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How to Find a Pool for a Narrow Yard

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Find a Pool for a Narrow Yard

With some properties there is only a thin area of ground that can be used for a pool. Having a narrow space doesn’t mean that you can’t have a pool, but it does mean that you need to be creative with your planning. Here are 4 steps to take before you go to the pool showroom.   Work out the required offset from the neighbours’ yards Before you talk with the pool company, it’s a good idea to check your council restrictions on required set back from the neighbours’ yards. This can help to work out how much available space you do have and help to narrow down pool designs. If you have an unusual space in your yard (such as a courtyard with a narrow strip of land attached to it), then it can be a good idea to sketch out the space so that you can experiment with different pool designs that might work in your yard.  Think about how you will use the pool When deciding on a pool it’s a good idea to think about how you different pools are used. If you will be swimming short laps, you need to have a pool of at least 0.9 metres deep to allow swimmers to use tumble turns, although taller people may find a deeper pool is needed. If you will be mainly using the pool as a ‘plunge’ pool for recreational purposes, then installing a bench integrated into the pool might be just as useful.  Get inspired  Get online and check out some of the innovative pool designs that people use in packed cities such as Singapore where small yards are the norm. You might be able to find a great pool that would suit your yard, which can often make the pool design process much easier.  Work out your budget It’s important to work out your pool budget before you go into the showroom. This can dictate some of the choices about your pool, such as whether it is concrete or fibreglass, tiled or painted and whether you have an inline or manual dosing system. It can often be easiest to use a concrete pool in an unusual or narrow design of pool, which can lead to a slightly higher cost (on a per square metre basis) compared to prefabricated fibreglass pools, but some fibreglass pools do come in narrow designs. Don’t delay in contacting a pool company to get your pool...

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3 Questions to Help You Assess the Security of Your Roller Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions to Help You Assess the Security of Your Roller Garage Door

Roller garage doors are very popular because of several reasons, such as their ease of use. However, care needs to be taken to ensure that intruders never find it easy to break into your home through the garage door. This article discusses three questions that you should ask yourself in order to assess how easily intruders may breach your roller garage door. Did You Change the Factory Settings? Roller garage doors usually have remote control units that enable family members to get access into the home by entering the correct code into the door opener remote unit. However, some homeowners make the mistake of leaving the door opener with the factory settings. Such roller doors are more vulnerable to intruders because the factory-programmed code may be easier to guess when it is compared to a code that is programmed by the homeowner. Decrease the vulnerability of your roller door by resetting the access code to something harder to guess. What Do You Do to the Motor Before Leaving on a Trip? It is advisable to unplug the motor of the garage door opener before you leave your home for long, such as when you are going on vacation. This precaution is necessary because the roller door will not be electronically operable while you are away. Intruders with devices that try several door opener codes in order to open your garage door will find it hard to open your garage door if the motor is unplugged. You can use the main entry door to enter your house in order to plug the motor back into its power source when you return. How Easily Can the Emergency Lever Be Reached? How low does the emergency release lever on your roller garage door hang? Intruders may attempt to use that lever by inserting a thin object, such as a coat hanger, into a gap in the garage door. It is therefore advisable to tie the lever off using a zip tie or a thin wire. You may also tie the lever to the carriage assembly so that it is harder to reach that lever from outside the garage. This precaution will make it harder for an intruder to open your roller garage door by using an object to pull the lever. Roller door manufacturers usually provide guidelines that homeowners can use to secure their roller garage doors. Use the tips above as additional measures to the measures suggested by the door manufacturer. Consult roller door suppliers for additional help in case you are not satisfied with the current level of safety offered by your roller garage...

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Small Kitchen? Make Room With These Remodeling Ideas

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Small Kitchen? Make Room With These Remodeling Ideas

Small kitchens are not unusual in older homes especially, before families began eating and entertaining in the space. However, even when you’re planning a full kitchen remodel, you can’t always just tear down a wall to open up the space and maximize storage ideas. This might limit your plans for your kitchen remodel, but note a few design ideas that can help. These can make the kitchen look and feel bigger and brighter and help you fully utilize that small space as well. Fold down or tuck away  In a small kitchen, it’s good to think of how you can fold down, fold up, or tuck away surfaces when they’re not in use. For example, you might want a countertop for the children to eat breakfast even in a small kitchen. Have your contractor build an extension of your kitchen island or other surface that is hinged so it can be folded down when not in use. This opens up the kitchen floor space once breakfast is over. Cutting boards that slide under the kitchen benchtop can do the same; they expand your food prep surface area when needed, and you can tuck them away when you’re finished with them. Maximizing storage To maximize storage in a small kitchen, rather than barstools at the counter, use cubes for seating with a cushion on top. The cubes can store linens and other such items. Do the same if you’re creating a built-in banquette; use bench seating with storage under the bench, rather than individual chairs. If your remodeling plans include a kitchen island, opt for a cupboard or cabinet variety rather than one with an open shelf at the bottom. Use the cabinet for larger pots and pans or small kitchen appliances. Dead walls One common challenge in a small kitchen is that you have dead walls, meaning a wall space that isn’t deep enough for an actual cupboard. Your contractor can install shelves along this wall and you can use it to stack your most attractive dishes, glassware, cookbooks, or decorative platters. You might also have him or her install a pegboard with large hooks. These can be used to hang utensils, smaller pots and pans, and coffee mugs. If your kitchen doubles as a family communication center and the refrigerator is overrun with homework assignments, lists, calendars, and the like, have your contractor paint that dead wall with chalkboard paint. You can then use it to make lists and calendars or use magnets on it to hang homework and other papers, clearing off the refrigerator and helping you stay...

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6 Tips for Preventing Mould Growth in the Bathroom

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Tips for Preventing Mould Growth in the Bathroom

Mould loves humid environments, which means that your bathroom could be the perfect place for it to thrive. You can clean mould away with bleach, but unless you address the underlying cause it is likely to come back. Prevent mould from invading your bathroom by following these six simple tips. 1. Wipe Down Your Shower Every Day Your daily shower not only gets you clean, but also sprays water all over the surrounding surfaces. If you leave water sitting on these surfaces, it could encourage mould to grow. One simple way to prevent mould is to keep a squeegee in your shower and use it to wipe away water droplets from the walls and shower screen after you shower. 2. Use a Daily Shower Spray Wiping down your shower area is a good start, but an even better way to prevent mould growth is to use a shower spray. These products contain chemicals that kill mould and you can buy them in most household stores. Squirt your shower spray onto the tiled or glass surfaces surrounding your shower before you wipe them down to discourage mould growth. 3. Wipe Up Splashes and Spills If you drip water all over the floor when you get out of the shower, or splash water over the side of the basin while shaving, you need to mop it up quickly. Leaving pools of water on the bathroom floor encourages mould to grow on the lino flooring or in the grout lines between floor tiles. 4. Get Rid of Your Shower Curtain Mould loves to growth between the folds of a shower curtain, where moisture can easily accumulate. If you have an over-the-bath shower, swapping your shower curtain for a shower screen could help to cut down on mould growth. The hard, flat surfaces of glass shower screens don’t provide as many damp corners for mould to thrive in. 5. Use Anti-Mould Paint The steam rising from your shower can cause mould to grow on the bathroom ceiling. Once you have wiped away this mould with a dilute bleach solution, you can stop it coming back by painting your ceiling with a mould-resistant paint. This kind of paint contains antimicrobial ingredients that make it harder for mould spores to multiply. 6. Ventilate Your Bathroom One of the best ways to prevent mould growth is to make your bathroom a less humid place. Install an extraction fan, which draws water out of the air, and maintain it regularly to ensure it is working well. Opening a window or propping the bathroom door open after you shower can also help to dry out your...

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How To Transform Unwanted Timber Plantation Shutters Into A Gorgeous, Decorative Herb Planter

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Transform Unwanted Timber Plantation Shutters Into A Gorgeous, Decorative Herb Planter

When it’s time to replace your old timber plantation shutters, why not try converting them into a gorgeous herb planter to take pride of place on your patio?  Herbs not only look decorative, they smell great too! This is an easy project that can be completed in a few hours. What you’ll need 4 thin wooden plantation shutters a square, plastic plant tray (with drainage holes) a selection of herbs compost fine gravel sandpaper (coarse and fine grain) wood stain paint brush wire wool stiff brush wood glue Everything you need for this project can be sourced from a good DIY and garden store. How to do it Your first job is to clean the old shutters to get rid of any clinging dirt and flaky paint.  The quickest way to do this is to go over the shutters with a stiff brush, and then use some wire wool to rub off any loose paint flakes.   To shift any remaining paint, take a piece of coarse sandpaper and rub down the whole shutter, making sure that you cover each slat, including underneath and into the corners.   When the paint is all gone, go over the shutters again using the fine grained sandpaper.  This will leave the wood nice and smooth, helping to ensure good coverage with the wood stain.   Now you need to stain the shutters with wood stain.  If you can, hang the shutters somewhere where they can hang freely so that you can get to every nook and cranny.  This also helps the shutters to dry more quickly.   Allow the shutters to dry completely, and then apply another coat of wood stain if you want to.   Next, put the shutters together to form a box shape and glue the sides together with strong wood glue.  When the glue is dry, place a shallow, plastic plant tray inside the shutter box to form the bottom of the planter and glue it into place.   Place the planter in its final position before planting it up; it will be very heavy when filled with planting medium and you won’t be able to shift it very easily!   Fill the planter half-full with an equal-parts mixture of fine gravel and general purpose compost.    Adjust the shutter slats so that there’s just enough space to slot the herb roots through to rest on the compost mix.  Put two or three herb plants into each side of the shutter planter and top it up with compost and gravel to within a few centimetres of the top.  Re-adjust the shutter slats to help keep the plants in place.  Water well.   Plant the remaining herbs in the top of the planter and water the whole thing again.   Remember to water the planter each day, and more frequently in periods of very warm weather. As the herbs grow, they will cascade down over the sides of the planter, filling your patio with scent and providing you with delicious fresh seasoning for your kitchen...

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How To Keep Legionella Out Of Your Solar Hot Water System

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Legionella Out Of Your Solar Hot Water System

Legionella is a bacterium that can cause the potentially fatal condition, Legionnaire’s disease.  Legionnaire’s disease affects the sufferer’s respiratory system and is similar to pneumonia.  It’s particularly dangerous for the elderly, young babies and those whose immune system is already weakened by an existing medical condition.  But what has your new solar hot water system got to do with legionella and Legionnaire’s disease?  Read on for some important information. Legionella and your solar hot water system The legionella bacterium lives in water, but is spread through the air.  The ideal water temperature required for this nasty bug to thrive needs to be between 250C and 450C.  But if the bacteria are airborne, can they get into your lungs and cause Legionnaire’s disease? The most common means of airborne legionella transmission is through the inhalation of the fine mist of water particles that is produced when you take a shower.  Another possible method of infection is through using a garden hose that’s connected to the hot water supply, for example when washing your car. How to kill the legionella bacteria in your hot water system Legionella can be easily killed by increasing the water temperature to around 600C.  You only need to raise the temperature to this level for a few minutes in order to despatch the bugs so the process should be relatively simple.  However, when sunlight levels are lower, for example during the winter and autumn months, the solar collectors in your system might only be able to elevate water temperatures to a maximum of around 450C, which is clearly not hot enough to kill off the legionella bug. Most well-designed solar hot water systems are equipped to boost the solar power income with an alternative heat source so that you’ll still enjoy hot water during sun-starved periods.   The usual way of doing this is by providing an immersion heater or boiler as back-up.  The best way of ensuring that any bacteria in the water are killed-off is to set your alternative water heater to come on every day for an hour in the morning and again in the evening, making sure that the water temperature is increased to a minimum of 600C during these periods.  Your boiler or immersion heater will be equipped with a thermostat.  This means that if your solar hot water system has generated the minimum temperature you’ve demanded, i.e. 600C, your booster system will recognise this and not kick-in. In conclusion You can keep your family safe from the legionella bug and still continue to enjoy the money saving benefits of solar hot water by following the simple guidelines given above.  For more tips and advice, have a chat with your solar hot water system...

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Various Ways LED Grow Lights Would Be Beneficial For Your Indoor Garden

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Various Ways LED Grow Lights Would Be Beneficial For Your Indoor Garden

If you have a green thumb, undoubtedly you have thought of ways to maximise on the sun’s natural lighting in your yard for your plants to flourish. However, with the advancement of technology, this is now becoming a thing of the past. The current trend is to have an indoor garden. One of the most essential things needed when it comes to these indoor gardens is the lighting. Here are some of the various ways LED grow lights would be beneficial for your indoor garden. LED grow lights are not extremely hot The first thing to watch out for when purchasing grow bulbs is that you are not selecting grow lights that will burn too hot. Not only do high temperatures pose a safety hazard, but they are also harmful to the plants that you are trying to grow as they will heat the air around them. Additionally, high heat grow lights need extra expenditure on your part, as you will have to install a cooling system when they become that hot. This is why you should consider LED grow lights. Although LED grow lights will emit some radiant heat, they will never get too hot for easy handling. In addition to that, they tend to cool down at a faster rate, thus not posing any risks to you or your plants. LED grow lights emit the right wavelength for plant growth When purchasing grow lights, you need to ensure that you are choosing grow lights that give out the wavelength that is needed by your plants. In essence, light is made up of numerous wavelengths. The light that you can see is known as visible light. This type of light starts off red in colour on one end of its spectrum and blue on the other end. Plants need both ends of the spectrum to be able to accomplish the different tasks they need to stay alive. LED grow lights will give you all the necessary spectrums of light that are needed by plants ranging from the blue spectrum which they need for the development of leaves to the red spectrum that they need for fruiting and general growth. LED grow lights are energy efficient A large number of light bulbs tend to produce more heat rather than light. What you are looking for are grow lights that will produce more light than heat. For example, take a look at an incandescent lamp. This contraption will use almost all of its energy producing heat instead of light. On the other hand, you have LED grow lights that will make the most of their energy to produce light rather than heat. By conserving the energy, you are going to ensure that your indoor garden is cost...

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Designs You Can Consider When Selecting Blinds for Your Home

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Designs You Can Consider When Selecting Blinds for Your Home

When it comes to window treatments, most homeowners resort to conventional options such as curtains and drapes. If you would like a unique alternative for your interior décor, then you should consider blinds. Blinds come in a multitude of materials to ensure that every homeowner will find something to suit their needs. Knowing the various designs that are available to you goes a long way in helping you choose blinds that will complement your décor theme. Here are some of the different designs that you can consider when selecting blinds for your home.  Roman blinds These types of blinds are made up of fabric that has been mounted on horizontal slats. When you open the blinds, the fabric folds in on itself to create neat horizontal pleats at the top of the window. Oman blinds are typically operated by tugging on either a cord or a chain. If you are looking for a window treatment that will enhance heat retention in your home, you should consider roman blinds. This is because when they are closed the fabric lies flat on your windows, which creates a layer of insulation. This works to prevent heat from escaping through your windowpanes. Venetian blinds These types of blinds do not have any fabric. Instead, they are made up of slats that have been arranged horizontally. When the blinds are fully open, the slats stack together at the top of the window. One of the advantages of Venetian blinds is that they provide you with privacy without having to compromise on natural lighting. If you would like to keep prying eyes from peeking into your home, you could keep the blinds lowered but open the slats at an angle. This way, light can still stream into your home, but people outside will not be able to see inside. Venetian blinds are also ideal for homeowners who would like the option of regulating the amount of natural light that streams into their residence at any given time.   Roller blinds As the name suggests, these types of blinds operate by rolling up and down. They are made of a layer of fabric that is not attached to any solid panels. Since there is no support in the form of slats, the blinds easily wrap around a cylinder when they are opened. Roller blinds are a convenient option for homeowners who are looking for hassle free window treatments due to the easy operation of these...

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Carports, Insurance And Rainwater Harvesting

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Carports, Insurance And Rainwater Harvesting

Homeowners often choose to incorporate carports (instead of garages) into the structure of their homes because carports are often cheaper to build. Despite their cost-effectiveness, a good quality carport can have a positive impact on the resale value of your property should you ever choose to sell the house. In addition to this, a carport can also help you make significant savings before you decide that it’s time to take advantage of the higher resale value. This article explains how. Lower Insurance Premiums Auto insurance companies may have different formulae for calculating the risk potential for individual motorists. Risk potential is a measure of how likely you are to make a claim. Clients with a higher risk potential often end up paying higher premiums. Various factors are considered when your risk potential is being calculated. These factors include, but they’re not limited to, the following: The age and physical condition of the vehicle to be insured Your driving history How vulnerable your vehicle is to physical damage Physical damage on vehicles is often as a result of exposure to harsh weather conditions (e.g. hailstorms and excess UV radiation from the sun). If you install a carport with a polycarbonate roof, your vehicle will be protected from nearly all forms of physical damage resulting from harsh weather conditions. Polycarbonate is often the material used to make bullet proof shields that police officers use. A polycarbonate carport roof will therefore keep hailstones away from your car with no qualms. Polycarbonate roofing panels are also designed to be UV-resistant so your vehicle’s paintwork is protected from the potentially damaging effects of UV radiation. Installing a carport reduces your risk potential in the eyes of the insurer and you can use this as a bargaining chip for lower monthly premiums. Lower Water Utility Bills A carport may also help to lower your water utility bills by reducing your reliance on the main water supply. How is this possible? The carport provides an excellent opportunity for you to harvest rainwater around the house. Installing gutters on the carport roof allows you to harvest rain water, which can then drain into a storage tank. Harvested rainwater will supplement the main water supply, which can lead to a significant decrease in your water utility bills. If you already harvest rainwater, the roof and gutters on a newly-installed carport provide an additional source of harvested water around the...

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Air Conditioning | 4 Problems Associated With Unchecked Dirty Air Filters In Your Air Conditioners

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Air Conditioning | 4 Problems Associated With Unchecked Dirty Air Filters In Your Air Conditioners

Air filters are designed to trap pollutants and debris from external air before it enters the room through your cooling unit. Dirty air filters are not only ineffective for purifying the cool air that enters your room, but they could eventually trigger the break down of your entire air conditioning system. This guide is designed to show homeowners the problems that are associated with unchecked dirty air filters in air conditioning units. You will need to replace them as soon as possible to ensure an optimally functioning air conditioning unit once again. Air Pollution  If your air filter is dirty, then it cannot fulfill its purpose of filtering the allergens out of the air in your room. When it clogs beyond its capacity, it will start allowing dust and debris from outside to enter your home. Allergens can combine with other polluting elements to affect your health, which can trigger allergies, sneezing, headaches and respiratory disorders. To prevent this, you must get your dirty air filters cleaned or replaced as soon as possible. Increased Energy Consumption When your air filter is dirty, the fan motor has to work harder to run cool air from your unit. An extra hard working unit will cause more energy to be consumed. Dirty filters cause frost to start building up on the coils because the airflow is restricted. A build up of frost not only increases the load on your air conditioning unit, but it also reduces cooling over time. This will end up propelling your energy bills upwards. Inefficient Cooling A dirty air filter will lead to an inefficient cooling or heating system because of the restricted airflow within the system. When there is not enough air flowing through the system, the refrigerant flowing through the coils does not have enough heat to absorb and can start to freeze up. This freezing up and reduced airflow will cause your entire system to break down if you’re not careful. Uneven Cooling A dirty air filter will cause uneven cooling in your room because of the blocked airflow. You may find some spots cold, while others remain hot. You may also find it difficult to reach your desired cooling temperature inside your room. Cleaning or replacing your air filter may be the only solution for efficient cooling throughout the room.  Air filters should not be taken lightly because they are important components for cooling your room. Based on your manufacturer’s recommendations, you may need to get these air filters changed every once in a while, but this will ensure that your air conditioning unit remains efficient for the long...

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