Home and Business Repairs by Handy Giant Services

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Handy Giant is a fast growing service for residential and commercial repairs, remodeling, handyman, installs, carpentry, painting and renovations. We are based in Boston, Massachusetts with a geographical reach of the Greater Boston.

Residential

Handy Giant team is on call for repairs, scheduled maintenance, painting, carpentry, handyman projects and installations.

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  • Handy Giant has no middle man. While many apps and websites (such as handy.com) offer handyman services provided by random folks that do not work for Handy.com, here at Handy Giant we do the actual work.
  • In fancy terms we are a centralized multiple project management team you can reach with just one phone call.
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We have earned a recognition for making a difference for our clients as a repair and maintenance services provider to individual residences, businesses and multi unit properties.

National retail repairs and facilities maintenance services. On-demand response for emergency repairs. Skilled and local self-performing technicians.

Handy Giant’s vision: to become the highest value provider of commercial repair services and retail maintenance. Above: a partial list of companies we are extremely honored to work for.

Handy Giant operates as a self-performing subcontractor locally and for national facility management companies.

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Residential and Commercial Handyman: Repairs, Carpentry, Renovations, Installations, Furniture Assembly, TV Wall Mounting and More!

Residential and Commercial Handyman: Repairs, Carpentry, Renovations, Installations, Furniture Assembly, TV Wall Mounting and More!

Have a residential or commercial project in mind? Installations, carpentry, renovations and beyond – no job too small and BostonHM is ready to help you. Why choose BostonHM: 1) Peace of mind as each and every project is covered by $1,000,000 property damage insurance; 2) BostonHM is a registered  contractor (HIC). 3) Warranty on work performed.

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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 and Office, Retail Store, Beauty Salon and Restaurant Furniture Specialists.

IKEA assembly superstars! Trust us with your ikea 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 plumbing issues: sink, faucet, shower head installation, toilet seat part replacement.

Boston Home Services 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

Call Boston Home Services and Commercial Handyman 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. 

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

To lower your expenses hire Boston’s best handyman team when a licensed electrician is not necessary.

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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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How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV by Boston Home Services Team

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
Wall-Mounting a Flat Screen TV Mounting a flat panel TV to the wall removes clutter and frees up floor and table space. A typical wall mount kit comes with two mounting arms that attach to the back of your TV and a wide bracket plate, which attaches to your wall. The mounting arms lock onto the bracket plate, securing the TV to the wall.

For the simplest installation and the tightest fit, consider purchasing a wall mount kit made by the manufacturer of your television. You might also want to conceal the TV’s power cord, as well as the cables running between the TV and your home theater components. To learn more, refer to our Using Wiremold Cord Covers to Hide Audio and Video Cables Project Guide.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:

  • Power drill and bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Socket wrench
  • Pencil
  • Cable-wire tester

MATERIALS:

Step 1: Attach the TV mounting bracket to the television

Attach the mounting arms to the back of the TV 1. If there’s a stand on the TV’s frame, unbolt and remove it.
2. Locate the mounting holes on the back of your TV. If necessary, pry off the plastic
caps over the holes with a screwdriver.
3. Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on your TV, using the bolts
provided with your mounting kit. Be careful not to over tighten, and do not use
a power drill. Make sure the two mounting brackets are level with each other.
4. Set the TV aside. Be sure to rest the TV so the screen is facing upward. Setting
the TV with the screen facing down can cause permanent damage.

Step 2: Identify TV placement

Use the wall mount as a template to mark the wall Determine the best wall location for mounting the television.

• Look for a location with no glare, and good visibility from all sitting areas in the
room.
• For maximum viewing comfort, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that
corresponds to the viewer’s eye level when seated—typically, with the center of
the screen located 40–45 in. off the floor.
• Choose a location close to an electrical outlet. Measure the length of the TV’s
power cord to be sure it will reach.

Step 3: Attach the TV wall mount bracket to the wall

Use a level to ensure the mount is level NOTE: Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they cannot support TV wall mounts.

1. Use a stud finder to locate the two studs in your wall that will support your TV.
2. Mark the location of each stud’s center with a pencil. Use a nail to confirm a stud
has been located.
3. Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting
arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes.
Use a level to ensure the mounting holes for each arm are even.
4. Use a power drill to drill pilot holes for the wall bracket screws or bolts.
5. Attach the wall bracket plate to the wall using the screws or bolts provided with the
wall mount kit. If the kit uses lag bolts, drive them in with a socket wrench.

Step 4: Connect the cables

Connect the Cables NOTE: If you’re attaching your TV flat to the wall to a fixed wall mount, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching it to the wall bracket.

1. Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.

2. Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the
audio and video cables to the television per the manufacturers’ instructions.

Step 5: Hang the TV

Hang the TV DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALONE. Have one person interlock the brackets while one or two others lift the TV.

1. Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions to secure the connections.
2. Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your
installation with a few light tugs.
3. Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work.
Make adjustments as necessary. Be sure to get help if you need to remove the
TV from the wall.

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How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

A step-by-step DIY guide

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVEasy-to-install cable management raceways hide the cables that run between your TV and an A/V cabinet below.

Safety tips

  • Before you get started make sure that you understand local building and fire codes. If you’re routing cables inside your walls, use models that are rated for in-wall installations.
  • Don’t route your TV’s power cable through your wall — it’s not rated for safe in-wall installation. If you want to keep that cable hidden, you’ll need to hire an electrician to install a recessed AC outlet on the wall behind your TV.
  • Make sure the area behind your wall is clear before cutting.
  • If you drill through a fire block, patch it with comparable material. If you drill holes between floors, seal them with fire-resistant caulk per National Electric Code standards.
  • Turn off the power in areas you’ll be drilling or cutting to avoid electric shock.
  • Before you connect your A/V cables to your TV, make sure both your TV and the source components are unplugged.

Choosing a mounting bracket
If you haven’t already purchased your wall-mounting bracket, read the tips below or use our mount finderapplication:

  • Check your TV’s owner’s manual for mounting guidelines. Most TVs are compatible with brackets that follow VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) standards. You’ll see the word “VESA” followed by a number, which tells you how far apart the holes on the bracket or TV are in millimeters. For example, VESA 75 means that there are 4 holes in a square, and each side of the square is 75mm long. VESA 100/200 means that the holes are in a rectangle, with two sides measuring 100mm and two sides measuring 200mm. You should be able to find that information in the owner’s manual, or you can measure the holes yourself to determine which VESA standard fits your TV. Many mounting brackets are compatible with more than one VESA standard, so finding one to fit your TV won’t be difficult.
  • Always check the screen sizes that the bracket says it can hold, and stay within the appropriate range. You should also to check the maximum weight a bracket can hold and make sure that it can support your TV.
  • Think about what you want your bracket to be able to do. Do you want to be able to swivel the TV left and right to avoid glare, or get a better view from different seats? Do you want to be able to nudge your TV up and down in case you don’t get the bracket exactly where you want it the first time? There are lots of options out there, so keep such conveniences in mind.

Where to mount your TV

Ideally, the middle of your TV screen needs to be at about eye level while you’re seated. You’ll want to be comfortable while watching TV, and mounting it too high can result in neck strain. Plus, you’ll probably see the best-looking picture when you view your TV head-on, rather than at an angle. If you opt for a higher placement, consider using a tilting wall mount to angle the TV down.

Screen glare
Sit in your favorite TV-watching spot and look at the place on the wall where you plan to mount your TV. Is there light reflecting off that area? If so, is it something fixable (by closing the curtains, or by moving a lamp)? Screen glare can be distracting, and detract from an otherwise beautiful picture, so be aware of potential sources of glare. A tilting or swiveling mount can also help you cut down on glare, by allowing you to angle the TV’s screen away from the light source.

See our article on TV placement for more tips on placing your TV for optimum viewing.

Where you’re going to run the wires

There are a number of ways to conceal your power and A/V cables — from quick and simple cover-ups to more labor-intensive in-wall options. It’s a good idea to figure out how you’d like to manage your wires before deciding where to mount your TV, since some spots may be more conducive to your preferred method than others.

  • If you’d like to run your wires on the outside of your wall, you can use paintable cable management raceways to hide your TV’s A/V and power cables.
  • If you need to run cables further than just straight down to your A/V cabinet, check out our article on managing your A/V cables for some simple options, like running wire behind your baseboard or crown molding. By running your cables in places that won’t require drywall repair, you’ll save yourself lots of time and effort.

If you want a really clean, professional look, and you feel comfortable with the tasks described at the beginning of this guide, running wires inside your wall may be the option for you. There are some important things to consider before going that route:

  • Try to avoid mounting your TV on an exterior wall, since these walls have extra bracing and insulation that can make running wire difficult.
  • Follow your local building and fire codes. In many cases, this means you’ll need to get UL-rated A/V cable labeled CL2 or CL3.
  • See our comprehensive guide to in-wall wiring for more info.

Making sure you have enough wire
After planning where you’re going to route your wire, calculate how much you’ll need. Remember that it’s better to have a bit too much than too little. Allow ample lengths to run cable:

  • From the receiver to the wall
  • Inside the wall to the TV location
  • From the wall to the TV, with some slack

Attaching the TV portion of the bracket

Wall mounts are generally composed of two pieces — one that you’ll attach to the TV, and another that you’ll mount to the wall. The portion on the TV then attaches to the piece on the wall, and voilà, you’ve got a wall-mounted TV. Your first step will be to attach the TV portion of the mount to the back of your TV.

  • Most flat-panel TVs don’t have their mounting holes exposed — they’ll be covered by a plastic cap. Just use a screwdriver to pry them off.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVLike most flat-panel TVs, the one pictured above has four plastic caps over the holes used for wall-mounting. You can use a screwdriver to pry them off.

  • If you place the TV face down on the glass to attach the bracket, lay it on a soft blanket, and keep it well out of the way of foot traffic.
  • The TV portion of the bracket often comes in two pieces. Make sure that you line up the screw holes on each side, so that the mount is level.
  • If you’re using a tilting or swiveling mount, make sure the screws attaching the mount to the TV won’t impede the mount’s movement. If they do, don’t worry — wall mounts typically have multiple sets of screw holes to choose from, and you can simply use another set.

Measuring for your TV

Follow the steps below to figure out how high to mount your bracket on the wall. Or, better yet, use our height finder application. Also check the owner’s manual for additional tips.

  • Start by attaching the wall portion of the bracket to the TV portion of the bracket already on your TV.
  • Next, measure the distance from the bottom of the panel to the bottom of the wall portion of the bracket. Since the bottom edge of the TV probably isn’t on the same plane as the bracket, you can use a level to ensure you get an accurate measurement.
  • Measure the height of your panel, and use a pencil or masking tape to mark this measurement on your wall. Make sure the middle of the TV screen will be at around seated eye level, and that the screen will cover up any power or A/V outlets you’re planning to install behind your set. It might take a couple of tries to figure out exactly where you want your TV screen.
  • Once you’ve figured out where the bottom of your screen should be, use your previous measurement to determine where the bottom of the bracket should be. Mark that spot.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVTo figure out how high to mount the bracket: (1) Measure the distance from the bottom of the wall bracket (A) to the bottom of the panel (B). (2) Make a mark on the wall where you want the bottom of the TV to be. (3) Using your measurement from (1), mark the wall where the bottom of the bracket should be.

Attaching the wall portion of the bracket

  • To safely and securely mount your TV to the wall, you’ll need to drill the bracket into wooden studs. After you’ve chosen your ideal TV mount location, use a stud finder to locate nearby studs.Mark each stud with a pencil or masking tape.
  • Verify that the mounting holes in the bracket line up with the center of the studs.
  • Always use a level to verify that the bracket is level before securing it to the wall. Follow the mounting directions in the owner’s manual. Have your helper keep it stable while you screw it into the wall to make sure it stays level. After securing the bracket to the wall, check the level again. It’s much easier to make changes now than after the TV’s on the wall.
  • Note: Brick, solid concrete, and concrete block mounting — Not all brackets are mountable on concrete or brick, and only some will include the appropriate hardware. You may need to order additional materials from the manufacturer or purchase some supplies from your local hardware store, such as concrete wall anchors. Be sure to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual.

Routing cables for your TVBelow, we’ll cover some basic things to keep in mind when running the power and A/V cables for your TV. You can find complete details on concealing wire outside your walls and routing wire inside your walls in our wiring guides.

  • If you route your cables along the outside of your wall, you’ll want to keep the power and A/V cables separate to avoid interference. Don’t bundle them together, and try to keep a couple of inches of distance between them throughout the run. Some cable management raceways include two separate wiring channels for this purpose.
  • If you’re going to run the A/V cables inside the wall:
    • Shut off the power to the area you’re working in.
    • You’ll need to cut holes for the A/V cables to enter and exit the wall. Use your stud finder to check for obstacles behind the wall. Then drill a pilot hole. This is a small exploratory hole, drilled in the center of the space. Use caution when drilling pilot holes, so you don’t plunge your bit into a pipe or electrical conduit. Next, insert a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) into the pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. You should also explore nearby crawlspaces or review your electrical and plumbing plans (available from your builder) to make sure you know what’s behind the drywall before you cut. Don’t cut unless you know that the area behind the wall is clear.
    • When cutting drywall, use a hand-held drywall saw (not an electric one) and cut slowly. Cut the drywall in one piece, on an inward slant, so that it’s easier to patch later if necessary.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVUse a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) to explore your pilot holes. Be sure that the space behind the wall is clear before cutting.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVMany brackets have pre-existing holes for A/V cables. Trace the one that’s closest to the A/V connectors on your TV. Drill a pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. Once you know that area is clear, cut the hole in one piece using a drywall saw.

Hanging the TV on the wall

  • Do not attempt to do this part on your own. Ask a helper to assist you in lifting the TV and securing it to the bracket..
  • If your bracket allows for tilting or swiveling, make those adjustments.
  • Finally, connect the A/V and power cables to your TV.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVWhen you attach the bracket on the back of the TV to the bracket on the wall, have your helper assist you in lifting the TV, lining up the bracket, and keeping it steady. If you have an adjustable bracket, use a level to position the screen.

Boston Handyman suggestions to make your IKEA furniture assembly easier

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Don’t stress – Boston Handyman can help you with your IKEA furniture assembly project!

IKEA furniture may be less expensive, but it sure takes effort to put it all together. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way around it. Here’s what Boston Handyman suggests to make your IKEA furniture assembly easier:

  • Measure your space. Make sure the items will fit where you want them before you buy them. If the items don’t fit, you risk damaging your home…
  • Look through the entire manual before starting assembly. Decide if it is a one or two-person job. Don’t risk injuring yourself.
  • Prep, plan and clear your space. Don’t make it easy for tools, screws and instruction manuals to get lost.
  • Make sure you have the right tools. Most IKEA boxes include an Allen wrench or screwdriver, which is usually enough to get the job done. However, some furniture assembly requires your own tools, such as a hammer or screwdriver. It is also a good idea to get a power drill to speed things up.
  • Separate and count your pieces. Taking the time to organize your materials will help the process go a lot quicker. Plus, you won’t be stuck with a half-assembled piece of furniture when you realize something is missing.
  • Exercise Patience (easier said than done…) Realize that IKEA furniture takes time to assemble. Don’t rush. You’ll only get stressed and increase your chances of making a mistake. If you need to, take a break.
  • Check all fittings when complete. Make sure everything is screwed in tightly and securely. You don’t want any gaps or wobbly pieces.
  • Easiest way to get your IKEA furniture assembled? Yup, you were right if you knew we will say this at the end of this article – just call Boston Handyman at 617-651-2582. We are here to de-stress your IKEA experience.

Handyman Advice: How to Prepare Your Deck For the Winter

Prepare Your Deck For the Winter

Prepare Your Deck For the Winter.

As the last days of summer slip away, the last thing you want to contemplate is the arrival of another winter. But now is the time to look into preparing those exposed areas of your house for the colder months ahead. And “winterizing” your deck or decks needs to be at the top of your list (or close to the top at least). Here are some things to take into consideration:

Weathered gray wood, rust spots, and stains from mildew, moss, algae and tannin-bleed can ruin the looks of your deck. Even newly built decks require cleaning to remove invisible surface barriers and prevent the adhesions of stains and sealers.

Even simple sweeping and clearing away debris helps prevent mildew, fungus and algae growth. A further rinsing with a garden hose will remove dirt and grime. More stubborn buildup can be removed by scrubbing the deck with a nonferrous bristle brush and a solution of warm water and a mild detergent.

Be wary of power-washing, however. At the wrong settings, a power washer can damage decking.

There are commercial cleaning solutions that also brighten and restore a deck’s original color and beauty. Check with your local home improvement store or hardware for suggestions.

You may also want to seal your deck with a water repellent finish before the onslaught of colder, tougher weather. Water repellents stop rain, sleet snow and ice from penetrating the wood’s surface and causing warping or cracking.

Finally, walk your deck and carefully observe its vulnerabilities. Move furniture to check for loose or cracked planks. Tighten any loose screws and replace any decking that’s cracked or showing signs of excessive wear. Tackling these small repair needs now will prolong your deck’s life and help you to avoid major repairs later on. And remember, you can always give one of our trusted home repair professionals at Boston Home Services and Handyman.

We hope this article was helpful.

Boston Handyman’s 5 Tips for Winterizing your Summer Home

Boston Handyman's 5 Tips for Winterizing your Summer Home

Boston Handyman’s 5 Tips for Winterizing your Summer Home

Are you’re the proud owner of a summer home or cabin? Or perhaps you intend to spend an extended period of time away from your year-round residence during the coming colder months, know how to prepare your home.  Here are some key tips by your Boston Handyman to winterize your home and minimize potential damage that may be heading your way.

  • 1.  Turn off the water at the exterior source if you will be away the entire winter.  Should a pipe burst during a cold spell and you have no one checking on your property for weeks or months at a time, an untold amount of water damage can result.  Even just small water leaks that go unchecked will contribute substantially to your water bill. (In fact, you should look into insurance coverage options for property that sits vacant for long periods; it can well be worth the cost). Open all faucets and drain the water lines and water heater.  An added tip:  To prevent total water evaporation from your toilet’s trap (which can permit sewer gases to enter your home), raise the toilet’s lid and seat and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • 2.  Unplug electric appliances.  Fire prevention.  If the power to your property will remain on, unplugging devices such as a microwave, toaster and television helps avoid the risk of fire that can result from small animals gnawing on the wires, or a power surge of any kind.
  • 3.  Close fireplace flues and dampers. This is an easy thing to overlook in the rush to close up your home for the season.  Properly closing off your fireplace will keep these aforementioned small animals from infesting your home, and aide in fire prevention.
  • 4.  Reduce fire hazards. Another obvious, yet easy to forget task is the removal of items that could either lead to fires or provide tinder for ones should they get started.  Don’t leave behind stacks of papers.  Don’t store cans of stain, paint or paint thinners, oily rags and brushes, or other combustibles.  Even firewood should not be left in large quantities alongside your hearth simply for the convenience of having it ready upon your return.
  • 5.  Empty your freezer and refrigerator. Should the electricity be off for any length of time, the items will spoil and you’ll be faced with disposing of a very smelly mess upon your return.  Along those same lines, any non-perishable items you leave behind should be stored in metal containers with tight lids.  Even soap, sponges and candles should be locked away, as some rodents and vermin see these as a food source, as well.

Of course, these are just a few of the necessary measures for winterizing your home.  Others, such as taking down screens, closing shutters or installing storm windows, are more involved, and depending on your personal skill set or availability, may require professional assistance.

Boston Handyman stands ready to assist you with these and any other repairs, as well restorations or other tasks your summer getaway—or your year-round residence—might require.

Fall is Coming – Is your Home Ready? (Essential Boston Handyman Approved Checklist)

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Fall is on its way and if your home operates under a school calendar, day-to-day activities are about to take off full speed!  Forethought is what will help you limit stress and make it through this seasonal ramp up – especially when it comes to your home.  While you’re out running errands, we can be checking off repairs and seasonal maintenance for your home.  Here’s your Boston Handyman‘s shortlist of preventative home maintenance and repairs for this fall:

  • Inspect your Roof

Keep an eye out for summertime debris (Frisbees, footballs, kites) because these are the number one enemy of gutters, and believe you me, they will get stuck.  Also, doing a sweep for missing shingles and small leaks on your roof is one of the best preventative measures you can take to avoid costly, wintertime roof damage.

  • Repair Exterior Walkways

As leaves and snow begin to cover your walkways, it will be hard for guests to not step on the broken stair, or on the tile that habitually comes loose and falls out.  They won’t be able to see the ground, so make sure it’s stable and keep your guests safe.

  • Clean Out Vents and Filters

Filters, vents, and air ducts need to be cleaned regularly.  First-off because are a fire hazard when they aren’t maintained.  Dust heats up and catches fire.  Think: heaters, dryers, fans, etc.. Additionally, dust build-up doesn’t just stay put, it will circulate debris throughout your house.  Cleaning your home will be all that more difficult if your vents and filters are dispersing dust.

  • Clean and Repair Gutters

Effective draining systems protect your home from water damage.  Filter upcoming snow, rain, sleet, etc. out and away from your home by having clean, crack-less gutters.  You will be able to maintain your home’s paint while simultaneously avoiding wood rot.

  • Seal Doorways and Windows

Don’t spend more money than you need to heat your home.  Sealing the cracks in your doorways and windows will keep your house cozy and help you go green by being more energy efficient.  This may mean swapping out windows, doors, or adding some new sealant and caulk.

  • Trim Back Tree Branches

There’s nothing quite like an unexpected snow that causing unruly tree branches to snap.  In many scenarios this will mean damage to surrounding property.  Trim back branches hanging over walkways, parking spaces, driveways, roofs, or fences – you’ll be glad you did.

We hope you found this Essential Boston Handyman Approved Checklist useful. Please call us anytime at 617-651-2582 if you need help.

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.