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Different Types Of Winter Debris Covers For Pools

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Winter Debris Covers for swimming pools help to keep the pool clean over the Winter close down period. If you can prevent dirt and debris, such as leaves entering the pool it makes it much easier to open the pool in the Spring. A pool which has been “put to bed” properly in the Autumn is much easier and cheaper to get going again.

There are a number of different types of winter covers, each suitable for different situations and budgets.

Probably the cheapest is the water bag cover for in-ground pools. This consists of little more than a tarpaulin stretched over the pool, but not sagging in to it, and secured in place with water bags around the perimeter. This cover is cheap but unsatisfactory because it seldom stays where it should. These type of covers are often supplied with little or no drainage. Rainwater accumulates in the centre of the cover, until the weight causes it to collapse into the pool. It then takes all the built up rubbish with it.

Mesh covers are a much better alternative. This is also stretched over the top of the pool, but this time is held in place by stainless steel fittings which are drilled into the pool surround and attached to the cover with straps. These fixings make for a much more secure cover. The mesh effectively acts in a similar way to a filter. The water is allowed through, but the dirt remains on the top. The mesh cover can be tailored to fit different pool shapes. The spacings between the straps will depend on the size and shape of the cover. Generally the larger and more complex the shape of the cover then the more straps it requires. Consequently they are more expensive, per square foot.

Covers which are commonly called solid covers are in fact large sheets of industrial PVC. These are usually secured either with stainless steel fittings in the same way as the mesh cover, or with aluminium bars. These are very effective and often sold as safety covers, as access to the pool is very difficult. Unfortunately this same access problem makes the cover difficult to move when covering and uncovering the pool. These covers are much more expensive than the traditional mesh ones.

Genuinely solid covers are available which are made using a slatted, rigid PVC. These covers float on the surface of the water, creating an impermeable seal, and will take the weight of an adult. Although these covers are by far the most expensive option, they are safety covers that can be used during the summer too.

Whichever cover you opt for it is important to measure the pool correctly. The manufacturer needs to know the exact pool size in order to allow for a good overlap. This prevents dirt from blowing in underneath. Most winter covers have special hard wearing protection sewn in to the cover at certain points. The manufacturer needs to know the pool dimensions in order to position these correctly. The slatted covers must fit the pool exactly. If it is too big it will not fit between the pool walls, and if too small will not be supported correctly on the edges.

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Modern Cabinet Design

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Remodeling in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and neighboring California coastal communities can be an exclusive treat geographically reserved for those residents. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows for residents to renovate with borrowed “beachy” themes directly from the west coast’s natural land/watermark. The water next door is a constant reminder of environmental awareness along the Pacific Oceanfront and has recently inspired many kitchen cabinet designs.

Environmental Cabinetry

Kitchens have converted from being the same old food and cooking room to the most functional and social mecca in the home. Because of the shift in popularity and functionality, more Californians are redoing their kitchens over other rooms. And a kitchen renovation isn’t really a renovation without properly assessing and installing cabinets. Eco-friendly products for cabinets like bamboo or wheat board are new and inexpensive. The material is often manufactured with low or no formaldehyde glues and provides an island look.

Integrated Appliances

Another common trend is to use integrated appliances over stainless steel or traditional appliances. This fashions an aesthetically unified look for the entire room omitting visual breaks that regular refrigerators and dishwashers create. For example, refrigerators have become larger in size, but can look invisible when integrated in a sophisticate custom design. Cabinetry panels make appliances more discreet, allowing another focal point to be the room’s center of attention.

Technology Integrated

Creativity stemming from designers for LA or San Diego home renovations has recently begun to focus on, not only greener materials, but efficient layouts as well. As more people are becoming tech-savvy, so are remodelers. Kitchens are commonly accessorized with electronics these days, rather than traditional decor. Wall-mount TV sets, sound systems, and computers are commonly housed near food now. These units need open nooks and outlet areas in the kitchen to fit evenly. When re-designing, consider where you would like your electronic devices to be set up.

Full Room Pantries

For larger families or those that enjoy having certain must haves stocked in quantity, the walk-in pantry is a solution. Keeping with the theme of integration, the door to pantries can also be covered in the same panel used for the rest of the room. This keeps all of the non-refrigerated food and spices in one room, clearing cabinet space for dishes only. This is a great way to clear clutter and organize the kitchen. Silverware, glassware, and cooking gadgets can take the space that food once took.

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Key Signs That It's Time to Consider Remodeling Those Calgary Basements

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Calgary basements are like any other part of the home — they need to be remodeled from time to time. Since the basement houses the foundation of a home, it’s always a good rule to not overlook remodeling this area. The reasons that follow are signs that your basement is in disrepair and could benefit from a renovation.

Basement has cracks in foundation. Inspect your basement. Look for deep cracks and spider web cracks in the foundation. Signs of these should be tended to as soon as possible. Cracks in Calgary basements can mean that your foundation and its structural integrity have been compromised. Fortunately, there are simple methods of repairing these cracks using injected epoxy.

There are signs of pest infestation. Pest infestation is an indicator of an unsealed basement. Pests can come in from underground tunnels, cracks in the walls and the basement flooring. Any signs of pests should be further investigated to ensure that your basement is properly sealed.

Mold, mildew and moisture are present. The surest sign that your basement needs immediate attention are signs of mold, mildew or moisture. If left unchecked, these elements can rapidly spiral out of control. If mold is allowed to grow, it can present serious health risks, making a home uninhabitable.

Flooring is aging and warped. Aged and warped flooring is always displeasing to the eye and can reduce the value of a home over time. Warped flooring can also easily deteriorate, and cost a lot of money in repairs later on. If the flooring in Calgary basements is warped, there are plenty of cost effective replacement options in tile and laminate flooring – and both options are designed to last a lifetime.

You want to do something with the unused space. Often, many people underuse their basement area, leaving the space unused. While some homeowners are content with using the space in the basement for extra storage, there are many other uses for your basement space. Here are five popular ideas that can transform Calgary basements into intrepid coves:

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A Wonderful Backyard Landscaping Idea

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A wonderful backyard landscaping idea

A good backyard landscaping idea is one that everyone can make use of. There are many different backyard landscaping ideas and most of them are pretty good but to find the one that is right for you and that is just what your yard needs may take some reading. This article will help you to find the perfect backyard landscaping idea for your home.

A good backyard landscaping idea is to use evergreens. The use of these fabulous trees will do o much for any yard. They will add a stately nature to the feel of your home while keeping it welcoming and warm. Many people like to use deciduous trees in the yard and this is always a good idea but it is the evergreens that will give the yard the structure and the stability that it needs for a good backyard landscaping idea and design.

You need to look for a backyard landscaping idea like the one above that will benefit you all year round. Deciduous trees will not be gorgeous in all seasons, most perhaps, but not all. Evergreens on the other hand are always fantastic and they look as beautiful in the winter as they do in the summer and this is why they make for such a great backyard landscaping idea. The key to any great landscaping design is to find a backyard landscaping idea like this that will keep your yard interesting no matter what time of the year it is.

Another good backyard landscaping idea is to use hardscape. This is the use of things like rocks, fences and walls. These can make your yard look very interesting during all of the seasons. You can have climbing plants on it in the summer and spring and pretty trees around it that will look great in the winter. When looking for a good backyard landscaping idea you need to look for other options besides just plants. There is much more to landscaping than just plants and trees.

Walls and fences can frame your property beautifully and using them is such a great backyard landscaping idea because they will just accent all of your other wonderful backyard landscaping ideas. They will frame your yard as a picture frame frames a gorgeous painting. Look at this kind of backyard landscaping idea as well in your search for the one.

Jnathon is a landscaper with 35 years experience in beautiful landscaping ideas. He has put together a guide with photos. Learn more here

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Extending The Existing Roof Outside on a Porch Area

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I had a caller from my radio show ask about extending the existing roof outside on a porch area. He has an existing patio area. It has what he called a mental or aluminum roof. Chances are it’s going to be what we call an aluminum pan roof, it’s a porch area and like most of those porch areas they’re quite unusable when it gets to the degree that it is today, which is hot. So he wants to close that area in and make it part of the house.

So, what he has right now is going to be what we consider a non-permanent structure. It typically has a concrete slab and an aluminum kind of structural wall. Sometimes it can have some screening there and then the top area is going to be aluminum. Usually there’s going to be seam every 12 inches, it’s called an aluminum pan roof. Sometimes if there’s a seam every 4 feet, it’s called a structural panel; which is called Elite and is the most common. Those areas are great in times where it’s not very hot outside, but the moment that it gets hot they’re pretty unusable. I’ve been seeing a lot of people wanting to get rid of those and then close that area in to add some additional square footage to their home.

Now this is considered a structural change to the house. You can do it, but you have to have a set of plans. Those plans have to be stamped by a structural engineer. This is as if you are doing any other sort of addition at your house, because you can’t enter a room or have a room that doesn’t have egress, in another words fire protection. You couldn’t have a bedroom, for instance. When you have an existing patio, if you have any bedrooms that are along that back section, if you’re going to close this area in you have to make sure that all of those bedrooms have egress, a way to get out of them to the outside wall. So, this is one of the things that we have to take into consideration when we do these exterior patio additions. We’re doing three of them right now. A lot of times, what we have to do is we frame those exterior walls either with block or wood frame. Usually the concrete, we have to bring up to the same height as what the rest of the house is. Typically those areas will have a slope bond to get the water away. They are 3 or 4 inches lower in that area; that all has to be brought up and it has to be the same height as the interior house. You have to have a permit and you have to get an engineer in and all that. This is not something that is typically a do-it-yourself type of project. Usually you would want to hire a contractor to do this type of work, just because it is pretty involved.

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