HandyManMedic.com https://handymanmedic.com HandyManMedic.com Sun, 20 Sep 2020 17:51:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Handyman Tips https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/handyman-tips.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/handyman-tips.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:38:30 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=201
  • An electric razor can be a just as effective as an electronic stud finder. Turn it on and drag it along the drywall, you will notice a change in the vibration as you cross a stud with it.
  • Push a straight pin into the bottom two corners of the picture on the backside, and then clip off the heads of the pins leaving about 3/8 of an inch sticking out of the frame. Hang the picture using a level, when set in place, gently push the section of the picture frame with the pins behind it into the drywall to secure the positioning of the picture.
  • Don’t trim trees in the budding season (late March or early April) because it adds additional trauma to the tree.
  • Glass jars are great because they are less likely to allow the paint to dry out and you can always tell the color of the paint inside. To ensure the paint doesn’t seal the lid on and to further the air tight seal, run a couple layers of Teflon tape around the jars threads before putting the lid on.

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    Tips on gutters https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/tips-on-gutters.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/tips-on-gutters.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:37:21 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=199 Clean out the gutters every year. Be sure to remove the gutter covers before you begin this task so you don’t miss any build up of leaves and debris.

    Rinse out the gutters. It will not only help push clogs out, it will highlight any leaks that need repair.

    Check the connections and look for any rusting areas. You might have to replace a section if it’s become too rusty.

    Patch smaller holes with roofing cement, larger ones may require a metal patch.

    Installing iron mesh at the mouth of the drain pipes is good, but don’t forget to check for clogs there too.

    Protect your gutters with gutter screens. They will prevent build-up and allow leaves to accumulate on top of them. Just be sure to take care of those piles because as they rot so they don’t damage your roof.

    Install roof overhangs wherever you can to protect the walls from being exposed to rainfall – especially on the sides of the house prone to a beating

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    Yard maintenance https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/yard-maintenance.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/yard-maintenance.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:36:07 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=197
  • Fertilizer – Fertilizer will help add nutrients when soil is depleted.
  • Topsoil – Make sure you choose a quality topsoil for gardens or shrubbery areas.
  • Aeration – This helps your lawn become healthier when applied properly.
  • Mowing – Make sure to keep up with regular mowing for a cleaner look.
  • Watering – Water all plants and grassy areas as needed to keep them healthy.
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    Weeding – Strip the area of all weeds, including roots, even if that means taking off the top six inches.Then rototill to a depth of at least six inches to loosen compaction and improve drainage

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    Going green https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/going-green.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/going-green.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:34:30 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=195

    Make a compost pile to reduce the amount of trash your family produces.

    Plant an herb garden to have fresh herbs to use in meals.

    Fix any leaks to prevent your water bill from racking up.

    Consider using solar panels. In the long run they can become very cost effective.

    Switch to windows that are more insulated.

    Insulate your house to lower heating and cooling bills.

    Turns lights off when you aren’t using them.

    Change your light bulbs to a more environmentally friendly version such as CFLs

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    How to: minor home repairs https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/how-to-minor-home-repairs.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/how-to-minor-home-repairs.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:33:31 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=193

    Have a small hole in a wall that needs patched up? It is easy to do it yourself with these easy guidelines.

    1. Size up the hole. Spackle repairs holes up to about the size of a hand and any hole larger than the size of a fist will require a different technique.
    2. Choose a good spackle. One way to classify spackle is by weight: bigger holes will require heavier spackle.
    3. Trim up the hole with a utility knife. Don’t make the hole any bigger than you have to, but do make sure to remove any crumbling or unsupported wallboard gypsum.
    4. Choose an appropriately sized spackle knife. The knife should be slightly larger than the hole. If you are unsure, go with a larger one.
    5. Stir the spackle, especially if you are using a previously opened spackle tub.
    6. Press the loaded side of the spackling tool into the wall about a half-inch above the hole.
    7. Press hard, and using a smooth stroke pull the knife down over the hole. Usually, pulling over the hole at a slight angle works best.
    8. If the spackle begins to sag, leave this coat to dry in the current state and come back later for a second coat. It is better to give a hole several thinner coats than one thick one.
    9. If needed, apply a second coat only after the spackle is fully dry.
    10. Make the spackle as flush as possible, but remember that spackle shrinks. Do not be afraid to leave a slight mound (perhaps an eighth of a inch) above the hole.
    11. Smooth the spackle down with very fine grade sandpaper or use a damp sponge to smooth out the surface until it is flush with the wall.

    Small holes do not need primer, but larger holes should be primed to seal the spackle and prevent it from absorbing too much of your top coat paint

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    How to: touch up painting https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/how-to-touch-up-painting.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/how-to-touch-up-painting.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:32:13 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=191

    Over the years the paint on the walls in your home may become chipped or stained so they may need to be touched up every once and a while. Finding the exact paint color is essential to making your touch up job look good. A shade that is slightly off can be obvious if you are just touching up and can require a lot of re-painting. After a year or so after being painted the color becomes hard to match so it is always a good idea to keep excess paint from before. If an area has been repaired many times already or is in a high traffic area, you may want to consider painting the entire wall. Make sure to try to blend the paint into the old paint when doing touch ups. For a smaller area this means dabbing the paint instead or brushing. If one wall of a room needs to be painted again but the others don’t it’s okay! As long as the walls are very similar colors, it does not matter if they are exactly the same color. Shadows in a room can make one wall look darker than another even if they are the same shade

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    Summer yard care https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/summer-yard-care.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/summer-yard-care.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:30:16 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=189

    Maintaining a garden in the summer months can be a little more difficult because of the heat and humidity. A good garden accentuates the house while a bad garden can make your yard look dim or uninviting. Choosing the right plants and flowers for your climate can help you have a beautiful garden all summer long. Regular upkeep and proper maintenance helps keeps a garden healthy.

    Pruning your garden is a key factor to keeping it healthy. If you don’t cut off the dying parts of flowers or plants, the whole plant could go. However, if you cut off too much, it isn’t always a bad thing. The plants will grow back provided you didn’t cut off too much. You could spend a lot of money on new plants, but taking care of them from the start will keep costs down and keep plants healthy.

    In the summer, most plants need to be watered frequently so make sure they get watered regularly. Watering in the morning is ideal. But, try not to water in the evening. When you water in the evening then the temperature goes down, there is a higher risk of fungus forming which can be harmful to the plants. If anything is starting to turn brown that is a very strong sign that they need water or that the plant is already dead. Potted plants or plants in containers usually dry out more quickly. Be careful not to over water though!

    In order to keep your grass and garden looking their best weeding is a must. Weeds can become very annoying if they are not taken care of but you can always spray your yard or garden with a weed killer to keep them away. If you want to remove weeds by hand make sure to remove the entire root or the weeds may keep growing back. Using a weed suppressing mulch in a garden can also be very helpful.

    Mulch is an important factor in keeping plants healthy because it locks in moisture and nutrients. A layer of mulch should be about 1 to three inches thick so it can retain moisture but not take too much away from plants. Remember that mulch needs to be replaced or have fresh mulch added when it starts to dry out. Every so often you should turn up your mulch to make sure it doesn’t dry out.

    These are just some basics of keeping your yard looking nice during the hot summer months. Many different plants react differently and you should research them before putting them in around your house. Make sure you buy plants or flowers that can thrive in the area that you live in and make sure your soil can sustain whatever greenery that you would like. Don’t let your money go down the drain on wasted plants. Instead follow these tips to keep your yard looking beautiful all throughout the Summer

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    Preventing Basement Flooding https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/preventing-basement-flooding.html https://handymanmedic.com/blogs/preventing-basement-flooding.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:27:51 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=187 A common annoyance faced by many homeowners is basement flooding, often occurring after a significant bout of rainfall.  Even for those who have not had the misfortune of dealing with this problem, taking preventative measures could save you some trouble in the future.

    Here are some tips:

    Extend rain gutter downspouts well away from your house – If your gutter is depositing water within close range of your house, this can eventually build up and cause leaks.  One option is to attach the downspout to a PVC pipe which can then be run under the ground and/or away from your home.

    Make sure rain gutters are clean – Especially during the fall season.  A gutter stuffed with leaves will not be able to dispose of the rain water, which will instead overflow and accumulate at the base of your home.

    Ensure there is slope around the foundation – A noticable downward slope of the area that surrounds your home’s foundation is necessary to prevent accumulation of rainfall or melted snow.  Ideally, the ground should slope downward for several feet, at a rate of about 1 inch per foot. It is also necessary to make sure that there are no bumps in the slope. If there are, these can be fixed without too much trouble by simply using a shovel.

    Use a concrete sealer – While useful as a finishing touch for any flooding prevention effort, concrete sealers on their own cannot guarantee that your basement will stay dry, as they will yield to significant water pressure.  They can, however, seal out moisture in general and hold up against minor water pressure .

    Running a dehumidifier – Another finishing touch.  Especially during warmer periods of weather, the humidity in your basement will rise.  When this happens, moisture can come up through the floor and general dampness may occur.  A dehumidifier will help prevent this

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    Pressure Washing https://handymanmedic.com/service/pressure-washing.html https://handymanmedic.com/service/pressure-washing.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:23:51 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=185 Does your home need a fresh look? Let us give it a wash. Power washing the exterior of your home is a great way to quickly increase value and curb appeal of your property. Avoid the hassle and expense of doing it yourself and hire a professional.  Choose from the list below or contact us if you require something else.

    • Window cleaning
    • Deck cleaning
    • Driveway/sidewalk cleaning
    • Mold removal, algae and tree sap stain removal

     

    Mold, mildew, black streaks and algae are no match for our low pressure washing system and environmentally safe cleaners. Handyman Medic is a professional pressure washing company serving the Frederick area.

    Whether we pressure clean your roof, acrylic seal your driveway or marble patio or waterproof your wood deck, we will treat your home with care, respect and the attention to detail that you deserve while giving you the finest quality workmanship that you expect

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    Plumbing https://handymanmedic.com/service/plumbing.html https://handymanmedic.com/service/plumbing.html#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:22:24 +0000 https://handymanmedic.com/?p=183 Broken pipes or leaky faucet?

    From drain garbage disposal to dishwasher repairs, Handyman Medic is here for you. We offer professional plumbing services and all of our work is guaranteed. Your complete satisfaction is our first priority, and we only use top-of-the-line equipment to ensure the job is done right. Our services include:

    • Toilets
    • Faucets
    • Sump Pumps
    • Garbage Disposals
    • Dishwasher & Ice Maker Hook-up
    Man Cleaning Gutters on Ladder

    The average household plumbing system represents a huge portion of a home investment. To help keep it up, we offer on-time, courteous service to residents located in greater Washington County (MD). We often provide same-day appointments for no extra charge.

    Handyman Medic is ready to provide your residential needs in Frederick and beyond

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