Posts made in July, 2015

Keep Your Garden From Flooding With Curbing

It can be very depressing to plant a garden only to have it rain enough to flood the area and kill your plants. One way to help with drainage, so the plants are not overwatered, is to use curbing around the plots. When properly placed, the curbing will not only allow the water to drain out of the garden area, but will protect it against extra water flowing into the planted area from the rest of the yard.

Dig a Trench

When using curbing to provide extra drainage to your landscaping, don’t just place it along the edge of the garden area. Dig a small trench around the perimeter of the garden. Make the trench 1 inch deeper than half of the height of the curbing. If you are using 3-inch high pavers, make the trench 2 ½ inches deep (half of 3 inches is 1 ½ inches, plus the 1 inch).

Put 1 Inch of Gravel in the Trench

Pour 1 inch of gravel into the trench. This will make the area more porous so the rain seeps into the ground and is dispersed more easily. Water that is in the garden and around the plants will seep into the ground and travel towards the gravel because it provides the path of least resistance. This gives the ground under the plants or outside the garden time to absorb more water, keeping it from sitting around the plants’ roots and rotting them.

Set the Curbing

Carefully place the curbing material on top of the layer of gravel. Hold each piece in place and fill in around it with soil. Try to avoid pressing too hard on the curbing to keep it from compacting the gravel. The idea is to keep as much airspace as possible under the curbing to allow for drainage. If you are trying to allow for better flow from the garden out, leave a bit of space between each piece of curbing. However, if you need to keep water from flowing from the yard into the garden, it is best to use some type of cement between pieces to stop it.

Curbing can be made from something simple, like red bricks or decorative pavers. Before deciding on what you should use, take notice of how much water sits in the garden and how much stays in the lawn. Plan the curbing according to the way the water sits and accumulates. The idea is to protect the plants from too much water. If your garden area is sloped, the curbing will also keep the soil from washing away as it drains.

For similar or more industrial curbing needs, contact a professional company, like Northern Asphalt LLC.

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Don’t Replace Your Home’s Old Bathtub And Tile Surround – Resurface It!

If your home’s old bathtub and tile surround have seen better days, then you will be happy to know that for less than the cost of a family dinner at your favorite restaurant, you can make the bathtub look like it is brand new! Today’s epoxy bathtub refinishing products make improving your bathroom simple, and the results are very dramatic. 

Buying Epoxy Resurfacing Products

You can purchase epoxy resurfacing products at any local hardware or home improvement store in the paint section. For refinishing both a bathtub and tile surround, you will need at least three containers of epoxy paint. Before purchasing the paint, measure the area you need to cover and take those measurements with you to the store to ensure you buy enough paint to complete the job. An average-size bathtub requires one container of paint to provide enough paint to complete the required two layers.

Preparing Your Home’s Bathtub for Resurfacing

To prepare your home’s bathtub and tile surround to receive the epoxy paint, first clean them well with acetone. The acetone will remove any oils from the tub and tile’s surface. After you have completed this step, then rub down the entire area you will be painting with sandpaper. Epoxy paint is designed to adhere well to a rough surface, so the better you prepare the surface, then the better the end result will be.

When you are finished with the sandpaper, then you need to thoroughly vacuum the whole bathroom area. Wait a few minutes after vacuuming to allow any dust to settle, and then wipe the area down with a tack cloth or static cleaning cloth. Removing all of the dust from the area is very important because otherwise it can stick in the epoxy paint and cause problems with the new finish.

Mix the Epoxy Paint and Paint the Bathtub and Tile Surround

Epoxy paints are a two-part paint. You need to mix the two parts together and then immediately paint the tub. The epoxy paint will not stay liquid like a regular paint product will, so you need to work quickly.

The best way to apply epoxy paint is to use a paint sprayer. If you do not own one, you can rent one at your local construction equipment rental company. If you do not have any experience with paint sprayers, then you can use a roller and brush to apply the paint. This type of paint is self-leveling so your brush strokes and any bubbles from the roller will disappear as the paint cures in place.

Allow the paint to cure for at least one week before you use the bathtub.

Conclusion

As you can see, it is not difficult to overhaul your home’s old funky tub and tile surround and turn it into a fabulous place to soak and relax. If you need assistance with this or any other home renovation project, then you should contact a licensed general contractor (such as one from Battistelli, Glenn LLC) in your local area.

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