How to Milk it Dry When You’re on a Lucky Streak

Well I suppose the reality of the situation is that it can go either way, in that you can wake up in the morning feeling like a million bucks or you can wake up feeling like some evil force sucked you into its equally evil dimension. Either way, life has to go on and you have to work through the reality you wake up to! Continue reading “How to Milk it Dry When You’re on a Lucky Streak”

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Installing a Hot Tub – What the Process Entails

If you have any knowledge about what it used to entail to install one of those hot tubs of years gone by, you’ll be happy to learn that these days installation is a bit less of a cumbersome process with no need for something like a shell to be built into the decking or anything of that sort. The typical hot tub you’d get these days comes in more of a stand-alone form, which is great news because that means installation pretty much just entails placement and some wiring.

The actual process itself, however, is not as simple as it may seem, especially if you consider it from a costs point of view.

For starters, you need to identify a place to put the hot tub, which sounds simple enough, except if you take into account the typical design of most decks, patios and porches, they’re not that well-suited to house something as heavy as a hot tub. It would need to go on a flat surface so some levelling may be required with concrete posing even more of a problem since concrete patios and the likes often have an angle built into them for drainage away from the house. Your hot tub would have an uneven water level on such a surface, so there would be extra costs associated with prepping the environment to house hot tub.

Porches and decks have the same problem and can’t support the weight of a hot tub as is, which means you’d have to have it reinforced, perhaps with some support beams that are 6×6 inches in size. You’d have to have angle brackets inserted in the corners to form a solid wooden square and have holes drilled into the beams so that the longitudinal sections of the steel re-barring can go into the holes and secure the beams to the ground – all of which sounds like some work for someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and certainly not a regular DIY job.

About 6 inches of gravel will fill the space to level off the tub.

All of this is really just so that the tub can be accessed from any angle, which sounds simple enough, but all the work that goes into making sure it sits on a level surface can get pretty expensive.

The wiring for the hot tub is a whole other story in itself, which might mean that you’d have to get someone completely different to complete that job. You’d need to get in an electrician unless you’re adequately skilled to run a 220V wire yourself as part of the required heavy duty wiring of around 40 to 60 amps the hot tub would need.

You’d also need to have a service disconnect installed so that whenever the service man or you does some maintenance on the hot tub it can be disconnected from any active features it has. That’s not all – the circuit breaker must kick in and work compatibly with your home’s electrical connections and then comes all the active maintenance once the hot tub is in full use, like having to replace the filters.

If all of this sounds a bit much, then looking into a hot tub holiday in the UK might be something you want to consider. There are so many options and you’ll be spoilt for choice, this site has a great guide which can help you choose and prepare.

Buying New Versus Buying Used

There is much debate about which is better – buying a brand new car with four miles on it gained while driving said car off of the lot, or buying a used car, a few years old and which some think is the better investment. Which option is more appealing depends entirely on the consumer in question. Some buyers want flashy and new, other buyers consider that their disposable income would be better spent on other things. Continue reading “Buying New Versus Buying Used”

Why Does Wood Effect Porcelain Flooring Beat Hardwood?

Homeowners looking for a high-end flooring material often end up having to choose between stone and wood; with wood effect porcelain flooring, they can enjoy the best of both worlds. Porcelain tiles deliver the advantages of stone but are available with the appearance of wood, and here are just a few reasons why they are the go-to option among well-informed homeowners. Continue reading “Why Does Wood Effect Porcelain Flooring Beat Hardwood?”

Starting a Job Abroad

If you’ve ever had to endure the anxiety and stress that comes with relocating to a new city for a new job, spare a thought for those who have to relocate to a whole new country. Okay, you were perhaps prepared to go and live abroad if you actually took the time to apply for a job in another country, something which likely came with some research you completed to see how your daily life would be. Continue reading “Starting a Job Abroad”

The Beauty of Installment Loans

Getting a loan with bad credit can seem impossible because of trust factors. Fortunately, there are some amazing companies that offer people loans even though they have had some challenging things in their past. Anyone who is struggling with a not-so-perfect history can apply for such a loan. It can help that person to revive his or her credit score, earn trust with the creditors again and take care of the obligation or bill that prompted the loan in the first place. Continue reading “The Beauty of Installment Loans”