- By Paul Kerr
- In Electricians in Charlotte NC, Handyman Services In Charlotte NC, Home Repairs and Remodeling
HOME ORGANIZATION SERVICES
Charlotte Handyman can help you with all your home organization needs. Let our professionalhandyman for hireservice organize your home. With one call, you can have Charlotte Handyman at your door to begin the organization process.
Charlotte Handyman can add shelves and other organizational products to any room where you need a bit of help. With professionally installed closet organizers, shelving units, and custom carpentry items, Charlotte Handyman helps you tackle your “to do” list with reliable home organization services.
A home storage system installed by Charlotte Handyman can help you transform unorganized rooms into streamlined spaces.
• Garage : Charlotte Handyman can add handrails, fix stairs, and install various organizational units so you can use your garage optimally.
• Workshop : Reclaim your workspace with a fully organized workshop by the Charlotte Handyman.
• Basement : Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, Charlotte Handyman can help you get it organized.
• Laundry Room : A laundry room is a great space for shelves, counters, and other organization tools that makes doing the laundry a bit simpler.
• Hobby / Craft Rooms : When your hobby room is organized, you will have more creative freedom. Have Mr. Handyman help create your space.
• Outdoor Organization : From patio furniture assembly to piecing together a storage shed, make your outdoor space a reflection of your organized interior.
Mr. Handyman helps you restore order to your home with professionally installed home storage systems, shelving and more. Plus, our home repair contractors are preferred installers for a variety of organizational products, so we can help you identify which products work for your home.
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HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS
Whether you want to add value to your home or you are putting your home on the market, Charlotte Handyman can help with home improvement ideas for all areas in your home.
Our handyman service can help you save on energy costs with a variety of energy efficient improvements to your home. Replace old faucets, install programmable thermostats, enjoy new efficient lighting, and insulate your home properly to reap the benefits of green energy. You’ll help the planet and save money with Charlotte Handyman’s energy efficient home repair services.
Leaky faucet costing you money in wasted energy? Tired of hearing that drip-drip noise? Does the tile floor need to be refurbished? Charlotte Handyman can take care of all your bathroom improvement needs.
Clean up the bedroom and organize your personal space with help from Charlotte Handyman. He can install home storage and closet organizing systems in your bedroom to help you keep track of your wardrobe and clean up the clutter in your room.
Hire Charlotte Handyman for a variety of decorative home improvement ideas, like paint touch-up jobs, drywall repairs, molding installation and more. Charlotte Handyman comes to your home and helps clear off the “to do” list.
One of the best ways to increase the value of your home is to update your kitchen. Mr. Handyman can install new cabinets, countertops, floors and more. Have the kitchen you have always wanted by calling Charlotte Handyman today.
Update the look of your living spaces by contacting your local Charlotte Handyman. Not only capable of painting, custom carpentry, furniture assembly and more, Charlotte Handyman can also make repairs to make your home safe and comfortable.
Charlotte Handyman can help you with all your major and minor home repair needs. Give your local Charlotte Handyman a call today, and we’ll get the job done right, and on time. Call now.
Make a simple railing-mounted planter from standard gutter parts. You can complete it in an hour for less than $15.
hoto 1: Drill drain holes
Cut a 2-ft. length of vinyl gutter and glue one of the end caps into place with kitchen and bath adhesive caulk. Drill 1/2-in. drainage holes every 4 in. along the bottom of the gutter.
This lightweight, durable and attractive deck planter is made from a vinyl gutter, two fascia support brackets and two end caps. It’s a snap to make. Glue one of the end caps in place and drill holes in the bottom of the gutter so the water can drain (Photo 1). Slide two fascia support brackets onto the gutter (Photo 2) and glue the other end cap into place. If you want a longer planter, be sure to add extra brackets spaced about every 2 ft.—dirt is heavy.
To prevent the soil from slipping through the drainage holes, line the gutter with newspaper or put shards of old broken clay pots along the bottom.
Shallow planters like these have a tendency to dry out. To cut your watering chore in half, mix water-absorbing polymer gel crystals (available at garden centers) with your potting mix. Or buy bags of soilless potting mix with the polymer crystals already added.
If you want a color other than white, use a spray paint formulated for plastic. Screw the planter to your deck rail (Photo 3), fill it with potting mix and add your plants. Enjoy!
Better kitchen lighting doesn’t have to cost a fortune. These 5 upgrades—track lighting, undercabinet lighting, recessed lighting, dimmers and better bulbs can all do the job at moderate cost. And you don’t have to tear up your kitchen to put them in.
Electrical switches and outlets that move around because the box is too recessed can be a safety problem. Outlet shims offer a quick and inexpensive solution.
nscrew the outlet
Outlet shims solve the problem created when electrical boxes are recessed too deeply; use them as needed for new installations and for repairs to old, wobbly outlets.
he constant movement of loose electrical outlets can loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing. Luckily, the fix is simple. If the outlet is recessed less than 1/4 in. in noncombustible material, you can fur it out with outlet shims as shown. If it’s recessed more than 1/4 in., use a plastic extension ring. You’ll find both in the electrical department at home centers.
Turn power off before doing this repair.
Fix old-house wiring problems. Bring old light fixtures wired with knob-and-tube wiring up to code by installing an electrical box in the plaster wall. Here’s how to do it without breaking the plaster and lath.
Photo 1: Cut the outline of the box
Probe the existing hole with a keyhole saw to find the horizontal edges of the lath. Center the box on the lath and draw its outline. Cut down on both sides of the center lath and remove it.
Houses built before World War I often have plaster walls and original “knob-and-tube” wiring, which was installed according to old, outdated electrical code that did not require electrical boxes for light fixtures. When you change the fixture, The National Electrical Code requires you to install an electrical box and update the wiring method to the current code. The wires themselves are still acceptable as long as the insulation on them is intact. However, the connections must be made within an approved electrical box.
If the wires emerge alongside a stud or other framing member, you can screw a metal box directly to the stud. However, it’s likely that the light fixture was mounted in the middle of a stud cavity, which makes mounting a box that can support the weight of the fixture more difficult.
Several types of remodeling boxes can do the job, but we recommend a 2 x 3-in.metal remodeling box that’s 2-1/2-in.-deep (for fixtures up to about 6 lbs.). The trick to mounting it is to position it so that you only cut completely through one lath (Photo 3). The photo series illustrates the process. Work carefully to avoid destroying any of the plaster “keys” on the back side and thereby weaken the wall around the fixture.
After you find the center lath and mark the box outline, cut out the keys along the top and bottom. Then cut about three-quarters of the way down one side of the center lath (Photo 1). This will keep the lath firmly in place while you cut the other side. With both sides cut, pop it out. Then cut out the remaining box profile (Photos 2 and 3). Once you’ve made the short side cuts, score the plaster horizontally with a utility knife, tap it with the knife handle and it’ll crack off cleanly. Split off the small pieces of lath behind. Cutting the hole accurately is critical so that the box ears have solid bearing on the plaster (Photo 4).
Remodeling boxes have internal clamps for the wires. Push the wires through these clamps and work them farther in as you insert the box into the wall. We also pulled in a ground wire (green) because none was used in the original knob and tube system. (A ground wire isn’t required in every situation. Ask your local electrical inspector to advise you on this detail.) We’re anchoring the box with metal box supports (Photo 4). Insert one and bend one leg around the box to draw one side back tight. Then insert the other support and bend both arms around the box to tighten the other side. Bend the second arm of the first support around the box. The box ears should rest tightly against the plaster. Then tighten the clamps on the wires.
Finally, mount the fixture according to the directions. When you attach the mounting strap to the box, use the same size screws you use to mount receptacles and switches.
Turn off the power to the fixture, then check the wires with a non-contact voltage tester before beginning work.