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Prevent Falls with Grab Bar Installation

October 2, 2015

Getting out  of the bathtub or shower can be a difficult thing for some of us. According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, more than 43,000 children 18 years and younger in the United States are treated in hospital emergency departments annually for injuries occurring in a bathtub or shower. On an average, 370 persons of all ages sustain injuries from bathtub/shower daily in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. There is a solution to help solve this glaring problem. Grab bars.

Grab bars are often associated with hospitals and public restrooms. Don’t let that perception fool you. Having a grab bar installed in your bathroom can be the difference between safely getting out of the bathtub/shower or heading to the emergency room. Grab bars help prepare you for those slippery steps getting out of the bathtub or shower. Most associate bathroom falls with the older population but getting in and out of a bathtub/shower isn’t easy, regardless of age. Younger people suffering from an injury (sore knee, sprained ankle, broken toe, etc.) face an extreme amount of difficulty getting out of a bathtub or shower.

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Grab bars reduce the risk of a fall by offering support while getting in and out of the bathtub or shower. Installing a vertical grab bar inside your shower 18 to 24 inches from the shower head can help in safely entering and exiting the shower. When installing a grab bar for someone with an injury or disability, have that person help you find the best location. Wall-mounted grab bars typically are more stable than tub mounted bars. That’s if they are installed properly into walls that are in good condition,  Tub-mounted bars attach directly on the bathtub, so you have to be cautious as they can easily detach when used incorrectly.

Keep your family safe and prevent bathroom falls by installing a grab bar. Not sure where to start? Let Mr. Handyman help you! Stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs by calling 877-256-3376 or request service in your area.

Time to Gush About Faucet Repair & Leaky Faucets

September 28, 2015

Drip drop, drip drop.  A leaky faucet is an annoying problem that will only get worse.  Fortunately this is a problem that can be inexpensive to fix. Before you get started here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Know what type of faucet you have
  • Determine the severity of the leak and the source
  • Make sure the faucet is tightened properly
  • Take the faucet apart and inspect the O ring or washer
  • Obtain replacement parts if needed
  • Install new parts or new faucet
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Photo Cred: John X on Flickr

The cause of most leaky faucets can be fixed by replacing the O ring or washer.  If this is the source of your problem you want to make sure that you prepare for the job before you start with the following steps:

  • Shut off the water
  • Cover sink with a towel or rag to catch any loose parts
  • Make sure you have the proper tools
  • Layout the parts
  • Inspect and replace O ring or washer
  • Put faucet back together and test

Tip:  Take the O ring to your local hardware store to locate the correct size to make sure it is an exact fit.

Need help with your leaky faucet? Let Mr. Handyman take care of that for you! Stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs by calling 877-256-3376 or request service in your area.

Cold Bathroom? Install a Bathroom Ceiling Heater

September 25, 2015

Winter will be here sooner than you can think. For some of us, that means spending mornings and nights in a cold bathroom. A bathroom ceiling heater is the perfect way to solve the cold bathroom blues. Did you know keeping your bathroom warm can also help prevent problems with mold and mildew? Before choosing a bathroom ceiling heater, ensure that it’s the adequate size for your bathroom. Also consider the ventilation in your bathroom before choosing a bathroom ceiling heater. Although many bathrooms have outstanding ventilation, some will require additional help. It’s possible to find bathroom heaters that include fans for ventilation, so it will be worthwhile considering these if you have a small or poorly ventilated bathroom.

Deciding how much heat you will need depends largely upon the size of the room. Ideally, a bathroom ceiling heater should provide 10 watts of power for every square foot of your bathroom. If there is no other source of heating, you should consider about 15 watts per square foot of space. Also, the times of day you want heat in your bathroom is an important consideration when you are choosing a bathroom heater. Factors such as how quickly a particular heater will be able to warm up the room may be important in the selection process. High powered heaters and heaters which have fans to move the warm air around the room tends to work faster.


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Also, special consideration should be given to how the heater will be operated. If your bathroom needs to be kept warm at all times, you might want a heater that can be left on all day. Others may want a heater that can just be turned on when it is needed. A good option to think about is buying a bathroom heater that has a timer feature, so you can set it to come on automatically. (Example:  Setting the timer to  ensure that the bathroom will be pleasantly warm by the time you get up in the morning.)

There are a wide variety of bathroom heaters available in several outlets including your local plumbing supply or a big-box home improvement store. The most common style is fan forced which pushes the heat down to the floor. Next is a bathroom exhaust fan with infrared bulbs, infrared heats people and objects – not air.

Thinking of getting a bathroom ceiling heater? Ask the experts at your local Mr. Handyman or call 877-256- to get that installed for you. Mr. Handyman is your local home improvement expert – where one call does it all.

Refresh Your Bathroom by Replacing Drab Shower Tile

September 23, 2015

It’s amazing what tile can do these days. It can really make or break a bathroom. If you currently have a dated and/or drab bathroom because of the tile you (or the previous home owner) chose several years ago, this is the blog post for you.

Tile comes nearly countless shapes, sizes, colors, and forms. There are four main materials for tile: ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, and glass tile. Choosing the material and look for your bathroom really comes down to your tastes. Each has their own uniqueness and qualities.

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Mr. Handyman of Northern St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties

Ceramic tile is the “go-to” choice for most homeowners. It comes in an array of colors and styles to complement your home’s aesthetic. It’s cost-effective and relatively low-maintenance tile as it’s easy to clean and slip-resistant, which is great for the bathroom. Porcelain tile has become more popular over the years as an alternative to ceramic tile. It has low-moisture absorption, it’s more dense than ceramic and stone tile. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile. Stone tile allows homeowners to bring a more natural aesthetic to their bathroom. It’s very durable and offers a more high-end or distinguished appearance. Lastly, glass tile is more sought after these days for its sleek style – like the glass subway tile look that’s trending at the moment. Glass tile is also great at improving the light in a bathroom as it’s reflective.

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Mr. Handyman of Northern St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties

Replacing shower tile can be a challenging and time-consuming task if your not a skilled home improvement professional. There are many things to take into consideration before starting the project. For example, if you’re choosing a complex or intricate design, be sure to keep the size of your shower in mind. A complex pattern could be challenging to complete if you don’t allow enough space for the entire design in your shower surround. Also, the smaller the tile size, the more grout and maintenance will be required.

Looking to replace your drab shower tile but don’t want to DIY? Mr. Handyman is a professional at tile installation and repair. Contact your local Mr. Handyman or call us at 1-877-256-3376.


Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service

September 15, 2015

Since 2009, Mr. Handyman owners from around the country have organized local events to support the National Day of SMcCabe TechVans 2015 300x224 Mr. Handymans National Day of Serviceervice and Remembrance. So far this year, 12 owners have completed their projects, and another eight owners registered and plan to donate repair and maintenance service to a deserving person or charity between now and January 2016.

Several media interviews, articles, television appearances and social media mentions were the result of this year’s event. You can check out the photos in the 2015 National Day of Service Facebook album. Some highlights are included below:

Brenda Boudry from Mr. Handyman of Chattanooga and her technicians spent a day at VFW Post 2598 to repair wood rotted floors, replace fluorescent lights and paint. The Chattanoogan shared the story.

Michael Carney from Mr. Handyman of the Southwest Atlanta Suburbs donated the time of six technicians to provide much-needed work in homes of Fayette County and Henry County senior citizens. He worked with the Fayette and Henry Counties Senior Services to coordinate projects. WAGA-TV aired the coverage and News Anchor Doug Evans commented and shared the story on his Facebook page. The story was also posted on WAGA-TV’s website and Georgia Newsday picked it up!

Bruce and Robin Foster own Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County and helped Lynn Potter return to her North Raleigh home for the first time in two years by building and installing a wheelchair ramp. One of their employees heard about Potter’s story and the Fosters collaborated with Navigate NC to make this life-changing improvement. The News & Observer featured the work and sent a photographer to capture the technicians in action.

Cindy Parks-Talley and Kris Talley own Mr. Handyman of Midwest Collin County and returned to the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary to help build a new exhibit. The producer at WFAA-TV was intrigued and sent a crew to cover the construction and interview Kris Talley.

Jo McCabe from Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Haymarket to Arlington once again made the most generous contribution to a cause near and dear to her heart – a military veteran. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Sortino and his wife Irene were identified by McCabe’s local VFW and McCabe pulled out all the stops and she and her team spent 156 hours replacing wood rot between the house and the deck, installing light fixtures, re-routing plumbing among other items on their home’s To Do list.

Colonel Sortino served our country for over 27 years from 1962-1990. His career included tours in Okinawa, Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. Colonel Sortino served as commander of the Joint Interface Test Force at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as well as at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as the Marine Corps Artillery Acquisition Officer and ultimately, the Deputy Director of Plans Division. Colonel Sortino has been recognized for his dedication with several awards and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal.

The VFW celebrated McCabe and her team by posting photos on their website following the event.

Steve Morad has owned Mr. Handyman of South Essex County for the past 10 years and celebrated his milestone anniversary by giving back to his community through the National Day of Service. Morad and his techs worked at the Citizens for Adequate Housing, which is a temporary shelter for the area’s homeless. Later in the day, the Chamber of Commerce helped recognize Morad for local business ownership.

Get Inspired by These Bathroom Backsplash Tile Ideas

September 14, 2015

Looking to update your bathroom with a fresh look? Consider adding new backsplash tile. It looks great, is versatile and very durable!

Ceramic, glass, porcelain and stone are some of the backsplash options available for your bathroom makeover. All of which come in a variety of colors and sizes to match various bathroom styles.

Not sure what material to use? Ask the experts at your local Mr. Handyman or call 877-256-We can help you select the right materials for the job. Mr. Handyman is your local tile installation expert – where one call does it all.

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Ceramic Backsplash Tile:  A more traditional, classic choice. Comes in a variety of colors and styles and is easy to clean.

Glass Backsplash Tile: Available in a variety of colors and designs and is easy to clean. Installation requires care and precision.

Porcelain Backsplash Tile:  Available in a variety of colors and finishes. Offers low moisture absorption while being easy to clean and maintain.

Stone Backsplash Tile: Available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Very durable. Installation requires attention to detail and quality workmanship.

When choosing your bathroom backsplash tile it’s very important you keep the theme and color scheme of your bathroom in mind, as the backsplash will likely become the new focal point of your bathroom and impact the overall design. Take a look at our Bathroom Board on Pinterest for bathroom backsplash ideas.

A beautiful new backsplash can range anywhere from a soothing spa-like, slim glass tile to an all-around bold, uniquely shaped mosaic tile, which requires a considerate amount of pre-planning in order to install correctly. Remember to consult with a licensed contractor when using heavier tiles like marble, slate or stone to make sure there is adequate structure to support their weight.

Replace Your Cabinets with Open Kitchen Shelving

September 3, 2015

Why Open Kitchen Shelving Is In and Cabinets Are Out

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately or kept up with design trends, you’ve seen the rise of open kitchen shelving. The concept of open kitchen shelving is basically to replace some or all of your cabinetry with shelves, thus exposing all your hidden dishes and cutlery. Open shelving isn’t for everyone but we’ll let you decide!

Open shelving can be an inexpensive way to makeover your kitchen. Depending on the type of shelving you choose, you may be able to handle the installation yourself. But if you’re not completely confident, contact your local Mr. Handyman or call 877-256-3376  for help removing your old cabinets and installing your new stylish kitchen shelves.

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Photo Cred: Nancy Hugo on Flickr

Open Kitchen Shelving Pros

Easy Installation: Mounting shelves is usually a fairly simple task. Whether or not your can do it yourself depends on your skill level and the type of shelving you choose. Check out floating shelves, mounted shelves, industrial pipe shelves and hanging shelves—just to name a few of your options!

Cost Effective: If you’re redoing a kitchen, buying new cabinets plus installation fees can add up to thousands of dollars. Open kitchen shelving can cost a fraction of the price, especially if you handle all of the installation yourself.

Open Space: Having shelves instead of cabinetry, especially around windows, opens the room for more light and air flow. Consider open kitchen shelving especially if your kitchen feels tight and confined with cabinets.

Easy to Organize: Are you a person who entertains often? Open shelving is great for parties—guests can find glasses and dishes on their own, which means you can spend less time hosting and more time mingling!

Open Shelving Cons

Dusty Dishware: Obviously, exposed dishes on a shelf are going to accumulate dust over time. Dustiness is one of the largest complaints about open kitchen shelving. The solution to this problem is to use your dishes regularly.

Mismatched Dishware: Open shelving exposes all your dishes, the good and the bad. So if you have unattractive dishware, open kitchen shelving may not be for you. If you have beautiful dishes, move this con to the pros list!

Broken Bowls: Without cabinet doors, glasses and dishes are more likely to be bumped off an open shelf. With open kitchen shelving, you might see an increase in dish casualties.

All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

How to Repair & Refinish Laminate Cabinets

August 31, 2015

Painting Laminate Cabinets to Look Like New

A common misconception is that your laminate cabinets are stuck looking outdated, only to be solved by purchasing expensive new cabinets. Not true! With some paint, sandpaper and maybe some trendy pulls, your tired old cabinets can look stylish and new.

  • What You’ll Need
    • Sandpaper (240 and 150 grit)
    • Disinfectant spray (Clorox Antibacterial, Ajax, 409 or equivalent)
    • Drop cloths or old sheets
    • Microfiber cloth and a clean rag
    • Water-based primer
    • Water-based paint
    • Two foam rollers and rolling pans
    • Masking/painter’s tape
    • Permanent marker
    • Optional: New handles and hardware for an updated look

But wait! Don’t think you have the time to refinish your cabinets on your own? Let your local Mr. Handyman lend a hand – from cabinet repair to cabinet installation, we do it all! Contact your local Mr. Handyman today by calling 877-256-3376  for an estimate on your next home improvement project.

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Photo Cred: Nancy Hugo on Flickr

Before you begin, make sure your cabinets aren’t peeling or cracked. If you find some cracked laminate, you’ll want to replace the laminate (if not the entire cabinet face). If an area is only peeling, sand behind the exposed corner and reattach it with waterproof adhesive, using masking tape to hold it in place until dry.

Step-by-Step Guide to Refinishing Your Laminate Cabinets

  • 1) Remove the cabinet faces from the base and any exposed hardware, using your permanent marker and masking tape to label the hardware’s location.
  • 2) Lay the cabinets on a level surface with the edges accessible and cover your surroundings with drop cloths or old rags.
  • 3) Use your painter’s tape or masking tape to line the inside edges of the cabinets to prevent paint from dripping.
  • 4) With your clean rag and cleaner, scrub down the paintable areas of your cabinets with warm water. Clean surfaces promote stronger primer adhesion for a more consistent finish.
  • 5) After your cabinets have dried, sand them with 240-grit sandpaper and wipe them down with your microfiber cloth to remove as much dust as possible.
  • 6) Apply a water-based primer with your foam roller.
  • 7) After the first primer coat has dried, sand with 150-grit sandpaper.
  • 8) Apply a second coat of primer and sand again with the 150-grit paper, making sure to wipe away any debris.
  • 9) Grabbing a water-based paint of your choice, use your foam roller to paint the cabinet faces in a V-pattern.
  • 10) Let the first coat dry and repeat. Wait three days before reattaching the cabinets to ensure the paint hardens.

Pro-tip: Consider replacing the handles for an updated look. To minimize costs, visit your local resale furniture store, many of which have large selections of hardware.

Declutter with These Laundry Room Cabinet Ideas

August 29, 2015

Decluttering any area of your home is a great feeling.  Especially if that area is fragrantly used but often forgotten about, like your laundry room.  Here are some great cabinet ideas to help you declutter your laundry room and get you organized.

Add cabinets above the washer and dryer.  Sounds simple right?  Sometimes the simplest ideas are often overlooked.  Adding cabinets above your washer and dryer will provide you with adequate storage to hide your detergents and dryer sheets.  Plus you will still be able to easily access these items on a regular basis.

If installing cabinets is too much work, call your local Mr. Handyman for some help. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area or call 877-256-3376.

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Add cabinets next to your washer, dryer or both.  Most of us have a small space for our washer and dryer and the more storage the better.  Adding a cabinet or cabinets next to your washer and or dryer will provide additional storage for your iron, clothes pins or even a mending kit.

Last but not least add cabinets over the front of your washer and dyer.  That’s right over the front.  This is a popular trend to hide the eye sore of your washer and dryer without removing the convenience.


We’re Glowing Over Under Shelf Lighting!

August 28, 2015

Does your kitchen or living room feel dark and boring? If you’re looking to brighten up a room while adding depth and flare, consider accent lighting. Accent lighting brightens up a space and creates an added level of sophistication. Read on to find out why we are just absolutely glowing over under shelf lighting this season!

The most popular space for under cabinet lighting is the kitchen, lining the edge of your cabinetry above your countertops. We believe it’s a fantastic space for under shelf lighting because the light becomes both functional and decorative, emanating light for cooking while highlighting your designer kitchen as if it was straight out of a magazine. If you have granite or quartz counter tops, the light will reflect the flecks of color or sparkle in the rock, creating a beautiful halo effect.

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Photo Cred: Denny Wu on Flickr

The living room or bedroom is also a great space to add under shelf lighting. Try adding LED reel lights to the underside of a bookshelf to show off your collection of literature. The same LED reel lights can really be installed under any shelf — try highlighting pictures of your loved ones or artwork displayed on a shelf.

There are a few different types of lights you can purchase for the underside of your cabinets or shelves. As mentioned above, one energy efficient DIY way  is to use LED reel lights. You can buy them here. To learn how to install them, step by step, click here.

There are many alternatives to LED reel lights, including strip light bars, puck lights, rope lights and tape lights. Before choosing an under cabinet light, research the options available. For example, strip lights typically provide a more intense light stream than rope lights. Rope lights are less functional, and add a softer ambiance to the room.

For the beginner do-it-yourselfer, try battery powered under shelf lights. You can find both puck lights and light bars that are battery powered online. This is a great option if you want to avoid doing any of your own electrical work. Ultimately, under shelf lighting is a creative way to enhance the design of your room.

But if you want to avoid the DIY headache, get professional assistance for the installation of your new under shelf cabinet lighting by contacting your local Mr. Handyman or call 877-256-3376.

All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.

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