July 2009

The Next Big Trend in Housing

July 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Is the next big thing in housing really smaller houses? The median size of new single family houses sold in the US has increased 42% during the past 20 years. From 1650 square feet to 2335 square feet in 2007.
But a closer look at the data shows that this trend has not held steady throughout from year to year. Decreases occurred in 1981-1982, 1995, and 2007-2008, and I expect house sizes to decrease even further this year and next, while the economy remains sluggish. In addition, with the $8000.00 first time home buyer federal tax credit stimulus bringing more first time home buyers to the market, the trend toward smaller houses will probably continue. These changes are consistent and compatible with other emerging trends that appeal to new home buyers. Such as more walkable and diverse neighborhoods and green building practices. In fact, the smaller, smarter home can be considered a precursor to green building since, by definition, green homes require less material to build and less energy to heat and cool.
Another growing trend is people are staying in the homes they already own and fixing them up. New kitchens and bathrooms, adding on living space by finishing out the basement and adding a deck. This is good news to the St. Louis Handyman business. While other industries are struggling to stay afloat, we are haveing a bumper year. And it looks like this trend will likely continue. With people finding it difficult to sell their house in this depressed market, they are turning to remodeling and repair companies to fix up what they already have. The houses that are being built are becoming smaller and often have an open floor plan to offer more space while still staying small.
Will house sizes continue to decrease once the housing market stabilizes? Demographics make a strong argument for the affirmative, since the average household size is continuing to shrink.

The St. Louis Handyman Play’s “Name That Tool!”

July 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Name That Tool
My objective is to generate referrals, but I also like to have some fun. Here’s how you can help with the referrals, and then we’ll play “Name That Tool”. Doug, Christine & Sam, if you meet anyone that needs home inspection repairs, or Greg, if you see a broken down deck or fence, or Marilyn someone who needs their doors raised because they drag the carpet, or Brenda when someone wants to build-out their property and needs the pipes moved, or Mark when someone needs new window, and Art when someone needs termite repair, and the rest of you, when your friends or neighbors need help with their home improvement projects, please give them my card and a referral. Thanks, now lets have some fun!
Get out paper and pencil to keep your score. One point for each correct answer and 5 points for each bonus.

1) What is the name of this kind of saw? A) Cross-cut saw
What does Andy call it? A) Jaws

2) What is this tool called? A) Nail Puller
What does Andy call it? A) Stupid Stick
3) This is called a ? A) Level
What does Andy call it? A) Bubble Maker

4) This is not a ladder but a ? A) Stool
What does Andy call it? A) Midget Enhancer

5) This is a piece of ? A) Oakum
What do I call it? A) Dreadlock

6) This is a ? meter? A) Voltage
What does Andy call it? A) Sparky

7) What kind of pliers? A) Flat Nose
What does Andy call it? A) Pigmy Pliers

8) This is a ? A) Steel File
What is actual brand name? A) Fat Bastard

And this is all you have to know to work with Andy!

Be Good To Your Mother.

July 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

At Andy’s Home and Business Repair we are very conscious of our effect on mother earth. With every remodeling or repair project we perform, the end result is always a beautiful job, but also a truck load of debris. In this aspect we are very different than most other companies.
When your project is completed ours begins. We sort through the end result, dividing for recycling. Plastics, reusable lumber, paper, steel, fasteners, aluminum, brass, copper and concrete. We sort it all; not much for the landfill is our end result. Not only do we respect your home, but we also respect OUR home, mother earth. It’s just another reason why we are St. Louis’ number one handyman service. We make YOUR space a better place!

Tips on Safe Medication Storage and Disposal From the Handyman in St. Louis

July 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Safe Medication Storage at Home

Appropriate storage of medications, vitamins and supplements in the home is essential for their proper use and safety. Storing medications properly is especially important in homes with small children, elderly or disabled family members, or in homes where children or grandchildren may visit. Keeping your medications stored properly will also keep medications in the physical condition that helps them work best for you. Here are a few simple steps you can use at home to help you store your medication appropriately.
Clean Out the Clutter

At least once a year, you should check the labels on all of your medications. Medications that are past their expiration date, that have a change in color, smell, texture, or medicines that you are no longer taking should be disposed of properly. Expired medications may not work as well for you, or may even be harmful. All medications kept in storage should be in-date, clearly labeled and stored in their original containers. Never combine different medications into a single bottle. If you ever find a bottle of pills without a label, throw out the contents. Medications that are in-date and taken as directed by your doctor will work the best for you, and will have the lowest risk of side effects.
A Place for Everything

Storing your medications in the correct environments ensures that they will stay in the best condition to be the most effective for you. Some medications need to be refrigerated, while others should be protected from light. Check with your pharmacist if you are not sure. Most tablets, capsules, creams, lotions, or liquids are best kept in a cool, dry place at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F. Avoid keeping medicines in direct sunlight, and avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures as well as humidity. For these reasons, it is generally not a good idea to store your medications in a bathroom medicine cabinet or in the kitchen. It is also not a good idea to leave your medications in your car for long periods of time, which can become either very hot or very cold depending on the time of day. Never carry your medications in your pocket, where your body heat can damage them. Your pharmacist can help you determine the best storage conditions for your medications.
Special Considerations for Kids

Purses, the pocket of a jacket, or a pillbox are places where a child can easily find your medication, possibly resulting in poisoning. If medications must be carried in a purse or jacket, keep them in a secure pillbox, and never carry more than you need for the day. In your own home, keep all medications securely locked in a childproof cabinet. All medications should be stored in tightly closed child-resistant packaging. For those who require non-safety caps on the medicine bottles, be certain to keep these vials out of the reach of children and grandchildren who may be visiting. If you witness a child swallowing any of your medicines, contact the National Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
How Should I Dispose of My Medicine?

Studies show that pharmaceutical waste is present in the water we use and that certain drugs may harm our environment. Unfortunately, there are no waste treatment plants in the United States that are engineered to remove potentially harmful drugs from sewage. With this in mind, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy came up with the first consumer guidelines for the proper disposal of prescription medications in February 2007. The guidelines say that if you need to dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired medications you may:

* take the drugs out of their original containers and throw them in the trash
* as an extra precaution, mix the drugs with coffee grounds or kitty litter or some other undesirable substance, then put them in an empty can or sealed bag before throwing them out.

Federal guidelines say do not flush drugs down the toilet. The only exception is if the drug’s instructions specifically tell you to flush them down the toilet. Pharmacies, water districts, or solid and hazardous waste agencies may sponsor take back programs to which you can bring unused medications. Check locally with these agencies or with your pharmacy for more information.

After getting rid of all the outdated pills you don’t need anymore, you’ll have plenty of space for those that you do.

Editorial Note: This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment from a health care provider. Like any printed material, it may become out-of-date over time. Read About our Health Content for more information.

A Sweet Deal from the St. Louis Handyman!

July 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

What kind of candy do you want?

We are Andy & Terri McDonnell of Andy’s Home & Business Repair. We do Carpentry, Plumbing, Light Electrical, and Air-conditioning & Heating work.

A good referral for us is a homeowner who discovers “termite mounds” and needs some repairs, or someone who’s house is so cold it’s “zero” in here, and needs a new furnace, or someone who wants new plumbing fixtures because the old ones have “goobers” in them, or the lucky one who inherited $100,000.00 and wants to remodel their kitchen and bathrooms! Our deals are really sweet. Keep us in mind.

Andy’s Home & Business Repairs
We Make YOUR Space a Better Place!

The St. Louis Handyman on Living Green

July 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Conserve energy, live healthier, save money. These are all ideals Americans should strive for. But it’s tough to make a case for buying bottled water. After all, the bottle has come to represent waste and worry. From production cost, to concerns about leaching chemicals in the landfill. Still, the convenience and taste make an alluring combination. How can you get both without adding to a growing problem?
The simplest and least expensive way to filter you home’s water is with a pitcher or drinking bottle equipped with an integrated filter, usually under $25.00. The next step up is purifying the water at the kitchen sink. This requires a point of use system, and can be installed by the St. Louis handyman for a small fee. It mounts under the sink and is attached to your faucet spout. They range from $100.00 to $500.00 dollars and can be switched to unfiltered water as needed. A whole house water treatment system allows you to brush your teeth with pure water, but keep in mind you’ll also be using it to flush toilets-at a cost of several thousand dollars for some systems.
If cold portable drinking water is your main goal, a refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser may meet your needs. Andy, the handyman in St. Louis, can install a filter that is in line with your ice-maker and water dispenser to your refrigerator. They are relatively inexpensive. Which ever approach you choose, use a refillable bottle made of stainless steel, considered to be the most eco-friendly option. These are some clear choices that all of us can use to live green,cut down on trash, conserve energy, live healthier and save money!!! :)

When the Job’s a Bear (From the St. Louis Handyman)

July 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

So you need someone to come over and repair what your husband “fixed” or you need some contractor that does meticulous work. You don’t accept mediocrity when excellence is available! Then you are our kind of customer! Whether it is for a plumber, a carpenter, a handyman, drywall repairs, HVAC or termite damage repairs. Andy’s Home & Business Repair we are a FULL service repair & remodeling company, serving your community for over 10 years, providing the very best in home remodeling and handyman services in the St. Louis and surrounding areas. So when the job is a real bear, call the panda man. Andy’s Home and Business Repair. We make YOUR space a better place! But remember to always look for the panda bear.

Plumber in St. Louis, on Recycling…

July 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever had your plumbing fixtures replaced? You know, a new dishwasher, washing machine, or kitchen sink etc…? Ever wonder what happens to the old one?
I don’t know about other companies, but here at Andy’s Home and Business Repair everything gets recycled. We have several bins for recycling. One has copper scraps. Another has brass scraps. We have one for aluminum, plastic, paper and even steel. Almost nothing goes to waste. Even our cat’s food cans get recycled!
Most community’s have recycling places you can bring your scraps to. Some will even pay you cash money for your recyclables. So why would you throw it away? We must think about the future and re-use as many resources as possible to preserve this planet.
Also did you know that Andy heads-up a “no littering campaign” in our community? MO say’s No to trash! Please help to keep America beautiful by putting trash in it’s place. Twice a week we walk our neighborhood with a trash bag and a litter picker-upper. If anyone would like idea’s to start your own anti-litter campaign in your neighborhood just shoot me an e-mail and I will help you get started. Till then keep recycling and call the St. Louis Plumber when you need help.

Handyman in St. Louis on Cellphone Recycling

July 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

When consumers upgrade to the latest model of cellphone, they rarely recycle their old handsets. If they did, we could reduce hazardous waste in landfills and save enough manufacturing energy to power more than 18,500 U.S. households for a year, according to the EPA, which estimates that just 10% of the million cellphones replaced each year are recycled.
Cellphones can contain dangerous substances like lead and chromium, as well as valuable metals like copper and easily reusable plastics. Industry officials have been trying for years without success to get consumers to recycle their old phones. Now, the government is getting involved. At least 19 states have enacted laws regarding the disposal of electronic devices, a trend the industry fears will lead to a patchwork of regulations, including some that would make manufacturers responsible for their products from cradle to grave. Some of the biggest cellphone makers-Nokia, Motorola, LG, Sony, Ericsson, and others-are working with the EPA to encourage recycling.
Why are consumers so reluctant to recycle cellphones? Apparently, size matters. It’s not like a giant computer screen or television that’s taking up space in the garage. Cellphones can be dropped off for recycling at virtually any service provider’s location. Yet it is estimated that more than 1 billion used cellphones have made their way into landfills or are collecting dust in America’s closets and drawers.
The St. Louis Handyman thinks we should all make a concerted effort to live green and recycle whenever possible. This includes cellphones. Remember, for every recycled item, you are preserving America for future generations. Think Green! Recycle!

Handyman in St. Louis Ask’s……….

July 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Are your drains leaking?
Are your faucets flowing?
Do you smell gas?
Is your air conditioner working well?
Do you have storm, termite or water damage?
Do you have a predication list from the city inspector?
Do you want to add space or simply improve the space you have?
If the answer is yes, then you need to call us. We can repair and replace just about everything in and around your house or office.
So large or small, just give us a call. We are the best handyman service in St. Louis, and we make YOUR space a better place!

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