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Surround Sound Systems – How do our surround sound systems work and how do we design them?

Surround Sound Systems – Die hard movie fans truly enjoy surround sound. Nothing adds to the movie-watching experience quite like multiple speakers surrounding and enveloping you inside the movie itself. But how does a home surround sound system recreate this experience? The easiest way to explain it is to work backwards.

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If you have a standard 5.1 surround sound system, then you have five primary speakers, and one subwoofer. Of these five speakers, one is a center channel speaker, which is designed to sit horizontally at the center of your display and deliver dialogue, a pair of vertical left and right speakers, a pair of surround speakers, and a subwoofer sitting on the floor for bass. However, it is important to understand that no matter how great your speakers are, they require something more to optimize performance. If you are looking for a sound system for a retail store, small or large, you can learn more about how to go about this so it feels inviting for customers to come in.

The thing that makes surround sound really shine is your audio video receiver or preamp. This piece of electronics sends the correct audio signals to the correct speaker so that your center channel plays the center channel information, and the left surround speaker plays what it’s supposed to as well.

But how does your receiver know what to do? It receives information from your source material, whether it’s a Blu-Ray disc, cable TV program, video game, etc. Encoded along with the video information is an audio track that’s designed to tell your receiver where the different audio signals are supposed to go. As long as your playback device and your receiver know how to decode the information, everything works.

Of course the first step is creating the surround sound information. This is done by people. Most surround sound isn’t recorded when a movie is produced. Instead, audio engineers sit down with all of the recorded audio and decide which sounds should be reproduced by which speakers. Without the experts doing all this work in the beginning, the rest of the system breaks down, and you don’t have a surround sound experience at home.

Designing the Ultimate Home Theater Setup

So you want to build a serious home theater, but you’re not sure where to start? While we can’t make every decision for you, we can give you some direction. Here are things to keep in mind.

Display

If you’re truly looking to build a home THEATER there’s only one real way to do that, and it’s with a front projection display. A projector and screen combination is the best way to recreate the movie theater experience. You’ll want to go with a 4K projector to get the best possible image quality and the largest possible screen size (of course) depending upon viewing distance.

Speakers

If you’re going for the best of the best, then you’ll want to design a Dolby Atmos speaker system. Might we suggest Klipsch Dolby Atmos ® enabled speakers? With Dolby Atmos ®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill a home theater with astonishing clarity, detail, and depth. You’ll need at least one subwoofer, but if this is the ultimate home theater, you’ll want two. Choose your subwoofers based on the size of your room, not necessarily the other speakers you’re using. The larger the room, the larger the subwoofer you’ll want to use.

A/V Receiver

Since we’re using a Dolby Atmos ® speaker system, an audio video receiver that is capable of such a system is critical. In addition, choose a receiver with many HDMI inputs since its the primary connection for most components and should handle most future upgrades to your system. We recommend a Denon AVRX4300H 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Built-in HEOS wireless technology featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Wire

Don’t skimp on the wire. You want CL3 rated wire if you’re going to be running it through the walls–the ultimate home theater doesn’t show any exposed wire. 16 gauge wire is probably ok, unless you’ll be doing extremely long runs for your surround channels. In this case, upgrade to 14 gauge wire.

Additional Equipment

You’ll need something to play movies on, of course. This means a quality Blu-Ray player or other devices. Since access to movies is essential, you should have a Netflix or other streaming service subscription, which are starting to roll out more 4K and UHD content.

Universal Remote Control

Now that you have selected your equipment, you need an easy way to control it. A programmed universal remote control will allow you to control everything from one place, as well as power up your entire system with a single button.

Seating

There are lots of options out there for “movie theater seating,” so choose what is most comfortable for your lifestyle. Something that allows you to put your feet up and with a place for your drink sounds ideal.

Lighting

The movie doesn’t start until the lights dim. Controlling the light in the room allows your to see the screen properly and adds ambience to the room. You may want to consider blackout shades, as well as installing dimmers to the lights in your room, which can also be programmed into your universal remote control.

Already have your ultimate home theater? We would love for you to share suggestions here!

Plano Texas Handyman can help you design and install a great home theater system, call us at 214-507-3415 or visite www.planotexashandyman.com for more information to our capabilities.

Perfect Christmas Table

Perfect Christmas Table

Christmas is now just around the corner!  Perfect Christmas Table

Perfect Christmas Table – I love this time of year when you are surrounded by your family and friends and have lots of holiday parties to attend. Of course, decorating for the season takes top priority in our home!

One of the most important things I decorate is my holiday table. This is really special to me because this is where a lot of memories are made each year. I have a few key tips to share with you so you too can set the perfect holiday table this year!  Perfect Christmas Table, Plano Texas Handyman wishes you and your family a wonderful Christmas season and please call us for all your home improvement projects at 214-507-3415.  Visit our website for all our capabilities.

Tip 1: Use a white linen base

One of the best investments you can make is in a crisp white linen that fits your table. Quality really does make a difference on this and it really is worth the dollars you will spend. I always use a base white linen for all my holiday tables and it is a great starting point for your table decor.  Perfect Christmas Table

A simple white tablecloth is the best base for you to build your holiday tablescape upon. (Photo by Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)
A simple white tablecloth is the best base for you to build your holiday tablescape upon. Perfect Christmas Table

Tip 2: Create a focal point

Creating a focal point in the center of the table does not have to be hard. It can be as simple as a cluster of candles or, like ours, a plaid blanket scarf with some mercury glass Christmas trees. I think symmetry is everything so whatever you choose for the center of the table, just make sure to make it balanced. Whatever is on one side should be on the other. Here I used two different glass Christmas trees but made sure there were two of the same on each end. Tucked in holiday balls and flocked branches completed the look.  Perfect Christmas Table

Mix holiday colors and patterns for a stunning table display. (Photo by Rebekah Demspey/A Blissful Nest)
Mix holiday colors and patterns for a stunning table display.

Tip 3. Always layer your plates for depth

I always think the more layers you have the better! Start with a base like a charger. Then add a dinner plate, followed by a salad plate and finish with a butter dish or a bowl like we used. Your guests can undo the layers and use what they need. I think using a different pattern or color on each layer brings a touch of whimsy, too.
Create a stunning but simple place setting for the holidays by adding whimsically patterned layers. (Photo by Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)

Create a stunning but simple place setting for the holidays by adding whimsically patterned layers. Perfect Christmas Table

Tip 4: Add a touch of gold to glam it up.

Gold is so popular right now and you can use it sparingly for a modern touch. I used a touch of gold only on the flatware this time. Some other fun places to use a touch of gold would be in the napkin rings, glasses or just on the centerpiece design.

Gold silverware adds some sparkle to a holiday table. (Photo by Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)

Gold silverware adds some sparkle to a holiday table. (Photo by Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)

Tip 5: Pop a color

I think it is always fun to pick an unexpected pop of color like this blue in the glasses. It is a holiday table but that blue really gives it a modern flare. You can do this with napkins too. I love adding a fun color to the mix!

Adding pops of color will give your place setting a bit more flare. (Photo by Rebekah Dempsey)

Adding pops of color will give your place setting a bit more flare.

Some of my favorite places to shop for table décor are resale shops and antique stores. You really can get great eclectic items even for holiday décor! Shop your own closet too. I used a blanket scarf I already had for the center of the table. Sometimes the best treasures are already in your home.  Perfect Christmas Table

Perfect Christmas Table, Plano Texas Handyman wishes you and your family a wonderful Christmas season and please call us for all your home improvement projects at 214-507-3415.  Visit our website for all our capabilities.

Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating – Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends – Christmas is here and we have to prepare our homes for welcoming this happy occasion. Decorating your home for celebrating Christmas is a necessity without which you will not feel that Christmas is around you and celebrated by many people all over the world. There are many things that are required for making your home sparkle at Christmas as you have to purchase a Christmas tree which is the most important thing for celebrating Christmas, ornaments for decorating Christmas tree and other parts of your home and there are also lights which  are essential for making your home inviting. Decorating homes for Christmas is not limited to indoor decoration as the area that is located outside our homes especially the front yard is very important to be decorated especially with lights. Lights are the best things to be used for outdoor decoration as they illuminate the front yard and make your home inviting for all of those who are going to celebrate Christmas at your home. There are countless outdoor Christmas lighting ideas that are presented every year to make your home sparkle during the holiday. Here are the top 10 outdoor Christmas light ideas that are presented for 2015 to decorate your home and make it inviting.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our website planotexashandyman.com

1. Geometric lights for trees

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It is not enough to just add lights to your front yard for illuminating it. You also have to choose those shapes and designs that allow you to make the outdoor decoration of your home inviting. Using geometric lights is the best way to achieve what you want as they add a modern touch to the look of the area outside your home. Geometric lights are available in different shapes and colors making it easy for you to choose what you like for your outdoor decoration.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating.

2. Dark Walkways

Lighting walkways is essential especially during the holidays as there are many guests who come to your home and need lights to be able to easily find their way to the door of your home. You can use strings of lights for this purpose and hanging them is not difficult as you can easily make use of the trees and shrubs that you have along the walkway or around it to hang your strings of lights.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating
3. Empty branches

empty-branchesMost of the branches lose their leaves during the winter season which makes them unsuitable for welcoming Christmas and decorating the front yard. You can easily overcome this problem through decorating branches using lights. Wrap strings of lights around the branches of the trees and make them approximately at the same height to make them look fascinating.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

4. Left without lights

There are different structures that you can leave outside your home without being lit. These unlit structures can be illuminated by the surrounding lights if it is not necessary to add lights to these structures. This can save your money and effort but you have to make sure that the unlit structures are located at well-lit areas in the yard.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

5. Net lights

If you find that it is difficult for you to use fairy lights or strings of lights because you do not know where to start or stop wrapping the strings that you have, use net lights. It is known that net lights are more expensive than the strings of lights, but in fact they will save your time and effort unlike the strings of lights that are tiring for many people while being installed.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

6. Decorating hedges

There are several methods that can help you to decorate hedges in your yard since you can use the traditional strings of lights or net lights. String lights are cheaper than the net lights, but they require exerting more effort and time while installing them unlike net lights which are more expensive but less tiring.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

7. The exterior entry of your home

Decorating the exterior entry of your home can be done though using wreaths and ornaments and to make these decorative items sparkle especially in darkness at night, add strings of lights to them. Make sure that the decorative items that you use for decorating the exterior entry are large enough to be seen from the street to make it easy for the guests to find your home.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

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8. Using a mixture of lights

It is a perfect idea to use different sources of lights for decorating your front yard. You can use strings of lights, net lights, sensory-activated motion lights and other sources of lights that you use throughout the year. Mixing lights can help you to save energy, money and effort as depending on just one source of lights can cost you a lot of money and can also be more tiring while installing the light sources that you want to use.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends

9. Using LED lights

Led lights are known to be cheaper than the other Christmas lights that we usually use. In addition to being cheap, LED lights do not consume a large amount of power and energy like the traditional Christmas lights and they also last for a longer time. All of these reasons make the LED lights a perfect choice for you to get your yard decorated without spending a lot of money.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

10. Christmas wishes with lights

It is one of the most fascinating ideas to use lights for creating Christmas wishes in your front yard. You can make whatever you want such as MERRY CHRISTMAS and other wishes that you may like to display during the holidays in front of your home. Using different types of lights such as LED lights can help you to do this.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends.  Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our website planotexashandyman.com

Holiday Gift Guide Handyman

Holiday Gift Guide Handyman

Holiday Gift Guide Handyman: The Do-It-Yourselfer Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Handy Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Guide Handyman.  The perfect gifts for your favorite do-it-yourselfers, whether they’re gadget geeks, tool freaks or they just like to get the job done right!

For the Handyman on the Go: A Sawhorse and Then Some

The Centipede is a multi-legged, portable support base that folds out in seconds and is as versatile as it is funky looking. It can function as a workbench, tool stand, table base, or as a pair of good old-fashioned sawhorses. It’s not only perfect for construction but also handy on a camping trip, tailgating or anywhere you need a stable platform. The two sizes both come with quick clamps to cinch down sheet goods, and X-cups designed to hold 2x4s. The 2 x 4-ft. model can support 1,500 lbs. The 4 x 8-ft. version can handle 3,000 lbs.!  Holiday Gift Guide Handyman
For the Cyclist: Hoist Your Bike Out of the Way
When it comes to garages, there’s no such thing as enough space. One product we find useful to free up some floor space is a bicycle hoist. It’s easy to install and very easy to use. When shopping for a hoist, beware of models that have undersized ropes. They can slip off the pulley wheels and jam. Look for one with a good, hefty rope.  Holiday Gift Guide Handyman

For the Minimalist: The Only Tool Set You Need

You probably don’t have a complete set of sockets and wrenches in your tool bag or the emergency vehicle kit under your truck seat. And you don’t have to if it contains the new Crescent Pass-Thru Adjustable Wrench Set. This compact tool kit features 10 spline-style sockets that work with hex, square and external Torx fasteners, from 10mm to 19mm and 3/8 to 23/32 in.

The pass-through sockets fit over protruding bolt threads and nuts mounted on studs, eliminating the need to carry deep sockets. For more grabbing power, simply replace the smooth jaw with the serrated side, and you’ve got yourself a pipe wrench, perfect for stripped bolt heads and pipes up to 1 in.  Holiday Gift Guide Handyman

For the Tool Geek: A Wrench for Hard-to-Reach Spots

There have been several variations and improvements on the old adjustable wrench, but none of them seem to solve the two problems we encounter most: jaw capacity that’s too small and jaws that are too thick. That’s why we’re impressed with Channellock’s new Xtra Slim Jaw WideAzz adjustable wrenches.

The jaws are 40 percent thinner than on conventional adjustable wrenches. That makes them perfect for plumbing jobs where you need a thin wrench to hold the body of a compression or flare fitting while you tighten the nut with a second wrench. Also, these wrenches have an extra-large jaw capacity that works great for most household, automotive, small engine and yard equipment repairs.  Holiday Gift Guide Handyman

For the Lumberjack: Light, Quiet, and Powerful

When a tree falls on your property, you don’t usually hear it, but you still have to clean up the mess. We tested Oregon’s CS250 14-in. cordless model the last time a tree fell on one of our outbuildings. Talk about ‘the right tool for the job.’ It was light, quiet and had plenty of power.

We had never used a saw with more aggressive teeth, but of course Oregon does know a thing or two about chain saw chains, since it’s been making them for more than 65 years. The battery had plenty of juice to dismember the problem tree, and the onboard sharpening ensured the saw was ready to go the next time the wind blew. Oregon also makes a string trimmer and hedge shears that run on the same battery platform.  Holiday Gift Guide Handyman

For the Carpenter: Premier Pocket Hole Jig

 

Recently we dropped an old pocket hole jig and broke it. This turned out to be a blessing because we went out and picked up Kreg’s new K5 jig. Wow, what a difference!

Working with this new jig is like working with an altogether different tool?a much better tool. The spring clamp adjusts to any thickness of wood in seconds. The wings that support larger components also double as storage bins. The setting block makes adjusting the stop collar on the drill bit super easy.

We thought the dust collection port was a little hokey at first, but it really does save a lot of time since you don’t have to remove the bit and blow away wood shavings several times for every hole.

For the Tool Collector: A Riveting New Rivet Gun

 

We’ve owned rivet guns for years and use them for everything from assembling downspouts to repairing boats. The head on this rivet gun can turn in virtually any direction, enabling you to get into really tight spaces and corners?places that standard rivet guns wouldn’t dream of going.

If you get this tool, you’ll be adding tool holders to aluminum ladders or fixing items like snow shovels or lawn mower controls quickly and cheaply. As with other rivet tools, all you do is drill a pilot hole, insert the pop rivet and squeeze the trigger. One end of the rivet mushrooms, and the other has a little dish that presses firmly to the surface. If you’re new to riveting, you’ll find that rivets are a great alternative to bolts and washers. This Ace model, made by Stanley, has multiple heads sized for rivets from 1/8 in. to 3/16 in. in diameter. You may also find a yellow-handled version carrying the Stanley name.

For the Electrician: On the Firing Range

The WORX SD SemiAutomatic driver is the coolest little tool we’ve come across in years. As you pull back the slide, a cartridge loaded with driver bits rotates. Slam the slide forward, and a new bit pops out, ready for action.

This onboard bit selection is handy for odd jobs, but you’ll really fall in love with it during an electrical project. Manufacturers of electrical stuff like to annoy us with a smorgasbord of screw types: big slotted, little slotted, big Phillips, little Phillips? Normally, we keep bits buried in our tool belt and play find-the-right-bit all day. The WORX SD has eliminated that ritual. No wasted time. No lost bits. We were even able to drive 3-in. wood screws (just barely) with this mini 4-volt (lithium) driver. The WORX SD comes with two cartridges loaded with bits. Or load in your own bits.

Brought to you by Plano Texas Handyman, visit our website for more information or call us at 214-507-3415.  Happy Holidays from Plano Texas Handyman, and happy tool collecting.

Christmas Home Repairs

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Home Repairs

Christmas Home Repairs – When the holiday season comes around, I tend to have my shopping list completed by Thanksgiving, my decorating scheme planned, and have selected favorites from my bulging file folder full of holiday recipes. But in the midst of all that planning, I’ve sometimes missed exterior home repairs that keep my home from being as attractive – and safe- as possible.. Never underestimate the value and projected impression Christmas Home Repairs an make. The lens to your home is from the curb, and the lens to your home is from the front door. Make sure all these vantage points are perfectly manicured.

Even minor home maintenance issues can cause accidents or provide an open invitation to thieves. While the rest of a home may look cozy, an old mailbox or worn door can give a far less appealing message – even before friends and family enter the threshold of your home. Christmas Home Repairs, contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to schedule an appointment to maintain your Christmas Home Repairs or visit our website for more information.

But with a minimum of time and a little planning, you can make sure that your home is not only lovely on the inside but equally inviting on the outside. And with that added peace of mind, you can put on your favorite holiday music, start munching on holiday treats, and get ready to enjoy the festivities. Christmas Home Repairs.

Here’s are ways to tweak your home’s holiday cheer (and safety):

1. Start with curb appeal and take a close look at your mailbox. If it is so wobbly that adding holiday decorations are likely to make it tip over, face it: your mailbox needs a makeover. That could be as simple as repainting it, replacing worn address numbers, and making sure a wobbly post is reset firmly in place. Holiday Home Repairs

But don’t waste time on a mailbox that is dented, falling apart, and clearly past its prime. There are so many stylish mailbox options available that it should be a snap to find one that compliments your home. A well-maintained and decorated mailbox provides a warm welcome for guests before they even enter the driveway. To compliment your well-decorated exterior, you might want to cover repaving your driveway. The cold can be harsh on our driveways so working with an experienced screed supplier can help you get the materials you need to have your driveway looking good as new.

2. Make sure your exterior lights are in good working order. This may seem obvious but sometimes you can become blind to a couple of dim or burned out light bulbs (I certainly have). Hopefully, the problem will have a simple fix and you’ll just have to replace some of those bulbs. But if the lights are seriously tilted, the wiring doesn’t work or glass panels are broken, you may need to call a repair service. Working lights not only make your home’s exterior look better but let guests see steps, doors, overhanging tree limbs, etc.

3. Home Security: Add low-cost features to maintain your home’s security and keep burglars at bay. You don’t have to own a burglar alarm to make sure your home is protected from burglars. Inexpensive fixes can be all it takes to do the trick. Good lighting all around your home can be all it takes to discourage potential thieves.

If you have a dog that barks whenever strangers approach, that can also work as well – or even better – than a burglar alarm. Why? Home intruders may be willing to put up with the noise of an alarm, particularly if it only sets off sirens inside the house. But a dog is far less predictable and the threat of being attacked could scare off thieves (they don’t have to know that your dog is as likely to lick them to death as attack them).

4. Double check all exterior doors. Are all the hinges firmly in place? What about the locks? Even a solid steel door won’t do any good if it is easily knocked off the door frame. While you’re at it, see if the door needs some touching up. A wood door may need to be repainted or have a fresh coat of stain. Or maybe the door just needs to be cleaned thoroughly or power washed.

5. Finally, ask a friend or neighbor to be honest about any glaring problems you might be missing. You could be overlooking the sharp edge of a tree limb, one that is too close to the path leading to your house. Perhaps you’ve become blind to the chipped paint on your garage door. Holiday Home Repairs

Ever taken a walk in June and seen a Christmas wreath still in place? I have. Similarly, homeowners can miss seemingly obvious items that need to be updated, fixed or moved. So get the opinion of a trusted friend, family member or sympathetic neighbor.

Christmas Home Repairs, contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to schedule an appointment to maintain your Christmas Home Repairs or visit our website for more information.

Christmas Toy Assembly Stages

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Christmas Toy Assembly Stages

Christmas Toy Assembly Stages – Don’t suffer through the 5 stages of Christmas -Toy Assembly. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman: 214-507-3415 to discuss your toy assembly for a reasonable price and reduction on holiday stress.  Visit our website for more information on all of our Christmas and holiday handyman services

1. Denial: 11:00 p.m.
When you are still trying to tell yourself the following: Those seven Amazon boxes are really just full of stuffed animals. Is it already 11:00 p.m.? Thank God this won’t take long. I see us asleep by midnight. Maybe most of them come assembled. I got this. Fifteen years ago I was German club president and breezed through shop class. Nothing needs batteries. I bought all the batteries we will need. I bought all the right size batteries. Of course I know where the drill is. The cordless drill is fully charged. Yes, I remember where the eyeglass sized screwdriver is. Yes, it comes with an allen wrench. All the pre-drilled holes are actually pre-drilled. This year we won’t need the 9 inch Santoku knife, needle nose pliers, jaws of life, and a blow torch. I promise. We got this.  Christmas Toy Assembly Stages.

2. Blame: 1:00 a.m.
Here comes the smart ass comments from the parent that did absolutely NONE of the toy shopping, and was asked to start putting the toys together three weeks ago. Here also comes the smart ass comments from the “so over Christmas” parent, who has been toy bargain hunting since Halloween, making sure to snag the hottest and most desired toy for that kid who has only asked for that one thing. (And you finally found it!) “It’s your fault, the kids don’t need all of this!” “Uh, NO… it’s your fault, you could have done this weeks ago!” “Oh yea? Well it’s your mother’s fault, for going over board on her grandsons and sending all these toys HERE for US to put together.” “Seriously? Go ahead and take that two foot long Hot Wheels track and shove it up your arse — I’m going to bed.” Nowhere in my wedding vows did the priest say, “Do you promise to love, honor, and hold your tongue on Christmas Eve when you haven’t slept for three years and your spouse just lost the allen wrench?”  Christmas Toy Assembly Stages.

3. Reminiscing: 2:00 a.m.
*SIGH. Ohhhh the peace of Christmas Eve before children, just the two of you, a roaring fire, and dinner that did not contain a nugget shaped anything. And then sleeping in on Christmas morning, like until 11, followed by lingering over coffee and good conversation, then the exchanging of thoughtful and intimate gifts. There will be recalling of your first Christmas as a married couple together, expecting your first baby, and eager to have a little bundle the following year. Remember when we couldn’t wait to have a kid old enough to sit, unafraid, on Santa’s lap? One that would write adorable letters to the jolly guy, and believed with all his heart the magic that is Christmas? Memories, like the corners of this coffee table we haven’t seen in years because it’s baby proofed. So here’s to us, being awoken by said baby tomorrow at 5:00 a.m., admiring the thoughtful new hot water heater we bought each other for Christmas. Hey, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? Make sure to set the alarm for midnight so we can wake up to smooch.  Christmas Toy Assembly Stages.

4. We’re Done Having Kids: 3:00 a.m.
This usually happens two or three kids in, with bleary eyes and impatiently angry voices. When a hungry baby has woken up to eat, the toddler simultaneously begins crying because of a bad dream, and you have three hours more of clicking and snapping your way to the perfect little boy’s workbench. You both start saying it. Her, “Don’t ever touch me again.” Him, “Let’s have another baby you said! It will be fun you said!” Her, “Oh don’t worry, because I’m never having sex with you again.” Him, “How could we? They are all in our bed!” Her, “NO. MORE. KIDS.” Him, “Agreed.” You have two more kids anyway.  Christmas Toy Assembly Stages.

5. Acceptance: 4:00 a.m.
Conversations cease, you hunker down, and things get serious. You work like little elves, in perfect unison, grasping at any last bit of alertness you can muster, and pump out toy after toy in your garage turned Santa’s Workshop. You laugh at the arguments you just had an hour ago, and instead you pause for a few minutes to be a kid again. You go outside in the cold night air and ride the shiny new red scooter, pedal the Schwinn, and play catch with some new pigskin. You write out “From Santa” on the now completed workbench, test push some trains along the track, and stuff the stockings. You grab some asleep, even if it is only for a few minutes, grateful for children that will squeal through the house with the sunrise. You’ve accepted the fact you are in fact actually grown ups (and parents), and you’ve rocked another Christmas Eve as a mom and dad.  Christmas Toy Assembly Stages

This year, I have very few toys that will need assembling. As little boys grow into young men, chaotic Christmas Eve toy assembly marathons are getting rarer. Train tables and skateboards have been replaced by cologne and cash. This year, it will be a quiet night before Christmas, and I will look back on those insane early years with great fondness, and zero regret. Had we been duly prepared and put all the toys together early, we would have missed some of the most memorable and hilarious nights of our marriage. Nights like those are parenting rites of passage, when you find yourself ponderously asking, “How did OUR parents do this?”
This year, with all the peace and quiet I will have on the 24th, I will start compiling a list of presents for my future grandchildren. You can bet your little hex key I will be sending my sons and their wives an unassembled six story dollhouse, a bicycle in 85 parts, a three foot wide 300 piece lead free wooden puppet theatre (made in Germany), and a make your own glitter machine. Oh, and a case of moon sand. I soooo plan on being THAT grandma. Merry Christmas kids!

Don’t suffer through the 5 stages of Christmas -Toy Assembly. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman: 214-507-3415 to discuss your toy assembly for a reasonable price and reduction on holiday stress.  Visit our website for more information on all of our Christmas and holiday handyman services

Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Fireplace Remodel

Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value – Are you tired of looking at an unattractive fireplace? As the natural focal point of a room, the fireplace has a big impact on the style and mood of the space it is in. If your home has an outdated fireplace or a fireplace design that clashes with your décor, you don’t have to settle for it. Updating the fireplace surround is a simple and affordable solution, that can cost you anywhere from $2000 to $5000 and this single home improvement project will revitalize the look of your fireplace and change the atmosphere of the room without the cost and hassle of a complete fireplace remodel. Even better, you could decide to take a look at somewhere like Modern Ethanol Fireplaces for some classy fireplaces that would look absolutely superb in your home. You can also consider using a vent free gas fireplace logs. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Fireplace Remodel

Fireplace Remodel – Before

Fireplace Remodel

Fireplace Remodel – After

A Fireplace Remodel can Increase Home Value – Consider the two pictures to the left. The one on the far left is the before picture of a traditional boring and extremely ugly fireplace. The picture on the right is the same fireplace after a $2500 renovation. For the hearth, we customized a slab of granite, then we added a split faced, dry stacked travertine stone to the face with a fresh coat of white enamel paint to the surround. POW! You have a state of the art, designer fireplace for a few bucks that will add double the value to the home. Enjoy your New Fireplace!!!!

Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to arrange for a consultation on a Fireplace Renovation. Visit our website to get a complete picture of all our capabilities. Fireplace Renovation. Plano Texas Handyman can suggest and design any project you can dream. Call Ted today to discuss your project. Fireplace Renovation. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value.

Simple changes to the exterior of your fireplace can completely change the look of a room. You can make your home feel more like a rustic cabin or a Manhattan apartment simply by changing the exterior face of your fireplace. If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, this small investment can give you a big return on your investment.

Popular Ways to Update the Look of Your Fireplace

Replace or Extend the Fireplace Mantle

The mantle is the decorative framework around the fireplace. Mantles are easy to remove and install. A mantle can be as simple as a shelf over the hearth or as elaborate as a carved framework that surrounds the fireplace and extends to the ceiling. You can find mantels in every style from rustic to traditional and classic to modern.

Resurface the Face of the Fireplace with Tile, Stone or Marble

If you don’t like the look of the brick or stone that your fireplace was built with, you can have it resurfaced with tile, stone or marble. Resurfacing your fireplace is far less expensive than a complete remodel because the new materials are laid on top of the old materials (with an appropriate layer in between, such as a metal lath, which the new material adheres to). It can make your fireplace look brand new. You can look around for some wonderful fireplace ideas that might give you some inspiration. There are plenty of websites that talk about renovation ideas which could give you a starting point.

Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Raise the Hearth Platform

If you are unhappy with your fireplace because it doesn’t make enough of an architectural statement, raising the hearth platform might be the right solution. A simple, corner fireplace that seems to blend into the wall will stand out more with a raised hearth platform. Painting the wall a contrasting color or choosing contrasting tiles or bricks to resurface the face of the fireplace can make it pop even more.

It is good to keep in mind that tackling a fireplace renovation can be a headache and a safety risk if you aren’t a professional contractor. Even a fireplace surround must meet local codes. Installing materials improperly or accidentally choosing the wrong materials could result in a future house fire. That is why it’s smart to call in professionals. You can enjoy our beautiful summer in Colorado while they can transform your outdated fireplace into the fireplace of your dreams. Now is the best time to schedule an appointment before the cold weather sets in.

If you are looking for inspiration, stop by our showroom in Conifer, CO! You can see a wide variety of mantles, surround and resurfacing materials. Our fireplace experts can answer all of your questions and walk you through the remodeling process. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value.

Visit our website to get a complete picture of all our capabilities. Fireplace Renovation. Plano Texas Handyman can suggest and design any project you can dream. Call Ted today to discuss your project. Fireplace Renovation. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value.

Fireplaces are a natural gathering place, and are often not just the focal point of a room, but often the focal point of the entire home, proving a respite of warmth, conversation, and meditation from the outside world. Experts agree that renovating a tired, worn out, and outdated fireplace has the same return on investment as updating a kitchen or bathroom, but with a much smaller price tag. Natural stone veneer panels are an excellent choice for such a renovation because they are cost effective and incredibly easy to install. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a stacked stone fireplace for your home. Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

The World’s Finest Corner Detail
Corners are one of the single most important details to choosing any stacked stone veneer for a fireplace. So we poured over every detail and concept for making the perfect corner. After carefully manufacturing and testing one iteration after another, we eventually concluded that – for a thin natural stacked stone veneer to “turn a corner” properly – it had to be crafted using “fingers” that seamlessly interlock…as if they were made that way in nature. There are other ways to finish a corner, such as using trim options, but after renovating tens of thousands of fireplaces we recommend you don’t settle for less than the finger joint system when it comes to this detail. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Color and Design Matter
Whether you’re envisioning a rustic, colonial, contemporary, modern, or Old World space, color and design add up to making your project look just right. Natural Stone Colors vary naturally, which is what makes it an authentic material to incorporate into projects. Our four colors, Ochre, Charcoal, White, and Ivory can be easily adapted into all color schemes and the clean lines of the product are equally well suited to all different types of design. Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

Build it Right

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Whether you’re renovating an old brick fireplace, or building one anew, our world-class customer service team will walk you through the right process for you. During a fireplace renovation, you tend to encounter more obstacles than if you are building new. For example, is your existing gas fireplace built from brick? Is it flat drywall? There are different ways to handle each of these conditions.

Hearth or No Hearth
One of the most common questions about fireplaces is whether or not to have a hearth. Many modern gas fireplaces that use Norstone do not have hearths, but many rustic fireplaces that we work on do. Be sure to peruse our galleries for projects that look like yours to get a better idea of whether or not this is right for you. Stacked Stone Fireplaces. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Stone Veneer Fireplaces The Easy Way
Fireplace stone veneer allows you to achieve the look of a traditional stack stone fireplace without the thickness and weight of traditional full bed masonry veneer. Whether you just need a stacked stone fireplace surround or want the look to go floor to ceiling, our panel system is a cost and labor effective solution for fireplace stacked stone. Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

A Timeless Look. An Investment in your Home.
Stacked stone fireplaces when done well offer a timeless look and are proven to hold value making it an ideal home improvement project. Norstone Rock Panels are the choice of many top designers and installers as a premium stone for fireplace renovations and new builds. Stacked Stone Fireplaces. Fireplace Remodel Increase Home Value

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a stacked stone fireplace for your home. Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

Christmas Storage

Christmas Storage Ideas

Christmas Storage

Christmas Storage  – If you love to decorate and go all out for the holidays you need some Christmas storage to help you organize all the wrapping paper, ornaments, lights, decorations, plus other items throughout the year. and even the tree from year to year so that you can find it all when you want and need it.  Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to convert some space for Christmas storage or visit our website for more information  https://planotexashandyman.com/

One of the best uses of space is to convert dead attic space to seasonal storage, complete with electrical connections and all the amenities for the perfect Christmas storage solution.

Here are the main areas to consider when dealing with holiday storage. Click on one of these picture links below to find storage solutions and ideas you can use specifically for these types of items, or scroll down for some more tips and ideas.

Where To Store Your Christmas And Other Seasonal Decorations:
I would suggest storing all of your seasonal decorative items together, in one area of your home. Because you only access these items once a year or so, don’t give this storage area prime real estate in your home, but instead put it somewhere somewhat accessible, but out of the way.

Segregate each holiday’s items into separate containers or boxes, like items for one season with another. Ideally, as you put items away for each season you will put those items toward the back, so over the year the containers needed for the next holiday will be toward the front, and rotate them as the seasons change.

Storing Your Christmas Decorations In Containers:
There are all kinds of containers you can use for your Christmas storage items, but I would suggest stackable plastic tubs, with lids, as being preferable over cardboard. You can find out more about Christmas containers for storing items here.

Just as you should keep all your Christmas storage in one area, and all together, keep the various types of Christmas decorations corralled into their separate areas too, with a box for lights, one or more for ornaments, etc. If you need to add more than one type of item to a box try to put them in, in the opposite order you will need to retrieve them. For example, you should put the garland lower in the box than the lights, for example, since lights go on before garland onto the tree.

Store Your Lights Neatly To Keep Them From Being Tangled Up:
One of the most frustrating things people experience each year as part of Christmas storage is dealing with the tangled up Christmas lights. However, with a little effort when you put them away at the end of the season will keep them in good order for the next year and save yourself some big headaches and holiday grief.

Store Your Christmas Ornaments With Care:
Ornaments are often a favorite for people, since many ornaments are bought to commemorate special occasions in your family’s lives, such as “Baby’s First Christmas” or the special pasted candy cane your child made for you in third grade.

In addition, many of these items are very fragile, and can easily break if they are jostled or clink together. Therefore, special care should be taken when choosing the right ornament storage containers.

Artificial Christmas Tree Storage Ideas And Tips:
If you buy a real tree each year you don’t need to worry about this Christmas storage items each year while the tree is not in use, but for those of us (like me) who have an artificial tree we all know how large they can be, and they take up a lot of room.

There are many possible methods for storing your tree, including tree bags and boxes, and other containers. You can find out about which Christmas tree storage solution is best for you.

Wreath Storage:
Your artificial Christmas (or other seasonal) wreaths are also very large, and can be difficult to store without having them gather dust. Fortunately, they make some very handy containers to help you store them easily.

Wrapping Paper Storage For Christmas And Year Round:
We all do a lot of wrapping during the holiday season, making our gifts beautiful for giving to our friends and family. If you’re like me you’ve got quite a lot of gift wrap which is specifically for Christmas, and not for use at other times of the year.

Therefore, you may need to store Christmas paper and also have a different storage area for the rest of the wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, bags, etc. you have which get used year round for birthdays, and other events.

Have an Expert – Plano Texas Handyman – organize unused space in your home:

Useful Attic Storage,  Attics can be an upper story to a home, a loft over a garage or a small space between the rafters for roof insulation. While not all attic spaces are suitable for storage, if you have a way to access the space an attic can be an asset to your home.  Remember, you need to view an attic conversion to storage space as useful space in a home and you can easily recoup costs in the future.

Moving around in an attic can be difficult and can make organization a challenge. That’s why it’s important to have a plan for organizing the items you want to store there.

Garage overhead racks and shelving, If you need garage storage solutions for your home, which allows you to optimize space and steer clear of clutter, call 214-507-3415 today. Plano Texas Handyman offers a wide variety of robust overhead garage storage devices, storage racks and garage shelves.  Whether you are looking for garage shelving options, need bike storage racks or metal storage shelves, the durability of the garage storage systems should be a determining factor.

Call Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information  https://planotexashandyman.com/

Plano Texas Handyman Cookbook

Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

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Preparing a holiday meal takes time, patience, and planning.  I love to share excerpts from my cookbook to all my customers and clients.  This cookbook will provide you with a collection of classic recipes to make your holiday dinner a special occasion for family and friends.   Italian Cookbook, Handyman Cookbook.  Please Visit Plano Texas Handyman website to view and download our cookbook.

Download Cookbook

My family emigrated from Sicily and Northern Europe at the turn of the 20th century.  Growing up I had 20 great aunts and uncles, and literally hundreds of cousins, so the holidays were packed with people and good food.  Italian Cookbook, Handyman Cookbook, Plano Texas Handyman Cookbook.

All of the recipes in this book were handed down from generation to generation.  Additionally, many of the recipes have been adapted from my own culinary skills.  As a gourmet cook, I have prepared them all and they are delicious.  This book contains a collection of traditional holiday favorites and a few Italian delicacies.  Below is a collection of recipes and you can download the full cook be here  Download Cookbook

Traditional Holiday Cooking

Roast Turkey
Herb Dressing
Oyster dressing
Herb Oyster Dressing
Giblet Gravy
Roasted Potatoes with Parsnips

Beef, Game & Lamb

Prime Rib
Osso Bucco
Polenta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Cornish Game Hens

Elegant Salads and Sides

Molded Cranberries
Christmas Salad
Candied Apples
Eight layer Jell-O
Mom’s Famous Egg Noodles
Stewed Tomatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Red Potatoes

Appetizers & Starters

Stilton Cheese Mushroom Caps
Chili Con Queso
Lupini Beans
Party Mix

Hearty Soups and Stews

Green Chili Stew
Minestrone Soup
Crabmeat Bisque
Shrimp Etouffee

Breakfast and Starters

Chili Relleno Egg Casserole
Blueberry French Toast
Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls

Holiday Desert Time

Pizzelle Cookies
Chocolate Fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge
Walnut Potica Bread

Italian Favorites:

Pork Sugo Sauce
Cheese Lasagna
Pumpkin Lasagna
Spicy clam marinara linguine

Everyday Favorites, Appetizers, Vegetables, and Entrees

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
Sugar and Walnut Glazed Baked Brie
Creamy Corn and Clam chowder
Napolitano Marinara Sauce
Napolitano Manicotti Filling
Napolitano Crepes
Mafalde Florentine Sauce (Michelangelo)
Eggplant Parmesan
Parmesan Wheels
Roasted Asparagus and Prosciutto ham
Potato Gnocchi
Napa Style Sole Veronique
Parmesan crusted Tilapia
Roasted Barley and Mushroom Risotto
Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
Red Wine Reduction Sauce
Sautéed Beets
Brisket Tacos with Mango Salsa
Carnitas
Gourmet Chili
Chili Pie
Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese with caramelized onions
Black Bean Tostados with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

More Deserts

Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Coconut Caramel Pecan Cream Cheese Pie
Tiramisu (Lidia’s Italy)

This book is dedicated to my family who has made the holidays a special time of the year.  Holiday Cookbook.  Download Cookbook, Plano Texas Handyman Cookbook

Enjoy!

Ted and Kelly Vinci

Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Fruitcake

Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Old Fashioned Fruitcake – This Old English Fruitcake is dark and moist with plenty of spices and packed with plenty of sweet glacé fruit. It’s been a Christmas tradition in my family for decades and I happen to find this recipe online and thought it needed to be shared.  Family and the holidays have always been a special time of the year, Plano Texas Handyman also has a cookbook with traditional Christmas and holiday recipes that will tantalize your holiday season!!!!  Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Plano Texas Handyman Cookbook Page

Old English Fruitcake

Old English Fruitcake – It’s still weeks away, I know, but I’ve got a head start on a dark old English fruitcake for Spouse. It’s a real old English style, dense, dark fruitcake.

I think this one weighs in at between 7 and 8 pounds. It’s her absolute favorite. Tomorrow she goes to the rum spa for a soak and a wrap. The cake, that is, not Spouse!  Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Inspired by my Newfoundland upbringing, this dark English fruitcake with roots in the UK is one of my favorite things to look forward to at Christmas. This is a large cake meant to be served in small pieces.  Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Fabulous Fruitcake Recipe

Ingredients:
1 c. (2 cubes) softened butter
2-1/2 c. sugar
6 Eggs
2 tsp. brandy
4 c. flour
1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2# candied fruit
1# raisons
3/4# candied pineapple
3/4# candied cherries
Pecan halfs
light corn syrup
Old Camp Peach Pecan Whisky

STAND MIXER – add butter, sugar, and eggs (one at a time), mix until smooth and fluffy/creamy.  Add brandy and mix for another minute.

DRY INGREDIENTS – Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into another bowl.  Add to MIXER ingredients and blend until smooth, approximately another 2 minutes.

BAKING PAN – Grease (2) 6×15 pan loaves and flour.  Fill each pan 2/3 full with mixture.

BAKE – 275° oven. bake for 2-1/2 hours.  Remove from oven and brush the top with a liberal amount of light corn syrup.  Arrange pecan halves on top.  Return to oven and bake for another 30 minites

COOL – run knife around edges and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes

DREDGE – Turn cooled loaves upside down on cutting board.  pour 3 oz. of Peach Pecan Whiskey on each loaf.

WRAP – wrap each loaf in saran wrap making sure it is airtight.  Double cling wrap is the best.  Wrap an additional layer of aluminum foil over saran wrap.

STORE & FERMENT – store the wrapped loaves in a cool pace for two weeks which will blend and mellow this incredible fruitcake.

Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Worlds Best Fruitcake

 

 

Stacked Stone Fireplaces

Ultimate Fireplace

STACKED STONE FIREPLACES

WANT A STACKED STONE FIREPLACE? IT’S EASY.

Center of a Room. Center of a Home.

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Fireplaces are a natural gathering place, and are often not just the focal point of a room, but often the focal point of the entire home, proving a respite of warmth, conversation, and meditation from the outside world. Experts agree that renovating a tired, worn out, and outdated fireplace has the same return on investment as updating a kitchen or bathroom, but with a much smaller price tag. Natural stone veneer panels are an excellent choice for such a renovation because they are cost effective and incredibly easy to install.  Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a stacked stone fireplace for your home.  Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

The World’s Finest Corner Detail
Corners are one of the single most important details to choosing any stacked stone veneer for a fireplace. So we poured over every detail and concept for making the perfect corner. After carefully manufacturing and testing one iteration after another, we eventually concluded that – for a thin natural stacked stone veneer to “turn a corner” properly – it had to be crafted using “fingers” that seamlessly interlock…as if they were made that way in nature. There are other ways to finish a corner, such as using trim options, but after renovating tens of thousands of fireplaces we recommend you don’t settle for less than the finger joint system when it comes to this detail.

Color and Design Matter
Whether you’re envisioning a rustic, colonial, contemporary, modern, or Old World space, color and design add up to making your project look just right. Natural Stone Colors vary naturally, which is what makes it an authentic material to incorporate into projects. Our four colors, Ochre, Charcoal, White, and Ivory can be easily adapted into all color schemes and the clean lines of the product are equally well suited to all different types of design.  Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

Build it Right

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Whether you’re renovating an old brick fireplace, or building one anew, our world-class customer service team will walk you through the right process for you. During a fireplace renovation, you tend to encounter more obstacles than if you are building new. For example, is your existing fireplace built from brick? Is it flat drywall? There are different ways to handle each of these conditions.

Hearth or No Hearth
One of the most common questions about fireplaces is whether or not to have a hearth. Many modern gas fireplaces that use Norstone do not have hearths, but many rustic fireplaces that we work on do. Be sure to peruse our galleries for projects that look like yours to get a better idea of whether or not this is right for you.  Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

Stone Veneer Fireplaces The Easy Way
Fireplace stone veneer allows you to achieve the look of a traditional stack stone fireplace without the thickness and weight of traditional full bed masonry veneer. Whether you just need a stacked stone fireplace surround or want the look to go floor to ceiling, our panel system is a cost and labor effective solution for fireplace stacked stone.  Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

A Timeless Look. An Investment in your Home.
Stacked stone fireplaces when done well offer a timeless look and are proven to hold value making it an ideal home improvement project. Norstone Rock Panels are the choice of many top designers and installers as a premium stone for fireplace renovations and new builds.  Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a stacked stone fireplace for your home.  Stacked Stone Fireplaces.

Pet Baths

Pet Baths

Pet Baths or dog washing stations

Pet baths are great for their convenience, hygiene, and can integrate well in many homes. They are becoming more and more popular because they are such a simple and affordable addition/solution to a common problem.  A dog washing station or Pet Baths can be added into any home for $2,500 to $5,000 depending on the configuration and quality of tile.  Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a dog washing station or pet baths.

Pet baths are  must-have for any new or existing home.  You would be amazed at how convenient they can become and over time will create a tremendous convenience within your home.  Your pets are family and they get dirty regularly.  A clean pet is a happy pet.

Convenient

Pet BathsDog washing stations can be incredibly convenient for those with active lifestyles or adventurous pups. After a long day kayaking down the river or going on a long hike you and your dog may need to wash up. If you have a dog washing station it can be simple and fast to clean up your pup before you hop into the tub. This way your home will stay clean and your dog will happily nap while you relax in the tub. If you have a longhaired pooch or one with thick fur it is also a wonderful place for regular grooming. Brushing and grooming in the shower stall can keep large amounts of dog hair away from your living room and can keep any offensive odors out of the home. You, however, will need to clean the station regularly to avoid build up. Be sure to purchase a pet washing station with a sturdy drain and adjustable shower head. This will help you clean every nook and cranny of the shower and keep hair from clogging the drain.  Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a dog washing station or pet baths.

They are hygienic

Having a pet bath will also keep your bathroom cleaner, longer. Because you won’t have to have regular pet baths in your bathroom you will spend less time mopping, wiping, and generally cleaning up after your pets bath. This will also give you more room since you will have to keep less pet products and towels in your bathroom. As mentioned above, however, be sure to keep the pet bath clean and working properly. Otherwise you won’t have to replace or repair fixtures.  Pet Baths.

Great in laundry and mudrooms

While you can put the pet bath in bathrooms or outside it is often best to put them in your laundry or mudrooms. This is because you both will not freeze outside and you won’t have a pup trailing mud through your home on the way to the bathroom. Dog washing stations in the mudroom keep the floors and furniture of your home clean and help keep your dog happy, comfortable, and healthy. By cleaning them regularly as they enter the home will keep their bed, toys, and kennel cleaner over time. It will also keep you and your other loved ones furniture and items clean and undamaged.  Pet Baths.

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more information on a dog washing station or pet baths.