Archive for September, 2008

Do as I say, or as I do?

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I bought a patio umbrella, a 6′ x 9′ rectangular one. Inside the box I found a piece of paper, like a ‘user manual’. There, you are strongly advised to use an umbrella base to make sure the thing stays stable. Further, the specifications state that for safety,  the base should have a minimum weight of 50 lbs. Next to the manual, I also found a little card advertising the other members of their patio furniture collection, including an umbrella base. So I went online to look up that base. I found it. Looked at the specifications: it weighs only 27 lbs.