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FAQ About Inground Swimming Pools

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Are you thinking about getting an inground swimming pool installed to take up space in your large backyard? Although having a swimming pool is a nice feature to have in a backyard, there are a few things you should know before moving forward with construction. This article answers a few of the questions that might come to your mind when investing in an inground swimming pool. What Kind of Materials Can Be Used for Construction? There are various types of materials that can be used for constructing an inground swimming pool. If you are looking to get a pool constructed on a limited budget, opting for vinyl is ideal because it is the most affordable. However, concrete is one of the popular materials used for inground swimming pool construction. There is also the option of fiberglass or gunite. Will Regular Maintenance Be Necessary? Maintenance will be required in order to keep the water in your pool safe for swimming in. For instance, it is important for the chemicals to be balanced, such as with a sufficient amount of chlorine for fighting germs. It is also wise to get the filtration system cleaned every now and then to make sure debris from the surface of the pool is able to flow out freely. One of the most important aspects of maintenance is for the drain covers to be checked to make sure they are not loose. Loose covers can lead to someone suffering a serious injury due to the pressure inside of the drains. What Kinds of Features Can Be Added? There are numerous nice features that can be added to an inground swimming pool. You can make your water appear to be different colors by getting fiber-optic lights installed. Another great feature to consider is a spillover spa. For instance, the water from the spa can spill over into your main swimming pool to add more appeal. Getting a waterfall placed inside of the pool is also a good idea. How Much Will Professional Construction Cost? The overall price that you are charged for inground swimming pool will depend on the material used, the size, and the features that are added. You should expect to pay a minimum of $7,000 for inground pool construction if you opt for vinyl. Contact a pool-construction company so an appointment can be made for your inground swimming pool to be constructed as soon as it can...

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Important Steps In The Process Of Grading A Yard

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Using fill dirt to shape a yard and channel the flow of water away from a home’s foundation is a good idea for aesthetic reasons and for proper drainage. It’s also a fairly straightforward landscaping process. The following are seven steps to the process of grading a yard with fill dirt: Get rid of vegetation The first step to grading a yard is to remove any vegetation that is growing around the home’s foundation. It’s possible to pull vegetation up with the roots and replant it afterwards. Otherwise, it will be necessary to reseed the yard after fill dirt has been placed.  Create a slope line using stakes A slope line needs to be envisioned and outlined using stakes. This slope line should allow water to slope down from the home and drain away from the foundation.  Establish slope lines using stakes Strings should be placed along each of the slope lines that have been established by the stakes. Run a string along each line and make sure that the string at every slope line is at the same height at each point.  Gradually mark out a raise in each section of yard using the strings You should then manipulate the elevation of each slope line slightly so that the slope lines gradually descend the further you get from the home’s foundation. Don’t make the slope away from the foundation too steep. An excessively steep slope could encourage soil erosion and make it hard for vegetation to grow.  Place fill dirt in the designated area The next step is to place the fill dirt between the ground and all the strings. You can transport fill dirt into place using a wheelbarrow. For larger scale jobs, you may use a tractor to move large quantities of fill dirt at once.  As you place the fill dirt, make sure you leave some sign of the stakes above the ground so you don’t lose track of where the stakes and strings have been placed.  Pack down fill dirt using a lawn roller You need to then pack down the fill dirt you have put into place so that it is not easily washed away by rain. A lawn roller can be used to firmly pack down the fill dirt so that it is ready for seeding or for you to replant the original vegetation. Remove all stakes and strings from the yard Don’t forget to remove the stakes and strings from the yard after you have packed down the fill dirt. Contact a materials supplier,like Southern Landscape Materials, for more...

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Pros And Cons Of The Different Types Of Heat Pump Water Heaters

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Traditional electric water heaters use the electricity to operate a burner assembly that heats the water within the tank. A heat pump water heater does not directly generate heat to warm up the water but rather uses electricity to pull heat from the surrounding air and applies that heat to the water. The difference in operation has its pros and cons that can help you determine if a heat pump water heater is a good match for your home. Here are a few pros and cons of the heat pump water heater. Consult a plumber or water heater installation company for more information. Pro: Energy Savings Compared to Traditional Electric Water Heater A heat pump water heater only needs to use enough electricity to pull in hot air, compared to the whole burner assembly action of a traditional water heater. The heat pump water heater is therefore far more energy efficient, which can save you some money on your utility bills. You will need to find a water heater installation company with experience installing heat pump water heaters for the best results. The installers can walk you through how the water heater will function and all of the parts involved in the heat pump system. Pro: Can Also Serve as an Air Heating / Cooling System The heat pump water heater can serve as a standalone unit or work as part of a larger system that can also serve as your central air conditioner and furnace. The heat pump heating and cooling system still uses the same principles of using electricity to draw in hot air in order to heat your home. But the system can also push out hot air from inside your home in order to cool the indoor space. Heat pump systems can save up to 50 percent on the energy costs of a traditional HVAC system. The system might cost a bit more initially for setup, but the low maintenance and energy efficiency will make the upfront cost pay off in the long-run. Con: Have Narrow Climate Requirements The heat pump water heater requires the ambient or surrounding air to have a certain amount of warmth in order to function. This doesn’t mean the units are limited to those living in tropic areas. But you do need to live in an area with weather that tends to stick between the range of 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit regardless of season. Those are the optimal temperatures for the heat pump water heater to work to the best of its ability. Contact a company like Stephens Plumbing And Heating Inc to learn...

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Recognize When It’s Time To Replace Your Sump Pump

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When it comes to sump pumps, the most important thing to remember is that they don’t last forever. Whether the unit simply dies or it is no longer equipped to meet your needs, there comes a point when you will need to replace your sump pump. Make sure you know how to recognize the signs that indicate it’s time for a replacement. Longer Operation One sign that you need to replace your sump pump is a longer operating time. If you’ve had your pump for an extended period, you probably have a general idea of how long it typically stays on. When it’s running longer than normal – this is something to focus on. One of the most common reasons for a longer operation is a volume of water that is too large for the sump pump. For example, if when you first purchased the sump pump you only had three bathrooms in your home, but have upgraded to five bathrooms over the years, this increases the load on the sump pump. Typically, whenever you make these types of upgrades, you also need to upgrade your sump pump. Increased Noise Another indication that it might be time to replace your sump pump is an increase in noise when the pump is operating. A pump in good condition should be almost silent. The only thing you should hear is a subtle sound from the motor. If the motor is excessively loud or if you hear a banging or knocking noise, this generally means there is an issue with the fan. The fan is responsible for pulling the water into the pump. As it starts to fail, its impellers will struggle to rotate, leading to the sounds you hear. When the fan fails, the unit basically becomes inoperable.   Powers On And Off Unexpectedly An obvious sign that it’s time to replace the sump pump is when it just randomly powers on and off. All sump pumps have a float switch that basically tells the sump pump what to do. For instance, when the water level reaches a certain point on the switch, the system will power on. An indication that the float switch has failed is a pump that seems to randomly turn on and off in a repeat cycle. This is primarily a problem because if the pump doesn’t turn on when it needs to, you could end up with a backup. When the float switch has failed, it’s time to replace. For more information, contact Rite-Way Waterproofing or a similar...

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Live In The Desert? How To Create Water Reservoirs Prior To Your Water Well Drilling Project

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Although a small percentage of the total land mass of the U.S. is covered in desert, there are still many residents that choose to live in these arid locales. As such, they have to find sources of potable water, which usually comes in the form of a water well. If you have moved to a desert state or if you have lived there for some time and need a new water well, you may be short on water for some time. Here is how you can prepare for your water shortage before you drill a new well and create water reservoirs. Above-Ground Reservoirs There are survival kits that help you construct water conservation tanks. Most of these kits help you build tough, heavy duty tubs (for lack of a better word) to hold as much clean water as you can gather during the rainy seasons and whatever you can add to it from your current well. Keep the tubs covered and the lids secured until you need to tap these tubs for water. You can also construct your own water tower to act as a water reserve. If you do not have any welding skills to create the barrel-shaped body of the tank, see if you can find a ready-made barrel substitute that will not rust and will contain all of the water it collects. You do not have to erect it high in the air, but the water tower should be off the ground and able to dispense water with a spigot or pull chain and spout. Below-Ground Reservoirs Below-ground reservoirs are constructed a lot like in-ground swimming pools. These do require a lot more maintenance and monitoring to keep the water clean, but because they are in-ground, the water tends to stay a little cooler than any water you store above ground. You also have to contend with run-off and purification issues, but if you are willing to deal with these extra steps, you could possibly collect more water. (Some desert-dwelling homeowners use the below-ground reservoir for watering their lawns and washing outdoor surfaces while they use the above-ground reservoirs for drinking, cooking, washing laundry and dishes and bathing.) If you need help constructing a below-ground level reservoir, ask your well drilling contractor for a few tips. Once You Have Your Reservoirs and They Are Filled to Capacity… Once you have your reservoirs set up and they are quite full (this may take a while), then you can give a well contractor like Hudson Valley Drilling the go-ahead to begin drilling your new well. While the contractor and his or her crew are busy finding you a new source of water, you can use the water in your reservoirs for your daily needs. If it looks like your contractor may need a few extra days to find you more water, use your reservoir water...

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How To Inspect A Used Forklift

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If you are purchasing a used forklift for your business for the first time (from an outlet such as Independent Lift Truck Of Alaska), it is important that you give it a thorough inspection just like you would do if you were purchasing a used car. Here is how and what you need to inspect when purchasing a used forklift for your business.     The Front Of The Forklift The first area you should inspect is the front of the forklift. Look directly at the forks on the machine and see if there are any large cracks in the forks; if there are cracks, the machine will not be able to safely lift its maximum capacity. You should also make sure that the forks are not distorted or bent; if they are, the forks would need to be straightened out to ensure it could safely and evenly carry a load.  Next, look at the thickness of the fork. The thickness of the fork on the bottom near the ground should match the thickness of the portion of the fork that makes an L with the machine and is off the ground. If there is a big discrepancy in thickness, the fork may be too worn out to do you any good.  As you move up the forklift, you need to check the mast rollers, which are where the chains are located in the middle front of the forklift. Make sure there are no missing links on the chains. Then, make sure the chain is securely in place and that no anchor pins are missing. Next to the chain should be a hydraulic hose that contains necessary fluid for the machine. Look up and down the hose and make sure that it is not leaking fluid.  Finally, inspect the remainder of the front of the forklift and make sure there are no bolts missing or lose, any cracks, or other signs of damage. The Cab Next, you need to check the cab of the forklift. First, look at the cab from the outside. Make sure that the canopy looks strong and does not look bent or crushed in any way; if the canopy is compromised, whoever is operating your forklift would not be protected in the event of either a rollover or a dropped load. Make sure that the side screens are in place and secure.  Then, sit in the cab. First off, make sure that the seat belt works securely and that the seat moves correctly and allows for the correct use of the forklift. Generally, the seat should swivel a bit so the forklift driver can see all around them.  Next, turn on the forklift. Listen to the sounds the engine makes; it should not make any strange sounds, such as rattling or groans. Check out the hydraulic levers and make sure that you can lower and raise the loader arm, as well as tilt it forward and back and left to right. Pay attention to how smoothly you can move the arm when there is nothing on it. Then, drive the forklift and make sure that it can move both forwards and backwards. Take the forklift in a figure-eight to test out the turn radius, steering, and brakes.  Finally, check all of the lights and make sure...

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Do You And Your Neighbors Want A More Private Subdivision? Options To Consider

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If you and your neighbors are tired of people driving through your neighborhood that doesn’t have an outlet, and you want to keep people from passing through for no reason, or with malicious intent, you’ll want to talk with your homeowners association. Video Surveillance Put a security camera at the entrance of your subdivision, and include a sign that warns people they are being watched. This may be enough to keep people from pulling in, and you’ll have everyone that comes in and out of the development on camera. The cost of an IP camera system is worth the investment, especially if you’ve had some suspicious activity lately. These can be hidden throughout the subdivision as well if you want more than just one at the main entrance. Custom Gates Would you prefer it if people had to drive up to a closed gate before they could get into the subdivision? You can get a gate that is motion activated, so even though it will open for all, people will likely pass it by if they think they can’t get in. You can also get a gate that requires a pass code; often this can be each person’s address. If so, you can have this gate on a timer or effective all the time. This is a great way to make the subdivision private, and to stop people from wandering in and driving around. Contact a company like Carter Fence Co for more information. Privacy Signs Changing the sign that you see when you drive up to the development, or adding a sign that says Private Drive should warn drivers that they can be in trouble for passing through. These can be created out of stone or wood, and they can look very nice, instead of something that stands on a stick. Talk with the homeowners association about getting the privacy signs and warnings added around the property entrance. These are just a few of the things that you can do to make the development more private, and to stop people from house-looking and driving around without a reason. You may have to get approval from the city where you live for some of these additions to be made, but these changes are worth the time and cost. It’s worth spending the money if you have to pay more on your homeowner’s association fees to get these different changes in place, and to make your development somewhere you feel is private and...

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Replacing The Bleachers In Your Athletic Arena: Options To Consider

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When you are the owner and operator of an athletic arena, you want to make sure that you have created an ideal environment for athletes and teams to compete in as well as for spectators to come and enjoy the events. However, if you have been in business for a while, your arena may be in need of some upgrades and some replacements for existing fixtures. If you are at that point, one of the best steps that you can take is to replace your bleachers. The bleachers that you have in your sports arena make all the difference in the world for spectator comfort and enjoyment. Get to know some of the different bleacher options available to you so that you can get those bleachers replaced as soon as possible. Retractable, Metal Telescopic Bleachers If you have an athletic arena that you use for various types of athletics and events, you want a space that is versatile and that can change in floor size as needed. Retractable, metal telescopic bleachers can accomplish just that. These bleachers offer a variety of options, from no bleacher seating at all when they are fully retracted to a large area of seating when they are all the way pulled out (as well as increments in between). Retractable metal telescopic bleachers are easy to navigate, can fit a large number of people, and are relatively comfortable. Permanent Concrete Bleachers On the other hand, if you know the exact size of the floor space that you will always need for your arena, you may want to install stable bleachers like concrete bleachers. The best thing about permanent concrete bleachers is that they do not have any moving parts (like retractable telescopic bleachers do) and therefore will require less maintenance than other, moving bleachers. They are also extremely durable and strong and can withstand a great deal of traffic and a large number of people using them. Of course, you will have no versatility with concrete bleachers, and they may be less comfortable to sit on than other materials because concrete is extremely hard and can have a rough surface texture. Molded Plastic Covered Bleachers In addition to options like retractable, metal telescopic bleachers, you can customize these bleacher options. Molded plastic covers for the bleachers can help add style and comfort to your bleacher seating without taking away from the bleachers being retractable.  You can customize the color or colors you choose for your molded plastic covered bleachers so that you can add home team colors (if you support a specific team at your arena) or so that you can remain neutral in your bleacher design. Now that you know a few of the options available to you when you decide to update your athletic arena’s bleachers, you can choose the perfect option for you and get your bleacher installation started as soon as possible. For bleacher installation, contact a company such as Decking...

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How To Seal And Insulate Ducts

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Modern furnaces have great energy efficiency, especially if you choose an Energy Star rated product. However, no matter how efficient your furnace is, you will lose a lot of heat and waste a lot of energy if your ducts are not fully sealed and insulated. To adequately seal and add insulation, you will need to do the job before the drywall is installed. This article explains how to seal the ducts seams with aluminum foil tape and how to install thermal bubble rolls for extra insulation. Taping the Seams No matter how tight the seams feel when attaching the duct, air will almost always be able to escape. Also, over time the ducts could shift and move, causing the seams to become lose. This is why adding tape is so important. First, make sure you use aluminum foil tape instead of duct tape. Duct tape is great for lots of things, but surprisingly, not for air ducts. Foil tape will create an air tight seal. Double-tape each seam and push down very tight so no air can escape. Adding Thermal Bubble Insulation Rolls Thermal insulation rolls can definitely help with heat loss. This job is much more time-consuming than taping the seams because you need to cut each piece to fit in between the stud bays. You can speed up the job if you buy a product that is wide enough to wrap around the entire duct. Otherwise, you can to wrap the ducts sideways, and this means smaller pieces, more cuts and more taping. Since most studs will be equidistant, you can cut more than one at once. The rolls can be cut with normal pair of scissors or a utility knife. You should also use aluminum foil tape instead duct tape for a better hold and more insulation. Add tape to the entire edge, then wrap the roll around the duct and add tape to the other edge. The key is to overlap the rolls a few inches and tape tightly across the entire seam. You can also tape the edges together if there are every 2 pieces that are not separated by a wooden stud. These two simple jobs are cheap and quick, but they will definitely lead to a more energy-efficient heating (and air conditioning) system. You can do the work yourself, or even request that your contractor has it done before the drywall is installed. Contact a company like West Country Heating & AC for...

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How To Repair Your Crumbling Chimney

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Really old chimneys frequently have issues with crumbling and flaking mortar. Either acid rain or age causes the mortar to deteriorate, and then it does not take much more than a strong wind or the sonic boom of thunder to shake a few bricks loose. If you are currently experiencing problems with loose bricks and/or a crumbling chimney, here is how you can repair it yourself. Buy Supplies to Repair the Chimney You will need some supplies to fix the chimney. A mason’s trowel, a five-gallon construction bucket for mixing quick-drying cement and a few fresh bricks just in case you cannot re-use the old ones are the best supplies to start with. You will also need a sturdy ladder if the crumbling section of your chimney is on your roof. If your roof is especially steep, you will need a way to secure yourself while on the roof so that you do not fall. (Do NOT attempt to tie yourself to the base of the crumbling chimney! If some bricks are falling off of it, there is probably a good chance that other parts of the chimney are equally unstable and unpredictable, and your body weight could yank the chimney down after you.) Mix Your Quick-Drying Concrete/Mortar and Prepare to Climb Mix your quick-drying concrete or mortar in the five-gallon pail you bought. DO NOT fill it to the top–only fill it halfway since it will already be heavy to carry up. When it is thick and pasty, get ready to climb your ladder. You may want to tie a long rope around the handle of the pail and secure the lid of the pail so none of the mixture spills when you use the rope to pull the pail up. Now, climb your ladder with the end of the rope from the pail in one hand and what you bought to secure yourself to the roof in the other hand. Secure Yourself, Pull Up the Concrete/Mortar and Begin Bricklaying Once you have secured yourself to the roof with a safety harness or some other safety device, pull up the bucket of mortar or concrete. If you can, straddle the roof ridge closest to the crumbling chimney. Pick up whatever bricks are lying about and try to figure out where they came out of the chimney. Then slather the bottom and sides of the brick with mortar before reinserting it into the hole where it came from. If there is already a brick in place above it, be sure to slather the top of the brick with mortar before you put the brick back in place. Repeat the process until all of the bricks are back where they should be. Note where there are cracks or missing bits of old mortar and slather some fresh mortar onto and into these areas. Now your chimney should hold together again for a while longer. If you feel uncomfortable attempting this job yourself, contact professionals from a company like Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service to do the job for...

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