Exterior Projects

The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of your home. Through landscape design, siding, roofing, decorative accents and other curb appeal, upgrade your exteriors with latest ideas from those who work in the home design industry. There are incredible new technologies and color theories that can add a brilliant new look to your home's exterior. The front of your home isn't the only thing that people look at. Backyards and gardens are just the beginning for your outdoor renovation project. You can create the perfect outdoor scene for parties, entertainment, family gatherings and barbecues. Hot tubs and swimming pools aren't the only way to add an exciting outdoor oasis. Whether you want to add an outdoor entertainment area, new landscape or even a greenhouse, your exterior projects can define how your exterior flows with your home and define you as a creator and designer.

One of the biggest DIY remodeling projects is a backyard deck. These wooden structures do not have to be so traditional. You can create decks from wrought iron, wood, and even glass. Decks are perfect for creating a flow from your interior to exterior, placing a hot tub, or a safe passage to an above ground pool. These structures are also amazing for picture perfect views. Decks can overlook lakes, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Changing an exterior is an intensive project. You have to provide for structural defects and weather damage. You also want to make sure that you are choosing durable furniture, ready to outlast constant sun and rain exposure. The typical outdoor areas can still require the help of an architect to plan and direct the outdoor space that you have to work with. You may also have to change your interiors to create a better flow throughout your home. For example, if you're adding a sunroom or screened porch area, you may want to tear down a wall to make it more open and provide space to install stairs. From green landscapes and hot tubs to flower gardens and luxurious pools, your exterior designs can really improve the value and beauty of your home.

Hot Tub Repair

If your hot tub is no longer working, is not hot enough, or has a lack of jet power, you may have some serious issues with your tub. Electrical repairs for hot tubs are very dangerous and should only be handled by a professional electrician or serviceman. However, there are some simply solutions that you can use to figure out the issues in some cases.

No Power

If you have flipped the power switch and there are no bubbles and no sign of the hot tub functioning, you might have an issue with the fuse. You should check the power source and breakers for any problems. The problem may also be found with your GFCI, which is a safety device that is installed in old and new hot tubs to help monitor the water temperature. If there is an imbalance, it will break the circuit due to the faulty element of the heater. Resetting the GFCI can fix this issue.

Resetting GFCI

If the GFCI doesn't remain set, then you should disconnect everything from the control, including the pump, heater, and blower. If it still doesn't set, then there may be an internal wiring problem or an issue with the GFCI in general. If the GFCI does remain set, then you can reconnect everything one by one until the power shuts off again; this will provide you with insight into the source of the problem.


If the problem isn't with the GFCI or the fuse, then you might want to check the voltage at the high limit contactor on your hot tub. If the line side contact voltage isn't correct, check the input terminal block connections and then check the proper jumper placement. The high limit switch should be set on your voltage meter.


In the circumstances where you have come across some simple issues that you may be able to handle on your own, you will generally find that the solution is easy to understand and doesn't require much of an intricate repair. This is the ideal situation as it will not require for you to spend much money to repair your hot tub. However, there are many circumstances where you may find that your hot tub is damaged beyond your own understanding; these are scenarios where it would be best suited for you to invest in a professional repair from a local service.


Ultimately, if you suspect that there may be any type of damage to your hot tub, it's important that you focus on repairing it as soon as possible. If left unrepaired, the problems may begin to worsen into more severe issues which may not be able to be easily fixed or may lead to more expensive repairs. If you have any concerns about hot tub repair or you would like to learn more about what you should keep in mind during the repair process, there are a number of useful resources on this site which can provide you with more information and insight into hot tub maintenance and care.