Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

Fiber Optic Star Ceiling – Twilight star ceilings are expensive to install in your Home Theatre but well worth the investment. Our company installs star ceilings in new construction and existing homes. A general rule of thumb is that we need adequate attic access, otherwise we can install a false ceiling in your home. If you plan on using your home theatre regularly, a star ceiling will cost about $7 to $8,000 for a 16 x 20 room. a room that size requires about 1,600 fiber optic cables. To learn more about fiber optic LED lighting, read on…

Plano Texas Handyman offers both fiber-optic custom ceilings as well as fiber-optic panel installations. Our plug-and-play Panel Systems make our systems easy as well, bringing high-end star ceiling experience within reach for home theaters and other environments. For new construction environments, we offer a custom fiber-optic ceiling design completely hidden.  Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

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With premium acoustic materials and our exclusive LED technology, Twilight star panels offers the best quality for the best value. And as a result of the Exclusive Patented Design and Technology, our lighting effects mimic the random glimmer of the night sky unlike any system on the market.

Our Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Panels make installations a breeze. Our star ceiling tiles are designed to attach directly to finished drywall. 

Our standard Surface Mount Panels are produced with 1” fiberglass. Each panel is wrapped in standard midnight black fabric. Each panel will have 7-12 stars per square foot and dimension is created with light intensity from the led light panel engine.  The digital LED Light source draws only 2.3 W and is easily “daisy chained” to other panels for simple and worry free wiring. A 350W power supply will power up to 120 panels. Custom sizes and applications are available.

Our Star Panel Kits are special order and may take up to 4-6 weeks for delivery. Please call if you need to have your panels sooner and we will see if that is a possibility. Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

We offer:

Star Kits that provide a complete solution for small and medium size star ceilings, floors or walls. These kits provide everything you need including an illuminator, fiber optic cable and complete installation instructions. We offer a wide range of bundle sizes and lengths and can do custom kits specific to your project. All of our kits are assembled in our Dallas facility and typically ship out the same day as ordered. Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

Twilight Star Ceiling Kits with premium acoustic materials and our exclusive LED technology, Twilight star panels offers the best quality for the best value. And as a result of the Exclusive Patented Design and Technology, our lighting effects mimic the random glimmer of the night sky unlike any system on the market. 

Special Effect Ceiling Lighting which includes shooting star lighting, shooting star and meteor lighting, firework lighting, shooting star and twinkle lighting.  No matter your choice, we offer one of the most unique and inexpensive ceiling lighting arrays on the market.

Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman, 214-507-3415 or visit our website for all our capabilities on technology installations.  Fiber Optic Lighting, Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

Fiber Optic Lighting


Optical fiber can be used for transmitting light from a source to a remote location for illumination as well as communications. In fact, fiber optics are made to not only transmit light but to glow along the fiber itself, so it resembles a neon light tube. Applications for fiber optic lighting are many, generally based on utilizing the special attributes of the fiber as well as its unique characteristics. Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

Difference between Ethernet Cables

Difference between Ethernet Cables

Difference between Ethernet Cables – Ethernet represents the plumbing pipes of the Internet. Many network installers and system integrators are familiar with the ethernet types: Cat5e and Cat6 cables with RJ45 connectors. But the term “Ethernet”, co-invented by Robert Metcalfe, encompasses an entire range of twisted pair and fiber cables that are constantly being upgraded and standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers known as IEEE. Each new iteration of Ethernet, or category, supports increasingly faster bandwidth speeds and improves upon noise cancellation.

Plano Texas Handyman is your technology company that can install the right Ethernet cables in your home. Call us at 214-507-3405 for more information or visit our website for all our capabilities.

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Cross sections of different category types of Ethernet reveal differing internal physical compositions. This guide will help you learn more about the subtle differences between each generation of twisted pair Ethernet cable.

Different Ethernet Categories

Ethernet cabling differences can be invisible to the casual observer. However, each new generation introduces copper pairs with tighter twists and more complex sheathing. Many earlier Ethernet generation cables have become obsolete.

Different Ethernet Categories Chart

Category 3

Cat3 cable is an earlier generation of Ethernet but can still be seen in older deployments. With the ability to support a maximum frequency of 16 MHz, this type of Ethernet can still be used for two-line telephone systems and 10BASE-T networks. CAT3 cable can also be used for alarm system installation or similar applications. CAT3 cable can have 2, 3, or 4 copper pairs (though uncommon). Category 5e cable, however, has become the default Ethernet category of choice with the ability to support faster speeds and frequencies.

Category 5

Cat5 Ethernet, introduced 10/100 Mbps Ethernet over distances of up to 100 meters, also known as Fast Ethernet. Even though some older deployments still use CAT5 cable, it is now considered obsolete and has since been replaced by Cat5e.

NOTE: 100 Mbps /100m.

Category 5e

Though Cat5 and Cat5e cables are physically similar, Category 5e Ethernet adheres to more stringent IEEE standards. “E” is for enhanced, meaning a lower-noise version where the potential for crosstalk is reduced. Crosstalk is interference that transfers from adjacent wires.   

Cat5e is the most common type of cabling used for deployments due to its ability to support Gigabit speeds at a cost-effective price. Even though both Cat5 and Cat5e support a maximum frequency of up to 100MHz, Cat5e has completely replaced its predecessor. Gigabit Ethernet utilizes 4 data pairs in comparison to Fast Ethernet which utilizes 2 data pairs.

Further, Cat 5e supports speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. It’s flexible enough for small space installations like residences, though it is still used in commercial spaces. Of all the current cabling options, Cat5e is your least expensive option.

NOTE: 100-250Mhz/1 Gbps/100m.

Category 6

Cat6 wiring can support up to 10 Gbps and frequencies of up to 250 MHz. While Cat5e cable features 1.5-2 twists per cm, Cat6 cables are more tightly wound and feature 2 or more twists per cm. (The amount of twists per cm varies upon each cable manufacturer).

Cat6 cables also sport thicker sheaths in comparison to Cat5e. Though standard Ethernet supports distances of up to 100 meters, CAT6 cable only supports 37-55 meters (depending on crosstalk) when transmitting 10 Gbps speeds. Its thicker sheath protects against Near End Crosstalk (NEXT) and Alien Crosstalk (AXT).

Even though Cat6 and Cat6a cabling offer higher performance rates, many LANs still opt for CAT5e due to its cost-effectiveness and ability to support Gigabit speeds.

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NOTE: 250-500Mhz/10 Gbps /100m.

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Category 6a

Cat6a supports bandwidth frequencies of up to 500 MHz, twice the amount of Cat6 cable, and can also support 10Gbps like its predecessor. However, unlike Cat6 cabling, Cat6a can support 10 Gigabit Ethernet at 100 meters. [Cat6 cabling on the other hand, can transmit the same speeds at up to 37 meters.]

Cat6a also features more robust sheathing which eliminates alien crosstalk (AXT) and improves upon the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). “A” = augmented. The stronger sheathing makes Cat6a cabling considerably thicker than Cat6, also making it less flexible to work with, and therefore, better suited for industrial environments at a lower price point.

NOTE: 250-500Mhz/10 Gbps /100m.

Category 7

Cat7 can also support 10 Gbps, but laboratory testing has successfully shown its ability to transmit up to 40 Gb at 50 meters and even 100 Gb at 15 meters. The newer “Class F” cabling can support frequencies of up to 600 Mhz. That said, Cat7 has not been approved as a cable standard for telecommunications.

Cat7 offers extensive shielding to reduce signal attenuation and is relatively stiff in comparison to previous generations of cabling. Both individual pairs are shielded, with an additional layer of shielding over the entire cable. The shielding needs to be grounded and Cat7 also requires special GigaGate45 (GG45) connectors to take full advantage of higher performance features.

All in all, Cat6a can perform just about the same as Cat7 but at a lower price point. Most of our AV and IP surveillance customers opt for Cat6a STP or Cat6a FTP. Both offer shielding from alien crosstalk and interference around high voltage lines.

Cat7 is suited for use in datacenters and large enterprise networks.

Note: 600Mhz/10Gbps/100m (40Gbps at 50m/100Gbps at 15m).

Category 8

Cat8 cable is still in the development stage and not yet ratified. According to the 2016 Ethernet Alliance Roadmap, it will be able to support 25GB and 40Gb Ethernet. Cat8 will be able to support even faster transmission rates at distances of up to 30 meters.

How to know what types of ethernet cabling to buy once deciding on a CAT type

Answer the following questions to narrow down to your requirements:

  • Are you looking for burial cables with UV protection?
  • Will the cables be within 6 inches of power lines?
  • Will the cables be in walls?
  • Is flame resistance cabling required for the installation?

Here’s a link to an outdoor CAT6 gel filled cable. There are plenty of good manufacturers out there. PLANET is not advocating one supplier. This is just to illustrate.

Each cable category has various types of insulation or shielding that installers need to take into consideration before purchasing. There’s no one answer to all questions but the answers to these questions should help the reader decide based on their project.

The price difference between the various types can range anywhere from $100 to $600+ depending on type.

Here’s a helpful overview: Siemon’s category 6A F/UTP shielded outside plant (OSP) cable delivers TIA and ISO performance requirements for shielded category 6A/class EA.

Why are copper pairs twisted?

When telephone lines were first deployed alongside power lines, Alexander Graham Bell, popularly known as the inventor of the telephones, was the first person to twist copper pairs to reduce crosstalk between the lines. Twisting the copper cable every 3-4 utility poles allowed for the reduction of electromagnetic interference and an increase in range. Ethernet copper cables adopted the same technique to reduce crosstalk between internal wires (XT) and external wires (AXT).

Shielded (FTP) vs. Unshielded (UTP)

Twisted pair copper comes in shielded an unshielded forms. Shielded copper cable includes protective conductive coating such as braided strands of copper, copper tape or conductive polymer to reduce noise interference. Unshielded Twisted Pair, or UTP, includes no shielding and is ideal for most common LAN environments. Shielded twisted copper pairs, are reserved for networking environments with higher frequencies.


There are many types of shielded copper pairs.  Sheathing can also envelop all four data pairs. Sheathing can wrap around twisted pairs.There are two sections to a shielded “code”. The first letter signifies the type of shield used to enclose all four twisted pairs of an Ethernet cable. An Unshielded cable is marked with a (U), a cable with Foil Shielding is marked with an (F), and a cable with Braided Shielding is marked with an (S).  The second portion of the code, describes if a twisted pair is foiled (F) or Unfoiled (U). TP stands for Twisted Pair.

Shielding Code Key

Shielding Code:

TP: Twisted Pair

U: Unshielded or Unscreened

F: Foil Shielding

S: Braided Shielding

Types of Shielded Ethernet Cables

F/UTP– Foiled/Unshielded Twisted Pair

Common in Fast Ethernet deployments, this cable will have a foil shield that wraps around unshielded twisted pairs.

S/UTP– Braided Shielding/ Unshielded Twisted Pair

This cable will wrap a braided shield around unshielded twisted pairs.

SF/UTP– Braided Shielding+Foil/Unshielded Twisted Pairs

This cable braids a shield around a foil wrap to enclose unshielded twisted pairs.

S/FTP– Braided Shielding/Foiled Twisted Pair

This cable wraps a braided shield around all four copper pairs. Additionally, each twisted pair is enveloped in foil.

F/FTP-Foiled/Foiled Twisted Pair

This cable encloses all copper pairs in foil. Additionally, each twisted pair is enveloped in foil.

U/FTP-Unshielded/Foiled Twisted Pairs

This cable only envelopes the twisted pairs in foil.

U/UTP-Unshielded/UnshieldedTwisted Pair

No sheathing is used. Standard Cat5e cable are examples of U/UTP cables.

Solid vs. Stranded Ethernet

These terms refer to Ethernet conductors. Stranded copper cables comprise of several thin copper cables. Solid cable conductors comprise of a single, thick copper cable conductor.

Plano Texas Handyman is your technology company that can install the right Ethernet cables in your home. Call us at 214-507-3405 for more information or visit our website for all our capabilities.

Commercial Property Maintenance Company

Commercial Property Maintenance Company

Commercial Property Maintenance Company – Plano Texas Handyman offers a full range of building property repairs. Call or text 214-507-3415 for more information. Visit our website for all of our capabilities. When you call our company, you know you are in good hands as we have extensive experience in commercial property repairs. Your single source for all your companies light commercial property maintenance such as when you need plumbing assistance. Facility Repair Services wants you to maintain control of your service and billing environment and facility repair. It’s particularly important that you get repairs if you’re thinking about selling your commercial property, as it will be much more difficult to sell if there are obvious things that need finishing. There are other things you need to think about before you Sell Commercial Property which Prideview Group can help you through, but repairs are ultimately very noticeable and important to get fixed up.

Our Commercial building maintenance program includes a full range of services at an hourly rate basis which translates to huge maintenance savings, we do not offer monthly plans simply because they are costly to the client.  We cover virtually any general and specialized technical tasks that you request, including:

  • Sloan toilet valve repairs and battery replacement service.
  • Zurn toilet valve repairs and battery replacement.
  • Hair salon maintenance and repairs, Hair Salons, Salon Suites and commercial suites.
  • High definition security camera installation.
  • Door closer replacement and commercial hardware installations.
  • Minor electric and plumbing, including switch sensors, electric faucet replacement, Sloan automatic flush toilet valve battery replacement, switch replacement, plug replacement and access controls.
  • High definition TV mounting and cabling.
  • Electronic access controls and transformer maintenance.
  • Cat6 cable installations, Cat5 cable installations, video balun installation (cabling).
  • T-Bar Ceiling and Tile Repairs and suspended tile ceiling repairs..
  • HVAC filter replacement by evaporative cooling pros in Canberra.
  • Ballast replacement.
  • LED light bulb replacement.
  • Cable control.
  • Touch-up painting.
  • Commercial door stop installation, door hardware installations.
  • Banner hanging and picture hanging.

Current customers include Harbor Properties, A-Suite Salons, Sean David Salons, Gemini Investments, Apcon Solutions for Networks, My Suite Salons, Hallmark Insurance, Fidelity National, Oceans Healthcare, Tate Investments, and many others. Commercial Property Maintenance Company

Local Commercial Services, Repairs and Maintenance in Dallas, call to discuss our service platform for you commercial building with prompt and professional service – 214-507-3415.

Plano Texas Handyman is a convenient and economical resource to call when maintenance problems occur. We can assist your team or handle projects from start to finish, drawing on our experience with hundreds of previous maintenance issues. Whether its a big job or a small list of tasks, we can help. A ceiling tile here, a paint scrape there – before you know it, the list has surpassed your available time. Call Plano Texas Handyman today to discuss your commercial maintenance needs at 214-507-3415.

Plano Texas Handyman offers a full-range of commercial property repairs. Call or text 214-507-3415 for more information. When you call our company, you know you are in good hands as we have extensive experience in this type of repairs and maintenance. Commercial Property RepairsCommercial Property Maintenance Company

We serve customers that range from strip mall locations to convenience stores. If you need repairs performed or just want to schedule preventative maintenance.  Our technicians can perform repair, maintenance, and improvement services to buildings that range from fine dining restaurants to fast food joints to coffee houses and even donut shops.  The work performed at healthcare facilities can literally mean life and death.

We perform the repairs and improvements you need so you can focus on what’s important: your patients. Do you need repairs or improvements made around your small business or corporate office? Commercial Property Maintenance Company

Our company can exceed your expectation. At financial institutions, it is critical that your facility is maintained-not only to promote efficiency at your work, but also to uphold a certain image. Our team can help you with that. If repairs or improvements need to be made to municipal and government buildings, it is of the utmost importance that they are performed by professionals who you can trust. Do you need repairs or improvements made to your manufacturing business? Contact our professional handymen today. We guarantee the quality of our workmanship. Commercial Property Maintenance Company

Commercial Property Repairs – Plano Texas Handyman offers a full-range of building property repairs.  Call or text 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our website for all of our capabilities. When you call our company, you know you are in good hands as we have extensive experience in commercial property repairs.Your single source for all your companies light commercial property maintenance.  Facility Repair Services wants you to maintain control of your service and billing environment and facility repair. Commercial Property Maintenance Company

Residential Electric Codes

Residential Electric Codes

Residential Electric Codes – Electrical codes are in place to protect you, the homeowner. According to a residential and commercial electrical contractor, these general guidelines will give you the basics of what electrical inspectors are looking for when they review both remodeling projects and new installations. Most local codes are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC), a document that lays out required practices for all aspects of residential and commercial electrical installation. The NEC is revised every three years—2014, 2017 and so forth—and occasionally there are important changes to the Code. So make sure that your sources of information are based on the most recent Code. The code requirements listed here are based on the 2017 NEC.  Residential Electric Codes.

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-Most local codes follow the National Electrical Code (NEC), but there can be- variances. The local code always takes precedence over the NEC when there are differences, so be sure to check with your local building department for the specific code requirements for your situation.

Type of electrician largely depends on the geo location of the service provider. For example in Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia only a level 2 electrician will be able to re-connect your home to the grid. This process involves extensive accreditation by companies such as Endeavour.

Much of the NEC involves requirements for general electrical installation that apply to all situations, but there are also specific requirements for individual rooms.

Because of the presence of water, bathrooms have very carefully defined requirements. With their lights, vent fans, and outlets that may power hair dryers and other appliances, bathrooms use a lot of power and may need more than one circuit.

The outlet receptacles must be served by a 20-amp circuit. The same circuit can supply the entire bathroom (outlets plus lighting), provided there are no heaters (including vent fans with built-in heaters) and provided the circuit serves only a single bathroom and no other areas. Alternatively, there should be a 20-amp circuit for the receptacles only, plus a 15- or 20-amp circuit for the lighting.

All receptacles in bathrooms must have ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection.

A bathroom requires at least one 120-volt receptacle within 3 feet of the outside edge of each sink basin. Duel sinks can be served by a single receptacle positioned between them. Home Electrical Codes, Residential Electric Codes

Light fixtures in the shower or bath area must be rated for damp locations unless they are subject to shower spray, in which case they must be rated for wet locations.

The kitchen uses the most electricity of any room in the house. Fifty years ago, a kitchen might have been served by a single electrical circuit, but today, a newly installed kitchen with standard appliances requires at least seven circuits and often more.

Kitchens must have at least two 20-amp 120-volt  “small appliance” circuits serving the receptacles in the countertop areas. These are for portable plug-in appliances.

An electric range/oven requires its own dedicated 120/240-volt circuit.

The dishwasher and garbage disposal both require their own dedicated 120-volt circuits. These can be 15-amp or 20-amp circuits, depending on the electrical load of the appliance (check the manufacturer’s recommendations; usually 15-amps is sufficient). The dishwasher circuit requires GFCI protection, but the garbage disposal circuit does not—unless the manufacturer stipulates it.

The refrigerator and microwave each require their own dedicated 120-volt circuits. The amperage rating should be appropriate to the electrical load of the appliance; these should be 20-amp circuits. Home Electrical Codes

All countertop receptacles and any receptacle within 6 feet of a sink must be GFCI-protected. The countertop receptacles should be spaced no more than 4 feet apart.
Kitchen lighting must be supplied by a separate 15-amp (minimum) circuit.

Living Room, Dining Room, and Bedrooms
Standard living areas are relatively modest power users, but they have clearly defined electrical requirements. These areas are generally served by standard 120-volt 15-amp or 20-amp circuits that may serve more than one room.

These rooms require that a wall switch is placed beside the entry door of the room so that you can light the room upon entering it. This switch can control either a ceiling light, a wall light, or a receptacle for plugging in a lamp. The ceiling fixture must be controlled by a wall switch rather than a pull chain.
Wall receptacles may be placed no farther than 12 feet apart on any wall surface. Any wall section wider than 2 feet must have a receptacle.

Dining rooms usually require a separate 20-amp circuit for one outlet used for a microwave, entertainment center, or window air conditioner. Don’t forget to call air duct cleaning companies such as Minneapolis air duct cleaning every 3 to 5 years.

Special care is needed in stairways to ensure all of the steps are lighted properly to minimize the hazard fo falling.

Three-way switches are required at the top and bottom of each flight of stairs so that lights can be turned on and off from both ends.
If the stairs turn at a landing, you may need to add additional lighting fixtures to make sure all areas are illuminated.

These areas can be long and need adequate ceiling lighting. Be sure to place enough lighting so shadows are not cast when walking. Remember, hallways often serve as escape routes in the event of emergencies.

A hallway over 10 feet long is required to have an outlet for general purpose use.
Three-way switches are required at each end of the hallway, allowing the ceiling light to be turned on and off from both ends.   If there are more doors served by a hallway, such as for a bedroom or two, you may want to add a four-way switch near the door outside of each room.  Residential Electric Codes

Closets come with many rules regarding fixture type and placement.

Fixtures with incandescent light bulbs (which get very hot) must be enclosed with a globe or other cover and cannot be installed within 12 inches of any clothes storage areas (or 6 inches for recessed fixtures).

Fixtures with LED bulbs must be at least 12 inches from storage areas (or 6 inches for recessed).

Fixtures with CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs may be within 6 inches of storage areas.

All surface-mounted (not recessed) fixtures must be on the ceiling or the wall above the door.  Home Electrical Codes, Residential Electric Codes

Laundry Room
The electrical needs of a laundry room will vary, depending on if the clothes dryer is electric or gas.

A laundry room needs at least one 20-amp circuit for receptacles serving laundry equipment; this circuit can supply a clothes washer or a gas dryer. With the help of the top notch appliance installers one doesn’t have to worry about their machine breaking down.

An electric dryer needs its own 30-amp, 240-volt circuit wired with four conductors (older circuits often have three conductors).

All receptacles must be GFCI-protected.  Home Electrical Codes

As of the 2017 NEC, newly constructed garages need at least one dedicated 120-volt 20-amp circuit that serves only the garage. This circuit may also power receptacles mounted on the exterior of the garage.

Inside the garage, there should be at least one switch controlling lighting. It is recommended that three-way switches be installed for convenience between the doors.

Garages must have at least one receptacle, including one for each car space.

All garage receptacles must be GFCI-protected.  Residential Electrical Codes

Additional Requirements
AFCI requirements. The NEC now requires that virtually all branch circuits for lighting and receptacles in a home must have arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) protection. This is a form of protection that guards against sparking (arcing) and thereby reduces the chance of fire. Note that the AFCI requirement is in addition to whatever GFCI protection is required—an AFCI does not replace or eliminate the need for GFCI protection.

AFCI requirements are enforced mostly in new construction—there is no requirement that an existing system must be updated to comply with new-construction AFCI requirements. However, as of the 2017 NEC revision, when homeowners update or replace failing receptacles or other devices, they are required to add the AFCI protection at that location. This can be done in several ways:

A standard circuit breaker can be replaced with a special AFCI circuit breaker. Doing so will create AFCI protection to the entire circuit. This is a job for a licensed electrician, so make sure to hire one when doing this.

A failing receptacle can be replaced with an AFCI receptacle. This will create AFCI protection to only the receptacle being replaced.

Where GFCI protection is also required (such as kitchens and bathrooms), a receptacle can be replaced with a dual AFCI/GFCI receptacle.

Tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles. All standard receptacles must be tamper-resistant (TR) type. These include a built-in safety feature that prevents children from sticking items into the receptacle slots.  Home Electrical Codes, Residential Electric Codes

Option for New Garbage Disposers

Option for New Garbage Disposers

Option for New Garbage Disposers

Having garbage bins in your kitchen is a convenient way to get rid of food waste. But whether you’re seeking your first-ever disposal unit or looking to replace an old one, you’re going to want the best of the best. That’s where we can help.

We’ve combed everything from customer forums to plumbers’ blogs to track down the roll off dumpsters and garbage disposals real people own and love. And after many hours of research, we’ve selected the best roll off dumpsters and garbage disposals for you and your family.

Read on for our top picks.

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Why Should You Buy a Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals are just plain handy when it comes to handling, well, garbage. This includes food scraps, smelly leftovers you forgot in the back of the fridge, or even flowers kept a little past their prime. Sure, a good kitchen trash can serves a similar function just effective, but people are crazy about their disposals for other reasons. Option for New Garbage Disposers, but if you need a dumpster as well, there are services for this, and you can learn more about the company that offer this services here.

For starters, there’s the convenience factor. Prepping and cooking often produces a lot of food discards. And each time you have to reach for the trash can, it interferes with the flow of the cooking process. If you think about it, dropping your waste down the sink is actually much more intuitive—not to mention, cleaner. 

Furthermore, each food scrap you stick down the disposal is one less item you’re throwing in the trash. And with a smaller amount of waste to stink up or overflow the bin, you’ll find yourself taking out the trash a lot less frequently. In-sink garbage disposals may not eliminate the dreaded chore altogether, but it’s a step in the right direction. Plus, you may find that your bins are less appealing to pets and neighborhood critters in search of a snack. It’s another perk of putting your most edible garbage down the disposal. 

Finally, using a food waste disposer to grind up food waste can actually lead to enormous potentials in renewable energy, which we’ll go into more detail below.

Are Garbage Disposals Good for the Environment?

The environmental impact of garbage disposals has long been the subject of debate. Over the years, researchers have struggled to provide a definitive answer as to whether a grinder or a landfill is the more eco-friendly option. However, recent research has brought forth evidence in favor of garbage disposals.

According to a study about food waste published on, food treatment with in-sink grinding (ISG) ranks above landfill, depositing in all accounts when considering climate impact, energy concerns, and effects on soil productivity. In fact, ISG is considered to have great potential for renewable energy production.  Option for New Garbage Disposers

Another study has suggested that home food waste deposited in municipal sewage systems via garbage disposals could be a very potent resource for biogas harvest. By applying biogas recovery technology to these treatment systems, organic waste by-products from anaerobic digestion could be controlled and exploited.

How to Choose the Best Garbage Disposal

What makes an in-sink garbage disposal system good or bad? There are a few basic aspects that consumers should consider prior to purchase.

How Noisy Are Garbage Disposals?

If you’re sensitive to noise, you should know that all garbage disposals produce it but some are louder offenders than others. When choosing a garbage disposal, you’ll want to carefully consider the noise levels that work best for you.

To make your choice a little easier, we’ve prepared a chart that compares some of the top models on the market at peak volume. If loud noises bother you, you might be a great candidate for the whisper-quiet InSinkErator Evolution Excel, while those with less sensitive ears might be happy with InSinkErator’s slightly louder Evolution XTR or even Badger 5 models.

How Noisy Are Garbage Disposal

However, a lower volume often requires a bigger budget. The machines with better sound insulation are often more advanced—and more expensive. The Evolution Excel is the optimal choice, but only if you have a little extra cash to spare. If you’re trying to spend as little as possible, the cheaper but noisier Waste King L-8000 or Badger 5 should suit your needs.  Option for New Garbage Disposers

It’s worth noting that apart from the disposal unit itself, other factors may also affect the noise level. If you value your peace and quiet, you may want to ensure your sink is sound-insulated so as to avoid amplifying the noise of the attached disposal. These days, all the best sinks have foam-coating and deadening pads. If your sink lacks these features, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.

How Much Food Waste Do You Produce?

A large volume of rubbish requires a assistance to get rid of. If you visit you’ll find pros with the right equipment to get the job done. So, before you buy a disposer, think about how much horsepower (HP) would be sufficient to deal with your daily load of garbage. 

Here’s what we infer after digging around:

  • ⅓ or ½ HP: for a small house or apartment with 1-3 people
  • ¾ HP: for families with 4-6 people
  • 1 HP: able to support a family of 7-9 people
  • 2 HP: powerful enough for more than 9 people, usually used for commercial ends.

We don’t think that ⅓ HP models are capable of meeting the average person’s garbage disposal needs and have therefore chosen to exclude them from our picks. On the flip side, 2 HP models provide more power than you’d need in an ordinary home. However, we think that ½ to 1 HP models are totally suitable for most families—just opt for the HP that matches the size of your household. Option for New Garbage Disposers

We’ve made the choice a little simpler by putting together a table that pairs each of our picks with its suggested household size, assuming a fairly ordinary family routine with three meals a day and no guests. Your North Dallas and Plano Home Improvement expert is Plano Texas Handyman. Call Ted at 214-507-3415 to discuss your home improvement project.

Suggested Disposals Based on Family Size

If your family is small but loves to throw dinner parties, feel free to go for a more powerful machine, like the InSinkErator Evolution Excel. But if you don’t cook at home that often, a lower-HP model such as the Badger 5 should do just fine. Just think about what’s right for your lifestyle.

How Strong Do You Want Your Motor?

Motor strength doesn’t simply dictate the amount of waste your disposal can tackle—it also determines how well it can actually grind everything up. Stronger motors can tackle tougher garbage, grinding it up more finely than weaker motors. This matters because the finer the grind, the less likely it will clog the drain.

That said, weaker models are quite popular among certain groups. ⅓ HP models are the weakest ones on the market, yet they sell relatively well. This might be because these models are more affordable, or simply because 45 percent of the US adult population is single and may live in small apartments or studios that do not have the space for bigger models. 

½ HP models are a bit stronger and are a more ideal choice for small homes. Both the ½ and ⅓ HP motors are recommended for regular light use only and should be treated gently.

If you want your disposal to tackle garbage that the ½ and ⅓ HP motors can’t handle, you’ll want a ¾ or 1-2 HP model. ¾ HP motors have the strength and technology to deal with bones and hard, fibrous vegetables that would stump weaker models. 1-2 HP motors can withstand heavy use and even tougher food waste.

If you’re curious how our picks compare to one another when it comes to grinding capabilities, we’ve prepared a chart to demonstrate.

Garbage Disposal Capability

Weaker models like the InSinkErator Badger 5 and Waste King L1001 can’t grind anything tougher than fibrous veggies, while the stronger Evolution Excel is able to handle all sorts of food scraps in the kitchen, including meat bones.. 

Reviews of the Best Garbage Disposals in 2020

Our list includes a wide range of models spanning from high-end options that offer top-of-the-line features to budget alternatives that can satisfy basic needs. 

Here’s our picks for the Best Garbage Disposals.

  1. InSinkErator Essential XTR 3/4HP Garbage DisposerBest To Buy in 2020
  2. Waste King L8000 Legend 1HP Garbage DisposalBest Value Garbage Disposal
  3. InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1HP Garbage DisposalBest High-End Disposer
  4. InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2HP Food Waste DisposerBest for Small Home
  5. Moen GXS75C GX 3/4HP Garbage DisposalBest Moen Disposer
  6. Waste King L1001 Garbage DisposalBest Budget Food Disposal
  7. InSinkErator Septic Assist 3/4HP Garbage DisposalBest Septic System Safe Disposal

Your North Dallas and Plano Home Improvement expert is Plano Texas Handyman. Call Ted at 214-507-3415 to discuss your home improvement project.

COVID-19 Home Sanitation

Covid-19 Home Disinfection


Plano Texas Handyman is the top-rated disinfecting and sanitation house cleaning service in Plano and North Dallas. With all that is going on with COVID-19 (and the flu) we want to let you know what we are doing over here at Plano Texas Handyman to help. COVID-19 Home Sanitation

We are in a unique position to be a part of the solution as we have in-depth chemical knowledge and experience in the cleaning management of viruses and bacteria. During this outbreak of coronavirus, we are offering a 51 point home high touch-point clean to all Plano and North Dallas area residents. We offer protocols exceeding CDC Guidelines, including anti-bacterial cleaning solutions, wearing masks, shoe covers, and disposable gloves, professional microfiber cloths, we are now using a disinfecting Clorox solution (sodium hypochlorite) which is labeled to destroy viruses, including Human Coronavirus. Our service includes the disinfecting of all home surfaces: doorknobs, cabinet pulls, appliances, light switches and plugs, faucets, bathroom fixtures, lamps, doors and cabinets, thermostats, hard surface chairs, and many other items. Businesses should also be aware of proper COVID 19 Disinfection and stricter cleaning checks to ensure they can run safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Look online for back to work solutions, which will help businesses to be more prepared when they are reopening their buildings for the general public. Additionally, some businesses may want to consider getting their uniforms industrially cleaned every now and then too. This could kill any germs or bacteria that could be on the uniforms of their employees. By looking into phs Besafe industrial laundry services, businesses could ensure that their employees are wearing industrially cleaned uniforms that should be free of any germs, keeping the building safe too. Additionally, using home sanitation advice for businesses is also a good idea for proper cleaning, throughout the day, by employees. This is very important for us to offer due to the fact that in many hospitals and services around the world there has been an increase in N95 mask shortage, therefore it has become more important to buy the relevant supplies and support businesses through the pandemic.

Plano Texas Handyman has some of the best cross-contamination protocols in the industry, and we are only improving them as COVID-19 spreads. All microfiber rags and mop pads are sanitized when washed. We bring fresh micro-fiber cloths to each home. Once a microfiber cloth or mop pad is put into service, it is contained in a plastic bag and sterilized afterward.

Please give us a call with questions at 214-507-3415 or to book an appointment as we would love to talk to you about the latest recommended methods to keep you and your home safe. COVID-19 Home Sanitation

The CDC Guidelines cleaning and Disinfecting:

Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces

  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned by Power Washing in Woodbridge VA prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
    • A list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available herepdf iconexternal icon. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products for concentration, application method and contact time, etc.
    • Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
      • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
        • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
        • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water, COVID-19 Home Sanitation

Soft (Porous) Surfaces

  • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:


  • For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines, remove visible contamination if present.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
    • Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics.
    • If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.

Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

  • In order to minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to the guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

In Addition to sanitation, there are now other methods that are being used to help to gain further safety from Covid-19. Obviously, there are things like social distancing, avoiding gatherings, and staying at home when it is possible, but there are other measures people can now take for themselves. If you are a medical professional or if you are willing to get some training on ultrasound machines then a portable ultrasound could be beneficial for detecting Covid-19. Many doctors are using ultrasound to monitor their patients lungs and see whether they can detect the Coronavirus. You can get this tech from websites like and receive further information on the usefulness of an ultrasound.

Foundation Watering & Irrigation

Foundation Watering & Irrigation

Foundation Watering & Irrigation, Foundation Irrigation – Plano Texas – Expansive soils act like a sponge. As they absorb water, they swell and as they lose water they shrink. Soils tend to dry out (and shrink) during the summer and to absorb water (and swell) during the winter and spring. As the soil under a house shrinks and swells with the seasons, the house and foundation will move up and down. Visit our website at for more information.

Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to discuss the cost of installing a foundation irrigation watering system that will save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Foundation Irrigation.

As long as the foundation movement is not great enough to damage the house and/or foundation, it is not a problem. If the up and down movement of a foundation always returns the foundation to its original level position, then damage to the house and foundation may appear and disappear on a regular basis as the seasons change. This constant movement can leave you needing someone like Quality Foundation Repair – repair company so it’s best you do something before it gets to that point.

If a homeowner wishes to stop seasonal house and foundation damage, the first course of action should be to follow a controlled watering program. By keeping the moisture content of the soil under the foundation constant, foundation movement can often be stopped. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas, Foundation Irrigation

Drip Irrigation

Foundation Watering – Plano Texas, Drip Watering System

The best way to water a foundation is to install a foundation watering system. If you do not want to go to the expense of installing a drip irrigation watering system, soaker hoses will provide you with many of the same benefits. The best way to use a soaker hose is to bury a soaker hose two to three inches deep, 6 inches from the edge of your foundation. Placing the hose a short distance from the foundation allows the water to soak into the soil evenly. Foundation Irrigation

The best way to install a foundation watering system is to call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman for an automated drip irrigation system. Most systems can be installed for s little as $700 and would include items:
1. Automated battery operated timer to keep a regular watering and hands free system.
2. 150 micron filter
3. Pressure regulator
4. Drip irrigation ports installed (1 GPH or 2 GPH) every 18″

This system can be programmed to water the foundation anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours per session, and intervals of 1 session per: every 6 hours, very 8 hours, every 12 hours, every 24 hours, every 48 hours, every 3 days. It will keep your foundation moist with little effort. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas

WIFI Faucet Controller

WIFI (wireless) Option – If you really want to automate your drip irrigation system, you can add a Melnor WIFI enabled watering timer that can be accessed with your Smartphone . This option will add approximately $300 to the investment.

– Control from anywhere you have internet access
– Push-button control watering at the faucet
– Water 4 areas with one faucet. Please refer the product video before use
– Easily add a second faucet unit to water 4 more areas
– Works with Milnor’s Aqua Sentry Automatic Rain Delay for total watering automation

Once again, Melnor advances the art and science of lawn and garden care with the WiFi AquaTimer. Control watering in 4 areas from a smart phone, tablet or computer. Setup is easy and the system can be expanded to water 4 additional areas. FCC approved for use in the United States and IC approved for use in Canada. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas, Foundation Irrigation

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: For installation: You must have internet access and a WiFi router in your home along with either an Apple iPhone/iPad running iOS 6.1 or higher; or smartphone/tablet running Android 4.0 or higher. The device must have access to your wireless network. May not work with some Apple routers. For Programming and Account Management: You can program and manage your WiFi AquaTimer from any web browser that has internet access. This can be done from most smartphones, tablets or computers using standard browser software like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. This product is approved for sale in the U.S.A. and Canada only.
The hose Could be placed against the foundation but the most desirable position is 4 – 6 inches out but this is the most obtrusive position.

When soil has dried and cracked, water can travel along the cracks for several feet in all directions. If the soil around your foundation is dried and cracked, then water placed next to the foundation will run through the cracks and accumulate at the bottom of the grade beam (the thick portion of the foundation that is under the exterior walls). In some cases, an accumulation of water in the soil at the base of a foundation can cause the soil to loose some of its load bearing capacity. If the soil loses enough load bearing capacity, the house will sink into the ground. Obviously, it is necessary to water more during hot, dry weather and less during cold, damp weather. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas, Foundation Irrigation

The amount of water required to keep a foundation stable during the summer can be surprisingly large. A single large tree can remove as much as 150 gallons of water, or almost 20 cubic feet of water, from the soil each day. Shrubs and other plants can also remove large quantities of water. During persistent hot dry weather, it may be necessary to water a foundation daily. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas

Watering should supply enough water to keep the moisture content in the soil under the foundation constant.

If the amount of water applied is only enough to keep the surface damp, the watering program will not work. Obviously, the homeowner is the only one who can weight the benefits of controlling foundation movement versus the increased size of the water bill.

You’ve found the telltale foundation problem signs so how do you set up a foundation watering system? There are several ways to go. The most common is a foundation watering soaker hose system. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas, Foundation Irrigation

Water more during hot, dry weather and less during cold, damp weather. The goal is to maintain a constant moisture level in the soil so that soil below the surface is damp – not soggy and not dry.

Start in the dry summer months with a daily watering regime.
With the current drought, you should water at least 2 hours a day. It is best to water at night to reduce water loss to evaporation. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas, Foundation Irrigation

TIP: Use a screwdriver as a quick test to see if you need more or less water. Stick the screwdriver into the soil. Water more if it comes up dry. Water less if it comes up caked in mud. TIP: Review the trees around the building. A single large tree can remove as much as 150 gallons of water, or almost 20 cubic feet of water, from the soil each day. Shrubs and other plants can also remove large quantities of water. Roots under your foundations can cause foundation damage by drying out the soil under your foundation and causing your foundation to settle.
Soils dry out during cold, dry months so remember to water during dry spells in the cold months. Foundation Watering – Plano Texas

TIP: If using a timer, adjust the timer for season changes in moisture. Remember to turn it off after a good rain or snow and then to turn it back on when it starts to dry out again. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to discuss the installation of your Drip Irrigation System. Visit our website at for more information.

Replace Attic Stairs

Replace attic stairs

Replace attic stairs with Plano Texas Texas Handyman. We are the premier home improvement company serving the Plano, McKinney, Frisco and north Dallas suburbs. Call Ted today at 214-507-3415 for more information on our services or visit our website for all our capabilities. The cost to replace you attic stairs starts at about $695 for an aluminum stairway. This includes removing the old and installing a new. We do not dispose of old stairway and new trim and paint can be added for a minimal charge. Replace attic stairs

An attic ladder is a retractable stairway that pulls down from the ceiling to provide access to attic space, then folds up into a ceiling frame out of the way when it is not needed. An attic ladder makes every trip up and down from the attic easier, faster, and safer. It can make the difference between an attic storage space that actually gets used and one that is quickly forgotten—along with its contents.

Installing extension ladders or fold-down stairway is a very doable DIY project that can take just a few hours. Most retractable attic ladders come as pre-assembled kits that you can order for shipment to your house or pick up at a local building supply store. But there are several factors to weigh as you consider which ladder to buy.

Location of the Ladder

Attic ladder kits are made to fit between existing framing in the ceiling (that is, the floor of the attic). Where possible, choose a size and location for your attic ladder that allows it to fit between existing ceiling joists or trusses. In some cases, the ladder may fit into an existing attic access hatch. In other cases, though, the access hatch may need to be enlarged, or an entirely new opening will need to be cut. When locating your attic ladder, make sure the bottom of the ladder will fall in a safe spot where there is room to maneuver—both from the bottom of the stairs and as you enter the attic.

How you enlarge or install an attic hatchway opening will depend on the type of framing used in your attic.  Replace attic stairs

Type of Framing

Your attic floor and roof are probably framed with either trusses or with individual rafters and floor joists. Most timber roof trusses function as an interlocking system of framing members joined by gussets or metal connectors. The components cannot be cut or altered, or you risk ruining the structural strength. When installing an attic hatchway and retractable stairway unit, the normal strategy is to position them in the gap between two trusses.

Standard framing using rafters and floor joists, on the other hand, can usually be reorganized easily in order to frame a hatchway opening or install a new one.

Joist (or Truss) Spacing and Orientation

Standard-size attic ladder kits are designed to fit between floor joists (or trusses) that have a 24-inch spacing (on center). This means there is about 22 1/2 inches of open space between each joist pair. If the gap between your framing measures 22 1/2 inches and one of those gaps falls over where you’d like to install the ladder, you’re in luck. If not, additional framing will be required.

It’s also possible that the joists are running in the wrong direction for the ladder installation. With standard framing, this can be overcome by simply cutting out sections of the joists and then framing the rough opening with doubled-up headers and joists. With trusses, however, you may be out of luck. Check with a professional about your options. If alteration is possible at all, it may be an involved process that is fairly expensive.

Basic Space Requirements for an Attic Ladder

Full-size attic ladders usually need an opening in the ceiling that is at least 22 1/2 x 54 inches. Looking for a space adequate to this opening is your first step. Also, make sure there is a suitable landing space in the attic, so you can safely mount and dismount the ladder while carrying items. Check for headroom, too, since you don’t want to bang your head against the roof framing every time you use the ladder. Finally, make sure there’s enough open space in the room and on the floor below the attic opening to accommodate the ladder when it is fully extended. These dimensions vary by the ladder-type and model, so check the manufacturer’s requirements for the exact model you’re considering.  Replace attic stairs

If space is tight, look for compact ladder models designed for closets and other small spaces. Some models need only an 18 x 24-inch opening and require less floor space than standard ladders. 

Length and Weight

Attic ladders are sold in different lengths. Be sure to measure the distance from your ceiling to the floor and buy an appropriate size. The weight rating relates to the load capacity of the ladder itself. As a general rule, the more weight a ladder can hold, the sturdier it is. At the very least, buy a ladder that can handle the weight of the heaviest person who will be using it plus the heaviest load they will be hauling up and down. This may mean that a 250-pound capacity is sufficient, although 300 pounds may be a better choice, even if it requires some extra framing. 


You can find attic ladders made of aluminum, steel, or wood. Aluminum is generally the best all-around choice because it is lightweight and strong. Because aluminum is a rust-resistant metal, it’s unlikely to be affected by humidity and temperature over the years. A wood ladder also might very well last as long as the house, but it may be more prone to the effects of moisture and temperature change, as well as potential natural defects. 

Usability Features

Attic ladders come in a variety of styles and designs that incorporate various features that improve convenience, safety, and general usability. Much of this comes down to personal preference. Here are some of the features to consider, keeping in mind that you may be limited by your available space and your budget:

  • Rungs vs. steps: Some retractable attic stairs have shallow steps, while others have ladder-style rungs. The steps aren’t like those of a regular staircase, and, in most cases it’s best to climb up and down as if you’re on a ladder, holding a higher step while climbing.   
  • Folding vs. telescoping: Some ladders fold out, while others telescope like an extension ladder. There are also stairs that extend on scissor-like mechanisms (picture an old-fashioned shaving mirror), sometimes called “concertina.” 
  • Angle: Attic ladders and stairs are almost always steeper than regular staircases. Some may prefer less or more of an angle. Ladders typically have the same steep angle as those used when painting a house or cleaning windows. Stairs usually have a somewhat flatter angle.
  • Handrail: Some attic ladders include a handrail. Keep in mind that climbing attic ladders usually means carrying items in one hand while climbing with the other. Is it preferable to climb with a handrail or just use the ladder rungs? It depends on personal preference. Replace attic stairs


Attic access panels can be a significant source of energy loss in a home. Look for attic ladder and stairway models with tight-fitting doors and, if possible, insulation. Some models come with insulation covers that fit over the hatchway from above. Or, you can add weatherstripping around the door opening to stop air leakage, and cover the door panel with a rigid foam insulation board to slow heat loss.  Replace attic stairs