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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: South Central Alabama
Re: Bench this is my Honey do
Being I like to find me a nice place to set "with" shade, and if you place a bench in one place and frequent it a lot, the grass gets worn pretty bad, especially around this place as I do a lot of walking around and setting so it seems, so I made a bracket out of flat stock and a piece of round tubeing, that is attached to the backs of our benches, so now I can periodically move the benches and still have a mounting recepticle for the umbrellas........works fine. Previously I used to drive a iece of pipe into the ground for a place to insert umbrella, now the benches have it built into them. When umbrella is not attached its not noticeable.
LAst year we picked up a bunch of 6 and 9 foot market umbrellas that were on super special at the local harbor fright store......fully aware that odds were they would not last long, but so far they still look like new and we have yet to have any tear up........so we pretty well have just about every place covered with an umbrella if need be.......even the fur babies have a few out in there yard and over their houses.....for additional shade. I also have one over the wifes double half barrel water garden setup on the patio........the plants normally like full sun, but it got old everytime it rained having to drain out excess water.........now the umbrellas keep it right, as well as keeping out trash when trees loose leaves etc in the fall.
I used the one bench we have as a pattern to ram up and pour extra ends out of aluminum, and it worked out pretty good. Its not really cost efficient since you can get cast iron ends (complete bench) on sale at lots of places for under $25.00 around here and my time was worth something I think, but even at thata I still recycle and repair junk be it cost effective or not.......