25 Oct

Clean Up the Mildew

Save Yourself from Large Repair Costs

mildew on building

It is amazing the damage that can be caused by mold, mildew, and algae.  This stuff is horrible, and can ultimately end up costing you thousands of dollars in repair costs if you do not take care of it right away.   I was recently contracted by a company to do some work around their shop, and I noticed the issue they were having and I pointed it out to them.  They were later so glad that I did because in the long run I just saved them so much money in repairs.

The shop I was working at doing some other minor repairs, I noticed was having some mold or algae growing on the outside of their building.  This was a natural stone building, so the visual effect of this algae actually looked pretty cool thus resulting in the owner not thinking too much about it growing there.    Once I pointed out to him that he really needed to clean it off, he luckily listened.

My good friend Zach Stevens owns a commercial pressure washing company in Houston, TX, so I called him up to ask for bits of advice on how to clean up this mess.   I am so glad I called him because I was thinking I would just go to the local Home Depot and pick up a pressure washer and go to town on this stuff.   Once Zach found out the type of stone used on this building he advised me to leave the cleaning to a professional so that I did not damage the exterior of the building leaving it prone to further growth and lack of protection.  He also said that I may not be able to remove the stains that could possibly left behind from the mold or algae that is growing on this building.

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13 Oct

Is My Foundation Jacked Up?

Houston, I Think We Have A Problem!

foundationIf you think you have a foundation problem the first thing that pops into your mind are dollar signs. Foundation problems can be very costly if not addressed right away. Just with any type of maintenance the sooner you detect and fix a problem the less it will cost you in the long run.  Living in North Texas you know the ground shifts a lot, and seeing foundation cracks may be inevitable.  As your trusted handyman, I can suggest that you contact a reputable Dallas home inspector (DallasHomeInspectionCo.com) if you notice any issues with your foundation.

Here are a few tips or signs of things you can look for while indoors to help prevent small problems from turning into large scale problems.

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11 Oct

This One Is Bigger Than Me

Had To Call In The Pros

parking garage

Earlier in the week, I was tasked with a commercial project down in Austin, TX that kept me pretty busy most of the week.   There were so many different odds and ends that they needed to have done and I loved the variety.  The project manager did have one task that was simply bigger than I could handle, and honestly I don’t even have the equipment to handle.   Sometimes half the battle of any job is having the correct tools.

The task was to re-stripe the parking garage.   Yeah that job was more than I could handle, but not wanting to let my client down, I pulled out my smart phone and started Googling.  I searched for the obvious “Parking Lot Striping Austin“, and low and behold I found a great company that was available to come right out to give a quote for the project.  Their pricing was great, and they were very much willing to work in the time-frame available to get the garage re-striped.

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3 Oct

This Was a Hairy Situation

The Clogged Shower Drain

big hair

If you have long hair you have probably had to deal with your tub or shower drain clogging up from time-to-time.  I personally do not have long hair, but being a handyman I have had to deal with clogged drains due to hair on more than one occasion.

I got a call late last week for a clogged tub drain.   I set out thinking this would be a simple task of removing some objects from the drain and I would be done.   Little did I know what was waiting for me when I arrived?

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30 Sep

A Sticky Situation

The Door Was Stuck

green door

I was called out to a home the other day due to a pantry door not opening.  Let me tell you the lady was about to go nuts thinking she could not get to the food that she knew rested right behind that closed door.

When I received the call about this issue, my first thought before arriving at the home, was this would be a possible foundation issue (and I would have to pass it off to someone else).  Foundation issues is typically what I think of when someone tells me the door is stuck.   In general foundation issues cause the home to shift, which in turn causes doors to jam.   However, when I arrived, I realized that a simple misinterpretation of vocabulary caused me to have that original thought.    Although the door would not open, the door itself was not actually stuck, but the door knob was stuck and would not turn, thus resulting in not being able to open the door.

I used a gentle turn on the door knob, and the thing was not budging at all.   With a little more force I was able to actually get the knob to turn and finally open.  The lady was so happy it was as if the doors of heaven had just opened up when that door opened.  Although I did have the door now opened, we were not finished with this job yet.  Now I need to find out why it was sticking and fix it so this does not happen again as soon as we shut that door.

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26 Sep

Is Your Home Prepared For Fall

Winterize Your Home Starting Now

fall leaves

Fall is here, and now is the best time to start preparing your home for winter. Here in Texas, sometimes this time of year still feels like summer and it is hard to think of preparing for the winter so early, but it is to your advantage to get your home in order and ready.   We are lucky this week the temperatures are somewhat falling and it is actually starting to feel like fall to me.

Things you should do now to prepare your home for winter

  • Have your chimney cleaned
    • If you burn your fireplace during the winter it is necessary to have your chimney cleaned periodically. This protects your family from a potential house fire, and it also prevents carbon monoxide from back flowing back into your home.  Make sure your chimney is cleaned by a professional.
  • Have your vents cleaned
    • Similar to having your chimney cleaned, you want to do the same with the vents in your home. Keeping your vents clean and clear will increase the air quality in your home, and also help to prevent fires.

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24 Sep

Jacked Up Plugs

Fixing The Plugs

Being a handyman service can bring some pretty interesting requests from time-to-time.  I had an interesting request earlier this week to fix a few issues in this older home that had some jacked up wall plug receptacles.  I was only told that some of the receptacles needed to be replaced, but I didn’t know what the issues were until I arrived.

Once I arrived, and started looking around, I found the issue right away.  Can you spot the issue?

messed up plug

Yes that is correct, someone broke off the ground of a plug and it was stuck inside the receptacle.  I am not sure how in the world this would happen, but it did.  Instead of trying to remove this piece, I simply was there to replace all of the jacked up plugs.

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22 Sep

Miles Fork Handyman Services

Handyman With A Plan

handyman at house

Welcome to my new website.  I am Miles Fork providing handyman services to the entire Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.  I am not new to the game, but new to technology and producing a website, so please forgive me if it looks like a third grader made this site.  I am learning as I go.

I have been a handyman basically my entire life.  I don’t really like calling myself a handyman, but for the sake of this website that is what I am and I am ok with the title.  I grew up helping my dad do things around the house, and one day it just clicked with me that I am really good at doing basically any type of odds-and-end type jobs around the house.  I started asking around to friends and family to find people that needed help with different jobs, and before I knew it I was neck deep in work and have never looked back since.   I found that after a while I simply stopped looking for work and always it seems to find me.  Word-of-mouth is a great way to keep busy.  My philosophy is under promise and over deliver.  I honestly think that has been the backbone of my success.

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