Geo Grid Driveway Day 1

When I ordered the Geo Grid, I also ordered some gravel from Home Depot for less than $5 for a .5 cubic foot bag. I ordered 70 bags, knowing I would have order more before the job was done, but I don’t want my yard to look like a department store parking lot.

In the image below, you can see the pallet of gravel. I also ordered a bucket of pathway stabilizer to help solidify the gravel once I lay it down. Obviously, the Geo Grid will be the main stabilizer, but I also don’t want to see my gravel all over the lawn after a winter of snow blowing. I also ordered some landscaping timbers.

After receiving the gravelThe first day was the toughest. I waited until after the gravel arrived to start digging. Home depot is excellent about delivering the home improvement supplies the next day, so I got my timbers and the gravel right away. I had just put together my wheelbarrow a couple weeks ago, so I was prepared for the task at hand, digging. First, I measured and staked out the area to be dug up. The Geo Grid I ordered is 4 inches deep, so I want to make sure I dig an extra inch and then level it out as needed.

The pitchfork was pretty useless, the only thing that worked good was my rounded end spade. I would cut two spade widths in each direction and then pry it up. I cut the sod from the dirt blocks that came up so I could use the grass in other areas in my yard.

After doing a couple rows, I ran into another issue: where do I go with all this dirt? My yard is small. The backyard is smaller than the front yard. The sod raised the backyard by a couple inches, so I didn’t really want to add more dirt to the backyard. So after filling in and ruts around the house and along the side of the street where water eroded the dirt away when we had some heavy rain, I ran out of places to put the dirt. So, I decided to call it a day – to give me some time to figure out where I would take the dirt, because 65 cubic feet of dirt is pretty big when it isn’t under your lawn.

Hopefully this will be solved tomorrow. The temperatures are supposed to be manageable for the next few days, and no rain in the forecast, unless you ask Google Home… she kept telling it would rain the next day and then in the morning would change her tune.

Need A Solid Driveway? Give Geo Grid A Shot!

Need A Solid Driveway? Give Geo Grid A Shot!

I tried to park in my yard last winter when the snow plows needed access to the street. While the ground was hard, no problem. But once the spring thaw hit, the yard got messed up pretty bad. So we decided to get a quote for a concrete driveway. After I was revived from the sticker shock, I decided to look for an alternative.

Geo Grid is what I found.

So I am starting this project tomorrow, since I have everything arriving tomorrow and it is all going to be stacked in front of my garage. I will be documenting this on here so you can see how easy it is (even for someone who does not exactly wield a hammer or shovel on a regular basis).

Stay tuned!

Need A Solid Driveway? Give Geo Grid A Shot!

Air Water Life Brand Alkaline Water Ionizers (Part 4 of series)

Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.5In our previous articles, we didn’t go into much detail on specific brands of Alkaline Water Ionizers. Initially, I wanted to give you more of the basic information about these countertop devices that turn your water into ionized alkaline water.

But now, I want to discuss one of the major players in the water ionizer market. Air Water Life is the maker of three popular ionizers and a filtration pitcher. Each unit varies a bit in look and price.

Top Of The Line IonizerThe Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 9.0 is a nice looking device in a steel/silver toned box. This is their top of the line model, and the price tag is still under $1400. It boasts 9 ionizing plates with a self cleaning cycle to prevent buildup. The filter is designed to last for 4000 liters of water processing – although the company recommends you change it annually (unless you run a lot of water through it) – and costs less than $50.  The unit delivers 7 different pH levels – 2 acidic (6.0 and 3.0), 4 alkaline (8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.5) and one neutral (7.0).

Deluxe Aqua Ionizer 7.5The Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.5 looks pretty sharp in the rose gold color scheme and is very similar in construction and design as the Deluxe 9.0. The main difference is the number of plates in the ionizer and about $100 less in price. The Deluxe 7.5 has 7 plates compared to the 9 plates in the Deluxe 9.0. Because of those two plates, the 7 pH levels that the Deluxe 7.5 delivers is  2 acidic (6.0 and 4.5), 4 alkaline (8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0) and one neutral (7.0). It uses the same filter as the Deluxe 9.0, so the cost is still good long term.

Deluxe Aqua Ionizer 5.0 The Air Water Life Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 5.0 doesn’t look as upscale as the Deluxe 7.5 and Deluxe 9.0, but the price tag is significantly lower, too! It only has 5 Platinum coated titanium plates, which changed the low end of the pH levels to 2 acidic (6.0 and 5.0), 4 alkaline (8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0) and one neutral (7.0). It uses the same filter as the Deluxe 9.0 and Deluxe 7.5, so the cost is still good long term and will last for 4000 liters of water.

What Does This All Mean?

From my research, I would be tempted to get the Deluxe 9.0 over the other 2 simply because of the higher and lower levels of pH, but since I am just starting out with this alkaline water thing, I would probably just go with the Deluxe 5.0 to figure out if I need the extra plates and more acidic water (from what I have read, acidic water is good for external use on the hair and skin – but that would probably be a habit you would have to develop). As I was about to place an order, I noticed that the price changed on me as I got to the cart. The Deluxe 5.0 that I was going to purchase must have sold out from the supplier I was first looking at, because I took too long writing this article… The price went up by $200 because the next supplier probably didn’t buy in bulk. So I am guessing that Air Water Life is probably going to be releasing a newer model of the Deluxe 5.0 to match the 9.0 and 7.5 (the &.5 is actually a nicer looking version of the Deluxe 7.0). So now I am probably going to get the 7.0 for an extra hundred:Check out the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.0

My choice is not necessarily going to be your choice, but I hope you choose one to help improve your health. If you use one of the links on this website, I could earn a commission, which I would appreciate, as I am not paid for these articles.

Made In Japan: Part 3 – Alkaline Water Ionizer Series.

Alkaline Water Ionizers began in Japan. So it is not surprising to find some models that come direct from Japan. The Panasonic TK7208P-S is one such device.

Panasonic Alkaline Water IonizerThis Ionizer is made and shipped from Japan, but the instructions and labels on the product are all Japanese, making it a challenge to figure out what is going on. It also runs on 100 Volts, which means you need an adapter to plug it into your outlet in the US. The price is reasonable, and the filter lasts a long time (approximately 2 years) and is reasonably priced.

Should you pass on this one? I don’t know. The price is good, but I cannot find any information on the plates’ construction.

 

 

Alkaline Water Ionizer Series: (2) What To Look For?

As I mentioned in my previous article, I know that I want one of these for our home. The science behind the health benefits is overwhelmingly positive (that’s an Ion pun…). In fact, some of the things I want mine for is to help control my acid reflux and to add a lot of antioxidant power to my daily water intake.

But what are we supposed to look for in an Alkaline Water Ionizer?

  1. The ionizer itself should be easy to install. The under the sink models are not as easy to install as the countertop ones, since you usually only need to attach it to one of your faucets and plug the unit in and you are ready to use it.
  2. The unit should be easy to clean. I have read reviews on a few models and they actually have a self clean cycle that is performed automatically.
  3. Filters should be reasonably priced and not need to be replaced too frequently. What good is it to buy a $900 unit and then spend $125 a month for filters? If that is the case, I might as well spring for the $3500 unit… if I pay for it on my credit card, I am basically paying the same amount for it.
  4. The internal ionizing mechanism should be platinum or titanium plates. Those seem to hold up best to long term usage.
  5. The unit should allow you to make different water pH based on your needs. If you need acidic water (pH 3 to 6.5) for cleaning, the unit should have a setting for it. If you need more alkaline water (pH 7.5 to 11) for different uses, then you should be able to dial it up.
Aqua Water Ionizer

As you can see, I am interested in making sure that the unit is versatile and easy to use, but also cost effective and high quality. I can’t tell you which one to buy, but I can point you in the right direction for the one that will suit your needs (your needs may be different than mine).

Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.5