Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sunny Arizona, No Place For Cheap Chinese Junk

Last Fall, we bought an umbrella last year to shade us in the back yard when the sun is setting, and to keep the mid-day sun from BEATING down upon us. It was on sale at Home Depot for 1/2 price in the fall - $100 down from $200, not a bad deal. It lasted just over 6 months, before failure.

We never kept the umbrella spread out in a storm. We did leave it on our deck, folded, typically. When a large wind storm would blow in, we'd lay it down so it wouldn't blow over. Last weekend, we found that it was ripped at the apex. Not from mechanical over-load, just from normal Arizona solar UV exposure. It hasn't even gotten into the triple digits very much yet this year. Awesome. Another high quality product of Chinese manufacture.

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