Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’


Ready to Take the Plunge? Consider Installing a Glass Walled Swimming Pool

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Ready to Take the Plunge? Consider Installing a ‘Glass Walled’ Swimming Pool - Handyman

It’s the dream of many a new home owner to complete the picturesque yard with your very own pool. Catering for exercise enthusiasts, groups of giggling children, and party guests the swimming pool add a whole new level of functionality to a property adding to its value and desirability whilst cutting family expenses on trips to the public pool or pricey water parks.

Glass Walled Swimming Pools

One of the best designs has to be the glass walled swimming pool. Just think of the great action photos you can capture without an underwater camera. So, if you’re thinking about taking the plunge and installing a pool, consider the glass walled designs.

Undeniably, pools enhance the view of anybody’s house and make it more inviting to the guests, especially when it also allows viewing the surroundings whilst swimming or view happy swimmers under the water. Pools with glass windows have gained popularity globally for their great aesthetics and entertainment value.

The style of pool you choose is dependent on many factors but if children are likely to use the pool, a glass walled installation is recommended. Giving a much clearer observation of the swimmers, glass walled pools are much safer and should a problem occur it may be spotted earlier on, saving lives.

One overlooked benefit of a transparent pool is that it allows for better observation for coaching young swimming learners. Having a great view of your student moving through the water can hugely benefit the constructive feedback you give.

Let’s take a look at the benefits:

1.     Safety

2.     A better view of both the interior and the exterior of the pool

3.     Quicker installation

4.     Easier to clean

5.     Modern look and feel

6.     Provides diving coaches an unobstructed view

7.     It makes smaller pools look spacious as it introduces more light

8.     An elegant and stunning appeal

9.     Easy to facilitate video/photographing underwater

10.  Provides a new and exciting swimming experience

Professional Installation

The certified engineers at Premium Pools can assist you in choosing the right design, measurement and glass thickness. You can also add exciting water features to make your swimming experience more enjoyable.

Premium Pools has an extremely high customer satisfaction rate and offers warranty and after sales support. So, call now or visit the website at

For any questions regarding installation or maintenance of a swimming pool, use TalkLocal to be connected with a reliable professional in your area in just minutes.

Tips For Power Washing A Painted Deck

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Tips For Power Washing A Painted Deck - Handyman

Your deck is exposed to all of the elements, including dirt and natural grime that can build up over time. If you have painted the exterior of your home, and your deck to compliment, you may find yourself in need of some tips for power washing a painted deck.

There are certain things you do not want to do:

– You want to make sure you avoid using a power washer at close range. This can damage the paint and cause it to fade or peel.

– Avoid using really harsh chemicals, as well.

– Don’t leave furniture, décor, or plants on the deck if you can help it. Anything you can move should be removed from the area, and anything that cannot  be removed should be covered up.

– Avoid trying to clean your painted deck on very windy days so that the risk of debris infiltrating your cleaning system is lower.

When you’re ready to start washing, follow these tips for power washing a painted deck:

You will need:

– A bucket

– Unscented dish detergent

– A garden hose with a spray nozzle attachment

How to Power Wash Your Deck

1. Fill a mop bucket with about 3 ounces of unscented dish detergent. Mix with water until you have a soapy mixture and either use a mop, or splash the mixture to spread it around the deck. We recommend using a mop on larger areas.

2. Let the soapy mixture sit on the deck for about 5 to 10 minutes and soak into the grime and dirt, but don’t wait much longer than that.

3. Connect the spray nozzle attachment to your garden hose and spray the soapy mixture off of the deck. If your spray nozzle attachment has adjustable speeds, start spraying on medium and only switch to high if medium is too weak to remove the dirt and grime.

This should take care of the majority of the filth on the deck. If you find you still have a mess, here are some tips for washing a painted deck with stubborn grime and muck:

1. After following the above steps, get a long-handled cleaning brush with soft bristles.

2. Mix 1 or 2 ounces of dish detergent and water.

3. Dip the brush into this new soapy mixture and gently scrub the grime in circular motions. Go slowly so you avoid scratching or removing paint.

Looking For Help?

These tips and tricks will help you wash your painted deck without a blast washer or harmful chemicals that may affect your paint. If you need professional assistance or find that your grime is too stubborn, TalkLocal can help you by connecting you with a qualified handyman in you area, when you need one.