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.
Handy Giant operates as a self-performing subcontractor locally and for national facility management companies.
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These projects will enhance your yard, beautify your exterior, and give everyone in the family something easy, but exciting to do on summer weekends!
1) Make a Herb Planter From a Wagon
Looking to spice up your container garden? Dig out Junior’s rusty old Radio Flyer and turn it into a mobile planter that can go from a sun-steeped corner right to your kitchen door.
2) Build a Tree Bench
This comfy, stay-cool spot has room for the entire family and practically looks like it’s a part of the tree itself. Put your bench together, and you’ll enjoy lounging on it with a favorite book all summer long.
3) Give the Garden a Pretty Arbor
A well-placed arbor is your garden’s ultimate multi-tasker: It can serve as an entryway to an outdoor spot; frame a focal point, like a flowering shrub or garden shed; and, of course, take your beloved climbers to new heights.
4) Add a Sitting Wall
5) Gather Around a Fire Pit
Handy Giant is a Boston-based company servicing commercial customers and national business accounts.
We have earned a recognition for making a difference for our clients as a repair and maintenance services provider to businesses and properties.
Handy Giant operates as a self-performing subcontractor locally and for national facility management companies.
Our technicians are on call for repairs, scheduled maintenance, painting, carpentry and installations. Smooth workflow, high standards and excellent customer service are guaranteed. Commercial Handyman Services by Handy Giant: building maintenance and repair tailored for your business and evolving alongside your changing commercial needs.
Why our Clients choose us?
Because dealing with several vendors to accomplish multiple repair, maintenance or installation tasks at one location is more than time-consuming – it can be cost-consuming. As a proven single-source solution, Commercial Handyman Services company can streamline the entire repair, renovations and maintenance management process into a well-planned and consolidated model.
With Commercial Handyman Services company on your team we can help:
- Eliminate the task of managing multiple contractors and save time
- Enable you to find an all-in-one solution for wide variety of repairs, painting, installations, renovations and scheduled maintenance
- Streamline your billing and minimize documentation
Handy Giant has been ranked at the top of the “Best Operators” among the handyman repair, renovations and maintenance service companies in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts region.
We also proudly serve or entering the market areas of Worcester, Providence, Springfield, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Manchester, Lowell, Cambridge, New Bedford, Brockton, Quincy, Lynn, Fall River, Nashua, Norwalk, Newton, Warwick, Danbury, Cranston, Lawrence Ma, Somerville, New Britain, Pawtucket, RI, Framingham, Portland, Maine, West Hartford, Greenwich, Hamden, Haverhill, Meriden CT, Waltham, Bristol, Malden, Fairfield, Brookline, Plymouth, Manchester, Medford, Taunton, West Haven, Chicopee, Weymouth, Revere, Stratford, East Hartford, Peabody, Middletown, Methuen, Ma, Barnstable, Wallingford, Pittsfield, Enfield, Attleboro, Southington, Arlington, Concord, Burlington Vermont, Everett, Salem, Woonsocket, Westfield, Leominster, Fitchburg, Norwich, Billerica, Groton CT, Holyoke, Shelton, Beverly, Marlborough, Woburn, Amherst, Lewiston Maine, Torrington, Trumbull, Braintree, Shrewsbury, Chelsea, Coventry RI, Glastonbury CT, Dartmouth, Chelmsford, Cumberland, Andover, Derry New Hampshire, Bangor Maine, Natick, Randolph, Watertown, Naugatuck, Franklin, Falmouth, Lexington, Milton. Please contact us to confirm a service area.
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.
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.
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.
14. If you need help finishing your IKEA furniture assembly, give Boston Home Services team a call. We promise we will be very helpful!
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.
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.
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.
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.