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7/10/2014
Tags: yurts, camping

Pacific Yurts

Outdoor camping these days doesn’t have to feature harsh nights spent lying in bone-chilling cold on a lumpy, rock-hard camping spot. Camping — or Glamping (glamour camping) — in a yurt can be a luxurious and relaxing affair, while still retaining the best of a night out in the wilds, underneath a canopy of stars. 2014 may prove a milestone in public recognition of the emergence of this camping style.

The attention comes as no surprise to Pacific Yurts, the original manufacturer of the high-tech modern version of this ancient structure. The company says sales are up nationally and have doubled internationally.

For the uninitiated, yurts are round, portable structures that have been used in Central Asia for thousands of years.

More than 36 years ago when Pacific Yurts founder Alan Bair constructed his first yurt, he had no idea he was pioneering the entire industry of the modern yurt. Today his company, headquartered in Cottage Grove, Oregon, remains at the forefront of yurt design innovations. While Pacific Yurts is still recognized as the industry leader, dozens of other companies have sprung up to attempt to meet the ever-increasing demand for the versatile structures that were first used centuries ago by Mongolian nomads.

Bair was able to create a low-cost, state-of-the-art version of the ancient shelter that retained the sense of wholeness of the original form while delivering the structural integrity, longevity, and low maintenance demanded by modern users. The design consists of durable fabric covers, tension band and a beautiful wood frame that includes a lattice wall, radial rafters, central compression ring and a framed door.

Early customers were attracted to the structure’s comfort, affordability, and ease of installation. As Bair continued to add innovations and options, the market grew to include many outdoor recreation applications.

Individual owners find many uses for the product, from a guest house or studio to a romantic getaway or vacation cabin.

Although the traditional structure had felt coverings, Pacific Yurts replaced them with long-life, flame retardant architectural fabrics with welded seams. The company has continually strived over the years to make their structures even stronger and more comfortable.

Innovations incorporated into Pacific Yurts’ design (copied by other yurt builders) have included NASA-developed reflective insulation, structural upgrades that are professionally engineered to meet modern structural codes, and thermal glass windows. Other innovations include French doors, a water catchment system, dome skylight, and window awning frame.

The interior of one of the company’s yurts is featured on the cover of the current issue of Woodall’s Campground Management magazine. Plus, the holiday rental website Airbnb recently declared 2014 to be “The Year of the Yurt.”

Park systems and resorts around the world are now using Pacific Yurts as lodging in a vast range of outdoor settings. In fact, Oregon State Parks started offering them in campgrounds 20 years ago and the growth in popularity has resulted in nearly 200 yurts statewide that are booked months in advance. According to Nations Business Magazine, these unique structures have been “the biggest money maker to hit Oregon State Parks since campsites were introduced.” In difficult economic times this means more revenue to help keep parks open for public enjoyment, so 23 other states have followed suit by adding Pacific Yurts.

Mike Dreisbach is using Pacific Yurts, whom he calls “the premier yurt builders in the world,” as the centerpiece for the glamping experience he is creating at Savage River Lodge in Maryland.

“Our yurts will truly be the definition of glamping,” says Dreisbach. “Think of a mountain safari — with a king bed, fully plumbed bathroom, wet bar and comfortable furnishings that you simply sink into.”

Other resorts have found success in providing top quality yurt accommodations. One example is Treebones Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean on California’s beautiful Big Sur Coastline.

“Pacific Yurts has been a dream company to work with. Everyone has been so knowledgeable and accommodating. Each yurt is built with the highest standards of excellence. I’m dealing with an organization which is deeply committed and proud of their product,” said owner John Handy.

Sean Corn, a yoga instructor who was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network, travels 250 days a year teaching. When she’s home in Southern California, she finds peace not in a large home, but in a Pacific Yurt overlooking the Ocean.

Her yurt, Corn says, gives her the opportunity to “work with this land and be a part of it. I feel very fortunate that I get to have a secluded environment that is sacred, and that is meaningful to me.”

“To many customers the appeal of the modern yurt is much more than structural or convenience-related,” Bair said. “They see the yurt as a work of art and a means to a simpler way of life. Living in a round space provides a feeling of serenity, well-being, and a sense of connection with the practical wisdom of ancient peoples. They enjoy the interior space and the unique ambiance it creates of being close to nature, yet cozy and protected from the elements.

“The past 36 years have been quite an adventure. I’m continually amazed at the imaginative things customers do with their yurts and how the product is a solution for their diverse needs,” said Bair. “Although the product has evolved over the years, it has retained its connection with the natural environment and provides for a more sustainable way of life. I think this is why it easily lends itself to Glamping usage. Looking forward, there are new and exciting technologies that could be incorporated into the design and the future looks very promising.”

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6/20/2014

TEETER PONG! Ping Pong Ball Mouse Traps

The TEETER PONG! Ping Pong Ball Mouse Trap is the first mouse trap specifically designed to maintain the relationship between mice and the diseases/vermin they carry, until properly disposed of outside of the home! Killing mice in the home terminates these relationships and exposes the household residents (people and pets) to potential contamination. Ironically, most live mouse traps do not supply the mouse with an environment that will keep it alive very long!

Every feature/aspect in the design of the TEETER PONG! provides the mouse with a habitat after being trapped that encourages maintaining its life without allowing it to escape until it can be removed to a safe area for release or disposal.

Kudos from around the World reveal the TEETER PONG! to be one of the most celebrated mouse traps ever to be patented and produced for safely removing mice from a home.

More information about the “World Famous TEETER PONG! Ping Pong Ball Mouse Trap” can be found online.

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6/18/2014

Close up of T-post extractor

Nearly 6000 JackJaw extractors are now in use in the North America in construction, public works, tent rental, public utilities, and Farming industries. News of the JackJaw T-post extractor is spreading quickly across North America and Australia as the easiest, safest and quickest method of fence post pulling.

The powerful, patented jaw and lever mechanism allows you to pull the T-posts straight out of the ground without damaging the t-posts. The sturdy lever arm gives you a 9 to 1 mechanical advantage. The case hardened jaws grip the t-post directly for quick and easy extraction. A 100 pound push down on the handle generates a 900 pound upward force and an 1800 pound gripping force on the T-Post. Tilted posts? No problem! Just lean the JackJaw extractor to align with the post. It never slips and completely eliminates back and shoulder strain from this common ranch problem.

T-post extractor in use.

JackJaw Model 203 T-post extractors are assembled in Dayton, Ohio from heavy gauge steel plate and tubing, to provide years of reliable service. The unit weighs only 18 pounds, and is plated with zinc and clear chromate for long lasting durability and corrosion resistance.

Visit the JackJaw website and click on the “Fencing” Section to see the unit in operation. You can also order your unit on the website or email orders@jackjaw.com or call 937-429-9089.

Call Bob Anderson at 937-609-8937, or email him at bob@jackjaw.com for more information. Dealer inquires are welcome.

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6/13/2014

John Deere adpater

A new adapter is available from Worksaver, Inc. for use on John Deere 400 / 500 series loaders to allow the use of Euro / Global type attachments. Features an all welded design, plated rods and easy release handle to secure Euro / Global attachments in place. This adapter provides owners of John Deere 400 / 500 series loaders with a greater versatility in attachment choices.

Worksaver, Inc. is a manufacturer of agricultural, industrial, commercial and construction equipment for a variety of applications for property owners, farmers, ranchers, contractors and many others. A variety of equipment is able to fit skid steers and front loaders and tractors.

For more information, contact Worksaver, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056-0100. Phone: 217-324-5973, Fax: 217-234-3356.  E-mail: sales@worksaver.com.

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6/4/2014

Guru Drain in action

Guru Drain was born to solve a huge problem, keeping hair and debris out of drains.

Guru Drain is the first universal product to stay in place, trapping everything from fine hair, to rings, to all the other things we wish never went down the drain. Guru Drain eliminates the costly expense of harsh liquid drain cleaners and plumbing professionals, works on all types of drains and won't rust.

Guru Drain

Guru Drain is made in the USA (Minneapolis, MN) and comes with a lifetime warranty.

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5/29/2014

Indow Windows Shade Grade InsertsIndow Windows new Shade Grade window inserts are like sunglasses for your home, shielding searing summer sun through your windows to keep you cooler and more comfortable.

By reducing solar heat gain, Shade Grade acrylic window inserts make a home more energy efficient and reduce air conditioning bills. And like all Indow Windows, they instantly hush a room by dampening outside noise coming through single-pane windows by up to 50 percent.

Solar radiation through a home’s windows can dramatically spike temperatures. Shade Grade window inserts with their soft green tint still let in plenty of light while reducing solar heat transmitted through windows by almost half. Enjoy bright summer light without sweltering heat.

Indow Windows are acrylic window inserts that simply press into the interior of a window frame using the company’s patented silicone Compression Tube. They require no destructive mounting hardware and are an elegant choice for beautiful, historic windows.

Worldwide, buildings account for one-third of energy consumption. Making homes and businesses more energy efficient has a direct impact on carbon emissions. So while Shade Grade inserts provide comfort and energy savings, they help keep the planet cool too.

When the weather turns cold, Indow Windows Standard Grade inserts block winter drafts to make a room more comfortable and energy efficient. A recent U.S. Department of Energy study found that Indow Windows reduced energy use by more than 20 percent in a Seattle home. The inserts come in a total of seven grades ranging from UV-blocking Museum Grade to light-diffusing Privacy Grade to light-blocking Blackout Grade, all of which provide the same level of energy efficiency.

About Indow Windows

Indow Windows was founded in 2010 after CEO Sam Pardue found a better way to insulate the windows in his 1906 Portland Craftsman home. The result: Indow Windows, custom-manufactured sheets of acrylic edged with the company’s patented Compression Tube. The inserts are now sold in 34 states and Canada. They are 100 percent made in the USA.

The company has received national accolades for its design.  It won the 2014 Top Product of the Year Award in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards as well as the 2013 BetterBricks Special Judges Award. Dwell Magazine named it one of the Top 10 products at Greenbuild 2012. It won the national Energy Efficiency Award at the CleanTech Open in 2011 and a Bronze Award in the Energy Efficiency category at the Edison Awards. Sustainable Industries Magazine selected it as one of the Top 10 Green Products of the Year in 2011.

Learn more about Indow Windows.

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5/28/2014

Kencove Farm Fence Supplies, a leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fencing supplies, announces that it has acquired Forester Industries, LLC.

Forester PasturePro FencingForester Industries, LLC is the exclusive manufacturer of PasturePro fence products.  Using a patented process, Forester Industries creates lighter, stronger wood-plastic composite posts for electric fence systems.  Manufactured in Nevada, Mo., PasturePro posts contain no fiberglass or PVC and are approved for use in Certified Organic food production and handling.  Since 2005, the PasturePro post has been selected by industry professionals as a permanent fence post solution over metal t-posts and fiberglass rods.

Don Kendall, President of Kencove Farm Fence Supplies, said, “Kencove and Forester Industries share a common goal of providing great products and services to the agricultural community.  Kencove is very excited to expand the distribution of the PasturePro posts, and we look forward to the future of this great fence post.”

“Having Kencove as a customer for the last four years, we know their business and manufacturing abilities will enhance the PasturePro brand and products,” said Forester Industries founder Steve Wheeler.

“I became a partner in the company eight years ago because I thought PasturePro was the best post for building high-tensile fence. I leave knowing that's still true, and I'm happy I can pick up the phone and order posts from Kencove — which is where we already purchase most of our fencing supplies — for all my future fence projects. I have found Kencove to be a great company to work with as both a customer and a manufacturer,” said Steve Freeman, who will be returning to full-time grass farming.

About Kencove Farm Fence Supplies

Kencove Farm Fence Supplies is a nationwide distributor of high-tensile, electric, woven wire, and horse fence systems, along with rotational grazing supplies and hydraulic post drivers. Since 1980, the company has committed itself to serving farmers and fence builders with fast, friendly service and expert advice. Kencove operates from its headquarters in Blairsville, Pa. and warehouses in Earl Park, In., Peculiar, Mo., and Nevada, Mo.  Please visit Kencove or call 1-800-KENCOVE.

About Forester Industries, LLC

Forester Industries, LLC was founded in 2004 and operates from a 40,000 square foot facility in Nevada, Mo.  Using a breakthrough composite technology, Forester became the first commercial manufacturer to create a composite material with less weight and more strength that stands up in environments where wood and other plastics fail.  For more information on PasturePro posts, please visit PasturePro or call 1-800-KENCOVE.

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