Pool Deck Paint Guide 2018

Many pool owners put a lot of effort into maintaining their swimming pool, but they often forget about the deck. The deck begins to age and the allure of your pool starts to fade away.

It even gets worse if you believe that the only solution to this problem is replacing your deck. However, there is an easier way to restore and rejuvenate your deck: applying pool deck paint.

The process of painting your pool deck is much simpler than painting a pool, possibly even shorter that the time it would take a robotic pool cleaner for small pools to clean your pool.

Protecting Your Pool Deck

When buying your deck paint, you need to go for a product that will protect the surface from different elements. Concrete has some special needs due to its moisture issues, characteristics porosity, and alkalinity.

Also, an improperly painted deck with the wrong paint wouldn’t stand against the harmful UV rays from the sun, foot traffic, and even the scraping from your pool’s furniture. Your best bet is to get a paint that is designed for swimming pool decks as opposed to getting a general purpose or all-purpose paint.

Designing an Attractive Pool Deck

Your pool deck will look attractive in colors that show the natural outdoor environment. Shades of gray portray natural stone and slate, shades of tan hint at sandy beaches, shades of dusky blue and green bring water in mind, shades of brown and maroon imply masonry and brick.

Although you can simply paint your deck in a single color, the hues will add more appeal if they are combined effectively. For example, a deck that is dusky sea or gray could be complemented by an adobe-colored serpentine path or a brick-colored border that leads to your pool.

The Painting Process

Even if you have the best inflatable hot tub for winter, you need to ensure that you paint it deck properly. Here are the steps that you should follow:

  • First, choose the paint that will best suite your deck.
  • Inspect for any crack on your deck. Clean them thoroughly using a wire brush. Also, ensure that you clean your deck.
  • Leave the deck to dry; until it is completely dry.
  • Get your roller, insert it in the paint, and roll it around your deck.
  • You might require little brushes to paint corners and other tight spots.

How to Choose Your Pool Deck Paint

The best paint for your deck should have all of these properties:

Prevent cracking – Precipitation and UV rays from the sun affect the deck and the structure begins to change, which might result in warping.

Wear-resistance – A wear-resistance paint guarantees durability.

Protect the deck from insects and microorganisms – Most decks, especially wooded ones, are a great environment for mold and fungus growth. They also attract insects.

High-quality decorative nature – The paint should preserve the original look of your deck for years.

Conclusion

Getting the best pool deck is a simple as following the above four factors. After that, you can easily paint your deck to ensure that you preserve it and offer it an attractive look.

What To Put Under Above Ground Pool On Grass

When installing an above ground pool for adults the most critical thing is to choose the ideal site in your garden for the pool and then preparing the site to support your swimming pool. You should also know what to put under above ground pool on grass before you begin the installation process.

Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Your Pool

Avoid these mistakes when installing your above ground swimming pool in your yard.

  • Leveling up the low spots with dirt scoped from the higher grounds. If you do this, the dirt will eventually settle down and your pool will be on the uneven
  • Using excess mason sand. The sand should be used as a buffer from the liner to the surface but not for leveling.
  • Setting the pool’s track on the sand. You shouldn’t put the sand under the track; it should be inside.
  • Not troweling or compacting the sand. First, compact the sand and then trowel it to have a smooth finish.

Things to Put Under Your Pool on Grass

If you know “what is the best above ground pool” and get it, you can easily install it directly on the grass (these pools are designed to rest on grass). But that isn’t recommended since you won’t get a flat, smooth, and slightly resilient or soft padding surface below your pool that can prevent abrasion and punctures to your pool.

Therefore, use any of these materials to lay your pool on.

1. Install your pool on concrete pads

This is a superb base for your swimming pool since it will provide a level and flat surface, which means that your pool won’t shift. But remember that concrete isn’t smooth and might abrade your pool over time. Therefore, you might need to add a layer of sand on top of the concrete.

2. Install your pool on a commercial pad

There are a lot of commercial products that are ideal for placing under your pool if you intend to install it in your garden. Most of these products fit all types and sizes of above ground swimming pool.

3. Install your pool on sand

A layer of sand over the grass is the old way of installing an above ground swimming pool in the garden. It is easy to use and inexpensive and can be combined with other installation methods – like laying sand first and then a commercial pad over it.

4. Install you pool on solid foam

Sand might not be the best to lay on the surface. Therefore, it is advisable to use solid urethane foam sheets, not upholstery foam. Solid foam won’t slide around the surface when you add water to your pool.

Conclusion

Knowing how to level an above ground pool on grass is important but knowing what to put under above ground pool on grass is even critical. So, use any of the material we have listed above and remember not to make the mistakes that people do when installing their pools.

Decaffeinated Tea Is Easy To Make!

Making your own decaffeinated tea consists of nothing more than water and tea. It can’t be simpler! If you are worried about getting too much caffeine, or if you can only have it in small amounts for medical purposes, make sure you read this page.

The best way to make your own decaffeinated tea

1) Start making your tea like you normally would.

2) Boil some water, let the water cool (depending on what type of tea), and pour the water over the leaves to let them infuse. You shouldn’t use much water because your going to be pouring it out anyway.

Instead of infusing the leaves for a few minutes, only let them infuse for about 30-45 seconds, and pour off the lightly infused water.

3) Finally, put the leaves back in the pot and pour the water over them like you normally would. Let them infuse for the regular amount of time that they should infuse depending on the tea.

Since most of the caffeine comes out of the tea within the first 30-45 seconds, you now have tea that has about 80% less than it normally had. You’ve just made your own homemade decaffeinated tea!

Some Reasons Not To Buy Certain Decaf Teas

If you’re interested in making your tea decaffeinated, I highly recommend you do it the way I just explained.

If you buy a decaffeinated tea from a producer, make sure you know how they make that tea decaf. There are 2 methods they take for making a tea decaf.

1) The first method uses the solvent ethyl acetate to pull the caffeine out of the tea. Although effective, it also takes out about 60% of the polyphenols (antioxidants). You want all the antioxidants you can get!

2) The second is a natural method using water and carbon dioxide. This is the preferred method of decaffeinating tea. This method is called effervescence. I highly suggest that you call the manufacturer of the tea and find out which method they use. If they do the first method, please find another supplier which uses the natural water method.

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes are one of my favorite tea time cookies. They just melt in your mouth and are perfect with a cup of tea! These cookies are also known as Russian Tea Balls – the shape of course! and Russian Tea Cookies.

They are simple to make and just delicious! At christmas, the Russian Tea Balls are referred to as ‘Snowball’ Cookies!

The can be shaped, but traditionally they are rolled into a ball. Try not to handle the dough to much or you will get a ‘tough’ cookie. Little handling allows for a light, flaky cookie that melts in your mouth. Here are some free recipes for you to try for your next tea party, Christmas, or any event.

Russian Tea Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, only use real butter, no margerine
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour (or cake flour for a finer cookie)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup fine chopped walnuts or pecans
  • icing sugar for dusting and rolling finished cookies

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream the butter adding icing sugar gradually until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, vanilla.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet or parchment paper.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until just turning golden, do not overcook.

Remove from oven and while still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar.

Sometimes I omit the nuts from the recipe, and the cookies are still excellent.

This is the same recipe that you will find if you are looking for Russian Tea Balls or Russian Tea Cookies.

I hope you enjoy!

Russian Samovar

The Russian Samovar is used to serve Russian Tea. It is also used in Russian Tea Ceremonies and is a beautiful item.

Today, many people collect Samovars and they add grace to any tea party table.

History of the Samovar

Samovar - Russian Tea CeremonyThere is some dispute to the creation of the Samovar. Some say it originated from Russia, and others say it was created in China. Regardless, it is embedded in Russian culture.

The first Samovars date back to the late 18th century and were made from metal in the City of Tula, South of Russia. The reason for metal, is a portion of the samovar was filled with coal to keep the water and tea hot.

By the mid 19th century their were four shapes of samovars that had become traditional:

  • Cylindric Shaped
  • Barrel Shaped
  • Spherical Shaped
  • Ornate Urn Shaped

By the 1950’s electric Samovars were being introduced.

How the Samovar Works

The traditional Samovar had three compartments within it. Samovars were traditionally a large metal container with a spout at the bottom and a metal pipe running vertically through the middle of the container. The pipe was filled with coal to heat the water. A third compartment or unit went atop filled with strong concentrated tea that was also kept warm.

Tea is served from the Samovar by taking 1 part concentrate and diluting it with about 10 parts of water from the spout.

The Samovar and the Russian Tea Ceremony

The Samovar is the most well known symbol of the Russian Tea Ceremony. The entire ceremony centered around the Samovar and its ability to ‘serve tea’ to large numbers of people. The Russian expression “to have a sit by samovar” means to have a talk while drinking tea.

Instant Russian Tea Recipe

Instant Russian Tea Recipes are quite easy to find and we have included two different Russian Tea Recipes for you to try.

One of the recipes uses fruit juice as a base and the tea is ready to drink as a result, the second Russian Tea Recipe makes a dry mix that you can store in a dry container such as a jar, and make a cup of Tea at any time. It is an instant tea and makes a beautiful gift in a jar!

Modern Russian Tea Recipe

 

  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1 quart orange juice
  • 1-3 ounce can frozen lemon concentrate-undiluted
  • 1/2-1 cup sugar

Steep tea and spices in boiling water and remove. Add sugar. Mix juices and lemon concentrate in large pitcher. Add tea mixture. Dilute to taste.

Instant Tea Recipe – Russian

 

  • 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant tea powder
  • 3/4 cup lemon-flavored instant tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

To prepare this Instant Tea, simply add 3 teaspoons of the dry mix to an 8oz cup of boiled water. Of course you can add more or lesss depending on your personal preference. From the ingredients, you can see this is a very ‘sweet’ tea.

 

I hope you enjoy these Free Tea Recipes! Please share them with your friends and family.

 

Cinnamon Herb – Herbal Tea

Cinnamon Herb

Cinnamon is a tree native to Sri Lanka and South India and the bark of the Cinnamon tree is used as a spice all over the world.

The Cinnamon tree grows to be about 10 – 15 meters high and produces a small purple berry which contains a single seed. Cinnamon trees are cut down almost to the ground after growing about 2 years and several shoots will then grow up from the roots. The shoots are stripped of their bark and it is set out to dry for commercial use. There are two widely used variations of Cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon; Cassia being the stronger of the two, however the Ceylon is considered to be the true Cinnamon.

It is said that around 100 AD Pliny the Elder wrote that 350 grams of Cinnamon was equal in value to over 5 kilograms of silver which would make Cinnamon about 15 times greater in value by weight.

Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon can be a flavorful and useful component of any tea and can be produced by boiling a Cinnamon stick in 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes and that water used for steeping any tea. You can also add 1/8 of a teaspoon of dried powdered Cinnamon to 8 ounces of hot water or added to tea.

Cinnamon Uses & Herbal Remedies

Cinnamon is used world wide as a spice and used along with sugar to flavor cereals, deserts, breads and even beverages.

Cinnamon is often used in herbal remedies as it will aid in the effectiveness of other herbs.

Cinnamon has been used to treat diarrhea, colds, flu, arthritis and even yeast infections.

Cinnamon oil can be used to deaden the nerve associated with tooth pain.

Traditionally Cinnamon has been used to enhance personal spirituality, speed healing and increase passions.

Cinnamon Cautions

The over use of Cinnamon oil in toothpastes, gums and ingestion can lead to gum inflammation and sensitivity.

High dosed of Cinnamon, generally with the internal use of the oil is cautioned during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Cinnamon can be an allergenic and can topically can cause skin irritation.

Feverfew Tea- Feverfew Herb

Feverfew tea is one of the most common holistic or healing teas.

Feverfew herb treats a variety of conditions and ailments and is very beneficial. The feverfew plant is really easy to grow and is a nice compliment to a herbal tea garden.

Feverfew herb comes in a variety of forms. There is the feverfew leaves (dried including flowers, feverfew capsules, and feverfew supplements.

Here are some of the common conditions that are treated with feverfew leaf and capsules and supplements.

  • Feverfew treats migraine headaches
  • Feverfew relieves arthritic pain and inflammation
  • Feverfew can treat hayfever and allergies
  • Feverfew can reduce fevers
  • Feverfew can regulate menstruation
  • feverfew can ease menstrual cramping
  • Feverfew is used to relieve common cold symptoms

Feverfew Pictures

Feverfew & Migraines

Feverfew plants and leaves are used to treat and relieve migraine headaches. It takes about two weeks of drinking feverfew tea or taking feverfew supplements and capsules to enjoy the relief. Feverfew often works for patients who do not have success with prescription medication for migraine relief.

Feverfew & Arthritis

Feverfew plants contain a natural substance that mimics corticosteroid cortisone. It is very effective in relieving pain and suffering associated with rhumatoid arthritis. It is anti inflammatory, and has seditive effects making it a useful alternative for treating arthritis naturally.

Feverfew Side Effects

Feverfew and pregnancy do not mix. Do not take or ingest feverfew if you are pregnant. It also encourages menstruation, which is something no pregnant woman wants.

Fever few is high in vitamins A & C and also contains significant amounts of niacin and iron. It makes a great supplement to diets.

Feverfew Tea Recipe

To make a nice cup of feverfew herbal tea, here is what you do:

  • 1 teaspoon dried organic feverfew herb
  • 8 ounces boiling water

Steep the feverfew leaves and flowers for 8-10 minutes, strain, reheat and sweeten with honey if desired.

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party – the infamous event in Boston that we’ve all heard about in elementary and even high school. Also known as the British Tea Party, this event was a great protest against Great Britain.

They were fighting against the fact that they were being taxed for their beloved tea.

The History Behind The Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

In case you didn’t know, around the time of the Boston Tea Party in the late 1700’s, the colonies in the United States were still governed by Great Britain.

Although the colonists didn’t like this fact, they never put up much of a fuss. However, in 1765 the Stamp Act was put forth, along with the Townshend Acts in 1767.

What these acts said was that Parliament (the legislative body of Great Britain at the time) would be allowed to tax the Americans, strictly to make more money from them. Considering they were never taxed before, this caused quite an uproar in the colonies.

Because of this a man by the name of John Hancock, an American smuggler, ordered a boycott of tea. He told all the people in the colonies to stop buying tea sold from the British East India Company. This company at the time was the biggest monopoly in the entire world.

If you don’t think 1 or 2 men could put a big dent in a company of that size, think again. Sales in the colonies dropped from about 330,000 pounds to 520 pounds.

Imagine having a business in which your sales to a particular country were cut in half – more than 9 times. This created much debt in the company, so Great Britain fought back and imposed the Tea Act on the colonies.

This Tea Act made it possible for the East India Trading Company to sell directly to the colonies instead of through multiple dealers, which effectively ruined the careers of the smugglers in America such as Hancock.

This left Americans even more furious because they thought it was just another attempt by Britain to undermine their supposed freedom.

The Boston Tea Party – The Ultimate Protest

After many group meetings and protests, the Americans finally picked one infamous night to raid one of the ships coming in which was full of tea.

On December 16, 1773, a group of people known as the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Mohawk Indians and boarded the ships which were full of tea.

They hopped on board and carried each cask of tea and dumped it into the river. By the end of the night, over 90,000 pounds of tea were dumped into the river. It was estimated to be about a 10,000 pound loss in British money, but realize this was in 1773 . That would be millions in today’s money.

After The Party

After this happened, there were mixed reactions in the colonies. For example, Benjamin Franklin protested it and actually offered his own money to pay back what was lost.

Boston Tea Party Documents

More Acts and Documents were to follow as a result of the Famous Tea party! The British imposed more strict laws, such as the “Intolerable Acts” and the Americans continued to carry out acts of vengeance. The Americans also drank herbal infusions instead of real tea, but they couldn’t hold off. It was just too good!

The great thing about the Boston Tea Party is that it is believed to be the start of a series of events that lead to the American Revolution, which freed America from the rule of Britain.

Without this historical event the USA might be British today instead of Americans!

Russian Tea Recipe

Russian Tea Recipe for you to try!

It is the inclusion of the fruits and spices that led to the ‘Instant Russian Tea’ of today. Traditionally, the tea was prepared in a part of the Samovar and then diluted with water to the individual taste of the drinker.

Here is a recipe for Tradtional Russian Tea.

Traditional Russian Tea

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar (or splenda!)
  • grated rind of one medium orange
  • 5 cups water
  • 8 cloves – whole
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • juice from 4 oranges
  • 1 1/2 tbsp loose black tea leaves
  • 8 cups boiling fresh water

Preparation of Russian Tea

Add sugar, orange rind, cloves and 5 cups of water to pot, bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Strain and cool.

Add the black loose tea leaves to 8 cups of boiling water, steep 3-4 minutes and strain.

Mix the strained spice and sugar mix with the tea and add the juices. Keep warm until ready to serve but do not boil.

This Russian Tea is delicious with Russian Tea Cakes & Cookies!