August 2010

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Companies find fix-it business handy – timesfreepress.com

on August 25, 2010 No comments

News from our Chattanooga franchise.

Companies find fix-it business handy – timesfreepress.com

If you are in need of having work completed around you home then contact your local ANDY OnCall® office. You can find their number on our website. http://www.andyoncall.com/locator/

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Add New Flooring In Your Home

on August 17, 2010 No comments

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There are a variety of options available, however, two of the best choices for cost-efficient, easy to maintain flooring are tile, and pre-finished hardwood floors.

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Benefits of Tile Floors

  • Cost Effective – If you take into consideration the price and the longevity of the tile, you’ll find that you get the best possible deal when you go with tile.
  • Easy to Maintain –While it does require some maintenance, it is very easy to keep up.
  • Very Durable – If you need to add flooring in an area that gets a lot of traffic or you need something that is strong and resilient, tile is going to be our answer

Benefits of Pre-finished Hardwood Floors

  • Cost Effective – Although they may seem to be a bit more expensive, you will save money after you consider all the added steps involved in installing unfinished hardwood flooring.
  • Easy to Install – Since they come already sanded and coated, there is minimal clean up after installation
  • Very Durable – Pre-finished floors are sanded 3 times, and coated 8 times w/aluminum oxide which is optimal for common wear and tear in homes
  • Easy to Maintain – The coating protects the surface and acts a a shield from scratches, burns and spills which makes wiping and mopping much easier.
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Maintaining Your Wood Fence

on August 17, 2010 No comments

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Wood is vulnerable to nature’s punishments. Sun, wind, rain and
freezing all subject wood fences to a terrific beating.

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Tips To Extend the Life of Your Fence

  • Inspect your fence for loose and rotting wood at least once a year, paying particular attention to where posts go into the ground. Wood posts that weren’t properly treated and set in concrete typically rot away at ground level.
  • Adjust gates that drag on the bottom, don’t latch, etc. Use a turnbuckle tension cable to lift a sagging gate.
  • Replace loose nails with exterior grade screws. Replace stripped screws with bolts that go through both sides of the fence.
  • Use rot-resistant lumber like cedar and pressure-treated pine to resist rot and insects.
  • Clean and seal wood every few years. Rent a pressure washer to power spray dirty and rotten wood with a diluted chlorine solution. Then, apply a water repellant sealant. If spraying, do it when there is no wind to avoid overspray. Safer yet, apply sealant with rollers.
  • Keep plants trimmed back so your fencing dries quickly after a rain.
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Home Safety Checklist

on August 17, 2010 No comments

Things you need to have a safe home:

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  • Deadbolt locks and heavy-duty strike plates
  • Outdoor security lighting that is timer or motion-detector controlled
  • Carbon monoxide alarms & smoke detectors on every level or your home
  • Window treatments free of dangling cords if small children are present
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Childproof safety latches on cabinets that contain cleaning materials
  • Electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters
  • Individual shut-off valves for each gas appliance
  • List of emergency numbers located prominently near the phone
  • Grab bars within easy reach in each tub and shower stall
  • Shatter-resistant faucet parts with no sharp edges
  • Anti-scald shower/tub water controls
  • Up-to-date first-aid kit
  • Fire-escape ladder (if bedrooms are above main levels)
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Screened Porches Add Value To Your Home

on August 17, 2010 No comments

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The screened porch provides a place to relax outdoors without
having to pay attention to the barbarian bug population.

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Benefits Of A Screened Porch

  • Adds a versatile addition to any home
  • Changes a mediocre home into a vibrant one
  • Creates an eye-catching focal point for your home
  • Adds aesthetic beauty, value and security to your home
  • Makes your home feel more spacious
  • Provides shelter from the elements
  • Acts as a barrier to noise
  • Acts as a barrier to intruders
  • Creates an oasis for a private retreat to pause from a hectic life
  • Allows you to entertain more often with friends & family
  • Allows your kids to play outside while keeping them safe
  • Enclose a gazebo, deck or patio
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature without the burden of outdoor discomforts
  • Exercise outdoors while still in the privacy of your own home
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Let Us Install Your Custom Play Equipment

on August 17, 2010 No comments

HandymanParents and children alike recognize the value of play. Parents want their children to have a safe and secure play environment. Children want… well, children want to have a good time.

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Custom Play Equipment

Things to consider before installation:

  • Tailor your playground equipment to your available space, your personal budget and your children’s favorite activities and interests.
  • Change or add accessories as toddlers become adolescents. Swings, rings, slides, towers, climbing walls, sandboxes, ladders and more are available.
  • Before the play set is assembled, remove rocks and other debris (as well as any additional obstructions) and level the area.
  • The ground underneath and around the play set need to be able to cushion the occasional fall.
  • Mulch is an excellent cushioning substance. Use a loose material like shredded bark or rubber mulch.
  • Keep an eye on the equipment regularly to make sure it remains safe — tighten loose bolts, replace any parts that may have rusted or become worn, make sure the ‘S’ hooks are closed (if applicable).
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Hiring a craftsman?

on August 6, 2010 No comments

Are you looking to hire someone to complete maintenance tasks, a remodel, or a project around your home? If so, then you will want to make sure you have the answer to these questions.

How long have they been in business? Are they a local business?

Are they qualified? Do they have a current business license or contractor’s license (if required)?

  • Have there ever been complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau?
  • What screening process do the craftsmen go through before working with the company?
  • Can they provide you with references of jobs similar to yours?
  • What guarantees or warranties are provided? Are they provided in writing?
  • Do they have proof of insurance?
  • Do they provide a written quote?
  • Are materials included? Or can they provide a list of needed materials so that you can have control of that expense?
  • What type of communication will you receive before, during, and after your job? How will you contact the craftsman working in your home during this same time if needed?
  • How quickly can they start to work on your project?

If you are in need of having work completed around you home then contact your local ANDY OnCall® office. You can find their number on our website. http://www.andyoncall.com/locator/

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