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Diy Solar Pool Heater Black Hose

Diy Solar Pool Heater Black Hose

On a serious note, not everyone wants to jump into a cold pool. They do not find it comfortable to use. They like their pool water to be perfect room temperature to make it conducive to inhabit. Therefore, they need to heat the pool. Heating your pool can be a costly venture due to the equipment and processes it requires. That’s why it would be rather cost-effective if you can harness the power of the sun and use it in warming the pool.

One effective way of warming your pool is the black hose solar pool heater.  The black hose solar pool heater is easy to make and use a solar pool heater that’s less expensive. With a black PVC pipe, wooden board, and duct tape, you can transform your pool from cold water to warm water pool.

How to construct a solar pool heater black hose

To construct your solar pool heater black hose, you need a piece of plywood or wooden board, black PVC pipe or vinyl irrigation hose, duct tape or zip ties to hold it into position. 

Before constructing your black hose solar pool heater, you need to

  • Decide where to install the solar pool heater

It would help if you considered where to install the constructed solar heating system. You can place them on the roof due to the amount of exposure to sun rays it receives and how that exposure triggers the heating of the pipes.

  • Measure the installation distance

You also have to measure the gap between the area of installation and the swimming pool. This is essential because it shows the length of pipe needed for the setup.

  • Position the pipe right

After taking measurements, you need to begin placing the tubes in areas where the installation would pass. Connect one end of the black pipe to the water pump, and the other end of the pipe ducked in the pool water.

  • Arrange the tube properly

While laying the pipes, don’t let them be in clusters. You can coil the pipes spirally or coil them on the wooden board or plywood and place them on your roof to increase the heating effect.

 To create your black hose solar pool heater, you coil the black hose on the wooden board and hold it in position with a nail or duct tape or zip ties.  Connect the coiled pipe to your pool filter so that when you filter water it passes through your solar water heater before going back to the pool. This will adequately warm up the water as you filter it. If you’re not using your pool filter, you need to connect the pipe to a sort of water pump that will push the water through your pipe.

Conclusion

With this quick guide, you can use a black hose pipe to create a system that adequately heats your pool. The winter season is upon us and if you’re one to wind down in a pool after the day’s stress, you can try this method to enjoy constant swimming.

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Does Bleach Freeze?

Does Bleach Freeze?

Bleach is a household name that depicts a solution of 2.5% sodium hypochlorite in water. It is usually called chlorine or liquid bleach. There is another form of bleach known for being oxygen-based or peroxide. Apart from being used to remove stains or disinfection. It can also be used to shock a pool apart from being used to remove stains or disinfection.

Types of bleach

Do you know that we have different types of bleach? They are;

  • Oxygen based bleach which has peroxide releasing compounds such as sodium perborate or sodium percarbonate or hydrogen peroxide
  • Bleaching powder which is bleach in a powdery form known as calcium hypochlorite
  • Chlorine-based bleach which is made of sodium hypochlorite

Other forms of bleaching chemicals include Bromate chlorine dioxide, sodium per silicate, lithium and potassium analogs, sodium pyrophosphate, organic peroxide, sodium persulfate, carbamide peroxide, and ammonium.

How does bleach work?

When you apply bleach to your water, the oxidizing properties of the bleach break down the chemical bond of the chromophore, meaning the molecules lose whatever color it has or takes on the color of the surface it is on. The bleach changes the unit’s double bonds, altering the properties of the molecule to make it achromatic.

At what temperature does bleach freeze?

Due to the chemical properties of bleach, it can easily freeze if left outside for long during the cold period. While there are different types of bleach, each has its freezing point.

The determinant for the freezing point of bleach is the chlorine content of the different types. 

For instance, the bleach freezing point of liquid bleach is usually around 19 degrees Fahrenheit, but it may not bleach inside a protective container.

The freezing point for the different kinds of bleach includes; The freezing point for the different kinds of bleach includes;

  • If it contains 10 percent sodium hypochlorite, the bleach would freeze at 7 degrees Fahrenheit
  • If the bleach has 5 percent sodium hypochlorite it will begin to freeze at 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • As for pure chlorine, its freezing point is – 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, the freezing point of bleach depends on chlorine content.

Optimize your bleach life

For your bleach to remain active over a period, you would have to store it properly away from any hot or freezing condition. That means you would have to save the product inside a cabinet at home.

The cabinet has to have stable room temperature for it to avoid freezing overnight. You need to turn your liquid bleach into an opaque container to avoid direct contact with sunlight, or else it will degrade.

Like other dangerous materials, ensure it is properly stored away from the reach of kids and pets.  You should also keep it away from all your household equipment and cleaning item because it reacts negatively with some of these items leading to them producing fumes.

How long will the bleach last?

The life span for a bottle of bleach is usually written on its label but asides that your bottle of bleach can last actively for six to nine months if stored properly.

Conclusion

You should find out the chlorine content of your bleach to make sure it is stored properly.

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DIY COLORFUL CARABINERS

Anybody in need of a little color on your keychain? I had an old carabiner on my keys that was really worn and dingy, and my sister had been wanting to do something crafty with hers too. We thought wrapping them in embroidery thread could be a surprising addition of color. (These are similar to the DIY headbands, too!)

Our keychains are actually pretty fun already – I have a leopard key and Anna has one tie-dye and one sunflower pattern. Silly, huh?

I picked out a bunch of bright colors….

Here’s how we did it:1. Start with a drop of glue and put the end of your first thread in the glue. 2. Wait for it to get tacky and begin wrapping the thread over the glue. 3. When you’re ready to switch colors, put another drop of glue. Finish your first color and end the thread in the glue. 4. Start your next color in the same bead of glue and wrap the second thread around the end of the first thread to cover it.5. Continue with as many colors as you want.6. For the last thread color, put a drop of glue on the end of the wrapped area and place the end of the thread into the glue. Hold for a few minutes, or until the glue gets tacky. The end of the thread will kind of disappear since its the same color.

Tip – The curved areas are a little tricky. Just wrap slowly and tightly and the thread should cover the carabiner well.

And that’s it! I did one with a few colors and one solid blue with a little metallic stripe. You can do I think they’re really cute!

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Home Tour: The Morrow’s Cottage-Style Ranch

Home tours are becoming one of my favorite things to share on this blog, and today we have a very special one! This is the lovely home of our sweet friends, Jay and Jeanette. J and J have just welcomed a sweet baby girl into the world and they were kind enough to let me photograph their house right before she got here!

It will go without saying that Jeanette has impeccable taste and has curated a lovely, welcoming home. Take a peek inside!

Family Room

Jeanette always says she’s attempting to give their ranch style home a cottage feel, I think she pulls it off, don’t you?

Dining Room

The dining room might be one of my favorite rooms in this whole house. The zinc top table! The chairs! The new built ins! My goodness.

This wall of special things is also a really neat piece to welcome you into the house. I always stop to see if they’ve added anything new… ticket stubs, photographs, postcards, frisbees, anything really. The wood came from the floorboards of their dear friends home, making it all the more meaningful.

Eat-in Kitchen

The cozy eat-in nook by the kitchen is another great space. Look at that light fixture! The shelves are a great place for Jeanette’s cookbooks and a few stylish trinkets. There are more than a few dachshund trinkets in the Morrow house!

And that’s not all! There were too many great rooms to share so I’ve broken it up into two parts. Come back tomorrow for Part 2!

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DIY Colorful Headband

A few weeks ago I saw Kayley’s DIY J.Crew style belt and it got my wheels turning. I thought it would be cute to have the colorful embroidery thread on a headband! I gathered up what I had and bought a few extra colors, (I had to have the shiny gold thread!) and went to word pairing the colors.

I bought these cheap headbands for $1 and later realized that the little comb things would be helpful securing the string. These even have soft edges where the headband hits behind your ears to make it more comfortable.

Here’s what I did to wrap the embroidery thread securely around the headband:
1. Apply a dab of glue and secure one end of the thread. Holding your finger over the thread and glue (this part gets a little sticky) wrap the thread over the glue to secure the end.

2. Wrap up as far as you want, covering the glued area. Repeat the same thing with the next color, adding the end of the first thread and the beginning of the next thread in the same dab of glue.

3. I order the colors and sizes of each section randomly.

On the last section, I tied the thread in a half-knot and applied a lot of glue to make the end disappear into the rest of the thread.

And voila! Super easy and cute. I think I’ll be making a few more.

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DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

You all know I love my little backyard garden. Last year I found a perfect little bird’s nest in this flimsy tree that hangs over the path. I would get Allen to put me on his shoulders and hoist me up so I could see the tiny eggs. One day, I was walking up the path and I saw pieces of little blue shell and a yellow gooey mess. Oh no! An egg fell out! Stupid flimsy tree. I decided I should make up for it by adding some bird houses to my garden, so I build a big one with some wood from a pallet last summer. Then I bought a small one and hung it on the fence. And guess what? No birds live in them. I saw one little bird checking them out one day, flying in and out of the holes, but he decided not to move in. Bummer. I thought maybe if I provided them some food, maybe they’d hang around for a while. The bird feeder project begins.
I saw a few wine bottle birdfeeders on Pinterest, so I gathered some inspiration and some pieces of plywood laying around in our garage and got to work. Special tidbit for my brother-in-law, Allen wasn’t home and I used two different saws and the drill all by myself! 😉
First, cut the wood to desired size. I made it up as I went along. That’s how I like to DIY.

Second, I painted the wood with 2 coats of exterior-friendly primer. 

Third, attach the first two pieces of wood.

Fourth, use the small “door handle hole” drill bit to cut a hole in your third piece of wood.

Tell your partner thank you for helping. Oh, hey thanks a lot, Iris.

Fifth, attach a smaller, thinner piece of wood around the bottom to create a lip. This is where the bird seed will fill up.

Sixth, (sounds like a lot of steps once you get to six…) attach the piece of wood with the hole. This was the hard part because I had to measure how far down my wine bottle would go. Also because I used gigantic deck screws and I had to line them up perfectly so they wouldn’t bust the thin piece of plywood. But this needs to be

Getting close! Fill your label-less wine bottle with bird seed.

And voila! A modern bird feeder. This guy is pretty heavy, so I haven’t decided how to hang it… I wanted to have it on the deck so we could see the birds fly by, but we might put it out in the garden. We’ve already seen a few pretty birds coming to eat! Maybe they’ll move into those birdhouses I got for them.