Month: November 2017

Compact Table Saw – right for your shop

Published / by naturegarden / Leave a Comment

bv78If your dream has always been to own a professional enclosed base shop saw like the ones from powermatic or delta, but somehow you have never managed to build a shop that would actually do justice to one, there is no real need to fear. These days, almost all of the work you would do with a big heavy saw like that you can do with one of the name brand portable contractor table saws available on the market today.

table saw with splitterThough they may not offer the kind of stability that makes for ultimate comfort when throwing a full sheet of plywood or mdf up on the saw to cut up, in nearly every other sense they are more than able to just keep up with their planted in place counterparts. The fences are good, the power is there, and with just a little creativity, the pieces can be put in place that will allow you to do almost everything you could with a full fledged cabinet saw.

The plus side, of course is that they wont’ take up nearly as much space in your shop as a permanent saw would, they can be rolled out of the way, and in many cases, folded up and put away if your shop is, like so many, doubling duty as a garage most of the time.

In addition, a good jobsite saw can be taken on the road should the need arise. That’s what they are made for after all. Many of the best come with stands that act as dollies as well for hauling them around. Those stands are designed to take up as little room as possible for when they are being hauled or when they are being stored.

On the job site there will be minimum stands and what not used for cutting operations, but when they get home they can be set up with roller stands and table extensions and outfeed and side tables to make them as stable as possible when handling projects in your one man shoperation. With one of these saws as a centerpiece of your home shop, you will be able to put together pieces that will make many of your compatriots wonder where you are hiding that cabinet shop you must have in order to put out such exceptional work.

Is Cleaning Your Roof Necessary?

Published / by naturegarden / Leave a Comment

Roofs come in all sizes, styles, and colors. There are shaped by different pitches and built with different materials, and they often follow a regional trend for design.

Homeowners often ask if cleaning their roof is really necessary? This usually comes from an aesthetic point of view, as roof discoloration can be unappealing. Depending on the type of materials used, your roof can fade in color over time due to sun exposure and precipitation.

Roof maintenance is an important aspect of home ownership because the roof protects the entire house. It is essential that homeowners routinely inspect their roof for damage and leaks in order to prolong its lifespan.

But roof maintenance and roof cleanliness are two different things. Your roof may appear dirty or discolored while actually being in great physical condition. And despite good intentions, roof cleaning measures could actually damage your roof by scrubbing away the protective layering or loosening shingles.


Most experts agree that roof cleaning isn’t really necessary and that for the cost, it probably isn’t worth it. Roofs are constantly exposed to the elements, so a cleaning job likely won’t last that long anyway. The excessive cost of cleaning your roof annually could be better spent on other home repair needs.

The average lifespan of a roof is 15-20 years. The cost of replacing a roof can vary greatly based on the size of the house, the region, and the materials used, but it is an upgrade that many homeowners face in their lifetime. Your energy is better spent on maintaining the quality of your roof overtime than on achieving an aesthetic standard for the overall look.

Equipment All Pool Owners Need

Published / by naturegarden / Leave a Comment

Maintaining your pool is impossible without the proper equipment to keep it up and running. You need materials to keep your pool clean and to check your water’s chemical balance. There are many things that you need to keep your pool in the best shape possible. Some are big and some are small but all are important.


In order to maintain your pool’s peak condition and keep it looking nice you will need a number of accessories that will assist you in doing the job. Before building or purchasing a house with a pool you probably grabbed the majority of these items. They are pretty basic and easy to use. They will need replacement every so often so be sure to replace them when needed. Always have a pool pole, vacuum head and hose, leaf rake and brush handy. Place them in the shed for regular use. If your items start breaking or stop working properly it is probably time for an upgrade.

Purchase a Pool Opening Kit for all of your chemical needs. Perfect for new pool owners this kit will teach you exactly what you need. The majority of them come with Algaecide, Clarifier, Shock and Stain Remover, and an absorbent sponge to attract oils. If you have a green pool order several extra bags of pool shock.

Testing your pool’s chemical levels regularly is important. Make sure to have a quality Taylor Test Kit on hand at all times and to replace them every season. Cold weather does change the chemical structure and this will result in poor results. The better the quality the more precise the results.

The Wet-Dry Vac is an important piece of equipment all pool owners should have handy. It is not a critical need but it will make your job far easier. You will use it to clear leaves and debris from your pool heater. It comes in handy for hard to reach places.

In order to circulate the water in your pool you will need a pump. Without a pump dirt, algae and bacteria will collect in your water and pool will become stagnant. This is unsafe and unhygienic. Your pump works with an electric motor that spins an impeller inside the pump housing. It drives the water from the various drains through the filter.

Your pool can not be without a filter. It is one of the most essential components to pool ownership. Pools are subject to constant contamination thanks to people and the environment around the pool. The filter is the system that is responsible for removing the debris from your pool.

Big and small these is just some of the equipment that could make you a better pool owner. Taking great care of your pool is important and with the help of filters and pumps that work perfectly and equipment that is easy to use to skim the debris from the surface you can have a clean and beautiful look that is aesthetically pleasing to yourself and your guests.

Author’s short bio:

Authentic Plaster and tile was founded by Diane Pierce and her family 35 years ago in Texas. Their specialty ranges from simple remodels with pool surface, tile, coping to complete pool remodeling in Houston by adding tan ledge, benches, water features and more. Also their own developed and manufactured pool surface material, Hydra Products, is warranted in-house and gives not only material warranty but also labor.