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The landscape area in the front of my home was being watered with three spray pop-up type sprinklers. This was putting too much water into the small area and some of the plants were getting little water and some plants were getting too much water. The area also tended to have mold due to the over watering. To solve these issues, I decide to install a drip irrigation system.
I dug up, removed two of the pop-up sprinkler and capped them off. I dug up and removed one of the pop-up sprinklers located in the rear of the area and replaced it with a pressure reducer with a 1/2 inch T tubing connector. I used hose clamps to attach the 1/2 inch tubing. Below are images of the parts used fro the project.
Micro Bubbler Complete Drip Irrigation Watering Kit
To help you understand Florida law with respect to home surveillance devices you should know the following: Florida law requires the consent of all parties to record telephone calls or in-person conversations, including videotaped conversations that capture sound.
Many homes have security cameras that also record any conversations you may have while in the home and all parties must consent to that recording. If there is only video recording in a home, it is permissible as long as written notice is clearly given on the premises or the recording device is immediately obvious. You may be recorded inside or outside a Seller’s property and you should receive a disclosure of such recording.
Just because you do not see a camera does not mean they are not there. So consider what you say and comment on carefully. You do not want to offend the Seller or tip your hand on your interest in the home before negotiations to purchase begin. The Seller should disclose the presence of video or audio recording devices, however, you can not count on this and need to behave as though you are under surveillance when inside someone’s home.
It is important that you get the correct carpet measurements for your project before going to the flooring store. Most flooring retailers will have overstock that they call “remnants”, these left over pieces can be purchased at greatly discounted prices and work great if you have individual room that need carpeting.
One option is to have a local flooring retailer professional come to your home and evaluate the amount of carpet you will need. This is the least desirable option as the retailer may not give you the measurements they used to arrive at the carpet square yards needed and may have financial incentives to over sell you.
A better option is to contact a local carpet installer to come to your house for the carpet measurements. This assures you that the carpet installer that performs the measuring will know how to optimize for installation.
You can do the carpet measuring yourself. You may need to draw a detailed diagram or use a floor plan for your home. This will help the flooring wholesaler to determine the square yards of carpet required for your installation. Do not be intimidated by measuring yourself. You will need a tape measure or electronic measuring device, notebook, calculator, and a pen/pencil. See the links below if you need to purchase these items.
You will need to draw a diagram of the area(s) to be carpeted in order to determine the amount of carpet needed. This diagram is used for estimation purposes plus carpet layout, to account for doorways, carpet seam placement, traffic patterns, hallways and closets. If you feel unsure about your diagram and layouts, ask the flooring retailer or installer to come to your home for a site inspection, and to confirm your calculations.
Keep in mind, carpet is manufactured in variety of widths, the most common is 12 foot wide rolls. This is important to note because just measuring the dimensions of a room may not provide an accurate representation for the amount of carpet needed. For example, an 11 foot by 10 foot room provides an area of 110 square feet, extra length should be added if you will be carpeting the door threshold and/or closet spaces. For carpet manufactured in 12 foot widths, 110 square feet equals 12 foot width by 10 foot length of carpet (add more as required for door openings). Purchasing only 110 square feet of carpet may result in having a piece that will not fit your room or a good deal of seaming. In this case, 120 square feet of carpet would be required to properly install an 110 square foot room. Keep in mind that the direction of the carpet pile or pattern must remain the same throughout the installation.
These rules should be considered in your calculations:
Seams should not fall in a doorway.
Measurements for rooms should start in the center of the door threshold, not the base of the wall.
Patterned carpet, such as Berber will require an additional 10% of carpet for pattern matching.
In closing, you can measure yourself or call in a professional. New carpet will make your home look and smell new again.
Most pools use liquid chlorine to sanitize the pool water. Some people prefer using salt to sanitize the pool water. Salt water chlorination is a process that uses dissolved salt. There are two parts that make up a salt water system. The chlorine generator uses electrolysis to convert the saltwater to chlorinated water. As such, a saltwater pool is not actually chlorine-free; it simply utilizes added salt and a chlorine generator instead of direct addition of liquid chlorine. The control module reports current salt level and calculates how much salt needs to be added to the pool to maintain proper chlorination.
We bought our salt water system in May of 2013 at The Recreational Warehouse store in Fort Myers. We had a local pool service company install it. We like the saltwater system much better than the old liquid chlorine method. We find the water better for swimming in and the chlorine levels have been easier to maintain than our previous method.
As a REALTOR® out looking at homes, I see a lot of saltwater control modules severely damaged by the sun. The control module is one the most expensive parts of the saltwater system. To protect this part from the sun, I suggest you place a sunscreen over the module. The sunscreen can be as simple as using an old piece of a thick sheet or pillowcase to cover the plastic control module. What I did to make a sunscreen was to first cut a hole on each side of a pillowcase near the top. Next, I attached the sunscreen over the top of the module (between the mounting bracket and the wall) using the mounting screws.
See the images above for our saltwater system, the module looks near new after many years and it gets direct sunlight all afternoon. Below is a Hayward Saltwater Pool System you can purchase. This system looks to be easier to install and maintain. The salt bags are heavy (40 pounds), so get a Gorilla Cart to haul them around to your pool area.
Saltwater Pool System
PVC Pipe Cutter
This video shows how to use a garden hose to check for an air leak on a pool pump. Use a slow running water hose to place water over the pipe connections until you see the air bubbles disappear. This helps pinpoint where you need to make your repairs.
Below are the tools you can purchase to fix your pool leaks.
PVC Pipe Cutter
Water should have no taste or odor. Our city water had both, a chlorine odor and taste. To resolve the issue with the odor and taste we installed a carbon water filtration system.
We installed a primary carbon filter (Large black cylinder) and a 2nd stage filter (smaller blue cylinder) to catch any fine material before it enters the house plumbing. The primary filter has 1.5 cubic feet of granular activated carbon and the 2nd stage filter uses a 4.5″ by 20″ pleated, 5 micron cleanable cartridges. Ball valves were used to bypass the filters when needed. Couplers were used to make it easier to disassemble the pipes to work on the filters. I have painted the pipes and also installed a PVC screen to shade the filter from the Florida sun.
Be sure to check with your local water utility to see if they require a backflow prevention valve. I would also recommend you ask the water utility to come out to turn off the water at the meter so that you can see what type of tool is required. I would then purchase the appropriate tool so that you can shut off your water in an emergency.
The cost for parts is around $450.00 and we paid $150.00 to have a plumber install the filter professionally. I saved money on the installation as I had all the parts needed to complete the job. Below are some of the tools and parts I used and detailed images of the installed filter.
Water Shut Off Tool
Water Shut Off Tool
PVC Pipe Cutter
I had severe pain from Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs. I suffered for well over a year with severe heal pain and was about to have an operation done to cure the issue. I started using these insoles and my heal pain went away after about a month of use.
- Supports foot arch and applies therapeutic acupressure to your heel, reducing pain caused by heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
- Re-cushions the natural fat pad of your heels creating a new layer of support.
- Gives multidirectional support with 360 degree motion control. Improves your posture so that you look and feel better standing, walking and running.
- We are a US company and we love to help our customers.
- Heel That Pain products are 100% guaranteed and come with a 120 day “No Questions Asked” Manufacturer Return and Refund Policy.
Looking at house all day means you need to have comfortable shoes. These shoes offer a wide range of sizes, super comfortable and are very affordable.
- Leather and Synthetic.
- Rubber sole.
- Athletic shoe with side logo applique and ghillie lace-up.
- Supportive sole unit.
- Padded tongue and collar.
The Florida sun is hot! You need a hat that protects your heard, ears and neck, this is the hat for you.
- FULL COVERAGE DESIGN: 4″ wide brim, 24″ head circumference, one size fits most adults. Adjustable chin cord keep hat firmly in place in windy. Sturdy front brim and long back flap will provide great coverage for face, neck and ears, complete uv protection, 50+ UPF.
- IDEAL FOR camping, hiking, gardening, traveling, fishing, boating, hunting, safari, beach, pool, doing yard work and field research or any other outdoor activity for all seasons use.
- GREAT VENTILATION: Two mesh side panel design and moisture-dispersing sweatband greatly improves cooling and airflow, make your head and neck cool and comfortable all the time.
- EASY STORAGE: Foldable brim make it easy to carry, hiding it in your luggage, or backpack when you’re on the go or simply roll it up and put it in your pocket.
- ULTIMATE SUN PROTECTION MATERIAL: Made of protective micro-fiber features in 100 SPF/ UPF 50 to prevent sunburned. Windproof, breathable, quick-drying, ultra-light.
Are you looking for a readable manual tape measure? Buy this tape measure,
it has a wide blade and is very easy to read.
- Full 1-1/4-Inch wide blade for increased standout.
- Large easy to read fractional and decimal sizes for quick and accurate measurements.
- Non-slip impact-resistant case withstands drops and other rough conditions.
- Non-slip rubber will not mar delicate surfaces.
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Waterfront Wonderland Blog
The landscape area in the front of my home was being watered with three spray pop-up type sprinklers. This was putting too much water into the small area and some of the plants were getting little water and some plants were getting too much water. The area...read more
To help you understand Florida law with respect to home surveillance devices you should know the following: Florida law requires the consent of all parties to record telephone calls or in-person conversations, including videotaped conversations that capture...read more
It is important that you get the correct carpet measurements for your project before going to the flooring store. Most flooring retailers will have overstock that they call “remnants”, these left over pieces can be purchased at greatly discounted prices...read more
Most pools use liquid chlorine to sanitize the pool water. Some people prefer using salt to sanitize the pool water. Salt water chlorination is a process that uses dissolved salt. There are two parts that make up a salt water system. The chlorine generator uses...read more
This video shows how to use a garden hose to check for an air leak on a pool pump. Use a slow running water hose to place water over the pipe connections until you see the air bubbles disappear. This helps pinpoint where you need to make your repairs. Below are the...read more
Water should have no taste or odor. Our city water had both, a chlorine odor and taste. To resolve the issue with the odor and taste we installed a carbon water filtration system. We installed a primary carbon filter (Large black cylinder) and a 2nd stage...read more