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Christmas attic storage

Christmas Attic Storage

Christmas attic storage – So as we embark upon another holiday season, out come the Christmas decorations. And at the end of the year, you embark on the same routine, “What do I do with all this extra stuff that I need to store from year to year”? Answer: Create your Own Self Storage – Why would you pay a self storage facility, on average, $160 per month for a 10×10 unit when you can create usable space in your attic for a fraction of the price. Plano Texas Handyman can convert an average attic space, approximately 200 square feet for about $1500. Christmas attic storage

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Consider the facts, we can provide double the space for a payback of 10onths, or less. Consider the following-:

Christmas Storage Solutions

Christmas Storage Solutions

According to The Self Storage Association, there are roughly 49,000 storage facilities in the U.S. alone. Self storage has consistently been the fastest growing area of the commercial real estate industry, representing $22 billion in annual U.S. revenues in 2011. But why? Why are Americans so willing to saddle themselves with material albatrosses that sap their monthly income? Have we become such a nomadic and unsettled people that our consumerism can only keep up with our lifestyles through acres of augmented storage? I’ll leave that up to the social and cultural critics to decide. Although this isn’t an issue that is isolated to the United States. In fact, self storage Auckland has become a very popular choice for the Kiwi’s down under. Alternatively, you could look at other storage options, such as the ability to rent to own sheds for your storage needs. Christmas attic storage

Wish you could utilize all that extra space in your attic to store rarely used items, but aren’t sure how to? Here are some great attic storage ideas I’ve found. Soon, all those Christmas decorations, seasonal sports equipment, and other odds and ends will be organized neatly for easy access, there might also be archival storage by Boom Box Storage to help with storage for decorations. Christmas attic storage

The attic is a great place to store things that aren’t often used but you still want to keep. You know, things like those boxes of Christmas ornaments, your pool toys in winter and boxes of winter gear in summer. The attic is a great untapped storage place. Now, keep in mind that, unlike basements which are damp, attics tend to be very dry. And, this is a no-brainer, but even with lots of insulation, they tend to get warmer than the rest of the house. Christmas attic storage

If you’re considering entering the fray and renting a storage unit, or if you’re rethinking the value you get out of your current storage arrangement, let me offer a few arguments against these businesses that dot our landscape. Here are seven reasons why renting a self-storage unit is a bad idea. (See also: The Tyranny of Stuff) Create your Own Self Storage

1. Most Stored Objects Depreciate in Value
Unless you’re storing gold or silver (an ill-advised move at most storage facilities), the objects you’re housing are probably depreciating in value. Though I know some storage situations are unavoidable (i.e., a last minute move for a job, family emergency, divorce), the pay-off long-term just doesn’t seem worth it when you consider the replacement cost of the stored items. Christmas attic storage

2. Extra Offsite Storage Promotes Acquisition
Having overflow storage options at the ready encourages needless acquisition. Often, storage units enable hoarding tendencies and prevent us from moving on from objects and the places and times in our lives that they represent. Create your Own Self Storage Christmas Storage Solutions

3. Storage Fees Can Be a Financial Drain
This one is obvious, but still insidious. There’s something overwhelming about having a storage unit full of stuff. We tend to ignore it, become exhausted at the thought of moving it, and avoid figuring out how to get rid of it. Inertia sets in and we (almost gladly) fork over the $65.00 or $75.00 a month to maintain the status quo. After a few years of paying our monthly dues, we’ve spent enough to buy to good used car and have nothing to show for it besides the same old anxiety-producing pile of stuff. Christmas Storage Ideas

4. Storage Facilities Often Lack Adequate Security
There doesn’t appear to be any uniform approach to security measures across the self-storage industry. Some facilities are well-lit, some aren’t; some have attendants on-site, some don’t; some units have solid walls and metal doors, others are made of wire and plywood. For an industry that’s basking in the riches of a society on the move, why is there no self-governance, no rating system, Extra Storage Space Your Home.and no standardized security?

5. If You Can Store It for Years, You Can Live Without It
Professional organizers and decluttering experts sing the same refrain — if you haven’t used it in six months or a year, you can live without it. The same logic applies to the objects we’re warehousing in our storage units. If you can box it up and lock it up for years, do you really need it? If it’s not used regularly, what’s its real value?

6. Unpaid Storage Bills Equal Secured Debt
Many folks don’t think about the contents of their unit as security against delinquent storage payments. But it only takes few episodes of “Storage Wars” to be set straight on that point. Unpaid storage fees are made up, in part, by auctioning off the contents of each unit. In many cases, the contents can be sold and renters are still liable for the remaining balance. If you’re storing family photos, heirlooms, or other memorabilia, is it worth the risk to potentially have your items held captive or sold to the highest bidder? Christmas attic storage

7. Storage Services Are a Questionable Value
Considering the cost, the tendency for objects to depreciate in value while in storage, the inertia that off-site storage can lead to, and the lack of uniform security of facilities, I have a hard time seeing the value in long-term storage services. It begs the question — wouldn’t our money be better spent processing and organizing the items we have and purging what’s left over? Create your Own Self Storage, Christmas Storage Ideas.

I realize that self-storage can be like a huge convenience when life throws you a curve ball. But as an ongoing strategy for managing the “stuff” in our lives, it’s a losing proposition. Maybe it’s time to grab a few friends, throw the doors open, load up the trunk, and have a yard sale. Extra Storage Space Your Home

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Holiday Home Security

Holiday Home Security

It’s finally time for the holidays, and boy this is the best time of the year. You are planning the family get together, and going to visit relatives as well as have relatives visit you. But how exactly are you supposed to relax, unwind, and leave your cares behind if you’re worried about the security of your home?  Holiday Home Security

Plano Texas Handyman is the local expert on protecting your home with a smart home security system, We install wired and wireless cameras, door and window sensors, room cameras, water sensors and most anything that will monitor your home while your away and view them real time on your smart device. Call today at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details on all our capabilities. Read on about ways to protect your home during the holiday season.

Install a home Security Camera System

Security cameras are powerful deterrents to check unlawful activities and are widely using for indoor and outdoor surveillance. Security cameras can provide vital clues to the police to identify and trace the people involved in unlawful activities let it be a criminal tress passing, burglary or mob attack or arson. To track all the movements inside and outside of a premise, you need to use the suitable security camera system. Holiday Home Security

Enlist a Trusted Neighbor

Remember how your mom or grandma always kept a spare key under the doormat or above the doorframe? Yeah… don’t do that. Instead, find a neighbor you trust or a friend who lives close by and give them a spare key, just in case you need them to access your home for you while you’re away. Holiday Home Security

Hide Valuables Creatively

Safe behind a picture in the bedroom? That might be the first place a burglar looks. Get more imaginative by hiding valuables in kitchen cabinets, bathroom cupboards, the bottom of the toy box, or in the dog’s bed (although that won’t protect anything from fire damage).

Remember, Nothing is more secure than a solid steel, fire-proof, water resistant, solid bolt safe securely fastened to a concrete floor. Few thief’s will have the tools to remove the safe or get into the safe.

Keep Your Daily Services Active

Enlist a friend or relative to gather mail, newspapers, and packages, or cancel service for the time you’re gone since seeing things pile up can alert a thief to your absence. You might also ask a friend or neighbor to park in your driveway periodically and hire someone to keep mowing your lawn. Holiday Home Security

Hire a House Sitter

If you know a trustworthy sitter who’d consider a stay in your home something like a vacation, it can be a win/win situation. Hire them to live in your home and keep an eye on it while you’re gone. If you don’t want them to live in your home, hire them to make two or three trips per day to open p the house and check things out. If you have pets, they can also serve as a pet sitter, which means you won’t have to board your cat or dog.

Don’t Announce Your Departure

Don’t post on social media about your trip—ultimately broadcasting your home’s vulnerability—until you return. You can share to your heart’s content once you’re home from your adventure. If you really must share, ensure you’re only corresponding with a small group of close friends. Holiday Home Security

Install a Home Security System

The best way to guarantee peace of mind about your home is to install a home security system. In addition to alarms that trigger if one of your home’s entries is breached, the right system will offer you remote viewing of your property (even at night), allow you to control temperatures and switch lights off and on, and generally create the appearance that the home is occupied. Some systems permit you to provide and change entry codes for guests who will enter while you’re away. Many newer systems include cameras which you can remotely pan, tilt, and view on any of your smart devices that can receive a data signal.  Holiday Home Security

Install Smart Home Devices

You can install WiFi light switches that you can turn on any light from anywhere you are vacationing. You can install WiFi plugs to turn on lamps from anywhere. You can install door and window sensors that immediately send you notifications if a breech has occurred. Smart cameras can allow you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world.

Rest easy, your home is protected.

Plano Texas Handyman is the local expert on protecting your home with a smart home security system, We install wired and wireless cameras, door and window sensors, room cameras, water sensors and most anything that will monitor your home while your away and view them real time on your smart device. Call today at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details on all our capabilities. Holiday Home Security

Article reprinted from Plano Living magazine

Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes – Preparing a holiday meal takes time, patience, and planning.  If you really want to enjoy some delicious cooking, we have some family recipes to share with all our customers.  There are some truly unique recipes from the Christmas Cookbook.  Click here to download.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Plano Texas Handyman!

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.  Plano Texas Handyman Cookbook.  By the way, of you are looking for a top-notch handyman service, call Ted at 214-507-3415 for more information,  Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

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. Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

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  Plano Texas Handyman Cookbook, Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

Traditional Holiday Cooking, Christmas Cookbook

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, Christmas Cookbook

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, Christmas Cookbook

Green Chili Stew
Minestrone Soup
Crabmeat Bisque
Shrimp Etouffee

Breakfast and Starters, Christmas Cookbook

Chili Relleno Egg Casserole
Blueberry French Toast
Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls

Holiday Desert Time, Christmas Cookbook

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, Christmas Cookbook

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, Christmas Cookbook

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, Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

Enjoy!

Ted and Kelly Vinci
Proprietors: Plano Texas Handyman
Christmas Cookbook

Plano Texas Handyman Holiday Cookbook Recipes

Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment – Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. There are few home improvement projects that actually pay for themselves and LED lighting is one of them.  An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. You could also try switching energy provider at https://www.moneyexpert.com/gas-electricity/ to make sure you’re getting the best deal. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $45 each year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED lightbulbs are available today. For high-quality products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR. Of course this isn’t the only change that you can make to increase your home’s energy efficiency. In fact, you’d be surprised at how many improvements can be made to cut costs, increase efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. If you’re interested then you might want to have a look at chipglennon.com for more ideas.  Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

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New Lightbulbs: What’s the Difference?

Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light and are no longer manufactured.

  • 90% of the energy is given off as heat
  • That lost energy is money we are throwing away

Newer energy-saving lightbulbs provide the choices in colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. The new lights are also much more efficient — so they save you money. Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Money

What Are My Lighting Choices?

You have many choices in energy-efficient lighting. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy. You can find these in most hardware and home improvement stores as well as at FSC Lighting.

Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.  Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

If you have outdoor lighting that is left on for a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather. CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights. These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures. Also look for ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures that are designed for outdoor use and come with features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.

Halogen Incandescents

Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Money – Halogen incandescents have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and they can be used with dimmers. Halogen incandescent bulbs meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, but there are now many more efficient options to meet your lighting needs.

CFLs

Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have in a kitchen or garage. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescents, typical CFLs can pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month. An ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL uses about one-fourth the energy and lasts ten times longer than a comparable traditional incandescent bulb that puts out the same amount of light. A typical CFL can pay for itself in energy savings in less than 9 months and continue to save you money each month. A CFL uses about one-third the energy of a halogen incandescent.

CFL bulbs are available in a range of light colors, including warm (white to yellow) tones that were not as available when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to the bulbs you are replacing. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check the package to make sure you purchase a CFL with that feature.

Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and they should always be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Many retailers recycle CFLs for free. See EPA’s website for more information. Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

LEDs

Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a type of solid-state lighting — semiconductors that convert electricity into light. Although once known mainly for indicator and traffic lights, LEDs in white light, general illumination applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies. ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20%–25% of the energy and last 15 to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace. LEDs use 25%–30% of the energy and last 8 to 25 times longer than halogen incandescents.

LED bulbs are currently available in many products such as replacements for 40W, 60W, and 75W traditional incandescents, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lights, desk lamps, kitchen undercabinet lighting, and outdoor area lights. They come in a variety of colors, and some are dimmable or offer convenient features such as daylight and motion sensors. LEDs work well indoors and outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments. Look for LED products such as pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights for outdoor use. You can also find solar-powered outdoor lighting. Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

While LEDs are more expensive, they still save money because they last a long time and have very low energy use. As with other electronics, prices are expected to come down as more products enter the market.

Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Money– First lets look at the benefits of installing energy efficient lighting and later we will examine the up-front cost to upgrade and then the annual energy savings. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to discuss the installation of your Drip Irrigation System. Visit our website at www.planotexashandyman.com for more information. Installing Energy- 5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting.

It’s no secret the cost of electrical energy continues to rise and will inevitably continue to do so in the future. At the same time, the demand for electricity continues to increase, taxing our existing electrical infrastructure to the margins of their design limits. We need more power, but in order to get it, we need new transmission and distribution infrastructure — but that’s just the beginning.

Efficiencies need to improve. Smart grid and microgrid strategies need to be deployed, and energy storage needs to be maximized. The list goes on and on. The problem is all of these propositions require a large amount of capital, which seems to be in short supply these days. Therefore, the quickest and least expensive way to generate more electricity is to not consume it in the first place. One way to use less energy is to install newer and more energy-efficient lamps, luminaires, and controls. Even lighting systems that were deployed just five years ago could benefit from newer lighting technologies and/or better control strategies.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that about 461 billion kWh of electricity were used for lighting by the residential and commercial sectors in 2011. This was equal to about 17% of the total electricity consumed by both of these sectors and about 12% of total U.S. electricity consumption. Residential lighting consumption was about 186 billion kWh — or 13% of all residential electricity consumption. The commercial sector, which includes commercial and institutional buildings and public street/highway lighting, consumed about 275 billion kWh for lighting — or 21% of commercial sector electricity consumption in 2011. Installing Energy- 5 Reasons to use Energy Efficient Lighting. Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Money

The good news is lighting has become more efficient over the last decade and continues to evolve. Not only have lamps and luminaires become more efficient, but so have lighting control systems. Installing new luminaires and lamps — or retrofitting existing luminaires and lamps — is standard practice for the electrical industry. However, installing lighting controls to save energy has sent many electrical contractors and technicians back into training mode.

1. Energy Savings – Lamp/luminaire and lighting control strategies are driven by the need to save energy and by the adoption of energy codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1, or state standards like California’s Title 24. As lamp efficacies improve, energy codes are driving down the number of watts per square foot used to light any give space within a building. Add in effective lighting controls, and you can drive down energy consumption even further. On the voluntary side, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has had a profound impact on driving energy-efficient lighting design as well. Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

There are other benefits for installing a well-engineered lighting system. Although the following benefits may appear to be less quantifiable, in reality, they are no less important than saving energy. First is the effect that a lighting system has on improving the productivity, recruitment, and retention of the customer’s employees. The second is green and zero net energy branding opportunities. A 2015 research study, found an average 3.2% increase in productivity from lighting improvements. The same study also revealed that a 1% increase in productivity equates to 100% reduction in energy costs. Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Money.

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2. Large choice of lighting technology – Lamp and luminaire choice is usually driven by customer request in consultation with an architect, lighting designer, or both to meet occupancy requirements. However, in some cases, the electrical contractor may become the specifier of the lamps and luminaires to reduce costs for the customer (value-engineering). Electrical contractors involved in design/build projects have greater influence over lighting selection. Because most design/build electrical contractors are not lighting designers, learning something about basic lighting design benefits everyone involved.

Just like the lighting designer, the electrical contractor needs to understand the customer’s lighting requirements. In the case of value-engineering or design/build scenarios, realize that the customer may be relying on your expertise when it comes to lamp/luminaire selection, layout, and control. Some basic questions to ask the customer include: What is the major task(s) that will be performed in the space (e.g., task lighting)? What surfaces or objects need to be lit (e.g., focal lighting)? What types of fenestrations will the space contain (e.g., daylighting)? Is any lamp/luminaire going to be used as an architectural or decorative feature (e.g., decorative lighting)? What is the mood of the space, or what are the navigation requirements within the space (e.g., ambient lighting)? In some designs, energy savings and increased productivity may be gained by separating task lighting from ambient lighting and using innovative control strategies.

3. Lighting has become understandable – The proper selection of the lamp and luminaire begins with understanding something about the qualities of a light source, which are determined by the method used to produce the light. Light sources range from incandescent and halogen to fluorescent and HID to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Lamps are rated in lumen output, watts, and lumens per watt or efficacy. Lumen output is the total light output of the lamp. This does not include fixture lumens only lamp lumens. (It’s important to understand the difference when evaluating LED lamps and luminaires.) Efficacy is the measure of how efficient one light source is when compared to another. The more lumen output per watt of power consumed, the more efficacious the lamp is. When purchasing lamps, think lumens, not watts. Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

4. Quality – The quality of light is also a measure of its color accuracy and the color of the light itself. Color accuracy is a measure of how well the light source can render the colors of an object. This is known as the color rendering index (CRI), which is measured on a scale of 0 (very poor rendering) to 100 (perfect rendering). The color of the light the lamp produces (whether the light appears warm, neutral, or cool) is a function of its color temperature. The lower the color temperature, the warmer (more red) the lamp appears; the higher the color temperature, the whiter or cooler the light source appears (more blue). This is known as the correlated color temperature (CCT), as shown in the Figure. Install Energy Efficient Lighting Investment

Other areas of concern when selecting a lamp are its operating temperature range, lamp life, lumen maintenance (how much light output diminishes over the life of the lamp), directionality, dimmability, starting time, and life-cycle costs. All lamp qualities need to be understood to provide the customer with the desired end result. This implies that you, as the electrical contractor, understand how all lamps generate their light and what their operational characteristics are. Control strategies will be predicated on the operational characteristics of the lamp and occupancy requirements. Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Money

The goal is to have a better understanding of the nature of light — not necessarily to become a lighting designer. However, if you are providing design/build services or value-engineering a lighting system, understanding some basics of lighting design will help a great deal. Many lighting and lighting control manufacturers provide basic online training with regard to understanding the nature of light, lamp characteristics, luminaire selection, and the correct switching or dimming control devices and topologies. Many lighting manufacturers also offer webinars and training courses, some of which are free. Staying on top of the latest training resources in the lighting arena will go a long way toward maximizing your next energy-efficient installation.

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The annual savings to upgrade to energy efficient lighting

Energy Savings – Assuming you have a 2500 square foot home, with a total of 25 – 60W incandescent bulbs (lamps, fans and bath fixtures), 15 – 65W BR40 spot lights (can lights), and 4 – 4? 40W t40 fluorescent bulbs (closets and laundry).

The total out of pocket cost to replace these bulbs with LED lighting would be approximately $485.00, including professional installation. Installing Energy-Efficient Indoor Lighting Systems

The total annual savings realized based on .11c/kwh would come to $240.00 annually in energy usage, up-front, the payback seems to be 2 years! However, you must consider the longevity and useful life of the asset, LED bulbs last on average 14.7 years compared to 2.1 years for standard incandescent. Essentially, you will have to replace incandescent bulbs 7 times. The bottom line is that over the life of the LED product (14 to 15 years), you will save over $3200.00 in energy usage and bulb replacement.

This analysis is done for a 2500 square foot home, do the math, many homes in Plano Texas are much larger. Your savings could be enormous.

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Holiday Home Project Ideas

Holiday Home Project Ideas

Install Home Electronics

Install Home Electronics

Holiday Home Project Ideas – If a new flat panel television, home theatre system, or other electronic devices are bound for your household this gift-giving season, consider seeking installation quotes from a trained professional. Proper installation can maximize your enjoyment of new electronics for a fraction of their purchase price, and the stress of following a multi-page instruction manual may bring out the Scrooge in many DIYers.

Your Pro-To-Call is Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for Holiday home projects and you can visit our website for all our capabilities.

Plan for Holiday Lights

Christmas lights begin to appear on homes across America every year

Plan for Holiday Lights

almost immediately following (and sometimes before!) Thanksgiving. If you plan to decorate your home yourself, develop a plan and start looking for deals on lights and other outdoor holiday paraphernalia early. If you’re planning on hiring assistance, make sure you contact a professional for quotes as soon as possible. Either way, allow time to make arrangements and install lights as early as you can in order to maximize the number of days you’ll have to enjoy them. Holiday Home Project Ideas

Hire Cleaning Help

Hire Cleaning Help

If you’re like most people, the final months of the year are long on to-do items and short on time. Hiring a cleaning professional will allow you to focus on more important tasks and keep your home looking its best for holiday visitors. Whether you schedule a one-time visit or routine cleanings, the stress and effort you’ll save are likely well-worth the monetary investment.

Fix Major Home Appliances

Fix Major Home Appliances

From turkey dinners to Christmas cookies, the holiday season is a busy time for most kitchens. Clothes washers and dryers often pull an extra shift or two during the holidays, as well. If your appliances aren’t working, or aren’t working as well as they should, call an appliance repair professional before the holidays arrive. A trained professional often can diagnose and repair a problem in a major appliance for far less than the cost of replacement. Holiday Home Project Ideas from Plano Texas Handyman.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats save money without sacrificing comfort by using less energy on heating and cooling while you’re away from home, asleep, or at any other specific times you select. More accurate and convenient to use than manual thermostats, programmable thermostats don’t contain toxic mercury found in traditional models. Hiring a pro for this project is generally inexpensive, but this project is within the abilities of most DIYers.

Fireplace Repair

Fireplace Repair

Proper inspection of a fireplace is vital to ensuring its safe operation — even if it is rarely used. An experienced chimney sweep will check wood fireplaces for flammable buildup (known as creosote) and chimney blockages like bird nests. A chimney or fireplace professional also should check for these red flags: improperly functioning dampers, damaged brickwork and masonry, and missing or damaged flue caps (the screen covering the top of the chimney). Holiday Home Project Ideas

Install a Home Security System or Alarm

Install a Home Security System or Alarm

If you’re looking for peace of mind this holiday season, consider enlisting the help of a home security company. A home security system will help protect against intruders and many systems also can monitor for signs of fire. Security companies will often install basic systems free of charge, provided you sign a monitoring contract.

Tune Up Furnace

Tune Up Furnace

In winter the furnace is literally the heart of most American homes. Without it, comfortable life indoors would come to a grinding halt. Occasional maintenance from a trained professional can keep your furnace running effectively and efficiently and prevent potentially catastrophic damage to your home from burst or frozen pipes. Holiday Home Project Ideas

Seal Gaps & Add Insulation

Seal Gaps & Add Insulation

Nothing makes a home more uncomfortable during the winter than a nagging, chilly draft. Consider a home energy audit that includes a review of your home’s caulking and weather stripping. Energy auditors also will likely look inside your attic. If the insulation is at or below the level of the joists, you may be able to keep your home warmer by adding more. A depth of 10 to 14 inches is generally considered optimal, and you can supplement with a variety of different types of insulation to achieve that depth. Holiday Home Project Ideas

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Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays – With all of the decorations, shopping, parties, and fun coming up with the holiday season, it’s important to be safe while also having fun. The best thing Plano Texas Handyman can suggest for home safety during the holidays, as well as the rest of the year, is to have a monitored security system. Monitored security systems are over-rated and there are other options like security cameras and motion sensors that are equally as good. But there are several other things you can do in addition to that to help keep your home and family safe. Here are five tips to help you do just that.

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1. Keep your travel plans offline.

If you are planning to travel during the holiday season, be sure to keep your travel plans off your social media networks. Never post where you are going, when you are leaving, or when you will be back. This is prime information for a thief because he will know when your house will be empty. Even if you have the highest level of security on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, posting this personal information is never recommended.

2. Notify a neighbor.

If you are planning to go out of town during the holiday season, be sure to notify a trusted neighbor. Ask the neighbor to keep an eye on your house and report any suspicious activity. You’ll also want this neighbor to keep your walks cleared of snow and to pick up your mail and newspapers while you are away. Make sure your house looks like somebody is home to deter a burglar. Home automation is a great way to do this. Add a motion sensor light or use smart plugs and smart lightbulbs that let you control lights, TVs, and more from anywhere. Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

3. Hide Christmas gifts and packages.

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You probably want to keep gifts out of sight from children, but you also want to make sure gifts are hidden from a potential burglar as well. Putting pretty wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree looks nice, but it’s also an open invitation for a burglar. Try to keep your Christmas tree, with gifts underneath, away from windows or other places with a view. When you aren’t home, it’s easy to break through a window and grab all of your gifts. Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

And don’t forget to take care of gifts you haven’t received yet. Thieves like to strike when there’s an Amazon Prime delivery or other package left unguarded on the porch. Consider adding a doorbell cam or other outdoor security camera to help deter porch pirates. Another smart move is to give delivery people special instructions about where to leave packages. If you’re expecting lots of deliveries, consider renting out a package locker (Amazon Prime members have access for free) or investing in a secure drop box to keep on your porch.

tree outside of house decorated in lights for Christmas

4. Watch your Christmas lights.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. Before you string lights on the house or the tree, be sure to inspect the strands to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked lamps. Replace any broken lamps and throw away strands with frayed cords. This will help prevent any accidental fires. You’ll want to buy cords that have been tested by an independent laboratory, like the Underwriters Laboratory. Be sure to check the packaging to see that the manufacturer’s name and information are clearly marked. Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

Also, be sure to turn any holiday lights off when you go out for the evening or when you go to bed. Try using an outdoor timer or smart outlet to switch lights on and off. And it’s a good idea to review how to use a fire extinguisher and make sure yours is accessible and unexpired.

5. Inspect the furnace and the chimney.

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Heating-equipment, like furnaces and fireplaces, cause many deaths every year in the United States. In fact, in 2008, the U.S. Fire Administration reported approximately 2,650 people were killed by house fires. Take the time to have a professional inspect your furnace, clean out air ducts, and sweep the chimney before you need to heat your home.

This is also a great time to check the batteries on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Test these life-saving devices and check expiration dates. If needed, give yourself an early gift by upgrading to a smart smoke detector that can send you text or email alerts whenever it senses danger.

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Christmas Toy Assembly Service

Christmas Toy Assembly Services

Christmas Toy Assembly Services – 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 all our capabilities and service platform. Christmas Toy Assembly Service is available if your don’t want to suffer holiday stress.

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 Services

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 Services

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.

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 Services

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.

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?” Christmas Toy Assembly Services

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 grandpa. Merry Christmas kids!

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Fall Home Renovations

Fall Home Renovations

Fall Home Renovations

Fall Home Renovations, Fall and Winter Home Improvement Projects – How did you spend the first day of fall this year? It probably was not one of the most productive days I’ve ever had. In fact, I spent most of it reading on my brand spankin’ new Dell Laptop promoting Plano Texas Handyman. That was last year, this year I watched college football all day and it was glorious, but also extremely lazy. So much for my “work out more” idea!

Having a lazy day once in a while isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re stuck indoors because of the cold, why not turn your snow day into a “go day”? The weather outside may be frightful, but home improvement can be oh so delightful. If you’re feeling the post-holiday blues, here are some simple home improvement projects to get your house moving in the right direction.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Fall Home Renovations .

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Do some painting
Did you know that cold weather is ideal for drying paint? The dryness of the winter months actually makes winter the perfect time to paint the interior, so we crack a window, grab our favorite brush and transform the old room into new! Select a bold color and paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling. If you’ve really got the DIY bug, use painter’s tape to create stripes or patterns on a wall. Whatever you choose, new colors are a sure way to add visual interest to your walls and bring a splash of sunshine into a drab winter home.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Fall Home Renovations .

Change out your light bulbs
This one’s a bit of an investment, but you won’t regret replacing your bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulb. It’s a great way to go green and save money. On average, an Energy Star qualified light bulb will save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime, so don’t let the upfront cost of these bulbs scare you away from making the purchase.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Fall Home Renovations .

Install a backsplash
Backsplashes are to kitchens, as spices are to spaghetti sauce; they’re essential for completing the flavor. If you’d like to kick your kitchen up a notch, a backsplash will help accessorize and emphasize your countertops, cabinets and appliances. For a kitchen that needs color and life, a flashy or textured tile, a subway tile can wake up a plain scheme. For a kitchen that already has personality, sleek, neutral tile can add elegance and unity to the room’s look. If you’re daring in your design, check out Krissy’s post for unique backsplash ideas. And when you’re ready to go, this guide from HGTV can help you figure out how to install your very own tile backsplash.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Fall Home Renovations .

Refurbish your doors
Interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. The good news is you can virtually “replace” all of your doors without spending excessively. Here are some ways to make over your interior doors.

Paint them. Dark doors can make your home look more expensive. Colored doors can look much more modern and whimsical than traditional wood.
Change the doorknobs. Updated hardware is an instant fix for outdated doors.
Add molding to flat doors. Molding can create dimension and give an elegant, expensive feel to any run-of-the-mill doorway.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Winter Home Renovations.

Give your closet a makeover
Is organization on your list of resolutions for 2017? Kick off your most-organized year by tackling your closet. If you create a place for everything, you’ll be a lot more likely to put things away. There are so many things you can do to customize a closet for your needs. To start, install shelving, purchase an over-the-door shoe rack and donate all the items that you no longer need, wear or fit into. Check out this post for more ideas to help you get your closet in order.  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Fall Home Renovations .

Install an Electric Fireplace
Nothing is more impressive than a well designed and installed electric fireplace for you home that will provide dramatic warmth and appeal to your home.  An electric heater that mimics the look and feel of a real gas or wood fire, an electric fireplace is becoming more and more the modern alternative to the mess and stress of a conventional fireplace. But a lot of people are doubtful with how real they look and how easy they are to install so let us ease your mind with a little cost benefit analysis.  Read below for more benefits of an electric fireplace.

Organize your mudroom or Laundry Room
Make messy mudrooms and laundry rooms a thing of the past. If your family’s coats and boots are out of control, use the mess as motivation to rein in the chaos once and for all. Check out my suggestions for organizing your mudroom here, and by the time next winter rolls around, entranceway disarray will be a distant memory.  Winter Home Improvement Projects

Install a High Performance Range Hood
For a Healthy Home, Upgrade Your Kitchen Range Hood.  If you have played host for Thanksgiving or any daily cooking event, you know exactly what a difference kitchen ventilation can make—or what it could have made, if only your range hood had been up to the task. The right range hood doesn’t just make cooking more pleasant, it also improves the air quality of your entire home. So now is a great time to replace yours, ahead of more holiday cooking and day-to-day time indoors. 

By focusing on the inside of your home while the weather is cold, you’ll have a lot more time to tackle the warm-weather stuff when spring rolls around. What kind of home improvement tasks are you tackling this winter? Let us know in the comments!  Winter Home Improvement Projects, Fall Home Renovations .

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Holiday Home Security Tips

Holiday Home Security Tips

Holiday Home Security Tips

Holiday Home Security Tips – Fall and winter holidays are rapidly approaching, and it’s easy to get distracted with to-do lists and festivities during this very busy time of the year. Taking time to remember some simple safety tips will ensure you enjoy a safe and pleasant holiday season and will safeguard your home, pets and loved ones from lasting effects due to accidents or mishaps. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman 214-507-3415 to discuss holiday home security tips.

“If it’s valuable to you, it’s also valuable to someone else,” said City of Plano Police Officer Chris Bianez. Bianez reminds residents when they are out and about to remove keys, lock cars and hide valuables or completely remove valuables from vehicles. There are numerous vehicle anti-theft devices on the market. The police department does not endorse any one product, but encourages residents to do research to find a product that works best for your budget and needs. It may even be a good idea to improve your locks around the house by contacting someone like Plano Texas Handyman “Distraction thefts are common,” said Bianez.

“There have been numerous incidents where ladies have been distracted while shopping and have had their wallets stolen out of their purses,” he said. “Also, be aware that there are gypsy crews who work in teams to distract people in order to commit thefts. You need to be vigilant to maintain care, control and custody of your purse or other valuables.” What about home security? “Doorbell cameras and surveillance cameras that cover your driveway and backdoors have aided tremendously in apprehending criminals who want to burglarize residences,” said Bianez. “They are also a great deterrent, because criminals do not like to be caught on tape!” Bianez also suggests replacing standard door strike plates with security strike plates featuring 4” screws, and also recommends alerting neighbors if you plan to travel, so that any excess hand-bills, newspapers or mail can be removed, making it look as if someone is home. Holiday Home Security Tips

Home Security systems – Looking for the Best Security Cameras system? You’ve come to the right place. Plano Texas Handyman has spent hundreds of hours researching just to find out the answer for you at an affordable price. Providing security to your property, whether it is home or office is an important portfolio and, as a result, people always put their best effort to fit the best Home Security systems to solve their surveillance issues. Holiday Home Security Tips

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Security cameras are powerful deterrents to check unlawful activities and are widely using for indoor and outdoor surveillance. Security cameras can provide vital clues to the police to identify and trace the people involved in unlawful activities let it be a criminal tress passing, burglary or mob attack or arson. To track all the movements inside and outside of a premise, you need to use the suitable security camera system. Home Security systems

Some of the important features of security camera system:
It is virtually impossible to stop a crime happening, but it is possible to track crime and give valuable leads to the investigating agencies. To accomplish these objectives, best home security camera system has a very pivotal role to play. Every surveillance camera has different paramount features, and customers can select a best security camera system matching to their requirements. Home Security systems, Holiday Home Security Tips

Some of the essential for a security camera system are High Definition Resolution, DVR Hard Drive for Recording, Remote Viewing Capability, Infrared Detection for Night Vision and Motion Activation. At least these minimum five features are important and you should make sure that the security camera system is offering all these features.

High Definition Resolution – Cameras with high definition resolution can capture minute details of incidents that a low-resolution camera cannot record. It is important to have maximum details of criminal incidents that can help to nab the culprits. So look for a camera that has a high resolution and higher pixel. If the pixel rates are high, then camera resolution will be more. The resolutions are given in horizontal and vertical numbers for example 1280 x 800. Therefore, look for cameras with higher resolution rates. Holiday Home Security Tips

DVR Hard Drive for Recording: It is practically not possible to man somebody to monitor and record the activities beamed by the security camera system. In most of the cases, you need to have your premise on surveillance 24 hours throughout the year. In such a scenario, you should have a digital video recording device that can take care of the complete movements by recording. The latest DVR is featuring with intelligent searching options that will ease up to locate and pinpoint the exact clip of the event with date and time stamp. Therefore, it is a must to have a DVR Hard Drive for recording along with the surveillance system. Holiday Home Security Tips

Remote viewing – The modern security systems have changed the way close circuit monitoring was done earlier. They have created apps and interfaces that can help to view images recorded easily on your Personal computer or Android devices.
Infrared Vision/Good night vision – It is useless to have a surveillance system that cannot show clear pictures even in total darkness. Thus, it is important that one keeps this in mind while choosing the best security surveillance system with best Infra-Red night vision to provide great pictures in total darkness to great distances.

Motion Activation: This is a wonderful feature where the mechanism starts recording in the event any motion is detected. This feature is excellent when there are no much activities, and you want to record the movement when there is actually some movement happen or some untoward incident occurs. This feature will allow save the recording disc space and also save the cost of operation. This system is good where you required 24 hours surveillance and need the recording only if there is some suspicious movements happen. Home Security systems, Holiday Home Security Tips

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Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

Holiday Decorating Trends 2019 – 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.  Holiday Decorating Trends 2019 .

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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.  Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

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

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Most 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, Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

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, Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

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 m Holiday Decorating Trends 2019 any people while being installed.  Outdoor Christmas Decorating Trends, Holiday Decorating Trends 2018

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, Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

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, Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

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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, Holiday Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

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, Holiday Decorating Trends

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, Holiday Decorating Trends

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Wind damage to your home

Wind Damage to Your Home

Wind damage to your home – The recent Tornado that hit Dallas made me think of a good blog post. Most people do not know that “Wind exploits the weaknesses in your home” Exactly, this last Sunday, a tornado ripped a swath through Dallas on a 16 mile path of destruction. Wind can damage your home from not only Tornado’s and Hurricane’s but also as simple as gusty winds.

The forecast calls for gusting winds, or worst yet, a Tornado warning, so you close all the doors and windows in the house and listen to it roar from the comfort of your bed. You’re safe and sound, right? Unfortunately, you’re wrong to underestimate the power of wind. Let’s consider the fact that wind has contributed to unique land formations like the great Devils Tower. It has also moved massive ships across our seven oceans and continues to power hot air balloons and planes into the sky. The force of wind is not just a bunch of hot air, and its threat to the safety of your home should not be overlooked. Wind damage to your home

What is Wind?

Wind vane on a roof

As National Geographic explains, if the sun heats up the Earth in an uneven pattern, it creates warm spots and cool spots. By nature, cool air rushes to the warm zone, thereby creating what we call wind.

There are different ranges of wind, all indicative of their strength and direction. The Beaufort Wind Force Scale outlines the various wind strengths from a calm force 0 (less than 1 mph) to a hurricane-level force 12 (73+ mph). The Beaufort scale describes force 8 to be what’s called a fresh gale of wind, blowing at 39-46 mph. This is when you’ll start to see pieces of trees breaking and blowing around. A strong gale of wind blows at 47-54 mph and becomes a bigger threat to your home, particularly the shingles on your roof. According to FEMA, your roof, along with your doors, windows and garage are the four most wind-damaged areas of a home. Wind damage to your home

Where’s the Damage Points?

What’s the Damage-Doors

Doors – Double-entry doors, specifically, are at risk during tornado-speed gusts. With double-entry doors, you typically have one active door that opens and one that’s fixed. These types of doors often contain glass, which can break when winds run over 100 mph. With or without a window, doors can be pushed open and become a welcome invitation for water damage.  If the storm doesn’t produce rain or flooding, wind coming into your home presses against your interior walls and roof. Like a pot of boiling water, the pressure eventually blows the top off.

What’s the Damage-Windows

Windows – Windows are another entry point for your home. Should winds blow at a force 12, unsecured windows are likely to break. Shattered glass blowing through your house is dangerous enough. But, again, an exposed entryway allows wind to access the inside of your home. This not only will cause damage to your personal belongings but tests the integrity of your roof. Wind damage to your home

What’s the Damage-Roof

Roof – FEMA studies have shown that a home’s roof is the most vulnerable to wind damage. Clearly the most vulnerable place in the home. If even one window or door has been compromised, wind can increase the uplift forces on the roof and literally blast it off of your house. The best case scenario would be you lose a few shingles. Sometimes, roof damage isn’t as obvious as a few missing shingles, though. Be sure to also inspect exhaust pipes, overhangs and where your roof meets walls. Calling a professional to check for hidden structural damage is always a smart move.

What’s the Damage-Garage

Garage – You may not have considered it, but your garage is also vulnerable to hurricane-speed winds. A double-garage door is riskiest, because the larger surface area captures more wind – like a sail on a boat. Winds of 120 mph or more can pull the garage door off its tracks or cause it to collapse to the pressure. Wind damage to your home

What’s Next?

What’s Next

Once the storm has passed, carefully assess the damage all around your home. Light your path with a flashlight instead of candles, since it’s too early to tell if there are exposed gas lines. Keep away from sagging trees or broken limbs. And if a door, window or your roof has been punctured or removed, Storm Guard’s emergency tarping services can help prevent further destruction.

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Christmas Handyman Service

Christmas Handyman Service

Christmas Handyman Service

Christmas Handyman Service – A handyman can make your Christmas season more delightful and enjoyable.  A perfectly working home is what your guests want.  A Handyman is a skilled “jack of all trades” who can complete a wide range of repairs or home improvement jobs for the holidays in your home.  Plano Texas Handyman is truly a jack of all trades with an engineering background and a master fix-ologist.  Call Plano Texas Handyman today at 214-507-3415 for more information, visit our website to get a full perspective on our capabilities. Holiday Handyman Service, Christmas Handyman Service

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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. Christmas Handyman Service

A handyman, or handyman service, usually charges clients an hourly rate, plus material costs, regardless of the task. Many homeowners compile a list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list in a single visit.

The term “handyman” is loosely defined. Some are self-trained, while others have formal training in various aspects of construction and home repair. A home handyman might specialize in a few types of home maintenance, such as painting, carpentry, or tiling, while others may have additional skills such as plumbing and electrical expertise.

There’s no national standard or regulation for handymen. Licensing and regulation vary by state. New Jersey, for example, requires handymen who work for a profit to register with the state and carry insurance. California requires handymen to carry a license from the State Contractors License Board to work on any project that exceeds $500 in labor and material costs. Find out before you hire the handyman if he or she has the skills needed to complete your project.

Do you need a handyman or contractor?
The scope of the job and level of skill required to complete it should determine whether you hire a handyman or contractor.  Christmas Handyman Service

“When trying to determine who you should hire for a particular job, consider the task,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List. “If it’s a specialized trade, be sure you hire that tradesperson like a plumber or electrician, for example. If it’s little things that you can do yourself, a handyman is probably the right way to go.”  Christmas Handyman

A handyman is not the best option for a large or complicated project that could take a long time to complete and requires the help of multiple workers. You shouldn’t turn to a handyman either if you need an emergency service for plumbing, electrical or appliance work, unless the handyman is licensed in that trade. If an unlicensed person does plumbing or electrical work, you have no guarantee that the work has been done to code, which could affect your homeowners insurance policy or any claim related to the work. Use a contractor or specialist for remodeling work, room additions and projects that require heavy-duty equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

Why hire a handyman?
You’ve got an ever increasing to-do list of home improvements like changing out a bathroom faucet, replacing missing shingles on the roof and painting a kitchen wall. You could hire a plumber, roofer and painter who have conflicting schedules and their own service charges, or you could hire a handyman to complete all three projects in one day for one hourly rate.  Christmas Handyman Service

Because many handymen charge by the hour, a homeowner can save time and money on home improvement projects by hiring one to complete a wide range of projects at an hourly rate. A service charge from a plumber or roofer to come to your home could equal or even surpass the cost of hiring a handyman for a few hours.

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You’re also less likely to be overcharged if your hire a handyman. Unlike a general contractor or specialist who is more likely to price a job based on the estimated amount of time it will take to complete, you only have to pay a handyman for the hours he works, unless you agree on a flat rate. Handymen can keep their rates low because they don’t have to pay additional workers, so they have lower overhead costs than contractors or large companies.

Although handymen have less overhead, they do supply their own tools, so there’s no need to invest in extra equipment you won’t use often or at all. However, you will need to supply the materials.  Christmas Handyman Service

When you hire a contractor or specialist, they usually supply the materials, and often at a markup. If they don’t provide the materials, they may not guarantee a repair, or your choices are limited to what they have in stock. When you choose your own materials, you know how much the product costs, and you can stay within your budget. You also get to choose the manufacturer, finish and register any warranty agreement.

Handymen have been known to do all types of work, from setting up playground equipment and gas grills to hanging holiday lights and decorations.

Ideal jobs for a handyman
Handymen are best utilized for small, “honey-do” types of home repair work. The following projects are ideal for most handymen:

Minor plumbing work: Many handymen are capable of completing small plumbing jobs like installing new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, complex projects that require relocating plumbing within the home should be left to a licensed plumber.  Christmas Handyman

Caulking: Adding a fresh application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding is a great way to improve energy efficiency and lower utility costs.

Decks and porches: Over time, weather can take a toll on wooden decks and porches. A handyman can replace broken boards, apply a finish or sealant and improve or upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and appearance.

Home Automation: We can fully integrate your home into a “smart home”.  We have extensive electrical engineering experience and can automate your home easily.  Christmas Handyman

Home exterior repairs: If you have minor damage to your home’s exterior, such as a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those items may prove to be more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.  Christmas Handyman

Painting and touch-ups: If you have a small painting job, like a wall, garage door, touch-ups of scuff marks or the repair of small holes with spackle, consider a handyman. But remember, a handyman typically charges by the hour, so larger jobs are better suited for a professional painting crew.

Hanging window treatments, pictures and mirrors and installing light fixtures: These small tasks can be easily accomplished by a homeowner. But if you hire a handyman with the right tools and experience, these wall-mounted items will likely be hung correctly and without damage.  Christmas Handyman

Tips to hire a handyman
Interview several candidates before hiring a candidate. A handyman works closely with you in your home, so you want to pick one that you feel comfortable being around. Use the following tips to help you choose the best one:

1. Define the project. Start by compiling a list of the home repairs you want completed. Remember, a handyman is best used for small jobs such as installing light fixtures, patching drywall and interior painting. If the job requires pulling a permit, or moving plumbing or electrical wiring, consider hiring a licensed contractor.

2. Shop around. Check Angie’s List reviews and interview at least three handymen. Ask how many years of experience they have and their areas of specialization. Request references from homeowners who have hired them. Make sure the potential handyman has the skills and experience to complete your project.

3. Watch out for scams. Avoid handymen who contact you with unsolicited phone calls or visits to your home. You should also avoid any handyman who refuses to guarantee the price of the job or asks for payment upfront. Reputable handymen don’t expect to get paid before the project is completed.  Christmas Handyman

4. Get it in writing. Insist on a written agreement laying out the job details, costs and payment schedule. Be clear about the times you expect the work to be started and completed. It’s extremely important to get all guarantees in writing.

5. Ask for a guarantee. Many handymen will guarantee their work for up to one year. Ask about guarantees before you make a hiring decision, and of course, make sure the guarantee is in writing.

6. Inspect the work. Inspect the completed work before paying the handyman. Make sure that everything has been done to your satisfaction and at the agreed upon price. Most handymen will be happy to explain the finished work because they want you to be satisfied.  Christmas Handyman

Plano Texas Handyman is truly a jack of all trades with an engineering background and master fix-ologist.  Call Plano Texas Handyman today at 214-507-3415 for more information ar visit our website to get a full perspective on our capabilities.  Christmas Handyman Service

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