe clean, fresh air inside your home. A new retractable screen door lets the gentle breezes into your home and also adds beautiful curb appeal. Screens can retract into the slim tube or cassette at the side of your door frame. And if you are the distinguished type that wants perfect functionality and uncompromising beauty, you can even have designer retractable screen doors, made to your specifications. Retractable screen doors are designed to fit almost any household doorway or window opening as well as in-swinging or out-swinging single doorways, and double French doorways. Even sliding patio doorways can easily be fitted for a retractable screen door to provide the perfect contemporary look you are sure to enjoy.

Retractable screen doors utilize similar technology as the old roll-up blinds, but they have been updated and advanced to work vertically or horizontally. The issue of sticking and stopping where you don’t want them to has been solved.

These screen doors have proven themselves to be extremely dependable. You won’t come home to find that your dog has run through it because you can have any type of screen installed in them that you want. Don’t let the fact that you have a dog or cat keep you from having the screen doors that you desire. Install a pet screen in them. If you have a problem with bugs or ticks, which can carry lyme disease, just install the standard screen to keep all of those unwanted insects out of your house. You have many options and any Screenmobile employee would be happy to talk to you about your specific situation.