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Advice on Installing Landscape Lighting

If  you fail to hire an electrician to provide you with any kind of assistance, you may end up purchasing and installing a light kit that contains a low amount of voltage.

On the other hand, with some basic design tips, the right lights, and basic math, you will be able to get the job done; however, if the job ends up getting too complicated for you to handle, you will likely end up needing to call a professional landscape lighting designer to assist you.

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Light Types to Choose From

 

  • Path Lights

These are wonderful for virtually any kind of property, as they help to provide a welcoming and inviting feel for visitors to both your home and garden. Furthermore, they also work to ensure safety as well. Even better is the fact that these particular lights come in all sorts of different designs, which means that you can find the right one that you feel suits your property the best. Path lights can also be used to highlight areas such as trees and stone walls. To add a further sense of highlight to various features in your garden, you could add spotlights alongside your path lights.

 

  • Underwater Lights

These types of lights are extremely useful for highlighting fountains and other various types of water features, and they can also be used in container water gardens. While colored lights are hardly the best option for many landscapes, the same cannot be said about them for underwater use. This means that if you’re looking to add a pop of color for highlighting underwater features, it may be a good idea to consider these lights.

 

 

  • Floodlights

Many of these types of lights contain motion sensors, which are designed to help ensure both security and safety. For instance, if you decide to walk outdoors at any point during the nighttime hours and the timers on these lights have already been turned off, you will be able to rest easy the moment that the motion sensors turn those lights right back on.

 

  • Solar Lights

These are lights that require direct sunlight in order for them to work, so they absolutely cannot be placed in areas that block the sun. This also means, unfortunately, that these types of lights aren’t always the best to be used in terms of landscape lighting. These often come equipped with their own sensors that are able to be separated from the lights themselves, meaning you can put both pieces wherever you want them to go, as long as the sensors are what receive the most sunlight. Solar lights are also recommended for use underwater; however, if you lack electricity anywhere in your landscape, this type of lighting will likely be the best option for you to utilize. Solar lights also tend to work better during the summer than in the fall, as there is more actual sunlight available during the summer.

 

Lighting Design Customization Tips

Perhaps the best way that you can customize your own lighting design is to first walk out into your yard during the nighttime hours and determine which particular areas you feel would benefit from landscape lighting the most. Never place plenty of lights in one area, as this will provide more of a vague effect as a result. Instead, consider only highlighting specific areas, which will help to balance everything out.

 

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Tips On Winterizing Your RV For Storage

As Fall comes around, the end of the traveling season in the east approaches and signals the time to begin preparing your trailer, RV or camper for storage during the winter.

While some people store their vehicles in a large garage or on a driveway, if you have no space to store your vehicle at your home, you could always take your camper, RV or trailer to be stored at a facility for self-storage.

 

Tips For Winterizing Your RV

When you are preparing your RV for storage during the winter, you should ensure that your license plates, insurance and registration have been renewed and are current. Take your RV out for a final drive before taking it to the storage facility and listen out for any problems with the engine, such as pings, knocks and unfamiliar noises.

When the drive is complete, check your vehicle thoroughly, walking around it and checking beneath. You should also inspect the roof for any broken seals, awnings, windows or antennae. Repair any problems that you find before you put your vehicle into storage.

 

How To Prepare Your RV For The Winter

The first step in winterizing your RV is to clean it thoroughly outside and inside. Wax your vehicle from top to bottom and remove any food inside your vehicle. Vacuum its interior, wipe inside its cabinets and the top of its counters. Clean and defrost the refrigerator and use baking soda in order to absorb unpleasant odors.

While your vehicle is in storage, you should leave the fridge door ajar to allow air to circulate. Close the blinds and windows to stop exposure to the sun damaging and fading the carpets and fabrics.

Once your vehicle is cleaned, you should disconnect the connections for the air conditioning unit and clean its air filters. When storing your RV for extended periods, you should take the battery out of the vehicle, putting it onto a maintenance charger somewhere that is cool, dry and well-ventilated.

Before putting your RV into storage, make sure that the oil and the oil filter have been changed and that the fuel tank is full with a fuel stabilizer added as recommended by the manufacturer. If you decide to keep the battery in the RV you should try to start up the engine regularly at monthly intervals to stop moisture from building up.

The final step in winterizing your RV is to cover up its tires with a protective tarp and then place a customized breathable tarp over the whole vehicle as this will protect it from the winter elements.

 

Storage Tips For Your RV

When placing your vehicle at a self-storage facility, you should do some important things before you sign your rental agreement. You should bring your vehicle to the location before you complete the agreement to make sure your RV will fit into the spot. It is also important to give the self-storage facility proof of your insurance and registration to keep in their files.

After you have done all of this, take the above steps to properly winterize your RV for storage and look forward to the warmer weather coming back around again.