Building an Archaeological Garden in Your Backyard

If you are looking for something new and interesting for your child, you may want to build them an archaeological garden in your backyard. An archaeological garden is a pit designed to look like an archaeological dig site. You can fill the inside of the pit with faux artifacts like coins or broken pottery to give your child something to dig for. Planting ivy or other growing vines on the outside will give the site an ancient atmosphere. Just make sure your garden and your trees have no infestation of harmful insects that might bite your kids and cause them illness. You can request for tree trimming and inspection from your local tree services so they can check on schedule, just for safety purposes. I know it’s part of nature and we encourage our kids to love nature by this activity. Just some minor precautions to be aware of, before the real fun starts. 🙂

Here is a quick guide to building your own backyard archaeological garden:

Install the support poles

First, lay out the weed barrier fabric over the site you have chosen for your archaeological garden. This fabric will choke off the grass and weeds while still allowing for drainage. Set your poles on top of the weed barrier, making a square. This will be the outline of the pit for your archaeological garden. To create the supports for your archaeological pit, dig a small hole at each corner. Set an upright pole in the hole and fill with quick-drying cement to hold the pole in place.

Build up the pit’s walls

Once the cement has dried and the upright poles of your archaeological garden are set, you need to build up the pit’s wall. Set the horizontal poles in place by bolting them onto the upright support poles. Stack these horizontal poles as high as you wish, but at least two poles works best. If you build the archaeological pit very high, you should also add a step stool or stairs so your child can get in and out easily.

Hang the ivy

Affix a sturdy steel rope to the tops of the upright support poles. You will be planting ivy that will grow up the upright poles and onto the ropes to give your archaeological garden more of an ancient ruins look. Be sure that the rope does not hang low enough that it will trap your child. You may want to leave the rope off of one of the side so there is an clear entrance for children.

Fill in the pit

Now you can fill the inside of your archaeological garden with some “treasures” for your child to find. Old coins, small toys, or broken pieces of pottery work well. Be sure that any sharp edges have been filed down if you choose to use broken items of pottery or ceramics. Fill in the pit with sand, layering in more of your archaeological “treasures” every so often. Attach some plastic hooks on the support holes and hang a plastic collection tray and sieve for your child to use as their archaeological tools.

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Keeping the Home Clear: How to Get Rid of Hard Water Build Up

Your home is supposed to be your shelter and your castle. As much as possible, you wouldn’t want anything untoward happening there. However, reality like hard water buildup sometimes happens. Let’s talk about how to get rid of it on your own before you call a plumbing company to assist you when the problem gets uncontrollable.

What is Hard Water Buildup?

They are usually known as hard water stains. They are left behind when the water you use has usually high mineral content—which usually would be either calcium or magnesium. When the water evaporates usually on the floor, walls, any reflective surfaces, or the sides of the tub it leaves behind a grimy looking residue. What issues arise from hard water?

Grimy appearance

As you can imagine, these can look like they’re pretty gross from afar and up close. It can give the impression that your bathroom isn’t very clean because of those stains.

Clogs

If hard water accumulates around drains, faucets, or showerheads, it can severely impede the flow of water.

Permanent Damage

Over time, the will eat away at the material of your surfaces especially if you’re sporting glass shower doors. Your plumbing will also end up damaged if you let hard water stay.

How Do You Get Rid of It?

There are several ways that you can get rid of hard water buildup. Just be mindful that the processes will depend on what you’re cleaning in particular. For example:

Showerhead

If you’re going to clean a showerhead, turn off the water source and take off the showerhead. Put the showerhead in a bag of white vinegar and leave it overnight. After that, rinse it with water and scrub with a small brush. Try running water in it to see if the clog is gone or if the water coming out is clean. Reinstall and use.

Shower Doors

Get some more of that white vinegar to work for you. Spray it on the doors. Let it sit for about an hour or so then rise and wipe off. Repeat when necessary.

Pipes

Use a combination of cream of tartar and water. Make sure the consistency is that of a paste. Hard water buildup there can result in rust and the mixture will clean it right off. Just make sure that after you apply the mixture, let it dry then rinse it off.

Always Remember

While prevention is always important, it is still just as important to know how to remove it by yourself. Professional cleaning can cost you a pretty penny. As hard water buildup can occur repeatedly, it is ultimately more cost effective to know how to get rid of it yourself. It certainly will be a good skill to pass on to any kids that you’ll have. After all, if you had a hard time with it, so will those youngsters.

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Purchasing a New Garage Door? Here are Some Features to Consider

A buddy of mine was looking for help with a garage door repair in Buford, GA (his hometown) most usually with on the automatic doors and the overhead type of garage doors. Automatic garage doors are a preference for most homeowners because they are safe and convenient. The automatic garage door can be operated with a remote from the comfort of a car. Selecting the correct garage door for a business or home requires spending a lot of time on the local garage door retailer, local home improvement stores as well as on the internet. It is essential to note that price is one of the aspects that one should consider when choosing a garage door. One should also consider warranty, construction material, customer service, and design options as well. The following are some of the features that one should consider before purchasing a garage door.

Material or composition

First, one should look at the material or composition the door is made of. There are numerous garage doors on the market today. Some of the standard doors are made of steel, wood, aluminum, fiberglass, composite, and vinyl. The type of material to select depends on the consumer’s preference as well as the nature of the environment of the customer’s locality. For example, steel garage doors are best for hurricane-prone areas. Fiberglass, commonly known as GRP is perfect for regions near the sea.

Insulation

Another aspect to consider when buying these doors is insulation. Insulation is an essential feature to consider especially for persons living in regions with extreme climate or in localities where the weather changes radically. Checking the “R” value of a garage door allows you to determine the insulation capability of the door. The “R” value measures the thermal resistance of a garage door. Therefore, choose doors that possesses a high “R” value.

Durability

It is essential to purchase a door that is durable. A garage door is one of the most significant household investment. It is thus crucial to buy a door that can resist dangers and other unanticipated occurrences. At the cost of beauty, it is essential to buy a robust door that requires little maintenance. Some garage doors such as Hormann garage doors allows one to enjoy the robustness of fiberglass. They also enable one to appreciate the appeal of wood as they are finished with wood grain surface.

Maintenance

One should also consider ease of maintenance whenever buying a garage door. Fixing a garage door can be a pain and can be avoided with proper maintenance. Most of these steel doors require very little maintenance. However, most wooden garage doors require regular maintenance as they are always prone to tear and wear over a period. If for some reason you do need help, a local garage door repair company can usually help get things back in working order, as well as give maintenance tips so it doesn’t happen again.

Security

Security is essential to every homestead. Selecting a door that is thick is crucial especially if someone lives in an area that is prone to buglers. The selected door should guarantee the security of your family as well as your properties.

Lastly, every garage door type has its pros. For instance, steel up and over doors are durable and gives one value of the invested money. On the other hand, wooden doors are insulated, and they offer an attractive look while fiberglass doors require very little maintenance. However, ensure that you purchase a garage door that will give your home security, a good look and elevate the curb appeal.

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Start Your Year Right: How to Use the Color of the Year in Your Home

Colors are pretty powerful. If you use it right, you can send a message, assert a mood, or even affect your state of mind. This is why it is actually worth it to learn how to apply colors tastefully in your life. Every year there seems to be one color in particular that is called ‘Color of the Year’.

In light of this, we wanted to take the time and give some useful suggestions on how you can use the “color of the year” and brighten up some spots in your life. It just so happens that this year’s color is Ultra Violet. This isn’t exactly a color that is normally used as it is bright and in certain situations it can be an eyesore. However, if you do manage to use it tastefully, it is a great color to have in your home. Here are a few suggestions for you:

Faux Rugs

If you are in a ethical mindset, you can make use of faux rugs in the shade of ultra violet to spruce up any drab floors or even your couch. You can use it to add accents to your seating options.

Throw Pillows

This is by far the more popular usage of the color. Throw pillows are versatile and can be used in any part of the home that has seating. Ultra violet throw pillows add a big statement color to pull together a room’s focal point.

Always Remember

The rule of “less is more” does not always translate. When it comes to colors as bold and rich as Ultra Violet, it all depends on how you use it. Always consider the lighting, the placement, and the object. Think three months ahead if you are planning on making any big changes like wall paint. Is this still something that you would like your wall to be three months from now? If not, best to not make any big changes.

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