The Advantages of Canvas Tarps

Tarpaulins (tarps) made of canvas are some of the most versatile tarps on the market today. These tarps can be flame retardant, water resistant, and mildew resistant. Canvas tarps come in several fabric gauges, from 10-ounce to 17-ounce and up. (The higher the number, the heavier and more durable the fabric.) Prices range from around $10 for small, untreated canvas tarps, to hundreds of dollars for large waterproof and fire-retardant models. The tarps come in countless sizes and can be used for a multitude of purposes from painting to landscaping to camping.

One of the most common uses of canvas tarps is to protect furniture, carpets and other items while painting inside or outside. While canvas tarps are more expensive than disposable plastic tarps, they can be used over and over again. Canvas tarps are heavy and will stay in place without a lot of complicated taping and securing, and fit well over curved surfaces. They are usually less slippery than disposable plastic tarps, so they are also safer as there is less chance of injury due to falls.

Canvas tarps can be used when landscaping as well. Lightweight waterproof tarps are perfect for protecting grass or plants during snowstorms. Tarps have been used for decades to cover baseball diamonds and football fields during inclement weather; the tarp can be removed as soon as the rain has stopped and play can usually resume immediately.

Many of the finest tents are made of canvas. Adventurous and inventive campers can make their own camping accommodations with canvas tarps, straps and a few poles. These structures will provide shade, will be water and wind resistant, and are a fraction of the cost of a regular tent.

Canvas tarps are versatile and cost effective. They can be used in many diverse situations and are sturdy and dependable.

Spare Wheels Are So Inconveniently Stored In Modern Cars!

Having been a keen British classic car enthusiast for many years (particularly fond of the Jensen classic cars of the early sixties) I only recently purchased a very advanced luxurious modern car. My new car is packed with what amounts to amazing technology. But even with such expensive modern cars I have found one poor design aspect.

I am referring to the housing of the spare tyre and wheel. In the Jensen CV8 and before that, the Jensen 541S (as was the case with many cars of the early sixties) the spare wheel and tyre were stored under the boot and could be lowered from a point just inside the boot.

The most obvious advantage of this was, that even if the car was full of people and luggage, in the event of having to replace a wheel, one did not have to take the entire luggage out to get at the spare.

If a wheel needed to be changed these days, more often than not, if it is going to happen, it will be in pouring rain! Then the entire luggage would have to be out in the rain, for all the time, it takes to change the wheel and to get the dirty, wet, damaged one back in the boot!

Worst still, many of the new spare tyres now are of a special collapsed type (taking up less space) and the normal tyre will not fit in the space provided. So now the entire luggage and the dirty, wet, tyre will not be possible to fit back in to the boot!

I expect the car manufacturers would claim, if challenged, that such a situation is unlikely to happen as it is true that there seem to be less punctures these days than before. However, I travel a lot in Spain and have found that there is a real risk of having a tyre deliberately punctured (with a knife) as a method employed by thieves intending to steal from you. Once your tyre has been attacked (often at traffic lights) they then follow you and point out your problem, offering to help, whilst another is busy robbing you. This has happened to me twice now, luckily without them succeeding in stealing anything. But on the one occasion my car was really packed full and I realised just how impossible it was to get at my spare.

With my Jensen 541S it was an easy matter to jack the car up whilst keeping dry inside the car. Just in front of the two front seats the carpet was simply pulled away and a sealed cover opened. The Jack was then dropped down this hole and connected to the jacking up fitting, so that as one turned the handle the car could be lifted up.

I do not understand why these aspects are no longer incorporated in our modern designs.

Bumpers: Its Importance, Functions and Where to Find Replacement Bumpers

Bumpers are one of the most essential auto parts. They serve both an aesthetic and practical function. They are also important safety features. Bumpers are made of heavy sheet metal and are mounted on the front and rear of the car. Bumpers are bent and formed into specific shapes in order to absorb and deliver momentum during a collision. In the event of a collision, the bumper absorbs some of the impact, which decreases damage to the car and its occupants. It also protects the front of the car by diverting all of the car’s momentum to the object with which it has collided. The bumper is mounted to the car’s chassis with special impact absorbers. These shock absorbers are often spring loaded. In slow speed collisions, this allows the bumper to compress, and then extend back to its original position. All bumpers are designed to absorb the energy of the impact. They do this through a series of valves and air chambers.

Some car bumpers have hydraulic chambers. In the event of a collision, the absorption unit allows air and/or hydraulic fluid to pass through small openings. Forcing the air/fluid through the valve openings absorbs the energy from the collision. The bumper’s job is to minimize damage, primarily to the occupants of the vehicle and to the vehicle itself. US law requires cars to pass special crash tests at various speeds.

In order to pass, the car’s damage level during the crash must be below a specific dollar level. This protects the consumer and is very important for keeping the cost of automobile insurance to a minimum. Sometimes bumpers are constructed with built-in “crumple zones.” Crumple zones are designed to absorb impact; they will flex on impact. As the metal flexes, the action of the bending metal converts the kinetic energy of the car into heat. Kinetic energy is the energy an object possesses while it is in motion.

GM automobiles are all equipped with capable bumpers that help protect the vehicle from serious damages in the event of a collision. However, like all auto parts, bumpers will eventually get damaged or defective due to accidents, wear and tear and corrosion. Usually such damages will weaken the bumper’s ability to absorb the shock of collision. Thus, it is a necessity to replace old and damaged bumpers with a new one. Replacement GM Bumpers can be purchased from auto parts dealers everywhere. However, to be sure of quality and durability, purchase only from a reliable and trustworthy auto parts store with an established reputation.