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If you are looking for a way to add beauty as well as function, you might consider adding an arbor to your backyard landscape. Arbors are a fun and creative way to accessorize your Atlanta outdoor living environment.
Two 4×4 posts (10 feet long)
Two 2×6 (6 feet long)
Two 2×6 (7 feet long)
Twenty-six 2×2 rails (45 inches long)
Eight galvanized lag screws
Tools: Jigsaw, Posthole Digger, Hammer, Drill, Ladder, Framing Square, Level
1. Start by using a posthole digger to dig 2 holes that are 2 feet deep. Place the posts into the holes and pour approximately 6 inches of gravel in the hole. Check the posts for proper straightness and then fill the hole with concrete.
2. Now, take your two 2×6 pieces of wood and cut them into 4 even sections. Using the drill, and the square, place these crossbeams on the front and back of the posts. Attach with the lag screws.
3. Using a jigsaw, shape the ends of your 7-foot 2×6. The design could be inspired by your home or an existing structure in your yard.
4. Using the galvanized nails, attach the 7-foot beams to your posts. Be sure that the 7-foot beams are perpendicular to the 3-foot crossbeams. Use a minimum of 2 nails per end.
5. Cut your 2×2 rails to proper length allowing each end to have approximately ½ an inch of overhang. Drive one nail through each end. Place another rail beside the existing rail to determine the proper spacing. Proceed until all rails are used.
6. Your arbor structure is now structurally complete. You can either stain or paint the arbor to match your home.
This arbor will serve as a great entrance to your backyard living space or as a unique place to hide away and read a good book.
Spring is the perfect time to get your home in tip top shape and clean as a whistle, but if you live in an area with hard water you may have unsightly hard water buildup on your windows. But there is no need to worry, there are solutions for removing hard water build up that are easy on you and your pocket book.
Hard water occurs when the water in the geographic area contains a high level of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium. It is not a health risk, but does cause unsightly streaks and build up when not treated. Unfortunately, while you can install a water softener system in your home, there’s not much you can do about controlling the hard water buildup on the outside of your windows.
This is how to remove hard water build up from windows:
There are products on the market that are specifically manufactured to battle hard water buildup. A popular brand is CLR and can be used on a variety of surfaces. The liquid comes in a spray bottle version for convenience and in larger bottles with concentrated liquid that can be mixed based on the amount needed. You simply spray on the CLR or apply it with a sponge. Allow the CLR to sit on the windows for a few minutes, rinse clean, and dry with cloth or paper towels. Depending on the level of hard water buildup, you may need to repeat the process.
Easy on the pocketbook and using items probably already in your pantry, you can battle hard water build up. In a spray bottle mix equal parts water and vinegar. You can use regular white vinegar or cider vinegar. Since your area has hard water you will want to use water that has been through a water softener system or bottled distilled water for best results. Simply spray on, let it sit, and wipe clean. You may need to repeat the process depending on the level of buildup. For the best and streak-free results, use crumpled up newspapers or a squeegee for the final cleaning.
To avoid hard water buildup in the future, make sure to clean windows at the first sight of hard water buildup if possible. It is easier to remove when it has not had an opportunity to set and harden.
In an effort to maximize space home owners are venturing outdoors and creating additional living areas in their backyards. A pergola is a simple way to define additional living space and create a point of interest.
Traditionally, pergolas were square or rectangular garden features constructed of wood beams and used to guard grapevines from the sweltering sun. Today, they are still the same shape and construction, but provide an extra living area that can be used for outdoor entertaining. This blog will prove very useful for you.
Building a basic pergola is simple and there are several kits and plans available. However, based on your level of experience, you can modify and customize a pergola to fit your personal style and needs. To get started, follow these easy steps on how to build a pergola for your backyard.
Now that you know the basics on how to build a pergola for your backyard you can create an additional living space you will enjoy for years to come.
When it is time for you to design an outdoor kitchen, there are several considerations. To make the most out of your outdoor kitchen be sure to review these five things:
Your outdoor kitchen can be an exciting project. Make sure to plan properly so you get the most out of your outdoor cooking and dining experiences for years to come. Explore all of your design options first to determine what will work best for you.
To make your outdoor landscape design pop with your particular style and flare, add some accessories! Everyone has a style that can be brought out in an outdoor landscape design. It is time to wake up your style for your pool, patio, garden or landscape!
Plants – Choose from different plants that will work well in your climate while making your outdoor landscape shine. Consider using large planters, interchanging plants throughout the year to match the seasons. You can incorporate hanging plants, garden trees and other ideas. Having a spice garden near your outdoor kitchen is a great idea to consider.
Bird Baths – To create a restful scene on your outdoor lawn, install a bird bath to bring life to your landscape. There are types of bird baths that have water features incorporated, or you can stick with a very simple ceramic or stone design.
Stones – Rock gardens can be extremely beautiful. Choose stones that blend with the colors of your landscape design and use different sizes and shapes. Some may have a circular area with rounded stones as the base and then a bird bath or sun dial in the middle. Open up your inner Zen and let your creativity flow.
Lawn Gnomes – These whimsical creatures are almost a requirement in landscape design. Thankfully, you do not have to go with gnomes all the time. Instead you can have ceramic squirrels, bronze birds or other types of garden art tucked away into little corners or around a turn to catch the attention of any passerby.
Playground – A playground, perhaps with a tree house, can be a great addition to an outdoor landscape design. Not only will children adore a play area but you can also turn it into a very attractive part of your garden or lawn area.
Recycled materials – Tires, bed frames, antique furniture and other items can be resurrected as an outdoor accessory. They can be used as garden art, added to a boring brick wall, or used as planters or ivy stands.
Storage – Implement storage containers that blend into your outdoor environment but also serve a practical purpose to store tools, hoses and other items.
This can be a daunting task for many people, so we have put together a simple step-by-step plan to help you through this process.
Make sure you have all needed chemicals before starting, including chlorine and algaecide . If you do not have all of your needed chemicals, you will not be able to open your Atlanta swimming pool properly.
Removing the swimming pool cover will require some time. If your pool has been covered with a solid cover, you will need to drain any standing water with a pump. Make sure that you remove as much water and debris as possible, as this will make your life easier when the cover actually comes off. After the cover has been removed it is always a good idea to wash your cover with a strong cleaner. Allow the cover to dry before folding and storing for the season.
Remove any skimmer guards and winter plugs that might have been installed. Fill your pool with clean, fresh water to the normal level.
Now is the time to reattach and startup and pool equipment that may have been disconnected. Make sure your pump and filter is connected properly. It is always a good idea to lubricate any and all O-rings. This will minimize cracking and drying out issues. Check your debris baskets for any issues. Finally, make sure your lines are open before starting the pump. If you have removed your ladders and ropes prior to the winter months, this is the time to reinstall them
Now is the time to remove any large debris from the pool. Do not attempt to vacuum this debris, as it will only lead to problems. Once the large debris has been removed, you may begin the process of vacuuming.
Once the pool has been cleaned of all debris, it is a good idea to shock the pool. Shocking the pool is the process of using more than the normal requirement of chlorine. Follow the guide on your chemicals and allow the pool water to circulate for 24 hours. If you have questions regarding the best shock treatment, feel free to contact us any time.
Once the pool has circulated for 24 hours, you will need to check the water stability. This involves checking the pH balance, hardness, as well as the salinity of your swimming pool water.
Once the hard work is done, your pool is clean and you can now relax in your own personal oasis.