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December 2009

Our Latest Kitchen Remodeling in St. Louis County

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Need Someone to Hang Your Plasma TV? Andy Can!

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Need someone to Hang Your Plasma TV? Andy Can!

Need Someone to Hang Your Plasma TV? Andy Can!

New Garbage Disposal, Fixed Hole Made by “Plumber”

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Plumbing Done Right!

He can even repair what YOUR husband “fixed”!

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Looks like Dr. Suess Plumbing was here!

St. Louis Home Repair Work

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St. Louis Handyman Does Electrical Work!

You Won’t Find Quality Like This Anywhere Else!

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Beautiful Tile Job!

St. Louis Handyman Remodels Bathrooms!

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After Andy's Remodeling Magic!

Handyman in St. Louis, Just Sold Another Stair Lift!

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Andy installing a stair lift in St. Louis County

Do you have an elderly loved one who needs a lift?

Helpful Handyman Tips From The St. Louis Handyman

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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.

How to Save $100 a Month on Utilities

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SAVE 100$ A MONTH IN UTILITY COSTS
COMPLIMENTS OF ANDY’S HOME & BUSINESS REPAIR

1) REVIEW EVERY LIGHT IN YOUR HOME. REPLACE THOSE HIGH WATT BULBS WITH THE NEW
WATT SAVERS, OR JUST LOWER THE BULB WATTAGE.

2) IN THE SUMMERTIME, KEEP YOUR AIR CONDITIONER COILS CLEAN, A DIRTY OUTSIDE UNIT CANNOT GET RID OF THE HEAT, AND THAT WILL COST YOU A LOT.

3) TURN YOUR WATERHEATER TEMPURATURE DOWN A NOTCH. IF YOUR WATERHEATER IS OVER TEN YEARS OLD, REPLACE IT. AN OLD WATERHEATER CAN HAVE MORE THAN AN INCH OF CALCIUM IN THE BOTTOM; IT IS LIKE HEATING THROUGH A ROCK.

4) KEEP YOUR FURNACE FILTERS CLEAN. GOOD AIRFLOW ALLOWS FOR GOOD HEAT/ COOL TRANSFER.

5) HAVE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT INSTALLED. THEY ARE EASY TO USE AND AFFORDABLE.

6) SET YOUR WATER FLUSH LEVELS AS LOW AS POSSSIBLE IN TOILETS. IF YOU HAVE THE 15-YEAR-OLD “BIG GULP” CHANGE IT OUT FOR THE NEW EFFECIANCY MODEL.

7) KEEP YOUR CLOTHES DRYER LINT TRAP CLEAN. ELECTRIC CLOTHES DRYERS CAN ALSO BE VENTED INSIDE DURING THE WINTER WITH A WATER VENT BOX INSTALLED. THIS KEEPS THE HEAT FROM ESCAPING THE HOME.

8) WASH CLOTHES IN COLD WATER WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

9) COVER THOSE HOT WATER LINES WITH PIPE INSULATION FOAM.

10) IF ANY OF YOUR GAS APPLIANCES HAVE THE CONSTANT PILOT LIGHT, GET RID OF THEM. ALL NEW GAS APPLIANCES ARE ELECTRIC START AND USE NO FUEL WHEN INOPERATIVE.

11) ALL OUTDOOR LAMPS SHOULD BE ON MOTION DETECTORS, NOT RUNNING CONSTANTLY.

12) COVER YOUR ROOF TURBINES WITH PLASTIC BAGS AND DUCT TAPE EVERY WINTER. ROOF TURBINES ARE FOR GETTING RID OF HEAT, NOT FOR KEEPING IT IN.

13) IF YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE INEFFECIANT, REPLACE WITH NEW. IF THIS IS NOT IN YOUR BUDGET, WINDOW KITS AND DRAPES WILL HELP.

14) HAVE YOUR ATTIC INSULATION CHECKED; YOU MAY NEED ADDITIONAL INSULATION ADDED TO YOUR ATTIC SPACE.

15) KEEP YOUR DISHWASHER ON COOL DRY SETTING (UNLESS IN A HURRY FOR CLEAN DISHES)

16) A FIREPLACE OR WOOD-BURNING STOVE IS AN EXCELLENT WINTERTIME HEAT SOURCE WHEN USED CORRECTLY. WOOD BURNING STOVES AND FIREPLACE INSERTS ARE WELL WORTH THE INVESTMENT.

17) KEEP SOME OIL BURNING LAMPS HANDY. IN AN EMERGENCY POWER OUTAGE, THEY CAN BE A GOOD SOURCE OF LIGHT AND HEAT.

18) RECYCLE. CUT DOWN ON YOUR TRASH PICK-UP TO ONCE A WEEK. SET UP CONTAINERS FOR ALUMINUM, PLASTICS, GLASS, PAPER, STEEL AND ALLOYS (COPPER, BRASS, STAINLESS STEEL.) MOST MUNICIPALITIES HAVE RECYCLE CENTERS.

19) MAKE A PATIO OR BACKYARD VEGETABLE GARDEN. GARDENS ARE AN EASY WAY TO CUT DOWN AT THE GROCERY STORE, WHILE ENJOYING LIFES BOUNTY.

20) MAKE A COMPOST BIN TO THROW AWAY UNWANTED VEGETATION, GRASS CLIPPINGS AND GARBAGE, THEN THROW COMPOST ON YOUR GARDEN.

21) RAIN WATER RETENTION BARRELS. ONE OR TWO WILL DUE. JUST HOOK-UP TO YOUR DOWNSPOUTS. THEN WHEN THINGS GET DRY, YOUR WATER IS FREE.

22) INSTALL A DRINKING WATER PURIFIER UNDER THE SINK. THIS WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED TO BUY BOTTLED WATER, AND WILL ENHANCE YOUR HEALTH.

23) DRIVE LESS. WHEN YOU PLAN YOUR DAY DRIVE IN A CIRCUIT AND ELIMINATE UN NEEDED TRIPS TO SAVE GAS.

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