Got Mosquito’s? ThermaCELL can help
I contacted ThermaCELL the summer of 2012, and asked if I could review their products. Dave and the kids were going to Canada to fish and he has nasty experiences there with mosquito’s in previous years. ThermaCELL was great and sent me two products to review. . Dave took the units to Canada with them, but never used them. He said there was one day that the mosquitos were bad, but it was really windy and it says not to use it on really windy days. They also had several inside their cabin, but these units are not for indoor use. The summer and fall of 2012 was also not a bad year for mosquitos at our far. All that to say, I didn’t review them until this summer.
I did get them out late this summer and put them to use. This is the small portable unit.
I took this one to the farm with me to try out. The mosquito’s were pretty bad this year. There had been some flooding of the river which is below Dave’s farm. The mosquito’s were really terrible in the woods. I wanted so badly to just clip this on my belt to protect me while I walked, but that isn’t how it’s designed. It says to give it about 10 minutes to really start showing the effectiveness of it. It’s quiet and did get a little warm, but it wasn’t hot.
We were up by one of the barns while Dave was working on the four wheeler, so I put it on the tailgate of the truck. I wasn’t noticing any mosquito’s while we were up there.
We found this nice snake skin while we were there – no, this isn’t a snake repellent.
I moved over to our picnic table which wasn’t near the truck. I didn’t think about the ThermaCELL when I moved, until I starting seeing and hearing the mosquitos. I made a b-line back to the truck and got the unit and brought it over to the picnic table. Within a few minutes, I wasn’t having a problem with the mosquitos. I was impressed.
Now if I could have only taken it with me when we drove back to the other part of the farm, through the woods. Our windows were open and they were terrible. I was not a happy camper. I wanted to close up the windows and Dave just kept laughing at me, “Sandy, there are already enough in the truck it won’t do any good now”. ugh.. and yuck! I hate mosquitos.
These would be great for camping, outdoor gatherings and times when you have an area that you need to “clear” of mosquitos. It evidently also helps with black flies, but that isn’t usually a problem we have at the farm, so I wasn’t able to test it.
There is also a lantern version, but I haven’t used that yet. For those of you that are in warmer areas now
Utilize that Ceiling Storage Space!
I have wanted to get some kind of garage ceiling storage for a few years now. When Racor asked if I would like to review one of their products, and I saw they had this ceiling storage lift, I jumped on it. They were awesome and sent it to me right away to review. I mentioned to them that it wouldn’t be until spring/summer before I was able to have my husband install it. I had to eat crow. He has still not been able to get to it, with his crazy (almost 2 hours one way) commute each day and a heavier workload.
This is what the storage unit will look like, once we have it up. I seldom will do a post on something that I haven’t actually opened up and reviewed myself, but I did review their bike lift and know the quality and how easy and well it went up and works. Dave was very impressed with the way it was made, how it leveled itself out as you were lifting it up, how smooth the mechisism worked of the bike lift. I also will hardly ever use a brand’s picture of their product, but here I am again, doing that. I pulled the ceiling lift picture and the lift with storage containers of it, from the Racor.com site.
It will provide us with plenty of space to put some new folding chairs that we don’t have room for, or maybe some of our summer back porch furniture that currently is in the shed. I love to figure out what I can rearrange when I have new storage space to use.
This unit is designed to lift up to 250 pounds and gives you 16 square feet of storage. When you lower it down, it will come down 8 feet from the ceiling, so it will be so easy to load and unload.
I’ve seen several other ceiling units. There are the ones that are attached directly to the ceiling. They would require getting out a ladder and lifting the contents up to them and down from them. I think they are in general a little less expensive than this unit, but would not be nearly as convenient or useful.
This is the space where the ceiling storage lift is going to go in my garage. Yes, I know… the garage needs some tidying up. It will go above one of the cars.
The other side of the garage has the Racor bike lift (which I love!) That is our Toyota truck underneath it. We don’t have a big garage, so there would be no way we’d have room for this bike if it wasn’t for this ceiling lift. (By the way their bike lift is designed for a normal bike, we just made it work for my recumbent bike)
But here sits my Racor ceiling lift now, until I can get hubby to install it.
I’ll love it when I am actually able to get it up.