Ever-Growing List Of Small Home Repairs?

Human beings are not only creatures of habit, we tend to be an extremely adaptable species.  For proof, look no further than your own house.

The odds are there are several small items in need of repair that you have put off fixing, and in the process, you’ve learned to work around the inconvenience they present.  In fact, you’ve put up with the situation so long that, most of the time, it doesn’t even seem like a problem any longer.  For example:

  • The wobbly towel rack that’s worked its way loose from the wall
  • The warped drawer that’s difficult to open or close
  • The sliding shower door that’s come off of its track
  • The ripped screen in the screen door
  • The cracked floor tile in the entryway
  • The “ding” in the wall caused when a piece of furniture banged against it

Without even thinking about it, you’ve become accustomed to stepping over or around the cracked tile.  You brace yourself in order to tug extra hard when you need to open the drawer.  You’ve stopped using the wobbly towel rack altogether.  You’ve moved a chair in order to conceal the damage to the wall.

You’ve told yourself that any one of these jobs is just too small to worry about right now.  You’ll get around to fixing all of them one of these days.  But more days go by, and instead, the list has just gotten larger.  You could probably go along like this for quite a while, finding new ways to live with the problems.  But, as with so many things in life, these situations don’t go away, or get better on their own.  It’s time to address them head-on.  You either need to set aside the time to handle the repairs on your own, or call in an expert.

That’s where Handyman Matters can come in, well… handy.  Their qualified craftsmen can handle more 1,162 home repair projects, large and small.  You tend to consider calling in an expert when you have one big job that needs fixing.  But why not bring in someone to tackle the half-dozen or more “honey-do” items that have been stacking up around your house?  In a single visit, a Handyman Matters craftsman can address the many little and mid-sized repair projects that have disrupted the orderly flow of life around your home.

Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or go to www.handymanmatters.com where you can enter your zip code to find the phone number of the office that serves your area.

Planning Your Spring Gardening And Landscaping

It’s that time of year when cabin fever sets in, and we’re impatiently waiting the arrival of spring.  We start making plans for our yard and garden in anticipation of the warmer months. We consult home and garden magazines, watch HGTV programs, and just generally daydream about how spectacular our flowerbeds and walkways are going to look this season.

The tendency is to dream big or unrealistically when we see what other people have achieved.  It’s fine to go all out if that’s what you want, but you should be armed with all the best information before you start spending time and money on the plants and trees you thought looked prettiest in somebody else’s yard.

Here are questions to ask yourself before you actually start turning up the soil on your property.

How much time am I actually going to be able to devote to maintaining my garden once it’s in place?  Will weeds get out of hand, or plants wither, because I don’t have the time to keep up with the yard work?

Am I looking at plants native to where I live? How big will they grow?  How much rainfall can I expect, and what are the temperature ranges in my area?  What kind of plants can my soil support?

Perhaps the single most important determination to make is the primary function you desire from your yard.  Do you have kids who will be playing there a lot?  Do you like to barbecue or host a lot of events?  Do you view your yard as your “quiet space,” a spot for reading, reflection, or perhaps bird watching?  The answers to these will shape the kind of yard that works best for you.

Additional things to take into consideration before breaking ground or making any big purchases is to determine how much sunlight and/or wind your proposed garden area will receive.  Ditto for placing a new patio or barbecue pit.  If your proposed area for a patio will have your guests sitting in shade in late September, or in direct sun in mid July, it might be good to re-think those plans.

A good landscaper can help you make those kinds of decisions, and a friendly employee at your local nursery or home improvement store can guide you to informed choices for the plants that will thrive in your garden’s soil and surroundings.  And, of course, the qualified craftsmen at your local Handyman Matters office are happy to help you construct the deck, patio and yard of your dreams.  Call 1(866)FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code at www.handymanmatters.com to find the location nearest you.

Types Of Shower Doors For A Bathroom Remodel

A focal point of any bathroom is the tub or shower, so when planning a bathroom remodel, it’s important to take into consideration how you may want to “change up” a shower door to its best effect.

Shower doors primarily fall into two types:  Bypass doors and pivot doors.

Bypass Shower Doors

Bypass are also known as sliding doors, and consist of 2 or 3 panels that slide past each other on tracks situated at the bottom and top of a shower unit.  They take up less space, which is why they tend to be the most popular.

Bypass doors are also more of a challenge to clean and to keep clean, as the tracks tend to collect water, soap and other debris, creating an environment where mold and mildew can grow, so they require more frequent maintenance.  If you’ve had this type of arrangement in your bathroom for a while, it might be time to consider making a switch.

Pivot Shower Doors

Pivot doors—also called hinged or swinging doors—generally take up more space and therefore are generally utilized in larger bathrooms.  It is possible, however, to mount them so that they open inward, although this is often less practical.

A less commonly seen shower door is the rounded type.  This is curved glass, operating on a hinge, just as pivot doors do.  These work well fitted into corner spaces in smaller enclosures.

Most shower doors are framed, the glass surrounded by an aluminum or composite casing, and these latch into a track.  The more modern trend is toward frameless doors which require less upkeep and fit well into contemporary bathroom design.

Types of Glass For Shower Doors

There are a variety of choice in the types of glass available in shower doors:

  • Clear glass is most popular.  It allows light to penetrate and lessens any sense of feeling confined in a too-small space.
  • Frosted glass provides a stronger sense of privacy and is available in different colors, designs and patterns.
  • Rain glass is textured on just one side, smooth on the other, and offers the same features as frosted glass.
  • Tinted glass provides a sense of privacy and comes in such a wide variety of colors that it’s easy to choose one that will complement the décor of the rest of the bathroom.

Do I Need A Shower Door?

Some modern bathroom designs eliminate the need for a shower door altogether.  There are many wraparound shower ideas that incorporate block glass and stone or tiled walls separating the enclosure from the rest of the room.  These lend the bathroom a more open or expansive feel, and they are easier to enter and exit than through a standard shower door.

Need Help?

Ultimately, the ideal shower set-up for your home is the one that finds an ideal compromise between function and your personal taste—what looks good and feels right for your bathroom?  Consult with your local Handyman Matters office where their craftsmen are happy to listen to your ideas and share their expertise.  Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code at handymanmatters.com to schedule a service call or to get more information about our services.