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When it Rains – It Leaks!

Ok, it’s the rainy season here in Southern California. That means we have the opportunity to see where the sun had baked all that flexible caulk until it is has dried and cracked. What this means is that the rain now has a pathway to get into the house and say “hello” to us! This is the best case as the rain that doesn’t show up is saturating the wood and drywall out of view. This may take days, weeks, or months to show up as mold, fungus, or mildew on the wall where it all pooled up. Here's what we have going right now: Buckets and towels! The rain has been driven out of the Southwest and...

Fixing Holes

Filling a hole with an attic ladder.

Fixing holes isn’t always easy. There’s two ways about doing it the first way is to fill holes something. As you can see here we filled this one with an attic ladder. In fact the whole had a broken latter and we replace the latter so that the client could get into their attic safely.

The other way is to actually fix the drywall by cutting out the damage portion and adding a new piece to that. The trick is getting the plaster feathered in properly and then finally texturing it to match the surrounding drywall. Starting with a flat replacement piece to fill in the hole is critical. So we use a few tricks of the trade to make this happen.

I would show you a photo but it’s really hard to really show the after shot. So let’s imaging… Imagine there is a hole in your wall. A My-2-Do crew arrives, does some hand waving, and … the hole is gone!

We have become experts at doing this at My-2-Do and, in fact, do this on a weekly basis. Matching the texture is the main concern for our clients ad we match several different styles, including: “knock down.” “orange peel,” “cottage style,” and smooth textures on walls. The hard part is actually getting the texture to match so you don’t see the area that was repaired. Our technicians do practice this frequently to stay prepared. To practice, we have built a practice law that we can punch holes into and patch up. We also have the right equipment from spray texture for small jobs to hand pump sprayers and hopper guns for larger areas.

The trick is practice – practice – practice so we do. It’s easy to put a hole in the wall but another thing to patch it up so you never knew it was there.

Gate Tamers

Dog gate fitted with Tension cables.

Think of My-2-Do as your resident “Gate Tamers.” It seems every week we are getting request to fix or repair an aging gate. In nearly all cases, we have been able to tune that aging gate up so it works like new again and a new one is not needed.

Most wooden gates are built to work perfectly the first day they are created. That’s nice if it is a little humid and the gate had a chance to soak up a little moisture. But it it’s dry (you know…like Southern California) that gate will work just fine until it soak up a little moisture and expands. At this point, it becomes tight and won’t close properly. No worries, a couple passes of the wood plane will take down that extra wood so it works flawlessly again.

A more common problem occurs years later when the gate has been expanding and contracting. This movement loosens (“worries” them loose – an old engineering term) the
screws and bolts and the gate sags and gets stubborn. I guess we all do that over time. Again, no worries. We go old school and add a tension cable and turn buckle to the gate so it can be tightened and adjusted over time and Violà – its working again.

 

We can fix that! My-2-Do Handyman

My List We handle all sorts of tasks:
  • Patch a hole in wall
  • Fix a sprinkler head
  • Re-finish patio chairs
  • Fix a gate
  • Light painting indoor and out
  • Install Xmas lights
  • Repair stucco cracks
  • Fix a shower head
  • Install a dryer
  • Unclog a toilet
  • Re-hang a door
  • Clean out gutters
  • Fix a dripping facet
  • Assembly -- all kinds
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ListWe solve problems at My-2-Do one task at a time. We especially like solving problems on your 2-Do list so that you have more time to do what you want to be doing. My-2-Do is a professional handyman service provider that specializes in being your go-to home repair, maintenance, improvement, and general get-it-done team. Our Technicians are on time, clean, and knowledgeable. Our job is to free up your time so that you can enjoy your family, go to that event, invent the next great idea, or solve world hunger. We get the jobs done that get in the way of making these things happen. You know. . . the ones you don't have time for or really don't know how to handle. We handle all sorts of tasks....