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The Acapulco Chair. Replica or Original?
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Polywood Porch Swing Reviews and Information
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The Acapulco Chair! Cheap Replica Designer Chairs
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Ames Reel Easy Hose Reel Caddy Review and Information
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Tiki Statues For Sale: 11 Fun Tiki Statues to Add to your Tiki Lounge!
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Tilting Patio Umbrella Reviews and Information
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Flexzilla Garden Hose Reviews. Flexzilla Water Hose
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Polywood Dining Sets. Patio Dining Set Reviews
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Treeless Hammock Stand: Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Hammock
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Best Webbed Lawn Chairs. Vintage Lawn Furniture Reviews

The Acapulco Chair. Replica or Original?

Acapulco Chair Pin Up. Source: Kitsch Kitchen

Acapulco Chair Pin Up. Source: Kitsch Kitchen

Acapulco chairs are classic modern indoor/outdoor lounge chairs with a great fun, elegant style. These chairs are one of the iconic outdoor furniture pieces of the last 100 years, and a pinnacle of mid Century design. Along with the Adirondack chair, the Acapulco chair is one of the few “named” styles of outdoor chair available. Like many classic chairs, it is possible to purchase an Acapulco chair replica, or to find an original. But which the better choice? In this article we will look at the Acapulco chair and consider whether it makes sense to search for an original or purchase a replica.

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Polywood Porch Swing Reviews and Information

Poly lumber is an outstanding material for outdoor furniture. It is virtually indestructible, and requires no maintenance other than occasional cleaning. While these pieces are usually quite expensive, they will last a lifetime! After researching several of the best recycled wood porch swings, we have determined that the Vinyard 60″ porch swing by Polywood is the best polywood porch swing available. Covered under a 20 year warranty, and featuring an attractive modern design that will blend with virtually any decor, this three-person bench is guaranteed to be a hit on your porch! Environmentally friendly and beautiful, the Vinyard porch swing is an outstanding choice for a polywood porch swing.

So grab a cold drink and sway quietly in the breeze on the Vinyard porch swing.

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The Acapulco Chair! Cheap Replica Designer Chairs

The Acapulco Chair has its origins in Mid Century Mexico, and is a classic designer indoor/outdoor chair. Designer chairs often cost a mint, so where to find the Acapulco chair cheap? Fortunately, there are several replicas available that bring the swagger and fun style of the classic Acapulco chair into the new Millennium! In this article we review these chairs, and also have a buyers guide that covers several of the major considerations when shopping for Acapulco chairs.

If we had to choose a favorite, we would choose the Design Tree Home Acapulco chair. It hits the best price point for its size, features, and weight capacity. For a full review of this chair, please see below. Read More

Ames Reel Easy Hose Reel Caddy Review and Information

Ames Reel Easy Hose Caddy

Ames Reel Easy Hose Caddy

The Ames Reel Easy Hose Reel Caddy is a middle of the road garden hose cart at a decent price. The Ames Reel Easy functions as a portable garden hose reel, but there are several flaws in the design that make us hesitant to recommend it, given its price point and its features list. In this article we will look closely at the Ames Reel Easy garden hose reel, and examine the advantages and disadvantages of this water hose cart.

Perhaps the biggest selling point the Ames Reel Easy has is its two year warranty. If a portion of the Reel Easy breaks, Ames will send a replacement. That’s a big help, but given the issues many users have had with the Reel Easy, most consumers would be wiser to pick up another reel such as a self winding hose reel that works a little better.

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Tiki Statues For Sale: 11 Fun Tiki Statues to Add to your Tiki Lounge!

Tiki Lounges are one of the most iconic bits of Mid Century Modern style that is not directly attributable to Scandinavia. While not in no way authentic to Polynesian and Hawaiian styles, Tiki lounge lifestyle became incredibly popular throughout the world in the 1950s, and lasted for decades. Now there is a revival of this style, and this article looks at 11 Tiki Statues for Sale online to help you complete the classic Tiki Bar look, whether it’s on your patio or in your basement!

A Classic Mid Century Tiki Bar. Source: TikiRoom.com

A Classic Mid Century Tiki Bar. Source: TikiRoom.com

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Tilting Patio Umbrella Reviews and Information

A tilt umbrella can make sitting out in the sun a much more pleasant experience. Depending on location and time of day, the sun can be positioned in such a way that those under a standard umbrella are blinded, cooked, and burned! A tilting patio umbrella can solve this problem. After a great deal of research, we have determined that the best tilting outdoor umbrella is the California Umbrella 11′ patio umbrella. This tilt patio umbrella is on the expensive side, but there are several great features it has that are unavailable on cheaper umbrellas. It has an easy auto-tilt function, 8 aluminum ribs, and is available in a huge array of colors, and with high quality solution dyed polyester fabric.

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Flexzilla Garden Hose Reviews. Flexzilla Water Hose

Legacy Products, the maker of Flexzilla, is one of the best garden hose manufacturers around. They make outstanding high quality garden hose in a variety of formats and styles. Flexzilla offers several lines of hoses with particular feature sets, and wading through the differences can be a bit confusing. This article looks at several different types of Flexzilla Garden Hose, reviews them, and suggests which ones may be best for your needs.

Flexzilla Garden Hose Reviews

Flexzilla Garden Hose

Flexzilla Garden Hose Comparison Table

To start us off, here is a comparison table showcasing the different sizes, options, and prices of Flexzilla water hoses on Amazon.

ItemHose TypeHose DimensionFittingPrice on Amazon
Flexzilla 25'Flexzilla 25'
HFZG525YW
5/8" x 25'Standard $32.00
Flexzilla 50'Flexzilla 50'
HFZG550YW
5/8" x 50'
Standard $29.58
Flexzilla 75'Flexzilla 75'
HFZG575YW
5/8" x 75'Standard $41.69
Flexzilla 100'Flexzilla 100'
HFZG5100YW
5/8" x 100'Standard $58.90
Flexzilla SwivelGrip 50'Flexzilla 50'
SwivelGrip
HFZG550YWS
5/8" x 50'Swivel Grip $53.95
Flexzilla SwivelGrip 75'Flexzilla 75'
SwivelGrip
HFZG575YWS
5/8" x 75'Swivel Grip $71.29
Flexzilla SwivelGrip 100'Flexzilla 100'
SwivelGrip
HFZG5100YWS
5/8" x 100'Swivel Grip $83.07
Flexzilla Reusable Fitting 50'Flexzilla Pro 50'
HFZWP550
5/8" x 50'Reusable $54.11
Flexzilla Reusable Fitting 75'Flexzilla Pro 75'
HFZWP575
5/8" x 75'Reusable $71.81
Flexzilla Reusable Fitting 100'Flexzilla Pro 100'
HFZWP5100
5/8" x 100'Reusable $90.80

Who Needs a Flexzilla Garden Hose?

The Flexzilla line of water hoses is great for contractors, landscapers, homeowners that do a lot of watering. Gardeners, back yard enthusiasts, and general users who are sick of poor quality garden hoses will love these hoses. You will pay more for a Flexzilla hose than for a typical lower end water hose from a big box store, but Flexzilla should last longer, and simply work better than most other garden hoses!

This video illustrates many of the major general features of Flexzilla garden hoses:

You don’t necessarily need a housing for this garden hose, but if you would like to put it in a garden hose reel or self winding hose reel, the Flexzilla will work wonderfully in either of these situations.

Best of all, Flexzilla offers excellent warranties on their garden hoses, with some covered under a lifetime warranty. It’s hard to beat that!

Features Common to All Flexzilla Water Hose Types

  • Drinking water safe!
  • Usually doesn’t kink when pressurized
  • Coils extremely easily
  • No “memory” rubber. Will easily uncoil, even if thoroughly wrapped up for a long time
  • All weather design(-40′ to 150’F)
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Light color hose stays cooler than dark color hoses do
  • Excellent Warranties

Garden Hose Kinks

Garden hose kinks can be a constant headache for gardeners, landscapers, contractors, etc. Flexzilla hopes to cure that headache with its no-kink design. Note, however, that the garden hose must be under pressure for the kinks to be avoided; the Flexzilla can kink if it is not under pressure, but usually the task of removing the kink is quite easy, once the pressure is resumed.

No Memory Rubber

The rubber that makes up the structure of the Flexzilla water hose is soft and pliable, even when in direct sunlight for long periods of time, or in winter cold. The hose does not get caught up in a coil pattern that makes it difficult to unwind, but rather the Flexzilla rubber allows for smooth winding and unwinding of the hose with no difficulty.

Garden Hose Length

Many buyers may be inclined to purchase excess lengths of garden hose “just in case”, but this is unwise. This tendency is only exacerbated by the fact that often the Flexzilla water hose 100′ is within pennies of the cost of the 75′ hose. It’s much smarter to measure the run to find out the hose that will most closely fit your need, and purchase that length of hose. If you only need at most 75′, but purchase 100′, the hose will be heavier than you need, will take more time to pressurize and depressurize, and will be more likely to kink or cause issues coiling up.

Try to stick with what you need, and don’t overshoot your garden hose purchase.

Flexzilla Garden Hose Reviews

The Flexzilla hose brand name has become one of the most esteemed in the garden accessories industry. Flexzilla has managed to create extremely high quality hoses with some outstanding characteristics, and sells them at an aggressive price point.

In this section, we look at the three major product lines, and compare and contrast the differences between them.

Flexzilla Garden Hose Line

Flexzilla Garden Hose, 50 ft., Heavy Duty, Lightweight, Drinking Water Safe - HFZG550YW

Flexzilla Garden Hose, 50 ft., Heavy Duty, Lightweight, Drinking Water Safe – HFZG550YW

The Flexzilla Garden Hose line of hoses is the base level of Flexilla’s hoses, though these water hoses are far superior to most of the garden hoses available on the market today.

These hoses are available in several different length options: 25′, 50′, 75′, and 100′, as well as a few shorter lengths for couplings. They feature aircraft-quality anodized aluminum couplings, and won’t rust or wear even in adverse conditions.

Pros

  • Lightweight (50′ weighs 9lbs, 75′ weighs 12lbs, and 100′ weighs 16lbs)
  • Available in several different sizes
  • 150 PSI rated
  • No-Kink design
  • Good sealing O-ring gaskets
  • Lifetime Warranty

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Can get moldy
  • Loses its bright green color over time

The Bottom Line

For most homeowners who aren’t using their garden hose all day long, many days per year, the Flexzilla standard model will suit their needs perfectly well. The hose is largely kink free, seals nicely, and generally does not have the same tendency to want to coil up in the same way every time like many garden hoses do.

The fittings on these hoses are made of aircraft grade aluminum, and won’t rust over time. They are well made, and will serve most homeowners very well.

Flexzilla SwivelGrip Water Hose

Flexzilla Swivel Grip Garden Hose 50'

Flexzilla Swivel Grip Garden Hose 50′

The SwivelGrip line of Flexzilla garden hoses is made with the same rubber hose material as the base model, but with an upgraded coupling system that swivels on either end. This allows attachments to swivel against the hose without tangling or otherwise catching the hose in repeated twisting patterns.

Pros

  • Lightweight (50′ weighs 9lbs, 75′ weighs 12lbs, and 100′ weighs 16lbs)
  • Available in several different sizes
  • SwivelGrip easier to grab, hold, and turn
  • Great for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel, or other hand grip maladies
  • 150 PSI rated
  • No-Kink design
  • Good sealing O-ring gaskets make coupling easy
  • Lifetime Warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • UV-protection gradually fails on the exterior, and the color dulls
  • Can Get Moldy
  • Swivel grip ends less robust than standard ends

The Bottom Line

The FlexZilla SwivelGrip garden hose line is quite nice, and if you do a lot of attaching and detaching of sprayers, nozzles, etc., the SwivelGrip connectors are a huge plus. For most homeowners, the SwivelGrip would probably be the top of the line for their needs.

For contractors and landscapers that use a water hose all the time, the Flexilla SwivelGrip will save time and wear on the hands!

This is an excellent garden hose line at a premium price.

Flexzilla Pro Garden Hose

Flexzilla Pro Garden Hose, 50'

Flexzilla Pro Garden Hose, 50′

The final line of Flexzilla garden hose is the Flexzilla Pro line, which is targeted mainly at contractors and landscapers who use water hose constantly, and may find that they frequently break or damage hoses over time.

The Pro line is unique in that the fixtures at each end are removable and replaceable! If, for example, you had a 100′ Flexzilla pro garden hose that ruptured 25′ in, you could cut the hose at that point, remove the fitting from the end, and turn that damaged 100′ hose into a functioning 75′ hose. In fact, if you purchase two more ends, you could turn the 25′ hose into a second hose as well!

For professionals who use garden hoses all the time, this system is a big time and money saver!

Pros

  • Lightweight (50′ weighs 9lbs, 75′ weighs 12lbs, and 100′ weighs 16lbs)
  • Available in several different sizes
  • Detachable couplings
  • 165 PSI Rated
  • Great for landsacpers and contractors who use and abuse garden hoses
  • No-Kink design
  • Spiral bend restrictors for added flexibility
  • Good sealing O-ring gaskets make coupling easy
  • 2 Year Warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Color can fade
  • Detachable ends not a particularly useful feature for most homeowners that don’t want to be bothered
  • 2 Year Warranty noticiably less than the Lifetime warranty on the other Flexzilla hoses

The Bottom Line

The Flexzilla Pro line is great for those that need to frequently tackle field repairs of garden hoses. The spiral bend restrictors help make bending the hose easy, which is a good feature. While lots of companies call their “really good” line of products their “Pro” line, in this case Legacy Products really means professional when they refer to this line as their Pro line. If you’re not using this garden hose daily, for long periods, you probably should be aiming for the SwivelGrip or the Standard.

The main reason non-Professional landscapers should avoid the Pro is the change on the warranty from Lifetime to Two Years. If you’re not using the hose all day, every day, you probably don’t need the (very cool) cut-and-repair flexibility, but the warranty probably is important to you!.

Choosing the standard or Swivel Grip hose results in a cheaper hose that is essentially just as good quality, and also includes a much better warranty than the Pro.

Conclusion

The poorer warranty on the Pro line is a significant negative compared to the standard models, so if you don’t need the Pro’s features, go for the standard or SwivelGrip.
After digging into the three major Flexilla garden hose reviews, we hope you see that these hose reels are great products that are quite useful to many outdoor enthusiasts, whether they be homeowners, landscapers, contractors, or gardeners.

The Standard and SwivelGrip hose lines are fantastic for homeowners and gardeners who use their garden hoses a lot, and demand quality… but who don’t use their hoses every day like a landscaper might.

The Pro line is ideal for landscapers who don’t want to stop a job and head to the store to buy a new hose when one breaks. The ability to repair in the field is a big help for many professionals, and this system works well. However, the poorer warranty on the Pro line is a significant negative compared to the standard models, so if you don’t need the Pro’s features, go for the standard or SwivelGrip.

Happy Watering!

Polywood Dining Sets. Patio Dining Set Reviews

HDPE Polywood furniture is perhaps the best outdoor furniture material available. It is eco friendly, essentially maintenance-free, and beautiful. After much time spent examining the poly wood patio furniture market, we have determined that the best polywood dining set for sale is the Trex Outdoor Surf City line of polywood dining sets. These 5 piece patio dining sets can seat up to 10 people, and are an outstanding value! The Trex Surf City line features clean lines, powder coated aluminum frames, and three different colors of HDPE poly wood material that forms the table, benches, and arm chairs. Compact and decidedly modern, this set has a large seating capacity, but is well designed and arranged for comfort. Trex offers a 20 year warranty on this set, and all in all, the Surf City is a great outdoor dining set package! Read More

Treeless Hammock Stand: Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Hammock

For those seeking maximum convenience and portability with their hammocks, the Kamp-Rite Kiwk Set Hammock and Stand is the ideal treeless hammock stand. This cool, easily set up hammock and stand combo is a great choice for those who do a lot of camping or outdoor travel, and want to have a compact, light, strong, easily set up hammock stand. The Kwik Set features a lightweight hammock stand, a bed style hammock, and a convenient carrying case as well!

Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Treeless Hammock Stand

Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Treeless Hammock Stand

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Best Webbed Lawn Chairs. Vintage Lawn Furniture Reviews

The Best Webbed Lawn Chairs

The Best Webbed Lawn Chairs

Nothing says American summer fun like a classically-styled webbed lawn chair. These retro lawn chairs are super useful, classically cool, and are great on the go and when you need extra seating in a pinch. You don’t see them very often in stores anymore, but a few companies still make these chairs, and are doing some great things to bring the style, warmth, and feel of summer! In this article we will look at several of the best webbed lawn chairs on the market and touch on the pros and cons of each.

So get those Instagram filters ready, grab your webbed lawn chairs, and head to the beach for some sun and fun!

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