Pool losing one fourth inch of water at night with Pump and Filter turned Off

A clear glass vase, on the first step in the pool, used to determine if it evaporation or some other kind of leak in the in-ground pool.

A clear glass vase, on the first step in the pool, used to determine if it was evaporation or some other kind of leak in the in-ground pool.

The square, clear glass vase that I used for pool water-loss testing.

The square, clear glass vase that I used for pool water-loss testing.

Recently I had my in-ground pool relined, and the plumbing from the skimmer to the pump and filter was also replaced. A few weeks after I had that done, I noticed that the water level in the pool had dropped drastically. I thought that it could be evaporation because the weather here in up state New York has been really hot. I filled the pool again, turned off the pump (so that there was not too much water movement) and marked the skimmer with a few pencil lines so I could see where the water level in the pool was. After doing that I still noticed that my pool, which doesn’t have a heater or any kind of water fall feature, was loosing about one fourth inch of water, every night, with the pump and filter turned off. After many days of seeing the water level drop, I called up the owner of the pool service that installed the liner, and he came back to take a look. The pool liner is guaranteed, by the manufacturer, for structural flaws such as holes and faulty seams so I thought it might be something like that. The pool man came back, did some different tests, and it was suggested that a diver come in and take a complete look over everything. Continue reading

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Bunny Williams new Studio at her Falls Village, Connecticut estate

Bunny's new studio on her and husband John Rosselli's Falls Village Connecticut estate.

Bunny Williams’ new studio on her and husband John Rosselli’s Falls Village, Connecticut estate.

Bunny Williams, author of the iconic coffee table book " An Affair with a House" and me, on the day of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days 2016 tour.

Bunny Williams, nationally known interior decorator and author of the iconic coffee table book ” An Affair with a House” and me, on the day of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days 2016 tour at her home.

Throughout the year, taste-makers extraordinaire, Bunny Williams and her husband John Roselli graciously open up their Litchfield County estate to help a number of charities. Recently my friend Marguerite and I visited Bunny and John’s bit of paradise, called the “Manor”, in north-west Connecticut, through the Garden Conservancy. For this blog post I will show you the “studio” which is the newest addition to their already spectacular property. Continue reading

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A Way to Garden…A Tour of Margaret Roach’s Columbia County Garden in Copake Falls, NY

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Margaret Roach and me at the June 2016 Garden Conservancy Open Day garden tour at her property in Copake Falls, NY.

Margaret Roach and me at the June 2016 Garden Conservancy Open Day garden tour at her property in Copake Falls, NY.

Since 1995 the Garden Conservancy has providing entrĂ©e into some of America’s most beautiful gardens with their Open Days Program. One of their most popular east-coast garden hosts is plants-women, author of three books, lecturer, past garden editor for Newsday magazine and then first garden editor, and later editorial director of Martha Stewart Living’s magazine, books and internet, national public radio talk show host and blogger, the multi talented Margaret Roach. For years now, on specific days, Margaret has opening her Copake Falls, NY property to garden lovers from far and wide. Recently my friend Marguerite and I made a trip to see Margaret’s 2.3 acres of paradise. I hope you enjoy my little tour. Continue reading

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Today Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com reached the point of having TWO MILLION page views/articles read

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Two photos of my computer screen showing the dashboard of my WordPress website.(click on photos to enlarge)

Two photos of my computer screen showing the dashboard of my WordPress website.(click on photos to enlarge)

Today, after 5 years of writing articles about gardening and interior decorating, my blog reached the point of having over 2 million page views/articles read. Looking at the above photos you will see that 1,133,893 visitors, over the past five years, looked at one or more of the 173 posts that I wrote, which when all added up by WordPress (I counted nothing) got me over the 2 million point.

Reaching the 2 million point for articles read was an interesting climb. Continue reading

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Coloring pages for Adults… Some Drawings of Living Rooms for Adults to Color.

Some Fred Gonsowski drawings of Living Rooms for Adults to download, print and then color.

Some Fred Gonsowski drawings of Living Rooms for Adults to download, print and then color.

Recently adult coloring books have become all the rage. Some people feel the process of coloring is the perfect way of showing their creativity side, while others think it’s great for unwinding.

If you are a follower of this blog, you know that I’ve made many drawings that are seen as the cover and companion illustrations for the posts. I’ve now decided to let you have the ability, for free, to show your creative side, or just relax, by coloring my original drawings, which were made especially for the readers of Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com. Continue reading

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It’s REALLY EASY to fill a Glass Dome with Easter Eggs, Christmas Ornaments, etc.

Arranging Easter Eggs and other things under a glass dome.

Arranging Easter Eggs and other things under a Glass Dome.

For the last few years glass domes have been all the rage. Whenever you pick up a shelter, gardening or cooking magazine, chances are that you will see one protecting, or should I say, showcasing something. It is easy to figure out how a dome was placed over a freestanding single item or two, but what if you have a bunch of Easter Eggs, or fancy glass Christmas tree ornaments that you want to display under a glass cover. This post tells how easy it is to do that Continue reading

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How to Make an Easter Egg Garland

Step-by-Step instructions for making an Easter Egg garland with plastic Easter Eggs.

Step-by-Step instructions for making an Easter Egg garland with plastic Easter Eggs.

An easy to do project for kids, Making an Easter Egg garland.

An easy to do project for kids, Making an Easter Egg garland.

Easter is almost here and plastic eggs are inexpensive and plentiful. How about this year adding an Easter Egg Garland to your seasonal decorations. The bright-colored and happy looking garland can be swagged on a fireplace mantel, as seen in the two cover photos for this post. It could also be used in the dining room on the table, running straight down the middle or snaked around the centerpiece and candles; the egg garland would also look nice on a sideboard. Another place to decorate with the egg garland is in a kids room. What fun it would be to hang it around a window(s), the inside door frame of the bedroom, or even see it hung around the headboard. Outside the Easter Egg Garland could be wrapped around a light post, or draped around the front door. Right inside the front hall, a really long egg garland could be attached to the staircase banister, held in place with bright colorful ribbons. Where you place the egg garland depends on your imagination. This post shows you how easy it is to make. Continue reading

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