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Custom Designed Interiors..For Your Pets From St. Louis Handyman

April 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Homeowners love their pets and they also love a great design! We are increasingly being asked to design a floor plan with their pets in mind. Pet friendly designs in the kitchen, laundry room, mudroom and even outdoor spaces such as rooftops are increasingly popular. Here are a few remodeling ideas to get you started. Kitchen: if you have a small or medium sized pet, consider finding a spot in your kitchen to create a built-in eating station. Perhaps under the island, to create a stylish place for food and water bowls. Or use a large lower cabinet, remove the door and create a convenient, comfortable spot for a cozy bed. If your pet is a messy eater, keep the feeding station away most of the foot traffic. Water spills can be hazardous, but please remember to keep fresh water accessible all the time. Feeding stations for larger pets may be better suited for the laundry room or mudroom. Maybe turn an alcove under the steps into a nice little nook for Fido. If you have a separate laundry room, or mudroom, a convenient station for your larger pet can be under a boot bench. When storing your pet gear, look for opportunities to stash pet toys in a basket. Store pet food in a large glass container, instead of it’s regular packaging and you won’t mind the nibbles being on display. Homeowners are also adding pet washing stations in their laundry/mudrooms. An enclosed tiled area with an extended faucet can be used for baths, or simply a paw washing station. For you own custom design call us at Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. We would love to design a custom spot for YOUR Spot! We can handle the carpentry, tiling, plumbing etc. The best handyman in St. Louis!! We make YOUR space a better place! 314-307-8355

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Remedies to Fix a Broken Floor Tile

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Loose or broken floor tiles can be tricky. I hope you saved a few extra tiles so that one can be replaced if it gets broken. First you will need to remove the bad one. Use a hammer to break it up. (Be sure to wear safety goggles) Cover the area with an old towel so that the chips will be contained. Once the tile is broken into pieces, begin using a scraper to get all of the tile, grout and mortar out of the area. You will then use new mortar to set the new tile. Be sure to let the tile dry and set for a minimum of 24 hours. During this time make sure no one steps on it. (block off the area) Once the tile mortar is set you are ready to grout. Be sure to follow the directions on the grout, don’t use too much water, this can cause it to crack in a short period. Mix the grout and wait for a short period before mixing again. Then apply the grout. It is a good idea to use an old paint brush and wipe the area around the tile with a small amount of water, so that when the new grout is applied the dry areas surrounding it don’t take the moisture out of the grout. Again, keep the area blocked off for at least 24 hours. That should do the trick. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the repair, you can always call on us here at Andy’s Home and Business
Repair. St. Louis premier, professional handyman service.

Homes at Risk For Termites

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter is upon us but it’s not too soon to be thinking about termite damage. Prolonged cold, snow and ice can create the perfect environment for termites. Ice dams are one of the most troublesome winter related problems, according to the National Pest Management Association. An Ice dam is a ridge that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining properly. The melting snow backs up behind this dam and can leak into your home, causing water damage to ceilings, walls,insulation, and drywall and providing enough moisture to attract termites as they begin to emerge at the first signs of spring. Termites are known as silent destroyers because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant damage has been done to the structure. Even more problematic is termite property damage, which according to NPMA accounts for at least 5 Billion dollars each year, is not covered by homeowners insurance. Depending on the extent of the destruction, homeowners can be faced with large repair bills. Before the ground warms and termite swarms emerge in search of a new structure to feast on, homeowners should take necessary steps to ensure winter hasn’t done a number on their homes and left them vulnerable to pest problems in the spring. Many construction companies either won’t work on termite damage because it is very dirty work, or they just don’t have the know how to repair this damage. If you discover termite damage, call Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. We have been repairing this kind of damage since 1999. Some tips on how to prevent ice dams are as follows. 1) Promptly clear snow off roofs before it freezes and becomes harder to remove. 2) Install snow and ice shields on the roof. 3) Clean out gutters and install gutter guards. 4) Cover an attic or house fan during winter. 5) Repair fascia and rotted shingles. 6) Add insulation to the attic rafters and ceiling. 7) seal and insulate HVAC ducts. 8) Install chimney flashing to prevent leaks. 9) seal gaps around electrical cables and vent pipes. 10) Install eave and soffit vents to circulate cold air.
For all of your home repair needs, call Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc. St. Louis Handyman extraordinaire. But please, make sure the termites are gone first.

We are Super Service Award Winners!

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Andy’s Home and Business Repair Inc.

Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
 
Andy’s home and Business Repair Inc. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
 
We are proud to accept this award in 3 catagories. Handymen, Doors and Remodeling
 
“Only about 5 percent of the Remodeling/Handymen companies in CITY/MARKET have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
 
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on  HYPERLINK “http://AngiesList.com” AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Home Improvement Tips For Small Homes From The Handyman In St. Louis

January 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Urban living is on the rise. As of 2010 more than half of all people live in an urban area. By 2030 it is anticipated that six out of every ten people will be living in a city, according to the World Health Organization. But no matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space. A few simple adjustments can help you open up your living spaces to create more room.

The Living Room: Choose furniture that is appropriate for the amount of space available. Measure your space before purchasing furniture. Too large of a couch can cramp a room and make it seem even smaller. I have made this mistake myself.  Avoid sofas with skirts and instead select couches that are raised off the floor. Select coffee and end tables that have an open frame. A strategically placed mirror can create an illusion that your room is much larger than it really is. The same goes for lack of clutter. Keep your small space organized. Remember, less is more!

Storage: Use creative storage solutions to make more space. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a trunk is a great place to store photos and magazines. A jacket rack with a key ring holder in your foyer is a creative way to create space.

The Kitchen: The kitchen is often the heart of the home, particularly if you entertain a lot or like to cook. It can get over crowded with excessive gadgetry rather quickly. Consider highly functional appliances that have multiple uses. For example a built-in microwave that is equipped with inverter technology. This gives the ability to function like an oven and ensures every dish is cooked evenly, while opening up coveted counter space.

The Bathroom: Give the illusion of space by decorating with neutral or pastel colors on the floors and walls. Save the bolder colors for accents on towels or ornamental pieces. When remodeling your bathroom use white floor and wall tile to make it look bigger.

Throughout The House: Ensure you have lighting at floor, table and even eye level to help eliminate shadows. Another trick is to use a tall floor lamp to draw the eyes upward and add height to the room. A small home is no excuse for feeling cramped. With a few interior design strategies in place, you can make even the smallest space feel larger in size.

Finally, for all your home improvements or home repairs remember to call Andy’s Home and Business Repair. We Make YOUR Space a Better Place!

 

 

Would You Spend 5 Minutes and $10.00 to Save $1000.00?

March 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are interested in not having to spend $1000.00 on a repair, you might invest five minutes of your time in the bathroom. Look for any gaps in the caulking (below the bottom row of tile and the tub or shower pan, and along the grout.) A small hole can cause more problems than you may think. But because you want to make sure these problems do not happen, lets talk about simple prevention. A small hole in the grout will allow water from the shower to get in. It may not be much at first, but chances are the damage is already begun. Water getting to the drywall behind the tile will damage the drywall, even if it is “water resistant” drywall. When drywall continues to get wet, it has a consistency of something like wet cardboard. When it gets to that point, the tile won’t be able to stick to it any longer and your shower wall will feel soft and moving somewhat. At this point the only thing keeping tiles from falling down is the small amount of grout that surrounds them. But, this won’t last long and the tiles will begin falling. Let’s say that the bottom row of tile has fallen out. You can’t just glue the tiles back in. The drywall is damaged and won’t hold onto the tiles. So, the drywall is destroyed on the bottom row, chances are it is damaged on the row above as well. That means tiles have to come off about two or three rows above so that the drywall can be replaced. Once this is done, you’re ready for new tile. You really shouldn’t try to use the old tile (unless you are Andy, the St. Louis Handyman) because the old mortar on the back of the tile has to be completely flat to get it to lie perfectly. When you get several tiles that don’t lie perfectly flat, you are going to have a messy looking wall. Unless you are a seasoned professional (like Andy, the St. Louis Home Repair expert) that leaves only one alternative: replace the old tiles with matching ones. If the tiles were installed years ago, you may have a difficult time trying to find matches. That leaves you with the alternative, remove and replace all the tiles. You can see where this is going. If your wall has deteriorated this far, and has to be removed, this is a good time to go ahead and replace the shower valve. Chances are, if it is old, it’s already leaking into the wall behind the drywall. Then it is necessary to replace the valve and start building the wall back up. Water resistant drywall should be used. Then glue the matching or new tile onto it. Then thoroughly grout, caulk and seal the wall. For an expert repair call Andy’s Home and Business Repair. We are the highest rated professional handyman service in the St. Louis area, and we can help.

Aging Safely in Your Own Home

March 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Remaining independent in your own home as you age often requires some adjustments to insure a safe environment. Home Safety Tips: Place frequently used items within reach and off high shelves. Remove potential tripping hazards: electrical cords, area rugs, loose carpet, etc. Inspect walkways and driveways and repair any trip hazards. Install ramps outside and inside your home where necessary. Remove clutter from high traffic areas. Install hand rails. Don’t use chairs with rollers or casters. Make sure all doors and windows are in good condition and have working locks. Program your phone with all emergency numbers and contacts. Install an emergency call system that can alert authorities in case of emergency. Lighting Safety: Illuminate edges of stairs. Install night lights throughout the home to light the way. Install outdoor security sensor lights for added security. Kitchen Safety: The safest place for a microwave oven is on a secure counter top, not above head level, to avoid injury to the face when hot items are removed. Keep regularly used items within easy reach, so climbing on a chair to reach them is not necessary. Replace cabinet and drawer handles with styles that are easier fro grasping. Bathroom Safety: Install non skid surfaces on the floors, shower and tub. Install grab bars near the toilet and tub. Install elevated toilet seats with armrests. Have shower/tub chairs accessible. Install a raised handicap toilet. Replace shower spigot with an easy to remove style. Set water heater at 120* or less to avoid scalding. Bedroom Safety: Move furniture with sharp corners or edges away from the bed in case of a fall out of bed. Install adjustable bed rails on one or both sides of the bed. Consider the height of the bed and the ease of which you can get in and out of it. Keep a flashlight on the bed stand.  Andy’s Home and Business Repair can help with the larger changes to the home. The changes may seem daunting, but they will be cost effective in the end, allowing the senior to stay in their own home. Andy’s Home and Business Repair, the highest rated St. Louis Home Repair company.

Home Disaster Checklist

November 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone should have a house check-up list. These are items that are looked at frequently around the house, at least once a year, and this checklist should be written down, so that you don’t forget. Each month, we list items you should do for the month, such as change furnace filters and change batteries in your smoke detectors.
While many people may have good intentions, sometimes these tasks may get put onto the back burner. However, this can be very costly. For example, each spring we repair a number of exterior hose bibs. No matter how many times we try to tell customers to disconnect their garden hose, it sometimes just doesn’t get done. So, in the spring, when these faucets get turned on, a sudden leak inside the house now becomes an emergency. Especially because the pipe is in the basement and the person is outside. You may not become aware of it until further damage is done.
Caulking and grouting of tubs is another area that some forget. An inexpensive tube of caulk or grout can save a very expensive repair or remodel. What usually happens is, water gets behind a wall at a grout joint, or gets behind a gap in the caulking. When water gets to the drywall it will become like wet cardboard. Because the tiles are glued to the drywall they will have nothing left to stick to and become loose and eventually fall off.
So now you have to take out tiles, repair the drywall, then re install the tiles and grout and caulk again. A big problem can occur when you can’t find any matching tiles and re using the old ones doesn’t work out well. So instead of spending $10 in caulk or grout, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in renovating your bathroom. If this does happen to you, this would be an excellent time to go ahead and replace the shower valve, while the wall is open.
That same $10 worth of caulk can also save an expensive door. When you are outside, looking at your door, look down at the threshold. Where the jambs or side-lights meet the ground and threshold, there should be caulk. If there isn’t, snow and water will sit there and eventually rot the wood away. Some entry doors are very expensive, so replacement would be a major expenditure.
So create a checklist and stick with it. Twice a year you should go through the house with this list in hand. It will probably only take about an hour, but the time and money it could save you is immense.

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