Whooda Thunk it!

Well…the end of the world must be near as BOTH the Cubs AND Indians have reached the World Series. For decades, these two teams have been the face of futility for long-suffering fans everywhere. But times change and both teams have captured the pennant from their respective leagues.


To put a little perspective into the story, the Indians last won the Series in 1948 when Harry Truman was president. That’s nothing compared to the Cubs though. By the time the Indians won in 1948, the Cubs were already 40 years into a 108-year drought. Their last World Series win came in 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt was president. And the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote…? It was still 12 years from being ratified.


In short, one of these teams will end their streak while the other will go on in infamy. But the future looks bright for both franchises and the one that loses may not have long to wait to get another shot at a title. Then again, the 1908 Cubs represented a team that was making their third straight trip to the Series and they were considered a dynasty. So, let’s assume nothing and just enjoy the ride

The right temperature for your hot tub is…

Who knows?

But if you’re are new to the joys of hot tubs, keep the temperature down around 98-99 and if that proves too chilly, add a degree or two until you find what is right for you. You may be one of those people that can handle 104 water but remember that children are more susceptible to an internal temperature rise so don’t overheat them. If you have questions, consult with your family physician. –Max

Pump it Off

Every year we hear different stories from our customers about what they do or do not do about water on their pool cover.  Regardless of what you might normally do, you should absolutely get any accumulating water off of the top of your pool cover.  Leaving a small amount of water on the cover will help to prevent wind from flapping the cover up and down, but any extra water is likely to create issues.  Excess water on your pool cover can wear your cover out more quickly or keep it so tight that you develop rub marks along the rails of the pool.  In the worst scenarios, the cover can actually damage the pool frame.  There are plenty of easy automatic cover pump options to help maintain the water level on your cover, but there are other easy and inexpensive means to protect your investment.  Do yourself a favor and stop by to let us show you how to prolong the life of your cover and your pool.  –Craig

More on Big Green Egg

The most delicious food I have ever cooked was on my Big Green Egg. I saw it on Youtube and since I love salmon, I thought I would give it a try. This is how it’s done. Purchase salmon with skin still on. Rub some olive oil on the salmon and add your favorite seasoning and allow it to sit for a couple hours in the fridge with the seasoning on. Acquire cedar grilling planks and soak them in water for an hour. Get your Egg up to 450 degrees on direct heat. Place the plank on the grill for 5 minutes and then turn the plank over and lay the salmon directly onto the plank and close the lid and walk away. After 15 – 20 minutes, you will see some white creamy fat start to ooze out of the salmon, that mean it is cooked medium well and it is time to take the salmon off the grill.

My dad is not a big fan of salmon. Well, he asks me often to make it for him after he experienced my cedar plank salmon cooked the Big Green Egg. It remains moist and cooked to perfection. There is no reason to go out to a nice restaurant if you own an Egg. The Egg should last you the rest of your life. It’s a one-time purchase for a lifetime upgrade to awesome food.  –Scott

Chilly nights

It’s that time of year, where the temperature drops at night and a jacket may not cut it.  Well, we may have the answer for you, an outdoor fire pit or even an outdoor fireplace may be the thing to have this fall.  Do you want a propane or natural gas fire pit for easy light, or an outdoor wood burning fire pit or even fireplace made out of stone? Or maybe even the entire outdoor room: pergola, kitchen island, furniture, fire pit and/or fireplace.  –Matt

Big Green Egg. Join the Club!

I see it every week in the retail store. Customers walk in and see our Big Green Egg display and are drawn to it. They are drawn to it typically because they know someone that has one and that person is a fanatic about their Egg and rave about the product. So, obviously this kind of endorsement peaks one’s interest. I am often asked, “What makes them so special”. I didn’t know what to say prior to getting a Large Big Green Egg for myself. After getting one I am now as passionate about the product as anyone. The problem I have, as a sales person, it is hard to put in words what makes the Egg such a special grill. The best answer I can give is, it is cooking perfected. These are heavy, massive units that are made out of ceramic, so it effectively gives very even cooking. I admit, that doesn’t sounds so special. That is why to really appreciate the Big Green Egg, you have to own one. The Egg makes it very easy to be a great cook. I think that is why I like it so much, as I have never in my life really cared about being considered a good cook. Now that I own one, I volunteer to cook so that I can show off my skills. In reality, it is not my skills, it is the grill which makes the difference. One small example is a month ago I slow cooked 4 pork shoulders for a total of 16 hours without having to add more charcoal to the grill. I went to bed at midnight, left the air intake barely open and it stayed at 225 degrees the whole time. It was easy! The party that I cooked for had plenty of bbq pulled pork for 80 people and it feels good doing something very well. I guess a feeling of success is why people fall in love with the Egg. We do like to feel good about the work we do.  –Scott P.

New Skimmer Plug

I’m sure some of you are familiar with the foam plug that can be used in your above ground pool skimmer called the Skimmer Plug.  The point of the plug is to prevent you from having to drop the water level in your pool.  This saves you from the expense of wasted water and chemicals both at the end and beginning of the season.  Many of our customers with the hydromatic skimmer haven’t had the luxury of this simple winter solution, but that has changed this year.  With a Skimmer Plug and winter plug for the return, you can simply and safely close your pool as easy as possible.  –Craig

Use it Up!

I had a customer asking me today about buying 3” tablets and whether they would still be effective next year.  In a word…Yes!  Generally speaking granular and tablet forms of pool and spa chemicals will last at least a couple years if kept in a dry environment.  Liquid chlorine is definitely an exception to this rule.  Liquid chlorine loses strength over time and anything kept over the winter will be basically worthless come spring.  If you have any gallons sitting around at the end of the season, make sure to use them up or they won’t be worth using next year.  Just some friendly advice for the off season.   –Craig

Pool winterizing tip #2:

When closing your above ground pool, don’t hang weighted jugs from the grommets. The concentrated weight can cause the cover to fray at the stress points and let the stuff on top leak into the pool. Plus, you’ll then need to buy a new cover next year and this is not warrantable.  Instead, just cinch the cable down tight and then wrap a winter seal wrap around the pool. It helps keep wind from getting under the cover and making it look like a parachute. –Max

Pool winterizing tip #1.

If you are in the process of winterizing your pool, here is a tip: Don’t heavily shock or chlorinate your pool. Chlorine is an oxidizer and when it gasses off, the chlorine gas is trapped between the water and the bottom of the cover. The chlorine weakens the cover and dramatically reduces its life. It can even cause the cover to fail, dropping whatever is on top of the cover into the water below. We recommend using specially formulated winterizing kits that will not harm your cover and add life to the cover.  –Max

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