Don’t Build Your Sauna Before Reading This

While many people fear the idea of building their own sauna room in their homes, it is among the best ideas you can have for your home. The best news is that you can even convert an existing room into a sauna room within a short period. If you happen to have some questions, on how to build a sauna, this article will guide you through the important steps. However, you first have to remove the drywall. Be careful. Don’t make the same mistakes as these guys.

Before Your Start

Prior to installing a sauna room in an existing room, you have o ensure that the room has a non-permeable floor, bare joists on its ceiling and bare studs. If you choose to use plywood for your sauna room, you should remember to have a tile under the heater and include an overlay with the sauna duckboard flooring. Mentioned in this article is the procedure you should follow to convert an existing room into a sauna.

You will also need quality tools. Don’t skimp here. Having the right tool for the job is imperative. You will definitely need a good quality chopsaw or table saw with sharp blades to get those cuts clean.

Wiring Work for the Lights

Your sauna room will definitely require wiring for the light switch, the bulbs, the heater wire conduit as well as controls outside the room. If you are considering using a gas heater in the sauna rooms, then you will need a gas pipe. Additionally, the thickness of this pipe has to be carefully determined, based on the number of appliance that will be using the gas supply. In this regard, you will need to consult a gas professional.

Insulation

This is another important task that has to be carried out on the sauna room. Insulating the room is important because it will lower the overall operational costs. The recommended sauna insulation is R-11 insulation for the inner walls and R-19 for the outer walls. If you are using fibreglass to insulate the room, you have the 16 inch and the 24 inch wide roll insulation options.

Installing a Foil Reflector

Adding a foil vapour barrier to our sauna room adds an insulation factor of R-1 to the room. Additionally, it acts as a vapour barrier in the sauna room. This foil should be staples to the interior surfaces of the room, including the walls and the ceiling. While installing the foil, you should have it overlapping by about three inches in order to eliminate the need for using a foil tape. This barrier will prevent the walls from absorbing any vapour, but allows the vapour to accumulate in the room instead.

Cedar Paneling

This is another important procedure while converting an existing room into a sauna. In this regard, you should start by nailing the cedar panel boards in such a way that they are perpendicular to the joists. Proceed this way across the ceiling until the work is complete. After this, you should cut a hole for the light box. This is where your tools, mentioned above will come into their own. Getting a great finish makes all the difference.

Again, you will also need to nail the clear panelling boards over the foil barrier as well as the insulation. Starting from the bottom, all the way to the top, you should now nail the groove and the tongue into place, such that they are horizontal to the studs. You should then add the cedar boards in rows and check whether they are in position after every fourth row.

Additionally, you may also have to cut to pave way for the electrical junction boxes. After you are through, you should use the trim peaces to cover any gaps.

Centre the Heater

Most sauna heaters come with the appropriate number of screws to secure it to the wall. In this regard, you should always use the longer screws on the top and tighten them well. After you have secured the heater in place, you should then wire it to the power source.

With such a guide, how to build a sauna should no longer be a problem. However, it always leaves this work to the professional sauna builders.

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How to Build a Shed – Part 3 – Build Your Own Shed

Part 1 – Planning is here. Part 2 – Materials here.

Now that you have your plans and all the materials you need in place it is time to get your hands dirty. Well at least you should have the most important materials by now. Maybe you want to uy the other stuff a little later…

Start with the Foundation

Depending on the type of construction you would either start by pouring a little concrete foundation or get to work on the wood right away.

The foundation doesn’t have to be poured concrete. The key is that the foundation is a level surface that keeps the wood frame dry. Meaning that there are no areas on the ground where water can collect and soak your wood. That would cause it to rot.

Also, if you are in an area where you have termites, do to bury any wood. If you have to put wood pillars in the ground wrap them in durable plastic or treat them with resin or tar. Maybe even a combination of both. Termites can travel quite far in underground tunnels and they will get inside the wood without you noticing it. When you find out it might already be too late.

If you pour little concrete “shoes” for the pillars to sit in make sure that your wood is dry enough. Wet wood will contract and might break free of your concrete. Having some nails sticking out of the pillars in the area where the concrete goes helps to prevent the wood from moving.

Another option is to use concrete blocks embedded into the ground for each of the load bearing points of the frame. These blocks would be bedded on a mortar mix and levelled against each other.

Walls and Roof

For handling larger parts like roof beams for example get the help of a friend. While doing stuff yourself is cool it is even more fun with a buddy or two.

Pretty all the avice you need can be obtained either by asking people or by doing a search on the internet. Covering every single construction style is way beyond the scope of this HowTo. If you have specific questions on how to do things or what the best practices are do not hesitate to ask me using the comment function below. Like I said earlier, there is a lot of stuff to know but everything can be learned. No rocket science here.

This last stage is complex and challenging. I know this post hasn’t really delivered. So I’ve added a useful YouTube video which goes into more detail.

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How to Build a Shed – Part 2 – The Materials

In our last post on building your own garden shed we looked at the planning stage. Now it is time to make a shopping list. It does not have to be as extensive as the one I made in the picture but the more you can plan ahead the better organized you will be and the more smoothly the build will go. Believe me there are few things more frustrating than being on top of a ladder, holding heavy pieces of wood in place ready for securing only to find that you don’t have the right fixing.

If you bought the ready-made plans I recommended in part 1 this is going to be way easier because you will exactly see what you need including measurements.

If you made your own plans, again, try to be as exact as possible and also think about the supporting structure and what you will need for that.

If you are unsure it is always better to buy a little less than you need instead of having too much stuff left over in the end. Just make sure that what you need will still be in stock when you come back. That’s often not the case with special offers and promotions because everybody buys it and it might be out of stock soon.

What Material Will Your Shed Be Made From?

Most of the people will want to build wooden garden sheds because, as I said, wood is cheap, easy to work with and looks nice. When you buy wood keep an eye open for leftovers. Often you can get a great deal on pieces that were part of a bigger package. Most decent hardware stores also offer a free service for cutting wood. So, if you need 50 pieces to a given length you might save yourself some work by having them cut it with the big saw. This is another example for how it pays off to have all the measurements down before going shopping.

Tools

If you need to buy tools go for a good brand. Don’t buy the cheapest electrical saw you can find and that’s on special for 20 bucks. It’s definitely worth investing a little money here because a decent tool will just last you way longer ad you will be able to produce higher quality work. Some things can be bought cheaper on the internet, a look into the Home Tool Helper which has great reviews of most of the tools necessary for this sort of project.

Getting the right tools in building projects makes such a big difference. Having observed many professionals over the years, the main difference between the them and the average DIYer is the fact that they use the right tools for the job. If they don’t have the right tool, guess what? That’s right. They go out and buy it. It’s really that easy. In my shed build I was struggling to make mortice and tennon joints. I really just needed to get a plunge router, but did I get one. Noooo. I struggled on with a drill and a chisel. Made the whole thing much more difficult.

Anyway, lesson now learnt.

In the next installment of this build a shed series we’ll look at the construction phase itself.

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How to Build a Shed – Part 1 – The Plan

Being a big fan of any kind of do it yourself project of course I was facing the task of building a shed more than once in my life. So, how do you approach that? And should you really so it yourself? Here I want to share with you some of my experience on how to build a garden shed by yourself.

My answer would be YES any day of the week. Building a shed yourself is not only going to save you a bunch of cash but it’s also a very rewarding experience. As is building anything nice with your own hands!

If you do not have a ton of construction experience it may seem a bit daunting at first and you might be a little unsure on how to start. Even if you do everything yourself you still have to buy the materials and you don’t want your project to fail. But let me tell you this: If you are passionate about it and willing to learn a thing or two you will succeed and you might even impress some of your peers.

After all building a shed is not rocket science and pretty much everything you need can be learned rather quickly. Not that in some states, depending on what you want to do, you will need to apply for a construction permit.

At fist you should make a plan of what you want. First in your mind and then on paper. Is it gonna be just a wood shed to keep firewood dry or do you want a full-blown garden shed with windows in it where you can hide in case your wife throws you out?

As soon as you have the general idea, try to think about the materials you want to use. Wood is definitely a good idea of course. It is affordable, easy to work with and it looks nice. But what about roofing? A door? Windows?

Make a drawing of your plan how it is going to look from the sides. An architect would call this drawing an elevation. It shows you the dimensions of your walls and which materials are used. That is important to then create a list of stuff you need to buy at your local hardware store. It is definitely worth it to invest some time in the planning and at least make an estimate on the costs. If you see then, for example, that an additional window is going to greatly inflate the costs you still have time to change something. Later in the process it is going to get harder to change stuff like that because you already bought the materials.

Architects always say that a house can only be as good as its plans and although we are talking about a smaller scale here it is somewhat true for your shed. Every little error and optimization you can work out in advance is going to save you a lot of sweat later.

Think about the details. There are a lot of things we take for granted and never think about up to the point where we actually have to figure it out. How high is a door? How much space should I have  between a door and a window? All such things are very important in construction and the standards have been established over hundreds of years.

Don’t worry if it takes you some time to figure everything out on paper. It is going to save you a lot of time later.

Another option that is actually going make it way easier for you is buying some ready made plans from people who have done all that before. There is a great variety of professional plans on how to build a shed available online for the price of two bags of cement really.

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The Problems of Hard Water

Hardness generally refers to the sum of the calcium and magnesium ions in water expressed in milligram/liter of lime stone, CaCO3. These ions combine with ordinary soaps to form insoluble calcium-magnesium soaps which are ineffective for cleansing purposes. Very little cleaning occurs until these ions are present. Therefore, the soap is deactivated quantitatively and much more soap is required when hard waters are used for cleansing purposes.

Hard water also interferes with almost every cleaning task including laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when dry. Hard water may cause a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, etc. Hair washed in hard water may feel sticky and look dull. Water flow may be reduced by deposits in pipes.

Before looking at the occurrence of hard water, it is worth stating that despite these problems, the introduction of a water softener system can deal with many of the problems at source. There are many options available for such systems and we recommend you review the options before coming to a final decision.

Occurrence of Hard Waters

Calcium and Magnesium which are the main constitutive of hard water dissolved from limestone, dolomite, and other minerals when water comes in contact. Ground waters generally contain much greater concentrations of hardness than that found in surface waters. An example of hard water occurrence in nature can be seen in Figure 1 where a layer of 20-centimeter thick is formed in Eifel aqueduct in Germany during 180 years where calcium has precipitated gradually.

A portion of the ancient Roman Eifel aqueduct in Germany. In service for about 180 years, the aqueduct had deposits of scale up to 20 cm thick along the walls.

Problems of Water Hardness

  • Increased soap consumption in hard waters is probably the most disadvantage of hardness. Much of this disadvantage has been eliminated by the increased use of synthetic detergents, but where soaps are used the increased cost is significant.
  • Process waters containing hardness when used in textile, paper, canning, and other industries can cause considerable deterioration in product quality.
  • Boiler feed water containing hardness can cause scale buildup.

In boilers, the precipitation will damage and slows down the flow of heat into water, causing the heating efficiency and allows the metal boiler to overheat. The damage caused by calcium carbonate precipitate differs, for example, calcite or aragonite (magnesium ore).

  • Health considerations. The World Health Organization says that “there does not appear to be any convincing evidence that water hardness causes adverse health effects in humans” In fact, the United States National Research Council has found that hard water can actually serve as a dietary supplement for calcium and magnesium. Recommendations have been made for the maximum and minimum levels of calcium (40–80 ppm) and magnesium (20–30 ppm) in drinking water, and a total hardness expressed as the sum of the calcium and magnesium concentrations of 2–4 mmol/L. Hardness in water can clog skin pores
  • Hardness in water stain fabrics
  • Hardness in water can clog skin pores
  • Hardness toughen and discolor vegetables
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10 Simple Steps To Maintain Your Garden Lawn

The amazing variety of flowers and hedges in your fragrant garden may be the reason for your pride in it, but if they were not for the lawn, most of your garden’s regal splendor would be lost. While seasonal blooms and riot of colors bring your garden its vivacity and charm, they however come with a season and with time. Whereas, the verdant greens of your garden lawns its lush and soft spread, keeps your garden from looking lifeless, giving its charm some permanence. Despite its obvious importance, lawn maintenance is considered back breaking, expensive and tedious. But there are certain surefire tricks to keep your greens looking lusciously healthy and thriving with life. Apart from earning the envy of your neighbors, you would have gifted yourself the coolest most relaxing ambiance. With a little effort and informed action you could turn your front yard, into your haven of comfort. Here are ten of the most valuable tips to get your garden lawn get its most luxuriant lush green look.

Clear Away All Debris

Give a head start to the new grass remove all the dead debris that may have accumulated over many seasons, particularly in winter, to allow more sun and aeration of the soil. It may mean collecting a lot of sticks, dead leaves and grass. One may have to spend a bit to get this spring cleaning done to prepare the grass better for the warmest time of the year.

Get To The Root Of The Matter

Quite honestly, most think that by simply clearing the dead leaves and dried grass the lawn is ready for a fresh start. That is only the initial cleaning which needs to be followed up by what is called as de-thatching. It means the cleaning up of the crowns of grass that could not really grow to maturity and which inhibit the new heads growing from under the soil. While a little build up of thatch helps keep the soil moist by blocking complete evaporation, allow not more than 6 mm of it for a better chance for young shoots to grow into grass.

Hydration Watering The Right Way

Watering your lawn is the most life enforcing factor. The best time for watering is early morning. The trick is also in knowing when your lawn is in serious need of deep quenching. The clear sign being when the grass loses its color or does not spring back when you step on it. Soak deep and always water to an extent that the level of water on the lawn is as high as an inch. This will ensure that the soil soaks in the water deep to help the grass grow its root deeper. This ensures the strength of the shoot and the healthy growth. Early morning watering ensures that the harsh afternoon sun will not burn the grass.

Aeration

As much as water, air too is essential to put life into the soil that feeds the grass. Due to increasing foot falls, the soil gets compressed and the fertilizer, water, as well as air find it difficult to circulate to reach all the roots. When that happens it causes the grass to turn yellow and soon bald patches will begin appearing. This means that at least once or twice a year the soil needs to be lifted to allow it to aerate. You can also make your home green and eco friendly with the help of air conditioning services provided by Air Master Heating & Air, Inc

Regular Mowing

It’s ultimately the nutrient from the soil that matters but when the grass gets taller, it means a great deal of wastage of nutrition due to the unnecessary length of the shoot. If one mows the lawn regularly, it encourages the growth of the grass laterally, thus the spread of the lawn followed by new leaves that make more food and give the lawn a dense and thicker appearance. While it’s alright to keep the grass shorter in winters, it’s better to allow the grass to grow a bit taller in summers to keep the evaporation at bay and to keep the soil cooler.

Fertilize Regularly

If you are in the habit of mowing regularly, the grass is bound to grow more and its nutrient requirements will be higher. The soil itself cannot sufficiently provide all its nutrition and thus the usage of granular, water -soluble spray fertilizer or natural compost, are all equally efficient in giving the much needed nutrition boost to the soil. Fertilizing intensely every season and using the right amounts as per specification must be taken into consideration.

Weeding Woes

Weeds are a clear indicator that your grass is not strong enough or that the soil itself is weak to sustain more grass or even that it may even be an indication that there is water logging. Under such circumstances de-weeding is the only solution. It is a rather simple exercise which may include manually pulling out the troublesome growth or using an herbicide in small quantities.

Pest Control

Do expect a few pests that feed on your lawn grass but what’s good news is that if any presence is controlled early, pets generally do to lead to an infestation. Most can be controlled using pesticides. Do keep the spiders and ants though as they actually control the harmful pest population.

Stop That Balding

So the winter’s gone but seems to have left some rather stark naked spots on your lawn. Winter months are terribly harsh on the tender shoots of grass and in fact its growth reduces. Further frost kills all young grass. Seed the area right away with the setting in of spring and see the lush greenery get revived. It’s just a matter of time and regular care that these bald patches will merge with the rest of the lawn.

Fungus Alert

Most lawn diseases are due to the inability of the grass to withstand the attack of fungus. This is more so in case your grass is weak. Use fungicides that do not impair grass growth and yet treats all fungus concentrations. Be sure to use the desired quantities as mentioned to avoid the spread.

With a bit of timely care and these rather simple and easy to follow tips, you are bound to create your haven of comfort with complete ease.

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Humble Driveways are Frequently an Overlooked Part of Your Home

We are not all ‘blessed’ to live in manor houses with and impressive, vast sweeping driveways right up to the front door. However large or small your driveway happens to be, should the opportunity arise where you can improve, re-lay or create a driveway be bestowed upon you, consider the options carefully.

Options for Driveways – Surely Not That Many?

You would think so but actually there are many factors that need considering and various pitfalls to avoid.

The first pitfall to avoid at all costs is do NOT lay the driveway yourself, unless you really do know what you are doing.

Doing-it-yourself is a great way to save money and there is nothing quite like the moment when you sit back, admire your handiwork and say, with a certain sense of smugness, “I did that”.

Driveways, however, are a little more complicated with the foundations and all the other bits you will never see again, need to be perfect before the prettifying top layer goes on. If they are laid wrong, driveways buckle, dip and subside and before you know it, parking the car on the drive becomes akin to a roller coaster ride.

Top Tip number 1

Hence, top tip number 1 is this – get the professionals in to lay driveways.

Top Tip number 2

Which bring us nicely top tip number 2, make sure you research driveway contractors in your area. The best way forward with this is to ask around; driveway contractors usually display their advertising boards at the end of gardens to market themselves for future projects. Or, if you see a newly laid drive, why not ask the homeowner who did it and an idea of cost? Personal recommendation is a good way of selecting contractors.

Materials For Driveways

However, you will need to have an idea of what you want your driveway to be made of. There is a bewildering array of materials available and they all have good points and not-so-good points.

Choosing material for driveways comes to down to several things – your budget and your preference.

Here a whistle-through of some driveway materials available:

Cobblestone

Great for ‘fitting in’ with older style properties but you may find this option quiet expensive.

Paving or flag stones

These slabs now comes in a variety of colours that can be mixed and match, no longer being just ‘pavement grey’. They can also be textured and can be laid in some interesting patterns. They are fairly easy to lay BUT, as pointed out at the start, you need to make sure that a) the foundation is correctly constructed and b) the correct materials are used – otherwise, you’ll have the edges of the flag lifting, uneven one will be broken and the list could go on.

Concrete

A mass produced material and probably the cheapest material for use as driveways. However, there is an unpopular tag with traditional contract and that is the use of cement, meaning that concrete is not an eco-friendly product. For some people, this is not acceptable. There is an environmentally-friendly version called Ashcrete that uses fly ash and other ingredients; if you can source any of these new modern concrete mixes than this may rest easier with your eco conscious.

Asphalt

The stuff they use on roads and, like concrete, it is an economical choice. It is an oil-based material meaning it has a certain degree of flexibility so that it can mould itself.

Tar & chip

Not a material often seen but gives an overall ‘rough’ surface, with loose stones. If you feel you need extra-grip on your driveway surface, then this is the material for you.

Stone

Look fabulous and rather decadent but you will need maintenance (weeding in between the stone paving …)

Gravel

Now, gravel driveways do give a satisfying crunch under footfall and car wheels. Again, correctly laid they can last a very long time and, a ‘hidden’ benefit is this can also be well within budget. Utilising a professional company to lay the correct ‘foundations’ you can top coat the driveway at the point with cheap gravel. You can then simply add the gravel you really want when your budget allows you!

Resin-bonded driveways

This material is the new kid on the block! However, be warned – it is the material used for cycle lanes and such things. But, if you can see past these commercial uses, you could have creative fun with this material with all designs catered for, and a wide range of colours. But, the more flamboyant your design, the more flamboyant the final bill…

Top tip 3 is research

Driveways are not just a place to park the car; they make a statement and can complete the aesthetic appearance of your home. It is a wise move to research and invest in your driveway but do not just rely on web research alone; get out and about – have a look and see what’s out there!

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Backyard Bliss: Turning Landscape Passion into Profit

So you’ve completed your dream yard. A gazebo that looks like a king could have tea in it, and an outdoor grill unrivaled by Wolfgang Puck himself, not to mention the Eden-esque foliage arrays you designed and maintain yourself. You could turn that accomplishment into a lucrative business.

You can set your own hours and deal with exactly as much bureaucratic red tape as you feel like. Starting your own outdoor landscaping business sounds pretty nice to most of us yard fiends, and getting one up and rolling is only a matter of time, effort and learning the industry.

Get to Know the Industry

According to Entrepreneur.com, there are over 10,000 individually owned lawn care and landscaping companies operating in the U.S., ranging from one man operations to large contracting companies. This means two things: it’s a flourishing industry and you’ll have competition.

Those whose businesses blossom into cash cows are the ones who take the time to know the ins and outs of every aspect of the business, from the best time to buy daffodils to how much profit their overall sector is projected to make in the next year. PLANET estimates landscaping services generate 704,000 jobs and $35.6 million dollars in services alone.

Get a Leg Up on Equipment

Landscaping equipment is (obviously) an essential cornerstone of building your own landscaping company, and it doesn’t always come cheap. The cost and overhead of maintaining all the equipment you’ll need to help your company set sail doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg though. You can find used forklifts, riding mowers and even garden tools on auction sites across the web, which will save you thousands on essential machinery. For those larger-than-life tasks, you can rent about any type of building/landscaping machinery you’ll need for the project at your local construction emporium. You can also use the rental costs plus estimated labor costs to help you put together your pricing plans for the project.

Build Your Branding Strategy

Jonathan Pototschnik, from LawnCareMillionaire.com, instructs would-be landscaping titans that marketing is one of the most important parts of starting your business. Building a marketing and branding strategy can make the difference between floundering into oblivion and and ruling your industry. If you’re just starting out and have a limited budget, don’t let that hinder your marketing and networking efforts. You can make $1,000 go a long way with crafty planning, and it doesn’t cost a thing to spend some time spreading the word on social media outlets and frequenting landscaping shows and events in your community. Building a brand is just as essential as having the perfect tools of the trade.

Although every small business has it’s hills and valleys, starting your own landscaping venture might just be the perfect way for you to break the corporate shackles that have been holding you hostage.

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5 Useful Techniques for Raising Bed Garden

Landscaping is an essential part of the process of developing your garden or backyard. Landscaping requires skills, experience and a complete know how on the grass material and flowers. Many landscaping tasks are both physically and mentally daunting. Physically because they often require shifting around extremely heavy objects. And mentally, because there is always the fear that the particular landscaping project will go terribly wrong and all that effort will be wasted.

Raised Beds A Great Weekend Project

Creating raised beds is a relatively easy starter project for many people. They are used to create attractive planting areas for flowers or better still vegetable gardening. We briefly look at the best way to approach this project, from preparation to completion.

Essential Considerations

  1. Raised bed garden is basically called garden of boxes. People basically use this particular method to grow small amounts of vegetables and flowers. Also, it attracts the visitors and adds life to your yard that is landscaped. Apart from all the useful aspects it also helps with the drainage system of your garden and also prevents the garden from pests like snails and slugs because of its structure.
  2. It is a bed type structure that also helps your soil by the sides and doesn’t let it erode away. Thus, it doesn’t only provide food but also helps the garden and maintains it.
  3. Third useful aspect of these raised bed gardens is that they are quite smooth and eroded in a way that the gardeners who turn older can sit on it and weed the seeds; this will help them reduce their back strains and other back bone issues. Thus, it also helps medically.
  4. You can also add versatility by mounting PVC pipes in your structure which is help the bird nets elevate and help your bed get exposed to the sun properly so that fresh and quite amazing vegetables can be grown.
  5. Avoid using wood by the sides of this raised bed garden because of the danger of pests. These pests that eat wood can ruin all your bed. In order to save your vegetables or flowers use more gigantic material as tiles and marbles which will survive for long. Professional gardeners use these materials because they know the intensity of that wood-made bed gardens.

Raised beds not only look great, but they enable easy access which makes gardening a lot more pleasurable, especially if you have limited movement.

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5 Great Outdoor Entertaining Projects

Electronics suited to outdoor applications can enhance your outdoor landscape with music, video and light art for both surface and water features. They can transform your home’s outdoor environment so that it becomes an enticing magnet for indoor dwellers, whether you’re having a family gathering, celebration, or a neighborhood block party.

Lighting the Yard with Solar Powered LEDs

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Solar powered LED lighting is freestanding, self-powered, consumes little energy and is extremely ecological. With the right creative touch, it is often times enchanting and magical too. This type of lighting comes in many styles to suit your individual tastes. Some examples are: a transparent hummingbird, or a butterfly and a dragonfly that constantly cycles from red to green to blue once dusk falls. Each light has a solar panel that charges the battery during the day. The lighting is self-activated at dusk. These solar lights are self-contained and don’t require any connection to a power supply. Any sunny location (during the daytime) is a valid candidate for placement.

Outdoor Home Audio

You may feel you have a perfect outdoor space, but have you considered adding the dimension of music? Harness an outdoor wireless speaker and dock within 150 feet of your iPhone, iPad, MP3 player or home audio system. Make sure to choose a wireless weather resistant design suitable for indoor or outdoor use. When the dock is connected to your music source, wireless music is transmitted to the speakers. Enjoy the same interference-free, strong, omnidirectional music outdoors that you would enjoy indoors, and give your outdoor environment the musical dimension you have been missing.

Outdoor Video

Sitting area on the back porch

Throughout the days of film and video productions, viewers have clustered indoors to enjoy video events. Now, through the creation of Outdoor TVs designed to operate in an extended temperature range, family and friends can enjoy the outdoors at the same time as video viewing. With this possibility, people can gather around the fire pit, roast marshmallows and view a movie or sporting event. Everything takes on an element of heightened enjoyment. Swimming is another outdoor venue for video viewing. You can do some laps while watching a dance video or taking in some magnificent scenery.

Outdoor Art Work

Outdoor art can completely change the look and feel of your landscaping. Many outdoor compositions have been produced with natural elements such as the sun, or weather and the seasons. Others incorporate light, water, and wind. A sculptural work, holographic or otherwise can become a focal point for your outdoor space. Original artwork is not always expensive and even mass produced art can be striking when placed in the right environment. Structural steel works can be displayed as is or embellished with holographic rope lighting.

A sculptural element conceived of cooperatively can have special meaning and more deeply personalize your outdoor space.

Electronic Underwater Light Show

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For outdoor entertainment or outdoor party purposes, a festive atmosphere is essential. Enlist your pool in creating the best mood with electronic underwater light show equipment. It projects colored lights onto the bottom and sides of your pool, ultimately creating a dramatic light show of multi-optioned colors and patterns. LEDs and battery components are included. To conserve energy, the lighting will usually shut off after a certain period of time. With electronics, it’s possible to add new dimensions of sight, sound and activity to outdoor areas and extend their use.

People typically cluster indoors, interacting with digital devices, while being cut off from the beautiful natural world which surrounds them. With today’s robust outdoor electronic products, people can enjoy outdoor spaces without feeling deprived of these conveniences.

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