Monthly Archives: October 2018

Home And Garden Lighting

Previously, outdoor or the gardens were lit to facilitate people to see clearly when entering your home and to avert thieves. Today, landscape lighting is more for aesthetic purposes. Landscape lighting has turned into a work of art. The aim of landscape lighting is to exhibit a garden and a home in its complete splendor after dark. The lighting has its practical aspect and offers a well-lit area to deter thieves. The following are tips for landscape or garden lighting.

It is best to hire the services of a certified lighting consultant who is will give the best advice. Also, study your garden thoroughly before deciding what you would like to highlight using lighting. Make sure that the lighting professional has a copy of your design.

Include outdoor lighting when planning the garden landscape to make it easier to lay wires and pipes. Try and get more than one quote, so that you can compare the prices. Install a big transformer to meet your present and future lighting needs.

If you are thinking about doing the lighting in parts, lay all the electrical groundwork in the initial stages. Try and use soft light that is akin to moonlight. Don’t overdo it. The landscape should be seen, not the lights. Hide the lighting system source behind shrubs and plants.

Make sure the fixtures are not visible. Use water resistant fixtures. Most people tend to favor white light for garden lighting. However, you could try different color variations with the help of a professional. Use fluorescent lights, as are they are less expensive and a lot more effective than incandescent lights.

Lighting for Your Home and Garden

To add accent and flair to your home, try solar outside lighting. You can use accents to highlight different areas of your yard, features of your home, or line a walkway or garden path.. With outdoor lighting, you can continue playing, cook outdoors, or enjoy the pool or patio after dark.

Outside lighting adds to the safety of your home. Lights along a path or walkway will prevent missteps and possible injuries. Having a well lit circumference to your property will discourage intruders. You can purchase solar exterior lighting that will operate on a motion sensor to turn the lights on when someone penetrates the borders of your property. Motion sensors are also popular along walks and around pools where someone not familiar with your homes could falter and be injured.

Lighting a drive or walkway with solar outside lights set low in the ground will give highlights to your drive or walk, while insuring safety. Because the lights are solar powered, you don’t need to worry about the cost of operating or maintaining. There will be no costly electrical bills when you are using beautiful solar lighting. They add beauty and value to your property without adding ongoing costs.

Solar pole lamps will cast a broad circle of light in areas where you want open spaces to play or work. Some are on poles over seven feet tall and will cast a circle of light over an area of 30 feet. Hanging lamps are also a good choice when you want open space.

Adding solar patio lights to your deck or pool area will allow you better use of the area. There are lamps and lanterns that are solar powered and will add flair to your outdoors areas. You can use accent lights to highlight special areas of your yard. A flag spotlighted with a solar light is quick to catch the eye of passers by. If you have a beautiful feature to the outside of your house that you wish to draw attention to, put a spotlight or accent light on it.

With so many types and styles of solar outside lights to choose from, you can design a lighting plan to fit your personal style. You can choose the motif you desire and set the stage for a design that fits your lifestyle and makes a statement about your personality.

Combining beauty with safety is a main concern in any outdoor lighting plan. You add value to your home by accenting the best features of your home and landscaping. Solar exterior lighting placed in the proper spots will ensure the safety of your home and your guests by providing adequate lighting for mobility and by discouraging intruders. Solar outdoor lighting is a good plan for increasing the value and safety of your home.

Poly Tarps For Home and Garden

To many people, “tarp” conjures an image of a crumpled canvas in the corner of the garage, or maybe that shiny blue plastic sheet in the hardware store.

But tarps are the beneficiary of some of the best technology in textile and chemical treatments. And so they have been adapted to many uses, whether at home, in the garden, on a camping trip, in the workshop, in the industrial yard, or on the construction site.

The workhorse of all tarpaulins, there are more color, material, construction, and size combinations in poly tarps than for any other. They are readily available. And as long as you select the right one for the job, tarps provide good protection for almost anything that needs shelter from the elements.

It’s no wonder that the common tarp is one of the most versatile of all ‘tools’.

Basic Poly Tarps

Blue or green poly tarps are, overall, the least expensive of all tarps. The cheapest ones are little more than a thin sheet of plastic. And like anything else, the cheaper they are, the less durability you’ll have.

Basic(but good quality) poly tarps are made using a weave of nylon chord, with a laminate of polyethylene on both sides. Thread size is typically 700-800 denier, and the fabric weight will be between 2- 4 ounces per square yard.

They are waterproof, as well as resistant to rot and mildew. And they provide a good multi-purpose covering that provides basic protection from the elements.

But don’t make the same mistake that so many people do: Do not use a poly tarp as a cheap way to cover your vehicle. Polyethylene does not breathe, and the resulting condensation under the tarp is guaranteed to cause you problems. On our web site, you can find much better ways to protect your car, boat or RV.

Heavy-Duty Poly Tarps

In addition to the basic version, there are some much tougher, heavy-duty polyethylene tarps. These heavy-duty tarps are less prone to tears and punctures, and do not get brittle as quickly.

Their strength comes from using a heavier denier nylon thread, and usually with a much tighter weave. This makes the tarp thicker – almost twice as thick – and therefore much longer lasting.

One example is the silver tarp, which is often preferred for its’ UV resistance and heat reflective properties. With heavier thread and lamination, these premium silver tarps can be 2-3 times thicker than the standard hardware store variety.

Hems are the greatest point of stress, so the strongest tarps will also have heat-sealed hems, sometimes with a reinforcing rope inside. And there will be more grommets, spaced closer together, to spread the stress more effectively over the entire tarp.

In addition to basic and heavy duty versions, there is a size to meet almost any need. Small 6×8 sheets are available for just a few dollars. At the other end of the spectrum are the over-sized or very large athletic field covers and hay tarps. Need something in between ? Custom sizes are also available.

Design Your Home and Garde

Are you in the midst of designing or redesigning your home to be more environmentally friendly? If so and you’re trying to add in, either an indoor or outdoor peaceful water fountain, then you’ll want to go with a solar water fountain for you home/business. What is a solar fountain? It is as its name suggests – a solar water fountain that runs on the energy the sun produces instead of electricity or batteries, often seen in older water fountains.

You can find solar water fountains in many design varieties. One type includes the tabletop water fountain, which can be placed in your home or office. These fountain types come with a detachable solar panel that you place 15 feet away from the fountain. It allows the sunlight in and powers the solar water fountain even though it’s not nearby the window. The solar fountains will put humidity back into your air, which is vitally important during those long winter months when the air tends to dry out.

Types Of Solar Fountain Designs

Not every garden fountain manufacturer designs solar fountains. However, the companies that do produce these solar water fountains design all kinds of shapes so that a person can find the one that they would really like to accentuate their home and garden with.

Periodic Maintenance On Your Solar Fountain

For instance, you can purchase a tabletop design that can sit atop an end table, shelf or table. Water will circulate continuously so there is no need to hook it up to a water source. This keeps you from consuming a lot of water. However, you will need to check it often to ensure that the fountain is not near empty. Evaporation will tend to occur over time so check it at least once a week. If you don’t check it, the fountain’s motor could be damaged beyond repair.

Other Types Of Solar Fountain

There are many kinds of solar water fountain designs out on the market. Besides the tabletop solar fountain design, you can choose a wall-mounted fountain, which can be hung on your home/office walls. Why are fountains like these so nice? They are nice because they don’t use the space you may need for your shelves or tables. Instead, they are a wall ornament.

Wall ornament solar water fountains have backs to them that sit right flush to the wall. The bottom of the fountain is a water trough. As the water circulates through the fountain, it will fall to this area, only to get circulated back again and again. Many wall ornament fountains will be uniquely designed.

Home and Garden Book Review

It seems more and more men are forgetting all the things our ancestors knew, simple things like building a home, doing plumbing, putting on a roof, making a garden, building a fence or installing a pool. But why do you suppose this is? Well, it’s because they don’t have too, once they make enough money to have a home, they just buy one, leaving all the work to someone else. This is good and bad. Good for the home builder companies, but unfortunate that America is losing these skill sets.

Of course, it really doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn how to do all these things, even if you’ve never been involved in doing it yourself. How so you ask? Well, why not by a book that has everything you need to know in it, with step-by-step instructions that even a sixth grader can comprehend. Let me recommend just such a book to you:

“The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia – Everything You Need to Know for Home Maintenance, Home Improvement and Up keeping Your House” by Larry Eisinger (1963).

The editor of this book Larry Eisinger has put together a fabulous collection of how to articles, with complete instructions, all of which are fully illustrated. Want to build a garden on a part of your property that is on an incline? No problem, build a terrace system, steps, fill it in with the right soil, even drip irrigation. How about new solar panels so that you can harvest the Sun’s energy and be a green energy consumer, again, no problem, it is easier than you think.