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What Appliances for Outdoor Kitchens?

What Appliances for Outdoor Kitchens?

One of the biggest new trends in backyard landscaping is the addition of an outdoor kitchen.  No longer are people simply satisfied with an outdoor grill and a picnic table.  Having all the accoutrements of a full kitchen has become a popular way of making more use of a backyard entertainment area.  When planning a
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Do Outdoor Lights Need GFCI?

Do Outdoor Lights Need GFCI?

Any kind of electrical wiring needs to follow electrical codes.  In the United States, this is known as the NEC or National Electric Code, while in Canada it’s called the CEC or Canadian Electric Code.  Both codes are very similar and are used to establish a standard of wiring materials and practices to ensure the
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Can an Inground Pool Be Enlarged?

Can an Inground Pool Be Enlarged?

Whether you’re looking to upgrade a pool you’ve already installed or are looking to modify a pool that came with a new house you bought, enlarging a pool will take some planning, effort, and money.  That’s not to say it’s impossible, because many people choose to do it and do it successfully.  However, the specifics
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Can My Backyard Fit a Pool?

Can My Backyard Fit a Pool?

Warm summer days can have people daydreaming about having a cool body of water right outside their backdoor.  But what if you don’t have a lot of space in your backyard to work with?  The fact is that there are a lot of newer pools that can work well in smaller spaces.  You’ll need to
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What Is Hot Tub pH?

What Is Hot Tub pH?

Hot tub pH is the measurement of your spa’s water acidity or alkalinity.  The pH measurement scale runs from 1 to 14 with a score of 1 being the most acidic, 14 being the most basic and 7 being neutral.  The ideal pH of hot tub water should be between 7.2 to 7.8 or marginally
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What Is Hot Tub Stabilizer?

What Is Hot Tub Stabilizer?

Keeping your hot tub clean is an absolutely necessary part of hot tub ownership.  If you want your hot tub to be a place of relaxation, the last things you want to be worrying about are germs, bacteria, and other pathogens.  The warm waters of hot tubs make it an ideal environment for the growth
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How Hot Do Swim Spas Get?

How Hot Do Swim Spas Get?

If you have started to shop for a swim spa, you are probably curious as to how hot swim spas can get. While you may be assuming that they are the same temperature as a hot tub is, the truth is that the water is actually cooler. While the temperature can be raised on a
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Are Swim Spas Expensive to Run?

Are Swim Spas Expensive to Run?

When looking at swim spas, there is more to consider than just looking at the price tag. Most potential buyers have a number of questions about setup and ongoing costs associated with running their spa. Often dealers are asked “Are swim spas expensive to run? Can these costs vary? Do factors like energy efficiency, overall
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Can an Inground Pool Be Installed on a Slope?

Can an Inground Pool Be Installed on a Slope?

To answer the question of “Can an inground pool be installed on a slope?” the quick version is that, yes it can.  If your yard has a slight slope, it might only take some minor landscaping to flatten it out enough for the easy installation of a pool.  However, installing an inground pool in a
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Does an Inground Pool Need a Fence?

Does an Inground Pool Need a Fence?

Installing an inground pool should be an exciting occasion for your entire family and circle of friends.  You have probably already started planning your pool parties, daily exercise routine, and favourite sunbathing location.  But aside from all the pleasure your new inground pool will give, there are also responsibilities that must be attended to.  One
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