Monthly Archives: April 2011

How to kill leeches in landscaping, Bundaberg

The weather has been so wet for so long leeches are bound to be around in the garden, especially in soaks and overly wet areas. You only need to rub up against a wet bush while you are pruning and they will latch on.

Anyone emptied the spa when not in use this is prefect conditions for leeches to thrive. The solution is salty water.. yes its that simple !  Recently I faced this issue and decided to check out what to do and found this worked for me.

leeches in your garden

1/  you can actually sprinkle salt directly on them and they will generally let go or

2/  put together a salty solution and pour over the little sucka…

3/ still not letting go, strike a match and touch them with the hot tip and hey presto its all gone..

Salt water Swimming Pools pro’s and cons

Choose the right Pool Sanatiser for your Swimming pool

Lets clear up one thing right from the start… Salt water pool does actually create its own chlorine to sanatise your pool.. The advantage for the pool owner is the pool doesn’t actually required added chlorine (in most situations), and less irritation for people who are sensitive to the added chemicals. Salt water tends to be much softer than chlorinated water, so it’s much more pleasurable to swim in, and is much less harsh on your skin. In addition, a salt water pool usually has a much lower concentration of chlorine than a chlorinated pool.

Running costs are reduced as bagged salt currently is more economical than liquid chlorine that is injected into your pool. Just to be clear though, Salt water pools do in fact use chlorine to sanitize and the water. So if you are not adding chlorine tablets or shock, how does that work?

It works because of the chemical composition of salt, which is made up of chlorine and sodium. Within the salt water system is a unit called a salt-chlorine generator, which uses electrolysis to generate chlorine by separating the sodium and chlorine molecules in the salt you add to the pool. As the generator unit separates out the chlorine, it’s returned to the pool, where it keeps the water clean and sanitary.

A well-maintained salt pool is an absolute delight to swim in, with softer, more comfortable water that doesn’t irritate. It doesn’t taste salty, either, as you might think, because it has such a low concentration of salt that it’s officially considered to be fresh water!  In the ocean, the salt concentration is between 20,000 to 35,000 parts per million, whereas in a salt water pool, it’s just 2,600 to 3,200.

Finally, don’t be fooled into thinking that a salt water pool maintains itself. It doesn’t. You still need to check PH levels and carry out other maintenance tasks. However, you’ll benefit from lower maintenance costs and a more enjoyable swimming experience, which definitely makes it worthwhile.

ORP Chlorine & acid injection controllers actually vary the input of both chlorine and acid into the pool according to the bather load and weather conditions. The control unit continually tests the water at pre determined times during operation to modulate the inputs to reflect the pool use. Where as a Salt water pool chlorine production is controlled simply by manual control of the timer to estimate the time required to accomodate the seasonal changes & bather load. Its quite simple really but worth considering when you are building a new pool.

Call in and discuss your needs at Lifestyle Solutions centre, 78 Mt Perry Road North Bundaberg.

Wrong way to build a Spray Concrete pool ..

I noticed a photo of a guy spraying a concrete pool. I was stunned to see what the photo showed…. let me explain !

When constructing a spray concrete swimming pool there are some key principals which must be followed precisely..

1/   you must spread a layer of filter gravel to provide a drainage layer for seepage under the pool… depth of this   filter gravel varies depending on the plasticity of the ground where the pool is being constructed… this site would appear to me at the very least clay based yet there is no drainage layer…

2/  steel reinforcing required minimum 65mm coverage to avoid steel rusting as a result of water penetration. For this reason steel chairs are used to hold the steel cage away from the floor. Astonishingly this builder has used a few old bricks that will without doubt leave considerable voids where the steel will remain open to attack from water on the underside of the pool, where you will never see until the rust starts exploding into the pool.

Its imperative to know your pool builder had the expertise to understand why every process must be completed correctly in the construction of your new concrete pool.

You will be glad to know the Lifestyle solutions pool and landscaping in Bundaberg follow the engineers design completely. Compare for yourself in the images attached to clearly show the difference in the construction of our pools. http://www.lifestylesolutions.net.au

LED pool and landscape Lighting, Bundaberg

Led lighting has changed the way we look at pool and landscape lighting. So many reasons to choose LED when you consider the energy efficiency often using 90 % less energy to operate, quality lenses’ life expectancy of 15-20 years, and when being low voltage makes their use far simpler for easy installation.

Another great advantage of LED lighting is operating with very little heat, great to use around all the family, pets and wildlife all make good sense. Often overlooked is the fact LED’s do not emit UV light  ever annoying insects are not attracted to light fittings .

LED’s are available in white, warm white, blue green, cyan, amber and red to cover most lighting requirements, lenses are also waterproof for use in many applications. LED’s can also be wired to 12/ 24 volt Battery systems, even Solar panels or mains power through transformers.

Just to summarise, there are so many ways LED’s can be used in a wide range of situations and the energy efficiency provides long term savings to reward your investment. There are also range of positive sealing jointing systems that provide positive and waterproof long term connections, remote controls and touch pad controls provide a complete & efficient lighting solution.

So when you are designing your next project remember the advantages of LED lighting in your project.

by Peter Moller, Lifestyle Solutions Centre, 78 Mt Perry Road, Nth Bundaberg. http://www.lifestylesolutions.net.au

custom designed spray concrete pool at bargara

Custom design for this pool creates an impressive look and feel to the home from the entertaining area. Choosing a soft grey 600 long coping paver is a different look to the average pool…and the cascade splash water feature providing a unique and relaxing effect.. paving to start tomorrow which will make the difference… the owners dog causing grief at present stomping all over the unsealed pavers. might need to lock him up for a few days so we can complete the project

aluminium security fencing for bundaberg landscaping project

This project is finally coming together, after a few delays with wet weather again strangely enough. The guys installed the fence yesterday and I caught up with them mid morning.. looking great, this will stop the local lads cutting through the gardens and breaking the owners plants, while maintain an impressive appeal to the home on a corner blocks… tomorrow the guys will fix the electric opening gate and Matt from “Laser electrical” will connect the power and its all good to go… just some turf to lay and we’ll show you the completed project.. owners are over the moon..

Agro Trend 2011. Bundaberg’s Home and Lifestyle Centre

Imagine how many new innovations you will find under the one roof at Bundaberg’s Home and Lifestyle centre on sites 15 & 16 at Agro Trend 2011 when you have Jeff Lennox Homes, Sunvest Energy, Concept Tiles & surfaces, Retravision, Tradelink, GlassTech and Lifestyle Solutions Centre,  all in the one creative Display. Technology changes so fast you must take this unique opportunity to see the innovations before you miss out. Building, extending or renovating or just saving money on your Ergon energy account you must check them out… and by speaking with the reps on site you can go into the draw for an Apple iPad 2…incredible technology everyone can use.. look forward to seeing you there on stand 15 & 16, May 5-6-7th