Concrete PondGood concrete pond construction means not taking shortcuts. Improper methods can lead to more money spent on maintenance, repairs, or replacement than on the cost of the initial construction. Since good concrete pond construction equates to having one that lasts a lifetime or longer, follow these rules of thumb to get it right – the first time!

Keep in mind that for suitable concrete pond construction, you need to pour the concrete to a thickness of four to six inches. After deciding on the dimensions and outlining the area, all soil (and rocks!) should then be dug out. Forms then need to be built and placed where concrete is to be poured, along with the proper placement of cut-to-fit reinforcement bars (rebar).

For digging out the area for concrete pond construction, you will need shovels, picks, a crowbar, and, of course, a wheelbarrow. Some other necessary items include a carpenter’s level, string, stakes, sheets of plastic, and a long two-by-four.

Pouring the cement in concrete pond construction should be done in one day, unless the pond is very large, and then it must be poured in sections. Pour cement in the bottom of the pool first, then the sides. If shelves have been dug out, pour cement there, next. Finally, pour cement for the top of the pond and for any coping that may be involved.

After you have completed these first steps of your concrete pond construction project, you need to let the cement cure for several days under plastic. Treating with muriatic acid at this stage helps prevent high pH levels in water later, which benefits fish and plants. After the acid treatment, apply several coats of paint made for pools or masonry sealant, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.

Concrete pond construction can be a true learning experience. It’s best to start with a smaller pond, then if you meet with success, you can then move on to a larger project. But once you get the hang of concrete pond construction, there’s no limit to where you can go from there. So learn, build, and then build some more!

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Wallpapers & wallcover

If you and your family are deciding to buy new wallpaper for your home’s interior decoration, there are some things that need your consideration before you’re making the purchase. Here are some of them;

You need to know whether the color or pattern that you choose has many stocks

If the Wallcover that you choose has limited amount in the store’s inventory or the product is discontinued, you will have big problem to find the same color or pattern when you need some more.

This is usually happened for old wallcover product that did not sell well enough, so the manufacturer has decided to stop the production of that pattern. And also usually there is a risk that the store does not have returnable policy for the particular wallcover.

So, you need to know if the store has enough supply for the wallcover that you choose for your house decorating need.

Find out about the store’s return policy

Usually the return policy is different among stores, so each store will set their own policy which the customer is bound by it. So, the return policy will depend on the store discretion.

Therefore, you need to know if the wallcover that you choose is returnable or not. And you also need to know about the terms and circumstances in the process of returning the item that you have purchased.

The delivery or shipping method and arrival

Find out what kind delivery method and service that is used by the store and how long that you will be expecting for the wallcover that you bought arrives at your home. Some delivery services do not operate during weekend. So, if you bought the wallcover at Friday or even Saturday, you might expect that the wallpaper that you have bought will arrive longer at your house.

You also need to know if the store will charge you an extra for the delivery or shipping service. Some stores provide free delivery service depending on the quantity of purchase or the store’s promotion or special deal and offer.

Buying wallcover online

There are some advantages if you decide to make online purchase for the wallcover that you need.

Convenient – you do not have to go to the store by yourself and wasting your time and energy to find the wallcover that you want, you can even make the purchase from your work. You can decide it with your family to get the right wallcover that suit to their taste without going to the actual store.

Price comparison – you can easily make price comparison between an online store with the other, so you can get the best deal and have the wallcover that suit to your budget in a faster way.

Product availability – With online you can find out if the wallcover’s pattern or color is available in other place. Therefore, you can be sure that you will have enough for your need.

Getting approval from family member faster – there are some occasion where people return the wallpaper that they have bought just because one or some of their family member did not like with the wallcover pattern or color.

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On previous post we have discussing about worktops or countertops material from laminate, granite and stainless steel. Now we will continue the discussion with other worktops or countertops material.

Wood and Butcher Block Worktops

Wood will always give a great look and add character to your kitchen. On the countertop, however, it is highly susceptible to scratching and cutting. Hot pans will burn it or leave marks, and it can be unhygienic if meat or poultry is prepared on it. However, it is one of the only surfaces that will not damage your knives. Oak, maple, cherry, red beech, walnut, teak, and mahogany are all hardwoods favored for countertop applications.

Advantages

Ideal for cutting on

Only surface that will not damage your knives.

Very attractive

Disadvantages

Deep cuts will show but can be sanded out.

Hot pans will burn it or leave marks.

High maintenance, use mineral oil to renew surface.

Quartz Surfaces: Zodiaq, Cambria and Silestone Worktops

Quartz delivers a great natural look to any kitchen. It is highly durable being resistant to scratches, stains and heat. However this flexibility comes at a price and you can sometimes encounter prices up to 10% higher than that of granite.

Quartz surfaces are hygienic because the material is non-porous and so bacteria and mould have nowhere to hide. Three brands to note of are Zodiaq, Cambria and Silestone. Zodiaq comes in 26 colors and has a 10-year warranty. Cambria is made in the USA and is available in 34 colors which are all the same price. Silestone is made by the Spanish company Consentino and is available in 46 colors.

Advantages

Scratch resistant

Stain resistant

Heat Resistant

Looks great

Does not need to be resealed every few years (unlike granite)

Disadvantages

Expensive (about 10% more than granite)

Set on backsplashes only.

Corian, Avonite and other solid surfaces worktops

A countertop that consists of a solid plastic all the way through is said to be a solid surface countertop (as opposed to those built up in layers i.e. laminate). They are similar to quartz in that they’re also hardwearing. They are resistant to scratches, scorching and heat. If you do manage to do damage to the countertop you can easily repair it.

You can expect to spend about three times more than you would for laminate, and twice as much for wood. A wide range of colors and styles are available to choose from and most suppliers will give you a good guarantee.

Advantages

Large variety of colors and edge styles

You can create your own design on the deck.

Backsplashes can be any height and coved to deck for a very clean look.

Seams are virtually invisible.

The material is renewable and repairable.

Most all brands offer a full, transferable, 10-year warranty.

Disadvantages

Cost is high when all available options are used.

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Kitchens Worktops and Countertops MaterialsThe worktop or countertop is not only necessary for a kitchen it is also an integral part of its design. Food preparation can deliver a large amount of wear and tear to the surfaces in the kitchen.

Within this article we look at the various materials used for countertops and discuss the reasons for choosing them for your kitchen. Whether its durability, hygiene or cost, you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of each material below.

Laminate worktops

This in expensive option is a very popular choice for kitchen countertops and it comes in a variety of colors and textures. It isn’t that hard wearing and can get scratched or burned, and gets dirty very easily. It is not built to last. If you do choose laminate you can protect your surfaces with trivets and chopping boards.

Advantages

Fairly Inexpensive

A wide range of colors and patterns to choose from

Easy to apply fancy edges

Stain resistant

Disadvantages

Not wise to use as a cutting surface or to place hot pans upon

Cannot be repaired if it gets damaged, it must get replaced

Noticeable seams because of a dark backing sheet. This is most apparent with light colors

Granite worktops

Granite is the most common type of stone used for a countertop. Granite is quarried worldwide, with colors and patterns that reveal the region and the geological conditions that created it. Each slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns for a great character and look. It is highly durable, it doesn’t scratch or burn and it keeps its color. Unfortunately Granite is a very expensive material though the finished look is often well worth the cost.

Advantages

A variety of colors of natural stone

Extremely durable

Heat resistant and hard to scratch

Disadvantages

Expensive

To prevent staining it will need to be resealed

Stainless steel worktops

Often associated with professional kitchens, stainless steel is stylish and contemporary. Steel is highly durable and can be shaped in many ways to fit your kitchen. The backsplash and the sink can be made out of the same piece of steel, ensuring that there are no awkward corners or gaps for food to get lost in. Stainless steel is hygienic and is the only surface that can be safely bleached.

Advantages

The only surface that can be safely bleached

Corrosion proof

Very durable

Sinks, draining boards and backsplashes can all be fabricated into the counter top.

Heat proof

All the joints can be polished for a seamless effect (may cost extra).

Disadvantages

Can scratch and dent (though newer designs can include textured finishes that can hide the scratches).

A high maintenance option

Expensive

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