How to Build a Pool Deck

A pool without matching deck is just a pool, but add a deck with lounging area and the pool becomes a valuable asset, that improves livability and value of your property, and needn’t be all that difficult to construct for the home handyman. Pool deck plans that satisfy local building regulations are available free online or from your local hardware store, making the job of constructing them easier. Simply check with your local building inspector that they have no objections then get started. You’ll need to measure your pool area, and clear away any obstructions around it, then determine how much walking width you want around the pool, at least wide enough for two people to pass each other is better. Typically your pool deck plan will call for posts spaced quite close together, as...

How to Read a Ruler

I know back in school, woodworks class to be more specific, measurements were the bane of my existence. I just wanted to cut things up and hammer, not really caring how they looked in the end. My woodworks teacher instilled long sessions drilling me on how to read a ruler and the golden rule of measurement: Measure twice, cut once. Required Materials 12-inch ruler Paper Pencil, pen, crayon or marker (some form of writing instrument) Instructions There are two sides to every story. Likewise, there are two sides to every ruler, the metric and the inch. The metric ruler is used all over the world and is the most uniform system of measurement. The inch is part of the English system of measurement (used only in the USA!) Inches Since I hold true to my American side, I will start with the English...

How to Decorate Your New House

You are about to move into your new house, and you love everything about it, the location, floor plan and the garden. Yet the decor is enough to stop you in your tracks and question if this was a wise investment. Fortunately, decorating a new house need not be difficult. It is truly amazing, what fresh paint on the walls and ceilings, or new handles on cupboards and doors can do to transform someone else’s disaster into your dream home. Suggestions to Decorate Your New House To decorate your new house, start with the main rooms where you are likely to be, most of the time. Typically these will include the living room, kitchen and probably the master bedroom. Hallways, bathrooms, dining rooms and guest bedrooms can wait for now. If you can, do the first decorating projects before moving...