Project Planning For DIY

As we are approaching  Spring (in Florida it feels like it now), we probably have that small honey do list that keeps piling up. This maybe clean the gutters to some minor maintenance inside the home. With life and work and family sometimes its hard to focus on the home maintenance. Well today’s blog will help you get organized and hopefully complete them tasks. So lets begin.

When starting any project you need to have a check list. This list needs to include items for safety, materials, tools, and clean up. Some people when the start a project just rip in to it and then have 50 trips to #Home Depot or #Lowes. Or, when the project is underway, there maybe a side part of the project that is not seen and now maybe 3 projects are needing to be completed instead of 1. Below is going to be a simple check off list for the Big 4 elements of small home projects.

Safety

  • Always make sure that if you are working on any project that you have proper gloves, safety glasses, if need be a hard hat, proper work boots, and clothing. If you are working under a home in the crawl space you may want a hard hat because of the piping, beams and joists. You may want to think about wearing sandals if you are going to  cut the grass. These 2 examples are to put you in the frame of mind before starting a project.

Materials

  • When we are doing a project, lets be honest do we want to go to the box stores 3 or 4 times. NO. So when doing a project its important to make sure you have all the materials needed. Sometimes, I even buy more then needed and then the UN-used items I do return. So for example, lets say we are going to re-caulk the shower. On my material list, would be caulk, caulk gun, putty knife, safety glasses, razor knife, razor knife blades, scrubby to remove old debris,  and small trash bag. Now this maybe repetitive for safety, and tools. But if you don’t have these items, you will need to get them while picking up the caulk.

Tools

  • Tools is my favorite subject. When you are starting a project, you have to inspect the tools prior. The worst thing you want is not have the right tool for the right task. For example, If you are putting new locks on and want to add a dead bolt, the proper whole saw is 2 1/8″ and not 2 or 2 1/4″. The directions will tell you from the product what you need. This is critical. The wrong tool will (not may) but will make the job harder, longer and may even destroy the product you are working on.

Clean-Up

  • Clean-up is just as important to having the needed materials to the tools to wearing the correct PPE. Some materials when disposing of you may have to use special containers for that product. Also, with the debris from the task, I always like to have the debris in bags and set aside. This way you don’t have construction debris with regular house hold trash. For example, you may had to replace the razor blade in the razor knife to remove the caulk. So, if the debris was separately bagged, there is no chance that somebody can put there hand in the trash bag/can if they drop something and cut themselves on the blade.

These are some highlights of project management. But if you go by these 4 then it will help you to keep them trips down to the store, have the project go smoothly and be safe. Of course, if you have any questions or want us to handle them small projects we can. For more information contact us anytime: 352-437-5300 and ask for our repair department. Or visit us at our webpage: www.pascoremodel.com and schedule your next appointment. For handyman and repairs we will gladly schedule the appointment within a day in the Elfers, Hudson, Zephyrhills and Brandon Florida areas.

 

 

 

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Light Fixtures and Light Bulbs

This weeks blog is about light fixtures and light bulbs. Wanted to share some interesting information I found and why it seems the light bulb burns out quicker then it should. So lets begin.

Last week I was in Valrico Florida at a friends house and noticed few things about the light fixtures and the light bulb. Certain light fixtures actually do have a life span. The light fixture that may cost $6-20.00 at the retail box stores will probably last about 5 years. The reason being is the light socket itself. The light socket is of an economical grade then a light fixture that was about $50.00. Additionally, the economical light fixtures are not gonna last with steam and moisture in the home and the trim will start to tarnish and then corrode. Alot of newer style light fixtures come with insulation on the back with a foil to protect the light and ceiling or wall. This is because of heat and won’t leave a burn spot when you remove the light fixture. So if your light fixtures have some age on them and you are starting to notice the tarnish or the light bulb has to be replaced more then it should, it maybe time to replace the fixture.

Now lets talk about the light bulb. The world of the light bulb has changed in the past 10 years. Fluorescent tubes are made to have no mercury in them. We now have CFL’s,  LED’s and of course the standard style light bulb. So we all want to go green in someway. Save money, buy it once and be done with it. But referring to the other paragraph, you maybe replacing light bulbs quicker then they are lasting. There is a few reasons for this. If a house gets a power surge, that may cause the lights to burn out faster. But, a lot of times its a simpler fix. Lets start with the switch. The switch maybe near its extended life. Yes a switch that costs $0.98 at the retail box stores I would not trust. There are better quality switch and receptacles for a dollar or more that will not cause the the light bulb to end. Secondly, it could be the wiring. The connector may need tightening or replacing in the wall or at the light fixture. And lastly, the light fixture may need replacing.  Just like a lot of other components in the home, this is one item that we just forget about it. So, next time you replace that CFL and it last 6 months, it maybe time to think about why.

If you have this problem in the Port Richey, Eifers, Hudson or Richland communities, please call us. Remember in Florida we are the lightning capital. For more information or if you have any questions feel free to call us anytime at: 352-437-5300. Or email at: pascoremodel@gmail.com   www.pascoremodel.com

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational use only. At no time is it recommended that an unqualified person replace any electrical element or component. It is always best to use trained and licensed qualified companies that can diagnose the problems as described above in this blog.

 

Water Damage

This weeks blog is about water damage and what to do if you have a flood or moisture intrusion. Water damage can be very costly and doing some preventive maintenance around the home can save you time, money and headaches of costly repairs. So, lets begin.

When we have a flood say maybe from an appliance in the kitchen or the toilet leaks water goes everywhere. The biggest thing to do is shut off any water supply and then get all the water up that you can. Next is to dry the area with fans. Now keep in mind that you want to try keep the area dry and a fan maybe need to run for a day or so. But if you start to see buckling or stains in the floor product, then you want to call a contractor immediately.

When having to remove the product due to water damage, then this may add some cost to your budget. But noticing it immediately, the contractor may save some of the floor, if possible. But now lets talk about some preventive maintenance measures that may help you identify if there is an issue and some tips.

First, did you know that any shut off valve should be replaced after 5 years of service. Yes that is true. Another tip, once a month it is a good idea to inspect the underside of cabinets for any moisture stains. A small drip noticing know from the drain pipe or valve will save you costly repairs down range. Its also a good idea to check the piping at the shower faucet. This is an area that is always over looked. Some of this can be done when you are doing the monthly major clean of your home.

So, you may say ok, great advice. But what about water entering the home from the exterior. These few good tips may help you as well. If you experience a heavy rain then it maybe advisable to enter the attic. Take a look around where there maybe vents or nails penetrating the sheathing. Wet spots will be noticeable immediately. Another area, check the exterior walls around the windows and doors. You may notice a small water stain that could be a minor re-caulk around the window. Or the gutters are clogged and water ran into the soffit.  Moisture intrusion will start immediately if there is a gap or hole. Small notices of this may not be seen for a while. But there are always a sign that this happened.

So, if you think you see a small stain that just appeared for no reason or want us to check certain areas please give us a call or email. We perform these type of repairs all the time in Land O Lakes, Zephyrhills, Trinity, and Hudson Florida. We are always here for you. 352-437-5300 or pascoremodel@gmail.com    Thank You.

Floor Installations

This weeks blog is about having a floor installed. Not gonna talk about carpet but more on the topic of laminate, tile, and vinyl products. The flooring industry has really boomed within the few years. Alot of consumers are realizing that re-doing a floor will add value and beauty to your home. For example, the old white ceramic tile floor in the kitchen 10 years ago may not be the norm for today’s kitchen.  However, as a consumer or do it your self-er, there are a few things that everyone should know prior to having the floor installed.

The most important thing to remember, never stow your new flooring product in the garage. Always stow the floor product and if applicable the glue to product in the rooms that the new flooring will be installed. Always check the manufacture for stowing recommendations. Some products will need to acclimate 1-3 days to its new environment and some can come off the truck and be installed.

Secondly, if tile is being installed on the floor, its always best to check if the tile needs to be sealed prior to applying grout. Also on any concrete floor, any product manufacture will tell you if the concrete needs to sealed, primed, etc.

During the installation, its very important to check the final appearance of the product. Does the laminate flooring have any chips, does the tile have a scratch, or if the porcelain tile has a factory gloss finish, is it complete and not blotchy. Every manufacture will have acceptable variance standards. So make sure you do the double check as your installing the product. We do a few rows and step back to make sure there is no product issue. The worst thing you want is to complete a room and notice a defect in the finish in the middle of the room and can’t walk on the floor to replace it.

And lastly, upon completion of the floor you just installed or had installed. Make sure you understand the warranty and cleaning manufacture recommendations. Using some cleaning products that are off the shelf in big box stores may void the warranty due to a certain chemical that is in the cleaning product. Also some cleaning agents may discolor the grout, scratch the tile or cause product malfunction in the overall appearance or assembly of the product.

At Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, LLC we have installed numerous floor products. This has taken place  from Zephyrhills to Holiday Florida and Land O Lakes.  We take pride in knowing that our installations are guaranteed with a Full 2 Year Warranty. For more information about this service or others feel free to call us anytime, 352-437-5300 or our website: www.pascoremodel.com