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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Seconds Count…

| January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Seconds Count…

By Handyman Bob Strong It was just a little before 7am when the phone rang. On the other end, an excited voice identified herself and asked, “How do I turn off the water to the house?” Having been their handyman for many years, I knew the layout of the home well and directed her to […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Hanging Holiday Decorations, Remember Ladder Safety

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Hanging Holiday Decorations, Remember Ladder Safety

By Handyman Bob Strong We seem to find ourselves on ladders a lot during this time of year, so let’s take a look at ladder safety. They are used for everything from washing windows to trimming trees to hanging wreathes and decorative lights. A lot of home related injuries involve the improper use of ladders, […]

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Getting Ready for Rain: roof, gutter, downspouts: The Care & Feeding of Your Home

| November 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Getting Ready for Rain: roof, gutter, downspouts: The Care & Feeding of Your Home

By Handyman Bob Strong Weather forecasting, it seems, is as much an art as it is a science. Computer models frequently disagree, undoubtedly because they were fed different data to analyze. We’re hearing that there is a strong El Nino building in the Pacific; some say it is going to bring heavy rain to California […]

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How Safe Is Your Home? The Care & Feeding of Your Home

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
How Safe Is Your Home? The Care & Feeding of Your Home

By Handyman Bob Strong A burglary occurs every 15 seconds in this country, with an average loss of $1,600. Two thirds of all burglaries are residential and of those, two thirds occur between 9 AM and 3 PM, when there is a high probability that nobody is at home. So, what can you do to […]

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How to Fix a Doorbell: The Care & Feeding of Your Home

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
How to Fix a Doorbell: The Care & Feeding of Your Home

By Handyman Bob Strong Troubleshooting and repairing a doorbell is one of the absolute best electrical projects you can take on, because with just a little knowledge, you can appear to be an absolute genius. The entire doorbell circuit only has three parts. Outside the door, you’ll find some sort of button. Hanging on a […]

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10 Ways To Keep Your Cool This Summer: Care and Feeding of Your Home

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
10 Ways To Keep Your Cool This Summer: Care and Feeding of Your Home

By “Handyman Bob” Strong It’s starting to get hot out and it’s only going to get warmer over the next couple of months. And, while it’s tempting to simply turn down the thermostat on the air conditioning, there are some easy things you can do that will also help you keep your cool. 1. Keep […]

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Care and Feeding of Your Home: Cut Back Those Bushes!

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Care and Feeding of Your Home: Cut Back Those Bushes!

By “Handyman Bob” Strong Every day, I take a walk around my neighborhood, stretching my legs and getting a little exercise. What got my attention this week is just how fast all the trees and bushes are filling out and how many of them are poised to do serious damage to my home. The rhododendrons […]

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Care & Feeding of Your Home: A few thoughts on fence repair

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Care & Feeding of Your Home: A few thoughts on fence repair

By Bob Strong As a handyman, I was asked from time to time to repair damaged fences and gates so I thought I’d share some of my observations from the past seventeen years. Wood or Metal First of all, the majority of fences I was asked to repair are wood and of those, the vast […]

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Care & Feeding of Your Home: Spring Checklist for your home

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Care & Feeding of Your Home: Spring Checklist for your home

By Bob Strong Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get our homes ready for all the weather that is going to be thrown at it, including lots of rain, wind and eventually a baking sun. Start with a complete walk around the house, checking for and correcting anything on this list that applies: […]

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Care & Feeding of Your Home: Avoid Home Improvement Fraud

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Care & Feeding of Your Home: Avoid Home Improvement Fraud

By Bob Strong When the spring home and garden trade shows are announced, you just know all the contractors are ramping up, hoping for a great year, full of good paying jobs. And, this may be the year you are thinking about having some major work done to your home. While the vast majority of […]

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