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Designing a Natural Pool with Fish Habitat

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Designing a Natural Pool with additional fish habitat area for the Sustainable Hemp Home Series.

Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat
Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat

Since the Hemp Home Designs are all about Sustainability.  Why wouldn’t the pool be as well and while we are at building a natural pool we might as well incorporate a fish habitat into the natural pool design.  This will allow the pool to serve as a food source in addition to the entertainment value.

Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design
Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design

Tips for natural pools supplied by Mother Earth News

Design Information

  • Reserving at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area for shallow plants, either at one end or in a ring around the sides, eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps. You’ll want to separate the swimming area of your pool and the filtration area, or plant zone (see the illustration in the image gallery).
  • The water needs to circulate continuously for the plants’ roots to cleanse the pool. You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms’ oxygen needs are met.
Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.
  • Besides cleaning the water and making your pool beautiful to behold, the shallow plant zone warms the water quickly and provides habitat for frogs and many invertebrates. They’ll appreciate the shallow water for breeding grounds and repay the favor by eating mosquito larvae.

  • A rim within an inch of the water’s surface keeps plants in their place but allows water from the swimming area to move to the plant zone for filtering, As water passes through the fibrous root structure of the plants, bacteria concentrated on the plants’ roots act as a biological filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients in the water. Decomposer organisms, also found in the plants’ root zones, consume the bacteria, effectively eliminating underwater waste buildup.

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DIY Flat Screen TV Mount

Rather than spend $200 for 2 TV Mounting Brackets.  I fashioned these  Flat Screen TV Mounts for the New Bar Design.

Every Design Build Project has a Must Have.  The Must Have for this part of the New Bar Design were:

  1. Adjustable Mounting to accommodate future TVs

  2. Forward Tilt of TV Screen to accommodate people viewing the tv from a seated position 10-12 ft away sitting at a lower position.  We didn’t want people to get a kink in their necks while watching the TVs!

  3. Sturdy Construction that will not fail.  If the TVs fall it could also danger the Bartenders and Customers who are sitting at the Bar.

     Failure is not an option when dealing with an expensive flat panel TV.

  4. Repositionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
    Re-positionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
    Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
    Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design

    Since the final position of the TV was to be determined after placement on the Shelves.

  5. I knew there was going to be Downward and Outward tension on the Bracket that was included with the TV.

  6. Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
    Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by: Scotts Contracting St Louis MO

      To Relieve this Downward/Outward Pressure I designed the strap that is in this CAD Design.

  7. Total cost for the Design and Installation of this Flat TV Screen Stand for both the TV in the Center of the New Bar Design was less than the costs for New Flat Panel TV Hangers $200.00

  8. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO
    Note the Bracing Added to Relieve the Pressure that will be created when the TV are placed on the Shelf. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO

    These Forward Mount Flat Panel TV Stands were also designed to be adapted for Future TV upgrades.

  9. The materials used for this project were leftover materials used in the New Bar Design at Shady Jacks Saloon in Downtown St Louis MO