DIY or not?

Home maintenance and repair is so easily thought of as something that we can all just DIY. Right? Wrong! DIY might sound easy but then again anybody can paint a room, hang a gutter or cut a piece of trim right? Sure, why not! I’ll tell you why not. Now don’t be offended, I’m just going by experience here. You’re going to screw it up! I’m sorry, I know I just hurt your feelings, crushed your pride and have left you in a world of hurt and all because I was being honest. Home maintenance and repair is not something to take lightly. Ok yes there are some projects that you can do yourself, but please do some homework first. Many times we are asked to perform work that will take us two or three times longer because first we must remove the DIY’ers version of the installation before conducting the proper installation. Many times these removals creates more repair work than the original repair was before anything was done. Save your energy and your money (and sanity) and call a pro!

So what is a Home maintenance and repair pro? Well, a home maintenance and repair pro or a handyman is someone who not only has a vast array of tools and knowledge of how to use them but also has the experience to complete projects regardless of the obstacles and difficulties that may arise. So what tools then might this person have that you don’t have and that you will probably need to get the project done in a timely fashion. Well no matter where your project is located, whether it’s in Center Valley, Coopersburg, Bethlehem or Allentown you are going to need a saw. One left handed or one right handed circular saw. You may need a chop saw, radial arm with the ability to perform a dual compound miter. No problem! Ok how ‘bout a 12” mitering chop saw, reciprocating saw, scroll saw, jig saw, plum cut saw, jam saw, dove tail saw, box saw, carpenters saw, Japanese pull saw. Got those? Never know which one you’ll need! Good now let’s get the nails, hand nails, pneumatic nails, finish nails, framing nails, 1”, 2” 3” nails, sinkers, ring shanks, cut nails. Screws? Don’t even get me started! A Home maintenance and repair pro is someone who has all of these things and more at his (or her) fingertips and knows what they are for, how and when to use them and when and why not to use them. That is why you shouldn’t always DIY. If you have any questions about a project, need advice or are just plain stuck. Give us a call. We are always happy to answer a question.

 

Gutter Cleaning

Fall is here and in full swing. Once that last leaf hits the ground you’ll want to check your gutters and make sure that they are clear. A clogged gutter and a freezing rain are a lethal combination. Backed up gutters and ice dams wreak havoc and can cause major damage to the interior and exterior of your home. At the least you can end up with a damaged gutter pulling away from your fascia; at the worst you could be replacing siding, sheathing, sheet rock, insulation and the list can go on.

Several local companies offer gutter guards and gutter caps. These systems keep gutters clear by allowing only rain water into the gutter trough, deflecting leafs and debris. There are also off the shelf versions that you can install on your own.

Checking that your downspouts are clear so that the runoff doesn’t back up is another important step. If downspouts become blocked the deluge of water in a heavy rain is sure to back up and find its way into your home.

Finally, ensure that your splash guards are secure and effectively diverting the storm water to the proper areas. If splash guards are missing the result is poor drainage, heavy erosion and the increased chance of storm water intrusion into your home.

If you’re unsure of the effectiveness of your gutters, downspouts, splash blocks or just have a general question about these things. Please give us a call. We’re always glad to answer a question.

Media room Drop ceiling

Here are a couple of pics of the ceiling recently installed in a customers basement game room. Let us know how we can help you, and pass our name onto your freinds. Thanks !

Toilet Repair

Toilet repair 

I’m often asked if it’s a simple task to repair a leaky or running toilet. The answer is, it can be, but not always. Follow the link and watch the video and see whats involved. If it looks like something you want to do, Great! If not, give us a call, we’re here to help.

Data Networking

Here are a few pics of a Data/Networking rack that we recently installed in a customers home.

Thank you

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