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Three Reasons Why Your Pool Contractor Would Use Pool Rebar

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are in the process of planning a new pool for your yard, you probably have several quotes from several pool contractors. As you look these quotes and estimates over, you may notice that one or more of them have “pool rebar” listed among the materials lists. As such, you may be wondering why a pool contractor would need to use any kind of rebar to construct a pool. Here are three reasons why your pool contractor would use rebar. You Have Requested a Custom Pool Customers who request a custom pool, (i.e., a pool with a very unique shape or a pool with graduated depths that go really deep) often have pools that are constructed with steel rebar. The rebar helps create the shape or depth that the customer wants without having to build specialty concrete forms. The rebar also reinforces the unique shape and/or depth so that not much else needs to be done to maintain the shape/depth of your custom pool. Special Kinds of Quickcrete Can Be Used in Place of Traditional Concrete When rebar is used to form, shape and reinforce a pool, then special kinds of “quickcrete,” or quick-drying concrete, can be used in place of the more traditional types of concrete. The quickcrete used is designed to withstand several thousand PSI of water. With the rebar installed within the pool’s walls, the quickcrete and the rebar work together to make a very strong pool within a very short time. This means that your pool is completed faster, dries and solidifies quicker and can be used sooner than you expected. If you are trying to install your pool before a certain date and you want to beat that deadline, then the contractor may use rebar and the quickcrete to meet your expectations.  You Live Close to a Fault Line or Live Within a Major Earthquake Zone Many pools in California have been built with pool rebar. The rebar helps the pools maintain their shape and reinforces them against the numerous ground tremors that occur in this state. If the rebar was not used during construction, there is a chance that a major earthquake would break up the concrete of the pool and cause some major damage. Even if you do not live in California, your pool may be built with rebar if you live close to any other major fault lines or earthquake zones in the U.S. For more information on the use and installation of pool rebar, get in touch with companies like Diamenti...

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4 Tips For Extending The Life Of Your New Carpet

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Carpet is a great flooring choice for many families– it is soft under the feet, provides insulation during cold winter months, and it can help keep sounds from echoing throughout the house. When you invest in new carpet, it is natural to want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. Use the following tips to extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking great. Keep Shoes Off the Carpet After having new carpet installed, it is a good idea to create a household rule of removing shoes when you enter the house. The bottoms of shoes can carry dirt, debris, grease, oil, and other components that you don’t want staining your carpet or soaking into the carpet fibers. If you are really serious about preserving the look of your carpet, you can even wear socks or house slippers to prevent the oil from your feet transferring to the carpet. Vacuum the Proper Way Many people vacuum a room too quickly, making fast passes over an area with their vacuum. To keep carpet looking great, it is important to slow down so the vacuum has the chance to remove debris from each carpet fiber. When vacuuming, push your vacuum slowly and don’t be afraid to go over the same area a few times. This is especially true if you have pets that shed or if you live in an area with a lot of dust in the air. Clean Up Spills Promptly No matter how careful you are, there is a good chance that something will spill on your carpet at some point. Cleaning up spills promptly is essential for preventing horrible stains. When you have your carpeting installed, take the time to contact the manufacturer to find out what type of carpet stain cleaning product is recommended and make sure that you always have a bottle on hand in case of an accident. Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned Regularly Vacuuming properly can go a long way in keeping your carpet in good condition, but it is still imperative to have it steam cleaned regularly by a professional. In most cases, it is recommended that you have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. If you have carpet in very high traffic areas or own pets, you may need to have your carpet steam cleaned more often. For specifics, ask a company like Conscientious Carpet Care. In addition to making your carpet look great, professional carpet cleaning may also be required if you don’t want to invalidate the warranty on your...

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Why You Should Start Rearranging Your Furniture More Often

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like many people, you might leave your furniture in the same place for years at a time. However, getting in the habit of moving your furniture around more often can be a great idea for many reasons. These are a few main reasons to consider switching things up every few months — or even every few weeks! Give Your Home a New Look So many people find themselves feeling bored with their homes over time. You might think that you have to spring for a pricey remodel in order to give your home some new “life,” but this does not have to be the case at all. If you rearrange your furniture and decor often, you can give your home a new look almost instantly, without having to spend more than just a little bit of time. In fact, you can get creative and switch things from room to room rather than just rearranging the items in each set room. Avoid Damaging Your Flooring Your flooring can really take a beating from your furniture. For example, if your heavy couch sits on your plush carpet for months or years at a time without being moved, it can cause permanent indentations in your carpet. By moving your furniture regularly, you can help prevent these indentations. Using furniture coasters, carpet remnants and area rugs to help create a barrier between your furniture and your flooring can also help. Get a Deeper, Better Clean If you’re leaving your furniture in the same place for a long time, there’s a chance that dirt, dust, pet hair and other debris is building up in the areas that you can’t see or reach. It can be easy to forget about these areas until you move your furniture years later. If you move your furniture around frequently, however, you’ll give yourself the chance to get a more thorough clean of these areas. Then, you don’t have to worry about the dust and pet hair piling up and potentially causing allergy-related symptoms and other issues, and you’ll feel good about just how fresh and clean your home is. As you can see, it is smart to consider rearranging the furniture and decor in your home on a regular basis. If you don’t already do so, give it a try this weekend. Once you do, you’re sure to find yourself wanting to rearrange things even more often in the...

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Top Benefits Of Having A Sprinkler System Installed In Your Yard

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As a homeowner, you want to make sure that you are taking the time to properly care for your lawn. One way to do this is to have a sprinkler system installed. To help you understand why this might be a better option than manually watering your yard, you will want to check out the following points. It Can Help To Conserve Water Do not make the mistake of automatically assuming that a sprinkler system will actually waste water. People who manually water their lawn on their own generally do so during the day so that they can see all of the yard that they are trying to cover with water. The heat from the sun actually dries up some of that water before it can properly saturate the ground and get down to the roots of your grass. However, with a sprinkler system, you can set it to water the lawn after the sun has gone down, which is when the temperatures are lower. This way, the ground gets to soak up all of that water and, therefore, the lawn does not have to be over-watered to compensate for the evaporation of the water.  It Ensures The Even Watering Of Your Lawn Watering your lawn manually can be difficult because it can be hard to make sure that you are watering every part of your yard with the same amount of water. Many people find that they end up watering some areas a little too much and other areas not enough. When this happens, some of your grass can grow much faster than other sections or grass. It can even die off if it is given too much water because you will have drowned the roots. With the installation of a sprinkler system, this is not something that you are going to have to worry about. Your sprinkler system will cover your entire yard with a nice, even layer of water. It Can Save You A Lot Of Time Many sprinkler systems can be programmed to go off at a certain time every night without you having to manually turn it on. Therefore, whether you are super busy or away for vacation, you do not have to do anything in order to have your lawn watered. Also, you can easily change the settings any time you want in order to delay or turn off the sprinklers. This is ideal for regions that may go through droughts where residents are asked to conserve the amount of water that they use. With those benefits in mind, you should have enough information to help you decide if you would like to have a sprinkler system installed in your yard. If this sounds like the best option for you, then you simply need to contact a general contractor or a sprinkler installation company that can properly install it for you.  For a sprinkler system, click this link http://www.headsupsprinklers.com or do an online...

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Three Interesting Garden Lighting Projects To Try

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you have lights in your garden other than the security lights? Do you want to make your garden stand out at night? There are many ways of doing this, but garden lighting projects are just as good as any of them. Here are three projects to try: Uplighting Uplighting involves installing lights to illuminate objects above them. For example, you can fix bulbs at the base of a tree to shine on the leaves and branches above it. Uplighting works best with objects that are wider at the top than their bottoms. You can try it on trees and statues and experiment with different angles and distances (from the light source to the top of the object) for different effects. High-pressure light sources, such as sodium lamps, disrupt plant growth patterns, so stay away from them. Stick to low-pressure light sources, such as fluorescent lamps, which do not harm plants. Water Lighting Just like the name suggests, it involves illuminating water features, such as ponds, water fountains and swimming pools. The origin of the light can be above, on, or below the water surface. Here are a few ideas to try with water lighting: For safety, illuminate the rails and ladders to help night time swimmers climb out of the pool. Use submersible lights for moving water features, such as fountains. The changes in reflections, glints, and intensity of the light can be pretty to look at. Use color changing pool lights for lighting swimming pools to show motions, such as ripples, on the surface of the water. Shadowing or Silhouetting Creating shadows or silhouettes of garden objects can also make interesting creations. This works best with tall objects, such as trees and statutes, since they form the best shadows. For shadowing or silhouetting, you need to put the light sources beside, in front or behind the object. Again, play around with different angles and sides to see which ones work best. You don’t need full installations for the experiments. Just use a flashlight to illuminate the objects from different angles. Place the lights in such a way that the shadows fall on your walls or fences for interesting effects since ground shadows aren’t that easy to see. As interesting as these gardening lights may be, they can be pretty dangerous if not professionally installed. For example, outdoor moisture can create problems that may not be an issue indoors. That why they don’t make good DIY projects. A professional will help you to use materials and installations that will not be affected by weather. For more information, contact B & N Electric Company Inc or a similar...

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Custom Pools That Overlook The Ocean: Reasons Why You Need Custom Pool Builders For The Job

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hotels and resorts often build pools that overlook the ocean. These pools provide guests with a safe way to swim that does not involve potentially dangerous sea creatures or rip tides. If you own a beachfront property and would like to have your very own private pool that overlooks the ocean, you will need to hire some custom pool builders. Here is why. Beachfront Property Requires Extra Supports for Construction When you are trying to build a house on sand, you make sure the house is well-supported. Even when the pool is an extension of your patio area, it is still on top of sand. The pool builders take this into consideration and plan for it when they create your seaside pool. They make sure that your pool will not sink, lift or crack with shifting sands underneath it. You Will Want Your Pool to Be Temperature-Controlled Not every day at your beach house is warm and tropical. There are several days a year where it is chilly, and even if you are religious about taking laps in your pool, you will still want the water to be comfortable and not cold. The pool builders will install heating devices to warm or cool the pool’s water to the temperature you desire. You May Want Your Pool to Visually Accent the View Some people like having a seaside pool that also adds to the view below. If you want little waterfalls or plants or fountains to play in the middle ground while showing the ocean in the background, custom pool construction companies can create just the right nuances of tropical oasis on your property and use the ocean as a backdrop feature in their designs. You May Want a Saltwater Pool Like swimming in the ocean but do not like the scores of fish swimming up to you? Then you can request that your seaside pool be as ocean-like as possible, minus the wildlife. That means that your swimming pool builders can recreate a very salty, seawater-type of pool, with pumps designed just for recreating and filtering saltwater. Extra measures are taken to make sure other sea creatures do not start making your pool home, including sliding pool covers that close after you have finished your swim and chemicals that kill sea algae blooms. It takes a lot more effort to keep this custom pool clean, but it is safer than swimming in the ocean itself and your builders can make it happen. Visit http://www.kriscoaquatechpools.com for more information....

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Stop Hard Water Stains From Building Up On Your Glass Railing

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hard water can create unsightly build up on all glass in your home, but it seems like nothing is more unfortunate than a glass railing with unsightly hard water stains. Mineral buildup can occur when homeowners use homemade water-based mixtures to clean their glass railings. The harder the water in the home, the more significant the hard water stains. If allowed to build up over time, hard water stains can get white and crusty, which can destroy the elegance of your home’s glass railing. The following tips will help you eliminate hard water stains on your glass railing and prevent the stains from building up again in the future. Eliminate Hard Water Stains You can eliminate old hard water stains by using a smart combination of common household products. For this project, you’ll need a lemon, baking soda, distilled water and a couple rags. To start, slice open the lemon and rub the flesh of the lemon against the railing on the stained areas. Do this until the railing is wet with lemon juice. Depending on how big your railing is (and how substantial the stains are), you could need more than one lemon. When this is done, dampen your clean rag with distilled water, then dip the end of the rag into baking soda. Rub the lemon juice-covered railing with the baking soda, then wipe away the baking soda with a clean rag dipped in distilled water. Be careful not to use your home’s tap water for this project! The tap water is very likely the cause of the hard water stains. Using that same water to wipe the hard water stains will be counterproductive. Wipe down the glass railing until it’s completely clear. If some hard water stains persist, repeat the process until the glass is completely clear.  Tip: if the rag leaves fibers on the glass, use a newspaper or a microfiber cloth to wipe the baking soda away. Clean the Glass Railing With Vinegar and Distilled Water In the future, clean your glass railing with a mixture of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar. Wipe down the railing with a newspaper or a cloth. For more information about how you can keep your glass railing clean, and what you can do to eliminate hard water stains from your glass railing, contact the the company that sold you the railing. They may have many tips for properly maintaining your glass railing and keeping your railing beautiful in the...

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Pros And Cons Of Granite Alternative Countertops

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Granite was long considered one of the most desirable materials for a kitchen countertop. The stone offered a natural beauty and supposed durability that was hard to surpass. But homeowners on a budget might find granite out of the question for a kitchen remodeling project and the counters also require more maintenance than often assumed. Luckily, there are a few granite alternative materials that can offer a similar look of elegance for a lower price and/or lower maintenance. Each of these alternative materials has its own pros and cons that you should consider before meeting with your kitchen countertop installer. Concrete: Customizable — With A Wide Price Range Poured concrete countertops are highly customizable in both color and size. Your kitchen countertop manufacturer can add a variety of colorants and stir-ins such as pieces of glass, pebbles, and flecks of gold to create a custom look. Concrete is a great choice for counters that are irregularly shaped or overly wide, which can make for a hard fit when using natural stone. Poured concrete countertops can be a bit pricey but with concrete, there is another option on pricing. Homeowners on a budget can also choose to cover existing laminate countertops with a concrete finish using a mix found at many hardware stores. You can dye the mix and add limited stir-ins if you work quickly. The material will need to be sealed, and sealed again in the future, but the resulting look can offer a touch of elegance at a far lower price tag. Quartz: Durable With Custom Colors — And A High Price Quartz countertops match granite in the areas of heat- and chemical-resistance. Quartz isn’t porous, like granite, and so isn’t vulnerable to staining without sealant, which is the case with granite. The quartz material is also available in a wider range of colors including those not found in nature. You can also select stir-ins such as flecks of gold, marbled patterns, or other colorants when using quartz. On the downside, quartz is more expensive than granite in some markets. Talk to your kitchen counter installer to find out more about the material prices in your area and if there are any financing offers available. Wood: Eco-Friendly And Natural — But High-Maintenance Wood countertops won’t look like stone but do offer a similar natural elegance found in granite countertops. Warm wood countertops suit a wide variety of d├ęcor styles, which gives you some wiggle room if you want to change the look of your kitchen at a later date. Wood counters are also eco-friendly and often made of recycled or reclaimed materials. On the downside, wood counters can be as high-maintenance as granite. The counters require sealing, and retouching of the sealant, and can show nicks from the constant use of knives. Water damage can also happen if the counters aren’t kept properly sealed. For more information on kitchen countertops, check with a professional near...

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Three Ways To Treat Cedar Lumber And Preserve The Natural Finish

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are doing projects with cedar lumber, you may want to treat the materials to help prevent decay and aging. This can be done by using stains and sealants, but they will also change the natural look of the grain. If you want to preserve the natural look of cedar lumber, there are some alternatives to conventional sealants and stains that you may want to consider. Here are some natural treatments that you can use to preserve your cedar wood: 1. Letting Your Cedar Age To A Natural Silver Color If you want to have a natural-looking wood finishing, letting cedar age naturally without any treatment is one option you may want to consider. If you are using a red cedar material, it will turn a silver-grey color over years of weathering. The good news is that cedar has properties that makes it naturally resistant to rot and insects. This makes cedar a good choice for materials that does not require any type of sealant or protection from insects and weathering. It can last for many years with just a minimal amount of care, such as an occasional pressure washing. 2. Using A Clear Oil Treatment To Protect Cedar Materials Another option that you may want to consider is using a clear oil treatment. Many oils can be used for this, such as linseed oil. If you choose to use linseed oil, you will want to use gloves when applying it to the wood because it has properties that are hazardous to your health. Oil may slightly change the color of the wood, but it is semi-transparent and will help preserve the natural color of cedar. It is something that you will need to apply to the wood regularly to preserve the color and look of the cedar lumber. 3. Applying A Protective Wax Coat Using Bees’ Wax Wax is another natural solution to protect the look of your cedar lumber. Bees’ wax is a natural, clear wax that can be applied to wood surfaces to protect them from weathering and discoloration. If you use a wax treatment, you will want to apply it to the surface regularly to get the most protection. You may also want to apply a coat to materials like decking and wood fencing before they are installed, which will ensure that all the hard-to-get to places have a protective wax coating. These are some natural solutions that you can use to preserve the natural look of cedar materials. If you are ready to start on a project with cedar materials, contact a cedar lumber supplier like Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co.  and talk with them about the best materials to use for your projects and how to care for...

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How To Install A Frameless Glass Shower Door

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you plan to remodel your bathroom, consider installing a frameless shower door. Frameless shower doors are constructed from tempered glass with pre-drilled holes for hinges, and they don’t have metal on the edges. Here are some tips to install frameless shower doors. Make Preparations For this project you need the following items: tape measure felt-tip marker wooden shims two sawhorses towels screwdriver or hex wrench leveler utility knife frameless door Since tempered glass panels cannot be cut, you must get accurate measurements of height, width, and depth after tiles have been installed.  Install Wood Shims to Align Door Insert several wood shims on top of the shower dam on the door opening. Wood shims are wood used to hold large wooden fixtures sold by home improvement stores. Set the frameless door on the shims while adjusting for fit so the pre-drilled holes in the door are in line with the holes in the stationary panel. Check for evenness with the leveler, making certain the vertical gap is even between the stationary panel and door. Remove the door, set it  on a soft surface, and place masking tape over the shims. Attach Handle and Hinges Set two sawhorses 4 feet apart and lay a towel over them to protect the door. Insert the rubber gaskets on each half of the handle on the inner end. Fasten one-half of the handle in the holes below the door and the other half on top with the screwdriver. Use the hex wrench or screwdriver to loosen the screws on the hinges, insert the rubber gaskets on the hinge face. Insert half of the hinge in the hole below the door and the other half on top of the door, then tighten the screws with the hex wrench.  Install the Door Turn the hinges until they are 90 degrees. Line the gaps of the stationery panel evenly with the exterior end of the hinge. Keep sliding the door to the side until the hinges are even with the holes, and secure the screws with the screwdriver or hex wrench. Take off the masking tape and shims, then close the door and make the edge of the door even with the stationary panel.  Loosen the screws on the adjustable header corner, insert the seals, and place it on the door hinge side. Adjust the header corner to make the center swivel even with the gap between the stationary panel and door, then fasten the screws. Insert the bottom seal marking and trimming with the utility knife to fit. You now have a lovely frameless glass shower door. If this is beyond your skill or you need a bigger project complected, hire a professional bathroom remodel service, like Sandia...

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Easiest Ways To Get Rid Of Scratches In A Wooden Entertainment Center

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Entertainment centers are too big to get rid of just because of a few scratches. However, entertainment centers are also big enough that refinishing one that’s scratched can be a giant, time-consuming pain. Knowing how to get rid of the scratches in your wooden entertainment center can either save you hundreds of dollars on a replacement piece or can help you save many long hours of sanding, restaining and resealing. Crayons If you have a large box of crayons, find a brown that matches the color of the finish on your entertainment center. Try coloring in the scratch lightly. Apply several layers of color until the wax has built up to sufficiently match the color of the finish. Walnuts On a dark colored entertainment center, rub down the scratch with a walnut shell. On a medium-colored entertainment center, rub down the scratch with the meat from a walnut. Iodine For covering thin scratches on medium-brown wood, iodine will help darken the wood to a deep, warm brown. Apply one layer of iodine, let it dry for a few hours, and apply a second layer. Continue applying layers until the wood has been sufficiently darkened. Avoid putting iodine on wide scratches because iodine is such a specific color that large, sweeping applications will become obvious if they don’t match. Oil Paint or Water Color For anyone who happens to keep a set of artistic paints on hand, painting the scratches on your wooden entertainment center with actual artist paints will help you match the scratch to a finish of unusual color. Shoe Polish This is an excellent option for anyone hoping to match scratches on a piece of furniture that is very dark brown or black. Paint or rub shoe polish onto the scratches with a cotton ball or cotton swab. Be sure to buff well to ensure that the color won’t come off when you’re done. Olive Oil and Vinegar This is one of the best methods for covering up very large and obvious scratches and places where the finish has come off of the wood. Mix together equal parts olive oil and vinegar in a container. Dip a rag into the mixture, and use it to buff the surface of the entertainment center. Do this until the entire surface has been covered and the stains are gone. The olive oil will soak into the wood and help condition it while simultaneously darkening the wood until it’s the same color as the original finish. For more information, contact Gerald L Scott Custom Cabinetry or a similar...

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