Tree camping - would you give it a go?

You may recall, I hate camping. And yet, here I am — delighted once again by something that involves sleeping outdoors. Perhaps I do like the idea of camping and just detest the actual activity? Whatever — I’ll self-diagnose some other time. Look at this! You (not me), but YOU can now camp suspended....

How to build safe and cool sunken trampoline for kids

I think a sunken trampoline has to be my favourite family garden feature. It's a simple enough idea but solves so many headaches. It's safer, less intrusive and popular with everyone. I have sunken a couple myself. Well, to be more accurate, I've sunken the same one twice (note to self - decide where to put the thing and don't change your mind after 12 months)

 So what do you do...?

Understanding 'tuckpoint' or pointing

Tuckpointing or pointing is a term used to describe the repair of mortar joints in any masonry construction. This can be mortar joints in brick, terra cotta, limestone, granite, marble or any number of building substrates.
The concept is the same with all masonry construction: the block is the filler and the mortar is the bond. You cannot have a sound wall

Introduction on How to Tuckpoint Mortar Joints

Introduction Fortunately the need to repair a mortar joint is more common than having to replace a brick.
The mortar joint plays a significant role in the structure and structural integrity of the wall. It holds the bricks together, it bears the compressive weight of the wall just as the bricks, and it keeps water out of the wall. It is also the weak link in the brick wall system because if water is allowed to get past the mortar and into the wall, brick failure may occur such as cracking or popping (spalling).
The process of repairing a mortar joint is called tuckpointing. 
This term is derived because you are tucking mortar into the

Swimming Pool tips and Maintenance

Swimming pools are wonderful, whether you have a spacious in-ground pool or an aboveground pool. They provide a place for your family to come together and relax, a place for fitness and offer the ability to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. However, maintaining swimming pools correctly is very important. Without proper maintenance, you’ll find that your pool can be a source of problems rather than a relaxing, fun place to spend time.

 Check the pH Regularly 

Swimming pools need to have the right pH level in order for you to enjoy them and to help decrease

When Concreting Offers Exceptional Benefits for Homes and Businesses

It’s difficult to imagine a building material more heavily used or versatile than concrete. It’s used everywhere, from residential construction to high-rise office buildings.
Concreting is a vital process that has immense applications for everyone, but it’s important that you choose the right company to provide your concreting services or you might wind up with a product that doesn’t stand the test of time.

What Counts in Concreting? 

What should you look for in a company that offers concreting? First, you’ll need to consider the firm’s experience with similar construction projects. For example,

Building a outdoor Barbecue

A large grill and two-burner cooktop are set into this traditional barbecue island.Concrete-block walls are faced with brick that has been manufactured to appear salvaged; the countertop is made from ceramic tile. Barbecue Island Design This rectangular island has two appliances up top and two storage areas below. The structure, made from 6-inch concrete block, is built on a concrete slab that has been reinforced. The walls are faced with brick and the countertop is tiled. The total amount of usable counter space is about 4 feet, but the design can easily be adapted if your yard can accommodate a longer island. The countertop is substantial looking due to the 3-inch edging and 4-inch backsplash. The substructure is a layer of 2-inch reinforced concrete laid over

Go Back to the Stone Age

Build a Stone Wall Like a Pro
“do-it-yourself”. Add beauty and functionality to your outdoor – build a stone wall. Although they are functional and durable, building a stone wall involves hard work. Here is some tips to help you build a stone wall like a professional. Add beauty and functionality to your garden – build a stone wall. Not only is stone the oldest building material ever used, but the aesthetic use of stone can even raise the value of your property. Although they are functional and durable, building a stone wall involves