Month: August 2019

Safety Guidelines for Hot Tubs

Assess the Surroundings

Observation of hot tubs will provide you with important clues about their maintenance. You should not smell odors. Chlorination should not emit strong chemical odors. If you do smell chemicals, this suggests possible maintenance issues. The filtration system and pumps should create an audible noise you can hear, indicating that these systems are functioning. The water temperature should not be higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The tiles inside the tub should feel smooth to the touch, never slippery or sticky. Slippery or sticky tiles indicate issues of cleanliness.

Follow Posted Guidelines

Hot tubs post safety guidelines for users to follow. Read the guidelines and adhere to them for optimal safety. Users should always bathe or shower with soap immediately before entering the facility. The facility likely has a maximum capacity of users for the unit, so ensure that you do not exceed this number. Children under age five should not use hot tubs. Generally, users should not … Read the rest

Fiberglass Or Concrete Swimming Pools

Installation is simpler and more efficient with fiberglass swimming pools as the shells are pre-manufactured allowing for ease of placement. Concrete or gunite pools must be constructed on-site including longer project completion. The period of time taken to develop functional pools is further determined by the size and the shape that are required.

Depth will need to be determined as fiberglass is suitable for homes that desire smaller and modest pools offering a quick splash or to relaxing lounge experience. Concrete will offer greater versatility and can be constructed with significant depth and width. The decision will be influenced by the budget and the style of structure that is preferred.

Texture associated with fiberglass pools includes a smooth and slippery feel that will not contribute to discomfort, but makes grip difficult when jumping from steps and pool floors. Gunite tends to deliver a rough sensation under the feet causing raw and irritated symptoms with ongoing activity. Most families with small … Read the rest

Swimming Pool Alarms

Swimming pools attract kids but not all kids can swim. And, kids sometimes like to get rough in a pool. That’s why children shouldn’t’ be left unattended when they are in a pool.

As a new pool owner you will be surprised at how many new friends you develop, especially if you have the only pool in the neighborhood. And, if you have kids, you will be the most popular people around.

Here’s some startling information — did you know that more than 900 children up to the age of 14 die in drowning accidents each year? And it is going up as more people buy swimming pools because of the higher price of vacations away from home.

Just imagine the horror of having a small child fall into your swimming pool and you didn’t know it.

Don’t forget – you, as the pool owner, are responsible for anyone getting hurt (or worse) in your pool.

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Stylish Pendant Lights

The newest and best pendant fixtures is a stylish accent. Their eye-catching appeal is artistic design, color and a sleek finishing touch in a modern decor. Decorative pendants come in several varieties and styles.They are affordable and functional modern elegance for your rooms. And they can be used in a kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom.

Gorgeous lighting adds luxury to love in your home. The best finishes are bronze, chrome, nickel, brushed steel, glass and wood. Modern colors such as black, blue, brown, gray, natural, silver and multi-color are pleasing options.

Different shade sizes, shapes and materials are decorative details for modern pendants. The latest shades styles are: frosted, Murano glass, lantern and mercury glass. Shade materials include metal, fabric, ceramic, silk and synthetic. These materials are special textures that have a luxury look. A modern selection of pendant lights are available in mini or small (12 inches or less), medium (13-22 inches wide) and large (31 inches) wide … Read the rest

True Cost of Wallpaper

A recent study found that the average wallpaper lasts 15 years. The average paint lasts about three years before needing another coat. So with a lifetime five times as long, wallpaper brings with it an added value.

Let’s say you’re going to paint your bedroom. The room is 14 x 20 and the ceilings are eight feet high. So we add together the length of all four walls: 14 + 20 + 14 + 20 and come up with 68. We then multiply that by the height of the ceiling to get the total area of the room (68×8= 544).

Industry standard costs for painting professionals are about $.45 per foot, so the cost to have this room painted would be 544 x.45 = $244.80. Now, in order to maintain the look of this room you will have to paint about every three years. Over a 15-year period, this will amount to six times, which comes to (244.80 x 6 … Read the rest

Stripes In Interior Design

Stripes do not just add interest in a room but they are also effective in hiding a myriad of traffic. It can also conceal wear and tear that you or your family members can inflict.

Using stripes on your décor can help you break loose of predictability. The world of interior design is often about patterns and solids but if you want to surprise everyone, then add some stripes. Just make sure that you keep one color as the unifying element in a room or else you would lose the needed cohesion on your design.

Stripes can also be used on those lovely stairs that you have at home. Just look at that often boring straight staircase and know that you can actually use striped carpets on them. These stripes can render an interesting path to the upper rooms.

Adding that striped carpet will also offer that needed energy boost on your stairway. At the very least, the appearance of … Read the rest

Winterizing Pool in Freezing Zones

Ensure That the Pool is clean and ready for Winterizing

Get out the pool vacuum and any other tools you need to clean the pool’s interior walls and flooring. Be sure to clean out the filter as well so it is also ready for storage. The pool should be clean so that no staining occurs during warm days when the water is thawed. It also reduces pollutants that can accumulate in the pool and lead to other issues like scum accumulation. In addition, remove or dissolve remaining chlorine or bromine tablets if you have them in your pool. You don’t want them affecting the weatherization process.

Ensure That the Water Chemistry is balanced for Winterizing

Check your pH level, chlorine level, total alkalinity level, etc. to prevent scaling, corrosion, and other issues that occur from unbalanced chemistry. Weatherization kits often include many of the ingredients needed to prepare your pool for the winter. The main purpose for weatherization is to … Read the rest

Skirting Boards

Today skirting boards have become more than just a functional feature. They now come with a wide variety of mouldings and are available in a number of materials. Unsurprisingly wooden skirting remains t most popular. There’s obviously a wide variety within the wooden category. Different types of wood, different finishes, painted or not are just a few of the options you can chose from. Mouldings are becoming increasingly less popular and are only really recommended if you’re going for a very traditional look. But mouldings can give this often overlooked feature some real character.

Another aspect of your skirting board that you will need to decide upon is the height. The first thing you must ensure is that there is consistency throughout the property, varying heights look very strange. If you are redoing the whole house’s skirting or building a new property then the height of the walls should be the number one consideration – the higher the walls, the … Read the rest

Fiberglass Roofing Sheets

Some Significant Benefits:

  • Highly Durable And Resilient: Fiberglass has an amazing ability to withstand the vagaries of nature. It is resistant to wind and fire. It seldom absorbs water. It is extremely durable and tensile.
  • Light Weight: Compared to the common materials used for roofs such as clay, concrete and wood, it is light in weight. However, it rarely affects the strength of buildings and apartments. This explains the reason why fiberglass is used largely for roofs and window panels in homes and offices.
  • Easy To Maintain: It is quite easy to maintain these materials as it never absorbs water and warps. It is also resistant to wind and storms.
  • Similar in Appearance: Another important benefit of using these products is that it can be manufactured and designed into different shapes and styles to imitate the appearance of other products such as concrete and clay. It is also available in a huge range of colors such as blue, green and
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Wonderful Feel of Primitive Wallpaper

What qualifies as primitive can be boiled down to four basic factors. These factors include the type of colors used in the pattern and the subject matter of these patterns. We can determine if a wallpaper is primitive if it contains any of the following:

  • Soft Palette Colors – Traditional patterns such as damasks, plaids and stripes qualify as primitive if the colors fall in the soft palette colors, such as beige, burgundy, sage or olive hues.
  • Natural Materials – Paper features look or texture of brick, wood, marble or stone.
  • Country Setting – Paper features country or small-town themes, reminiscent of quieter, simpler times, such as farms, fields or cottages.
  • Still Life – As in art, the subject matter of traditional still life paintings evoke a cozy, homey, nostalgic feeling and therefore qualify as primitive. This can include farm animals such as chickens and livestock, as well as fruits and vegetables.

All of these categories bring that feel of … Read the rest