Choosing the Right Garden Furniture

Your garden, no matter what the size, is your own little get-away from the stresses of daily living. It could serve as the venue for impromptu family dinners al fresco or a place to entertain a small group of friends. It could be your children’s playground or your quiet nook for reading or relaxation.

Your garden could be full of blooming wild flowers or a niche for exotic plants. It could mimic the Zen-like quality of a Japanese garden or the more formal assembly of an English garden. The important thing is that your garden serves its purpose for what you intend.

In choosing the right garden furniture the first thing that you should do is look for spare furniture inside the house that is serviceable. If there is an extra wooden chair or table, use it and work around it in choosing the other pieces for your outdoor furniture.

What is your garden’s style? If it’s a hodgepodge of flowering bushes and plants, then mix-matching furniture styles are fine. If there is a space for a used hammock, set it up. If your garden has a formal setting, choose a style that will compliment the formality of the garden. Wrought iron and teak wood garden sets are good choices as is wicker.

Consider what you will use your garden for. If it’s for a children’s playground multi-colored chairs and tables are fine to use. If the garden is for informal dining and entertaining friends, choose a set that has a large sitting capacity. You can opt to buy several extra pieces and chairs to match the main set at the time of purchase.

Where in the garden will you put the furniture? Will the garden furniture be set under a sprawling tree? Will it be near the barbeque pit or by the pool side? The nearer the furniture location to your house, the more the furniture should match the architectural style and color of your house. The farther the garden furniture set is from the house, the more innovative and “adventurous” you can go in choosing a style.

Match the space you have with the garden furniture you purchase. You can’t very well put a 6 seat wood furniture set in the small nook unless you expand your garden with a new niche area designed just for your outdoor lounging needs. Visualize the garden furniture as it sits in its intended space and make a plan if needed. With a new plan you can have short term or long term intentions then implement your plan “as you go” or all at once.

Does your garden lack a perfect place for a new furniture set or is it just all dirt? Plan and build a new space using paving bricks or stones. These can be laid down right on the dirt but should be placed on a bed of sand or pea gravel for drainage. The whole job can be done in a single weekend.

Let your budget be your guide. Plastic or PVC furniture sets are cheap and functional. They come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Consider with Plastic or PVC sets the average life span is only 2 to 4 years. Aluminum and wrought iron furniture are durable but can be more expensive. You have a wide selection of styles in these materials as most home improvement stores will have a good selection to choose from.

The top furniture material is teak wood. This furniture is durable, classy and quite expensive. It will age to a nice gray color and does not need to be refinished every year. You can just hose it off with a concentrated spray head, let it dry and it is ready to use. You can ad cushions or use the teak furniture as is without any padding.

Ask the question of yourself; will your use be infrequent and short or will you lounge for hours. Knowing the answer to this question will allow you to consider the comfort level of the furniture you’ll buy. Try the furniture for size. Sit down and lean back. Relax and put up your feet. Slouch and then get up so you know how easy it is. Some low types of furniture are not so easy to rise from, an important consideration especially if you are “not as young as you used to be”. Test the furniture for coziness. Remember what it’s for. If it is comfortable and fits your plan, then get it!

The most important points to consider are these: get the furniture that fits your garden size, your comfort needs and your budget. Your garden can be a whole new addition to your home living area. Act now and you can be enjoying your new fully furnished garden living area by tonight.

PVC Pipe Fittings: High End Solution

PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride that is used to create unions of different pieces of PVC pipe. PVC pipe Fittings offers an end solution to connect different pieces for easy usage and high performance object. The main applications of these fittings include water transportation in gardens, lawns and homes. The material used to develop these fittings are tested and verified on certain standards like AISI 304. After testing, these fittings are marked with some information such as connection diameter, trade mark, nominal pressure and material used to manufacture.

PVC pipe fittings are available in grey color as per the normal standards of pipeline manufacturing. The items included in such fittings are sockets, 90″ tees, unions, 45″ and 90″ elbows, adaptors, reducers, bushes, caps, hose nozzles, nipples, flange adapters and plugs. The reliability of these fittings cannot be questioned because it conforms to all sanitary regulations and laws. This includes sanitary laws related to transportation of wine, water, food and beverages. Main application areas consist of irrigation systems, water systems, installations for beer, wine and other beverages, industrial plants, bases salt, ship installations and swimming pools.

The PVC pipe fittings are available in three different types of connections. These connections include plain ends, threaded ends and combination ends. Various quality management techniques are used to guarantee the performance matching with international standards. The eco-friendly material used to develop these fittings ensures its usage without any risk of physical and health hazards.

PVC pipe fittings are highly chemical resistant and exceptionally durable. To increase pressure of water, reducers are used and allowed effective flow through larger pipes to smaller ones. To stop the flow of water cap is used. These fittings are designed in six-way, five-way, four-way and three ways to allow a strong method of entry. With many applications in plumbing industry, these fittings are also used in making furniture.

Making PVC Furniture – Measuring, Cutting and Gluing Techniques

Making indoor/outdoor furniture and other projects with PVC pipe is a very rewarding hobby. You’ll be surprised at how many useful and money-saving items you can craft. For example… home furnishings, toys, yard ‘n garden things, shop equipment, games and on and on.

But, before you begin, here are some techniques that will make working with this low-cost, versatile material quicker and much easier.

Measuring and Cutting

1. Always cut the longest pieces first. That way, you’ll be able to use more of the pipe.

2. Mark the length to be cut with a pencil.

3. Cut with a standard PVC pipe cutter. The easiest to use is a simple ratchet-style cutter available at most hardware stores.

4. Line up the pencil mark with the pipe cutter blade, then cut on the inside edge of your mark.

Option: You can also cut the pipe with a hack saw. To make a straight cut, place the pipe into a miter box. Then wedge a piece of scrap wood between the pipe and the side of the miter box to brace it securely. Cut on the inside edge of your pencil mark.

Note: When cutting plastic pipe with power equipment, wear a proper dust mask or respirator to protect against particulate dust.

Then, remove any burrs with a medium flat file or rough sandpaper. Use a rat-tail file for the inside of the pipe, if needed.

Gluing

When building PVC projects, sometimes in haste we glue fittings that end up facing the wrong direction. Of course, this leads to ruined fittings, delays and, essentially, having to start over. It happens and it’s frustrating. So here’s how I solved the problem.

1. After cutting the lengths of pipe, “dry-fit” sections of your project as you progress. Make sure the lengths are correct and the fittings are facing the proper way. Use a carpenter’s square to guide you, if need be.

Tip: If you find an inserted pipe stubborn to remove, attach a vice-grip on the pipe with the PVC fitting clamped in a bench vice, then separate by twisting. Or, use two vice-grips.

2. When you’re certain the section you’re working on is correct then, using a yellow marking pencil, draw a line an inch, or so, along the pipe up and over each fitting. This serves as an easy alignment guide. Now take the section apart and lay out the pipe and fittings to prepare for gluing.

3. Swab a light amount of glue to both the fitting and pipe, insert the pipe into the fitting, twist slightly and line up the yellow markings. PVC glue (also called cement) dries fast, so you’ll have to be quick. Hold it together for a few seconds. Then wipe off any excess glue immediately with an old rag, which will also remove the yellow line. By the way, since these are not plumbing projects, you do not have to use PVC primer.

Tip: The gluing procedure I just mentioned is the proper way to fasten pipe to fitting. However, that said, I apply glue to the inside the fitting only. Use your own judgment, but in 25+ years none of my PVC projects have ever come apart. Applying glue to both parts is, to me, overkill and wastes glue.

I mentioned that I swab the inside of the fitting only. Why? Because when you insert the pipe most of the glue flows to the inside. If you swab the pipe instead, the glue would ooze outwards toward your hands. My way is neater and cleaner.

4. Normally, the pipe slides into the fittings easily. For those time when you’re not certain if the pipe has seated against the fitting wall, quickly and gently tap the opposite end of the pipe with a dead-blow hammer or wooden mallet.

5. Work in sections. For example, when building a chair I assemble the left side first then the right side. Finally, I secure the connecting lengths of pipe to both sides.

6. If, when making a PVC chair, you use sling material for the back and seat, be careful not to glue one side of the project until after you’ve attached the material to the frame.

But what if you don’t want to use PVC glue? For some projects (example, doll furniture) applying one tiny spot of super glue to the inside of the fitting will do just fine. I don’t recommend it, however, for projects that will get heavy use.

Also, I’ve had good luck with polyurethane glues, which can give you plenty of time (up to 4 hours) to adjust your project before it cures. So far, the two projects for gardening I’ve tested have held up well. Again, you don’t want to use it for heavy-use projects like swing-sets, chairs, and so on.

Mastering these simple techniques for working with PVC pipe will ensure your PVC furniture and other projects will turn out perfectly.

Where to Find a Quality PVC Pipe Cutter

When it comes to a PVC pipe cutter, there are several aspects you should consider. The first of them is flexibility. A quality pipe cutter has enough flexibility, is made of top-grade materials, and offers lasting service. Most of the top manufacturers emphasize the blade and put a great deal of thought into its design and manufacturing process. Check the blade, it should be strong and sharp enough to cut PVC easily and cleanly. Make sure it is made of material that is durable and rust-free.

When you buy a pipe cutter from a store that specializes in selling PVC products from top manufacturers, you can be sure about its quality. Here is an account of the key advantages in buying a PVC pipe cutter from a quality store:

Quality: Products from top manufacturers, such as Dura Plastics, H.P.C. Inc, Lasco, and Spears Mfg, are offered by a renowned store. When a product made by a renowned manufacturer, you can be sure it will last long, and resist rough use. Top manufacturers test the product and especially its blade for durability and toughness, among several other criteria, before putting it on the market.

Convenience: Many quality retailers offer their products online to make the process easy for customers. With something as specific as a pipe cutter, you need to absolutely have the right product, otherwise you will have issues. This process of zeroing in on a specific product is made simple by the website of a good store. Ease of search and navigation make it quick to locate a particular product and place an order for it. In fact, buying online cuts down on several steps in the process of getting a product, which means that it saves you time. You can use different criteria such as category, size, style, and fitting type, to help you screen and locate the product you want.

Ease of payment: With a good store, you are sure to get many payment options. Every attempt is made to simplify the payment process. You can use PayPal, your check, a bank draft, and most major credit cards to pay for your PVC pipe cutter. The process of payment is the most convenient online, because it takes place through secure electronic channels.

If you are planning to buy a PVC pipe cutter, choose a store that offers a wide selection of products from all the renowned manufacturers.

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