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throom renovations don’t have to be big, messy, expensive and painful. If you have a standard bathroom that has seen better days, a renovation can be easily within your reach. The key to a smooth bath remodel is planning.  When a wise person said “the devil is in the details” one wonders if they were talking about home renovation!The first step is to think about what doesn’t work in your space. That’s probably the easiest part and on the forefront of your mind. But maybe think a bit deeper. If lack of storage is something you struggle with, identify which specific items you can’t...
Wood rot seems to be a growing epidemic in homes and something we see a lot here at DogGoneHandy. Some of the rot can be traced to poor maintenance habits by homeowners, some to poor building practices by the trades and, believe it or not, some to the lumber companies. If you want to prevent wood rot, you need to keep it dry. Wood rot is simply different fungi that are consuming the wood. The fungi need water to live. You keep wood dry by keeping it painted and sealed. It's also a great idea to keep it above horizontal masonry or concrete surfaces by at least 2 inches. Before you attempt to...
Winter is fickle here in Atlanta. Relatively mild for weeks then a blast of freezing temperatures, then buds and blooms appear the next week. As Southerners, we sometimes don’t prioritize maintaining our home for the cold months. Here are some tips to plan ahead for next year. Winter-proofing your home is important for multiple reasons. For one thing, it helps prevent damage to your home due to leaks, moisture, and other problems. For another, winter-proofing helps conserve energy and saves you money on your energy bills. Make Sure Your Furnace is in Working Order. Change your furnace’s...
Painting is often the easiest and most affordable way to give your home a facelift. Here are some good tips to ensure your paint job is one you’re pleased with. It's difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall from a small paint chip, so many manufacturers offer sample containers of their colors. Depending on the manufacturer, you can buy sample containers in quarts, pints or even smaller sizes, and they range in price from $3 to $8. They're a wise investment that will prevent you from wasting money on a color that isn't right. And because colors can change dramatically...
At DogGoneHandy we really do just about everything related to home repairs. Lately we’ve had several clients ask us about small renovation or kitchen or bath facelifts. We love this type of project and are happy to help! Our parameters are fairly straightforward and we can help in a multitude of ways. Our technicians are well versed with cabinetry work. If your current cabinetry is in good shape but could use some upgrades, we’re easily able to do some modification. Adding things like new cabinetry hardware, installing a trash pull out, painting some cabinetry, modifying hinges, are all part...
When to think about tub or tile refinishingDoes your cherub-pink 1950s bathtub give you nightmares? Mint-green tile surround got you down? If your bathroom tub and tile are in sound condition but simply need an aesthetic makeover, you might be considering repainting or refinishing them yourself. But make sure you know all your options before you pick up that spray gun. If you can’t stomach the idea of a full-on bathroom remodel—or you want to tone down that electric-blue surround until you can afford the bathroom of your dreams—here are your options: Call in a professional refinisher A...
Temperatures are forecasted to drop into the teens and twenties next week in Atlanta. To prevent freezing pipes, a major home repair project, it is time to think about draining your outdoor hose spigots. In most cases, this is fairly straight forward and can be accomplished by following these simple steps: Locate the faucets on the outside of the house.Go inside the house and find the corresponding cut off valve. Typically there is one valve for each faucet located just inside the basement or crawl space, but sometimes you might have to follow the pipes until you find the valve.Turn the cut...
Fall is one of the loveliest seasons but it brings some serious home maintenance requirements. Here are a few of the key things to address in your yard during autumn.   If you have any type of yard space, chances are you are dealing with some leaves. To salvage your grass, fallen leaves need to be addressed. Here are some tips about leaf raking. Piling up fallen leaves can be a pain in the back. "Raking a lawn can take two or three hours, and you repeat the same action over and over again," says Dr. Gladden. Here's how to protect your body from repetitive stress while raking.  Step...
Window seats always seem to trigger a warm response with homeowners. Maybe you had one in a childhood home or perhaps they have always been a part of a fantasy home wish list. It's no wonder window seats are often the most loved element in a home. They offer comfort—especially with a thick cushion on top—and views to the outdoors. They create a sense of coziness and security, thanks to the niche that defines a window seat. And they provide extra storage when fitted with drawers, cabinets, or a simply hinged bench top. But perhaps it's their ability to take an unused or awkward space and turn...
Cooler temperatures are on their way and this is a great time to make sure animals and pests don’t seek refuge from the chill in your home. Here at DogGoneHandy we have a soft spot for most furry beasts.  However, uninvited guests can cause a headache in home repairs.  Squirrels, raccoons, possums, rats and skunks love to find a warm and dry spot to spend some time. You want to make sure it’s not at the expense of your home. Wildlife is just that, wild! Their rules regarding what to eat (woodwork and trim) and where to relieve themselves (anywhere) can wear out a welcome fast. To...

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