Artificial turf for my garden

Artificial-Grass-by-PoolEverything now can be artificial. Of course, there’s the non-existing artificial intelligence, there’s the hair, food, drinks, and now just what I need is the Artificial turf for my garden. I often see this and mistakenly considered as a real grass when I saw this on arenas and other sports field. I often wonder how they maintained the grass by trimming and irrigation that it looks so fine.
According to wiki, artificial turf was first used in a baseball league in replacement for the grass field since the stadium needs to be opened a year earlier and real grass didn’t grow well. Since then, other arenas and sports stadium considered using this turf, which is more manageable, and less maintenance. There were different kinds of artificial turf that came out and one that’s popular was Chemgrass which is now known as astro turf which has a limited amount of grass availability during that time. Now, turf is also used for dogs and even for dog shows. Some homeowners prefer this for their garden or even indoor display. There’s a carpet-like, overstock, used, and the most popular grass-like turf. You don’t need to water and trim these turfs. There’s no need to deal with muds, patches and dirt especially if you need this as a playground for your dogs or little ones. You can have your very green yard even inside your house. Some people use this as an accent to their patio or even to their bathroom or kitchen.
Imagine how easy to manage this turf compare to a real grass. Not only it is low-maintenance, it can be easily installed too. Some home depots may render service installation for bulk orders but if you are using this for home or for a small space, there are many easy steps to install and you can DIY for fun. My friend installed turf to her vacant lot beside her house and made it as her personal putting and voila! There goes her own golf green putting field. You just turned your old boring vacant lot to another level, which is more refreshing to your eyes. No need to visit your expensive golf club house every time you feel stressed since your own stress reliever is just at home. Artificial Turf Phoenix AZ offers custom designed installation that can fit any available space and can even give you step by step guide if you want to install it on your own. It is a big saving not just for your daily activity fee like a golf club but more saving for water and gardener fee. Again, it is easy to install and maintain just like learning your ABC. It helps homeowners maximize their home investment, improve quality of life and transform your home to greener space. There may be some trimming that is needed to fit smaller spaces and corners. The finishing may only need a few brushes using a rake or broom to fiber up and just simply rinse it with a garden hose or simply wipe off with a brush to make it look fresh and natural.
Some companies would recommend or offer their installation service especially for areas over 1000 square feet. I’m sure you will really love to take this offer, as large installations can be very labor intensive and not recommended for everyone especially for moms. Just give them a call and let them do the heavy lifting and putting.

Heaters: Here comes the winter.

Many people are now turning off their air-condition to give way to their heaters. Are your heaters still in tiptop condition? What are the things you did to maintain it for the whole waiting of winter? Let’s share some ideas here. I may have some suggestions that is not yet part of your list and vice-versa.

RighTime-HVAC-Guarantee-300x255First, did you have your annual maintenance for the heater? Your heating company like in heating repair Palm Springs CA, provides annual inspection for your heating system. They usually do this inspection during the time you least use it just like in summer or the beginning of spring. One thing they advise you to do is to start checking your heating system by autumn where you feel like starting to use it because of the cool weather then you can have a repairman or any professional repairing this system to observe the machine. Here, they will diagnose and will suggest if you need to have some parts repair or replace to be made. This is the best time to do so, yes, beginning of Autumn or by the end of Summer before the peak of a cold weather.

There are some places where they often use their heating system if you live like in Colorado for example. This one needed to have an inspection at least every 6 months or as needed more.

There are just limited suggestions that you can do to help your heating system but these are very important suggestions. Checking the coils of the system is also important especially when it is in used. You need to make sure that this part is always clean and dust free. This can be maintained by simply washing off the coils with water by a garden hose or simple by the dipper. But I still suggest to use the garden hose or if you have a compressor for it, just like what they use when you wash a car to make sure that every dust in every detail is cleaned.

Another tip is to check the filter. If air-con has filters, so does our heater. Make sure to clean or change it at least once a month. Check also the air vent over the coils, sometimes there are too many dirt and dust storing in this part that will prevent the proper heat flow of the machine. You may notice then right away the heat is not equally spread all over the room.

So basically, these are just some heating system tips to avoid having a repairman visit you frequently. What else to expect if you have schedule for a heating system inspection??? If you have never done this before, here are some important run down you may want to take note. You have nothing to worry about this as long as you call a reputable repair service in your community so always check the reputation of the company before booking one.

Once the service crew arrive in your house, sometimes they come alone or group especially for basic service, greet them with a warm welcome just like how you welcome your friends. They will then ask about the location of your heating system. You can tell them where it was installed and everything else connected in it and needed to avoid in that location. Right then and there, you can voice out your concern about the heater if there were problems occurred for the past time you were using it. They can give answers right away or maybe look into it first before providing the solution. One more tip, you may write down all your concern even before they arrive as for you not to forget the important concerns that you have. You don’t want them to come back again and again after they are done with their job, don’t you?

Once completed, they will tell you what they have discovered or if any problems found in the system. They will suggest and give you options what needs to be done next. Sometimes, they may need extra time to have additional check-up for the system. They need to observe something else that will require more time before going with the procedure.Make sure to pay attention to what they are saying so you will know where you stand when its time to pay for the service.

Replacement parts maybe costly but not as costly as replacing your whole system. Repair services are here to cut the cost we may have instead of buying a new one.

Heating Repair Company in Phoenix

It’s that time of the year! Holidays are coming! Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year..what do they have in common? Holidays in cold weather! Yes, Autumn is about to end and winter is coming and yet your heater is still there stuck because it was broken the last time you used it and you cannot find a reputable heater repair to fix your machine.


Heating Repair Phoenix is really hard to find now. With many companies claiming they are the best in what they do, they will still leave you hanging with the same problem. Here is a contractor that we have trusted through the years that I have refered to my friends and even companies. They repair heating and cooling system or help you install a new one. Choosing one to help you with his is very essential since this kind of weather really freeze us.

Using furnace to make our houses warm to keep us dry and comfortable is important especially for our family. When you ask for the contractor to fix your problems with the heater, they will have to consider and take a look at other parts such as the chamber which is very crucial for repair services. Many of us will sacrifice or might put the furnaces in danger by trying to fix it on their own or calling on what think a cheaper contractor but never dependable. Furnaces, chambers, and compressors are really expensive that’s why this company will do their best to have it repaired before replacing which is very rare for them since most of the time they get it fixed, unless it’s a very old one that needs to retire. To avoid this damage on your pocket, go directly to a reputable company and consult your heater problem.

heating-repair-2What I like about them too is their after service is very proactive. They need to remind you about maintenance, what to do and what not to do. They will advice and help run through easy steps of simple problems like filter cleaning like if its clogged and all that, and many more services. Remember that not everything that is expensive are good and something cheap are bad…There is a company that is affordable though higher than other competitive but is very true to their service. Always trust company that is refered and trusted by real customers and not just paid ones. We know how much you need your heating system so don’t go for anything less.

Now that its warm, time to grab a movie, warm chocolate and just relax the night. Oh lovely it is to have your heater safe but no sound keeping you and your family warm.

Finding a Roofing Contractor

roofing repairWhen it comes time to replace or repair your roof, things can get out of hand quickly. If you are not familiar with the materials or methods, it can be overwhelming to look at sheeting, roofing paper, roof covering, sheathing…the list goes on and on. It is always best to hire a professional to walk you through the process and pinpoint exactly what the problem is and what he can do to fix it. That being said, it is absolutely vital to find a reliable and trustworthy roofing contractor. The roof of your house is not a place you can skimp on or wait until next month to fit it in the budget: it is absolutely necessary to buy the right materials, hire the right people, and be confident that your roof is in the best condition it can be.

First, check with your friends, neighbors, and local businesses for referrals. You can also search the web for roof replacement phoenix. Seeing a professional contractor’s work up close and hearing it by word of mouth is one of the best ways to know you are getting a high quality contractor. If that doesn’t work, start with Google or the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA) at www.nrca.net. When weeding through the contractors on Google, be sure to read the Yelp, Google, Angie’s List, and Merchant Circle reviews extensively. Better yet, check with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org to make sure the contract you have in mind is a legitimate contractor. If a customer has a bad experience with a contractor they will usually post a bad review somewhere so it is up to you to find any negative reviews. Ask all contractors you contact for at least eight reviews so you can be sure you are getting the right information. You can also ask your local lumber store (note: that means local. Not a HomeDepot or Lowe’s).

Be sure to hire a local roofing company that will be available to you when you need them. Nothing is worse than hiring a large chain roofing company that will leave you high and dry when you have a follow-up question or problem because they are in a different state or a two hour drive away. In addition to the convenience of proximity, you will be able to physically visit their past work and they should be able to address your problems relatively quickly.

When you’ve settled on a list of contractors, be sure that all of them are properly licensed and insured. Don’t take their word for it – ask to see all certifications and follow them up with a phone call to the insurance company. You need to make sure your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance so they can carry out their work safely and, if necessary, will be covered in case of an accident; additionally, make sure that the insurance will cover the project throughout the entire timespan. You don’t want something bad to happen only to find out the insurance expired right before your project began! Not all states require roofing contractors to have insurance so this is often a detail that falls by the wayside when people reach out to potential contractors. It is a good rule of thumb for a contractor to hold $1,000,000 in general liability insurance. If you are unsure of the business licenses required in your area, contact the Department of Professional Regulation in your area.

Finally, be sure that you fully understand all stipulations and warranties in the contract you receive from your contractor. You should be aware of any foreseeable fees, project length, number of people working on your roof, materials to be used, and safety measures, just to name a few. There are many different styles and products available for roofing projects so it is equally important that your contractor knows the marketplace and what materials are best for the job.

Choosing a roofing contractor will require careful work and dedication. A roof is designed to protect your home, one of your most prized possessions. Bad contractors can leave you in a lurch or worse, severely damage your home. Call different contractors and compare them, do your homework, and be attentive and you should find yourself a high-quality, reputable contractor.

Choosing the Right Ducts for your Heater

heating repairYou really shouldn’t take any chances with your heating system. I remember during the summer months in Arizona, before moving in here in Litchfield Park, it was a struggle to hire a trusted repairman for my cooling system. I found one before but they have moved in into another place near Phoenix and now I don’t know how to contact them since I need one for the heating system. I remember before, I was advice about my ductwork for my heater.

Have you considered the importance of your ductwork to your heater system? The ductwork is the one that connects the outlets to its heating unit, it is usually installed in the floor or ceiling. People may always forget or don’t even know about gas furnace or a heat pump because this part is usually out of sight, hidden through the walls, floors, or ceilings. If your ductwork have suffered from bad leaks, broken connections, poor construction it can affect your heater big time possible leading to replacement or hopefully will work on repair.

Most of the time, this ductwork affects the heater because it is not fit or didn’t get the correct size for it. Some installers will put your ducts and will accidentally or carelessly picked the wrong size..it may be too large or too small. So you have to be careful on checking on this with your repairman or else you and your heater will struggle.

One indicator that it is time to schedule heating repair is the sudden increase in the costs associated with heating your home. Unless the usage drastically changed or temperatures have taken a big droop or you have altered your home heating habits, heating costs should not fluctuate that much. A sudden spike in heating costs points towards a decline of efficiency, which in turn likely requires professional heating repair.

Here are some of the heating repairs that we often encounter because of poorly sized ductwork.

Remember that if your ducts are too large there will be a visible impact once you start using your heater. You may hear some noise from the airflow or hear some vibrating sound that is louder than the normal sound. The cause of this is airflow from the construction that is building up pressure inside the ductwork.

Not only with the pressure, it will also cause low airflow that will result to uneven heating inside your house since the air will not be able to reach all the vents in your home. Don’t settle of stop telling yourself that a problem is just minor and no need for repair. This is a not a simple wound in our body that will naturally heal. Rather, treat it as a disease that is just minor and will prevent it from getting worse. T Putting heating repair off until these more serious problems manifest themselves will only result in increased heating repair costs and we don’t like that, do we?

One more thing to consider is the design. Yes, design. Improper ductwork design can cause as much as a 60% loss in heating efficiency. This will not only harm your pocket and your family but will harm mostly your heater which will struggle to reach your target temperature and imagine how you and your family might suffer if your heating system will not work. This means more repairs to things such as motors, fan belts, and compressors that can also end up with a need for an early retirement for your heater and the expense of getting a new one.

Never settle for anything less. Make sure to pay attention to every detail of your heater repair and need to know what parts you really need. Go only with professional and certified repairman. Trust only the advise of heating repair Litchfield Park AZ. Not only you will from them about repair, hear also the tips and do’s for your maintenance.

Running the errands

heating repairHow was your weekend? Well, for me it was all planned out since last week that I will have my RnR or even a “Me Time” but it turned out the opposite. I guess being a mom will give your RnR or Me Time a different meaning. On my list then was a spa in the morning, some relaxation at the salon, manicure and pedicure treatment plus footspa for my pitiful toes and legs since last week was mainly about running, like literally running the errands to and fro. I am not complaining though as what I always state wen I blog about mommyhood. It just that sometimes, you will still look for that time where you can pamper yourself but I think that’s just a cliche now. Looking myself in the mirrow, taking a nap is now a luxury for me. But all is well, this is how I spent it and I’m glad I did.

I went to the grocery today to buy some house stuff and dropped by also at the department store to check what’s new for my home especially for this Christmas Season. I saw the home section and made me drool my eyes over the lamps, wall stickers, flowers, vases and Christmas Decors. I also like that my favorite scented candles, oils, incense are on great discount.

But what really got into me are the promotions they have for heating repair. You know how I badly need this. Just before the Spring this year started, my heater suddenly gave up on me. I heard some drilling sound before it finally shut off. I don’t have the time to have it fix after summer and now that autumn is almost over and its starting to freeze again. I just can’t have it replaced like that knowing how much it would have me cost again to buy a brand new one plus the installation again. I really like I discovered this ad at the supermarket and checked on their website right away. My heater is just 6 years old so I’m sure they can find ways to fix it maybe just some cleaning or mechanical problems in it. My brother who has a little knowledge with this said that the compressor is still working fine which I think sounds good to me. He told me that their company hired someone from this company who repaired their heater and air-conditioner and it was working like a brand new one. On the first company they consulted advise them to have it replaced, good thing that they have opt for a second opinion and got to know this reputable company heating repair Tempe AZ. I will give them a call by tomorrow because as early as now the temperature is dropping.

It was never my plan to look for a repair for my heater and air-conditioner, I really like that I bumped into this ad. It made me check this must to do list but I should have done a long time ago. I asked the lady from the mall who’s giving out this ads if how long I should wait for a technician to arrive at home. She told me that they dispatch right away as soon as there is an available technician so I have to book my appointment with them now because this is their peak season. I will sure save their info and have my heater maintained as often as possible. The cold is killing me and I can’t afford to buy a new heater. Not now, especially the Thanksgiving is coming plus the sales and discounts that goes with it.

Did someone say Thanksgiving? Black Friday? Oh, I can’t wait! The reason why I’m here at the supermarket is to look for cheaper rates that I need for the dinner because I’m sure after the Thanksgiving, everything will increase for Christmas. Well, I hope not.

So have you started making your list? Make sure to check them twice.. I haven’t started with my Christmas shopping yet but I hope I can finis it by end of November because I just don’t like the Holiday madness and traffic we have during this season. Not that I’m a pooper but I just can’t really stand the crowd and the traffic, of course, Black Friday is an exemption.

Artificial Turf Installation

A few months ago we were tasked to reconstruct our football field in school so we formed a committee to handle all the tasks. The problem with the football field is it’s now just all sand and dirt. When it rains, the whole football field is covered in mud so it makes it impossible for the students to play. Initially our choices for grass are bluegrass, fescue and perennial ryegrass but we realized that it’s very expensive as the school can’t afford it as of the moment.

We then chose to use artificial turf instead as suggested to us by a former alumnus of the school. It is made of polyethylene plastic grass and rubber from old tires.

Some of the advantages of artificial turf are:

  • It cheaper and with low maintenance cost
  • No need for pesticides
  • More durable than ordinary grass
  • Nice playing surface
  • No need for water

So far everything went well and we are all quite happy with the outcome. We were even commended by our school principal for all our effort. The new and improved football field was also featured in our school newspaper.

To help other people and to share the knowledge, we’ve create this post to help home and garden enthusiast with their effort in beautifying their home.

Here it is. Enjoy!

artificial turf

Want to have that garden feel for your home? Do you think it’s too expensive? Not anymore! You can install synthetic artificial turf to have that green lawn feel on your outdoor space. Its advantage is that it requires lesser maintenance and you can do it by yourself – it’s fairly easy to do. In fact, even someone who doesn’t have much experience in gardening can easily do it. Before getting your hands into the dirt, be sure to take not of all necessary precautions.

Here’s a list of the materials and tools that you would need:

  • artificial turf-
  • turf cutter
  • wheelbarrow – Target always has the widest choice for different wheelbarrow.
  • knife – check kitchen.
  • coarse broom
  • sand
  • crushed stones – got mine from online gardening site.
  • flat board
  • adhesives
  • level
  • hammer
  • nails
  • silica sand – also from target
  • lawn seed spreader— well this one is easy to find if you know your resources…try Japan stores or Chinese stores.

If you don’t have artificial turf yet you can order from Phoenix Artificial Turf

STEP1: Remove Exisiting Turf. The first thing you’ll have to do is remove existing turf in your lawn. Clear up the soil around 1 ½ inches deep and make sure that no grass or any other plant, weed or root will be left. Remove everything as much as possible, do not rush it or you will see the outcome in a month where you see other grass or weeds starting to show up.

STEP2: Install a Weed barrier. This is very important. Be sure to protect your turf from weeds that may grow. You can use a weed suppressing sheet and cut it in shape for your lawn.

STEP3: Cover the turf with some layer of sand and stones. This layer would provide some support so make sure that it is firm. Don’t forget to level the surface using a plank and a level.

STEP4: Lay Down the Turf. Artificial turf is usually delivered in rolls so it somehow holds an odd shape. Turf should be rolled out for at least a couple of hours before rolling it. This makes it easier to work with.

STEP5: Ensure Grass is aligned. Straighten the grass against the edge by all means. Push the artificial turf going to the corner to prevent further movement. Make sure to straighten it perfectly or you will lose the foundation of your turf and the outcome may not look good.

STEP6. Secure the Turf. Upon laying down the turf, it’s now time to secure it to the base. Trim the edges and connect all sections. Use 40D nails in securing the base. Ensure a distance of 3 to 4 inches between each nail.

STEP7. Apply Silica Sand. Apply a thin layer of silica sand to your artificial turf to avoid the grass from moving. You can use a spreader so that silica sand is spread out evenly. Carefully Brush the sand using a coarse broom.



Importance of Visual Home Examination

If you had to list all the important purchases you made during your life, which one would reside at the top? For most people, a home is one of the biggest acquisitions they’ll ever make. Not only is the average home expensive, but it’s also a natural extension of yourself. The location of your home dictates everything from the people you meet, to where you shop and where your children attend school. So it’s essential that you make an informed decision about the home you’re hoping to buy. Fortunately, home inspections allow you to do just that.

At the bare minimum, a home inspection is a visual examination of a home’s structural and mechanical components. The inspector will check all aspects of the home from the roof to the basement, all the while keeping a lookout for any problems. Concerns about wiring, plumbing and other issues will be recorded by the inspector. Some inspectors will even take the time to go over the home’s condition with the prospective owner, pointing out any issues the buyer might need to address down the line.

For buyers, home inspectors are invaluable—especially ones that utilize the latest technological tools. Not only do they grant buyers confidence, but they also help them to realize a home’s actual worth. Keep in mind that some sellers will go to great lengths to cover up a home’s deficiencies. It’s a home inspector’s job to unearth these problems. And in most cases, it will become the seller’s responsibility to repair them. This ultimately saves you time, money and headaches.

Affordable Warmth for Everyone

I have this cousin of mine who I met a couple of days ago at a restaurant here in our place. It has been a while since we last met so we really had a lot of stories and problems to share. He was with this lovely wife and two beautiful kids. One thing he was asking advice for is his problem with his home in Birmingham. He mentioned that he and his family are having problems in keeping his home warm because their boiler just broke and that the insulation of their wall is not good enough. Problem is, they are also on a tight budget and they can’t afford a new heating system for their home. I mentioned that he could apply for affordable warmth loft insulation grants. I heard it on the news a few months back. I just want to share it to everyone especially to those having the same problem. Check out what I found. Hope it helps.

Having problems keeping your home warm? Do you have any affordable warmth scheme questions? Take a look at some of these tips below to learn more about it and to see if you qualify for this scheme.

They use the term Affordable Warmth for Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation. They obliged energy suppliers in the UK to improve the energy efficiency for the homes of low income earners.

Answer to affordable warmth grants questions:

This is a financial support system for homes in the UK to improve their wall insulation, loft and crappy boilers. Isn’t that great? You’d get a warmer and healthier home for you and your family at a more affordable price, cheaper electricity bills and easier terms of payment.

How would you know if you are available for these Home Insulation Grants? Here are the requirements:

  • You receive Pension Credit
  • You receive Child tax credit
  • Have an income less than £15,860

If you don’t qualify with any of these, don’t you worry there is another option for you and it is called the Green Deal. It provides a finance option to install energy saving measures in your home.

Research Online for Moving Tips and Tricks

Many people begin to panic the closer they get to moving day. However, there really is no reason for all the worry as moving can be just as easy as anything else. The idea is to educate yourself properly before ever attempting to move the first box, or even pack the first box.

A very good way to make moving simpler is to find tips for moving by doing some research online. Since the Internet is full of tips and tricks for just about anything you want to do, it is not surprising that moving tips and tricks would be available there as well. There are dozens upon dozens of moving guides that are out there are designed especially to help people who have an upcoming move.

The funny thing is that even people who have moved 10 or 12 times in their life still get completely stressed out at the prospect of having to do it all over again. That is why finding advice from other people and trying ideas that you may not have thought of on your own is always a recommended choice. As soon as you know the you will be moving start doing your homework. You will need to make a lot of important decisions.

One of the most informed decisions that you will make is whether or not you will be hiring a professional moving company or enlisting the help of family and friends. If you plan to hire a company then you have come to the right place. There are many movers that can be booked last-minute, if necessary to accommodate you.

Do not be afraid that you will not have enough money to hire a professional mover as they are much cheaper now than ever before. Even if you would rather transport your own belongings, you can still higher a professional company to come in and do a proper packing job.