How to Seam Seal a Tarp or Tent

POSTED BY on Oct 2 under Tarps

seam sealIf you are planning to go camping using a tarp or tent for shelter, it is a good idea to seal the seams to keep out water from rain or snow. The process is simple and effective.

To seal the seams, you need to protect areas where the noseeum mesh connects to the rest of the tarp or tent. That is where water can seep in when it rains or snows.

Seal the seams when the temperature is not more than 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is not more than 80 percent. Set up your tent or tarp so that you can easily do the job. If you are sealing a tent, smooth out the seams and focus on the ones that run around the perimeter partway up from the ground. That is the area with the heaviest internal stitching.

You can seal the seams of your tarp or tent with McNett Sil-Net, a viscous sealant that can be applied with a syringe or brush, or a sealer called Seam Lock, which has the consistency of water. Seam Lock is easier to apply but can be messier than Sil-Net. Before you begin to seal the seams of your tarp or tent, get a brush and some paper towels.

You want the sealant to soak into the stitching to prevent water from leaking into your shelter. If the stitching is not exposed, you should fill in the small canyon where two pieces of fabric are joined. Capillary action will pull the sealant into the hidden stitching.

Position the tip of the sealer bottle or a syringe full of sealer above the seam or stitching so that it will get sucked into the gaps between the stitches and the rest of the tent or tarp. This will be easier if you use Seal Lock because it is less viscous. If the sealer creates droplets, you can spread them out and into the seams with a brush. Apply a few coats of the sealer and allow it to dry thoroughly. Your tarp or tent should be protected from rain or snow on your next camping trip.

L.L. Bean Creates Handbags from Fenway Tarp

POSTED BY on Sep 19 under Uncategorized

Fenway Park tarp handbagsOutdoor retailer L.L. Bean is introducing new limited edition handbags for Boston Red Sox fans. The one-of-a-kind tote and boat bags are fashioned out of the rain-delay tarp that protected the Fenway Park infield from rain during the Boston Red Sox 2013 season.

The bags have red handles that feature the dates of every Red Sox World Series Championship, beginning with their first in 1903. The handbags also have a specially designed patch inspired by a baseball diamond that carries the Red Sox logo.

When it was delivered from Fenway Park, the tarp was so dirty that it was transported to an airplane hangar in Brunswick, Maine. L.L. Bean hired a tent cleaning company to clean the tarp. Then it was taken to a factory and crafted into the limited edition handbags.

The tote and boat bags are only available in limited quantities. Approximately 3,000 were produced. They will be sold at select L.L. Bean stores in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as at the Yawley Way Store across from Fenway Park, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 20.

L.L. Bean employees have been supporters of the Red Sox for over 100 years. The company created the bags to give fans of the Red Sox and L.L. Bean the opportunity to own a piece of history from the two icons.

Twenty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the handbags will be donated to the Jimmy Fund, a non-profit organization that supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This is the third unique handbag that L.L. Bean has designed for Red Sox fans. The company created a tote bag in 2012 to mark the 100-year anniversary of both L.L. Bean and Fenway Park. The retailer created another bag to support The One Fund Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

Problem with Tarp Disrupts Giants-Cubs Game

POSTED BY on Aug 25 under Tarps

Wrigley FieldAfter a sudden rain storm that disrupted a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs and trouble deploying a tarp to cover the field, the Giants won a fight to have the game suspended.

The game on Tuesday, August 19 at Wrigley Field lasted 1 hour and 35 minutes before the storm disrupted it. The Wrigley Field grounds crew pulled the tarp onto the infield crookedly and were unable to fully cover the field because of the weight of the water. Areas around the plate and the left infield became drenched. After a rain delay that lasted 4 hours and 34 minutes, the game was declared a win for the Cubs with a score of 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The San Francisco team protested the ruling. Giants officials spoke on the phone with MLB officials Tuesday night and submitted a protest letter Wednesday morning.

The protest was upheld. Major League Baseball determined that there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.” The Cubs were unable to deploy the tarp properly because it was not properly wrapped and spooled the last time it was used. The MLB concluded that the grounds crew had worked diligently to attempt to cover the field and that there was therefore no reason for the Cubs to forfeit the game.

The Cubs had ordered a staff reduction in the grounds crew because of recent overages in hours worked by the crew. There are generally about 25 grounds crew members on staff, but at the time of the game on Tuesday there were only 12. Eighteen crew members, some of who were facilities employees, tried to spread out the tarp to cover the field. It usually takes over 20 crew members to spread out the tarp. The Cubs denied that there were any budget concerns or staffing issues at the game. They said the rain storm was unexpected.

The last time the Giants won a protest was in 1943. No team has won a protest since 1986. Protests are usually rejected because the MLB sides with umpires or decides that the issue did not change the outcome of the game.

The game was resumed on Thursday, August 21 at 2:05 p.m. The Giants won the game 5-3.

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.