Solar Array Installed on Garage Canopy

solar canopyNorwalk, Connecticut officials recently announced that a solar array has been installed on a canopy on the top deck of a parking garage in the city to generate electricity.

The 100-kilowatt system will generate enough electricity to power 13 homes per year. That is equivalent to offsetting 77.01 tons of carbon dioxide emissions or taking nine vehicles off the road for a year.

The energy that the solar array generates will be used to power the building’s exterior lights. If extra energy is produced one month, it will be deducted from the following month’s bill. The building’s owner expects to save about $667,750 in energy costs over the next 25 years.

Members of the Connecticut state and local governments worked together to bring the canopy solar project to fruition. Officials want Connecticut to be seen as a leader in the field of energy infrastructure and renewable energy.

Funding for the solar project was provided by the Connecticut Zero Emission Renewable Credit program through Connecticut Light & Power. The building’s owners also received funding from the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, which is administered by the Clean Energy Finance Investment Authority.

Sound Solar Systems, which installed the solar array on the garage canopy, wants to make existing solar technologies more accessible for landlords in Connecticut and surrounding states. New programs such as C-PACE are making solar projects easier for building owners to finance. The company thanked local leaders for their commitment to the solar energy project. Officials hope the canopy solar array will help the environment and increase awareness about renewable energy among members of the community.

How to Properly Secure Your Canopy

POSTED BY on Jun 27 under Canopies

canopyCanopies are popular during the summer to provide protection from the hot sun and the threat of rain. They are often used at backyard barbecues, flea markets, farmers markets, and sometimes at larger gatherings, such as outdoor weddings. If you are planning to use a canopy at your function, it is important to follow some safety precautions to prevent accidents and injuries.

The most important safety consideration is making sure that your canopy is properly weighed down. A sudden wind gust can lift an unsecured canopy off the ground, which could cause injuries as well as damage to any items that might be underneath it or nearby.

Some canopies are sold with anchors that can be driven into the ground to secure them and prevent them from blowing away. If your canopy does not come with anchors included, you can make your own weights.

One effective way to weigh down your canopy is to fill buckets with cement and tie them to each corner of the canopy with a rope or bungee cord. You can also fill a canvas or plastic bag with sand or cement. Sandbag weights are sold that are specifically made to be used with canopies. You can cap PVC pipes, fill them with cement, and hang them from the inside of the poles, as long as there is no danger of people inside the canopy walking into them. It is best to strap weights to the bottom of each leg and then use bungee cords to tether them to the top corner of the canopy.

Gallon jugs of water are not heavy enough to withstand heavy winds. You should not tie your canopy to a table, cooler, or vehicle. This will not provide enough weight and could cause a tripping hazard. Only use sandbags if they are placed upright and securely tied to the canopy. Do not use cement blocks because they are easy to trip over and can cause injuries. Never use outstretched cords and lines because people can trip over them.

Properly securing your canopy is essential for safety. If you take the necessary precautions, you and your guests can enjoy your party, farmers market, or flea market this summer.

How to Prevent Wind from Ripping Corner Grommets out of a Tarp

POSTED BY on May 16 under Uncategorized

grommet kitMany people who use tarps for shelter when camping have experienced strong winds that tore out a grommet in the corner of the tarp. You can prevent wind from damaging your tarp by spreading stress and strain among three grommets in the corner.

You can purchase a grommet kit at a hardware store or home center. A kit will include grommets in a variety of sizes and all the installation tools you will need.

Figure out where you want to place the grommets and mark the locations. Place a block of wood under a hole mark, line the tarp cutter up with the mark, and hit it with a hammer until it punches a hole in the tarp. The hole cutter has a beveled edge to cut a clean hole in the tarp.

Next, place a grommet on top of the anvil. Push the hole in the tarp over the grommet post, and then place the washer on top. Place the punch in the grommet tube and through the anvil center. Be sure the punch is inserted completely through the grommet post and into the center of the anvil to make sure the grommet and washer sit together firmly and the anvil does not get damaged. Hit the punch firmly with a hammer, rotate it a quarter turn, and repeat until the grommet fits tightly with the washer.

After you have inserted two new grommets, take a piece of paracord or light rope six to 10 feet long and run it through the three grommets. Create two loops that stretch out to about two feet. Tie the ends of the ropes to the two outside grommets. Gather the two loops at the midpoints and attach a carabiner so it is able to move freely. Attach a corner rope to the carabiner. The corner rope will spread the force among the three points so that the tarp will be able to flex and move with the wind.

Boys Perform Synchronized Swimming Routine with a Tarp at School Talent Show

POSTED BY on Apr 30 under In the news, Tarps

swim tarpA group of fifth-grade boys stole the show and have become famous online after performing a skit in which they acted as a group of synchronized swimmers in their elementary school talent show. They “swam” and performed a choreographed routine behind a blue tarp that was set up on a stage at the school.

The eight fifth-grade boys from W.A. Porter Elementary School in Hurst, Texas dressed up in swimming caps, goggles, and swim trunks for their talent show routine. They performed their synchronized swimming skit behind a “water wall” draped with a blue tarp to make it appear as though they were swimming in a pool. They lined up and pretended to swim, dive, and kick their legs in the air on stage in a choreographed performance.

The mother of one of the boys was inspired by a video of a similar synchronized swimming performance that she saw posted on Youtube last summer. She choreographed the synchronized swimming routine that the boys performed at the talent show. The boys practiced their routine over spring break to perfect it in time for their performance.

The mother of one of the boys posted a video of the performance on Facebook, and another boy’s mother posted it on Youtube. The video has gone viral, with more than 150,000 people viewing it. The boys have gained widespread fame practically overnight. They are surprised by how popular their skit was with the audience at the school and how much attention it has received from people around the world.

Proper Set-up and Care for Your Canopy

POSTED BY on Apr 29 under Canopies

canopyA canopy is a good solution to provide shelter from the elements. Proper set-up and maintenance can help to ensure that your canopy will stay in top shape for years to come.

The first step is to follow proper construction procedures. Before you begin to assemble your canopy, read the instructions and make sure you have all of the necessary parts. Follow the directions carefully.

Set up the canopy on a level surface that is free of rocks, stumps, or holes. Do not set it up in an area with hard or sandy soil, since that could damage the stakes or prevent them from supporting the canopy properly. Do not try to force parts together. The canopy’s pieces should go together easily. If you need help, read the instruction manual or call customer service at the company where you bought the canopy.

Canopies are designed to be durable, but they can still suffer damage from the sun’s rays and wear and tear from rain, snow, and wind if left outside for long periods of time. If you are not planning to use your canopy for a while, take it down and store it in a place where it will be protected from the elements.

Keep your canopy away from fire, such as a barbecue or campfire, and harsh chemicals, such as pesticides, insecticides, and other substances that could damage it. Check the owner’s manual for information on how far to keep your canopy from fire and a list of potentially damaging substances.

Properly cleaning your canopy can help it last longer. Spray it gently with a hose and clean it with a mild soap. Harsh soaps can leave a residue and cause the fabric to shrink or tear. Allow it to dry completely in the sun before putting it in storage.

Always keep safety in mind. Do not allow anyone to hang on, push, or pull on the canopy.

If you follow these tips, you can keep your canopy in top condition and enjoy its protection from the elements for years.

A Canopy Can Provide Protection from the Sun and Rain This Spring

POSTED BY on Feb 27 under Canopies

canopyAlthough it is cold outside right now, spring will be here before you know it, which means outdoor picnics and trips to the beach. A canopy can protect you and your friends and family from the sun’s rays and spring and summer rain storms, which will allow you to enjoy the warmer weather that will be here soon. A canopy also offers protection from the elements for your car, truck, or motorcycle.

Canopies are versatile and can be used at picnics, outdoor flea markets, or in the backyard for a casual barbecue. They are portable and easily collapsible, which also makes them perfect for trips to the beach.
A canopy can also provide shelter for a vehicle. The sun’s rays can make a car or truck hot and uncomfortable, especially in the summer. Protect your car or truck from the heat with a canopy so that you can drive off in comfort. A canopy also offers protection from the rain, which is a concern for motorcycle owners.

A canopy is constructed with a powder-coated steel frame for durability. The polyester cover is treated to resist the sun’s harmful UV rays and is also waterproof. The slant leg design of a small canopy allows it to cover a larger area and provide more shade than other structures. The one-piece folding frame provides much more coverage than an umbrella.

Canopies are available in a wide variety of sizes to match all needs. Whether you are looking for a canopy to protect yourself and your family and friends from the elements for your backyard party, or you want to protect your car, truck, or motorcycle from the sun and rain this spring and summer, you are sure to find a canopy that is perfect for your needs. With its durable construction, a canopy is a smart investment that will continue to pay dividends for many years to come.

Philadelphia Eagles Crew Used Tarp to Protect Field from Snow

POSTED BY on Jan 9 under In the news, Tarps

football field snow removalA winter storm that hit much of the country on Thursday, January 2 dropped almost 10 inches of snow on Philadelphia, home of the Lincoln Financial Field. Groundskeepers at the football stadium had the task of removing an estimated 2 to 3 million pounds of snow from the field, stands, parking lot, plazas, and the rest of the venue in time for the Eagles to play the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

On Thursday morning, before the snow began, the grounds maintenance team decided to cover the field with a tarp to protect it from the snow and help with the removal process. Workers plowed the snow off the tarp every time two inches fell during the storm.

Twenty-eight miles of underground heating coils beneath the field are designed to heat the field and help with snow and ice removal. The coils were set at a temperature of about 60 degrees to help melt the snow off the tarp.

Hundreds of workers from a winter services company and local unions took part in the snow removal effort. They cleared stadium seats and pathways and shoveled the snow into plastic chutes, which carried it down to the tarp. Bulldozers then picked up the snow and transported it to dump trucks, which hauled it to the nearby Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The tarp was removed Saturday morning before the game, after winds had died down and there was less of a concern about blowing snow.

How to Protect Your Leaky Roof with a Tarp

POSTED BY on Dec 11 under Tarps

from property-preservation-reo.comIf your roof needs repair, or if you have a broken skylight that you cannot repair quickly, covering the affected area with a tarp can protect the inside of your home and prevent further damage to the roof. If you cover the area with a tarp, it can protect your home from rain for up to 90 days until you are able to make the necessary repairs.

First, identify the damaged part of the roof. Check for damaged tiles outside and leaks inside the house.

Unfold the tarp just enough to cover the leaky section of the roof. Leave four feet of tarp hanging off the eave, go over the peak of the roof, and leave four feet on the other end. Cut the tarp to fit with a utility knife.

Measure the width of the tarp and add two feet. Cut four 2-inch-by-4-inch boards to this length using a hand or electric saw.

Wrap the end of the tarp near the eaves around one of the boards and nail or staple it securely. Lay the board flush with the eaves with the folded side down to prevent water and leaves from collecting. Place a second board on top of the first and nail them together with 3 ¼-inch nails.

Stretch the other side of the tarp over the peak of the roof. Wrap that end around another board and nail it so the rolled side is down and the nails go through the roof sheathing. Place the fourth board on top of the wrapped board and nail them together. Nail additional 2-inch-by-4-inch boards along the sides of the tarp no more than 10 inches apart to secure it.

This work can be dangerous. If possible, hire a professional to do it or seek help from an experienced roofer.

Sochi Winter Olympics Organizers Store Snow Under Tarps, Just in Case

POSTED BY on Dec 4 under In the news, Tarps

Sochi snowOrganizers planning for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia wanted to make sure they would have enough snow for the skiing competitions, so they decided to save some from last year. They covered several large piles of snow with special insulated tarps to preserve the snow through the spring and summer.

Many members of the media laughed at the idea, but it has proven to be successful. About 500,000 cubic meters of snow, enough to fill about 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools, remain under the tarps. That will be enough to allow the skiing competitions to take place, even if the snow-making machines or the weather don’t cooperate.

Mikko Martikainen, who is in charge of snow production for the Winter Olympics, came up with the snow-saving process a dozen years ago and is excited that it is being used on such a scale. He also hopes for large amount of snowfall in Sochi, a subtropical region that lies in the Caucasus Mountains, one of the highest ranges in Europe. He said it was even possible that the warm air off the nearby Black Sea, combined with the cold air from the mountains, could create an overabundance of snow.

Sochi is located in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, near the border with Georgia. It is one of only a few places in Russia with a subtropical climate. The city is located about 996 miles from Moscow near the border between Europe and Asia.

The XXII Winter Olympics will be held from February 7-23, 2014.

Tension Fabric Buildings Offer a Multitude of Uses

220px-Tension_Fabric_BuildingTension fabric buildings consist of a rigid frame, which may be made of timber, steel, rigid plastic, or aluminum, and a sturdy fabric outer membrane. The fabric cover is stretched over the frame and tensioned to provide a tight cover that serves as the structural support for the building.

Tension fabric buildings offer several benefits over traditional buildings. They generally have lower operating costs and lower energy costs. They are quick and easy to install and have flexible foundation design options. They also offer natural light, resist corrosion, and can be relocated.

There are many possible uses for a tension fabric building. On farms, they can be used for hay and feed storage, protection of livestock, and horseback riding arenas. They can also be used for commercial purposes, such as manufacturing and warehousing. In addition, tension fabric buildings can be used to store sand and salt for road maintenance, for environmental management, or for storage of boats or airplanes. They can also be used for government or military purposes, or as emergency shelters.

Tension fabric buildings can be up to 300 feet wide and almost any length. The fabric membrane can last 20 to 30 years, depending on environmental factors, such as sunlight, temperature, wind, air quality, and humidity.

The fabrics currently used are made of PVC or polyethylene. Some are translucent, which provides for natural interior lighting. They are designed with computer-aided design (CAD) to customize the buildings and make sure they meet load and service expectations. 

Consider a tension fabric building for any of your long- or short-term storage needs. They are a convenient, economical, quality solution.