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Your annual guide to easy home improvements

Shutters transform ordinary windows into inspiring highlights of the home. Combining elegance and durability, making them perfect for all windows.

Contact us for a free quotation on security shutters, wood shutters or Luxaflex® Polyresin shutters. Luxaflex® Polyresin shutters Poly offer excellent insulation and comes with a 20 year limited warranty.

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inside this issue airconditioning

kerb stones

5 Moracon Air-Conditioning

20 MVA Bricks



6 Aluminium 4 U

26 Lifesize Kitchens


louvre awnings

7 Nolte Projects

27 Weathermaster


paint contractor

8 Mathéo Blinds & Awnings

28 Mrs Paint / Mr Bathroom

borehole & booster pumps

patio roofs

9 Mrs Paint / MPI Services


carpets 10 Top Carpets

carports 11 Value Carports

cast stone & cladding 12 Village Stone

electronic security 13 Sectronix Security


29 Eagle Skylights and Patios

30 MVA Bricks

playground equipment 31 A-ZZZ Woodland

plumbing 32 Ionic Gas, Plumbing, Electrical & Steel

pool equipment & chemicals 33 The Pool Renovators

14 Calore Fireplaces


garage doors & automation

40 Midstream Pools

15 Absolute Doors

21 MVA Bricks

garden equipment

roof trusses

16-17 Lawnmower Clinic

34 Paynters Hardware

granite & marble


18 Exclusive Granite

2-3 Mathéo Blinds & Awnings



19 Mr Gutter

35 Ilanga Skylights

home theatre & automation

solar energy

22 Elite Technologies

washing lines


37 Sunbreeze Washing Lines

23 Ezehuts & Sheds


instant lawn

38 Tremco

24 Ses Myl Instant Lawn


wooden windows & doors

25 Elite Pumps & Irrigation

39 Bron Joineries

retaining walls

36 My Eco Future


CHIGO Std Non-Inverter

CHIGO Inverter


Bang for your

Buck Single phase systems available in escalating sizes complete with remote that service up to 55m2. Manufacturer’s warranty - 3 years on the compressor and 2 years on the complete system. T’s & C’s Apply

more than comfort from the “Expect most cost-effective climate control solution “ Why invest in a midwall split airconditioning system?

Systems boast modern designs that blend with household and office décor. These systems have both Cooling and Heating functions that clean and dehumidify the air. They promote comfortable living and working environments.

How does it work?

Electric refrigerant-based airconditioning units use a fan to distribute the conditioned air to an occupied space such as your bedroom, living area or office to ultimately improve thermal comfort and indoor air quality. The mid-wall split consists of an outdoor unit known as the condensing unit and the indoor unit known as the evaporator. Together the outdoor and indoor units harmonize a basic but efficient refrigeration cycle, that

is compressor driven sustaining the desired output you program into the remote control.

How do I choose an airconditioner unit?

It is extremely important to choose a room airconditioner of proper cooling capacity. A unit with too much cooling capacity will be inefficient and expensive to operate. A unit that’s too small won’t do a satisfactory job. There is also a close relationship between cooling capacity and dehumidifying the air. An oversized unit will quickly cool the air without remaining in operation long enough to dehumidify it, and a cold, clammy feeling will result. An efficient room airconditioner uses less electricity, so it costs less to operate.

Single phase systems available in escalating sizes complete with remote that service up to 55m2. Manufacturer’s warranty - 3 years on the compressor and 2 years on the complete system. T’s & C’s Apply

Single phase systems available in escalating sizes complete with remote that service up to 55m2. Manufacturer’s warranty - 1 year on the compressor and 1 year on the complete system. T’s & C’s Apply

What size airconditioner do you need? Approximate Room Size:

Aircon Size Required:


15 to 18 m

9 000 BTU

20 to 25 m2

12 000 BTU

30 to 35 m


18 000 BTU

40 to 45 m2

24 000 BTU

55 to 60 m

30 000 BTU


Please note that these figures are estimates only and you will still need a professional evaluation

Tips for Energy Efficiency and Maintenance

Given the expense of the equipment and the power to run it, consumers should be informed about their airconditioning systems to better care for it and use it well. Should it become necessary to replace that system, seek out a qualified professional. • Turn off the unit and open doors and windows during cooler periods. • Use the unit fan and portable fans to draw in cooler outside air and increase circulation. • Although airconditioners also dehumidify, a dehumidifier can prevent excess moisture seepage through the house. • Use a higher (warmer) thermostat setting during peak periods or when the area is unoccupied. • Don’t let heat build up all day and then try to cool areas quickly by turning the controls to maximum settings. Start units earlier in the day and cool areas slowly before they are occupied.

• Avoid activities that generate high heat and humidity (i.e. cooking, bathing and laundering) during high heat hours. • Draw the shades or window blinds to reduce solar and outdoor heat. Reflecting and double-pane glass, awnings, overhangs, louvred sunscreens, plants, fences or adjoining buildings also help but be sure not to block the back of the unit. • Regularly change or clean filters, and check air flow for blockage and evaporator coil for frost. • Use a vacuum cleaner attachment to clean accessible parts but be careful not to damage them. • Have the unit checked and cleaned at the start of the season. During the off season, make certain it is cleaned, properly covered and disconnected.

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clients is top priority. We work efficiently to ensure the best possible turnaround time.

Aluminium doors and windows have a much longer lifetime than those built with other materials and up the value of your property. Unlike other materials that is used to make door and window frames, aluminium does not absorb water and therefore cannot rust. WE MANUFACTURE & INSTALL THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS: • Aluminium Sliding Doors • Aluminium Entrance Doors • Aluminium Folding Doors • Aluminium Palace Doors • Aluminium Windows • Aluminium Shower Enclosures • Aluminium Stoep Enclosures Our materials that we use to manufacture our products are of the highest standard ensure our clients benefit from the best quality. Due to the fact that we use such high quality aluminium our products are basically maintenance free, the surface does not discolour and dirt does not stick to it. Our teams are well trained and the safety and security of our


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ADVANTAGES OF ALUMINIUM WINDOWS AND DOORS 1. Durability & Low Maintenance: Aluminium windows and doors are robust and virtually maintenance free due to its corrosion resistant property. They are also weather resistant under a range of harsh environmental conditions. Unlike many other windows and doors, they will not swell, crack, split or warp over time and ensures an extended product life. 2. Thermal Performance: Aluminium windows and doors contribute to excellent thermal and sound insulation which meets current building regulations. The efficiency of thermal performance in aluminium is comparatively higher than timber or PVC. An aluminium frame which is fabricated with high performance aluminium is able to exceed energy efficiency standards & can achieve

improvements in heat gain & heat loss through windows by 60%. 3. Finishes: Aluminium windows and doors are available in a wide variety of finishing which ensures a perfect match with any type of décor. They comes with a powder coating finish thus do not require repainting. The powder coating comes in a wide colour range which gives you the freedom to create the look according to the required appearance. 4. Affordability: Compared to other framing options for windows and doors, the aluminium frames are significantly less expensive. It provides a strong as well as economical solution for any domestic and commercial appearance. The aluminium is 3 times stronger than PVC and 4.3 times stronger than wood. Thus aluminium is an ideal and cost efficient option. 5. Recyclability: Aluminium is an environmentally sustainable material. |



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Nolte Group was established in 2013. Situated centrally in Pretoria we are able to be of service to the greater part of Gauteng, we provide quality service in construction, building, maintenance and plumbing and electrical services. While we focus on our own quality workmanship and industry related standards we are registered with NHBRC, Master Builders Association & PIRB & ECA with a good standing membership to constantly assure our valued clients of the best service throughout their projects. When it comes to bathrooms it is advised to always re-do all the plumbing especially when you have an old house with galvanized pipes. You don’t want to spend all your money on tiles etc. when you find you have a leaking pipe. Keep in mind that not all houses are built hundred percent square which means that sometimes you will need to tile differently to get all things square or maybe re-plaster a wall, etc. Cornices will need to be replaced with new ones in order to compliment the tiles. Also keep in mind that in older houses once one works on the plumbing you will experience rust out

of other pipes in certain instances - all plumbing needs to be flushed throughout the dwelling. According to plumbing specifications you will need stop valves at all plumbing points. Always plan a bathroom way in advance, a good tip is to look for specials and purchase it while you are still in the planning phase. Well ventilated bathrooms will reduce mould stains. Ceilings will need to be painted with mould resistant paint. A standard bathroom takes about 6-7 working days to complete: • Day one to demolish. • Day two for the plumbing. • Day three wetworks. • Day four and five for the tiling. • Day six for the finishing touches. Be prepared for dust even if you take precautions and remember it is a small space with a bit of wetworks.

Being cement-based, these products are extremely durable and waterproof. For walls, vanities and baths, Cemcrete’s SatinCrete is a beautifully smooth suede-like wall finish. It’s seamless application makes this waterproof product ideal for bathrooms and even inside showers or built-in baths. Due to it’s smooth nature, it can easily be wiped down. SatinCrete can also be applied on top of tiles. There are 13 colours in this range fom cool grey and white to warm beige and a bold green.


CreteCote, a skim-on floor finish can be used to coat floors and vanities. This durable product is applied onto cured, dry screed. This seamless floor finish is perfect for renovations, as the application and drying time will take no longer than a few days. CreteCote also comes in an extensive colour range, which can match or contrast the SatinCrete wall colour.

Through Cemcrete we supply a range of stunning products that are ideally suited to clean spaces such as bathroom walls, floors, bath surrounds & vanities.

In life’s ever changing demands. a place of serenity can never be compromised, talk to Nolte Group for expert advice on your bathroom planning & procedure.

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Blinds are no longer for the office and curtains for the home. Times are changing and more people are choosing blinds for windows in their houses and apartments. Reasons to choose blinds over curtains: • Blinds can control the light levels in a room. • Blinds give a sleek, neat, up-to-date look to a home and are incredibly versatile. • Blinds are easier to measure and install than curtains. • Blinds are generally easy to clean. Curtains are usually cotton, which is not stain-resistant, and they need to be taken down, washed, and pressed before being re-hung back in place. • Blinds are very durable and more cost effective than curtains. • Blinds are safe for pets and children and are installed with a child safety clip. • Curtains can hold dust mites and pet dander which can trigger allergies or asthma issues - blinds are usually a hard or treated fabric surface and are better at resisting this build-up. • Blinds are easy to use, often being opened or closed at the turn of a wrist or the pull of a cord. Curtains can sometime stick on their rails and become difficult to open and close easily. • Blinds can make rooms look bigger whilst heavy curtains give rooms a smaller appearance.

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When it comes to trends, it is not always about the new designs or colours a brand comes out with, but more about the product innovation. In an era where everything revolves around technology, brands are continually striving to bring new developments into their existing product lines. Blinds are no exception to the rule, even though they have been around for decades. New innovations are ensuring that this is one product line that will continue to gain popularity. One of the biggest fears people have when deciding to go with blinds rather than traditional curtains is the dangers of the cords. The operating cords can be dangerous for both children and pets. Luxaflex®, the world leader in window covering manufacturing, has come up with a solution. This all new system called Luxaflex® SmartCord®, is a revolutionary new operating system that uses a retractable cord mechanism to raise and lower the blind. With just a single stroke of the cord, this incredible new system allows the user to lower the blind to the required position and the constant cord length means there are never any long, dangling cords to detract from the appearance of the shade. This also means there is increased safety for children and pets. The new Luxaflex® SmartCord® system is available for Luxaflex® Duettes® and Silhouette® shades. It is this kind of ongoing innovation that allows a product to continually remain timeless and almost never go out of fashion. This is however not the only re-

cent product innovation as the brand has also realised that some customers would actually prefer a complete cordless system thus creating the Luxaflex® LiteRise®. The Luxaflex® LiteRise® cordless operating system allows the user to raise and lower the blind with just a touch of the hand! Available with all 32mm Luxaflex® Duette® Shades, the LiteRise® cordless system makes raising and lowering shades easier than ever. Simply place your hand on the bottom bar handle and either push up to raise or pull down to lower. Your shade stays right where you want it without any springing up or dropping down. Not only does the proprietary design hold the shade securely in any desired position but the elimination of lift cords gives the blind a clean, uncluttered look and provides increased safety for children and pets. For those that want to take technology further, Luxaflex® products are offered with motorised options that allow the product to be operated at the touch of a button. Luxaflex® strength is the ability to develop and market innovative, high quality, proprietary products, targeted primarily at upscale consumers. Luxaflex® will continue to introduce innovative products into the South African market. These new Luxaflex® operating systems eliminate the operation cords that make the products especially ideal for homes with young children and pets.

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IN CONJUNCTION WITH Pumps are sometimes referred to as the heart of your swimming pool system, and we all know what would happen if we were suddenly without our hearts. Hearts pump blood throughout our bodies that is rich in nutrients to help sustain us, and help circulate that same blood to bring waste toward our filtration system to be removed from our bodies. Borehole pumps should also be able to give you reliable trouble free service for a long time. However, keeping the system well maintained is extremely important in order to obtain the best service from the equipment. A borehole system is a significant investment and thus, proper care and maintenance should be given to it as much as possible. MPI Services has been operational in the Gauteng and neighbouring areas for the last 17 years. The owner of the company has 27 years of experience in the repairs and installations of all types of pumps. We maintain and repair various size pumps at schools and private residences. We have also successfully installed and maintained large pump systems at various shopping centres, factories and estates.


Test your water regularly. It’s generally recommended to test your water at least once a year for bacteria, nitrates, iron, manganese, water hardness, sulfides and other water contaminants. It is also advisable to carry out water testing whenever you notice a change in taste, odour or appearance of the borehole water. Attempting to do your own maintenance work on the borehole in

order to save on costs, can lead to irreversible damage to the borehole equipment and consequently, affect the water supply. Pool pumps work in the same way. They create the flow of water that circulates chemicals evenly throughout our pools so that they can effectively sanitize the water. They carry water from the pool to the filter, heater and chlorinator so that it can be filtered, heated and sanitized before re-entering the pool. Having an effective pool pump helps remove debris from your pool while increasing the effectiveness of your pool chemicals that fight the growth of algae and bacteria in your water, so you can enjoy your poolside experience and stay healthy. We have the expertise and equipment to handle the maintenance of your pump system. Contact us for professional assistance and expert advice.

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CARPETS TEN REASONS TO CHOOSE: Top Carpets Atterbury TOP VALUE 120+ Strong group in business for over 28 years, resulting in unbeatable buying power which provides lowest prices on all carpets. WE MAKE YOUR HOME / OFFICE BEAUTIFUL Professional advice on product selection, design, colour and installation. Belgotex has long been known for their commitment to the production of durable, elegant and practical flooring solutions. Their carpets and LVT floors are well-suited for applications ranging from residential to commercial. The Cobble Ridge Range (bedroom photograph above) is an example of Belgotex’s quality and innovative design abilities. The range is family friendly and durable. With multilevel loop pile carpets in this range, Belgotex has managed to produce a carpet that completes the family home in ways never imagined before. Boasting the SilverCareTM protection system, the carpet range is hypoallergenic, thus also making it suitable for use in the rooms of small children. The benefits of carpets: • Carpets reduce the incidence of severity of asthma or allergy symptoms. They offer improved indoor air quality. • Carpets are easy to maintain. The only thing you need is a good quality vacuum cleaner. • Carpets reduces foot and leg fatique and the number of slip and fall injuries.

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WIDEST CHOICE OF GREAT CARPETS. Freedom to choose between a wide variety of carpets under one roof.


Aluvert, Constantia & Kronopol sales. SHOP-AT-HOME For convenience and safety and working by appointment, we can bring the broadest selection of carpets to you. COMMERCIAL FLOORING We are trusted to handle the carpet needs of many leading corporate, industrial, insurance and state organizations countrywide. We hold a level 4 BEE accreditation from Empowerdex and are also accredited with CIBD.

FREE SERVICES Free measuring and estimating. Free installation planning. Free advice on design & colour. Free warranties on all carpets.

R1 MILLION INSTALLATION GUARANTEE For your total peace of mind we back up Top Carpets and Floors carpet installations with a one million rand professional guarantee.

10 DAY COLOUR REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE Provides re-assurance on selected Belgotex, Van Dyck and Constantia products.

HEALTHIER LIVING SERVICES We protect your loved ones with our exclusive Healthier Living service.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT We support Reach for Recovery, a major breast cancer initiative with a contribution on all Van Dyck,

Find out more about Top Carpets Atterbury.

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CARPORTS YOUR CAR EXPOSED TO THE HARSH SOUTH AFRICAN SUN? Are you in need of a practical solution to keep your car safe from all weather conditions? The carport is considered to be an economical method of protecting cars from the weather and sun damage. Value Carports offer you practical and durable carports that will keep your car protected throughout the year. Steel works for modern carports are typically made of metal (steel, tin or aluminium) flat-roofed permanent structures. The structure can either be free standing or attached to a wall. Unlike most structures a carport does not have four walls, and usually has one or two walls. Carports offer less protection than the garage but allow for more ventilation. In particular, a carport prevents frost on the windshield. A “mobile” and /or “enclosed” carport has the same purpose as a standard carport but may be removed/relocated, is typically framed with tubular steel and may have canvas or a vinyl type covering which encloses the complete frame, including walls. It may have an accessible front entry or open entryway not typically attached to any structure or fastened in place by permanent means, but held in place by stakes.

Value Carports also manufacture any size carport, residential or commercial. No carport is too big or too small. Carport roofs are available in Chromadeck or Galvanized zink. We service Pretoria, Centurion and Midrand. As a team we have a service and experience record of more than 17 years in this field. Quality and customer satisfaction is our motto. Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Carports are available in standard colours, black, white, brown or green, but are also available in custom colours, should that be your preference. All carports are fitted with gutters and downpipes. Value Carports specialize in the following carports: • A-frame carports • Flat roof carports • Custom made carports

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to imagine in & around your home In many ways, cast stone is far better. It can beat natural stone on strength, moisture penetration, colour and textural consistency. Stratification is never a problem and it’s free from imperfections. Cast stone can weather like natural stone and it looks much the same.

MANUFACTURERS OF SIMULATED STONE PRODUCTS Cast stone has been a familiar and much-used alternative to carved natural stone. It evokes a sense of timelessness which fits in with any form of construction. As well as newbuild, cast stone is used on sensitive conservation and refurbishment projects where natural stone is a predominant material. COSTS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS Cast stone stands alongside natural stone as a building material in appearance and performance, yet it’s readily available and can cost up to a third of the price.

For designers concerned with truth to materials, there’s another thing that today distinguishes cast stone. Often its colour is the result of choosing an aggregate with the appropriate inherent colour. So the final product can mirror the way natural stones are coloured. Village Stone started manufacturing Simulated Stone Products since 2007, after gaining years of considerable experience in supplying such products. Village Stone Manufacturers specialize in the manufacturing of simulated products namely stepping stones, cladding and landscaping products. Our products create a very modern


Natural Stone

look and are very popular with our large customer base, that we have built up over the last 10 years of manufacturing and supplying natural stone. While the focus of Village Stone Décor is on our natural stone supply, our products range from: - Natural Sand Stone - Slate - Quartzite - Travertine specializing in tiles & cladding. We have a wide range of natural stones on display for viewing at our offices. Also remember, we have the resources to locate almost any stone that is being quarried here in South Africa and abroad. We offer free telephonic advice for installation of all our products. Please ensure that products are installed correctly. OUR MOTTO: Quality the first time, will last a life time!

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What are the advantages of having a home security system?

SECURITY Electronic security. The hot topic on every tongue nowadays, and for good reason. In our increasingly interconnected world, security is essential if we are to preserve privacy, succeed in business, and reduce criminal activity.

curity systems work on the same basic principle of securing entry points like gates, doors and windows, as well as interior spaces where valuables are kept.

In the past, enhancing security might have meant putting better locks on the front door. But we live in a world where that is simply not enough anymore.

What is a security system? The most basic definition of any security system is found in its name. It is literally a means or method by which something is secured through a system of interworking components and devices.

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Numerous studies show that homes without security systems, when compared to those with professionally monitored systems, are much more likely to be burgled because burglars are opportunistic by nature and are on the hunt for easy targets. Homes without security systems are high on their list. When you have a home security system professionally monitored, and advertise this by displaying signs on fences and gates, you’re letting burglars know there is a likelihood that they will fail and be caught. Another advantage is the ability to remotely manage your house. With this, you can typically arm and disarm your security system from anywhere in the world via a web-enabled device, monitor who arrives and leaves your home, as well as use a panic button to elicit an instant response from your alarm monitoring company. Finally, most insurance companies provide discounts when you have a monitored security system in your home.

works of integrated electronic devices working together with a central control panel to protect against burglars and other potential home intruders. Sectronix Security is proud to provide a professional service in the field of electronic security. From access control by means of intercoms and automated gates, to deterrants like electric fencing and alarm systems, as well as CCTV systems, we have the

perfect solution for your specific needs. We are committed to satisfying our clients through the provision of cost effective security solutions. Do not wait until it is too late. Contact us today for a tailormade solution. We will even do an assessment of your existing security for free!

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HARMONIOUS Our timber doors are manufactured mainly from meranti timber. We have a wide variety of wooden garage doors to choose from. When you opt for a wooden garage door, you will need to treat the wood at least twice a year to ensure that your door maintains its beauty. The perfect product is our “ABSOSEAL®” oil based sealant. For the client who wishes to move away from timber doors, we have our range of light weight, durable and extremely robust ABSOSTEEL® garage doors, these doors act as insulation against our extreme heat conditions. The standard colours are WHITE, CHARCOAL, DARK OAK & GOLDEN OAK, but we can supply any other colour too. Our garage doors are available in a textured or smooth profile.

appearance that makes a statement An automated garage door is no longer a luxury, but a necessity from a security point of view. It is imperative to ensure that the motor of choice is fitted with a safety mechanism, (if an obstacle is encountered) i.e. a child, dog or your car, the motor automatically stops & reverses preventing injury or damage. Always make sure that the installer is well qualified and is employed by a reputable garage door specialist. Adjusting and balancing a garage door to ensure smooth and safe operation is vitally important to the lifespan of the motor.

Absolift® motors are installed with a battery back-up which is strong enough to work for up to 25 cycles. We believe this to be a necessity with the frequent power outages in South Africa. Absolift® FEATURES: • Slow start / stop function (for noise reduction). • Rechargeable battery back-up, 24 volt, 1,3AH or 2,4AH • 4 Button remotes • Code hopping receiver. • Easy functioning program facility • Courtesy light, 3 minutes • Chain or Belt driven motors (belt being much quieter)

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CFC free polyurethane foam Available in a variety of colours Double skinned 0.6mm high strength steel With a combined 30 years experience in the garage door industry, you can be assured that all Absolute Doors products have been tried and tested and all have comprehensive, unconditional, no nonsense guarantees.

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“ The recipe to a

Beautiful Garden To get your garden into the right shape, and keep it there, you need the correct equipment. Let us look at what implements a typical Garden Shed should include. A garden consists of different sections. You will find flowerbeds, a paved area or driveway and a large lawn in almost every garden. To keep your garden in tiptop shape, you firstly need a lawnmower and edge cutter for the lawn. The type of lawnmower depends on the size of your lawn. You will also have to decide between an electric or petrol driven, rotary

A trimmer will be necessary for those edges around the flowerbeds, against walls and next to the paved areas. You will have a choice between electric, cordless or petrol, and bottom or top mount motors. Remember always to use eye protection when trimming. For small gardens you also find manual grass shears.

or cylinder, and a push, self-propelled or hover type machine. Many people walk into a store and buy the first machine that catches the eye. The wrong choice of machines could lead to premature failure or endless problems if not designed for the task of your particular lawn area. For plots or larger gardens, the perfect solution will be to use a ride-on mower. Various sizes are available and it is best to arrange for a demonstration on your property before you decide on a machine.

Leaves laying on your property can also be an eyesore. To keep this tidy you must use a garden vacuum/blower combination. These appliances can easily be switched from blower to vacuum. It is easier to blow all the leaves onto a heap, even out of the flowerbeds, and then suck them up with the vacuum attachment. Some machines shred the leaves into fine pieces, which can be added to the compost heap. Alternatively you can set your lawnmower on high adjustment and then use it to pick up the leaves. An important part of every gardener’s tools is the hedge shear. To control wild growth, shape a bush or cut a hedge into shape, you can either use a manual shear or purchase a more sophisticated electric, cordless or petrol-driven model.

Garden shed appliances/tools checklist: - Lawnmower - Trimmer - Garden Vacuum/blower - Wheelbarrow - Hose pipe - Hose attachments - Hose reel - Hand sprayer - Sprinkler - Spade - Fork - Rake - Shear - Secateur - Lopper - High pressure sprayer - Fertilizer spreader - Gloves - Hand pruning saw - Hand tools - Hedge shear (electric or petrol) - High pressure washer - Garden shredder/chipper - Border spade and fork.

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A lopper and telescopic branch pruner are also handy items for the thicker and unreachable branches. A chainsaw can make life easier on a plot or very large garden.

please make sure that the parts can be replaced e.g. blade on secateur, or nozzles on sprayer. Please ensure that these parts are available from where you purchased the item.

Two other useful appliances to have around the house and garden are the garden shredder/ chipper and a high pressure washer. Both these are multi-purpose machines. A shredder/chipper can be used to chop kitchen refuse like vegetables or garden clippings into fine pieces which can then be added to the compost heap for mulch.

The final ingredient for this perfect recipe is a mixture of odd garden tools and accessories. No garden can do without a spade, fork, pick, general hand tools, hosepipe with hose reel, sprayers, and a wheelbarrow.

High-pressure washers can be used to clean driveways and other paved areas, as well as to clean vehicles and walls. Detergents can be added and some models have adjustable settings for the spraying pressure. Other implements you need to fill your garden shed with and make your garden beautiful include a good quality secateur for pruning, a fertilizer spreader, and a high-pressure sprayer for insecticides and other fluid type applications. When purchasing any of these,

Lawnmower Clinic Pretoria belongs to the Outdoor Power Equipment Association of South Africa, which represents a group of specialist dealers in lawn and garden products. Any of these accredited dealers can be contacted for free advice on all of the products necessary in your specific garden, information on safety precautions, as well as spare parts or repairs and service on these appliances. We have all the equipment you need and we are sharing our wisdom and experience with you, our customers. Browse around on our website, contact us directly or visit us instore for more free advice.

Which Lawnmower is the right one for you? A luscious green lawn is the glue that sticks the garden together. Your lawn can make or break the garden. You have various options available which can make a huge difference in the appearance of your lawn. When purchasing a lawnmower you have to consider several factors. How big is your lawn? Light and easy to handle mowers are particularly recommended for small to medium sized gardens, while self-propelled or larger mowers are suitable for larger gardens up to 3000m2. For larger areas, ride-on mowers or lawn tractors may be the better option. Electric or petrol? If your lawn is small or medium sized with few obstacles for a power cable, electric or manually operated lawnmowers will offer a light and compact option. If, on the other hand you wish to mow larger or uneven lawns, a lawnmower with a powerful petrol engine would be the better alternative. You can undertake more demanding tasks without the need for a power source or cable. Collect grass, mulch or side-discharge? The traditional way of cutting grass requires you to collect clippings in a grass collection bag or grassbox. You can transfer the clippings to a compost heap that will provide you with natural, organically-enriched earth for feeding vegetables and plants later on. Mulching mowers and mulching blade attachments put grass clippings to work for you. By cutting and then re-cutting grass, a mulching blade produces fine particles that can barely be seen. These small particles decompose quickly, returning nutrients to your lawn. A side discharge mower keeps clippings to a minimum and spreads them evenly over your lawn, so you won’t need to rake. Cutting operation? Two cutting mechanisms are in use: Reel or cylinder mowers, those with a set of spiral-cylindrical blades spinning on a horizontal axis. Cutting is by a scissor like action between the moving cylinder blade, and a single stationary bottom blade. Rotary mowers, whose blades spin horizontally on a vertical driveshaft. Cutting is due to a horizontal blade hitting the grass at a high speed.

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Exclusive Granite Design was established in the year 2000, and over the years our company expanded operations, acquired our own factory in Centurion and became a leader in the Pretoria / Gauteng Region. We are also in the process of expanding our operations and new branches are now operating in Upington, George and Western Cape. We are continuing to grow and our aim is to bring our professional services to the entirety of Southern Africa. We are proud to be Ceasarstone’s Accredited Fabricator & we work with other quality products from our suppliers: Pro Quartz, Sigma Quartz, Enduro Quartz, Eezi Quartz & Africa Range as well as our


specially in-house branded Granite and Marble, at the best local prices available.

Granite gives that special touch to any interior, thus upgrading your home instantly.

We do accredited installations of top brands only and we will continue to strive to be the best in the business.

Being really strong and without pores, your granite countertop will be almost free of bacteria.

Granite is one of the most popular building materials, you will find our product in: • Modern buildings • Offices • Bathrooms • Shops and more!

These granite countertops in the bathroom are solid, strong & reliable and do not mind getting wet. Since they are completely natural their environmental impact is limited.

Cutting or placing hot items on granite will never damage the surface. Once sealed, granite is stain resistant. The various minerals within granite add character and depth making every granite top unique.

Make the classic choice - high quality lasts for generations with its durability and aesthetic longevity. Exclusive Granite Design specializes in contemporary granite, quartz & marble sourced from around the world.

and granite - the great beauty of stone

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GUTTERS Mr Gutter has been established since 1990, serving all South African homes countrywide. We believe in high quality standards on workmanship, affordability and most of all happy customers. With 27 years of experience, we have proven that we are here to stay and that you can count on Mr Gutter for all your gutter requirements. Whether it be replacement, new construction, residential or commercial, “Customer Satisfaction is our no 1 Priority”!

If you didn’t have gutters, water would continually run alongside your home causing damage, gutters and downpipes work together to ensure that your roofing is working to the best of its ability. Always ensure your gutters are working properly and free from debris that could cause water to clog up and not flow freely. Our gutters have an Ogee profile and are produced in two profile sizes, the 125mm or the larger 150mm. Our residential and industrial gutters easily collect and deliver water from large roof areas. PRODUCT INSTALLATIONS: • The aluminium / colorlume gutters are manufactured on your premises & all the joining and tracking components are rust proof.

• The gutters are mechanically roll formed to any length to minimize joints. • The gutters are attached to all eaves by means of internal tracking components consisting of internal aluminium brackets, self drilling screws or 3 inch serrated nails drilled 650mm apart. ADVANTAGES: • Aluminium / colorlume gutters require no maintenance. • Are factory guaranteed for 20 years. • They are completely waterproof, since they have no joints on the seams. • Aluminium / colorlume gutters have a natural corrosive resistance. • The gutters are light-weight. • Gutters are available in multi-colours that blend in and lend a professional finish to your home or development. FASCIAS Installing facias is recommended as they complete the over-all look of your house and ensure that the gutters look neat. FASCIAS COME IN THE FOLLOWING SIZES: 12mm x 225mm l 15mm x 225mm 15mm x 150mm STEEL FASCIAS We also do custom aluminium/ colorlume fascias to match your guttering system. 30 YEAR GUARANTEE

When considering your gutter needs...consider Mr Gutter as YOUR MAN! Member of the Master Builders Association North. WE OFFER THE BEST SERVICE IN TOWN !

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Buy direct from our “factory shop and save! WHAT IS A KERB STONE? A kerb stone is defined in the dictionary as ‘a long, narrow stone or concrete block, laid end to end with others to form a kerb’. This may seem insignificant, but kerbs do a lot for you in terms of keeping you safe. Kerbs also have an important job of ensuring that rainwater makes it’s way to a drain where it can be safely moved away from public areas. There would be many more puddles if it wasn’t for kerbs. WHAT KIND OF KERB STONES ARE AVAILABLE TO ME? Picking the correct kerb stone for the job is something that we are happy to help with at MVA Bricks. We understand that, although they may all look the same, each kerb has a purpose.

HOW ADDING A KERB EDGE CAN IMPROVE YOUR GARDEN ‘Why would I want a kerb in my garden? It’s going to look boring!’ Introducing a kerb edge can introduce an entire plethora of new styles to your garden and landscape! It can be the difference between a dull and dreary rose bush, and a compliment from a friend on how good your garden is looking. The process we use to manufacture kerb stones ensures accurate products of the highest standard. We supply to contractors, home owners and especially to the upgrade of the road structure in South Africa.

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RETAINING WALLS pressures generated by loose soils or, in some cases, water pressures. Every retaining wall supports a “wedge� of soil. The wedge is defined as the soil which extends beyond the failure plane of the soil type present at the wall site, and can be calculated once the soil friction angle is known. As the setback of the wall increases, the size of the sliding wedge is reduced. This reduction lowers the pressure on the retaining wall. The most important consideration in proper design and installation of retaining walls is to recognize and counteract the tendency of the retained material to move downslope due to gravity. This creates lateral earth pressure behind the wall which depends on the angle of internal friction (phi) and the cohesive strength (c) of the retained material, as well as the direction and magnitude of movement the retaining structure undergoes.

Retaining wall blocks is a new product that we at MVA Bricks started manufacturing as a result of the growing market we have identified, due to available land for development is being depleted.

tions, often in areas of terrain possessing undesirable slopes, or in areas where the landscape needs to be shaped severely and engineered for more specific purposes, like hillside farming or roadway overpasses.

Retaining walls are relatively rigid walls used for supporting the soil mass laterally so that the soil can be retained at different levels on the two sides.

A retaining wall is a structure designed and constructed to resist the lateral pressure of soil, when there is a desired change in ground elevation that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil.

They can transform land which would otherwise be unusable, into areas suitable for exterior architecture with the creation of terraces. Retaining walls are structures designed to restrain soil to a slope that it would not naturally keep to (typically a steep, near-vertical or vertical slope). They are used to bound soils between two different eleva-

Lateral earth pressures are zero at the top of the wall and, in homogenous ground, increase proportionally to a maximum value at the lowest depth. Earth pressures will push the wall for-

ward or overturn it if not properly addressed. Also, any groundwater behind the wall that is not dissipated by a drainage system causes hydrostatic pressure on the wall. The total pressure or thrust may be assumed to act at one-third from the lowest depth for lengthwise stretches of uniform height. Unless the wall is designed to retain water, It is important to have proper drainage behind the wall in order to limit the pressure to the wall’s design value. Drainage materials will reduce or eliminate the hydrostatic pressure and improve the stability of the material behind the wall. Retaining walls with heights exceeding 1.2 metres must be designed and approved by engineers. It is of utmost importance that approved contractors be used when building retaining walls. We can assist with the designs and relevant contractors to ensure your project will meet all the necessary requirements. We are capable to assist with any technical difficulties you might encounter. Give us a call to discuss your needs.

A basement wall is thus one kind of retaining wall. But the term usually refers to a cantilever retaining wall, which is a freestanding structure without lateral support at its top. These are cantilevered from a footing and rise above the grade on one side to retain a higher level grade on the opposite side. The walls must resist the lateral

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Elite Technologies specializes in:




Embrace and enjoy the power of the latest technology in your home with any of our user-friendly home automation solutions. Elite Technologies offers the best solutions in home automation control systems, making your house the most intelligent home.

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We are authorized dealers for ELAN, offering the simplest automation controls on audio-visual distribution systems. The ELAN system provides full control of your various sub systems from your smart phone, personal computer or tablet device. Elan can integrate your music, lighting, TV & security for easy control in every room with security-, camera-, climate- & lighting software, giving you instant control from anywhere.

THEATRES & HOME CINEMAS We can enhance your theatre experience, large format or small, with the smartest of installations.

BOARDROOM SOLUTIONS A highly effective Boardroom Solution is crucial for achieving a productive boardroom environment.

DISTRIBUTED SOUND SYSTEM Enjoy music, high definition TV and movies in every room from one centralized system

VIDEO CONFERENCING We provide the best video conferencing solutions to companies and organizations needing a visual, audio & content collaboration environment.

CORPORATE Running any commercial enterprise has its challenges. Your AV or automation solution needn’t be one of them.

EQUIPMENT LEASING We offer businesses the option of leasing AV equipment.

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“We build to your specifications at the best prices “ A garden shed or hut can add beauty to your garden. It can give you space for storing garden equipment, tools and planting materials. It will make tending to your garden more pleasurable, since getting what you need will be close at hand.

The main purpose of the garden shed is to make your garden look uncluttered by storing tools out of view. However, a garden shed can also be a workshop or work and living area. If you have kids it can have space for the children to play, as long as you ensure the tools are out of their reach. A garden shed can also help you reclaim your

garage by moving stuff from the garage to the shed. A garden shed can serve many purposes outside of gardening such as a place to do a hobby or to store outdoor equipment and supplies. It can also be used to store emergency supplies and tools. So, don’t wait another minute. Start building your garden shed now. It can quickly become a useful and essential part of your outdoor gardening and living space. We manufacture the following kinds of sheds and huts to meet your requirements:

How to maintain a wooden shed All our huts and sheds have a life expectancy in excess of 20 years and if you put in a little effort, yours will stay in good shape for years to come. Although your shed has already been coated in a layer of wood preservative before delivery, you should still treat the wood on an annual basis. Wooden sheds can be painted, stained or varnished to your liking. Clear wood preserver will let you see the original wood quite clearly through the protective layer. This is good if you want to stay with something natural. You could also use a wood oil that has been specifically formulated to be used outdoors. Check the label to ensure you have a suitable product. If you have already treated some decking, you could happily use the same thing on your shed to make sure they have a similar look. By maintaining your shed regularly each year, you’ll notice it lasts a lot longer than those belonging to neighbours who haven’t bothered going through the above routine. A little maintenance means you can get the very best from it for a very long time. Rondavel A lovely home for all your garden tools or a temporary home for workers. Longdavel A spacious option to use as a small room, office or reception area! Wooden Sheds / Wendy’s A lovely choice for those who enjoy a more vintage version that can be used for storage security offices etc. EconoHuts The popular option used for

storage. With a 20 year life expectancy this will be a perfect home for your tools and outdoor equipment! All our products are installed with cement or wood flooring and foundation. Sealed watertight to ensure that no water will seep through. We also fix old and new huts and sheds whether they were purchased from us or not!

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Ses Myl Kits Gras / Instant Lawn

“We make any garden just more beautiful “

Ses Myl Instant Lawn is a family business that started in 2005 and is located in Pretoria East. We have a passion for beautiful grass, more specifically Kikuyu grass. A green lawn is the magical component to a perfect garden. It is something that is enjoyed by young and old and that is why it is so important to choose a good and healthy product. Kikuyu is a faithful and easy to maintain grass. It needs water at least once a week, organic food once a year and then it will serve you like no other grass. Kikuyu is a hardy grass that can endure a lot, especially the hot Africa sun. This natural product has the ability to make any home look impressive, from the oldest to the most modern. As soft as it is on the eye, as dynamic it will be for your property value.

I decided to start this business because it is the perfect product. Someone once told me Kikuyu cannot be damaged by fire or hail, nor can it be blown away by wind or washed away by a flood. If you look after it, it will be there to greet you tomorrow. Ses Myl supplies Kikuyu and top soil to landscapers, construction companies and private home owners. We have a team ready to assist you with advice and if necessary, we can connect you with an extensive list of approved contractors to make your garden experience as seamless as possible. Grass can be collected from the farm in Zwavelpoort or we can deliver on request. Your dream lawn is just a phone call or e-mail away. Talk to us, and let’s see how we can assist you in creating that perfect family or entertainment area, where you can play and relax with your loved ones and friends.

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the most refreshing colour, all year round!

Here are a few points to consider when considering irrigation: - Correct scheduling is important. Many systems are scheduled to run everyday, sometimes twice a day which is over-watering your garden. Plants and trees need days off in order to develop strong root systems and healthy growth. In summer we should not be watering more than once every two days and in winter, perhaps only once a week. Watering in the mornings or evenings is more efficient too, as it allows our plants to take up water before it is lost to evaporation. - Precipitation rates per station should be taken into account. If the stations that feed your beds have nozzles with high precipitation rates (e.g. 100mm/h - 40mm/h), then those stations should only be run for 5 - 10 minutes (which results in roughly 7mm per day. Likewise, if your lawn stations have precipitation rates of 1-mm/h,

they can run for longer in order to achieve the same desired precipitation. - Design should employ head-to-head principles so that all areas of our gardens receive an equal amount of water and dry spots can be avoided. - Trenching should be done correctly to avoid the risk of puncturing pipes in day-to-day gardening activities. - Areas of your garden that have their own micro-climates or plant types can be zoned accordingly. For example, a shaded south facing corner of your home is likely to remain moist for longer than a sunny north facing side, so these areas could have their own stations and be watered accordingly. These are also newer techniques and technologies available that we can employ in our gardens:

- New rotary nozzles have a much lower precipitation rate than conventional nozzles, and are less affected by wind. They can be used on our lawns and in our beds to provide more efficient use of water. - Automated systems have budget facilities, allowing us to reduce the watering cycle by percentage in order to cater for seasonal changes or water restrictions. - Rain sensors can be used to switch off your system if its raining and soil probes can be used to measure the moisture content of your soil and pause the system until the soil requires it. You can even add a fully fledged weather station to your system if you have the budget. Technology is a great asset when it comes to water usage in our homes. If we do want to water our gardens, let’s make the most of it and help to play our part in conserving this precious natural resource.

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DESIGN lifeSIZE Kitchens offers a crafted design experience complimenting the individual lifestyle. We take utmost care to ensure every kitchen is as unique as the person living in it. At lifeSIZE Kitchens we see your kitchen as a living, breathing and loving environment and it’s with these guidelines in mind that we design your ultimate dream space. Through our vast network we are able to design with any material in mind, from PG Bison Melamine’s all the way to Niemann SA and everything in between. lifeSIZE Kitchens is a Gauteng based design, manufacture and installation company. WE LIVE TO BE CREATIVE We do not just say this, we truly live by this. With a wide network of suppliers and a dedicated design and technical team, we offer a collective experience well over 20 years in the design, kitchen and project management industry. Using all this experience enables us to offer accurate advice on all aspects of a project. lifeSIZE Kitchens will ensure that your kitchen will be designed, manufactured and delivered on time no matter the size or place.


FUNCTION Function is the most important aspect of our kitchen. We can design the best looking kitchen but if the space does not work, we have failed in our pursuit. lifeSIZE Kitchens believe that the function of a kitchen starts from the bottom going up, hence we make use of top of the range installation procedures to ensure we can deliver on our promises. BLUM fittings are used throughout our kitchen ranges, from basic installations to automated door and drawer

openers. With BLUM standing behind us we are able to provide better solutions for drawer, grocery and storage inserts which helps in the function of your kitchen. As a company we offer a 5 year guarantee* on our kitchens with BLUM offering lifetime guarantees, Niemann SA offering 15 year guarantee* and some of our counter top suppliers also offering lifetime guarantees*. INTEGRITY As with anything in life, if it’s not built on solid foundations it’s not worth pursuing. Integrity is the backbone of lifeSIZE Kitchens and we pride ourselves in the fact that lifeSIZE Kitchens is an honourable company in all aspects. From supporting our clients wishes to making sure we handle every single person working in the lifeSIZE Kitchens team with the utmost respect. Our promise to our existing, new and future clients is simple: lifeSIZE Kitchens is built on integrity and it will never be compromised, not on a business level or a personal level.

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Weather Master is the pioneer in South African sun control. Established in 1953, Weather Master manufacture and install quality, durable and value for money products, Weather Master is known for fast and efficient service, including after sales service. Our extensive experience is your guarantee! The Head Office and factory is based in Centurion adjacent to the N13 free way. We operate mainly in Gauteng and surrounding areas. In the late 90’s we opened a branch in Bloemfontein, serving the Free State and Northern Cape. On request, areas such as Botswana and neigbouring countries are often served.

We are a Proudly South African Company, headed by 3 Directors, and backed by a solid experienced work force.

offers you the following: Fully adjustable from 0 - 900 Wireless adjustment Solar panel with battery back-up Automatically closes if it rains Affordable Trendy Adjustable from adjacent rooms No handle User friendly Furniture never in the way Low maintenance Closes properly every time Use your awning to its full potential.

The Weather Master Louvre Awnings: Apart from shading your patio, a Weather Master cools adjacent rooms in summer, warms adjacent rooms in winter, allows light into adjacent rooms, adds sales value to your property and improves the aesthetics of your home.

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MOTORIZED OPTION Our remote control awning with rain sensor

Weather Master is the best choice for your patio louvre awning.

The company offers products and solutions for domestic, commercial and architectural applications and uses.

Weather Master’s involvement in the commercial market entails the following: ■ Extension and sometimes doubling the covered space of a restaurant. ■ Creates a warm ambiance. ■ Creates a perfect smoking area, as smoke can easily escape with the natural upward draught, created by die open louvre panels. ■ Gives a more permanent, secure enclosure of outside areas. ■ Ideal for covering of swimming pools at your swim school, not permanently taking away direct sun. ■ Enables ventilation over Jacuzzis. ■ Cools outside area without the use of fans or misters. Architects have used the awnings from Weather Master in ways which enhance the aesthetics of any building, while at the same time providing a valuable function. Visit our website for some of these creative applications. Weather Master offers fast and efficient service, including after sales service.

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All your interior and exterior PAINTING REQUIREMENTS Mrs Paint is a preferred contractor for Painting, Bathroom Renovations & Home Maintenance since 2005. When you accept a quotation from us you can rest assured that we only use quality approved paint manufacturers for all our application products. If you don’t like it, paint over it. It’s certainly true that paint has the power to change things. You can brighten up a room with a colorful picture in much the same way that you can make your house look more attractive with a fresh coat of paint. But have you ever stopped to think what paint is or how it

works, what chemicals it contains and what they actually do? Let’s take a closer look! What is paint? Paint is protection – much more than just color in a tin or a tube. You don’t necessarily paint things to make them look better. You paint the outside of your home to keep the rain out. What sort of chemicals are inside paint? You might think paint is just a color chemical dissolved in a liquid to make it spread, but it’s a bit more than that. Most paints actually have three main components called the pigment, the binder, and the solvent.

Pigments: The pigment is the color chemical in a paint. It looks a certain color because it reflects some wavelengths of light and absorbs others.

Binders: Paints also contain substances called binders. Their job is to glue the pigment particles to one another, and also to make them stick to the surface you’re painting.

Solvents: As its name suggests, a solvent is something that dissolves something else. The solvent’s job is to make the pigment and binder into a thinner and less viscous (more easily flowing) liquid that will spread evenly (that’s why paint solvents are sometimes called thinners). Water is the best-known and most versatile solvent we have.

Additives: Most paints also have chemical additives of various kinds. Additives in paint designed for outdoor use can help to make things waterproof and rustproof, protect against frost or sunlight, and keep them free of mold and mildew.

Types of Household paints: Emulsion: Water-based paint typically used for walls inside your home. Gloss: Oil-based paint that dries to a hard, shiny coating. Primer (undercoat): A type of paint you apply to a rough surface of wood or metal to make the final coat of paint stick and spread more effectively.

Contact us for a free quote and advice: We have suitable, qualified personnel and we have all the necessary equipment to fulfill all the projects from which we quote.

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summer outdoors in your favourite place!

We specialize in Dry Deck Timber Systems, Polycarbonate Roofing, Pergola’s and Corrugated Roofing, Custom Built Patio Roofs to suit customer’s requirements. We have extensive knowledge and experience to deliver excellent service with a top quality product range. Our track record with the many projects we have completed is of the highest standard. Whether you’re looking for the benefits of some natural light

or the luxury of a new patio, we will make these new additions to your home a proud and delightful experience. Patios are growing in popularity thanks to their long-term value and a trend toward outdoor living. Use a patio design to turn your yard into a relaxing retreat. From backyard patio ideas to patio furniture sets, outdoor patio ideas shows you how to design an outdoor room with style and comfort.

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Simple add-ons are an easy way to maximize your outdoor living spaces. Use patio umbrellas, patio covers and patio lights to increase your patio’s appeal, safety and longevity. Part of creating a restful retreat is making sure there’s privacy around your patio, even if it’s just a border from the neigbour. Fences, pergolas, half-walls and landcape plantings can offer privacy and boost your home’s appeal. If you’re starting from scratch Eagle Patios is your answer. We will help you to plan a patio that will be both


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beautiful and practical. Most patios are adjacent to the house, but they need not be. A patio placed well away from the house can provide dry footing for a private retreat. On the other hand, if you plan to use your patio for dining, keep it as close to the kitchen as possible. A patio meant for the family can be small and intimate. But if large gatherings are in your future, you’ll want to make sure your patio can handle a crowd. This could become a natural extension to your current living area, a great transition between indoor and outdoor living. PRETORIA remodel 2017 29

PAVING When you go to Loftus Versfeld stadium again, notice the “cottage” paving – it was manufactured by MVA Bricks. For more than two decades, we have established ourselves as reputable and trustworthy, manufacturing products of top quality and providing excellent service to clients. The municipalities of Tshwane, Polokwane and Mokopane even utilised MVA Bricks as supplier of paving bricks and kerb stones for their development projects. We supplied the paving bricks and kerbing stones for part of the Areyeng Rapid Transit Ser-

mula that we use to mix and cast stone, sand and cement. It takes approximately seven days to manufacture a batch of paving bricks, but it greatly depends on the weather. In winter it can take up to two weeks for the paving bricks to harden sufficiently. If you visit our premises, you will see that we take pride in what we do. With 140 employees, we are known and trusted in the whole of Pretoria. Our workmanship is of the highest standard and is constantly monitored by our quality management team.

our service “Only beats our quality

vice in Pretoria, as well as for the toll gate at the Zambezi crossing.

Thanks to innovation, we are in a position to keep our prices as low as possible.

Initially, we only had one plant for manufacturing of paving bricks and kerb stones. The South African Bureau of Standards certified our product in 1997 and in 1998 we opened a second manufacturing plant.

Paved surfaces are economical and durable and will last for many years if installed properly. Paving is also installed because of its aesthetic appeal and low maintenance properties.

We currently own four plants on the same premises where everything started all those years ago, i.e in Roger Dyason Road, Pretoria West, close to the Voortrekker Monument.

With the wide variety of paving stones available, beautiful paving effects can be created to suit every individual style and taste. Different colours and shapes of paving can create different areas in your outdoor architecture.

Our quality is excellent but our service is even better. We own a fleet of trucks to transport raw materials and to deliver the manufactured products to clients. Of course we have a secret for-

We specialize in the production of 50mm Bevel, 50mm Cottage Stone, Interlock 50mm, 60mm and 80mm and Twin cobble paving bricks, all available in a variety of colours.

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“A BRAND NEW ADVENTURE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN BACKYARD” The core belief of A-Zzz Woodland is being able to give children the opportunity to imagine through play. Getting children to play outside again, enjoying their own little place to live out their wildest dreams and adventures. Creating exciting, wonderful memories together as a family. Play allows children to learn a range of skills, including: co-ordination and motor skills. A-Zzz Woodland is unique, different & out

of this world with all our custom made children’s playground equipment. It is all about the small detail of each and every playhouse that makes it unique. We tend to always exceed our customers needs and requirements. It is our dream to fulfill your child’s dream... building playhouses and play structures, suitable for boys and girls. For more information visit our website or find us on:

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Ionic definition: A strong bond formed by electrostatic attraction of oppositely charged icons, in our own words: “we are the positive force attracted by the negative (problem) which then forms a strong bond with the client when we’ve sorted out the problem.” Ionic Gas, Plumbing and Electrical is a privately owned and operated company with a combined experience of over 20 years. We pride ourselves on our efficiency and reliability, as well as our quality of work and ability to exceed customer expectations. We value ourselves as a company with integrity and honesty, we promote

transparency in all our dealings with our clients. PLUMBING RED FLAGS : 1. Determine the condition of the water pipes by simply looking at the water pipes running outside a home, you will be able to tell what condition they are in. Look for rust or wet spots along the pipes, they probably look worse on the inside. Galvanized pipes were commonly used in older properties an do not have a long lifespan. 2. Check for stop taps. In order to be compliant, toilets & basin water points should have their own stop taps or closing valves. When a tap or toilet starts to leak it is much quicker & more efficient to close the water

3. Inspect peeling / flaking paint. The easiest way to detect a water leak inside your walls is to look for signs of peeling or flaking paint, usually on a wall bordering a kitchen or bathroom. The leak can present itself either on an in- or exterior wall, it could mean extensive repairs or re-piping is needed to sort out the problem. 4. Keep an eye out for running toilets. Toilet inlets that do not close or flush valves that do not seal are a sure way to crank up your water bill. Every time you flush the toilet it uses 9 liter of water to refill the cistern. Make sure that the toilets flush properly, fill up in

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a timely manner & stops when the cistern is full.

at the point it is connected.

5. Check for low water pressure. There are few things in life that are as frustrating as showering under a trickle of water, it is therefore important to check the water pressure, it could be a big expense to get low water pressure sorted out. Ionic Gas, Plumbing and Electrical strive to use new technology wherever possible. We will always leave a site neat and tidy. Our technicians are registered with PIRB. We service Pretoria and surrounding areas. For more info see us on:



Happiness is spending time at your swimming pool. But green water could turn your happiness into wrath. Let’s look at the technology behind a sparkling clean pool: How do you get your pool from green to blue? Start by removing all the debris from the pump and weir baskets. Unplug the pool cleaner and brush the walls of the pool. Backwash the filter thoroughly. Balance the pH to 7.4. Add one bag of Sudden Shock, 625ml of Green Out and 300ml Clear Blue for every 25 000L of water. Run the pump as normal and monitor the filter pressure. Backwash as needed. When the water is clear, top up the pool and plug in the pool cleaner. We recommend that you add Filter Cleanse to clean the sand after an algae infestation. But what should you do if your pool is green AND cloudy? Backwash the filter and clean the weir and pump baskets. Brush the pool walls thoroughly. Remove any debris possible from the bottom of the pool with a leaf rake. Balance the pH to 7.8 or higher. Remove the pool cleaner and top up the pool above normal levels. Water will be lost in the process. Add 1 bag of Sudden Shock, 625ml of Green Out or Black Out, 250ml Clear Blue and 1kg

of Drop & Vac for every 25 000L of pool water. Allow water to circulate the product throughout the pool, then switch the pump off for 12 to 24 hours, allowing dead algae to drop to the bottom of the pool. Manually vacuum to remove the sediment. Keep filling the pool via the weir to prevent any agitation of the sediment during vacuuming. Do not allow the water level to drop below the weir. A second vacuum may be required after 12 to 24 hours. Once the water is clear, fill the pool to normal levels, then test and adjust the pH before resuming normal operation. After cleaning your pool, always bring a sample of water back to us so that we can check on the water balance. This brings us to the technology behind a sparkling clean pool: Dolphin pool cleaning robots by Maytronics lead the pool world with eco-friendly products which grant our customers an exceptional pool experience. Every Dolphin robot combines advanced technologies with proven reliability and maximum satisfaction. Dolphin robotic pool cleaners clean any type or shape of pool efficiently and thoroughly. No other automatic, residential pool cleaner comes close to Dolphin robots’ ease of use, performance and reliability - delivering years of cost effective pool cleaning.

TOP 10 REASONS WHY CUSTOMERS BOUGHT A DOLPHIN ROBOTIC CLEANER 1. Save money on electricity - up to R3000 per year.

2. Scrubs and sweeps surface of pool - making it cleaner and healthier. 3. Does not get stuck - less hassle!

4. Systematic cleaning approach - gives you total coverage. 5. Reduce backwash by 33% - saving water and chemicals.

6. Backed by an extended warranty - peace of mind investment. 7. Regain your skimmer box - your pool can work the way it was designed to. 8. Independent from pool filtration - reduced stress on equipment means longer life of equipment.

9. Wall cleaning and climbing capability - total pool cleaning.

10. Easy to clean and maintain - more time enjoying your pool and less time looking after it.

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ROOF TRUSSES ROOF TRUSSES USED IN HOUSE CONSTRUCTION There are a number of things about roof trusses you should know if you are preparing to have a new home or some other type of structure built. The roof of a structure is supported by a crucial framework called a roof truss. A roof truss is essentially a frame that is made of wood that is held together by steel connection plates. The main function of a roof truss is to make sure that the overall weight of the roof is distributed equally as well as all individual sections of the roof, thereby increasing it’s lifespan. Selecting the best type of roof truss for a house is quite challenging. Functionality and aesthetic conditions will lead to considerations of the type of roof truss that you will be selecting in the construction of your house. Weather conditions must also be taken into consideration when choosing the roof truss for your construction. A common truss is recognizable by it’s triangular shape and is

often used in roof construction. ROOF TRUSSES ARE IMPORTANT: • They have the tendency to give the right shape to the place and offer much needed rigidity. • They last for a long time and their structural importance is also very high.

With PAYNTER’S trusses your home will endure weather conditions while you have the best looking property in your neighborhood. Supplier of all roof products, visit us at 480 Moot st, Hermanstad, Pretoria


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Looking for light? Natural bright sunlight in your home? ilangaskylights are the answer to adding life to small depressing spaces for home owners. While conventional bulbs give you a yellow unnatural glow, ilangaskylights will bring bright, white, healthy daylight into your home. Most of us are looking for open homes that provide a lot of light, because we require twice as much or even more light as we grow older than we did when we were younger. Our smart light-

issue. A large majority of home owners are requesting light from skylights in their bathrooms and rooms where privacy and light is of the utmost importance. The ilangaskylight has so many advantages. The atmosphere and the sense of living that it creates is a huge benefit. It is also beneficial to have the unlimited solar energy resource and to be human and environmentally friendly. Not producing harmful emissions nor requiring electrical pipelines are just a few more plusses on the list.

“ We make it, we install it, we guarantee it!! “

weight, solid, reflective cone tube will make sure the light finds itself and reflect beautifully into your room through the glass bottom with a neatly finished white ring. With adding an ilangaskylight to your home, you will save money through lower electricity bills and lower energy consumption. Your property value will increase in an affordable way. With homes being built closer to one another, the balance of natural light and privacy has become an



We as a company take great pride in our product that has brought natural sunlight into depressing dark rooms of over a thousand homes since 2001. We offer a great after sales service and also a 15 year guarantee on workmanship and material. Phone us today for friendly and professional assistance. We have a variety of sizes to fit all needs and roofs. SERVICING JHB, PTA AND ALL OF GAUTENG

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SOLAR ENERGY SOLAR SOLUTION OPTIONS Advantages Grid-Tie Cheapest Simple installation No regular maintenance No regular replacement of any component No battery

Grid-Tie Affordable, depending with on battery size Backup Limited reliance on Eskom

Some maintenance on battery Cheap batteries last 3 - 5 yrs. Still exposed to Eskom ‘fixed cost’ More expensive than Grid-tie Most complex installation

Off-Grid No reliance on Eskom

Most costly of 3 options Some maintenance on battery Cheap batteries last 1 - 2 yrs.

Smaller battery Longer battery life Smaller inverter Heavy load appliances are not available when Eskom is off No monthly Eskom ‘fixed cost’.



No backup. If Eskom grid is off, the solar solution is off too. Size of solution limited as ‘Self Consumption’ (see below).

SOLAR Power Solutions!

The sun delivers more energy to earth in one day, than what is generated throughout the globe with fossil fuels in a year! SOLAR POWER - THE EASIEST DECISION The decision to proceed with solar energy is satured with benefits, without any drawbacks. As consumers, the only challenge we have is to select the right stuff, products that are durable & that will last 25 years and beyond. FINANCIAL MOTIVATION At the time of writing this article, the total installed cost of a Grid-Tie solar solution is recovered in less than 5 years while the solution has a projected lifespan of 25 years. A full financial investigation is beyond the scope of this article. Consider investing every month what would have been your energy spend, and superimpose this on top of the escalating electricity tariffs.

comply with the following criteria. • More than 24 months designing and installing Solar Solutions. • More than 20 solar installations successfully completed. • Customer to select a reference site to visit from installed list. • Compliance with NRS097 installation guidelines. • Warranty on products and installation. • Issuance of Certificate of Compliance after installation. • Formal training and qualification for PV design and installations. If solar is the right stuff & there is a right way, make sure you select the right solution. There are many solar options and combinations, but all fall into 3 broad categories: • Grid-Tie: No backup power, simply saving Eskom cost. Simplest & easiest option. • Grid-Tie with backup: Selective backup power and saving Eskom cost. Most complex option. • Off-Grid: No Eskom connection. Large battery, most expensive option.

DOING IT RIGHT - if solar is the right stuff then the process of going solar has a right way. Solar components (wiring, panel mounting racks, fuses, switchgear and surge protectors) are very different from similar components you can buy from the hardware store around the corner. Solar solutions are potentially dangerous, & require compatible and dedicated components to protect the residents and the components.

MyEcoFuture - Sustainable Sun Power MyEcoFuture is a true EPC, meaning we Engineer, Procure and Construct solar solutions. We have been actively working in the Solar industry for over 3 years and have done more than 50 residential, commercial & industrial installations.

Selecting a reliable, trustworthy & capable installer can be a challenge, but a few simple steps can ensure you receive sound advice. We suggest that your solar installer needs to

MyEcoFuture currently holds accreditation with Maxx Solar Academy and the “DGS Super Solar School”. DGS is a German company now offering their experience to

the South African Market. Our methodology involves installing an energy monitor and analysing the data to design a custom fit solution. This enables us to “right-size” the Photovoltaic (PV) Array, Inverter/Charger(s) and batteries for your specific consumption patterns and requirements. “The actual installation at my home was topnotch, with a high degree of professionalism displayed by all in the MyEcoFuture Team. The fact that MyEcoFuture has not needed to return to our home, other than for the annual inspections, is testament to the high standards established and maintained by the team. The detailed consultation that went ahead of the actual installation went some way to eliminating any reservations we had regarding disruption to existing infrastructure. In addition the solution was tailored to our exact needs and budget; put differently, we received the best solution which suited our budget rather than being purched into incurring unnecessary expenses. The high level of integrity by all in the team needs to be commended. From the initial consultation, to the installation & subsequent after-sales service; all of which has made working with MyEcoFuture a constructive & enjoyable experience. I would, therefore, have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to any prospective clients seeking alternative energy solutions”. (Anton Arendse - Pta)

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WASHING LINES Sunbreeze Washing Lines installs these wall mounted washing lines inside and/or outside that saves space and is ideal for complexes where your space is limited. . A very affordable product, our washing lines are locally . manufactured

using 25mm x 1.6mm square tubings which is then prepared for powder coating, making it durable and strong. Being wall mounted they can be neatly folded away when not in use. The wall mounted washing lines are manufactured in three different sizes: Sunbreeze Washing Lines also manufacture a washing line which can be used in bathrooms for people who have the need for that. SIZING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR • 1m x 1m (2 racks) both folds down total hanging space is 14 metres.

• 1.5m x 1m (2 racks) folds away, total hanging space is 21 metres. • 2m x 1m (2 racks) both folds away. total hanging space is 28 metres. BATHROOM SIZING • 1.4m x .800m, top rack only, collapsible as well, total hanging space is 12 metres. TEN BENEFITS OF LINE DRYING: - IT’S CHEAPER. Using the free sunlight to dry laundry instead of running your dryer is a huge benefit. - IT WHITENS YOUR WHITES. The sun does a great job of getting stains out. No bleach required. - IT’S GOOD EXERCISE. Arms up, arms down , good exercise. - YOUR CLOTHING LASTS LONGER. Line drying is more gentle on your clothing, making it last longer. - THEY SMELL DIVINE. - IT GETS YOU OUTSIDE WITH YOUR KIDS. - IT REDUCES WRINKLES. Hanging clothes outside really helps reduce wrinkles and that,s great for those of you who don’t like ironing. - IT ELIMINATES STATIC CLING. - IT’S ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. Less electricity is better for the environment and your pocket.


When considering your washling line needs...consider Sunbreeze as YOUR SOLUTION! WE SERVICE THE GREATER GAUTENG.

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WATERPROOFING In an ideal situation, a roof would never leak. It would simply stay leak free forever. Unfortunately roofs do leak, and sometimes, during the most inopportune times. The best time of year to re-coat a roof in South Africa is during the months when rain is at a minimum. Winter is ideal in Gauteng, because the temperatures are favourable and the rains are few and far between. Rain is a waterproofer’s nemesis. It slows down and postpones re-coating and repairs, as the roof coating needs the proper amount of time to set up and dry. Without enough time to dry completely, the roof becomes more susceptible to leaks and damage throughout its life span. If scheduling waterproofing services during a rainy spell, the roofing contractor may suggest an alternative coating material that is made to work well even when applied under rainy conditions. It is usually worth any added expense as it will keep the roof healthier longer. Depending on the size of the roof in question, waterproofing may take anywhere from half a day to a full week to complete. If there is rain during that time, the job will take even longer.

After 40 years in business we are “ specialists in the waterproofing industry! Tremco is based in Pretoria and offers reputable waterproofing services with forty years experience. The company is an expert in identifying leaks and problematic areas before they pose bigger problems. Tremco will easily waterproof your old, damaged and leaking roof without physically replacing the roof. It will help to detect problems early and avoid expensive repairs later. If there are broken/cracked tiles, rusted screws/bolts and sun damaged waterproofing material, it will definitely cause damage to your roof’s structure. Tremco’s consultants inspect and detect problem areas on your roof, and use superior methods and materials manufactured by Tremco to renovate your roof. We do water sealing on roofs. Roofs will start leaking when roof insulation is done badly or

because of damaged and cracked or broken roof tiles. This will lead to further and bigger problems later. Tremco specialises in waterproofing of house roofs including flat roofs, slabs, pitched tiled roofs, balconies, skylights, parapet walls, side walls, chimneys and chimney flashings, leaking chimneys, plumbing vent pipes, dome skylights, plumbing inspection covers, tiled roofs, roof ridging, IBR roofs, corrugated roofs and box gutters. Our well-trained agent will inspect your roof and assess the overall condition of the roof such as cracked tiles, rusted screws, weathered water sealing and any other problems resulting from damp conditions. Tremco focuses on all aspects of waterproofing services including water sealing of corrugated, IBR, flat, slate, cement tile, Harvey

tile roofs, concrete slabs and all types of guttering work. After waterproofing, roofs are prepared with sealant and then painted. Torching is done on rubberised concrete slab surfaces to remove old rubberising. Thereafter water sealing is done by torching on rubberising. After waterproofing, concrete slabs are prepared by covering with base coat and then painted. Tremco only use high quality materials and therefore offer a 5-year guarantee with an extended warranty available thereafter. The highly qualified workforce are professional craftsmen with full-time supervision by artisans. All quotations for Pretoria and surrounding areas are free.

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Homeowners today have more door and window choices than ever before. Deciding what is right for a particular home remodel can be exceptionally difficult, especially when it comes to replacing windows and doors. Founded in 1993, Bron Joineries has built a reputation for supplying quality products and excellent customer service to the Gauteng market. We specialize in the supply and installation of custom built wooden Windows & Doors. We custom make all our products to the customer’s specifications. Bron Joineries specializes in the manufacturing of custom built: • Folding Stacking Units All Folding stacking doors available in Full pane, Centre rail, Cottage/Small pane, Happy or Top glass doors. • Sliding Units All Sliding doors available in Full pane, Centre rail or Cot tage/Small pane. • Solid, Glass & Pivot Doors All single, double and pivot doors are custom made, any type of single, double or pivot door can be custom built to customer’s specifications. • Door Frames All single, double, jambliner or pivot frames are custom made, any type of single, double, jambliner or pivot frame can be custom built to customer’s specifications. • Window Units - Small Pane Windows - Small Pane Fanlight - Full Pane Windows - Full Pane Fanlight Windows - Top Hung Windows


The Advantages of Wood Framed Windows and Doors: For many people there really is no choice other than real woodframed windows and wooden doors. Genuine wood has a look and a feel to it that nothing else can match. Wood is classic; wood is solid; wood is the real deal. Virtually all other window frames and doors attempt to mimic the look of wood. Why settle for cheap imitations when the real thing is available? Genuine wood frames and doors help to insulate a home far better than almost any other kind of material used. Real wood provides 400 times more insulation than steel window frames and 1,800 times as much as aluminum-frame windows. The additional insulation that real wood provides can help keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer and can save the homeowner on utility bills all year round. Woodframed windows and wooden doors also provide an excellent barrier to outdoor sounds much more so than virtually any other. For the homeowner attempting to go “green,” genuine wood window frames and wooden doors are as environmentally sound as it is possible to be. Wood is the very definition of eco-friendly. Trees are a renewable resource, and wood window frames and doors need never end up in a landfill but even if they do, they naturally break down into compounds that are beneficial to the soil. Wood, if given care, will last a lifetime. The same cannot really be said of most other types of materials used for window frames and doors. Also, unlike metal, wooden frames and doors are not prone to rust – a decided plus in many locations.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, wood wins hand-down if the homeowner chooses to paint. While some other types of frames and doors may accept paint, wood embraces any color a homeowner chooses to apply. Wood not only welcomes treatment, it virtually demands it. Wood also enhances the value of most homes. The reason most other types of frames and doors attempt to look like wood is that the majority of homeowners prefer wood, and genuine wood window frames and doors almost always demand a premium whenever a home is sold. The Disadvantages of Wood Frames and Doors: The need for treatment is one of the disadvantages of genuine wood frames and doors. Wood was once a living substance, and if left untreated it can rot or warp and will begin to look old. Wood frames and doors which have not been properly cared for can twist slightly or can swell with moisture, making it difficult, if not impossible, to raise or lower the window and to open or close the door. Homes near the ocean, which are subject to salt combined with moist air, are especially vulnerable; wood-frame windows and wooden doors in these homes will need more attention than those in many other areas of the country. Wood is also vulnerable to insects, especially, but not limited to, termites. Keeping the frame or door properly treated will ward off insects. Another disadvantage can be cost. Wood frames and doors generally have a higher initial cost than vinyl or steel. Keep in mind, however, that wood can last far longer than most other materials if properly maintained, and wood never rusts. Many homeowners also feel that the rich, solid, traditional appearance of genuine wood more than makes up for its initial cost difference.

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the limits are endless

Midstream Pools specialise in quality custom build swimming pools. We provide repairs and maintenance services. With more than 20 years experience, we absolutely strive to design unique customised swimming pools that will satisfy your every need and expectation!

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remodel, Pretoria October 2017  

Your annual guide to easy home improvements

remodel, Pretoria October 2017  

Your annual guide to easy home improvements