Posts made in March, 2015

An Overview Of The Different Types Of Jacuzzi Covers

Once you have a Jacuzzi, you need to consider what type of cover you are going to get. A cover is important. If you leave the Jacuzzi open, leaves and debris can fall into the water. A cover also prevents animals from getting into the water as well as preventing evaporation. However, not all covers are alike.

Some are soft, while some are hard. There are also some that are designed to capture the suns energy and heat the pool.

Is Your Jacuzzi Indoors Or Outdoors?

The type of cover you get will depend on where your Jacuzzi is located. If you have an outdoor Jacuzzi, you will need a hard or fitted cover. If, on the other hand, your Jacuzzi is located indoors, you can get a soft cover.

Soft Cover: The Floater

Floating covers are usually soft. They don’t attach to the sides of the Jacuzzi. They resemble large blankets. They work best for indoor Jacuzzi hot tubs. They are not designed to keep debris out of the water.

If you have an indoor Jacuzzi you are obviously not concerned with wild animals or leaves getting into the water. However, you have to be concerned with evaporation. A floating cover will help to prevent the water and chemicals from evaporating into the air.

The benefit to a floating cover is that they are lightweight and easy to take off and put back on.

Outdoor Cover Type 1: The Hinged Cover

These covers are hard and will keep leaves, snow, squirrels, and everything else out of your Jacuzzi. They are designed with hinges to make them easy to remove. Some have one hinge in the center, while others will have two hinges that allows the cover to fold into three sections.

The other benefit to a hinged cover is that you can access the water without removing the entire cover. If you are looking to test the water or add cleaning chemicals, then it is much easier with a hinged cover. A solid cover will require you to remove the entire cover.

Outdoor Cover Type 2: Fitted Solar Cover

A fitted cover is designed to be snug. They are also softer than hinged covers. While they are soft, they are still strong. They will protect the Jacuzzi from animals, snow, and falling leaves. The unique solar design is used to retain heat. This is a major benefit to the fitted cover. It reduces the amount of energy that is required to heat up the pool.

It is able to harness the suns energy and use this heat to keep the water warm. Later, when the Jacuzzi is going to be used, less electricity is needed to heat up the water. This provides a cost savings.

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Planning A Garage Sale? Get Your Garage Ready First

A garage sale is a great way to make some extra money, as well as clear some clutter in your house. Before you do this, however, you need to get your garage ready. You should first start out by making sure everything is in good working order, and then cleaning it.

Garage Door Maintenance

Hire a technician to do a visual inspection of your garage. He or she will likely look at the garage door pulleys, rollers, cables and springs, as well as all the mounting hardware for signs of damage or wear and tear.

If your garage came with an automatic door opener, the technician may do a balance test. This is to ensure the door will open and close properly.  The technical will also likely test the reversing mechanism on the garage. This mechanism is a safety feature with garage doors to ensure the door does not fully close when something is below it, such as a small child. Instead of closing, it should immediately reverse.

Whatever the technician finds should be repaired, as you want the garage to be safe for your visitors.

Garage Shelving Units

If you have no storage space in your garage, you should consider purchasing some shelving units. You can find freestanding metal units, which are great for garages, at most home supply stores.  Make sure the shelving units are sturdy. Check the amount of weight each shelf can hold so you know what you can store on them.

Walk around your garage and pick up all gardening supplies, tools, etc. that may be laying around. Purchase some plastic bins so you can separate everything, and put the bins on the shelving unit. This not only helps you get organized, but tidies up your garage.

Garage Floor

Your garage floor is likely dirty from oil leaks, dirt from car or truck tires, road salt, and more. Purchase a large push broom that has rigid bristles if you do not already have one. It will make your job much easier when sweeping the garage floor. Sweep the entire floor to get out as much of the dirt and dust as you can.

If you have any oil or grease stains, put a layer of cat litter over them to absorb any excess. Leave it on there for at least a day, and then use the push broom to sweep it off. Pour some dry dishwasher detergent on the stains, and let it sit for 45 minutes. After this time, pour some boiling water over the detergent, and scrub the area with a hand scrubber or your broom.

Once all of the stains are removed, use a pressure washer to clean the entire garage floor.

Garage Smell

Most garages do not have the best smell, and before you have your garage sale, you should leave the door open as much as you can for a few days to air it out.  Set up some fans in the garage and let them run also.  Look around on the walls to see if you find any mold. If you do, put two cups of oxygen bleach into a gallon of water. Put on some rubber gloves, dip a sponge in the water, and wipe the walls down.

To remove odors put some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray it around the garage.  If you do not like the vinegar smell, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as orange, rosemary, or peppermint, into the vinegar bottle.

Put a few opened boxes of baking soda around the garage out of sight. This will also help keep odors away during your garage sale. Talk to a professional like

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