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An Ugly Backyard Hole Gets Transformed Into a Swimming Oasis!

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For many the backyard is an escape from the rest of the world. You can find a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, a place to entertain friends and a place to simply unwind. For others, the backyard introduces some difficult things to overcome. For one man, an ugly hole in the backyard would become an oasis that everyone would envy.

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What started as a half dug koi pond in remembrance of his lost dog would soon become a beautiful in ground pool that anyone would envy. His initial idea was to make a koi pond to help remember his beloved dog that had recently passed. Though we all deal with grief differently, this was how he decided to deal with it. He started his plans by expanding on an already partially dug hole and expanded it into a fantastic in-ground pool.

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With careful planning he began to mark out his design and to expand the hole that was already partially dug. He first dug the hole the rest of the way to support the new foundation and to meet the designs that he had completed. He then worked to map out and place drainage for the pool and to help make the base of the pool strong enough to support the water.

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He then worked to secure the pump for the pool on a concrete pad to help insure it would keep position before connecting all the necessary piping. Though weather can often derail a project, he put up protection and kept going. This is true dedication and determination.

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He then worked to make all the final adjustments to the design and to begin the removal of the dirt to get the pool to the proper depth. The process was long and arduous but he was able to remove the dirt and get the pool really started.

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A retention wall had to be built to keep the walls of the pool from collapsing. It was necessary also to add a skimmer tank so that the dirt and debris could be easily removed from the pool. The proper mechanics had to be put into place so that the pool can stay clear and clean all year long.

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The man also designed a cave or grotto style retreat in the pool for added fun. This added feature is one that is sure to be popular with anyone that decides to take a dip in this insane pool.

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Most in-ground pools are made of a fiberglass insert. For those pools that do not follow a standard shape or design, there are also options that include inserting rebar and spraying concrete into the hole. This project required rebar and concrete to be sprayed directly into the hole to get the perfect shape.

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Proper mechanics also need to be added before the concrete can be poured and the water discharge tank is just one example. Also, in order to make the perfect shaped cave the rebar had to be bent to fit the design. This took days and days of back breaking work to get the rebar in the perfect shape so that the project could move forward.

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After all the rebar was set and the shape was blocked out the heavy machinery could be brought in to start the really hard work. It took a month of hard work before the machinery needed to complete the project could even be brought in.

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The next step was to spray concrete into each section of the pool piece by piece. This process can take weeks and without a great professional company on your side, the concrete can crack and become damaged. It was crucial that a professional help spray the concrete to make sure it was the right temperature, consistency, and that it was sprayed correctly.

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After the biggest part of the concrete was sprayed smaller features like rocks were added to make the pool seem more like a natural water feature rather than a manmade pool. The concrete is then allowed to set so that the water can be pumped in without disturbing the concrete.

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Final touches are added to the retaining wall that helps to keep the pool safe and secure. The wall is made to look like rocks that have been placed in a particular pattern. The wall is scored and roughed up to have the texture of a rock wall as well for some added character.

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Though the team worked tirelessly to make the concrete walls and retaining wall look like real rocks, actual rocks were also brought in to help make the scene look that much more authentic. These large rocks are heavy and cannot be moved by one person and had to be brought in and positioned perfectly.

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After the pool was filled the final details of the cave were also completed. This is a fantastic pool that only cost around $10,000 to complete, a fraction of what it would have costed if a professional company had been hired to do all the work. He also has the added satisfaction of having done the work himself rather than hiring a contractor to do it for him.

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The family’s young son enjoys some of the smaller pools that were put in so that younger kids could still enjoy it. These smaller pools are perfect for younger kids that are not big enough to play in the deeper pools.

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The owner also added tons of plants and smaller features to make the pool look like something out of the jungle. The plants, smaller rocks, and other natural features make this more than a pool and more of a great place to rest and relax after a long day of work.

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China. 

A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV. 

Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’” 

If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease. 

At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.

At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.

They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
  • Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
  • Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C

The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.

As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.

If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.

As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.

Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.

So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?

According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”

Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)

However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.

Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.

So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.

That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.

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Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.

The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.

Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.

Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.

Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.

Better Apart:

The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.

Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.

Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.

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