Choose the Glazing for Your Window

Choose the Glazing for Your Window

The choice of glazing for your windows is essential both for their level of insulation (double glazing) and for their resistance (reinforced glass), their style (colored glass) and the privacy of the home (opaque glass). In his post, Homemyinfo will guide you in the choice of the most suitable glazing for your windows.

It is above all the geographical location of your home, the orientation of your room and the noise level that determines the type of glazing best suited to your future windows.

Choose the Right Window Glazing

The number of windows is an essential point for sound and thermal insulation. Single glazing is almost no longer installed due to its poor performance but can be supplemented with over-glazing to improve its qualities.

Today, double glazing offers the best sound and thermal insulation for standard or custom-made windows. Let’s discover its technical qualities below.

You can go even further by opting for triple glazing, especially used in low-noise houses with reinforced insulation.

Select the Right Glass

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There are many types of glass for you to choose from and each has its own technical qualities.

You should look for the SGCC certification label when selecting quality glazing. They are an independent quality assessor that guarantees the resistance and safety level of insulating, laminated and tempered glass.

Resistance and Safety

Your windows are on the ground floor and you want a glass that will limit the risk of burglary? You can choose laminated or tempered glass that offers increased impact resistance. Another option is reinforced glass, which does not prevent glass breakage, but prevents the passage of a thief thanks to its grid.

Intimacy

Some glasses can either be colored or rendered opaque for more privacy inside your home. Be careful, however, they must not prevent light from entering. Below, we’ll look at some of the solutions.

Specific Lenses

Less common and often more expensive, new intelligent lenses are appearing on the market. Self-cleaning, opaque, electrochromic, with integrated blind: 2 in 1 glazing, heated glazing, etc., they use new technologies to make your windows more convenient and energy-efficient.

Self-Cleaning Glass: Maintenance-Free Glazing!

Self-cleaning glass is glass with a special coating that keeps it clean and maintenance-free! The self-cleaning glass combines photocatalysis and hydrophilicity in the following ways:

The photocatalysis process: the outer surface of the glass reacts to ultraviolet rays and degrades organic dirt (dust, pollution…) that comes off the glass.

The hydrophilic property: the glass allows rainwater to flow along the glass, carrying with it dirt and leaving no trace.

This process works even without sunlight; daylight is sufficient to activate the degradation of dirt. This glass is especially useful on fixed windows that are difficult to access.

Note: it should not be forgotten that the inside of the glass is not covered with this special coating and should, therefore, be cleaned normally.

Opacifying Glass: Controlled Opacifying Glass

Opacifying glazing makes it possible to eliminate an annoying counterpart at the touch of a button. This type of glazing consists of a liquid crystal film inserted between the panes of double glazing, in the same way as laminated glass.

This glazing incorporates an electrical connection that allows it to be opaque at will:

In the “off” position (not electrically powered), it offers a translucent, milky appearance, which hides the view while maintaining good brightness.

In the “on” position (electrically powered), the glass becomes transparent like a conventional glass. The change is fast and reversible at will.

Electrochromic Glazing

This is also opaque glazing through which an electric current flows. This type of glazing offers the advantage of being able to choose the degree of brightness or opacity at will.

In addition, it consumes little energy thanks to a memory effect that allows it to remain in the desired state even when power is off. It therefore only consumes electricity when the state changes.

It is already used on some car windows and extends to the home, but remains very expensive to implement.

Integrated Blind Glazing: 2 in 1 Glazing

Integrated blind glazing is double glazing in which a permanent or remote-controlled Venetian blind is inserted: hinged or tilting slats.

This glazing is suitable for all types of walls (inclined or straight) and offers many advantages:

  • the thermal and acoustic performance of double glazing;
  • control of brightness and sun protection thanks to blinds;
  • no maintenance required for the awning;
  • adaptable to all joineries.

Heated Glazing: The End of Radiators?

Heated glazing is double glazing composed of a conductive layer connected to the power supply by electrodes.

The electrical energy is then transformed into heat and diffused by radiation.

The benefits:

  • no more cold wall effect that encourages you to increase heating;
  • can replace or supplement an existing heating system;
  • prevents condensation on the inner glass and therefore reduces the risk of mold;
  • space saving compared to radiators.

This glazing remains expensive like all the innovations hardly proposed on the market, but perhaps represents the future of heating!

All in all, this post should interest people seeking some information on window glazing. So, you will have more elements to discuss with your contractor next time you are planning a home renovation or construction project.


Ways to Renovate a Room into a Library

It is every bookworm’s dream to have a home library just like the one in the movie “Beauty and The Beast”, well at least somewhere closer to it. Even if the mention of a home library might sound like a luxury, you can actually create your own home library on any budget that you have or better transform a whole room into one. Wouldn’t it be perfect? Oh, it would I can vouch for this!

If you are feeling confused at this one, then these tips might be of an enormous help to you.

1. Choose Your Spot

While a room with doors is ideal, it’s not necessary. You’ll want to pick a spot in your home that’s not loud or heavily trafficked. One with lots of natural light or at least the capability of being well lit. It can be anywhere in your home, from the bedroom to the office to the dining room and anywhere in between!

2. Storing Your Books

This will depend on how many books you have and if you plan on putting them all in your library. Make sure the spot you’ve chosen has the space for them all. If you have a large collection, floor-to-ceiling book shelves will be your best option. Maybe even built-ins if you have the budget. For smaller collections you can use a freestanding bookcase or even modern, floating shelves. Whichever you go with, make sure that you properly secure your shelves to the walls.

3. Support Your Floors

Any book lover knows that books can get heavy. The book you took on vacation nearly put your suitcase over the weight limit. The same thinking goes for the floors of your new library. Make sure they can fully support the weight of bookshelves and their load. You wouldn’t want the floor to sag or give way. Consult with a general contractor for help.

4. Set the Mood

Each reader is different, and each likes a certain ambiance during reading time. How do you want to feel in your library? And pick a suitable color to create that environment. If you like the enveloping, rich feeling of old-time libraries, deep reds or luxurious browns may be your style. Or maybe you like bright and cheery genres and want your library to be airy and relaxing in a light blue, hint of yellow or off-white? Creating the space of your dreams starts with the colors.

5. A Place to Sit and Read

After you’ve chosen the color, assess your space. You don’t read standing up, so decide what kind of seating you’d like and for how many. Chairs? Tables? Sofas? Make sure they all fit in comfortably with room for lights—either overhead or floor and table lamps. If you feel tight on space, a window seat with storage for books is a two-in-one!

6. Go Up

If you are lacking space and wondering just how to fit all of your books in one spot, utilize the height of your room. Go with floor-to-ceiling shelving and get inventive where to put your books. Like under a window seat or a table with storage shelves. One creative space that looks absolutely stunning is building shelves above the doorway. Just don’t forget a classic library ladder so you can reach those top shelves.

7. Get the Right Shelves

You won’t want your bookshelves to sag, so make sure you buy the proper ones. A 36” long shelf should be at least 1” thick. Go thicker if it’s longer. A good idea is to get adjustable shelves, too, so you can accommodate short paperbacks and tall coffee table books alike without wasting space.

8. Maximize Shelf Space

Stacking books two deep is a great way to save space, but it comes with a problem: you can’t read the titles of the deeper books. There’s a DIY fix for that! Collect the empty boxes from you wax paper, plastic wrap or tinfoil rolls and, keep the roll inside for support, and wrap them in acid-free paper. Then place them in your bookshelves (cutting them to fit if needed) and stack that second row on top!

9. How to Clean Your Books

When you have a large collection, or small, sometimes you get pests trying to make a feast of your literary treasures. At the very least, they attract a lot of dust. Regularly cleaning them will keep pests out and keep you from sneezing while you read. Remove books before cleaning a shelf with a soft cloth and some polish. As you place them back vertically with their spines facing outward for support, wipe them down with a clean microfiber cloth or vacuum them.

10. Organize Your Library

There’s no right way to organize your books. And you can reorganize them as many times as you want. Play with it until you find a system that works for you. Forget the Dewey Decimal system and arrange them by genre, alphabetically or even color! You can place your stack of “to-read” or your favorites at eye level for easy access and your kids’ books lower where they can reach them. We do recommend separating paperbacks from hardcovers and not piling books on top of vertically stacked ones, but other than that, do whatever works for you!


Checklist for Planning a Renovation

Regardless of size, home renovation is a huge undertaking not meant for the faint of heart. On top of that, if you choose to DIY the whole project it will be even more tiresome and grueling than one that involves hiring contractors. And hiring contractors does not mean that you can be completely hands-off. Far from it – you will have to be involved in every stage of the project.

But since these projects can improve the condition of the house, make your home safer or boost its market value, home renovations can be extremely rewarding. Additionally, with proper planning, you can save time and money and still make the remodeling totally worth the hard work. To reduce cost and make the process less daunting, we’ll walk you through the important factors you need to consider well before hammers start swinging.  

Below is a checklist that can make the remodeling project as smooth as possible and help you keep everything on track:

Step 1: Make a list.

There are several types of home renovations projects, such as:

  • Whole house restorations
  • Home additions, such as home offices or family rooms
  • Interior remodeling, such as kitchen or bathroom remodeling
  • Finished attics or basements
  • Exterior remodeling, including roof change or replacement and insulation of siding and trim
  • Porches, sunrooms, patios renovation/addition

Once you’ve decided on the type of renovation you want to get, you can start drafting a list. Draw two columns on a piece of paper or an Excel sheet. The first column will consist of the things you NEED, while the second column will contain the list of things you WANT. This will not only help you in the preparation of the budget stage, but it will also come in handy if you ever need to make tough choices. With this list in hand, you will be able to prioritize in case of budget overruns.

Step 2: Plan a budget.

A ballpark estimate will help you determine if you will need to apply for a loan as well as what you will need to cover with your contractor and architect. A word of advice: consider adding a 10% padding to your budget to err on the side of caution. This surplus will act as an added precaution in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Use the list from step 1 and prioritize the ‘needs’ above the ‘wants’. At this stage, you want to consider things you are ready to compromise on and things you want to splurge on. Using the same Excel workbook, you can create a new spreadsheet where you’ll list everything that needs to be done and its estimated cost. Remember to account for labor and materials cost, including for small things such as paintbrushes, nails, hammer or tape.  

Step 3: Set a target date.

You can’t plan for a home renovation without setting a deadline. Can you imagine planning a roofing overhaul during the winter season? Precisely. Look at the size of your project and decide by when you want it done.

But be realistic.

A complete house renovation cannot be done within 3 months. While it might not be impossible, it will be extremely challenging and costly. You will not only put a lot of pressure on the contractors but also, due to time constraints, you will inevitably have to sacrifice a lot of things and compromise on others.  

Instead, plan properly so you schedule the demolition and/or renovation at the right time. Since home renovations are meant to last for a long time, set a timeline that is feasible, affordable and that does not lead to you regretting the whole project.  

Step 4: Consider how the renovation will impact your day-to-day life

Once you know for how long the project will last, start thinking about how you and your family will cope with the noise, dirt, and the comings and goings in your home. There are two options you can choose from when finalizing household arrangement:

  1. Delimit a room or a set of rooms that will remain relatively untouched. Plan accordingly so you can stay there for the entire duration of the project. Remember to reserve storage space for furnishings,
  2. If the project won’t last long, consider booking a hotel room or renting a flat on a short-term basis. You can also book a hotel room for the days on which you will have no access to water or electricity.
  3. On the other hand, if you know the project will last for a relatively long period, consider moving in temporarily with your parents or staying at a friend’s place.  

You are now ready to start looking for contractors and/or architects. Remember to not rush this process either. Consider asking people you know for recommendations, interviewing each


Designing the Perfect Entertainment Room

Creating the perfect entertainment room set up for your home can be a very rewarding endeavor. To help you get started, here are a few things that you will want to consider before you start:

1. Know What You Want

Before you start planning the layout of your room, you need to ask yourself what you will be using it for. Is it going to be solely for visual entertainment, like movies and video games? Is this space also going to double up as an office? Will you be entertaining guests in here or is it going to be your private space?

Once you have answered these questions, you’ll be in a better place to planning a budget. Which leads us to tip number two:

2. Know your Budget

Knowing how much you can afford to spend on the project will affect a lot of your design choices and prioritizing. For instance, if having a sweet TV is more important to you than having a comfortable place to sit, you won’t really want to buy the sofa first. So it would be smarter to make a list of what you plan to get for your entertainment room in order of priority.

Once you’ve figured out your total budget, and what parts of your set-up take precedence over everything else, you’re now ready to move on to the next step:

3. Optimizing the Space

Some entertainment spaces may not be as big as you would hope, depending on the size of your home. The distance between your furniture and your TV or projector can also make a huge difference in the way you experience your movies and games.

The optimal method of setting up your room would be to have the furniture on one side of the room and the TV on the other. Alternatively, if there is potentially going to be a lot of to and fro-ing between the furniture and TV, you may want to look at removing possible blocking of the screen by setting up in such a way to encourage movement behind the furniture or behind the TV.

Shape of the room: A square room shape typically presents the most challenges for audio systems. It may be worth building false walls on either side of the room to create a more rectangular shape for better acoustics.

Sound and Light: Entertainment rooms can get quite noisy, so you may want to consider soundproofing your space. Carpets and rugs are a better alternative to flat surfaces since tiles and hardwoods will bounce the sound around far too much.

In terms of lighting, you should aim to allow enough light in to keep the entertainment space from turning into a dark cave. However, when it comes to watching TV and movies, you may want to keep the light out. If you are building your entertainment room in the basement, you can just invest in adjustable lights. On the other hand, if your entertainment room is above ground and has sun-facing windows, investing in blackout curtains can be a sound choice.

Your entertainment room doesn’t necessarily have to be in the house though. If you have a barn or shed in your backyard that is not seeing any use, why not give it a makeover and use it as a detached entertainment center?

4. The Screen

The centerpiece of any entertainment system is no doubt the TV. Regardless of what type of TV you choose to use, the ideal position for your seats will be 1.5 times the diagonal size of the screen away. For instance, if you have a 72 inch TV, you should sit 108 inches away, or around 9 ft.

5. The Sound System

If you are looking for the most impressive sound system, you should consider a 5.1 or 7.1 surround system. This involves a setup of 5 or 7 speakers around the room, with 1 subwoofer.

Where possible, you should look to wire the whole system before installing any drywall to ensure all wires are hidden away. However, if this is not feasible, and you want to splurge a bit, there are several wireless options on the market. Whichever you choose, you should look to place your speakers in all 4 corners of the room for the best effect.

6. The Wiring

As we mentioned, keeping your wiring tangle-free and hidden away is essential. If you can’t get the wiring done before putting up your drywall, invest in some plastic wire clips to keep the wires bundled, tape them to the ground and try not to tangle them. The initial effort will save you time and prevent you from tearing your hair out in frustration for many years to come.

7. Furniture

Like we said before, your furniture and room size are key. You want to avoid cluttering the room and give yourself plenty of space to move around in. Invest in comfortable and sturdy furniture that will last, since this room is where you and maybe your family will be spending the most of your leisure time. You can also invest in some extras like a minibar or fridge so you can cut down the trips to the kitchen. If you have the space, you could even invest in installing an en-suite toilet!

8. Storage/Decor

Even if we do store a lot of our entertainment in the cloud, we do still have our collections of DVDs, vintage vinyls, books and video game consoles. You might also have collected lots of memorabilia of your favorite sports teams or from your visits to various fan conventions. Finding the right storage and display units will go a long way to giving your entertainment space an incredible look.

Your entertainment space should reflect your passions. Hopefully, this guide has helped inspire you to design a room that you will love.


How to Decorate a Zen Bathroom

Do you need to relax when using your bathroom? Choose a Zen decoration to transform your bathroom into a real cocoon of well-being. If Zen is a philosophy originating from China, in decoration it is characterized by simplicity and harmony. A Zen bathroom is a true haven of relaxation and peace, with soft colors, natural materials, and soft lighting.

In this post, we will go through the following:

– What materials for a Zen bathroom?

– Furniture and sanitary facilities in a Zen bathroom

– Lighting and colors for a Zen bathroom

– The right decoration in a Zen bathroom

What materials for a Zen bathroom?

Natural materials are your best allies in a Zen bathroom, whether it is for flooring, walls or furniture.

– Wood is the Zen material par excellence. It is available in many species and can be raw, painted, already varnished or oiled. It must always be treated to resist bathroom humidity unless it is an exotic wood that is naturally rotproof (teak, ipe, iroko, etc.).

– Bamboo is ideal as a floor covering, but also for furniture and decorative objects. Naturally resistant, bamboo absorbs moisture without deforming or moulding, it is also easy to maintain.

– The sea rush (aquatic plant of the grass family) is woven into a floor covering. Very resistant, insulating and perfectly adapted to humidity, it contributes to creating a zen and warm atmosphere.

– The pebble covering, which takes the form of slabs of different sizes and thicknesses, covers the floor and walls. In addition to massaging the soles of your feet, it gives your bathroom a 100% natural look.

Note: For wood, choose furniture with an FSC label, guaranteeing that it comes from a sustainably managed forest.

Furniture and sanitary facilities in a Zen bathroom

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Here again, it’s all about sobriety! Put aside too massive furniture and favor light wooden furniture, discreet and unadorned, which will allow you to store everything. A Zen bathroom is a place where everything is smartly and neatly arranged. If necessary, choose hanging furniture that visually lightens the space, frees up floor space and makes cleaning easier.

Sanitary equipment

On the sanitary side, an Italian shower, with its shower tray flush, is ideal. It also adopts natural materials and opens onto the bathroom. And if there is enough space, the bathtub can be installed in such a way to make it feel like on an island, without curtains in the bathroom to add a touch of charm. You can have green plants near the windows in the bathrooms to allow for privacy and discretion.

Good to know: Waterfall taps, which let water flow like a waterfall in the bathtub or basin, are perfect for a Zen bathroom.

Lighting and colors for a Zen bathroom

The lighting must be soft and dimmed. Place simple wall lights or discreet recessed spots in the corners of the room, always favoring indirect lighting. The only more direct touch of light will be the mirror, which is essential for hair, make-up, and shaving. Do not hesitate to choose a bright model, while remaining simple.

Decorative advice: vanilla candles will help to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Colors to be favored in a Zen bathroom

On the one hand, the Zen bathroom favors monochrome colors in light tones: white, grey, beige. Or pastel shades reminiscent of nature, such as green or blue. On the other hand, bright colors such as red or yellow are avoided.

The right decoration in a Zen bathroom

Accessories

If you can arrange here and there some decorations reminiscent of Zen influences, avoid the overflow of bibelots or decorative elements, contrary to the Zen spirit. Towel rails, soap dishes, trash cans, and other accessories will also be adorned with natural materials: wood, bamboo, etc.

The vegetation

To bring nature into a Zen bathroom, arrange a few moisture-loving green plants, such as fern, ivy or ficus. Plants provide a calming effect with their soothing green colors while providing fresh oxygen at the same time. Bonsai trees, for example, make a good choice and are often included in zen décor. However, avoid flowers that emanate too strong scents. And, if you won’t have enough time to water your decorative plants regularly, there are still artificial plants that imitate natural ones very well. The basic idea in the Zen attitude is to make the atmosphere feel light – the interior design should reflect balance, harmony, and relaxation even if you have recourse to some artificial plants.

The floor

White or any light-colored parquets will match the décor.

But also any massive wooden flooring is the safest choice the moment it matches the rest of the room. There is no defined rule when choosing your colors; you have to keep in mind that the overall setting is Zen.

You will find everything you need to equip a Zen bathroom in DIY and decoration stores, specialty stores and on the Internet. For more information and tips, jot down your comments in the section below.


Ways to Decorate an Attic Bedroom

Attics are so much more than dusty old rooms that we forget that exist. After converting an attic into one of the most livable places in your house, there is the need to decorate it. As cozy as it can be, an attic bedroom does need some decoration to make it more lively and more interesting. If you have successfully turned your attic into a bedroom, then here are some ways to level up the decor and surprise people with something worth all the efforts.

1. Assess your space – Remember to measure every available nook and cranny in your attic space. Consider the measurements downstairs to your main living space and compare the numbers to the furniture so that you can get a clue to what might fit. Decide whether you want to have a queen bed or just a twin bed.

2. Embrace the beauty of the bedroom – Regarded as the coziest room that can be, an attic bedroom has a charm of its own. To make the room look more appealing, decorate it with something that represents you making it more personal and the ideal magical place to hang out.

3. Choose the colors – Various colors could help make the room look larger. If you had always believed that you must keep your smaller rooms painted white, then here is some interesting news for you. You can have color and still make the attic room feel larger by using colors which reflect equal brightness, or choosing a monochromatic color palette. So you can paint with all pale blue, or stick to high-intensity colors in the same range such as red and orange. Go for wallpapers for interest; it makes the room look more captivating.

4. Have storage with a built-in bed – Look for a bed that has storage for all the things you have. Such beds are comfortable and functional. Go for bigger beds for teens and grown-ups and place it under the highest part of the ceiling rather than under the eaves. It is better that you focus on the functionality of the room.

5. Let there be more light – Do not hesitate to use more white on the ceiling, walls, and floors. White paint helps the attic to look more lively and open. Make use of your creativity and imagination to make the room look good.

After renovating your attic to a bedroom, it is essential that you go for decorating it even though it does require some skill and vision to pull it off.


Steps into Converting an Attic into a Room

Over the years, the unused attic has accumulated all dust possible, still a spooky place where you would not want to set feet, especially in the scorching summer heat. Well, what if I tell that you can turn that attic of yours into something so wonderful and livable that you will spend most of your time there! Intrigued! Good, then let’s get to business and give you the idea of how to turn your attic into a room for any guest or yourself. Get ready because here are the steps in doing so!

  1. Clear out the clutter – The first thing to do is to clear all the clutter that has been gathered over the years. Clutter is not appealing and can be quite risky when it comes with serious health risks. Ensure that you clean from wall to wall and from top to bottom. It depends on the amount of sterilization you would need in order to adjust the cleaning solution task. Do use some home cleaning remedies in attics that requires heavy-duty cleaning or better hire a professional cleaning company. Do check the insulation if it’s still in a usable state, then install a sub-flooring over it. If you find that the insulation loose or blown-in, then use an industrial vacuum to remove it.
  2. Check all the wiring – Once all the de-cluttering is done, time to check for the wires! Hire a licensed electrician to ensure that all wiring meets the code requirements. By hiring a professional, you can avoid many common problems that DIY homeowners come across most of the times.
  3. Make a plan – After cleaning and checking all the wires, the next thing to do is to make a layout of how you want the room to be, and you are going to decorate it, and the list is never-ending! It is important that you know the sizes and locations of everything you want to include before you start so you can plan accordingly. Do make sure that there is enough space in the attic to install the bed that you want up there. Measure the headroom in your attic, an attic room should measure 10.5 foot at the ridge line, and at least 50% of the finished space must be 7.5 foot tall or more.
  4. The furniture – Do consider the furniture that you are going to need in the room and decide what is taking too much space. As easy it is to get caught in over-accessorizing the room, you might want to do a ‘need and do not need’ list!
  5. Which color? – Choose a neutral color paint to update the look of the room so that it won’t look unappealing to the eyes. Go for neutral colors as it gives the room a universal appeal!
  6. Replace the stairs – If the stairs leading to the attic are a fold-down ladder or just old creaky stairs, then do change it.

Tips to Maintain Your Swimming Pool

Do you own an outdoor swimming pool where you spend most of your summertime hanging with out with friends and family? Do you maintain it as needed or as instructed by the store when you bought the pool? If not, then here is a blog that will help you out! Pool cleaning isn’t that difficult even if it looks a bit daunting. But with the right knowledge and expertise, cleaning and maintaining your pool can become an easy job. How? Read on.

  • Skim out the debris and clean the filters – One of the easiest ways to keep your pool clean is to skim the surface from the debris and or dead leaves. Don’t ignore the floating debris as it will soon sink and it will become to remove it. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs, and other unwanted items.
  • Clean out the filters – At least once a week, clean out the strainer basket to help circulation and lower chlorine demands. Simple remove the plastic basket and shake it out. You can also spray the inside with a hose to dislodge stubborn objects.
  • Vacuum the pool and brush the walls – In order to keep the water clear, you need to reduce the number of chemicals that you usually use that’s why you should opt for vacuuming. For manual design pools, work it back and forth all over the surface of the pool same as you would do for a carpet. Don’t forget to check the filter every time you vacuum!
  • Test your pool water – In order to keep your pool healthy that one could swim in, remember to check the chemical levels once a week. Backwash the filter before you carry out the tests. If you don’t know, have a professional test it for you.
  • Have the heater serviced – Normally, a pool heater requires less maintenance than all other equipment in a pool. If you are someone who does not like to maintain heaters and all that, then gas heaters can work totally fine without being serviced for a couple of years and electric ones last even longer. If you have doubts, then consult your manufacturer’s manual for specific care and instructions. If your heater does not work, then take the help of a professional as they will know better what the problem is and where it lies.
  • Check and maintain the water level – With constant exiting, swimming, and splashing in the pool, there is a lot of water wastage throughout the swimming season. Do check the water level every week in order to be sure that it does not fall under the skimmer level.
  • Check for leaks and repairs – It is quite common that there is a leak that is unknown to you. You can find out the leak by taking out a bucket of water from the pool to know if there’s any leak or not.


How to Clean Your Swimming Pool After a Harsh Winter?

Winter is finally over and now you can go back to being a summer child who yearned for the sun from morning till late afternoons. We all know that summer is best to be enjoyed in a swimming pool or at the sea, so if you can’t afford the sea, then the swimming pool is perfect. But what happens when you’ve closed your swimming pool for winter and it’s time to open it up for everyone? Well, the remedy to the situation is to clean the pool and we are going to tell you how!

  • Don’t empty your pool – Never empty your swimming pool, even if you stay in a cold climate unless there are some on-going works or your pool is filled with dead leaves from last fall. Remember to always cover your pool during winters! Emptying a pool can bring big problems as there is a high groundwater table during the wet season due to which it is not recommended to empty your pool. If you do so, your pool can break into two parts and it would mean a complete pool replacement.
  • Start cleaning it up – Clean out all the baskets and remove any plugs that you used last year. Start the process of cleaning your pool with a chemical open. Brush down the sides, steps, and ladders to make sure to get the corners and behind things that the vacuum can’t reach. Let the pool water pump for at least 24 hours in order to filter out the loose dirt. Go on and clean the filter cartridges and baskets a few times.
  • Have a professional test your water – Always have your water be professionally tested! Contact professionals who will take a sample and they will test for free. It is important that they do a complete test as they will have to test the alkaline and mineral content in the water before anyone jumps in. If you don’t have time to go to the store, then you can try DIY pool chemistry testing strips.
  • Balance your chemicals – You need to know how to balance your chemicals when cleaning your pool. Keep the PH level between 7.2 to 7.4 as it dictates how chlorine turn hypochlorous acid in the water. You can use soda ash to increase pH and muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate to decrease it. The total alkalinity should start from 80 to 120. Alkaline is a pH buffer and has to be consistent if the alkalinity level is correct. Use sodium bicarbonate to increase alkalinity and muriatic acid to decrease. Know that the calcium hardness should be from 150ppm to 250ppm and chlorine from 1ppm to 3ppm.
  • Don’t jump in yet – Wait for the water to clear before you take a dip. The entire process takes an entire week. Only when the water is clear and you can see the pool floor then you should remove the cover.
  • Maintain the pool – After cleaning the pool, don’t forget regular maintenance in order to keep the pool clean. Have a professional test the water once a month just to be sure.

How to Stay Sane During your Home Renovation

Do you have a hard time to keep you calm while going through a home renovation? It is true that home improvement is hard work and if you are a faint-hearted person, better learn to be patient weeks before starting your project. A home renovation project can test your relationship as well as your handyman skill as well. Despite the hardships, the results are extremely rewarding.

If you are going for DIY home improvement, it is definitely a cheaper alternative especially if you are on a strict budget. On top of that, you get to go through a lot of trials and errors and learn a lot of new things. If you are planning to have a DIY renovation project, check out the tips below, I am sure that they will save you from a lot of unnecessary hassle!

Always be practical and realistic with your ideas

Nowadays with the help of technology, you will get tempted by all the fancy styling and big ideas on Pinterest. However, embarking on such a huge DIY project is not always the best option. While going through the internet to find your ideas, it is important to keep your budget and handyman ability into consideration. While it can seem easy while watching the videos, it might cost you more time or materials. Choose well!

Always plan your project from the beginning to the end

Before initiating anything, it would be advisable to plan your project from the start till the end. Planning on the go will just complicate things as renovation comes with a lot of small changes as well. Better plan everything so that you can get a clear picture of how much time and effort it is going to take. In addition to that, proper planning will not make you confused later on as well.


Make your shopping list and plan your budget accordingly

A home renovation project does come with its share of expenditure. Make sure that you put everything on your lists such as décor pieces and accessories, construction materials, tradesmen, fittings and furniture. Since it is a DIY project, the costs might add real fast and you might end up buying things which you do not need. If you don’t want any last minute bad surprises. Planning is better. Shop only according to your budget.

Ask for help

When it comes to home renovation, accepting help can be a real boon. May it be your friend or sibling willing to help you with the paint or your in-laws offering to babysit the kids. Even if they do not offer, you can come forward as ask for help. Try to ask as many people as possible and see if they manage to get some time off from their busy schedule. Reach out for help before your renovation date starts.

It’s okay to outsource when needed

If you know a friend who has special skills and can help you out, well there is no shame of hiring him to do something which you are struggling with. Even though you are a handy person, there are things which you should leave for professionals such as plastering and electrical works.

Plan your breaks

While you have started to work on your project, some days you might want to just finish the work before resting. Sometimes it does not happen until you are fully exhausted. That’s why it is vital to schedule break time as no renovation is more important than your health. By resting and recuperating yourself, you are going to be able to concentrate more.

Opt for meal prep

Since renovation is a full-time job, it is better to be fully prepared beforehand as you will practically have no energy to do something else. Prepare your meals ahead and refrigerate them which will save you money and time. This will also allow you to eat healthily.

Take the inconveniences into consideration

While you are still in the process of renovating, there is going to be a lot of inconveniences around you in the house. Most of the time, you will not be able to cook or do the dishes if you are doing the kitchen part, while for the bedroom part, you will not be able to enjoy your bed for few days. It’s better to plan beforehand which problems you are going to face so that you can come up with a solution.

Finish it off completely before rearranging the tools

Once your renovation is over, make sure that everything is done perfectly before put away the tools. It can be quite annoying that you started to clean up and you find out that work has not been done completely. It can be time-consuming and frustrating, better make sure that the job is done right.

In the end, doing your home renovation on your own is very fruitful and something that you can brag about with your guests.


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