Category: Home Improvement

Clean Pool Water Without Chemicals

To get freshwater, the less harmful water, the more natural and better for the environment type of swimming pool water the number one thing you’ll have to do is to clean, clean and clean again. This means getting out all the bits of dirt and leaves, all the bugs, all the everything that blows into a pool each and every day. So you’ll have to skim all of this out, every day. You also have to clean the liner and underwater surfaces every week if not more often. This means brushing the walls, the ladder, the bottom and then once that’s been done vacuum all of the stuff up to remove all the sediment and anything that can attract algae to grow.

It is also important to keep the water moving. All the time. Fresh water coming in, used water going out, in a continuous cycle keeps the water fresh and less stagnant than standing water. This means you’ll need to use your pump, filter and skimmer all the time which may add to your electricity costs, but will help keep the water in the pool cleaner.

And now comes the interesting part. To naturally fight bacteria and algae, you will need to use floating sphagnum moss in the pool. Simply let it float around and it will help keep that water clean and free of anything suspect. Another thing you’ll have to do is use an ionizing pool cleaning system that changes the structure of the water itself to discourage bacterial growth.

Lastly, like with all pools going au natural requires that you test the water frequently. The pH level should be around 7. If it’s too acidic it will be unsafe to swim in and you may have to use chemicals after all to combat this. Is it worth it for freshwater swimming? Some people say absolutely!

Inground Pools

Concrete

For homeowners who wish to have a fully customizable model, concrete is the way to go. The homeowner can design the shape and size based on their needs and preferences. Designers can provide decorative accents, such as etching, to provide a customized pool. Also, concrete models will last a long time.

The drawback to concrete is the cost. They are more expensive primarily due to the type of materials that are used to construct them. There is also a lot of time-intensive labor required to install them. Adding in customization or intricate design work will also add to the expense.

Vinyl

Vinyl models are another option to consider. These inground pools are installed by placing a steel frame in the ground. It is then covered with a strong plastic cover. For those homeowners who want to customize the shape but do not want the expense of concrete, vinyl is a comparable option. They are significantly less costly than other options and are quick to install.

While they are durable and considered strong by industry standards, they do come with a set of risks. The probability of puncture to the lining is one of the biggest risks. If the liner is punctured or torn, leaks will be imminent. If this happens, a technician will have to locate and repair the leak or replace the liner altogether.

Fiberglass

Another option is fiberglass. Fiberglass models are prefabricated structures that are manufactured in several shapes and sizes. They are placed directly into the ground. This option is the least expensive for this type of pool. Fiberglass models are easier to install than both concrete and vinyl and can be done fairly quickly. They are also more durable than vinyl models.

The primary drawback is the lack of versatility. While there are different shapes available, they are few compared to what is available in other formats. Decorative accents are also limited due to mass production.

Before making a final choice, carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of inground pools. The look and style are important, but so are the price and versatility. In addition, it is important to make regional considerations. Climate and the terrain of the land are key factors in the decision. Always work closely with a professional pool installation service to obtain the best advice on this major home investment.

Benefits Hiring Pool Cleaning Experts

Find a company that promises exceptional quality to its services and is confident enough to offer a hundred percent money-back guarantee. So if you are looking for a pool cleaning service in your neighborhood, make sure that you engage a company that prioritizes quality. In making quality its priority, a pool service company would be backed by its thorough checklist as well as by its team of highly trained employees.

It takes pains to make sure that its employees are trained and tested on both chemical and equipment information and that they continue to stay current on all new information and technology advances in the area of pool services. The checklist mentioned above ensures that clients never need worry about adding chemicals or salting their pool. The service includes an extensive tracking program that keeps all chemical results from every visit.

Such data are essential in taking the proper measures that will keep your pool looking its best as well as extend its longevity and that of its equipment. Needless to say, it also strictly meets legal requirements by bearing all necessary licenses and permits, as well as taking care to protect the company, its staff, and its clients with the appropriate insurance policies. It also gives the assurance of performing background checks on its employees, understanding that clients need to feel safe about the people coming over to work on their property. This is very essential for the security of the clients.

Aside from the technical knowledge and skill, quality of service is also an important factor to consider. So choose a service that has a reputation for promptness and reliability. Find out if there have been complaints about the demeanor of the staff. Make sure the technicians are friendly but professional. They should demonstrate respect for both people and property. They should make the clients feel at ease around them and they should possess an approachable attitude.

Organizing Personal Coffee Bar

You first want to start with clearing off your space. Take a look around for items that are displayed on your counter-space, yet you rarely use. If you have small appliances that you only use once or twice a month, it is a good idea to put them away in your pantry or cabinets so that you can make space for your every day appliances, like your Keurig. (For the purpose of this article, I will use Keurig as an example because it’s such a household name, and nearly everyone I know has one)

The beauty of having a Keurig is that there are so many items on the market that complement your coffee maker, that it is nearly impossible not to have a dedicated area, in your kitchen, where you can find everything quickly, and be on your way.

There are several different styles of Keurig cup holders in the market today. Some are vertical, while others look like small independent cabinets. My favorite one is the Keurig drawer. The beauty of this drawer is that it can house a number of coffees, and it is sturdy enough for you to place your coffee machine on top. This drawer makes for a great space-saver!

Another tip I have for you is to place your coffee machine in close proximity to a kitchen drawer. There are several drawer dividers in the market today that you could use. Make yourself partitions that will house items like your sugar packets, your stirring sticks, your splenda, you get the point.

If purchasing drawer dividers is not in your current budget, you may use containers from around your kitchen. In my home, we have 2 very busy teenagers. We normally buy packs of throw away items like plastic utensils and plates. Some plastic utensils, come in tray like boxes that you can reuse. I have found these “trays” to be the ideal height for my kitchen drawers.

Lastly, clear an area of the cabinet space directly over your coffee machine, and place your coffee mugs there.

Select and Install Grommet Curtains

First step – selecting the curtains

There is always a lot of confusion while selecting the right curtains for your windows. The good thing about the grommet style is that there are not many variations in terms of design and style, and that makes it easy for you to select the right curtains. However there are enough options for you to choose the best fit for your interiors. The designs may vary from contemporary to country and many more. There are also the color variations which you can decide based on your preferences and the interiors of your house. Likewise cost is often an issue and the curtains could be chosen based on the personal preferences while considering the affordability factor. Discount curtains are easily available on the internet and can be a very good option for those who are looking to save some money. Selecting the best curtains for your windows may take some time but it is essential and you should not settle for something which you are not excited about.

Installation of the curtains

The installation of grommet curtains requires some expertise and therefore, you will have to understand a few technicalities here to install them by yourself. You can also go for someone else’s help but even then, since you will have to replace them on regular basis, you should know how to do that. While installing, it is important to keep the length of the window in mind and make sure the curtains fit every well. The size in this case is of huge importance and cannot be even slightly shorter or slightly longer than the required, otherwise it may affect the look. It has to be perfect. Also, you can get a few colors to keep changing the interiors after some time.

Black And White Cowhide Rugs

The Look of Cowhide

All types of floor coverings that you add to your space can help to control the noise volume in a home with wood or stone floors. However, the area rugs that you choose to use in your decorating efforts will play a major role in the overall look of a home, and because of this, you do want to consider the benefits of a cowhide rug with a black and white design. Cowhide rugs are often associated with rustic homes with a country western look, but they can also be used with gorgeous results in homes with a modern look or even a traditional look. The black and white hue of traditional cowhide rugs makes them ideal for enhancing the look of many homes. Your room may have minimal use of colors, and the unique pattern of cowhide coupled with the textile element of this material will enrich the style. On the other hand, your room may utilize bold colors, and the coloring and design of this type of rug can provide a beautiful contrasting element that you will love.

Versatility and Durability

When you invest in an area rug for your home, you want it to look great, but you also want it to hold up well to your regular use. Cowhide rugs are known for their unique versatility as well as their durability. They can be placed in the center of a room as a focal point, under a coffee table or in another area where you need to add softness and texture to the space. Their durability makes them highly versatile to use with many types of décor as well as in many areas of the home. This is a type of rug that you can purchase for your existing home décor today, but you may find that you can incorporate it into your home’s look when you redecorate in future years too.

About Wide Open Spaces

Open spaces deliver challenges and opportunities simultaneously. Here you are, moved into this new and better home that is open from the front door to the kitchen!

What to do?

On the up side, you can choose your dining area. Get creative and see what area feels like a relaxing space; one that has the best view and some access to the delivery of the food will create an easy flow and feel natural.

This floor plan typically defines the builder’s idea of the dining area by the placement of the chandelier. That’s not a game changer; three screws are all that anchor the existing light to the space it currently. You can move it and add a new light that better suits the new use of the space.

Lighting is easily changed from room to room if you love the one you’re with; or with a replacement if you don’t.

A note of caution; before you rush out to buy lighting, decide what style, yes style, is your style.

Take a long look at your furniture, your paint selections, your accessories and the look and feel you want to create in each room.

Lighting is one of the most strategic tools in the game plan of creating your masterpiece. Use it wisely to define an entry area, a dining area and any other ‘specific’ areas in this floor plan.

In open floor plans, living rooms usually need to be created by furniture selections and placement.

Open plans are devoid of wall outlets except against the walls which, as you may have noticed, are missing. Attempting to use table lamps will leave you with exposed cords that impede traffic flow and create unnecessary fall risks.

These floor plans work better with floor lighting and wall sconces that promotes a more comfortable and cozy atmosphere.

Storage is another challenge in the open floor plan. Decide whether you want to create an entry area or foyer and work from that point of beginning.

Placing an entry chest or buffet style of furniture at the point where you want to ‘end’ the entry area will provide a place for paper and pens to jot down notes or messages at the door and a place for sweaters and other light wraps you grab on the way in or out of your home.

Open shelving units will maintain the open feeling, create a break point and still provide some light storage if drawer units are located in the bottom sections.

This same challenge is encountered in the family room area and can be addressed in the same manner. The best part of an open floor plan is the walls you do not have to relocate!

The open floor plan typically offers “plant shelving” to accommodate floating walls. These become a display area for your most valued treasures that are stored in many attics for lack of a place to show them off safely.

And one more thing; if you have vaulted ceilings that are at least 12′ high, make good use of them! Look for shelving or older free standing cabinetry units; repurpose them and ‘hang em high!’ This is a wonderful place to showcase something important in your décor plan.

Try hanging a complete book case cabinet high above the fireplace when you have high vaulted ceilings. Leave the doors open and show off the most reassured items without worry of breakage from lookers.

You can find every style of pre-built fireplaces at your local Lowe’s and many other places (back to the online search here) and create your best focal point by placing it under a hanging unit.

An added benefit; you will have acquired that much talked about and desired mantle for hanging stockings and a romantic setting for the cozy evenings with this kind of unit. They also have a heater and blower hidden behind the glowing ‘fire, making them a very practical solution to a cold room!’

About Cool Pool Toys

We have all seen climbing walls, and now there is one especially made for a pool. It attaches to the inside and towers up and over the water. The best part is if you fall off you simply fall back into the water, and there is no need for ropes or pulleys like on other climbing walls.

If you like relaxing in your pool (and who doesn’t?) you’ll love the newest floatie, this one is the shape and size of an over sized chair or small sofa. The giant pool sofa easily sits an adult or a couple of kids for blissful floating all day, every day.

While you’re relaxing you’ll want a snack, right? Well, now they have remote controlled floating coolers that you can get to your side in seconds. There are also floating coolers on the market that drift along and keep your beverages close at hand.

If you like your tunes but don’t want to risk water damage to your boombox or phone, you’ll want the waterproof stereo boombox. It can sit beside the pool and belt out the tunes but it won’t matter if it gets splashed or sits in a puddle. This is a great idea if you have kids who like to jump into the pool repeatedly. No worries, no fuss.

So you like pool, do you? And you wish there was a way to play it in the pool. Well now there is, with the waterproof pool table. This item is pricey but it is specially weighted to stand at the bottom of the pool and it is waterproof enough for you to play a whole game while inside your pool.

Many people enjoy a game of pool volleyball, and now of course there are also basketball nets that are made especially for the pool. For extra fun there is also a floating beer pong table complete with holes for the cups to sit in and yes, the balls do bounce off of the surface of the table.

With all these cool accessories for the pool you’re never going to want to get out!