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14 Tips for Assembling IKEA Furniture

Boston Home Services are the pros in IKEA, but just in case you opt in to assemble your IKEA furniture yourself rather than hire a company or service professional we have compiled these tips to help you put together near-perfect IKEA furniture on your own:

1. Beforehand, determine where in your home you want to place your IKEA furniture. Assemble your IKEA item in or near that area to avoid having to move (and thus risk damaging!) your assembled IKEA furniture.

2. Be sure to clear plenty of working space for the IKEA furniture assembly.

3. Unpack the boxes, inventory and organize all parts and hardware, then throw away the boxes and debris. Maintain a neat and orderly work area throughout the IKEA furniture assembly to make the assembly go smoothly and to help keep you from feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.

4. Read through the IKEA assembly instructions BEFORE beginning the assembly. This will give you a sense of how your item is constructed overall, which in turn will assist you in spotting and resolving any issues that may arise during the IKEA furniture assembly.

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You may not want to take on that IKEA project yourself. We specialize in assembling furniture from IKEA.

5. Think critically about the various pictograms used (instead of words!) throughout the IKEA furniture assembly instructions.

6. Assemble your item according to the sequence laid out in the assembly instructions. It is very important that you go in order of the IKEA furniture assembly instructions!

7. Be patient and focus on working steadily and methodically, not fast. Focus on the process and not the end result. The more you focus on the end result (being done assembling your IKEA furniture), the more likely you are to rush and make a mistake. The more you focus on the process (correctly going through the assembly steps), the more likely you are to complete the job successfully and efficiently.

8. Attach parts such that they are flush, level and/or square as appropriate as you go through the IKEA furniture assembly process. Doing so will help ensure your final product is perfectly put together IKEA furniture.

9. Give the IKEA assembly instructions the benefit of the doubt. IKEA puts a lot of resources into developing their furniture and furniture assembly instructions, so, chances are, if during the assembly parts do not fit together, appear improperly oriented, or seem flat-out wrong, there is a strong chance you made some mistake at a previous step in the IKEA furniture assembly. Backtrack your steps, find your mistake, correct your mistake, then move on. If you can’t identify your mistake, disassemble the whole thing and start over!

10. If you need additional guidance putting together your IKEA furniture, look for an online video demonstration of the assembly of your IKEA furniture. It would even be helpful to pause and play the video on your smartphone throughout the IKEA assembly.

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11. If you want to give your final IKEA furniture some extra stability, throughout the assembly process, add wood glue to each end of every wooden dowel used to assemble your IKEA furniture.

12. Beware using a drill. Using a drill to insert screws, bolts and cams often results in the damage or distortion of the parts (and of the pre-drilled holes in those parts) used in IKEA furniture. Such damage and/or distortion ultimately can prevent the assembly of your IKEA furniture.

13. Use only as many nails as necessary to attach the backing onto IKEA bookcases, dressers, entertainment centers, etc. such that the backing is flush with the IKEA product. IKEA’s furniture assembly instructions tend to call for the use of two to three times more nails than actually needed; and since most people are unable to nail each nail in perfectly straight, and thus risk nailing nails in at a slight angle such that nails protrude through the side of the unit, we suggest only using as many nails are necessary to attach the backing onto your IKEA furniture.

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You can hire us to assemble all types of home furniture. We have assembled hundreds of bookcases, desks, beds, dressers, tables, and so much more for our customers all around Boston.

14. If you need help finishing your IKEA furniture assembly, give Boston Home Services team a call. We promise we will be very helpful!

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9 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

Home maintenance isn’t restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks–when performed regularly–may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it’s inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there’s a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained.

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9 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

MUST-DO MAINTENANCE:

The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.

4. Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.

How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes

A 1/8-inch crack can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

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How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes? Advice by Boston Home Services.

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

In the US, frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you the aggravation and expense.

Prevention

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature

2. Poor insulation

3. Thermostats set too low

There are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze…

Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and immediately call 911.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 911. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Find the original article How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes here.

Childproofing Your Home

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These days homes seem to have a great many potential dangers for young children. Follow these simple steps to ensure your child’s safety by childproofing your home. This list is not final and additional items vary by home.

1. Tall lamps or anything taller than your child that can be pulled over should be taken out of the child’s environment or be blocked off with furniture so that your child cannot get into it.

2. Poisons should not be kept under the sink, regardless of whether or not the cabinet is childproofed. Poisons should always be kept in upper cabinets, out of your child’s reach.

3. Magnets on refrigerators are not a good idea. If they fall on the floor, your child could put it in his or her mouth and choke on it.

4. When cooking, all pot handles should be turned in so your baby does not reach up and pull the handle. If possible, use your back burners first.

5. Hanging cords from answering machines, phones, lamps, and appliances should be out of your child’s reach.

6. Always keep the DVD player out of reach so your child cannot put his or her hands into the mouth of the tape opening.

7. Wall hangings should never be put over the crib. If your child pulls it down, nails could come loose and fall into the crib, not to mention having the glass break in the crib.

8. Cords to blinds should be lifted high out of reach of your child. Children can pull the cords and could be accidentally strangled.

9. Turn your hot water down below 120 degrees to prevent scalding.

10. Pet doors should be blocked off so your baby does not go through the door. Babies tend to follow animals outdoors.

11. Tablecloths hanging over the edges of the tables can be pulled down and everything on top can fall on your child.

14. A baby must never be left unattended-even for just 30 seconds-outside or in a bathtub.

15. Your garage must be off limits to children.

16. Do not use tacks or staples to secure electrical cords to walls. They can fall or be pulled out and swallowed.

17. Securely install stair safety gates, hallway and room dividers.

If you need assistance childproofing your home, please call us here at BostonHM and we will send a handyman to help you. We will install stair safety gates, secure fall objects and help you remove and store other fall-risk items.

– by Boston Handyman and Greater Boston Property Management Team at BostonHM.

Boston Handyman Services for Homes and Businesses

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Hanging Wall Decor? We are experts at that! From pictures to mirrors and shelves, we have you covered. Our team will always come prepared with all proper tools and hardware to get your job done right.

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Boston Furniture Assembly Let us assemble your furniture – we will save you tons of time and frustration! Setting up your IKEA? Awesome! We are superstars at IKEA furniture assembly. Seriously. Trust us with yourIKEA furniture assembly project in Boston. Our handyman and home services are insured and come with a 6 month warranty.

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Interior and Exterior Painting. From small touch ups to larger interior and exterior painting projects. Hire us when a large painting crew is not required.

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Knobs & Locks. From doorknobs to chain locks, we have you covered.

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Drains and Toilets. Sometimes calling a licensed plumber is not necessary. We troubleshoot all sorts minor plumbing issues, replace your toilet with new and lower your expenses for plumbing jobs that do not require a licensed plumber by the Massachusetts Plumbing Code. When your plumbing project requires a licensed plumber we will help you find one.

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Call Boston Home Services when a licensed plumber is not necessary.

Light Fixtures.  When calling a licensed electrician is not necessary we can lower your expenses. We will replace hard to reach high ceiling lightbulbs, install prewired light fixtures, replace light covers and complete electrical jobs that do not require a licensed electrician by the Massachusetts Electrical Code. When your electrical project requires a licensed electrician we will help you find one. 

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Power Washing. Oily driveways, mud-caked semi trucks, or barnacle-ridden boats . . . You name it, we’re equipped with specialized power-washing equipment can clean it. Call is for spotless results!

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Air Conditioner. Save yourself from the summer heat and let our professional handyman install your window AC.

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