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10 Tips to Select Outdoor Furniture

From How Stuff Works

Selecting the furniture around and in which your family will be speding alot of time this summer in your outdoor living space is an important decision.  Most people aren't professional designers, nor outdoor furniture experts, so this decision can be crucial for the comfort of your family and guests.  This post from How Stuff Works considers the many factors involved in choosing the right outdoor furniture for your backyard design, and gives you 10 easy tips for making this process easier.  Here is an excerpt from the post:

There's something really nice about the idea of turning part of your landscape into an alfresco family room during two or three seasons of the year. It's certainly a less expensive option than adding another room to your home. Who needs walls, anyway? Open air living has "green" appeal. It gets you back into nature -- and nature you can control with a flick of the garden hose or a spritz from a can of bug spray.

Making the transition to outdoor living requires a judicious reallocation of resources, though. If you're outfitting an outdoor living area this season, finding comfy, long-lasting furniture may mean the difference between hanging out on the patio for a while to enjoy the fresh air and heading indoors after a few cramped, uncomfortable minutes parked on a cheap patio chair.

Patio décor has to be more than merely attractive to withstand the elements and provide good value for your outdoor decorating dollar. Let's explore 10 things you should keep in mind when shopping for outdoor furnishings.

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Hydrofloors movable swimming pool floor


From Hydrofloors Youtube Page

Hydrofloors variable depth swimming pool floors are the perfect fusion of state-of-the-art-technology with functionality and beauty.

Imagine a swimming pool that doubles as a dance floor or an entertaining room or even a place to park your car? A space that transforms seamlessly from one function to another.

It doubles your floor space and adds to your properties square meters. A swimming pool that can be simultaneously a deep diving pool, a child friendly shallow depth pool or a mid depth pool for exercise and water games whilst also offering the ability to be completely closed for security.

Specifically designed for each project, Hydrofloors works in partnership with your pool builder and architect to create and meet each your unique and individual requirements.
Who said you don't have room for a swimming pool...?  Click here to see the video

For more information look on www.hydrofloors.com

Monday, 07 April 2014 09:04

Can a swimming pool make you drool--with envy?

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Daily Delight: Jaw-Dropping Pools Around the World


The weather has broken, and it is time to start thinking about swimming, soaking up the sun, and laying around by the pool.  These swimming pools on HGTV's blog will have you truly inspired, if not dumbstruck.  Check out this compendium of jaw-dropping luxury swimming pools from around the world, and be inspired to bring some of these amazing vistas to your own outdoor living space.

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I don't know about you, but the scorching temperatures of August have me daydreaming about cool waters and global getaways. Since my vacation is still weeks away, gazing at these gorgeous pools from around the world will have to do. I'm hoping my next vacation will be a pool-hopping voyage across the globe. - See more here

10 Surprising Sunburn Remedies

Originally posted by Babble

It is one of the enivitabilities of summer.  The sun will shine, and those who don't have all of their skin covered or protected will eventually burn with excessive exposure to the sun's ulta violet rays.  In this post from Babble, some very surprising cures and treatments for sunburn are presented with materials and products that most people will already have on hand at home!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

It happens to the best of us. We apply sunscreen. We miss a spot. We get a raging sunburn and vow never to step foot in the sun again. Until the next time.

Sunburns are serious business and if you've overdone it, you'll want to take immediate steps to help your body defend itself and get your skin back on track. According to the International Dermal Institute:

"A sunburn is the skin's response to extreme ultraviolet (UV) exposure and indicates severe damage. In as little as 10 minutes of intense UV exposure, the skin sets into motion a system of defense against this enemy. The first indication of damage is redness. This is the body's inflammatory response in situations requiring repair and is a result of dilating blood vessels. The skin will then start to lose moisture and hydration, which will be apparent with a feeling of tightness."

The top recommended steps for treating sunburn are: get out of the sun immediately, drink plenty of water to re-hydrate, and do not return into the sun until your skin is fully healed. It may take a few days but it's important to let your body heal. If your skin is severely blistered or you're experiencing fever and chills, call your doctor for advice. This is especially important for your little ones. Otherwise you'll want to reduce the inflammation and try to reduce damage to the deeper layers of your skin.

There are a variety of ways to reduce inflammation. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends these 5 Ways to Treat a Sunburn but what about calming that nagging feeling like your entire body has been lit on fire (can you tell I grew up by the beach and endured my fair share of sunburns?!)

To reduce the sting of a sunburn you can apply an after-sun product (check out Babble's 25 Soothing After-Sun Products) but if you don't have access or don't want to spend money on one, or just prefer natural alternatives, try looking in your pantry. Many household items contain natural ingredients and acids that help cool and soothe sunburn pain. There isn't a lot of scientific backing but proponents swear up and down that these remedies relieve pain and make sunburns more tolerable.

Aloe, oatmeal, and cucumber are among the most well-known but check out these 10 surprising sunburn remedies, all of which you likely have on hand already:

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Saltwater fastest growing trend in swimming pools

From Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The biggest groundswell ever experienced in the swimming pool industry is the consumer-driven demand for "saltwater swimming pools".  We have examined the pros, cons, and popular misconceptions of this feature ad naseum in previous posts.  What most pool professionals, manufacturers, and other companies associated with the swimming pool industry realize, however, is that salt water chlorine generation is not going away any time soon.  Manufacturers are addressing the negative issues with salt-resistant equipment, and the demand for this feature continues to spiral upward.  In this post from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, saltwater swimming pool chlorination is identified as the fastest growing trend in swimming pool design and construction.  Click here to see if you are ready to jump on the bandwagon, (if you can catch it)....

Here is an excerpt from the post:

altwater pools work by converting salt to chlorine using an electrolytic converter. This produces the same type of bacteria-killing chlorine found in a traditional pool, but in a radically different fashion. Since the salt generator is adding chlorine to the water at a constant rate, it is capable of displacing the bad smell and burning irritation we normally associate with chlorine and maintaining the right amount at all times.

As the water exits the converter and enters the pool, the sanitizing chlorine eventually reverts back to salt, and the process repeats itself, conserving salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced. However new salt does need to be added occasionally as salt levels can drop due to splash-out, rain and filter back-washing. Pool owners still should test weekly for pH and chlorine and monthly for other water balance factors.

Saltwater pools require far less maintenance than traditional pools and are much less expensive to maintain as pool salt is far cheaper than traditional chlorine. This is a big reason why so many hotels and water parks in the United State have already made the switch. Plus when it comes to initial construction and installation, the additional cost of an electrolytic converter is very small and easily made up in maintenance savings. Even converting an existing chlorine pool to saltwater can be paid off quickly.

Saltwater pools are certainly not new. The technology started in Australia in the 1960s and today over 80 percent of all pools there use this system. In the United States, saltwater pools first began to see use in the 1980s and today have grown exponentially in popularity. According to data published in Pool & Spa News, today there are more than 1.4 million saltwater pools in operation nationwide and an estimated 75 percent of all new in-ground pools are salt water, compared with only 15 percent in 2002.

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