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Home Audio Systems – How do our surround sound systems work and how do we design them?

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

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If you have a standard 5.1 surround sound system, then you have five primary speakers, and one subwoofer. Of these five speakers, one is a center channel speaker, which is designed to sit horizontally at the center of your display and deliver dialogue, a pair of vertical left and right speakers, a pair of surround speakers, and a subwoofer sitting on the floor for bass. However, it is important to understand that no matter how great your speakers are, they require something more to optimize performance.  Home Audio Systems

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

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

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

Designing the Ultimate Home Theater Setup

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

Display

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

Speakers

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

A/V Receiver

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

Wire

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

Additional Equipment

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

Universal Remote Control

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

Seating

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

Lighting

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

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

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Construction Cameras

Construction Cameras Break Through Barriers in Project Management

Construction Cameras Break Through Barriers in Project Management – Project managers are not the only team members responsible for managing various aspects of construction projects but a critical component in project profitability.. General contractors, project owners – and their teams – are all involved in making decisions that affect quality, costs and timelines on any project. A construction camera that provides time-lapse capabilities, a well-organized photographic record, and live video serves the interests of all these roles by enabling them to see, track and document jobsite activity even when they’re not at the site.  Construction Cameras

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A construction camera system should not be considered a spy system, but a management tool to improve project management, construction site communication, supplier communication, quality control, progress and scheduling, and improved project profits.  Construction Cameras

THE VALUE OF VISUAL INFORMATION IN IMPROVING COMMUNICATION AND REDUCING DELAYS AND ERRORS

Imagine that a general contractor or project manager at the construction site is called over to weigh in on an issue discovered by one of the trades. He’s not going to walk over, close his eyes and listen to a description of the problem. He’s going to look at it. He’s going to see what’s going on in order to make an informed decision about how it needs to be handled.

But what if he’s not at the site? Work might be delayed until he can get there or the problem is addressed in a volley of phone calls, voice messages, emails and texts – kind of like listening to a description with eyes closed. Getting a correct and complete read on the issue will depend on how well everyone involved communicates, and any miscommunication or misinterpretation about the problem and the solution can result in costly errors and delays.  Construction Cameras

A construction camera overcomes this kind of communication pitfall by providing remote jobsite visibility through high-resolution still photos and live video. Whether they’re five miles or 500 miles away from the site, everyone involved can see the work in question and be sure they’re all on the same page when addressing the problem. A user-friendly image archive also allows quick research into the origins and scope of the problem, lending insight and confidence in how it’s resolved.

MONITORING QUALITY ROUTINELY TO CATCH ERRORS EARLY

A construction camera makes it easy for teams to keep on top of quality from office computers, laptops and mobile devices. It takes just a minute or two to access the latest images of work done, zoom in on them and verify that work is being done according to plan. And if it isn’t, the ability the monitor quality frequently means that any errors can be caught and corrected early, thereby minimizing costs and delays.  Construction Cameras

TRACKING PROGRESS FOR BETTER SCHEDULING

Scheduling equipment, crews and materials is tough, especially when so many things can derail even the most realistic timelines. Automatic time-lapse movies and up-to-date high-resolution images give teams the ability to constantly and easily monitor progress at the site. By being able to more accurately predict whether a project is on track for achieving certain milestones, crews, equipment and material deliveries can be scheduled and sequenced more efficiently.

MANAGING MULTIPLE PROJECTS EFFECTIVELY

A construction camera doesn’t replace the need for jobsite visits, and it isn’t intended to. Instead, it enables teams to make smart decisions about when investing the time and expense to visit a site is warranted and when a project can be monitored and managed just as effectively remotely.

This makes managing multiple projects at the same, and managing them well, doable. When each project has a camera documenting it, a project manager can monitor and track them remotely. When a project does call for a site visit, the PM can be there and still stay on top of the quality and progress of the other projects.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CONSTRUCTION CAMERA

Though some cameras provide both still photos and live video, still photos are by far the better way to capture projects. Live video is useful when a PM or GC (or anyone else) needs to see action as its taking place, and it’s a good option to have. But overwhelmingly it’s the still high-resolution photos that provide the information, details and ready accessibility users need. They are also what time-lapse construction movies are made from.  Construction Cameras

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The camera should take and transmit images at least every 15 minutes .This interval is more than sufficient to document the important developments and changes in a build or on a jobsite. The images should be high-resolution (from six to 50 megapixels) and automatically stamped with date, time and data on weather conditions at the construction site.

The construction camera interface (also known as the user interface) is what enables users to access, view, and interact with the images. The interface should work with smartphones and tablets, as well as office workstations and laptops. Look for features that make it easy to locate and view images from any date and time throughout the project and for the ability to generate time-lapse movies. Built-in time-lapse technologies can include automatic generation, in which the program automatically selects the images and time frame for the time-lapse, and a custom option that lets the user set key parameters to guide time-lapse generation.

Finally, while the value a camera brings to a project lies in enabling off-site monitoring and management, how it impacts the site is important too. It should be easy to deploy and require little to no attention from crews at the site after that.

Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman to understand the benefits and ways we can improve project management.  Call Monarc Technology at 214-507-3415 or visit our website.

Things to fix when moving into a New Home

Things to fix when moving into a New Home

Things to fix when moving into a New Home

Things to fix when moving into a New Home – A new house can be so exciting: The decorating possibilities! The organizational ideas! Call Ted with Plano Texas handyman at 214-507-3415 for an assessment of your new home projects or visit our website for all our capabilities.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

But before you start moving in your stuff and arranging your furniture, check off these must-do maintenance tasks to make sure everything is safe and in working order:

1. Change the locks, install smart locks
You just don’t know how many people have a copy of the keys.  When a house goes up for sale, a lot of people have access to it (think: listing agents, selling agents, and maintenance workers). Plus, you can’t be sure who the previous owners offered a spare set. If the house has an alarm system, remember to change the code. And don’t forget the garage door and the fence gates.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

Install smart locks to make it convenient for family members to enter the home without keys and quests.  A really great improvement for a small investment.

2. Check for moisture stains
Your inspector should have noted any discolored yellow rings on your drywall, but give your home another once-over right before you move in. Any necessary repair work will be easier to tackle when the space isn’t crammed with your stuff. Include the inside of the cabinets for water stains and have them painted with a stain blocker.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

3. Locate the shut-off valves
Find the main water shut-off valve and check to see if you need special tools — like a wrench or a key — to operate it. “If you suddenly have a plumbing leak and there’s water pouring into your house, you need to be able to get to the valve and turn off the water quickly.

And no, these valves aren’t in the same place in every home. Usually the valves are located in the front of the house in the water meter.  You will need a key to open to open the water meter cover and these can be bought from Home Depot.

4. Locate the circuit breaker box.
If an electrical fire starts, you should know where to go to turn off all the power in the house. Now would also be a good time to label the switches if they’re not already marked. You’ll need two people: One to flip the  switch and one to holler when the lights go out.  You would be surprised to find out how many electrical panels are not marked properly.

5. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors aren’t always checked during a home inspection. And even if they are, something could happen between the inspection and the time you move in. You could push the button, it could work fine, and then the battery could die.  Working smoke alarms save lives, so swap out all the batteries with fresh ones.  Smoke alarms wear out over time and it is always best to replace them with new technology.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

6. Give carpets a deep clean
Even if the previous owners didn’t have pets, it’s worth the couple hundred dollars to hire a professional to come in. They have the heavy duty steam-powered machines that can kill germs and dust mites,  — and who knows when the carpets were last cleaned. We recommend calling in the pros once a year, so take advantage of the empty house and do it now.

7. Change the heating and cooling filters
A new disposable filter costs about $15. The damage that could be caused by an old filter is enormous. A whole new system could cost you up to 65000. If you don’t replace the filter, it could cut down on efficiency, or worse, cause the system to overheat and completely fail.  We also suggests having a professional come to service the equipment — and set up an ongoing maintenance schedule for every six months. “It’s the same reason you change your oil every 3,000 miles in your car. If you don’t take care of the equipment, it’s going to fail.  New filters can also improve the air quality of your home.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

8. Install closet systems
Moving is one of the few times in life when you have a clear gauge of how much stuff you really have, so you can plot out a helpful closet system pretty well.  If you install drawers, shelves, and hanging rods before you move in, you can unpack and organize your stuff at once.  Everything goes right into place and you’re done.

9. Paint
Okay, so you can do some decorating before you move in: Paint your heart out. The benefits are two-fold. Painting in advance gives the house time to air out before you’re actually living there, and your furniture won’t be in the way while you’re working. Some people say to paint after you move in (so you know how the light changes throughout the day) but if you spend time in the new place completing this checklist, you should have a decent idea. Paint some test swatches on the walls and see how you like them over a few days.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

10.  Install a security system
Afraid of what might be lurking in or outside your home when you’re away? Fear for your family’s safety when you’re all home for the night? Installing the absolute best home security cameras around your property can do wonders to ease your mind, giving you the added protection you deserve and serving as a crucial deterrent to potential intruders. But with so many features and price points available, picking the right camera for your home security needs can be overwhelming. Our goal is to provide you with the best security camera options and point out the key features that differentiate them from one another to help you pick the right security camera for your home. Note that many home security systems can have cameras as part of the system,

Call Ted with Plano Texas handyman at 214-507-3415 for an assessment of your new home projects or visit our website for all our capabilities.  Things to fix when moving into a New Home

Home Remodeling: 6 Improvements to Increase Home Value

Closet Organization

Closet Organization

Closet Renovation:  Plano Texas Handyman Services has expert knowledge in renovating your closet.  Do you have a closet in complete disarray?  Do you want to the ultimate in closet organization?  Call Plano Texas Handyman to design and install the perfect master bedroom closet system.  No matter what kind of closet you’re planning, take the time to think ahead and really consider what you need to store and where you want to store it. Taking a hard look at what you have will help you understand the kind of storage you need.  Closet Renovation.

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Step One
Choose a line of quality cabinets and a respected company to do the installation.  Designate a staging area and empty your closet out. You can use your bed or a cleared-out corner of the room. This important first step requires you to remove everything: clothes, hangers, boxes, folded blankets or piles of old magazines.
Use a collapsible clothing rack to hang clothes so you can clearly see and sort exactly what you have. The rack is a nice addition for your laundry room once the closet project is over. Take your time with this process, maybe play some of your favorite music and ask Ca friend or family member to help if heavy items need to be moved.  Closet Renovation. Closet Organization.

Step Two
Organize items into specific categories and take inventory. You can place like items in cardboard boxes, plastic containers or in piles, and use labels to help keep track of each group of items. Some organizers suggest starting with “keep,” “toss” and “donate” piles, while others prefer their clients to start with broad categories (clothes, shoes and linens) and then divide everything into smaller subcategories (sweaters, winter boots and sheets).
During this stage, take the time to group small items like batteries or toy soldiers together in bags or jars, so they don’t end up “lost” among the boxes or piles of larger items.  Closet Renovation. Closet Organization.

Step Three
Eliminate items that don’t belong in that particular closet. One of the big causes of clutter and disorganization in the home is items that belong in the kitchen or bedroom, are found hiding in closets all over the house. Over time, the temptation to stuff something like a box of appetizer plates in a bedroom closet or extra towels for the bathroom in the entry closet can cause you to make some bad storage decisions. This is the time to return out-of-place items to their rightful home. But try to stay focused on planning one closet at a time. You can turn your attention to other closets at a later date.  Closet Renovation. Closet Organization.

Step Four
Remove unwanted items. This might be the most difficult part of the closet planning process. It helps to establish some basic rules up front, like anything with holes or pairs of shoes or socks missing their partner must go. Ask yourself some questions:

Have I worn this shirt or skirt in the last year?
Does this jacket still fit?
Do I really need 12 baskets that look exactly the same?

Closet Organization.Step Five
Clean the closet itself. While you might think an empty closet is “clean”, now is the time to wipe down the closet walls and vacuum or mop the closet floor. Once items are removed, you will probably find stray clothing tags, store receipts or dust bunnies. If the walls need painting, choose a paint that is specifically formulated to be mold and mildew-resistant. If you find your closet walls have mildew or mold after you remove items, have a professional examine your walls and properly clean and paint them.  Closet Renovation.

Step Six
Contact Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 and ask for Ted or visit our website for all our capabilities.  We will review all the possible options and design and install the perfect system to make your daily routine an enjoyable experience.  A well designed closet creates efficiency in the fact that you can utilize your clothing and clothing options (including accessories: belts, shoes, scarves, handbags, and other items) more effectively by combining otherwise unused items to create a wardrobe bonanza. Closet Organization.

Contact Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 and ask for Ted or visit our website for all our capabilities.  Closet Renovation. Closet Organization.

Garage Renovation

Your Perfect Mancave

Your Perfect Mancave

Your Perfect Mancave:  Did you know that garage man caves are therapeutic? I’m just kidding, but in all seriousness, a man cave garage is sure to be the talk of the town and your home within your home.

Man caves give us the freedom to express ourselves. It gives us the personal space we sometimes need in the middle of the weekly grind we go through 52 times a year. The benefits are endless, but converting a garage into a man cave is certainly easier said than done.

That is why I have researched and gathered all the steps one must take to convert and remodel a garage into a dream man cave.  Call  Ted with Plano Texas Handyman to create the perfect mancave.  We have been in business for the last 10 years and can make your dreams into reality.  Call us t 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details.

Rummage through all the junk you have in your garage and make sure each item is something you and family needs. If not, sell it on eBay or throw it out. For the items you do need, you better get smart at organizing. Move it to the basement, below the sink or in the laundry room. Do whatever you can to clear out the space before you turn it into the garage man cave everyone will be talking about.

Too much junk? Get some professional cleaning help.  Your Perfect Mancave

Insulation
If you’re going to be spending every Sunday in this man cave watching football, then you better have it insulated. That means you need the floors, walls, ceiling and garage door insulated.

No one said this was going to be easy or cheap. According to our insulation installation cost estimator, most homeowners pay $1,289 for insulation. However, this price is the average of all insulation projects around the house, including the attic. You can expect garage insulation to be less.

One way to save money is by installing the garage door insulation yourself. I mapped out all the steps in How To Insulate A Garage Door.  Your Perfect Mancave

Painting
The insides of garages are not built with design flair. Man caves, on the other hand, require some color and design. That is why your new garage man cave needs a new coat paint on all the walls.

I don’t care if it’s red, blue, green or even white, if you’re converting a garage into man cave, it needs paint. If you need help deciding, make sure you read Popular House Paint Colors For 2014.

Beware, painting an entire garage is a lot of work. There are professionals who specialize in garage painting. Click here to connect with up to four professional painters for free.

Lighting
Most garages have one light installed, but when you’re hosting poker night or your next fantasy football draft, you need to illuminate the room.  Your Perfect Mancave

Try incorporating lights that match your style. If you’re going with an industrial look, look for pendants lights that match the color scheme. If you want a more modern touch, go with recessed lights.

Installing your own lighting can be tricky. If you have an attached garage, the project is a bit easier, but if you have a detached garage, you may want to find a professional electrician.

Flooring
For obvious reasons, the standard garage floor can get cold and unwelcoming, two feelings you would never want for your garage man cave. Concrete floors will not help the situation.

You could add floorboards or even carpet in certain areas (very risky though). Alternatively, you could buy large area rugs, but if you really want your man cave to be the talk of the town, spend the extra cash on a comfortable flooring option.  Your Perfect Mancave

Protection
We will get into the highlights of your man cave garage momentarily, but we must address the elephant in the room that is security. If you’re going to place your 75” TV or Michael Jordan jersey in the garage, then you better have good security.

These are valuable items and after you show off your unbelievable man cave, all your neighbors will be talking about it. Make sure you purchase special garage door locks. This way, friends and neighbors will need your code to open the garage.

Likewise, make sure you put a deadbolt on the back door (if your garage has one). For more protection, you could also extend your security system.

Furniture
Now that we have the basics out of the way, it’s time to get into the fun stuff. As I noted in 10 Must-Have Items for the Ultimate Man Cave, a recliner is the No. 1 essential item all man caves need.

The age-old picture of a man drinking a beer on his recliner in his man cave has not died. However, the modern man cave has evolved and you need comfortable seating for all your friends. Whether you add a sectional, a huge leather couch, multiple recliners or even bar seats, make sure you have enough seating for you and all your guys.

Bar & Fridge
The man cave is supposed to be convenient and it surely won’t be if you have to run inside every time you want a drink or another sandwich. If you have space, try to build your own bar in the corner of your new man cave garage. Leave space and electrical outlets for a mini fridge or a larger one if you can fit it.

Believe me when I say that without a fridge, your friends will not enjoy this man cave.  Your Perfect Mancave

Memorabilia
No man cave can be complete without its fair share of sports memorabilia. If you have always wanted a place to show off that Derek Jeter ball or a wall to hang that LeBron James jersey, your man cave is it.

If you’re not into sports, add movie posters, pictures of the kids or anything that makes you happy. It’s your man cave. Be sure to add all the personal flair you want!  Your Perfect Mancave

Conclusion
Garages are the perfect location for a man cave. If separates the home and your home within your home. It gives you the freedom you demand after a long week. Now that you know what you need, go out and start building or designing your own garage man cave.

all  Ted with Plano Texas Handyman to create the perfect mancave.  We have been in business for the last 10 years and can make your dreams into reality.  Call us t 214-507-3415 or visit our website for more details.

Hire Professional Handyman

Professional Handyman Difference

Professional Handyman Difference

Professional Handyman Difference – A handyman is a skilled “jack of all trades” who can complete a wide range of repairs or home improvement jobs.  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. Professional Handyman Difference

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.

“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.”  Professional Handyman Difference

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.  Professional Handyman Difference

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.

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.

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.  Professional Handyman Difference

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.

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.  Professional Handyman Difference

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.

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.

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.

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

Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Kitchen Lighting Upgrades – If there’s one place the worlds of form and function seamlessly meet it’s in the kitchen. And upgrading the lighting is an way to add a fresh dose of style and substance to the space. Adding kitchen lighting is relatively easy in most cases and we can find creative ways to conceal all wiring and connections.

Even if you don’t have a major kitchen remodel in your future, a simple lighting swap — from adding some architectural track lighting, installing a dramatic chandelier, adding a unique ceiling fan, and placing some high quality LED lighting to dramatize your kitchen — this might be all it takes to upgrade the entire kitchen. Lighting is a lot like painting in that way: it can be an inexpensive, but impressive way to transform the room in a single afternoon.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman to discuss your kitchen lighting upgrades: 214-507-3415, Kitchen Lighting Upgrades.  Visit our website, Plano Texas Handyman for ideas on your kitchen lighting.

If your kitchen lighting needs an upgrade, consider these 9 easy ideas:

Under-Cabinet LED Light Bars
These long, narrow lights are installed directly onto the underside of your cabinetry, making them ideal for illuminating countertops and prep areas. LED light bars come in a wide variety of lengths and they’re linkable, so even long countertops can be fully and evenly illuminated. They can be either hardwired into the wall for a seamless look, or plugged in for easy installation.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Under-Cabinet Rope Lights
Like LED light bars, rope lights are best used for countertop task lighting. Rope lights are also easy to install: they can be discreetly hung underneath a row of cabinets with a set of rope mounts that screw directly into the cabinetry.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Decorative Flush Mount
One of the fastest ways to give a spec kitchen new style is to swap out the standard ceiling fixture for something with a little more personality. A flush-mount fixture with decorative details — like this drum light with geometric cutouts — is a dramatic addition that only requires a few twists of a screwdriver.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Pendant Lights
If you kitchen has an island or breakfast bar, consider hanging pendant lights above it. Pendant lighting not only adds style to the space, it can also help anchor a kitchen island so it feels more deliberate in an open-concept home.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Puck Lights
Small, disc-like puck lights are easy to install almost anywhere you need added illumination, from under cabinets to inside deep drawers or in dark corners of the pantry. There are hardwired and plug in puck lights, but for the simplest installation opt for battery-operated LED pucks, which can last up to 30,000 hours and can be hung with Velcro.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

In-cabinet lighting
Cabinet lighting can be extremely practical for deep or dark cabinets, but added to glass-front cabinetry it adds a cozy, romantic vibe and highlights your best cake stands and wine glasses. Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Cabinet Uplighting
While installing rope or bar lights underneath your cabinetry can be a practical choice, installing them on top of your cabinets can create an ethereal, uplift effect on the ceiling that’s purely aesthetic.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Track Lighting
If a single ceiling light isn’t cutting it in your kitchen, track lighting is an excellent solution. With a single ceiling junction box, you can install a track light system that will allow you to direct light wherever you need it most.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Dramatic Chandelier
There are few lighting options that have a more dramatic, unexpected impact on your kitchen than swapping out a simple ceiling lamp for a chandelier. Don’t be afraid to go with something fancy, even in the kitchen. The simple, functional elements of your kitchen will easily balance out an elaborate chandelier.  Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman to discuss your kitchen lighting upgrades: 214-507-3415, Kitchen Lighting Upgrades.  Visit our website, Plano Texas Handyman for ideas on your kitchen lighting.

Smart Homes

Smart Homes

Smart Homes – Home Automation / Smart Home Technology – With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless. We examine all the options available to make your home more efficient, more energy efficient, and completely automated at an affordable price.  Smart Homes

We look at the price of a smart home system detailed by each electronic device. Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation. For a small investment of less than $2500.00, you can convert your home into a the most tech savvy home anywhere. Please Visit Plano Texas Handyman website to view and read about all of our capabilities.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman for more details

Primary to any home network is the WIFI backbone.  High Performance Home Network – When it comes to home networking, there’s a soup of technical terms, LAN, WAN, broadband, Wi-Fi, CAT5e, CAT6, just to name a few. If you’re having a hard time with these basic terms, you’re reading the right post. Here I’ll (try to) explain them all so that you can have a better understanding of your home network and hopefully a better control of your online life. There’s a lot to explain so this long post is just the first of an evolving series.  Ted with Plano Texas Handyman is an expert in designing and installing High Performance Home Network systems, call us at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our Technology Page for more information or our Website for more information.   Smart Homes

Plano Texas Handyman can provide you with the envy of the community by automating everyday chores such as, and all these devices can be controlled by your smart phone, Apple I-Phone or Android device:

A.  Automatic door locks
B.  WIFI light switches
C.  Turn your outdoor sprinklers on and off with your Smartphone
D.  Control pool equipment electronically
E.  Put an Automatic mister in your backyard
F.  HVAC cooling / Heating and thermostat controls
G.  Wireless home camera systems, CAT5 home camera systems
H.  Media room Automation
I.  Plano Texas Handyman installs Business Access Controls to provides authorized individuals safe and secure access in and out of various parts of your business while keeping unauthorized people out. They can range from electronic keypads that secure a single door to large networked system for medium sized business.
J.  Home Automation – With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless. We examine all the options available to make your home more efficient, more energy efficient, and completely automated at an affordable price. We look at the price of a smart home system detailed by each electronic device.  Smart Homes
k.  Professionally installed business security systems

Wireless Sprinkler Controls – Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 2nd Generation:

Highest-rated, best-selling. The smart watering category leader, overwhelmingly recommended by users.
Easy to control anywhere, anytime. Get complete access to monitor and adjust your sprinkler system from your phone, tablet or laptop.  Smart Homes

Automatically adapts for weather. Rachio continuously adapts to local weather forecasts and changing seasons, automatically optimizing watering schedules.

Save water and money. Save up to 50% of your outdoor water use while keeping your plants healthy. EPA WaterSense Certified, eligible for rebate options up to 100% of retail value.

Water with precision. Rachio uses specific yard details, advanced watering algorithms and proven irrigation science to create accurate schedules customized to the particular needs of your yard.

Connect with top smart home platforms. Extend your smart home out into the yard. Rachio directly integrates with the best-connected home platforms (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Nest, and more), so you have more options and more control.  Smart Home Technology

Wireless Surveillance Systems – Arlo Security System – 4 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS3430)

See in stunning clarity and sharper details with HD cameras and watch live streamed or recorded videos from your computer, smartphone or tablet using Arlo’s free App.

Patented 100% wire-free design and magnetic mounts let you discreetly place cameras where you want and monitor your home from every possible angle.

Night vision cameras with HD clarity even in the dark.

Motion activated cameras and customizable activity alerts provide real-time email or app notifications while home or away.  Smart Home Technology

Indoor/Outdoor weatherproof cameras install easily for DIY security so you can even monitor the exterior of your home.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.

Wireless light Controls – TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, No Hub Required, Single Pole, Control Your Fixtures From Anywhere

Remote Access: Control your home lighting from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet using the free Kasa app.

Scheduling: Set lights to turn off and on at dawn, dusk, or any time that works with your daily schedule.

Away Mode: Make it look like you’re home when you’re not by having your lights turn off and on randomly while away.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman for more details

Works with Amazon Alexa: Turn on or off the bulbs connected to the Smart Switch just using your voice with Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap and other supported devices(sold separately), LED Indicator: Find the switch easily, even at night when all your lights are turned off
Input voltage: 100 – 120VAC, 50/60Hz, 15.0A, Maximum Power: 3.68KW.  Smart Home Technology.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.

Home HVAC Controls – Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation

Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).

Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.

Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.

Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.

Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.

August Smart Lock (2nd Gen) – Keyless home access – Control with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or your smartphone (Dark Gray)

No more keys: Open your door and control who comes in – all from your August Home smartphone app.

Easy install: Attach to the inside of your current deadbolt in minutes. Your home’s exterior is unchanged.

Hands-free access: Auto-unlock when you arrive home. Auto-locks after you’re inside.
Feel secure: Share temporary virtual keys with guests & monitor access with 24/7 in-app activity feed.

Remote access: Control your front door from anywhere from your app. Requires August Connect.
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Nest, IFTTT, Wink, Logitech Harmony, Logitech POP, iOS and Android devices.  Smart Home Technology.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.  Contact Plano Texas Handyman for more details

High Performance Home Network

High Performance Home Network

High Performance Home Network – When it comes to home networking, there’s a soup of technical terms, LAN, WAN, broadband, Wi-Fi, CAT5e, CAT6, just to name a few. If you’re having a hard time with these basic terms, you’re reading the right post. Here I’ll (try to) explain them all so that you can have a better understanding of your home network and hopefully a better control of your online life. There’s a lot to explain so this long post is just the first of an evolving series.  Ted with Plano Texas Handyman is an expert in designing and installing High Performance Home Network systems, call us at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our Technology Page for more information or our Website for more information.

Advanced and experienced users likely won’t need this, but for the rest, I’d recommend reading the whole thing. So take your time, but in case you want to jump to a quick answer, feel free to search for what you want to know and chances are you will find it within this post.

1. Wired networking
We recommend wired networking  of major components and hub devices.  A wired local network is basically a group of devices connected to one another using network cables, more often than not with the help of a router, which brings us to the very first thing you should know about your network.  Wired networking uses a LAN to connect primary devices to switches and wireless access points.  High Performance Home Network

The Router is the central device of a home network into which you can plug one end of a network cable. Plano Texas Handyman only installs high performance Gigabit routers for gaming and high speed homes.  We recommend CT56 wiring between the router and he primary transmission devices.   We also use PoE (Power over Ethernet) equipment to keep costs down and not have to wire an electrical circuit to the auxiliary devices.

 

LAN ports: A home router usually has four LAN ports, meaning that, straight out of the box, it can host a network of several wired networking devices. If you want to have a larger network, you will need to resort to a switch (or a hub), which adds more LAN ports to the router. Generally a home router can connect up to about 250 networking devices, and the majority of homes and even small businesses don’t need more than that.

There are currently two main speed standards for LAN ports: Ethernet (also called Fast Ethernet,) which caps at 100 megabits per second (or about 13 megabytes per second), and Gigabit Ethernet, which caps at 1 gigabit per second (or about 150 MBps). In other words, it takes about a minute to transfer a CD’s worth of data (around 700 MB or about 250 digital songs) over an Ethernet connection. With Gigabit Ethernet, the same job takes about five seconds. In real life, the average speed of an Ethernet connection is about 8 MBps, and of a Gigabit Ethernet connection is somewhere between 45 and 100 MBps. The actual speed of a network connection depends on many factors, such as the end devices being used, the quality of the cable and the amount of traffic.  High Performance Home Network

Rule of thumb: The speed of a single network connection is determined by the slowest speed of any party involved.

For example, in order to have a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection between two computers, both computers, the router they are connected to and the cables used to link them together all need to support Gigabit Ethernet (or a faster standard). If you plug a Gigabit Ethernet device and an regular Ethernet device into a router, the connection between the two will be capped at the speed of Ethernet, which is 100 Mbps.

In short, LAN ports on a router allow Ethernet-ready devices to connect to one another and share data.

In order for them to also access the internet, the router needs to have a Wide Area Network (WAN) port. On many routers, this port may also be labeled the internet port.

A switch will  add more LAN ports to an existing network. They help increase the number of Ethernet-ready devices that a network can host.  You can find a switch with just four or up to 48 ports (or even more). But for a medium to large home, 8 port switches are sufficient for the network.

Wide-area network (WAN) port: Also known as the internet port. Generally, a router has just one WAN port. (Some business routers come with dual WAN ports, so one can use two separate internet services at a time.) On any router, the WAN port will be separated from the LAN ports, and is often distinguished by being a different color. A WAN port is used to connect to an internet source, such as a broadband modem. The WAN allows the router to connect to the internet and share that connection with all the Ethernet-ready devices connected to it.

Broadband modem: Often called a DSL modem or cable modem, a broadband modem is a device that bridges the internet connection from a service provider to a computer or to a router, making the internet available to consumers. Generally, a modem has one LAN port (to connect to a router’s WAN port, or to an Ethernet-ready device) and one service-related port, such as a telephone port (DSL modems) or a coaxial port (cable modems), that connects to the service line. If you have just a modem, you’ll be able to connect just one Ethernet-ready device, such as a computer, to the internet. To hook up more than one device to the internet, you will need a router. Providers tend to offer a combo device that’s a combination of a modem and a router or wireless router, all in one.  High Performance Home Network

2. Wireless networking

Plano Texas Handyman installs wireless access points which boosts the connectivity of your home by extending the network to all corners eliminating hot spots and dead spots.  Access points are directly wired to the router (which has a wireless antenna)  the access points are wireless signal broadcast points.

Wi-Fi range: This is the radius an access point’s Wi-Fi signal can reach. Typically, a good Wi-Fi network is most viable within about 150 feet from the access point. This distance, however, changes based on the power of the devices involved, the environment and (most importantly) the Wi-Fi standard. The Wi-Fi standard also determines how fast a wireless connection can be and is the reason Wi-Fi gets complicated and confusing, especially when considering the fact there are multiple Wi-Fi frequency bands.

Frequency bands: These bands are the radio frequencies used by the Wi-Fi standards: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bands are currently the most popular, collectively being used in all existing network devices. Generally, the 5 Ghz band delivers faster data rates but a little less range than the 2.4 Ghz band. Note that a 60 GHz band is also used but only by the 802.11ad standard, which is not yet commercially available.

Depending on the standard, some Wi-Fi devices use either the 2.4 GHz or the 5 GHz band, while others that use both of these are called dual-band devices.  High Performance Home Network

Wi-Fi standards
Wi-Fi standards decide the speed and range of a Wi-Fi network. Generally later standards are backward compatible with earlier ones.

802.11ac: Sometimes referred to as 5G Wi-Fi, this latest Wi-Fi standard operates only on the 5 GHz frequency band and currently offers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 2,167 Mbps (or even faster with latest chip) when used in the quad-stream (4×4) setup. The standard also comes with the 3×3, 2×2, 1×1 setups that cap at 1,300 Mbps, 900 Mbps and 450 Mbps, respectively.

Technically, each spatial stream of the 802.11ac standard is about four times faster than that of the 802.11n (or Wireless-N) standard, and therefore is much better for battery life (since it has to work less to deliver the same amount of data). In real-world testing so far, with the same amount of streams, I’ve found that 802.11ac is about three times the speed of Wireless-N, which is still very good. (Note that the real-world sustained speeds of wireless standards are always much lower than the theoretical speed cap. This is partly because the cap speed is determined in controlled, interference-free environments.) The fastest peak real-world speed of an 802.11ac connection I’ve seen so far is around 90 MBps (or 720 Mbps), which is close to that of a Gigabit Ethernet wired connection.

On the same 5 GHz band, 802.11ac devices are backward-compatible with Wireless-N and 802.11a devices. While 802.11ac is not available on the 2.4 GHz band, for compatibility purposes, an 802.11ac router can also serve as a Wireless-N access point. That said, all 802.11ac chips on the market support both 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi standards.  High Performance Home Network.

If you are looking for a home network that is on steroids, look no further, we can provide the ultimate home system. Ted with Plano Texas Handyman is an expert in designing and installing High Performance Home Network systems, call us at 214-507-3415 for more information.  Visit our Technology Page for more information or our Website for more information.  High Performance Home Network

Lighting Products

Lighting Products

Lighting Products – Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. 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. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 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.

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.  Lighting Products

Lighting choices save you money. All of these light bulbs meet the new energy standards that took effect from 2012-2014. The energy-saving incandescent bulbs use about 25% less energy than traditional varieties. To save even more, choose CFLs and LEDs, which offer many choices that typically use 75% less energy.

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.

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. Lighting Products

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.

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.  Lighting Products

Halogen Incandescents

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.  Energy Efficient Lighting Products

CFLs

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.  Energy Efficient Lighting Products

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.

LEDs

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 up 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.  Lighting Products

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.

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.  Lighting Products

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Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Kitchen Remodeling Costs – Is it possible to have an idea how much your kitchen remodel will cost before paying for a design?  While looking at a potential kitchen remodel recently, I told the homeowner the first step to remodeling a kitchen is putting plans together. She understood but wanted to know if the kitchen remodeling cost was in her budget.  Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for all our capabilities on remodeling and renovating your kitchen.  Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Unfortunately, kitchen remodel budgets are like the old chicken-or-egg question: Which comes first? It’s difficult to estimate ballpark costs without creating a design to determine the scope of work. But as a consumer, I would like to know if I could afford what I want before I invest in the design.

To help consumers understand, I decided to share some information on how much it costs to remodel a kitchen.

Remember, kitchen remodeling specifications matter, so do your homework in advance of deciding on a specification or scope of work.  Kitchen Remodeling Costs

First, we need to define some parameters. Some kitchens are large and some are quite small. For this article, I am going to use a 125-square-foot kitchen. Most kitchens we remodel are between 100 square feet and 250 square feet — so 125 square feet is right in the middle.

Second, let’s talk about the level of finishes. When talking about a kitchen remodel, I typically refer to three levels: entry-level, midrange and high-end.

Third, I’m assuming the kitchen layout will stay the same, but the renovation will bring it up to code, correcting typical plumbing and electrical issues.

Costs to remodel a kitchen
The following kitchen remodel costs are guidelines. Each remodeling project is different, but if you use these guidelines when talking to kitchen remodelers you should be on the same page as the contractor when discussing price.

The prices are broken out by entry-level/midrange/high-end. If the price stays the same for each level, there will just be one figure.  Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Kitchen Renovation and Remodeling Costs
Phase Entry Level Mid-range High-end
Plans $400 $2000 $3500
Permits $1000 $1000 $1000
Dust Control $500 $500 $500
Demolition $2000 $2000 $2000
Plumbing $3000 $4000 $6000
Electrical $2500 $3200 $4800
HVAC $900 $1500 $2500
Drywall $2500 $2500 $2500
Trim-Work $1200 $2500 $4500
Flooring $1200 $3000 $5500
Cabinets $5000 $9000 $14000
Appliances $2500 $4000 $9000
Hardware $150 $750 $1200
Counter-tops $3000 $6000 $7500
Paint $1200 $1800 $2500
Total $25850 $41 500 $68000

Call Ted with Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 or visit our website for all our capabilities on remodeling and renovating your kitchen.  Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Fiber Optic Lighting

Fiber Optic Lighting

Fiber Optic Lighting – Twilight star ceiling tiles are inexpensive to install in your Home Theatre. 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.

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

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.  Fiber Optic Lighting

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 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.

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 Lighting

Twilight Star Ceiling Kits

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