Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Stag
Now I think we all know that at this point I am a bit of a MacGuyver when it comes to most things. Be it home repair, computers, and even my precious life giving vehicles. As most people in California know; you won’t get very far – literally, without a car or vehicle of some sort. However in these trying times it may be out of one’s budget to get a new car, so you are inevitably lead towards the strange world of used cars.
I have recently procured a used car of my own. Now with the incredibly affordable price tag also came the, shall I say, removal of certainly key amenities. One of these most notably being my “new” car had absolutely no floor matting of any kind. Now is the time for one to get clever and envision solutions in places where none would present themselves. Now I like themes, and love to upholster in keeping with said themes.
So kids mats to the rescue! I myself being a big kid at heart, this seemed perfect for the recently acquired car. So in lieu of floor matting I installed our play rugs; namely the city cars play mat. I feel that it perfectly matches the motif of my vehicle. So the next time you think something is un-solvable just think; what would Stag do?
Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by Stag
I am sure that I am behind the trend in a way; as I usually am. But I recently purchased a turntable or record player for the laymen. This was primarily sparked by my stock-pile of my father’s old vinyl records. Deciding that I wanted to actually listen to these albums and get some more of my favorite albums on vinyl; I went ahead and made the investment. Now growing up in the digital age more or less the specifics of turntables was lost on me. The sure number of exact things that have to be perfect to get the best sound is quite overwhelming at first.
As I learn more I am finding myself becoming a bit more of an audiophile (someone that is very into music and the quality thereof). With this I found that I was getting a bit of a hum from my moderately high-end speakers. I tried and tried to diagnose and remedy the problem. Then I realized that I needed a foam pad of some sort under the speaker so that it did not vibrate directly on my wood table that they rest upon. So Anti-Fatigue mats to the rescue it was. I found that the fatigue mats were the perfect low-cost alternative to the very very expensive sound studio grade foam, and that it worked just as well.
Now with the anti-fatigue foam comfortably resting under my speakers I have crisp and clear sound. Just perfect for some old and some new vinyl listening enjoyment. You can find a purpose for just about any mat, and with that many different purposes for any mat. I found mine, what is yours?
Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Stag
Here we are again ghouls and ghosts! Another Halloween is quickly upon us all. The freights and heights that we dare strive for this nearing holiday are yours alone. However what everyone will be seeing for sure; as we visited last year will be your front door mat. Now are you prepared for the impending adolescent zombie hoards this season? I sure hope so!
Those pesky little candy feeding and insatiable monsters shall be out in great numbers this year. Backed by their larger counterparts and entourages, and those welcome mats that you have now just may not stand the test of time this year. In preparation I certainly recommend upgrading your door mats. It’s what any good prepared person would do. No need for an underground bunker – that may prove difficult for the trick or treaters to find to say the least, but a new first line of defense – a welcomed mat will do nicely.
Perhaps if you current front door mat is on its last legs, then you should keep one waiting in the wings. A relief pitcher for the goblins and vamps out there this coming October 31st. One can never be too prepared with those unruly candy crazed wee-ones about now can they?
This year; this Halloween, play it safe. Double up and prep for new welcome mats. You won’t regret it.
Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Stag
I am not what you would call a proponent of Yoga; not in the practical sense at least. However I am a self-proclaimed “Jack of All Trades – Master of None” kind of guy. That being said, I often find materials and things that can serve multiple uses. Many of these items you would not intrinsically think of a specific said project or function.
Let me give you an example. As mentioned above – Yoga, and Yoga items and products. These yoga mats are made of durable and malleable PVC and/or Clean PVC materials. Now if you have ever had a decent tool collection, or any kind of hobbyist activity that would require you to have drawers of your needed items stashed away; you may need them to be protected, yes?
So yoga mats and yoga pads to the rescue. These light-weight and soft yoga accessories are actually perfect for lining these drawers filled with – let’s face it hundreds if not more dollars’ worth of your hobbies necessities. They made an area that is perfect for your goodies and are easily cut to fit the shapes and sizes that you may need depending on your specific storage area. They come in a wide array of colors and last a very long time. After all they are engineered to be laid and stood upon; they can definitely take a little wear and tear sort of speak.
So when you need a quick fix for a problem, or hobby; just look around. The answer may be right in front of you.
Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by Stag
As the tides ebb and flow across the sand of this world; so do my exercise habits and diets. Needless to say in the last many weeks since my last update on my new found lust for life and health, I have waned back to; lets say not so healthy. So I consciously decided to not give into defeat! Na! I would get back on the horse, per say. Instead my stead; my mighty stallion would be an exercise bike circa 1985 that I found at a local estate sale – for a very good price I might add and much more fun than using my exercise mats. Now armed with the prevailer of thy doom, I would “ride” valiantly into the night, of my living room while watching trash TV and anime. Or at least that is plan for now.
Once I returned with the might stead to the great keep (my house for the laymen) I did notice one bright, brilliant fact. The legs of this newly acquired beast of mine were quite rough and may not be too good for the hard wood floors of my sanctum. So as I shall remedy my health, I shall remedy this issue as well. Intro: Stage Left – Stationary Bike Mat and Treadmill Mat.
Now with these protective bike mats laid upon my throne room, I was free to let my wild and aging horse ride freely. Free, in a stationary position on top of a protective floor covering to be exact. But free non the less. So as I end this, I look forward to my return home. To my work, still left to do.
Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Stag
I had a customer recently that was looking to modify his existing flooring in his old 70’s off-roading Jeep. He decided on using our vinyl flooring Switchboard Corrugated Runner to cover the floor in his cab. I had honestly never thought of using a vinyl runner for this purpose, but I have to say that it is quite ingenious! When you have a rugged Jeep that you take off-road and into the desert having some good durable flooring for the cab is pretty essential.
For those that are not familiar with the older model off-road Jeeps; they don’t have any doors, they are very much bare-bones. So with that they also don’t have floor mats of any kind. So what this customer did is take the long roll of vinyl and cut it in pieces to fit the sections of the floor of the cab that needed to be covered. Then he took some Polyurethane Adhesive tubes and glued these pieces to the floor of the Jeep itself.
So now he had a floor that could be cleaned easily and that could take a lot of abuse while being in the elements. Vinyl Floors are very durable and even though they are tough they can be easily cut to shape and size to fit just about anything. This customer’s little project turned out quite well and he has already taken it out for its maiden voyage. Perhaps one day, if I every acquire a Jeep of my very own, I’ll do the same.
Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by Stag
Mats of all shapes and sizes are quite literally, right under your feet. At all times, in all manners or places and purposes you will find an entire army of mats at work. These silent partners go mostly unnoticed by most. Having emerged myself completely into the secret world of these mats I now see and find them everywhere I roam. For example last night I was out with a few friends; catching up and having a few drinks at our old watering hole. On the way out we all walked over, yet I was seemingly the only one that noticed the Crosshatch Entry Mats at the back door.
Each time I enter a retail location there is always some type of commercial entrance mats. These mats simply sit there, ever hard at work. They are the gate keepers of the corporate and retail empires. Commercial mats and rubber tiles line the production floors of the factories the produce some of your favorite technological items. From Televisions to Cars; their corridors are lined with Anti-Fatigue Mats and rolls or rubber. Their front offices guarded by office mats.
Mats are the silent partners of industry and if you look closely you will find them in all their various incarnations. The next time you’re out and visiting your favorite stores or haunts, turn your eyes to the ground and take a moment to notice the nameless workers beneath your feet. The mats are everywhere!
Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Stag
I love camping! There, I’ve said it. I love the outdoors, I love getting off the grid if only for a little while. Just you or perhaps some friends and the great outdoors. Now whether you choose the forest or the desert you know that temperatures can raise and drop pretty quickly. You know that the ground is certainly a cruel mistress, and you may have figured out that you need to think on your feet at times.
A good, yet seemingly random item to have that certainly comes in handy for a quick warm up would be a Mexican blanket. Nice and warm, easy to pack and pretty light weight. It comes in handy in a pinch on a long hike or just randomly around the fire when you need it. It is also perfect to use in combination with your yoga mat in the morning in place of a Bolster.
Everyone is different when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Some need less support, others need more. You would be surprised that you can easily use gymnastics mats for a very comfortable camping bed. They are easy to clean, plenty of support and relatively easy to pack for your so-called car camping adventures. However if you require something lighter for those longer walkabouts you may or may not be taking, I would recommend the trusted Anti-Fatigue mats. They are light weight and can be rolled to a small size and easily attached to a backpack.
All in all, you would be very surprised about what things may be used for “alternative” reasons, and in ways that the original manufacturers never really intended. So venture out dear reader, see the world…and bring a blanket.
Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by Stag
I shall be moving into a new place in the next few months. Since my last excursion, let’s just say I “purged” quite a bit of my personal belongings and necessities in order to save space for another living situation. However now that I will be venturing out to a larger place once more; sharing a friend mind you, but still…bigger! I am in dire need of some home furnishings. So I thought to myself, what better place to start then here. I know the products, I know what they are good for and I now have a place to actually use them.
First off, kitchen mats. Although, between me and the many of you out there amongst the interwebs; I really don’t do dishes that much. But still, when I do I am going to need some support. So kitchen fatigue mat is on the list. Next and what most will see would be my welcome mats. Every home needs good entry mats. This signifies that it is a home, and of course serves the very necessary purpose of cleaning one’s shoes but hey, looks is what really matters, right?
Finally, to the real heart of the thing; the luxury dare I say. I am certainly due for a new body pillow for the ‘ol bed get up. Something that is nice and new and actually comfy. So onto the body pillow, just the thing to wash away the day and bring in my favorite part of my day…when I get to sleep.
That is my plan and I am sticking to it. Wish me luck y’all, I’m gonna need it!
Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by Stag
We have all heard of the ever-present or perhaps for some the ever-elusive “Man-Cave”. That solitary den that us “Y” chromosomes of the species seem to strive towards. Many choose the garage or basement for this most sacred of masculine areas. However with that comes the question on what to do with that concrete floor. You average male may not care at first, but there will come a day when they will want, na – need something better.
So for that, I would recommend what I did for my little home away from (and inside of) home, Rolled Rubber and Foam Tiles. It’s very simple actually. Just lay the rubber rolls down and your little work/hobby area is ready to go. Then you can use the foam tiles for your workout or recreation area. Seeing as though the foam tiles come in so many different options and colors, from foam to carpet foam tiles you can dare I say “really tie the room together”.
Whatever your little beating heart desires for the most holy of holies, it can be yours as it was for mine as well. A durable area for messing with tools and hobbies and attempting to not lose any fingers in the process or having some quite; not-so-quite video game time in the basement. Whether tiled foam or rubber rolls, the tools are out there and I highly suggest getting started before the summer is over.