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Looking to brighten up your home? Take a look at your currently lighting. Replacing an existing fixture or adding a new one can be an easy fix that produces a big result.  To replace a light fixture, the easiest switch is one made with a similar fixture but maybe in a style more to your liking.  Switching the dated chandelier that has hung in your dining room since you bought your home with something newer is an easy upgrade that takes little time.  If you would like to add a fixture to a spot that currently doesn't have one, as well as adding a switch, can be slightly more...
One of the things we get calls for most frequently is rot repair.  Atlanta's heavy rains and humid conditions can create havoc on any wood trim that shows signs of wear. Any wood that may be exposed to the elements, touches dirt, vegetation and isn't exposed to frequent sunlight and the ability to dry out is a candidate for rot.  Rot can fall under a few fascinating catagories; brown, white, soft or dry. None of these are a friend to your home. Azek and Hardie are two companies that make fantastic products to use when replacing rotted wooden trim.  Hardie is constructed...
As determined by a trip to the hardware store.You are in the middle of a few projects at your home: putting in a new fence, painting the basement walls, putting in a new garden. You are hot and sweaty, covered in dust, lawn clippings, dirt and paint. You have your old work clothes on. You know the outfit -- shorts with the hole in the crotch, old T-shirt with a stain from who-knows-what, and an old pair of tennis shoes.Right in the middle of these projects you realize you need to run to the hardware for supplies.Depending on your age you might do the following: In your 20s:...
Urban chicken tending seems to be a hot topic these days.  It seems to be taking the farmer's market and farm-to-table dinners to the next level.  At DogGoneHandy, we are not experts on livestock. However, when it comes to living quarters for pets or livestock, we can help.  Do a quick internet search for chicken coop plans and you will find every possible size, variation, and style for coops. Want to match the materials to your home? It can be done.  Want to add copper trim and cedar shake? Doable. Just give us a call and let us know what you are hoping for and we can...
Bath fans are great at taking the moisture out of a steamy bath. But if they are too noisy they may not get used enough, resulting in bigger problems.  By replacing the motor and fan in the existing housing you can cut the fan noise down by almost half.  Broan and NuTone, two of the largest manufacturers of bath fans, are now offering universal replacement kits that can be found in some big box hardware stores.Installing the new fan and motor only takes about 10 minutes, with no rewiring or duct work required.  The Bath Fan Upgrade Kit is simply a quieter replacement fan...
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine asked Home Rebuilders, our parent company, to design, build and install a bath display in their Luxury Living event at Phipps Plaza.  The team was challenged to design a bath that showcases a range of interesting products without the assistance of any physical walls and have it all done and ready in a few short weeks.  DogGoneHandy was proud to help in the production and installation. The Home ReBuilders’ design staff began with concepting a space that was neither to slick and modern nor overly traditional.  They envisioned a clean, loft...
DogGoneHandy has helped many people make their homes more livable for their daily needs.  Sometimes our help comes in the form of home maintenance for clients who don’t have the time, skills, or physical abilities to complete the tasks at hand. Other times, we can help make modifications to accommodate a changing need, either from injury or elder care. More people are striving and planning to spend their twilight years comfortable in their own home, and DogGoneHandy has the technicians, designers and professional staff to make this transition as smooth as possible. We can integrate...
One of the drawing cards to homeowners looking to buy or renovate in Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods can be the numerous sidewalks and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.  Virginia Highland is one of those neighborhoods people love to stroll through, but if you are a homeowner in this neighborhood, sidewalk maintenance can be a headache as well as a costly endeavor.  The Virginia Highland Civic Association is working with the City of Atlanta to help homeowners take advantage of a reduced rate for maintenance.  The following is from the VHCA and outlines the process as well as...
Here are a few tips to maintain a clean washer. A washing machine is supposed to get clothes clean, so when it reeks of mold, you're in trouble. To fix, first check to make sure there is nothing trapped or blocking the drain holes in your machine. Then use an anti-mildew soap and a small brush, like an old toothbrush, to scrub away any mold that you can see. Set the washer on hot, run a bleach cycle through the machine and follow up with a rinse cycle to wash away any lasting residue. To maintain, wipe down the glass and drain area after every wash with a paper towel.
Not only do clogged vents slow down drying time, they're also a potential fire hazard, so they should be cleaned at least once a year. Of course, a professional can help if you're not the DIY type, but cleaning vents is surprisingly straightforward. First, disconnect the plug and vacuum out the interior of the vent (if the unit is gas-powered, make sure to shut off the gas as well). Use soapy water to wash the inside of the tube and continue this process through to the exterior access vent outside of your home. Reattach all the parts, plug in the unit and you're good to go.

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