Everything You Need To Know About Clear Vinyl Patio Enclosures

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Getting a clear vinyl patio enclosure is an excellent way to make your patio more comfortable and enjoyable. Installing a vinyl enclosure is very easy and does not take very long. This is a good way to instantly improve your patio by protecting you from the weather, insulating you from noises and giving you more privacy.
Other options include turning your patio into an additional room. This can be costly and take time. A lot of planning is required for this type of home improvement projects, and you will more than likely need a permit to make some changes to your patio or porch. On the other hand, installing a clear vinyl enclosure is very affordable and can be done without any kind of planning or permit.

A clear vinyl enclosure is all you need to create a more private space. You can talk with your friends or enjoy some family time without having to worry about the neighbors being able to hear you. This is also a great way to create a more private and quiet space if your porch or patio is too close to the road. The clear vinyl still allows you to enjoy the sunlight and the view but the vinyl will insulate you from the outside. Get great ideas about rulouri exterioare Bacau from Optimconstruct.

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The main advantage of opting for a clear vinyl enclosure is that it is very easy to install. You can transform your patio into a sheltered living space within a few minutes and take the enclosure down just as easily if you decide you would rather not use it, for instance during the summer.

You can install this type of enclosure with the help of a friend. There is no need to have a professional install it, and the entire process should not take more than a few minutes. However, it is important to choose the right dimensions and design for the enclosure. You should measure your patio or porch and pay attention to its shape when ordering your enclosure.

A clear vinyl enclosure is a perfect way to create a living space on your patio or your porch. Make a few plans to enjoy this space, for instance by moving and arranging some lawn furniture or by simply installing a table so you can have your meals there. You will find that you spend a lot more time on your porch or patio with an enclosure.

A clear vinyl enclosure is a great addition to your patio. This simple enclosure will make your patio comfortable even if the temperatures are cold or if the air is humid. You will also get protection from the wind, bugs and from noise. This is a quick and affordable way to create a a more comfortable space on your patio or your porch so you can spend more time on it. You should measure your porch or your patio and look for a vinyl enclosure that corresponds to your needs to start getting more use out of this space.

Ascending The Pillars of Sandrock, Alabama

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Perched 60ft up on an overhanging cliff edge holding onto a chunk of rock no bigger than a golf ball and one big toe jammed in a hole…I’m only thinking one thing…yes.  If I slip that’s a 15-20 foot whipping fall that will “hopefully” be stopped by a piece of 10.2 mm nylon rope.  I’m getting excited now just writing about it. Rock climbing…my favorite hobby.

Since I was a little kid my mind has worked slightly differently when it comes to most dangerous activities.  And one issue in particular that I find quite interesting about myself… is my reaction to heights.  Where as a majority of people don’t particularly like being up high or on the edge of something. I prefer it and enjoy it.  My mom always used to joke that if she couldn’t find me, all she had to do was look up and find me in a tree or on the roof of our house.

These days however I’ve graduated from jumping off house roofs onto trampolines and onto bigger…and I do mean bigger things.  This last weekend I road tripped over to Alabama to hit one of the best local spots for climbing close to Atlanta….Sandrock.

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Just north of Gadsden, Alabama, Sandrock is an exposed cliff outcrop of a small mountain.  What makes it interesting though is that you find a series of small slot canyons where you would not expect to find them. Some great climbing, camping, and hiking tucked away in nowhere’s ville. Most of the surrounding area is relatively flat with Sandrock being a beacon of awesomeness near the end of the Cumberland Plateau.

Ascending walls with shear grit, skill, and brute strength with nothing to catch you but a flimsy rope. It’s my church.

The good? Sandrock is super easy to access, has some really fun climbing routes for all levels, and you can camp on the top of the cliffs with an absolutely amazing view of the valley below.

The bad? It’s super easy access.  Which means you get lots and lots of people. And when lots of people are around they tend to do stupid things like tag the rocks with spray paint, litter, and not climb properly allowing people to get hurt.

Regardless,  me and my crew spent the whole weekend tackling 30-70ft climbs during the day and making smores with hot apple cider by night. Pretty much a dream weekend for me.  All in the name of adventure! If your in the Southeast and need a climbing fix,…Sandrock will hit the spot dead on.

Boutique Hosteling… For The Discerning Broke Vagabond

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Have you ever stayed at a friend’s house and hung around the fire pit drink beers telling tall tales?…except it was with strangers and a hostel.  That was what the Crash Pad was like when I went to do some whitewater rafting in Chattanooga, TN.  It’s my new home away from home.  If you’ve never stayed in a hostel…like I hadn’t before recently. You may have mixed emotions about the idea.  From a young budget travelers perspective it’s a great way to save money and meet others on the road.  From a older traveler or retiree perspective they may sound like a hassle.  But let me say this. If the Crash Pad is any indication of how other hostels can be… then I’m sold.

Initially, I found a Groupon for some class 3-4 whitewater rafting in western Tennessee for $25.  Yes $25.  I’ll expound upon the greatness of deal a day sites in a later article, but regardless to say I jumped on it. So where was I to stay? Of course immediately hotel chains pop into my mind.  But then a distance memory jogged me and I remembered that a climbing contest I was in down in Tampa, FL was sponsored by a hostel named the Crash Pad. It was supposedly “boutique” as in modern design, green architecture, and it was geared towards adventure activities like climbing, rafting, mountain biking etc. I figure what the hell, I never got the chance when I was traveling through Europe to stay in a hostel, so I’m gonna give it a shot in the good ole U.S. of A.  After a little research from well designed website I was booked and ready.

I had two options.  I could either stay in a “super” bunk for $27 per night or get a private room for $70.  Since I was rafting with my girlfriend I figured she wouldn’t be too happy if I got two bunks and told her to suck it up… so I went with the private room.

The minute we arrived at the crash pad I was emphatically greeted by two guys at the desk talking about climbing so I knew the situation was gonna work out.  They gave us the tour and we “crashed” for the night after being told breakfast was at eight which included eggs, local raw honey, local artisan bread, and a do it yourself mentality. The room itself was nothing like the stories of hostels you here.  It was immaculately clean, modern design, modern art, comfy feather top bed, and had a modern concrete glass inlay sink.  Very posh for $70 bucks a night.  Breakfast the next morning was just like eating at a friends house.  We came down and saw about four other guests in their pj’s firing up the coffee, cooking eggs, and chatting it up so we joined right in making new friends. It wasn’t just young travelers either. I saw several couples in there 40′s and 50′s and one with kids.

After an exhilarating day of rafting and eating local fried chicken at a place that sold koozie’s for 40oz beers ( I had to get one. When do you ever see these?!) we grabbed a 40oz beer to split and headed back to the Crash Pad to relax.  As we were walking up I saw group of people just hanging out by the the gas fire pit out back. So naturally we joined in.  After about five minutes we were all talking like old friends.  One group of girls had come up to go skydiving, two guys had been rock climbing all day, we went whitewater rafting, and the guy working the desk was even out there hanging out with us.  These were my kind of people.  Apparently Chattanooga is a hotspot of adventure activities. I’ve never felt that kind of friendly vibe from any hotel I’ve ever stayed at.  It was an amazing change of pace. The only difference I noticed from a hotel was a communal restroom/shower area (immaculately clean), making your own breakfast, and putting my own dirty linens in the “to be cleaned” basket.  But all those things only added to the experience that it was more like staying at a friends house than a hotel.

Am I going to stay at hostels every place I go? I believe there is a time and place for every accommodation…budget, luxury, mid level,…so no.  But am I going to stay at the Crash Pad again….yep. Probably every time I go to Chattanooga.  The place was a diamond in the rough. It was awesome.  Super friendly staff, great accommodations, killer price, tons of adventure, and a vibe you’ll never get at a hotel. Don’t think twice.

Airbnb… A budget travelers best friend?

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Last week I traveled to lovely San Francisco for the first time to spend some time with my uncle and his girlfriend and see the city and the sites.  Having limited space for us in his place he kindly booked us a room via Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast) just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Mill Valley, CA closer to where he would be.  Now, I had heard about Airbnb and have wanted to try it for sometime, but just never got around to it and since I’m a little wary of Couchsurfing I thought this was a perfect time to go for it.

If you are unfamiliar with Airbnb it’s a online service that lets ordinary people and commercial businesses rent out couches, rooms, full homes, and even exotic accommodations like castles and tree houses just like a rental home with whatever conditions they want (minimum stay, rate, etc.).  It’s a great premise to make some extra cash for an unused space and an even better way for the budget minded traveler to get a great rate, amazing hospitality, and the inside local connection with the destination your heading to.

Your probably thinking how can I trust these people aren’t axe murderers I’m staying with or renting out my space to? Airbnb makes each traveling user get verified via phone number, social media,  references, etc. and the same with those hosting.  I would always suggest choosing a host with multiple good reviews from other Airbnb travelers.

So we booked a two bedroom separate apartment attached to the second story of a home with full private bath in Mill Valley, CA for $98 bucks a night (Actual Ad Click Here).  A steal for this area.  Monica (the homes owner) contacted my uncle with the details and was very friendly, but stated she would be out of town and her husband Eugene (who we met later and seemed like a very nice guy) would be on call if we needed anything.

We arrived in the San Francisco late on a Saturday night around 10:30 pm and after grabbing a bite to eat headed to the place around 11:30pm.  Not the most ideal time to check into a bed and bath, much less someones home.  No worries though.  The door was a digital keypad with entry code. Looking good already… As we walk into the place it was just as described if not more. Two bedrooms, one very large bath with walk in shower and tub, updated, and they even had the hospitality to deck it out with stuff you find in a hotel room including soap/shampoo/coffee maker/tea/mini-fridge/wi-fi… pretty much the whole she-bang.

We ended up staying for several nights exploring all of San Francisco, Napa Valley, and surrounding area while using the rental as our home base. Eugene and Monica even had the hospitality to offer to let use the family bikes if we wanted.

Overall was Airbnb worth it? Definitely. It was a great place with friendly people and  more than described in the ad.  I would and plan to use Airbnb for many more of my trips.