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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Building your own Barbecue Pit

Summer is finally here, and the sun comes is out, it time to make the most of it and plan though summer BBQ gatherings. But instead of bringing out the standard barbecue, why not build your own barbecue pit?

 
Learn how to build your very own safe and efficient BBQ pit in your garden, with this guide…
What’s required?
First thing, before you get started is to collect all the tools and equipment you need to build the pit:
  • Bricks
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Cinder blocks
  • Dry mortar
  • Gravel
  • Grill top
  • Hand tamper
  • Measuring tape
  • Metal braces
  • Metal cylinder or can (if you’re building a metal pit)
  • Paving slabs
  • Shovel
  • Spirit level
  • Trowel
  • Water

Planning
Did you know that there are many different styles of BBQ pits that you can choose? This this handy guide from DIY Cozy Home to help you find the design for you and don’t forget to consider your budget. You don’t want a half-finished pit just because you realised during the project that you couldn’t afford all the materials.
You need to determine the most suitable location for your barbecue pit. For convenience, you should be aiming to place it close to your dining room or kitchen, so that you only need to walk small distances with food and utensils once it’s time to grill. Logistically, you should aim for your pit to be at least 15 feet square (3 feet x 5 feet).
 
You will need to prioritise safety when it comes to barbecues, especially with small spaces, like a normal garden. Avoid building it in a place where it’s likely that smoke is going to blow straight into either your home or one of your neighbour’s properties. It should be placed away from any overhanging trees, buildings and fences which are at risk of been damaged from the smoke or catching fire. If your home’s outdoor space is vulnerable to high winds, aim to build the pit close to a brick or concrete wall which will work to break the force of the wind.
If you plan on building a gas barbecue, then you’ll need to read up on important safety rules and advice, too. Refrain from ever enclosing your barbecue pit, such as by putting a tent or cabin around it. Be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning once a gas-powered barbecue pit is constructed too. You should stop using a barbecue pit immediately if you begin suffering from a loss of breath, dizziness, headaches or nausea and seek advice from a specialist builder before operating the barbecue again.
Laying the Foundations
The foundations are the start of the construction process and essential in order to complete the full functional BBQ pit. After all, the barbecue itself is going to be of substantial weight and will require good foundations to support it.
Begin by digging a hole in the ground at about 8 inches deep, then clear any stones and use your hand tamper to compact the soil at the bottom of the trench. Next, pour a layer of gravel into the trench that is around two to three inches deep and level this off, again using your hand tamper. You will then want to mix your dry mortar with some water and spread a two-inch layer of the mixture on top of the gravel. Level this mixture out using a trowel, though do this quickly as mortar tends to dry-off at a rapid rate.
Build the base
When you’re happy with your foundation, next comes the base. To build this, start placing cinder blocks around the edges of the mortar. A small hole should remain to drain water and any gaps between the blocks can easily be filled using wet mortar. Just be sure to keep removing any excess mortar while remembering that mortar dries off quickly.
Using a spirit level and carpenter’s square, ensure the pit is evenness and corners of your pit. . After, spread more wet mortar on top of the cinder blocks and start placing bricks in a side-by-side format on top of them. By using a double layer of bricks, you will instantly strengthen the entire pit. Once again, don’t waste time removing any excess mortar to avoid problems once it’s been given time to dry.
Final touches
Depending on the style you’ve gone for, this step might change for different barbecue pit builders. If you have decided on a metal pit, then all that’s going to be required is for you to install the metal cylinder or can over the layer of bricks you’ve put in place and fit the grill top over the furnace.

Building a brick barbecue pit? Follow the below procedure:
1.       Using more mortar, carry on building additional layers of bricks until you reach the optimum height.
2.       Put bricks in the corners first and work outwards.
3.       Keep using your spirit level and your carpenter’s square throughout this process.
4.       Reached the penultimate layer of bricks? Then stop and insert metal braces into the mortar so that they face inwards before applying the bricks.
5.       Allow to set overnight.
6.       Place the grill top onto the metal braces.
Gone for a gas-powered barbecue pit? Then, attach the hoses for the gas supply and ask an expert for advice to check that the gas transfer is operating properly. Remember, gas taps must be switched off before you change a gas cylinder and you must only carry out this task in an open-air environment.
Once you’ve checked around your creation and are happy that it’s sturdy, celebrate the fact you’ve built a barbecue pit from scratch and get ready for a nice day to start enjoying outdoor dining!
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

How To Create A Safe Garden For Toddlers

The garden is the perfect place for all the family to spend time together. Now that summer is here, you need to make the most of your outside space. It’s also a great place for the kids to play outside without you having to worry about them being out and about on their own. It’s more important than ever that you keep the kids active but when they’re young, you need to consider their safety as well. Check out these tips on making your garden safe for toddlers so you don’t need to worry about them while they’re out there.


Secure The Borders

Young kids are prone to wandering off and exploring the world which is why you need to make sure that they can’t get out of the garden while you aren’t watching. Garden fence installation is the first thing to consider; make sure you’re getting a good quality fence and you make it high enough that they can’t climb out of the garden easily. Make sure you’ve got a good lock on the gate as well and remember to lock the shed or garage if you’ve got any dangerous tools etc. in there that they might injure themselves with.

Divide The Garden Properly

Even though you’re creating a nice garden area for the kids, don’t forget about yourself. You’ll want to make a nice area for the adults so you’ll need to divide up the garden. You’ve got to think about this properly because you still need to be able to supervise the kids. Always put the kids play area somewhere close to the house so you can get on with things around the house while also keeping an eye on them. Putting a shaded area in is important as well because the kids won’t realise when they’ve been out in the sun for too long. You can use smaller fences and hedges to section off the kids area of the garden to stop them wandering around too much.

Be Careful With Plants

When it comes to planting the garden, you can get the kids to help. If they’re going to be helping you around the garden you need to be incredibly careful about what you’re planting. Toddlers like to explore the world by putting things in their mouth a lot of the time so make sure that you aren’t planting anything that can make them sick. Things like Ivy, Poinsettia, certain types of Lilies, Aloe Vera to name a few, can be incredibly dangerous if ingested. If you are going to use any of those plants in the garden, keep them away from the kids area and always teach them to be careful in the garden.

Use Plenty Of Grass

Slips and falls are inevitable when the kids are playing out in the garden so concrete is never a great idea. Soft grass is a lot better because they won’t hurt themselves too much. Normal grasses are likely to get ripped up pretty quickly when you’ve got kids running about so you’re better off going for something a bit hardier. Kikuyu grass is one of the toughest grasses out there which will stand up to a bit of punishment.

Be Careful With Water Features

A water feature is a great addition to your garden but you might need to wait until the kids are a bit older before you put one in. If you’ve got a fenced off portion for the adults that’s fine but don’t put a water feature where the kids can get at it. Even if it’s only a tiny water feature, there is still a chance that the kids could drown in it if they’re incredibly young. It’s not very likely but it has been known to happen in the past and it’s not worth the risk. If you’re dead set on a feature, just put one in and don’t run the water through it. It’s still a great piece of decoration in the garden but without the risks. If there’s an outdoor tap in the garden, put a lock on it so the kids can’t play with it.

Secure Furniture

Garden furniture is a must if you’re going to create a nice relaxation area for the adults but you need to think about how the kids might interact with it. They’re likely to pull at it and push it around. If it’s not secured to the ground, it can fall over and hurt them. Either secure it or keep it locked away in the shed or garage and just take it out when you need it.

Follow these rules and you can create a fun garden space for the kids that is safe so you don’t have to worry about them.
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