by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
If you can't see the tool bar please press F11
Home Living : September 4th 2012
OUTDOORS AUSSIES LOVE LIFE BY THE POOL MAKING ONE BIG SPLASH The secret to your pool's health and longevity is routine care. Picture: FLUID DESIGN AND BLUE POPPY PHOTOGRAPHY GET SET FOR SUMMER What to do to ensure the pool is ready for that first hot day of summer: Thoroughly clean and vacuum the walls and floor of the pool. Check that the pump is working properly and organise a full pool equipment service. Replace fittings and check for leaks. Test the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks. Empty the skimmer basket. Ensure that the water level is halfway up the skimmer box opening. Check that the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating backwash. Turn pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to prevent build-up of moisture in the light and wiring. Janita Singh AUSTRALIA is the land of pool lovers. Something we knew all along has now been confirmed by a survey. The poll, by pool and spa care specialist Swimart, shows that around 13,000 pools are built annu- ally in this country, and that Australia has the highest (per capita) rate of pool ownership in the world. Along with the barbecue, swim- ming pools have long been an integral part of this country's social fabric. Eighty one per cent of those surveyed said they would prefer to relax by their pool rather than go to the beach, with most citing relaxation as the most preferred pool pastime (48 per cent), fol- lowed by family time (36 per cent). For 42 per cent of Australian homeowners, the pool was a decid- ing factor in buying their current home, while 51 per cent believed having an eco-friendly pool was important. Today, the pool is deemed an integral part of a home, with 45 per cent respondents saying the pool is integrated into their home design. Swimart's Australasian man- ager Chris Fitzmaurice says the research is testament to the appeal of ''Aussie swimming pool cul- ture''. With the start of the swim- ming season, he urges home- owners to prepare their pools. ''Granted maintainance of pools varies but they do share one key thing --- the secret to their health and longevity is routine care,'' Mr Fitzmaurice says. Regular maintenance of your pool and its equipment will ensure its best performance. In addition to making sure water chemistry is correct, habitual maintenance en- ables any parts that are failing to be corrected or repaired before the whole unit requires replacement. Visit swimart.com.au Renovating? Redecorating? Our Home section has the inspiration you need. Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S FRENCH STYLE BEDROOM AND DINING SUITES | CHANDELIERS LAMPS www.fleurfurniture.com.au 267 Victoria Road, GLADESVILLE p (02) 9817 1844 | f (02) 9818 3257 Parking to the rear of shop | Closed Mondays -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm 2116078 16/8 IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY GROUND FLOOR EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2147928 14/8
August 28th 2012
September 11th 2012