If entertaining or holding parties at your home is something you do on a regular basis, then it is a good idea to consider one or even several Patio Bar Sets for your deck, patio or outdoor entertaining area. Having one or several of these sets provides a convenient set up to serve food and drinks and encourages a comfortable atmosphere inspiring conversation amongst your guests. They are ideal for quality family time together by providing a wonderful place to relax and chat.

 

The general layout of any Patio Bar Set comprises of a main bar where food and drinks are served from generally by the host with up to six bar stools surrounding it. The bar itself can vary in a number of shapes and designs but are usually straight, L shape or with space permitting a U shaped bar can be used. For larger parties two or more of these sets may be used. In this instance portable bars are very convenient as they can be rolled away and stored when not in use.

 

Depending on the amount of money and the space you have available you have the option of add ons to the bar. For example anything from same height tables to increase your serving area can be added to the ends of your bar. Other useful ideas that you can included to increase the convenience include a sink, storage space and even a bar fridge.

 

When choosing one of the several available Patio Bar Sets, apart from the shape and inbuilt items it is mandatory to think about the material it will be made from and also the design. The design is important to allow your bar set to blend in with and even enhance the theme of your outdoor entreating area. Apart from being extremely useful it will add value to your home and even provide a conversation point with your guests.

 

The type of material your set will be constructed of will be dependant on two factors, first off the weather if it is going to stay outside and the second is if you plan to store the furniture when it is not used. If you have the room available to store it then you should consider a light material with wheels to allow for easy moving to the storage area. If on the other hand your Outdoor Bar Set will remain outdoors then you need to look at the weather and use materials that will survive and require as little maintenance as possible.

A swimming pool leak is not something one should take seriously. When you believe you may have a swimming pool leak, get a bucket and place it in your swimming pool, on the steps of an in-ground pool works well or for an in-ground swimming pool place a piece of water-resistant furniture in the swimming pool, such as a deck chair, and place the bucket on it. Add water to the bucket until both the water level inside the bucket and the water level of the pool outside the bucket are the same. Mark both water levels on the bucket itself and wait for 24 hours. If the swimming pool water level of the pool, outside the bucket, has gone down below the water level inside the water bucket, you have a leak.

Swimming Pool LeakFinding A Pool Leak

Swimming pool must comply with the 2007 Florida Building Code (FBCR). The requirements for the enclosure or barrier are:
R4101.17.1 Residential Swimming pool barrier requirement. Residential swimming pools shall comply with
R4101.17.1.1 through R4101.17.1.14.
Exception:
A swimming pool with an approved safety pool cover, complying with ASTM F 1346-91.
R4101.17.1 Outdoor Swimming Pools. Outdoor swimming pools shall be provided with a barrier complying with
R4101.17.1 through R4101.17.14.
R4101.17.1 The top of the barrier shall be at least 48 inches above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance between grade and the bottom of the barrier shall be 2 inches measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Where the top of the pool structure is above grade the barrier may be at ground level or mounted on top of the pool structure. Where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, the maximum vertical clearance between the top of the pool structure and the bottom of the barrier shall be 4 inches.
R4101.17.1.2 The barrier may not have any gaps, openings, indentations, protrusions, or structural components that could allow a young child to crawl under, squeeze through, or climb over the barrier as herein described below. One end of the barrier shall not be removable without the aid of tools. Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.
R4101.17.1.3 Solid barriers which do not have openings shall not contain indentations or protrusions except for normal construction tolerances and tooled masonry joints.
R4101.17.1.4 Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches, the horizontal members shall be located on the swimming pool side of the fence. Spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width. Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width.
R4101.17.1.5 Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is 45 inches or more, spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 4 inches. Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width.
R4101.17.1.6 Maximum mesh size for chain link fences shall be a 2¼ inch square unless the fence is provided with slats fastened at the top or the bottom which reduce the openings to no more than 1¾ inches.
R4101.17.1.7 Where the barrier is composed of diagonal members, the maximum opening formed by the diagonal members shall be no more than 1¾ inches.
POOL ENCLOSURE/BARRIER SPECIFICATIONS
R4101.17.1.8 Access gates, when provided, shall comply with the requirements of R4101.17.1.8 through
R4101.17.1.8 and shall be equipped with a self-latching locking device located no less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate. The device release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate and so placed that it cannot be reached by a young child over the top or through any opening or gap. Gates that provide access to the swimming pool must open outward away from the pool. The gates and barrier shall have no opening greater than ½ inch within 18 inches of the release mechanism.
R4101.17.1.9 Where a wall of a dwelling serves as part of the barrier, one of the following shall apply:
1. All doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool shall be equipped with and exit alarm complying with UL 2017 that has a minimum sound pressure rating of 85 dB A at 10 feet and is either hard-wired or of the plug-in type. The exit alarm shall produce a continuous audible warning when the door and its screen are opened. The alarm shall sound immediately after the door is opened and be capable of being heard throughout the house during normal household activities. The alarm shall be equipped with a manual means to temporarily deactivate the alarm for a single opening. Such deactivation shall last no more that 15 seconds. The deactivation switch shall be located at least 54 inches above the threshold of the door.
Exceptions:
a. Screened or protected windows having a bottom sill height of 48 inches or more measured from the interior finished floor at the pool access level.
b. Windows facing the pool on floor above the first story.
c. Screened or protected pass-through kitchen windows 42 inches or higher with a counter beneath.
2. All doors providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-
latching device with positive mechanical latching/locking installed a minimum of 54 inches above the threshold, which is approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
R4101.17.1.10 Where an aboveground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a ladder or steps, the ladder or steps either shall be capable of being secured, locked or removed to prevent access, or the ladder or steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of R4101.17.1.1 through R4101.17.1.9 and R4101.17.1.12 through
R4101.17.1.14. When the ladder or steps are secured, locked or removed, any opening created shall not allow the passage of a 4 inch diameter sphere.
R4101.17.1.11 Standard screen enclosures which meet the requirements of section R4101.17 may be utilized as part of or all of the “barrier” and shall be considered a “non-dwelling” wall. One end of the barrier shall not be removable without the aid of tools.
R4101.17.1.12 The barrier must be placed around the perimeter of the pool and must be separate from any fence, wall, or other enclosure surrounding the yard unless the fence, wall, or other enclosure or portion thereof is situated on the perimeter of the pool, is being used as part of the barrier, and meets the barrier requirements of this section.
POOL ENCLOSURE/BARRIER SPECIFICATIONS
R4101.17.1.13 The barrier must be placed sufficiently away from the water’s edge to prevent a young child or medically frail elderly person who may manage to penetrate the barrier from immediately falling into the water. Sufficiently away from the water’s edge shall mean no less than 20 inches from the barrier to the water’s edge. Dwelling or non-dwelling walls, when used as part or all of the “barrier” and meeting the other barrier requirements, may be as close to the water’s edge as permitted by this code.
R4101.17.1.14 A wall of a dwelling may serve as part of the barrier if it does not contain any door or window that opens to provide direct access from the home to the swimming pool.
R4101.17.2 Indoor swimming pools. All walls surrounding indoor swimming pools shall comply with 424.2.17.1.9.
R4101.17.3 Prohibited locations. A barrier may not be located in a way that allows any permanent structure, equipment, or window that opens to provide access from the home to the swimming pool.
DEFINITION: Pool Perimeter – A pool perimeter is defined by the limits of the pool deck and any dwelling or non-dwelling wall or any combination thereof which completely surrounds the pool.
Swimming pool must comply with the 2007 Florida Building Code (FBCR). The requirements for the enclosure or barrier are:R4101.17.1 Residential Swimming pool barrier requirement. Residential swimming pools shall comply with R4101.17.1.1 through R4101.17.1.14.Exception:A swimming pool with an approved safety pool cover, complying with ASTM F 1346-91.R4101.17.1 Outdoor Swimming Pools. Outdoor swimming pools shall be provided with a barrier complying with R4101.17.1 through R4101.17.14.R4101.17.1 The top of the barrier shall be at least 48 inches above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool.
The maximum vertical clearance between grade and the bottom of the barrier shall be 2 inches measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Where the top of the pool structure is above grade the barrier may be at ground level or mounted on top of the pool structure. Where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, the maximum vertical clearance between the top of the pool structure and the bottom of the barrier shall be 4 inches.
R4101.17.1.2 The barrier may not have any gaps, openings, indentations, protrusions, or structural components that could allow a young child to crawl under, squeeze through, or climb over the barrier as herein described below. One end of the barrier shall not be removable without the aid of tools. Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.R4101.17.1.3 Solid barriers which do not have openings shall not contain indentations or protrusions except for normal construction tolerances and tooled masonry joints.
R4101.17.1.4 Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches, the horizontal members shall be located on the swimming pool side of the fence. Spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width. Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width.
R4101.17.1.5 Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is 45 inches or more, spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 4 inches. Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width.
R4101.17.1.6 Maximum mesh size for chain link fences shall be a 2¼ inch square unless the fence is provided with slats fastened at the top or the bottom which reduce the openings to no more than 1¾ inches.
R4101.17.1.7 Where the barrier is composed of diagonal members, the maximum opening formed by the diagonal members shall be no more than 1¾ inches.
POOL ENCLOSURE/BARRIER SPECIFICATIONS
R4101.17.1.8 Access gates, when provided, shall comply with the requirements of R4101.17.1.8 through R4101.17.1.8 and shall be equipped with a self-latching locking device located no less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate. The device release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate and so placed that it cannot be reached by a young child over the top or through any opening or gap. Gates that provide access to the swimming pool must open outward away from the pool. The gates and barrier shall have no opening greater than ½ inch within 18 inches of the release mechanism.
R4101.17.1.9 Where a wall of a dwelling serves as part of the barrier, one of the following shall apply:1. All doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool shall be equipped with and exit alarm complying with UL 2017 that has a minimum sound pressure rating of 85 dB A at 10 feet and is either hard-wired or of the plug-in type. The exit alarm shall produce a continuous audible warning when the door and its screen are opened. The alarm shall sound immediately after the door is opened and be capable of being heard throughout the house during normal household activities. The alarm shall be equipped with a manual means to temporarily deactivate the alarm for a single opening. Such deactivation shall last no more that 15 seconds.
The deactivation switch shall be located at least 54 inches above the threshold of the door.Exceptions:a. Screened or protected windows having a bottom sill height of 48 inches or more measured from the interior finished floor at the pool access level.b. Windows facing the pool on floor above the first story.c. Screened or protected pass-through kitchen windows 42 inches or higher with a counter beneath.2. All doors providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device with positive mechanical latching/locking installed a minimum of 54 inches above the threshold, which is approved by the authority having jurisdiction.R4101.17.1.10 Where an aboveground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a ladder or steps, the ladder or steps either shall be capable of being secured, locked or removed to prevent access, or the ladder or steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of R4101.17.1.1 through R4101.17.1.9 and R4101.17.1.12 through R4101.17.1.14.
When the ladder or steps are secured, locked or removed, any opening created shall not allow the passage of a 4 inch diameter sphere.R4101.17.1.11 Standard screen enclosures which meet the requirements of section R4101.17 may be utilized as part of or all of the “barrier” and shall be considered a “non-dwelling” wall. One end of the barrier shall not be removable without the aid of tools.R4101.17.1.12 The barrier must be placed around the perimeter of the pool and must be separate from any fence, wall, or other enclosure surrounding the yard unless the fence, wall, or other enclosure or portion thereof is situated on the perimeter of the pool, is being used as part of the barrier, and meets the barrier requirements of this section.
POOL ENCLOSURE/BARRIER SPECIFICATIONS
R4101.17.1.13 The barrier must be placed sufficiently away from the water’s edge to prevent a young child or medically frail elderly person who may manage to penetrate the barrier from immediately falling into the water. Sufficiently away from the water’s edge shall mean no less than 20 inches from the barrier to the water’s edge. Dwelling or non-dwelling walls, when used as part or all of the “barrier” and meeting the other barrier requirements, may be as close to the water’s edge as permitted by this code.R4101.17.1.14 A wall of a dwelling may serve as part of the barrier if it does not contain any door or window that opens to provide direct access from the home to the swimming pool.R4101.17.2 Indoor swimming pools. All walls surrounding indoor swimming pools shall comply with 424.2.17.1.9.R4101.17.3
Prohibited locations. A barrier may not be located in a way that allows any permanent structure, equipment, or window that opens to provide access from the home to the swimming pool.DEFINITION: Pool Perimeter – A pool perimeter is defined by the limits of the pool deck and any dwelling or non-dwelling wall or any combination thereof which completely surrounds the pool.

Outdoor patio light is an essential element of all good patio and garden design. It is very important for any constructed outdoor spaces like decks, pool decks and gazebos.

Traffic areas can be made safer and your home made more secure as well as beautifying your patio with the proper use of outdoor patio light.

Planning your own outdoor patio light design for the patio or garden is not as complicated as you may think. There are almost an endless array of lighting fixtures available to suit any architectural or garden design style. It is not difficult to choose the correct lighting fixtures and decide where to put them, it ultimately comes down to personal style and taste.

Almost all outdoor patio light fixtures work on a low voltage system. This means that they radiate a soft, ambient quality of light which looks very attractive in outdoor spaces. A low voltage system is safe and energy efficient even in and around water features or around the pool, and uses a comparatively small amount of energy.

There are outdoor patio light products designed for specific purposes, such as bathing large entertainment areas in light, highlighting attractive patio or deck features, or illuminating potential hazards like stairs, steps, level changes, doorways and water features.

Proper outdoor patio light is crucial for your space. You should absolutely be able to enjoy your beautiful patio and hard work during evening hours, there’s no reason not to. If you equip your space with the proper patio lights, you will be able to extend your outdoor living space into the sunset hours.

Think about your patio’s perimeter when choosing a lighting scheme. It is important that the whole space is covered.

Your patio seem that much larger at night because with this lighting technique you will be cutting through darkness to show off the size and beauty of your patio and surrounding landscape.

Placing outdoor patio light throughout the perimeter of your patio is a marvelous way to encompass the whole patio space while sustaining a sophisticated look.

People often get nervous when they have to hire somebody like a landscaper. A landscaper is someone who modifies the visible features of an area of land equivalent to a backyard or deck and pool area. They can work on a deck, pool, yard or different area. Because there are so many completely different landscaping firms available at the moment, there are just a few suggestions that will probably be helpful to make use of when making your decision here.

Among the first and most necessary things to remember when hiring a landscaper is that cheaper just isn’t always better. Lots of people spend their time looking out for an organization that provides the lowest prices but this doesn’t mean they’re the best. In actual fact it is better to spend a bit more money if it means you’re getting a more experienced, skilled, and respected company. The more experienced companies that have more to offer are going to cost a decent amount because they know they are going to get the job completed right and this is what really matters more than anything.

It is always worth it to spend a bit more cash from the start if it means you’ll get the results you want. Always go through the interview process when looking for a landscaper. You wish to either meet them in person or chat to them over the telephone so you possibly can discuss the main points with them. Then you’ll be able to either talk to them over the phone, in individual or even via email to discuss your ideas for the job and see what they have to offer.

Make sure you are clear about all the different tasks you want included in the job. A great landscaping company will offer their very own concepts and work to guarantee that they have the best concept of what you want however they can’t read your mind. Always get an estimate of what the job is going to cost before getting things started even in the event you actually like a landscaping company. For instance you wish to see whether or not ongoing maintenance issues are going to be included or if you’ll be charged extra for things like weeding and spraying after the job is completed.

Even when these are charged additionally, get the details written out in contract form so you will always know precisely what you need to pay. You can also read opinions when you need to find a landscaper. Reviews can help you see what past clients had to say about a landscaping company. This may prevent going through a lot of time and hassle yourself if you don’t have to.