3 Simple Steps to Building Your Own Home Solar Panels

Years ago, my neighbor started building his own home solar panels, as a way to lower his utility costs. I thought he was very ambitious in his endeavor, but as I watched him work on his project on the weekends, I realized it was not hard to do at all. Through three simple steps and using knowledge he found in an e-Book he purchased on the Internet, he was able to make a dramatic impact on his energy bills, and eventually eliminated his utility costs all together.

1. He first built a water heating system on his roof that would transfer the heat from the warm rays of the sun into tubing that lead to his hot water tank. This simple to build system constantly moves water from his tank to his roof, and back down to the tank. This clever design makes the most use of the sun’s warmth, even on cold days. That simple system slashed his costs by producing all the hot water his family uses.

2. Though instruction from the e-Book he purchased, he then learned how to make solar panels. His fabricated small panel sections are then connected together to generate specific amounts of power he uses in his home. Whenever he had time, he would construct more home solar panels and connect them to his family “electric grid” to increase the amount of energy he could generate each day.

3. As his solar panels system increased, he finally had a system large enough to cover all his electric needs. Because the sun is only up half the time he needs electricity, he designed his “power grid” large enough to generate extra power, which he sells to his local electric company. Using a reverse meter, he sells the extra electricity his system generates during the day, to the electric company, and then buys it back each night. In the summer, with longer days, he is able to sell more of his generated power, and in the winter, he buys more. In the end, it all averages out.

It did not take me long to figure out that I too could make solar panels at a very reasonable costs, with materials that are easy to find. I have completed construction of a “whole house” home solar panels system for my house, and have eliminated my electrical utility bills.

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5 Steps to Selecting the Perfect Interior Design Style for Your Home or Apartment

For many homeowners deciding on a theme or style for the interior of their home seems about as simple as splitting an atom or negotiating peace in the Middle East. Daunted by an overload of magazines, web-sites, books and television shows each presenting dazzlingly photographed interiors filled with chic, stylish and wildly desirable objects and each slapping an editorial spin on what this look will be called; is it any wonder that most homes languish in an unfocused design haze far longer than necessary?

To cut through the clutter and the confusion here are 5 Steps to Selecting the Perfect Interior Design Style for Your Home or Apartment:

1. Understand the Architectural Style in which you will be living. Maybe your home is a California Bungalow or a New England Cape. Maybe your condominium building is heavily influenced by Mediterranean Architecture or is a symphony of modern glass and concrete. Regardless of what’s going on around you to intelligently parse out what will happen inside your home you should have a grasp of your homes’ architectural styling.

2. Have an opinion on what will happen inside your home. Good design is not for wimps and great design actually necessitates a home’s owner to have well formed opinions about what they want to live with every day. So do your homework. Visit a Designer Show House, tour model homes or spend a Saturday afternoon flipping through pages of design and architecture books and get in touch with what makes you smile. You don’t need to identify every element in the room on the page you just need to know that looking at it makes you smile. While the smile is still fresh on your face place a post-it-note on that page and we’ll come back to it shortly.

3. Play nicely with those who share the same address. Few things are as tedious as are constantly bickering couples. On the best of days finding harmony amid life’s madness can be a challenge. Please don’t add decorating discord to the list of topics on which you and your spouse joust. No one ever wins these bouts; in fact everyone within earshot actually loses. So think in terms of mutually beneficial negotiations as you hash through the thoughts and ideas shared by your life-partner and seek ways to weave together the single best idea each one brings to the table. Melding two design ideas under one roof is neither revolutionary nor improbable. In fact, it’s been done for decades with happy relationships as a delightful by-product.

4. Create visible reminders of the agreed upon direction (s) for your home. If “Big-City Modern with a touch of French Empire” is what’s been agreed upon then make it the law of the land by memorializing the decision with a pin-board and shared idea-page. Own the decision which is the result of your hard-fought negotiations by establishing visual markers. This way those in your spheres of influence can hold you to your choice and support you as you together create your new home.

5. Don’t hesitate to call in professional reinforcements. There are times, both in the negotiation phase and in the shopping phase, when outside help can be priceless. Learn who the pros are in your area who you can call for that bit of non-partisan back-side kicking. And don’t be shy about dialing their number. Writing a check for an hour or two of design consultation can mean the difference between a good room and a great room. You’re worth it being great so do what’s necessary. You won’t regret the call.

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10 Tips Every Weekend House Warrior Needs to Know

Many of us find ourselves with house projects that turn into playing weekend warrior to get it all done. Try these 10 tips and points of caution to watch out for as you go about your projects. They can make all the difference for your body and mind come Monday morning.

My husband and I started our own house project this past weekend… refinishing the back deck. It had been a couple years since we did this last and I had forgotten just how much time and work is involved. However, after just one day of moving, sweeping, and sanding, my aching muscles quickly reminded me that I needed to exercise some smart thinking and self care to come through this without feeling utterly exhausted and sustaining a muscle spasm. I hope this tips will help you stay in better balance and health in whatever your latest house project is.

  1. Evaluate Whether You Want To Do The Job Yourself: more than money is to be considered when looking at whether to hire out for a job or DIY. Yes, finances do play a role as to what and how much you hire out, but also consider the emotional, physical, and mental toll on you and your family as well as what you would like to be doing instead. If you work 60 hours a week and dislike house projects, the cost to yourself of trying to DIY could be high due to your mental attitude. If you don’t want to do it, this energy will come through and very often all sorts of things start to go wrong with the project. If you and your space don’t do projects well together based on different styles, attempting one could add relationship tension. Look at the whole picture when examining costs so you don’t end getting “spent” in more ways than just your pocket book.
  2. Consider Hiring Out Some Of The Work: this doesn’t have to mean break the bank, either. Look at what tasks require a lower level of skill and look around. For our deck project, I actually hired two fourteen year old neighborhood boys to do the sanding along the deck edges with a palm sander. There was a little instruction time as well as extra questions along the way, but for $7/hour they did a great job and saved me hours of work and toll on my body. So worth it! In this tight job market, you can likely find willing labor at cut rate prices across the board. Just don’t try to cut too much… being fair to your workers will always produce better job results.
  3. Pace Yourself: this is especially true of big jobs. If you throw all your energy into the game early on, you won’t have the stamina for the long haul.
  4. Take Stretch Breaks Often: different jobs are going to work different muscles but anything which you are doing repetitively is going to eventually catch up with you in the form of overly tight muscles and possibly even a muscle spasm. By breaking often and stretching things out, you give your muscles a chance to release some of the tension, which will hopefully decrease the chance of you going into a muscle crisis or sustaining an injury. If you don’t know what stretches are needed, work with a physical or massage therapist, or personal trainer to get some advice.
  5. Drink Lots Of Water: your muscles need hydration, especially when you are giving out lots of energy through physical labor and is absolutely key on hot days. Not only will you get fewer muscle cramps but you also will stay on the safe side of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  6. Know When To Stop: it can be very tempting to keep going because you can see the end, but BEWARE… this is the high danger point. Many injuries occur by being in a fatigued state and going too far. When your body and mind are tired, you are more apt to make mistakes plus you simply have less to give at that point. How do you know when you’ve reached the stopping point? Listen to your body. If you’re feeling exhausted, you’ve already gone too far.
  7. Have Some Post-Job Tension Remedies Ready: to take the edge off your day’s labor, especially if you’re starting again the next day, you want to have some tools ready. Yes, there are over-the-counter pain relievers but they can have side effects for some. Instead of or in addition to the pain relievers, try good old fashioned hot baths with Epsom Salts, a heating pad, rolling on tennis balls along the back and hips to create pressure point releases, or even get a professional massage. The investments you make in the moment can save you big in long term tolls.
  8. Arnica cream or homeopathic pellets work with your body from the inside out to aid in soft tissue/muscular tension relief. In other words, they ease the aches and pain. For whole body aches and pains, use the homeopathic pellets which can be found at most health food stores and an employee should be able to tell you what dose to take. If you have a specific area of the body that requires extra TLF, use the cream on that area. The best cream I’ve found on the market is this cream put out by a company called True Botanica.
  9. Hot Or Cold?You might be familiar with using a heating pad or ice pack but not know when to use what. Here’s the basic guideline. Cold is used for reducing inflammation/swelling often with an acute injury; can provide pain relief; and can sometimes decrease a muscle spasm. When using cold you need a protective layer between the cold pack and your skin and time should be limited to no more than 20 minutes. There are also some health conditions which are contraindicated for cold so be sure to check with your health professional before using. Superficial topical heat has long been used for muscular and joint pain, promotes relaxation by lengthening the soft tissue parts, and promotes healing by bringing more blood, nutrients and immune support to the body part. With heat you need to watch out for burns and should not be used if you have any of these conditions: an acute injury of less than 2 days old, skin infection, inflammation, hemorrhaging (blood loss), or the inability in the body or part to receive sensory input which prevents you from getting feedback on what’s happening to the tissues. For basic aches and pains without injury or spasm, heat is likely the best choice.
  10. Stretch At The End Of The Day: stretching is what gives your muscles to message to let go of the work and tightness and come back into a relaxed, resting state. It is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Yoga provides a great full body approach so feel free to take a class or use an audio or video product. There are also good stretching books on the market or, again, work with a local professional to help you design a simple but effective routine that fits your needs.

With these ten tips and techniques packed in your tool box, you are now fully ready to tackle your next house project. Have fun and let me know how it works!

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7 Things To Think About Before Using 8 X 10 Shed Plans To Build A Storage Shed

Whether you’re a newbie or a pro at building storage sheds, getting and keeping things well organized will save you a lot of headaches. It’ll also make sure your shed project comes to a successful conclusion, leaving you with fond memories of a job well done.

The way to ensure this is to go down a checklist of crucial questions to make sure that nothing is left to chance. So let’s compile our checklist, shall we?

1. What is the main reason for building a shed?

Failure to answer this question invariably results in a shed that is too small! Items that may be candidates for storage include tools for working on your car, garden tools, home maintenance tools and yard care tools, such as a lawn mower and hedge trimmers to name just a few.

Ah! But did you know that your children may have plans to store their bikes in that shed too? And what about their skateboards and the ATV? And don’t forget those items your wife had left over from the last garage sale. You get the idea. Really brainstorm this question and get your family to pitch in.

2. What Size Will The Shed Be?

With the reason for building the shed clear in mind, you are in a position to estimate the size. This is a good time to be generous as your need for storage will increase as time passes.

While 8 X 10 Shed Plans are a popular size, it is better not to limit yourself to what’s popular but get the size you need for your family’s storage needs over the long term.

3. What will be the best location for your storage shed?

Selecting a location for your shed is an important step. Your local zoning ordinances may have a direct bearing on the location. However, as a practical matter, you want to have ready and convenient access to it. Therefore the location of the doors and the path leading up to it must be carefully thought out.

You should also give thought to how it will fit in with your landscaping, whether it will be visible from the street, will its foundation will be affected by the roots of growing trees and a host of other possibilities. The key here is to be thorough in your planning. This is also a good opportunity to consider water runoff.

4. How will the shed be affected by climate?

Here, you want to consider the effects of heat, cold and humidity not only on the structure of the shed but also on its contents. Are there items that can be damaged by water? In that case give thought to applying adequate waterproofing. If temperatures can become excessive during the summertime, can this cause damage to valuable property? What ventilation needs are there?

If extreme cold is anticipated, might you need to provide some heating and possibly installation?

5. Does the local building department require you to obtain a building permit?

A telephone call or visit to your local building department should help you decide what is required in this area. Checking their website may answer some of your questions. If a permit is required, there is usually a charge for it as well as a need for inspection at the completion of your project.

Cooperation with your local building department is a good idea as they have in mind neighborhood safety as well as maintaining good appearance in the area. And don’t forget to check the Home Owners’ Association rules if you have one.

6. What will it cost?

Unless you have unlimited funds and money is no object this is a practical question to consider. Typically, only after the above basic planning and design are completed will you really be in a position to calculate the total expense of your shed. Of course, you will first need to decide what shed plans to use and this in turn will determine the actual materials and finally the actual cost.

7. How to get shed plans for your project

Whether you’re looking for 8 X 10 Shed Plans or any other size, you will find a large supply of many different designs by searching on the Internet. All you have to do is type into the search engine “8 X 10 shed plans”, without the quotes, and you will have access to an almost unlimited supply of plans. Make sure that the set of plans you select contains a comprehensive materials list.

To maintain the fine appearance of your property you will want to select a shed design that coordinates nicely with the style of your home. In addition to style, color scheme and materials are important concerns.

And don’t forget to check with your property insurance company regarding coverage for the contents of the shed and the structure itself.

Use this checklist to avoid frustrations, miscalculations and disappointments and your storage shed project will be a successful one.

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3 Practical Reminders When Moving to a New House

You have finally sold your home and are now highly anticipating your new life as you move to a different place. You are really getting excited about the whole idea until you realize one thing – moving can really be time-consuming.

Leaving your property and transferring to another location truly deserves the most careful of preparations. Read the following pointers listed below to ensure a hassle-free experience:


As you get ready for the big move, make sure that you connect and disconnect utilities ahead of time. Inform your suppliers ahead of time so you have everything you need before you arrive such as gas, water, and electricity. This is very important to make sure that you will be comfortable on your new home. If you are thinking of switching to another provider, then do some research over the internet. Compare rates and packages to find the best deals.

Also, all utilities from your present home should be properly disconnected.

Mailing Address

Another important thing you should take care of is to spread the word about your change of address. This is particularly applicable if you often receive letters via snail mail. Banks, credit card companies, insurance firms, and others may want to stay in touch with you that’s why you have to let them know. Make a list of people, companies, and organizations that need to be aware of your new address and contact them one by one. You may also consider signing up for a redirect service with the local postal office just to make sure that you do not miss any mails.


Chances are packing your things will be the activity that consumes a huge chunk of your time as you prepare for your new place. Buy boxes and label them to remind you of what’s inside each one. Pay attention to items that are fragile so you can avoid accidentally breaking them. Unpacking will seem easier too as you do this.

Actually, you do not have to pack everything in the first place. You may want to consider donating some old clothing to a local charity. This will decrease the load you need to move plus you’ll be able to help needy people.

As you take note of these three things, you will be able to enjoy moving without any stress. You’ll have all essential utilities in place, you’ll get all letters addressed to you, and none of your things will be damaged along the way.

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10 Tips For Good Tiling

Many people will have had an attempt at tiling in some form or other albeit a small repair or larger project. However, what, at face value appears to be a seemingly simple task of sticking squares or rectangular slabs on a wall, soon becomes an awkward challenge when obstacles appear that do not fall perfectly in line with the tile edge or irregular shapes have to be cut. The obvious choice is usually to cut the tile into smaller pieces and stick them around the obstacle in a kind of crazy mosaic fashion, which we all know is not a very professional finish. Below are a few tips that I use to achieve professional results every time.

1. The Right Tool For The Job

As in any craft, using the correct tool for the job will not only make your work easier but will also give you the best results. There are a variety of tools used by professional tillers; however, having all the necessary basic tools can be sufficient for good results.

You will certainly need:

  • Tile Cutter (standard manual type)
  • Tile Nibs: for snipping away small amounts of unwanted tile
  • Tile Saw: Hand-held saw similar to a hacksaw
  • Tile File
  • Notched Trowel: for spreading adhesive
  • Grout Spreader
  • Spirit level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Profile Gauge

Additional tools include:

  • Power tile saw (preferably water cooled)
  • Small angle grinder with an appropriate cutting disk
  • Hole cutter and tile drills
  • Tile rake: for removing grout/adhesive between tiles
  • Tile Removal Chisel: for removing existing tiles

2. How Many Tiles

Before buying tiles you will need to measure the area. At first this may seem quite challenging. Although some professional tillers can often tell at a glance how much tiles are required such skill comes with years of experience. However, the easiest way, is to measure the length and width of each section and then multiply the length by the width to give you the value in metres/square. Divide awkward shapes into smaller rectangles and apply the same equation. Measure each section this way and then add them all together to get the overall area in square metres. Always allow ten percent extra for wastage (five percent for mosaic tiles).

3. On The Surface

The surface to be tiled should be free from damp, physically sound (not crumbly or flaky), newly plastered walls should be sealed with a suitable sealant prior to spreading the adhesive (follow product instructions). Significantly uneven walls should be levelled using the appropriate plaster beforehand and should be completely dried before tiling.

4. Where to Begin

First, measure the distance across the area to be tiled or do a dummy run with the tiles, this will help you to decide on the best starting point. It is usually best to position the tiles so that you allow for cuts at both ends rather than starting with a whole tile.

If you are tiling to the level line of a bath or kitchen worktop, then it is usually OK to use this as your starting line, but be sure to measure vertically to anticipate how the top row will finish, so as to avoid having to cut very small strips at the end. Use spacers beneath the first row as this will help with minor adjustments and the resultant gap will give a key for sealants to grip.

5. On The Level

If you are not starting from a level surface, use a spirit level and draw a level line above the first row; use this as your starting line. It may be helpful to fix a straight timber baton on the wall to prevent the first row from sliding while the adhesive sets.

6. Where Are The Cuts

If tiling a whole room, begin with the wall furthest away as you enter the room, then tile the other walls up to it. This will obscure the cut edges from view (even if they are neat).

7. Stick Em Up

Using the appropriate sized notched spreader, evenly spread about a square metre of adhesive horizontally. Bed the tile, twisting slightly with even pressure to establish consistent contact. Continue the process paying particular attention to the alignment of the edges against the previous tile(s).

8. Spacers

If you are using spacers, insure that they are placed deep enough beneath the surface of the tile so they are not visible after grouting, alternatively, if you have enough spacers, use them on the outside of the tile two per joint. Then you can completely remove them once the adhesive has set (usually after an hour or two); ensure the tile is set rigid before removing them. Clean away excess adhesive between (and on) the tiles before the adhesive begins to set.

9. The Best Cuts

The easiest way to measure the cuts is to turn the tile over so that the glazed face is towards the wall, and the pre-formed edge is towards the corner. Then mark the back of the tile at the points that cross the previously fixed tile. Bring the markings around to the front of the tile; always allow room for the tile spacing before cutting.

10. Getting Around Things

When cutting around awkward shapes use a profile gauge to obtain the outline, mark it on the tile and verify using a measuring tape. Alternatively, make a cardboard template first and mark the tile once you are happy with the fit. Then place the tile on a flat, even surface and use the tile saw with gentle smooth movements. Do not rush or force the saw through the tile, just use enough pressure to allow it to cut at its natural rate. Patience is the key to avoid breaking the tile.

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5 Tips to Organize a Room

Follow these 5 tips to organize a room which you can then replicate to bring order to most any room. There are good reasons to do so.

  • According to the SDA, reducing clutter would eliminate up to 40 percent of housework in the average home. (The SDA is an 82 year-old national trade association made up of 100 plus companies who furnish the nation with general cleaning products and education).
  • Your home should be your sanctuary. Is there anything more relaxing and peaceful than a clean and organized home? Clear spaces, prominently displayed family photos and elbow room are all important to your internal sense of well-being.
  • Finally, studies about good and bad stress underline that an organized room or home promotes a sense of control and self-respect which in turn fuels creativity and a ‘can do’ spirit.


One reason many people rarely organize a room is because they don’t know where to begin. A good idea is to begin with a small area or site within a room, such as a desk, drawer, magazine rack or under the bed. Or if you want to tackle a bathroom, start with the medicine cabinet. Move the clutter in these areas to an open space where you can sort. Finish one area before you move to another.

One of the 5 top reasons people hire a professional to organize their house is that they have general “difficulty determining what to keep and what to discard.” [National Association of Professional Organizers Survey 6/2009]. Tip: But you can call in a good and candid friend to help you make decisions.

Label three or more bins or boxes for the sorting process: keep, throw away and donate. You will have to assess each item that is cluttering up your room and determine if you really want to keep it. Broken, soiled and otherwise useless items should go into the garbage.

Sorting also may be difficult with items that have sentimental value, but keep in mind the memories are the important thing. You could add a fourth box for temporarily packing items whose decision you’re not emotionally ready to make just yet. You could label it ‘don’t know.’

Once you have everything sorted take the next step immediately: throw away, donate and set up your items before they have time to migrate back out of the bins! Now what to do with some common items?

Usage Rule

Do you have items lying around that you seldom if ever use? Institute a usage rule; pack away specific items, date and label the box and if you have not used it in six months either have a yard sale or donate the items to charity. This is a good rule of thumb for most things around the house including clothing, shoes, dishes, pans and much more.

Of course, there are the occasional seasonal items such as winter clothes, camping, swimming or fishing gear that are definitely the exception to this rule.


  • If you are like a lot of people you have a lot of pictures, both in frames and out! Go through the pictures and determine which are most important.
  • For annual family pictures, you may want to rotate and only display the most current images. Older Polaroid’s and snap shots should be stored away in picture albums.
  • For others, a great organizing and storage principle is to scan them into your computer and save them digitally.

Books and Magazines

There are inexpensive bookshelves and magazine racks available at your local retailer. In addition, deep windowsills, mantles and even certain counter tops can become makeshift “bookshelves” with the addition of bookends. Hanging folder racks which are available at many dollar stores can make a handy organizational tool as well even for magazines.

Seasonal Clutter

During the winter months, coats and jackets which could become an eyesore can be easily organized. Install a few inexpensive hooks beside your back door and encourage everyone to make use of them! For homes or apartments where this is not possible consider investing in a coat rack, freestanding or wall mounted.

To store seasonal items, a portable closet makes a wonderful organizer, doesn’t take up too much space, and comes with colors that won’t be too obtrusive.

Final Thoughts

When you can replicate a plan to organize a room, surveys show you save up to 40% on housework. More importantly, you create a sanctuary for yourself and loose creative energy formerly drained off by clutter.

Steve B. Brown, Ph.D., is a retired research professor. Steve started ClutterControlGuide.com to be a free resource for others who wanted to feature speed and simplicity when decluttering and organizing their homes.

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Above Ground Pools – Repair All Metal Side Wall Problems

This page will explain to you all kinds of steel side wall repairs, here are just a few: side wall rusted around the skimmer or return jet, rusted to the point of rupture, and actual rupture of wall.

OK, let’s get started, we’ll start with the most common of all side wall problems and that will be rusted around the skimmer and return jet. First thing to do is drain the pool to about six inches below the skimmer or return jet, while the pool is being drained, take off the top rails above and on both sides of the skimmer, you might have to take two sections off on either side of the skimmer or return jet. Once that is done, take off the coping (plastic piece holding the liner in place). By this time the pool should be drained enough to take the skimmer or return jet off the side wall. (All references to the skimmer, return jet and holes in the side wall, will be referred to as skimmer)

Now, that’s all done, gently pull the liner up and over the side wall and expose the rusted or damaged skimmer hole. Next you determine how much you have to cut out to get rid of the rust, example, let’s say you determine that you are going to need to cut a hole 12 X 12 inches then you will need a piece of galvanized metal 24 X 24 inches to cover the 12 X 12 hole. The galvanized metal should be at least the same thickness or the next size up. If your not sure take a piece of the wall you cut out, for sizing.

OK! You got the galvanized metal and your ready to put it in place so all you have to do is cut the hole for the skimmer, you can use the skimmer as a template to cut the hole. Your next step is to position the replacement piece so that your skimmer hole is level, the easiest way to do this is measure from the top of the side wall to the replacement on both sides the measurement should be the same. Then use some duct tape to hold it in place. A little trick to keep all those metal filings from going between the wall and liner is to put an earth magnet on the drill bit while drilling and use a medium speed on your drill and the magnet will not fall off. Once in place you can get your drill and rivets ready, the size of rivets you should use is anything from 3/16 to 1/4 inch, get a big box because you will be spacing them 1 inch apart.

Let’s get on with the drilling layout, with a tape measure make a line 1 inch in from all edges and a second line 3 inches in, now on the one inch line put a hole in each of the corners, next from each corner hole you measure 1 inch both horizontally and vertically. Now from here we measure three inches from each corner hole and drill another hole, but before we drill anymore holes we want to put in a couple rivets to hold the replacement in place solidly. As you noticed the holes are two inches apart continue from each corner until you reach the center.

Now for the three inch line we put a hole in the corner and one hole in each direction two inches from the corner hole if you have done it right it should be in between two rivets on the one inch line so that all the rivets are staggered. Once you have all the rivets in place you can drill the holes for the skimmer. The final step is to duct tape all the metal edges so their is nothing sharp to pierce the liner when put back in place. Now all that is left to do, is to put everything back together the way it came apart.

This concludes the instruction for repairing the rust around the pool skimmer and the return jet and any hole in the side wall, for instruction on how to replace a whole section please read on.

Heaven forbid, you actually have had a blow out, if your liner got ruined then it is an easy task to take it out and repair the section before putting in a new liner, if you were lucky and your liner just got stretched a bit then things get a bit trickier. If you were really lucky you probably noticed a soft spot in the wall and checked it out and realized it was going to need repair soon. If any of these scenarios fits your problem then the remedy is at hand. Read on.

First, you will have to take about half the pools top rails off. Of course if you are replacing the liner than they all have to come off. Next remove the coping and lift the liner over the side wall. Now depending on the size of the hole, you will need an extra two feet of galvanized metal the same size in height as the existing metal. Cut out the rusted piece and put in your new piece. Now from the end of the new sheet of metal measure in three inches and score a line from top to bottom on both ends, and a similar line nine inches in from the ends.

Also, make sure your lines don’t line up with one of your upright supports, if they do slide your panel one way or the other so that they don’t line up, OK, starting from the top measure down one inch on the three inch line and two inches down on the nine inch line and mark a drill hole, and you continue on both lines two inches apart till you reach the bottom. Drill three or four holes, then put in some rivets from the inside out, you want the flat part on the inside of the pool, and then continue drilling. When you have finished with the rivets put some duct tape on them and on the edge of the metal and put your Pool back together again. I hope these instructions helped you get more years of pleasure out of your pool.

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Author: Steve Hargreaves

Above Ground Pools and Decks [http://www.abovegroundpoolsandecks.com]

Construction Consultant and above ground pool owner.

5 Uses for a Steel Building or Metal Pole Barn That May Surprise You!

There isn’t any product on earth as adaptable and inherently multi-purpose as steel, and there is no structure as useful and efficient as a steel building. Here are five great uses for one of many steel buildings or metal garages that may surprise you…

5. An Indoor Nursery.

Now this may be news to you, but steel is pretty much impervious to mold. Unlike the traditional nursery housing with wood and plastic sheeting, steel is super effective against organic causes of decay. While steel isn’t the most see-through material in the world, set up a few sets of energy-efficient grow lights and some built-in drip irrigation systems and you can have an internal grow operation for seedlings and small plants that can be run 24 hours a day without any detriment from stormy weather or an overabundance of fungal damage. Not only will going with a steel building save money, but it will help increase your plant production greatly!

4. A Motorcycle Repair Shop.

Everyone wishes they had the right resources to set up their own shop, and a lot of us wish we could start our own Harley repair business but lack the funding necessary to build a traditional wood structure complete with commercial garage. Well, not any more. Steel garages so affordable they bring every guy’s dream of running his own business into a reality. With concrete flooring and secure, weather-safe doors, you will have both the means and the space available for a perfect motorcycle repair business.

3. A School Vehicle and Maintenance Garage.

Besides performing well by giving every child an excellent education, schools are also tasked with an incredibly difficult challenge of balancing their budget line by line, as detailed as possible They really have to be frugal when it comes to building any structure, and the cost of building a traditional wood and cement structure to use as a bus-housing unit or a maintenance shop for the school janitor is going to be out of the price range of almost any school, not to mention the difficulty of having to guarantee it’s safety and structural integrity in regards to storms and inclement weather. The best solution for any school district is steel. Steel buildings hold up great against all types of weather and have been tested against hurricane-force gusts. Not only can they be sized large enough to store your school busses, but they also provide great shelter in times of high wind.

2. A Woodshop.

You’ve always wanted to have a small woodshop where you could build tables, cabinets, or vintage-style wood toys but never wanted to ruin the basement with tons of sawdust and destroy your homelife with the noise it would make. Now, with one of many excellent metal garages you can have enough room to build anything you’d like with the added option of insulating the walls as well to keep down the sound of saws and drills. This means more enjoyment on the weekend for you, and less headaches for your spouse!

1. A Dog Kennel.

Dog kennels are notoriously difficult to build and maintain if you go the traditional wood and concrete route, but with a steel building you can save yourself a lot of trouble right from the beginning. By installing the steel exterior structure overtop a pre-poured floor, you can mount fenced in dog-runs and drains easy and efficiently. With walls made of metal you don’t have to be worried about the constant water you will be spraying to clean out each of the kennel openings. This not only saves you money, but saves damage that could have been created should you have gone with a traditional wood structure.

These are only a few of the thousands of storage and business solutions possible with steel buildings and metal garages. Take a chance on finally building towards your dream with the secure safety of one of our Rocket Steel Buildings today! Steel buildings and steel barns –

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