How To Assemble A Weathervane
Weathervanes are a rare meeting of simplicity and fascination. With few working parts, an uncomplicated design, and a simple function, weathervanes still manage to capture whimsy and wonder around the world. Despite its few parts and straightforward construction, putting together a weathervane can seem daunting at first glance. So if you’re puzzled about piecing together a weathervane, have no fear; let Valley Forge Cupolas show you how to assemble a weathervane!
When you buy a weathervane from Valley Forge Cupolas, your kit will include: the weathervane figure, two copper spacer balls, a set of directionals, a brass ring and two assembly rods (one large and one small). Some weathervanes also come with a retaining clip, a necessary piece for any weathervane with a flange. Properly putting together your new weathervane is easy, and you’ll only need a few tools to get the job done right; seek out a set of wrenches, find a flathead screwdriver, and you’ll be ready to get started!
First, place the large assembly rod into the roof mount, garden stake, or base that you’ve chosen to display your weathervane. Then, hand screw the small assembly rod into the top of the large assembly rod. Once hand tight, use wrenches and the tightening slots on each rod to fully tighten the assembly rods. After the assembly rods are installed, slide the brass ring down past the small assembly rod and use a flat head screwdriver to tighten it near the base of the large assembly rod. Be careful; the brass ring will break if tightened too hard!
Once your assembly rods and brass ring are in place, it’s time to move on to the final steps of the weathervane setup! Take the large spacer ball and slide it down over the assembly rods until it’s resting on the brass ring. Now interlock the directionals and place them on top of the large spacer ball, making sure that the set screws are aligned, one above the other. The directionals are meant to remain stationary, so tighten them until they no longer swivel on the assembly rod.
With the assembly rods, brass ring, large spacer ball and directionals all in place, the weathervane process is nearly complete! Simply place the small spacer ball, large hole first, down on top of the directionals. If you’re worried that the small spacer ball is loose and wobbly, don’t be; it’s meant to have some play. For the final step, place your chosen weathervane figure onto the assembly until it’s resting on top of the small spacer ball. Voila! Your new weathervane is complete!
Despite enchanting snowstorms and quintessential cups of hot chocolate, the winter months can often feel heavy. One of the toughest parts about winter is the drastic decrease in daylight; without light, optimism can dwindle to short supply. But what if there were a way to cure those winter darkness blues with some hopeful, inspiring lantern light? It’s time to lighten the mood with Valley Forge Cupolas and explore our beautiful, durable cupola lanterns!
If you’re looking for a great way to bring your window cupola to life, our cupola lanterns are the choice for you! With a selection of beautiful lanterns varying in style, finish and color, you’re sure to find a suitable companion for your cupola. All of our cupola lanterns are constructed out of the most durable materials available, so you won’t need to worry about flimsy products destined for the dumpster; you can have complete confidence that your lantern will go on shining for the long haul! Go ahead, reinvent your rooftop with a pleasing glow to frame the snow.
If you’re interested in a more intimate view of our handcrafted lanterns, we certainly don’t blame you; they’re breathtaking. Fortunately, we offer a wide variety of lantern posts compatible with all of our cupola lanterns, allowing you to bring some inspiring light down into plain sight. With exquisite detail and impeccable craftsmanship, our lantern post offerings feature beautiful recreations of lanterns throughout history, all fashioned from highly durable, maintenance-free cellular PVC.
Warm, Inviting Lantern Glow
In the midst of winter’s oppressive darkness, even the smallest sources of light can be a comfort. Our cupola lanterns are designed to offer just the right amount of light to ensure that welcoming homestead feel, the kind that sparks hope after a long day of work; the kind that warmly welcomes friends and family with a beacon of hospitality. Whether from up high in a window cupola, or from down below atop one of our iconic lantern posts, our lanterns are certain to bring a warm, inviting glow to lift you up when you’re feeling low.
Explore Our Beautiful, Durable Cupola Lanterns Today!
Ready to brighten up the winter night with a beautiful cupola lantern that’s built to last? Choose from traditional treasures or chic, modern options to match the style of your home and create the perfect atmosphere for your property; whether you live in a historic farmhouse or a flashy condo, we have the right lantern for you. For the very best in cupola lanterns, go with Valley Forge Cupolas. We’re your one-stop-shop to banish boring rooflines!
A Brief History Of The Mailbox
In these times of same day shipping, digital downloads, and drone drop-offs, the strangely shaped box at the end of your driveway may seem nearly irrelevant. But there was a time when the mailbox reigned supreme as the paragon of post; it was truly revolutionary, changing the history of written correspondence forever. Join Valley Forge Cupolas as we delve into a brief history of the mailbox!
Post Across The Pond
Though many trace the invention of the mailbox back to the United States Postal Service in the early 1860s, its true origin is transatlantic. A decade before the U.S. adaptation, there was a British precursor to the USPS called the Royal Mail. In an effort to improve efficiency, the Royal Mail encouraged residents to install boxes on their properties for mail drop off and retrieval. And so began the history of the mailbox.
The Free City Delivery Service
Things took a bit longer to materialize stateside, but the path to post efficiency began in 1863 with a program called Free City Delivery. Before its inception, folks were forced to travel to the nearest post office to send or receive any form of correspondence. Free City Delivery was a game changer, sparing U.S. citizens frequent trips to and from the Post Office in favor of a convenient residential delivery service, completely free of charge.
The Major Flaw With Free Delivery
Though groundbreaking and time-saving, the Free City Delivery service was far from perfect. Its Achilles heel was door-to-door delivery; U.S. Postmen would travel from home to home, knocking on each door and waiting for residents to answer, accept incoming mail, and send off outgoing mail. Devoted to their duties, couriers would often wait up to ten minutes or more for folks to answer the door. This kind of lost time was deemed unacceptable to the USPS, and the door-to-door system was discarded soon after.
Think Inside The Box
In 1903, after various unofficial 3rd party attempts at mailbox systems, the USPS solved its Free City Delivery downsides once and for all by officially introducing the mailbox. No longer hampered by high wait times, postmen were free to breeze through their routes with ease and efficiency. The new system was admired by citizens as well, who no longer needed to be available during brief delivery windows. And there you have it; spanning decades of trial and error, the mailbox system became a staple of the USPS, and has survived to this very day.
Celebrate The History Of The Mailbox With A Custom, Handcrafted Mailbox From Valley Forge Cupolas!
When all else is moving at the speed of light, it seems like snail mail is doomed to fail - is there any chance of a pulse for the post? Why not give the USPS your vote of confidence with a custom, handcrafted mailbox from Valley Forge Cupolas? Completely customizable by style and color, our mailboxes feature a beautiful blend of form and function guaranteed to breathe some life into your streetside ensemble. Go ahead; brighten your delivery person’s day - pick up a custom, handcrafted mailbox from Valley Forge Cupolas today!
When it comes to giving gifts on Valentine's day, the market isn’t exactly brimming with novelty. Will it be the changeless chocolates, routine roses, or another tired trinket for the jewelry box? Cupid’s arrow may be looking pretty dull these days, but there’s no need to quiver. What if you could reinvigorate the romance with a truly unique gift for the love of your life? At Valley Forge Cupolas, we have a revolutionary remedy for cupid’s coma; let us show you why cupolas make a great gift for Valentine’s Day!
A Fun, Romantic Project
There’s simply no resource more precious than time; that’s why time spent with loved ones is a far greater gift than anything money can buy. If you want to show your Valentine just how much you care this season, starting a cupola project together is a wonderful way to do it. Choosing colors and customizing, pondering placement options, and wondering about weathervanes are just fun activities overlaying a simple, beautiful truth; your love is deep enough to deserve time spent; your love is my most precious resource.
Lasting Reminders Of Love
Chocolates melt, roses wilt, clever cards end up discarded; shouldn’t a reflection of lifelong love offer a bit more longevity? When you choose a cupola for your Valentine’s Day gift, you’ll be honoring your relationship with a symbol of enduring care. Breathe some life into Valentine’s Day this season; give a gift that stands the test of time.
A Special Flourish To Show You Care
Interested in adding another dimension to cupid’s cupola? At Valley Forge Cupolas, we have a superior selection of fun, unique weathervanes perfect for presenting personality! From plucky dogs to galloping horses; baseball players to golfers; motorcycles, biplanes, sailboats and so much more. You’re certain to find the perfect expression of your loved one’s personality amidst our repertoire. Check out our selection today!
Now That You Know Why Cupolas Make A Great Gift For Valentine’s Day…
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