Hot Tub Happiness: 3 Tips for Installing and Caring for Your Own Spa

Hot Tub Happiness 3 Tips For Installing And Caring For Your Own Spa

Hot tubs provide both relaxation and medical benefits. Hot tubs can reduce blood sugar levels and raise body temperatures so that blood flow is increased. It can also help those with injuries that prevent them from doing so on land exercise as the water provides buoyancy. However, before installing a hot tub in your home, there are things you need to know.

Installation of a Hot Tub

Install your hot tub in an area that is easily accessible. You want enough room that you can perform maintenance and keep the tub clean. The surface must be level and be able to support the weight of the tub. Some spas require 220-volt electricity which could mean running new electrical service to the spa. Even those that can be plugged into 110-volt outlets may require additional circuits. Keep in mind that a great deal of heat and moisture are released from hot tubs, so if you plan to install it inside, you will need proper ventilation to avoid mold and mildew growth. Hot tubs can be installed both inside and outside. Some benefits to installing the tub outside include:

Under a shelter, an outside hot tub can be used year round

There is no risk of chemical odors inside the home

No mold and mildew build up if the hot tub is in an open area

Fewer space limitations

It is also important to remember that spas can pose a drowning danger. Even if the cover is very heavy, small children have been known to crawl under them. One of the best options is to add a locking cover if small children will be near the hot tub at any time.

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Regular Maintenance

A 600-gallon hot tub with five people in it will accumulate an equal amount of oil and dirt as a standard swimming pool with 250 people. Keep a skimmer handy to remove any stray debris and brush the sides of the tub each week to prevent algae growth. Drain the water at least every three months and clean the surface thoroughly. Change or clean the filter often as this is your first line of defense in keeping your spa clean. The manual that came with your hot tub should explain how to clean or replace the filter. Always keep your hot tub covered when not in use to conserve heat and reduce evaporation as well as for safety reasons.

Testing and Treating

Just like a swimming pool, you need to chemically treat the water to prevent bacterial growth. You will need to test the hot tub chemicals for pH in the water as high levels of pH can irritate skin as can pH levels that are too low. You must test for calcium to avoid scaly deposits as well. Chlorine is the most common chemical treatment for hot tubs, but it can sometimes cause skin irritation and damage clothing. Bromine or natural treatments are available that cause less skin irritation and don’t leave the odor of chlorine on clothing or skin. Some new tubs are available with saltwater systems that keep the water clean. Some newer hot tubs are also equipped with an ozone generator which produces ozone in the water. This can help reduce the number of chemicals you need to use but will not replace them completely. In addition, ozone can be a dangerous gas. If your hot tub will be inside, you may want to avoid an ozone generator in your hot tub. Failure to properly treat your hot tub can lead to illness which can include:

Gastrointestinal Problems

Skin rashes

Ear infections

Respiratory infections

Legionella

Staphylococcus infections

A hot tub can provide many hours of fun and relaxation. However, it is critical to follow these three steps in order to keep your friends and family safe when they use your spa.

Driving Dead – Infographic

Season 7 of Walking Dead begins soon, so we thought we’d take a critical look at the various vehicles’ used in seasons 1-6 to see whether they would be useful should there really be a zombie apocalypse.

The guide below highlights some of the trucks, cars and RVs, not forgetting the Triumph Bonneville, that have featured in past episodes. Giving you the low-down on each vehicle’s capabilities, or lack of them, to kill menacing zombies or get away from them, the guide takes a look at the pros and cons to see if they are more likely to kill you than the zombies.

Take a look at the guide below to find out which vehicle is top, and which wouldn’t really be very useful, in a zombie apocalyptic scenario.

We hope you find “A Guide To The Vehicles Of The Walking Dead” interesting and ask whether you think Select Car Leasing have made the right choices for the right reasons.
The Driving Dead
The Driving Dead by SELECT CAR LEASING.

Creating A Harry Potter Style Party-Infographic

Children of all ages, and adults too, love the magical world of Harry Potter and with the UK release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them we thought we’d take a look at how you can create a Harry Potter style party in your home.

Take a look at our infographic below and be inspired to change the décor in your eating area to resemble the candle lit dining room at Hogwarts, and transform your entrance hall into platform 9¾ at Kings Cross train station so that your guests can jump through a ‘brick wall’ into the magic of your party. We even offer an idea to make your toilet more wizard and less Muggle.

If you’re wondering what tasty delights to conjure up, we’ve included some tasty recipes for you to tempt the taste buds of your wizarding friends.

With wand in hand, read on and be inspired to create a party that’s will take your friends into the magical world of Harry Potter.
Creating a Harry Potter Style Party
Creating a Harry Potter Style Party by Terrys Fabrics.

Deaf-friendly games for a children’s party-infographic

Throwing a party for children can be stressful and if you know that a child with a hearing loss is coming, your stress levels can easily rise even higher. But there really is no need to worry, children’s parties should always be all inclusive and with a few tweaks and adjustments you’ll never have to concern yourself again.

Take a look at the infographic below, it’s full of brilliant hints and tips that will make your party more inclusive. We’ve suggested popular party games that can be adapted to suit deaf children. Simple things such as using lights in combination with music will allow a deaf child to join in musical bumps, musical statues and pass-the-parcel. Taking away the music altogether and just use lighting will add a new twist to party games and make them even more fun!

Giving children and adults name badges is another way to make your party more inclusive, not only will the badges help the children, they will also help you to remember all the names!

Communication with everyone is the name of the game, so to speak. Talk clearly, use hand gestures and even sign language throughout the party to make everyone feel included. Don’t shy away from a deaf child’s parents, invite them along to help you, an extra pair of hands is always welcome. Ask them if they have any suggestions to make your party an all-inclusive affair.

Read on to see how you can create deaf-friendly games for a children’s party.
Keeping Kids Entertained on Long Car Journeys
Deaf-friendly games for a childrens party by Wooden Toy Shop

3 Simple Backyard Improvements That Will Expand Your Living Space

3 Simple Backyard Improvements That Will Expand Your Living Space

Your house is just a fraction of your living space. There are several ways to upgrade your backyard to make it a more appealing and inviting space for entertaining or simply for relaxing in the fresh air. The following backyard improvements will provide you with enjoyment for years to come. They can be completed as a do-it-yourself project or subcontracted out to professionals.

Fire Pit

Fire pits are a simple addition to your home enjoyed by one person on a quiet night or several people during a party or after dinner. You can build your fire pit in a weekend day with materials from your local hardware store. You can construct a simple paver or concrete block fire pit as a circular or square design. Make sure to build the structure to accept the fire pit insert, and stabilize the structure by staggering each block layer.

Gather ideas about materials, mainly shape and color by browsing fire pit galleries online.

fire pit

Garden Swing

This isn’t your kid’s swing. Garden swings or arbor swings are sturdier and larger to accommodate adults. While the project is more labor and time intensive than the fire pit project, it can still be completed in a weekend. The tools for this project are also more specialized but need not be purchased. You can often rent the tools you don’t own from a local home improvement center or equipment rental business.

Wooden-Garden-Swing

Arbor swings usually start with square or round beams sunk in concrete. An auger can make digging the hole much easier. This is one of the tools you can rent if don’t own one. After sinking the upright supports, shad is created with the addition of a trellis. Make sure the concrete is dry and the beams are straight before building the trellis. The final step is hanging a swing with chains from the trellis. There are several videos and plans available online giving step-by-step instructions for the project. You might also be able to find plans at your local woodworking center.

Pub Shed

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own bar? Possibly, that fantasy involved a cozy little place where friends gather to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. The dream can come true without the headaches of real bar ownership. Build your own pub shed! This is the most complicated of the projects. The time and complexity will depend on how much of the actual shed construction you take on. Pre-assembled sheds are available if you want to save. Building a shed may take a weekend to a week to complete.

Irish pub

The time it takes to decorate your pub depends on how fancy your interior decoration. Your dream pub may continue to look like your neighbor’s garden shed from the outside. What makes them different is what’s on the inside. Your shed dimensions will dictate how intricate the interior may be. The smallest pub shed might resemble a small food stand, with a window and counter where friends can drink their favorite ale while the host plays bartender inside.

Looking for a more elaborate project? A larger shed might offer a bar area for standing and an open area with chairs or couches for people to sit on. Outside of physical dimensions, money and imagination are your only restraints. So, whether you fancy a traditional English pub or have always dreamed of owning a bar on the beach, create your shed to make your dream come true.

Store Bought or DIY

Whether you want to build your own fire pit, garden swing or pub shed, contract it out, or do something in between, decide how much effort and money you want to invest before you begin. Plans are often available online or at your local home improvement store. Garden shed plans are a good foundation for building your pub shed.

Author Bio

James Houser is former Navy and a father of two. He has a 4yr old son who is currently training to become a Jedi and a 21 month old daughter who is already prepared to rule the galaxy. When James isn’t building forts or being used as a climbing gym by his kids, he enjoys writing, gaming, and listening to the Truth & Justice Podcast. Follow him @sifuhouser.