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November 19, 2019

November marks the five year anniversary since the inception of Handy Andy. Since taking on our very first client in the Crest neighborhood of Tarrytown NY, I am thankful for the hundreds of clients that now consider us our personal Handyman and whom we consider one of...

March 12, 2019

When you hear the term regulation it might cause you to cringe. I have always interpreted regulation as a type of restriction that serves to curb my free choice of something. But in the context of the many systems that operate within our homes, these restrictions are w...

November 2, 2018

Ever since the late 70’s when smoke detectors started finding their way into our homes, we have been told to change the battery at least once a year.  Sometime in the 1980’s a campaign was started to advise homeowners to check the battery on all their smoke detectors e...

June 6, 2018

Most people who only have half a weekend day to devote to keeping their house maintained don’t usually pay attention to their gutters. They are up high and beyond our line of sight. Time is better spent mowing the lawn than scaling a ladder to make sure gutters are cle...

January 10, 2018

Handy Andy has been doing a number of capital improvement projects lately.  A capital improvement project- in it's simplest definition - is any improvement that you make to your home that is permanent in nature, becomes an integral part of  your real property, and subs...

September 26, 2016

Before I was a contractor and did painting jobs for a living, my sister would always say "Any monkey can paint!"  Now, although that may be true to some extent, the final result of a painting project done by a professional painter and that completed by your average chi...

May 24, 2016

 

What do these three things have in common?

 

If your mind isn’t in the toilet right now, it really should be! That’s right: Q-Tips, baby wipes, and dental floss are three of the most common of many items that should never be flushed down the toilet. Yes, they will proba...

April 26, 2016

I can’t tell you how many electrical panels that I come across with circuit breakers that are mislabeled or lack a label altogether. Navigating a panel without an accurate legend can be time consuming at best but it can also create a potentially unsafe condition for an...

April 2, 2016

 

One important consideration that should be made in connection with any decision to have work done to your home should be whether or not a building permit is required for the work. Almost every town, village, city or locality will have a building department that issues...

March 18, 2016

Your home is most likely the most important (and expensive) purchase that you will ever make. Many of us will spend 30 or more years making payments before it can even be considered ours. It is the place where you spend the majority of your time and the place where you...

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