May 2009

Backyard Pool Precautions

May 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Adding a pool to your backyard can be an investment in fun, but along with the good times comes a major responsibility to make sure your family, friends and neighbors are safe. Pool safety is something that everyone needs to take seriously.
A fence is a must to ensure child safety around a pool. Make sure your fence is at least six feet tall and difficult to climb. If you don’t like the look of a fence, you may want to reconsider adding a pool to your yard. Fences are the best way to ensure safety.
You can soften the look of a fence by adding vines to grow over the surface. Avoid bordering the fence with trees or shrubs, because they could provide an easy boost for curious children to climb over the fence. Keep the door or gate leading to your pool locked at all times.
Be sure to keep rescue equipment easily accessible around the pool. It is also a good idea to have someone in your household learn CPR and be trained in how to rescue a swimmer if it should become necessary.
Develop a plan for what to do in case of an emergency and teach it to your children. Also establish some rules for the pool, including no pushing or rough play in or near the pool, children should not be allowed near the pool without adequate supervision and never swim immediately after drinking, eating or taking medication.
These are just a few suggestions to consider if you are thinking about installing a backyard pool. Make sure that your backyard is a safe place to have fun. Call us for your fence installation.
Helpful tips from St. Louis’ premier handyman, Andys Home And Business Repair. Have a great summer!

Cedar Deck in St. Louis, By The Best Handyman Ever!

May 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Don't you just love the smell of cedar?

Who Needs a Stair Lift?

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Andy installing a stair lift in St. Louis County

The Handyman Can!

May 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Who can fix the plumbing?
The furnace and a/c?
Who can patch the drywall and do the carpentry?
The handyman can and he fixes it with skill to make it all look good.
The handyman takes
Everything that breaks
Around your house or in your business,
Uses his skills to repair or replace
Everything that he fixes!

So who fix the plumbing?
The furnace and a/c?
Who can patch the drywall
And do the carpentry?
The handyman can and he fixes it with skill to make it all look good!

Andy’s Home and Business Repair, best handyman service in St. Louis County!

What’s New in St. Louis Handyman Service?

May 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We do Stairlifts.

Walk-in Bathtub

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We Can Make Your Bathroom Handi-cap Accessible.

St Louis Handyman – What’s popular?

May 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

When summer rolls around, any St Louis Handyman shops tend to get flooded with orders. As everyone prepares for backyard barbeques, family gathering, and overall outside fun, a lot of “around teh house tasks” become more apparent.

– Deck refinishing or repair

– Leaky ceilings (Yep, it’s rain season again!)

– Walls, flooring, and all those “little things” you keep telling yourself you’ll get fixed

Most of the jobs we’re called in to handle this time of year are outside. Deck repair work and fencing would have to fall in the #1 category for the spring and summer months. So what does this tell you? If you need a St Louis Handyman to help you get caught up before the guests start rolling in, give us call!

Andy’s Home And Business Repair – Your St Louis Handyman

Recent Deck Repair in St. Louis County

May 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Recent Deck Repair in St. Louis County

Helpful Household Hints for Spring Cleaning

May 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Helpful Household Hints From a Handyman in St. Louis

The great outdoors also needs a spring cleaning. You’ve cleared the dust covering the baseboards and bookshelves inside. But what about the mud, grime and mold that’s built up outside? Clean up your act by making your siding, garage and deck look like new.

1)    To wash and weed your patio in one blast, wait until the soil’s moist just after a rainstorm. A blast from the power washer will clean the surface and uproot weeds all at once. You’ll be all weeded out with no dirt under the fingernails in no time.
2)    A roller brush will remove most dust, dirt and lint from wire screening. No fuzzy logic here.
3)    For oil stains in your garage, lay several pages of newspaper on top of them. Saturate the paper with water and press flat against the floor. Read the comics while it dries.
4)    Rev up your car washing skills by using a kitchen string mop to wash the top, hood and trunk of your vehicle. Careful not to wax on, wax off. That comes next.
5)    Be careful while pressure washing windows. If the air’s a bit chilled, water more than 180 degrees can crack some types of glass. In any weather, a direct blast can shatter the glass. Think sprinkles, not monsoon.
6)    Don’t aim the power washer upwards when cleaning lap siding. It can drive water behind the siding and lead to divorce between siding and walls. It’s a real home-wrecker.
7)    And finally, remember to power wash off your deck. Wait for a dry day and start at the top and work your way down. Let it dry out a day or so before re-staining and sealing. Or to make your life easier, just call us for the work. We love working on decks. You might also need a few boards replaced. If you do, it is best to match cedar to cedar, or pressure treated to pressure treated lumber. This way you don’t look mismatched.

More Helpful Hints From the St. Louis Handyman!

May 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

More Helpful Hints From the St. Louis Handyman
Given the current housing market, many people are staying in their homes longer. And when something goes wrong, they’re learning to do repairs and maintenance themselves. Whether you’re freshening up to sell or looking to enjoy what you already have, here are simple how-tos for solving the most common problems.

Patch a Small Hole or Crack
If you have an old house-or can afford a fixer-upper-you may have some patching to do. Here’s how. Cover nearby floors and furniture with drop clothes to protect from dust. Carefully cut away any rough edges around the hole or crack with a utility knife sand gently and wipe away any dust. Measure a wall repair patch against the hole, allowing for a small overlap. For cracks, follow the same procedure using mesh repair tape. Cut the patch or tape with scissors and apply, adhesive side down, over hole or crack. Use a small puddy knife to apply a generous first coat of “mudd” (a.k.a. lightweight joint compound) above the patch or repair tape, then spread up and down, side-to-side, and corner-to-corner. Allow area to dry completely, about eight hours. Then sand with 80-grit sandpaper.
With a larger putty knife, apply a second coat of mudd to the entire area, using the same technique. Use fine sandpaper (150 grit) to sand area. Wipe any dust before priming and painting.

Open a Stuck Window
The best tool for this project is a pizza cutter! Carefully run the wheel of the pizza cutter around the perimeter of the window and apply lubricating spray in the side channels (the groove in the window frame). Use your fist to gently tap around the same area. Now open the window. Once you have it open, remember to clean the channels and apply lubricating spray again.

Unclog a Toilet
Clogs happen regularly, in homes new and old. When one occurs, immediately turn off the water supply to the toilet at the shut-off valve behind the toilet. Remember this rule of thumb: righty tighty, lefty loosey. Place a toilet plunger directly over the toilet drain hole (make sure there’s enough water to cover the plunger) and plunge rapidly 12 times. If it doesn’t work, repeat. If that fails, insert a toilet auger (around $10 at hardware stores) inside the drain hole. Maneuver the rubber tubing completely down the metal spring to avoid marring the bowl. Turn the handle clockwise until the entire spring has been fed through and reaches the obstruction into the drainage system or pull it out. Turn the shut-off valve back on and flush.

Clear Out a Garbage Disposal
When your garbage disposal is jammed, resist the urge to keep grinding whatever is in there. Instead, turn off the power to the appliance. Use a flashlight to view the obstruction, then use a tongs or long needle nosed pliers to remove it. Never put your hand inside a garbage disposal. Should that fail, turn off the power to the disposal at the wall switch and the main service panel. Insert an Allen wrench into the hole located on the exterior base of the disposal. Turn the wrench clockwise and counterclockwise until you can move it in a complete circle. This means the object has been dislodged. It has either gone into the drainage system or it is still inside the disposal and can be removed with tongs or needle nosed pliers. Once you remove the object, turn on the power at the main service panel. Locate the reset button at the exterior base of the disposal and press it. Turn on the cold water at the sink and flip the wall switch on for the disposal.

Weather-strip Your Windows and Doors
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a third of a home’s energy is lost through its windows and doors-and that’s when they are closed. Instead of replacing them, save money and energy by insulating with weather stripping. The easiest way to check for air leaks is using a piece of paper. Open the front door, put the piece of paper in the doorjamb and close the door. If you can pull the paper out easily, there’s an air leak. Try the same thing on the windows. When purchasing insulation, invest in a product that’s easy to install (such as rubber weather-stripping) and comes with a warranty. For a double-hung window, cut the weather stripping to size and peel off backing. Next, apply weather-stripping in the channel-the groove in the window frame-on the bottom of the sash on the lower window and in the upper window. Then apply the weather-stripping into the middle channel of the vertical jambs on both sides of the windows. To insulate an exterior door, apply weather-stripping to the doorjamb and to the top and bottom of the doorframe.