Archive Monthly Archives: February 2010

Hiring a Commercial Painter

With the affluent numbers of commercial painters around these days, it can get quite hard to determine which of them should be hired for a particular project. There are some factors that may contribute to help you pick the right commercial to do the job. Who could be more apt to cleverly judge the weather conditions in a specific location and how this climate may affect a painting job than a commercial contractor who is located on that place in consideration. If the contractor is positioned close to where the work site is to be found, they are most likely been hired for local painting job and will have a good understanding of the weather in the area. Therefore the location of the contractors is one of the many factors that may help who among these contractors would be better.


Tools for any Job

A commercial painting contractor may have been known for its good reputation due to the efficient handling and supervision of its manager. So it would be helpful to inquire on how the company’s manager has been dispensing services and what painting jobs the company’s staff has done. Also decide based on the availability of the manager during preliminary consultation. As early as that time, the attitude of the manager may already be assessed. If the manager seems fishy or devious, it might be wise to consider choosing another contractor. It is part of the professionalism aspect that contractors exhibit proper stance even during the first meeting with the client. If he cannot act professional on the foremost appointment, how much more on the succeeding times should you hire the company for your painting job.

Any client must be provided with a privilege to gather testimonials and feedback about the commercial painting contractor’s quality of work from its previous clients. Certify that the clients are indeed credible and trustworthy. Also if possible, call them casually and inquire additional data about the commercial painter’s services.

Advertising is one way of promoting a business, so the commercial painting contractor may be able to market its business through different methods. One of these methods is through internet web services. Impression may be based on how the company advertises its business through the internet. In their websites they may include their qualifications, accreditation, testimonials and other information that may help a client decide on the contractor’s appointment.

It may also be a major deciding factor if the commercial painter is affiliated and accredited by a professional contractor association. This qualification may be seen in the contractor’s office or website if available. If the commercial painter hands over a written guarantee on the type of services it offers, the gesture simply means that it is confident to complete the job appropriately within the estimated time.

Should you have finally decided on a particular contractor, there should be a written contract for both the client and the contractor to sign. This contract must include in its content the terms and clauses that should be completely understood prior to signing. If a down payment is required by the contractor before they take on the job, make sure that all references are verified before paying all dues.

Article Kindly supplied by Ezine Articles

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Swimming Pool Maintenance

Article Supplied by Ezine Articles & Mario Mauro

Care for your Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool Up Keep

Many families dream of having a backyard swimming pool to enjoy on lazy summer days. However, installing the pool isn’t the only thing that you need to worry about. Once you get your pool in correctly, it will be your job as the owner to do regular swimming pool maintenance. If you neglect this important chore, your pool can become damaged or even unsafe to use. However, it’s not difficult to properly maintain a pool.

Cleaning the Pool

The biggest part of maintaining your pool properly is cleaning it effectively. Your pool has a filter system that cleans and circulates the pool water. The most common filter uses sand to remove contaminants from the pool water. This system will need to be cleaned.

In order to clean the pool water and filter system, you will first want to remove all large particles from the water, such as leaves. You can do this with a pool net. The filter system will remove smaller particles by sucking water through the sand filter. Your filter should be active for at least six, and as much as eight, hours a day. It should cycle on and off automatically. If you notice that the filter isn’t as effective as it should be, you will need to do some deep cleaning.

During the prime swimming season, you should brush and vacuum the pool at least once a week. A large brush, made for this job, is scraped against the side walls of the pool. As the debris settles to the bottom, a pool vacuum removes it all. At the same time, it’s a good idea to backwash the filtering system. This reverses the flow and blows out any accumulated debris in the filter. You should be able to test the water and realize a significant increase in flow. This is a good indication that it has been done correctly.

Adjust Chemical Levels

After a thorough cleaning has been accomplished, it’s time to check on the PH and chemical levels in the pool. Many pool owners don’t spend a lot of time making sure that a proper balance is achieved in a backyard pool. However, it’s really quite simple to test your pool. You can purchase a water test kit that will help you stay on top of this. After determining these levels, you can adjust the additions that you make to the pool water more effectively. This not only makes it more comfortable to swim, but also safer.

Trouble Shooting Problems

If you pay close enough attention to basic maintenance, you shouldn’t experience very many serious problems with your pool. However, some common problems that are encountered include staining, chlorine burn, cloudy water, algae or swimmers becoming ill. Obviously, if you notice any of these issues, discontinue using the pool until you get to the bottom of the problem.

Some problems can be fixed more than other and don’t cause health problems. Algae, for example, is easily handled by properly adjusting the chlorine levels. Cloudy water could be an indication that the pool needs to be cleaned more often. Surprisingly, when a chlorine smell is heavy, that can mean that you actually aren’t using enough. When there isn’t enough chlorine to break down debris components in the water, a chemical off gassing occurs.

Illness from pool water should be taken very seriously. In no cases should you allow people who you know to be ill to swim in your backyard pool. In addition, if you suspect that your pool has caused illness, stop swimming in it until you have determined the cause and corrected the problem.

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Growing Tomatoes Upside Down

Article Courtesy of Ezine Articles and Annette Welsford

Growing tomatoes upside down is new, unique and it really works. It is an ideal answer for those people that do not have enough space to grow them in the ground or experience problems with pests or poor soil with few nutrients. In these conditions, growing tomatoes in pots, and especially in upside down pots is a good solution.

Growing your tomatoes upside down

Upside Down Tomatoes

All you need to grow tomatoes upside down is a large bucket with a lid and a handle, good quality potting mix and a couple of robust tomato seedlings. You’ll also need some slow release balanced NPK fertilizer and a soluble or liquid fertilizer with low Nitrogen and high phosphorous and potassium

Finally, you will need a tree, archway, or hook from the eaves or jutting out from the fence, that is strong enough to support the weight of a heavy bucket full of soil and tomatoes. The location is important too, as your tomato will need around 6 hours of sunlight in order to thrive and grow.

Once you have these elements sorted, cut or drill a hole into the bottom of each bucket. Then shake any excess dirt off the seedling’s roots and slip them into the hole from the bottom. Yes, you should keep the tomato plant on the OUTSIDE of the bucket.

When you are happy with the plant’s fit through the hole, fill the rest of the bucket with your potting mix, being careful to mix in your slow release fertilizer as you go. Hang it in it’s final position and give it a good watering. It really is that simple.

As with all tomato plants, you should make sure that you water regularly (daily in hot weather) and apply the soluble high potassium fertilizer weekly when the first flowers appear. If the plant remains healthy and receives sufficient sunlight, you will soon have a plentiful crop hanging outside your window.

Annette Welsford is a co-author of the best selling book How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes. This glossy 88 page tomato growing “bible” has sold thousands of copies to enthusiastic tomato growers in more than 62 countries. To see more articles and tips on growing tomatoes from a horticultural expert, visit

Building a Fire Pit

D.I.Y Fire pit

Build a fire pit today

Would you like to build a fire pit on your property? Watch this short video from Video Jug that shows you how you can build your fire pit in a day.

If you like this video, please let us know as we will add more how to videos to the site for you to view.

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Nessies Corner February 16th 2010

Well I campaigned for Pet Food in the store, but not getting very far at this point. But I must say I LOVE the new coffee shop menu that is coming. More cakes for me 🙂

Nessies Corner

Nessies Column on the Hot Pot Web Site

The new building is coming along good. At the moment I get to run around the wide open space of the new building, but the new shelves are coming this week to be put up, so my space is shrinking. I am hoping the gardening section will bring me some new gadgets to help me with my digging to bury all these bones I have saved up.

If you are not an adult just yet (say under the age of 18) and would like to have a mention on my page, then send me in a drawing of me at Hot Pot Paint, or in the garden or something, I would love to see what you draw and then put it up on the site. The adults cannot have all the fun here!

Look out for my monthly column and updates on the Hot Pot Site. I decided to stay and watch over the content, so will be seeing you more on the site.

Nessie Signature

Nessies Paw

Product Guides to Help You

Our team in store are always happy to help and advise you with colours, shades, paint types and more. But you can also check out product guides on the site with links to companies such as Dulux, Plascon, Excelsior and more.

Plascon Paints

Link to Plascon Micatex

Take the Plascon Micatex for example. A durable water based coating for weatherproofing & decorating exterior walls. You can see the product card here.

Of course, for the best advice, come into our store and chat to one of our team who will be more than happy to assist you.

Need some new hardware?

We don’t just stock nuts and bolts! Whatever your needs for working on the house, the garage, the pool, or the garden, come along to Hot Pot Paint and Hardware to stock up on the tools and hardware you need. Oh yes! We stock nuts and bolts as well 🙂

Hardware in store

Hardware at Hot Pot Vereeniging

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vereeniging Re-Launch

Come join the party over the weekend of the 26th and 27th March 2010 as Hot Pot Paint and Hardware, Vereeniging opens it’s extended new store to the public.

Come and Join the Party at Hot Pot Paint 26th March 2010

Hot Pot Paint re-launch 27th March 2010

We continue to trade during our upgrade, but the all new store will open to the Public on the 26th March with some great prizes available and some amazing new product lines. If you need new hardware, some tools for the D.I.Y, perhaps plumbing, electrical or even something for the garden, then why not pop along to the store and grab yourself a bargain.

Our coffee shop will also be open that weekend, so you can just relax and enjoy a fresh espresso or cappuccino with a nice piece of cake.

Dulux Colour Range

We will be covering articles on colour and design when the new site kicks off in full, but for now I thought you may like some inspiration on colour from the Dulux Range. They have a nice laid out web site and it will help you to get some inspiration before you come along to the store.

Dulux Paint Colour Chart

Check out the Dulux Range of Paint Colours

You can also order swatches to be delivered direct from their site if you wish. Remember that we have all the tinting equipment here on site at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging, so if you would like a colour made up, we can accommodate your request for sure.

We look forward to meeting you in store, please feel free to ask a question via this site, or by dropping in.

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Update

The New Building is being built on to the side of the current Hot Pot Paint here in Vereeniging to double the available space. It will include a new coffee shop for our customers to relax and unwind in.

Welcome to Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging

The new store is coming...

New stock being added to our current range includes, Plumbing, Electrical, Garden, Swimming Pool, D.I.Y, Tools and Building Supplies. You can see some of the images on the site of the construction. Once the new building is complete, you will find some updates here on the blog.

Get ready to see the all new Hot Pot Paint very soon.

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Re-Launch

Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging will re-launch on the 26th and 27th March 2010. The new store will hold a whole new range of stock in addition to the current brands available.

You will be able to come to the ‘One Stop Shop’ to get your supplies for Electrical, Garden, Tools, D.I.Y, Plumbing as well as Building Supplies, Paint and Hardware.

The new Coffee Shop will also open on the same day to offer a great range of meals, snacks and drinks. You can even grab a Cappucchino to take away if you like.

Look out for some building pictures coming soon to the site, and the launch of the main web site itself.

You can get in touch with the team at hotpot via the site or email. For information, just visit the contact us page on this site.

We look forward to welcoming you in store to see the new range of products. With a great prize to be won, it will be well worth a visit.

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