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    • Choosing the Right Pool Liner

      26 March 2019

      You may have spent a ton of time finding the perfect pool for your family - inground, outground, round, oval, egg-shaped, bean-shaped. But how about your pool liner? Manufacturer of pool liners, LOOP-LOC, shares expert advice for choosing a pool liner.

      Careful with color. The color of your liner will set the vibe for your backyard. You can go the conservative route or get something a little more flashy and unique. The most popular liner tends to be blue, but other colors, like tan and aqua, are also a solid option. By determining your color of choice first, you can save a lot of time narrowing down your pool liner options. Remember, as your pool deepens, this will also affect how the color looks. Just like in the ocean, the deeper the water goes, the less detail you'll be able to see, which means your liner pattern will be showcased the best near your pool stairs and shallow end of your pool.

      Pick your pattern. Regardless of the color you choose, there will be plenty of patterns available to select. You can choose more subtle patterns that mimic natural stones, marbles, granite, etc. or there are more luxurious options that even incorporate metallic or shimmering ink. Be mindful of when a tile pattern is featured at the top of liners, as this needs to coordinate well with the surrounding pool area and other backyard elements.

      Perform proper maintenance. Once you've found the perfect pool liner, it's incredibly important to perform proper maintenance to extend the lifetime of your liner, so you can enjoy it for as long as possible. You should consistently be checking the chemicals in your pool and ensuring all is balanced to avoid any damage to your pool liner. Imperfections like cracks or tears can allow water to seep through and ruin your liner. You should also be wary of any sharp objects or toys near the pool, as those can easily damage your pool liner.

      Source: LOOP-LOC

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    • Seasonal Safety: Spring Tips to Keep You Safe Until Summer

      26 March 2019

      Spring is the season when most of us emerge from our homes to tackle yard and maintenance projects we let sit all winter. But as you move around, keep safety top of mind to avoid a pre-summer injury. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers the following insights:

      If you are cleaning. Keep household cleaners, laundry packets and medicines out of sight and out of reach of little ones in your home. Ingesting these can lead to unintentional poisoning and can have tragic results.

      If doing yard work. Keep children away while you are mowing the lawn to keep them safe. Make sure your lawn mower and yard tools are in good condition and ready for spring yard work. Damaged tools can become a shock or fire hazard when wiring, motors, or other electrical parts begin to wear.

      Getting up on a ladder to clean gutters, paint or to do repairs. Before you climb, place the ladder's feet on solid level ground to avoid falls and make sure you have a spotter. Keep the ladder away from power lines and live electrical wires to prevent electrocution.

      It can be tricky, but be vigilant about counterfeits. Counterfeit products often look the same as the genuine product, but they can introduce dangers and even deadly hazards into your home. CPSC is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to spot counterfeits at the nation's ports, but it's important for consumers to be vigilant as well.

      When buying a new bicycle helmet to go with your child's new bicycle this spring, make sure the helmet meets CPSC's mandatory safety standard. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a serious head injury for both children and adults.

      Will part of your spring cleaning include changing your refrigerator water filter? Only purchase water filters that are appropriate for your appliance and that are from manufacturers you trust. Counterfeit refrigerator water filters could lack the materials to properly filter out contaminants.

      Source: CPSC.gov

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    • Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

      26 March 2019

      If you think that working with an interior designer is a luxury reserved only for the rich and famous, think again. An interior designer can actually help you save money on decorating your home over the long-term. Here’s how:

      - Interior designers have the knowledge and resources to help you make the best choices for your home. Not only will they help you choose the best designs, but also the best quality furnishings, paints, fixtures, etc. This will help you avoid growing tired of something you selected in haste, or having to replace a poorer quality item that breaks just a year or two in.

      - Design experts know how to maximize your home’s space and design each room to suit your needs and lifestyle. This will save you money on products and services you might have otherwise sought elsewhere.

      - Contrary to what you may believe, interior designers will actually help you stay on budget. They’ll be able to artfully work with what you already have, and spend wisely on what’s needed to fulfill your design dream. Left to your own devices, you could quickly rack up high bills on unnecessary furniture and décor.

      - If your home is new construction, an interior designer can serve as an important liaison with builders and architects, playing an important role in instructing them on where to place outlets, lighting fixtures, and more.

      - Interior designers are also well connected to other resources you will need, such as landscapers, electricians, plumbers and painters, knowing the best people to hire at the best prices.

      Before you dismiss the idea of an interior designer as a lavish expense, consider why it could be one of the smartest investments you make.

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    • Illusions 101: How to Create More Space at Home

      25 March 2019

      Longing for a larger living room, kitchen or bedroom? While you can't actually fake more space, you can create the illusion of it. Below are five ways to do just that.

      Use large center items. Yes, you should have that overstuffed sofa even in a small room. The trick to it is minimization. Choose just one or two large centerpiece items, including large art on the walls and large potted plants.

      Consider transition. If your small space leads into or off of another space, consider how the spaces transition into one another to give the illusion of more footage. Choose colors and design schemes that blend well.  

      Avoid patterns. Limit the use of patterns in furniture and fabric to avoid a busy-looking space. If you want to add a pop of vibrancy, consider a loud color instead, like orange or red.

      Don't block the windows. Big windows in your tiny room? Great! Utilize them by keeping them unobstructed. Frame them with plants, and skip the curtains.

      Reflect. Mirrors are your friend in small spaces, but you can also incorporate other reflective items, like a glass coffee table or lamp. Make sure to light your space right, with ample lighting sources, so all that light can reflect.

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    • Doctors Reverse Guidance on Taking An Aspirin a Day

      25 March 2019

      If, like many older Americans, you take a low-dose aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack or stroke, it may be time to talk with your doctor after a recent reversal of ‘one-a-day’ guidance announced by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiologists (ACC).

      A large clinical study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which followed 19,000 people over a four-year span, found that the aspirin regimen was not effective in preventing cardiovascular disease and, in fact, may increase the risk of bleeding and hemorrhaging.

      People who are at a high risk of cardiovascular disease and a low risk of bleeding - or those who have had a heart attack, stroke, open-heart surgery or stents - may still be advised to continue the aspirin regimen, spokesmen said. But, for the most part, clinicians going forward will be much more selective in prescribing the low-dose aspirin-a-day routine.

      Instead, patients will be advised to reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease through a program of exercise and a more healthful diet.

      Older people, like most of their younger counterparts, are advised to devote at least two or three hours each week walking briskly, swimming, dancing or bicycling.

      In terms of diet, nutritionists recommend eating lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains and fish, and limiting their intake of salt, saturated fats, fried foods, processed meats, and sugary sodas.

      It should go without saying that doctors continue to recommend no smoking or vaping and maintaining a healthy weight. Losing just five to 10 percent of body weight, according to the ACC, can decrease the risk of stroke, heart attack and other health issues.

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