4.23.2014

DIY Canopy Tent Weights

DIY Tent Weights

Last year was the first year that Steph and I started doing some outdoor events, and we bought ourselves a pop-up tent, also sometimes referred to as an EZ Up tent. What we didn't realize was that you need to weight those suckers down, or they'll go flying away in an instant when it's windy! Whoops. Several gallons of cat litter later... lesson learned.

This year, we plan on being prepared. So Todd helped me make weights for our tent legs out of PVC and cement. I'm pretty proud of them. Check out our DIY below!

DIY Tent Weights

Here's what you'll need:

  1. 4 - 2 foot PVC pipe sections (one for each leg of the tent), 3" diameter
  2. 8 - PVC pipe caps (my hardware store only had the rounded caps, but feel to get the flat ones if you can find them)
  3. 16 - 5/8" nuts and 8 - 5/8" washers (please note: there aren't enough pictured here!)
  4. PVC glue/primer
  5. 4 - eye bolts (these are also 5/8")
  6. Fast setting concrete mix (we found that a 50# bag was just enough!)
Not pictured: a drill with 5/8" bit + one smaller sized bit; 5 gallon bucket for mixing concrete; a shovel/trowel for scooping concrete into PVC pipes, a sharpie

I was able to buy all of my supplies for less than $90.

DIY Tent Weights

The first thing that we did was to mark the middle of four of the PVC caps, which will be the tops of our weights, and need the eye bolts sticking out of the tops.

DIY Tent Weights

You will need to drill a 5/8" hole into the center of each cap, but we found that it works easier if you drill a smaller pilot hole first in each cap, and then use the larger bit to enlarge the hole. Check and make sure that your eye bolt fits through the hole that you made.

DIY Tent Weights

Now, assemble all of your hardware bits, as shown above. We used a nut on either side of the cap with a washer sandwiched in-between to close up any space left around the bolt so that we could pour concrete in without worrying about leaks. at the end of each bolt, I added another nut/washer/nut combo, which will become embedded into the concrete when it is dry, and keep the bolt securely in place. Once you've done this to all four caps, it's time to glue them onto your PVC pipe sections!

DIY Tent Weights

PVC needs a purple primer liquid before the glue gets applied. We bought a little pack at the home improvement store that came with both containers together. Read your directions, but basically, you swab it on with the little brush dauber that's inside the can. Then smush the pieces together once it's all glued up.

DIY Tent Weights

Todd is a good helper when it comes to tasks that require a little elbow grease. Check out our finished glued-on end caps below!

DIY Tent Weights

DIY Tent Weights

Ok, now it's time to mix up your concrete. Read the directions on the package for your concrete-to-water-ratio. We probably mixed too much too fast. Next time, I'd do half the package at a time, just to make the mixing easier. So consider that if you can. Also, you only get like 20 minutes before it starts to set up, so take that into consideration, too.

DIY Tent Weights

This part really requires two people. I held the PVC pipe (upside down, cap with the eye bolt into the ground), while Todd scooped concrete into the pipe. Every few scoops, I'd tap the pipe down to let the concrete settle down in the pipe better. And just fill them up to the top!

DIY Tent Weights

Here (above) are our four PVC weights leaning up against our garage wall to set up and dry thoroughly. Just to be on the safe side, I let them stay like this overnight. They were solid as a rock by the next day!

Not pictured is what comes next: you'll want to use your PVC glue to attach the other four PVC caps to the ends of the weights, to close them up. What Todd and I discovered though is that you will have to drill a small air hole into each of the remaining four caps, or they will not go on due to air having nowhere to escape from the pipe! So, use that smaller drill bit from the very beginning of the project (we used like a 1/8" bit, not large at all), and drill a hole to let air escape. Then, use your PVC glue and glue those puppies down!

DIY Tent Weights

Here are my final finished weights! Todd gave me the idea of putting some stickers on them for easy identification/free advertising, and I thought it seemed like a pretty good idea.

These weights can be attached to each leg of our pop-up tent by bungee cords, straps, or even zip-ties.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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4.21.2014

Exposing Ankles...

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone
dress - ASOS.com / hoodie - DerbyLite.com / leggings - Torrid / shoe(s) - Dansko via Zappos

The weather is finally getting warmer, which is amazing. I wish it could stay this slightly cool spring-ish weather all year round. You know, still chilly enough to get away with wearing a cardigan, but warm enough for capris or ballet flats? Yes, that's the kind of weather I like best.

I'm already starting to having mini-panic attacks over the really warm stuff though... I don't feel like I have anything to wear once it gets swelteringly gross hot (which it will), and I don't even want to think about it. Not what I enjoy at all.

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I don't think I've worn my Derby Lite hoodie on the blog before, but it's one of my favorite things to wear. I can put it over dresses, but also t-shirts and jeans (ah, one day I'll be back in jeans, once this cast is off...). They are slightly expensive in my opinion, but mine was a Christmas gift, so...

I like that you can have your derby name embroidered on the collar (see below), but I was a little bit disappointed to discover that it's black embroidery on a black hoodie (yes, the description on the shop page says so, but the example photos show it in white, so, misleading...). So most people will never even know it's not just a plain black wrap hoodie. But that's not so bad, because I just wear it to work a lot then.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone
OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Shaving your legs when you have a cast is hard. I did pretty good on the left here, but the right guy's just gonna have to wait until the end of the month. There's just no getting around that. And it's going to be fun trying to re-match up all of my shoes and socks once I start wearing two of everything again.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Lisa bought me these super cute earrings for my birthday! She brought them back from New York. I got lots of compliments from people at work when I wore these.

OOTD @ Betties N Brimstone

Also, I bought the Electric Palette from Urban Decay, and I've been having lots of fun with the different colors. Please note that this photo was taken at the end of the day, and my shadow had started to crease a little bit. Whoops.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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4.20.2014

Getting my RED on!

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I wish I could remember when or where I first found out about eSalon, as it has saved my hair for the last year. I used to go to an awesome salon in Chicago, but being in the 'burbs and having a two year old has made it really hard to get to my salon for color. I was using Feria or making my own mix up from things I found at Sally's (and no, I am not a stylist - I just like to think that I know what I am doing). Those products worked just ok, but did not really last. When I found eSalon I was done - it's that fantastic! What you do is go on to the site and answer a bunch of questions about your hair type, color desired, grey percentage and more. You even can submit a picture of yourself with the color you want, or a photo of the desired color. Then, they take all of this information and a professional colorist makes your product. Every four weeks I get shipped my root color, end color, 2 sets of gloves, stain protector and remover and a small shampoo and conditioner. Everything you need is there! I am lucky enough to have Shane do this for me as coloring the roots just right can be tough but I can imagine a savy chick can do this on their own. The process is pretty quick and only costs around $30 for every box. More than Feria but MUCH less expensive than the salon.

ROOTS!

Here we can see my "lovely" roots...EEEEEEEEEK! I cannot believe I am showing my grey all over the net!

Goo!

First stage! Root touch up. You let this sit for 20 minutes or so and then do the entire head with the next bottle.

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All the information that you need is in this cute little note. eSalon even has added a root touch up product and full sized bottles of their shampoos and conditioners to help you extend your color. I love this, but boy do I know my roots are bad when a box arrives and I have not used one from the month before!
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And here we are...no longer a SKUNK! And super shiny! Check out eSalon if you want to budget your color or just make a fun change on your own!

Stay Sweet,
Lisa
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