In the heat of the summer, we all want a pool in stock to help keep us cool.
However, we’re all aware of the differences between expectation and reality, particularly with home improvement projects. Expectations for home pools usually look something like the below picture, and of course, in this ideal scenario, maintenance and upkeep takes very little time, effort, or money.
However, in-ground, Olympic size pools can cost upwards of $20,000.
The reality of owning a pool can end up looking more like the below, even after plenty of money and hours of upkeep are invested each week.
When faced with the reality of many expensive pool systems, it’s easy to feel like Bill Murray in Caddyshack: “We have a pool and a pond. Pond’d be good for you.” Instead of forcing you to settle for a pond, we have a third option for you: the stock tank pool.
The stock tank pool (aka hillbilly hot tub) happens to be this summer’s hottest trend. For around $500, you can install your own backyard pool! Let us help you build your own pool, just in time for 4th of July. Keep reading for all the instructions.
Have you ever tried to get into a hammock but flipped out as soon as you sat down? It’s actually very easy with a little practice! Here’s how to successfully chill out in a hammock!
Check the hammock tension. There should be a decent dip or hang in the hammock––it shouldn’t be too tight and it should appear comfortable to you. Also check that it has been suspended properly (if you have hung it yourself, you should already know this).
Place your hands on one side of the hammock to steady yourself, then sit down. Try to make sure that your butt is in the center of the hammock. Never try lying down in a hammock first––sitting is the best way to get into it.
Quickly swing your legs over the side and up onto the hammock.
Find your center of balance. Depending on your weight and if you’re on a hill, your center of balance won’t always be in the exact middle. Shift your weight left or right to decide.
Lie in the hammock. Most people find that the back or side positions are the most comfortable when lying in a hammock. Stomach sleeping or resting doesn’t tend to be as comfortable but you could try it before assuming it won’t work for you. Most important of all, unless you’re in a taut spreader bar hammock, you should find yourself lying diagonally and not straight. This is important because it lets you lie in the hammock for hours without back discomfort, with plenty of support and space.
Is there anything more annoying in the summer than a mosquito bite? Avoid the cost of mosquito traps at the store and just make your own! It is quick and simple. All you need is an empty 2 liter bottle, yeast, sugar, and water.
What to do:
1. Cut off the top of the bottle, just where the the top curve ends
2. Add mixture of:
— 1 tbs of yeast
–1/2 c of sugar
— Luke warm water
3. Put mixture in the bottom of the bottle
4. Place the cut off top of the bottle up-side down into the bottom of the bottle
5. Make sure the the mixture doesn’t touch the up-side down piece of the bottle. (This is so the mosquitoes can’t find their way out.)
6. Tape or staple the end of the bottle together to secure the hold.
Simple as that and your DIY Mosquito trap is complete! The mixture gives off Carbon Dioxide which is what we breathe out and attracts mosquitoes to us. That gives them something else to dive into that doesn’t cause us irritation!