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Door Repair & Installs

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Door Repair & Installs

Door Repair & Installs

Door repair and installation is one of the most common services we provide at Waters Handy Services. Whether your door is not closing right, drafty, or you’re just looking for an updated look – Waters Handy Services can help! Here’s some information that may be helpful when you’re making decisions about the doors in your home…….. Common problems that require a door repair or replacement: The bolt or latch won’t set – These two problems are usually caused by settling in the home or a worn out mechanism. The latch or bolt assembly will likely need to be replaced if it’s not sliding properly. If they’re not setting properly, then some adjustments to the hinges or strike plate will usually get everything lined up again. Drafty door – This one will hurt your energy bills and is often overlooked especially in older homes. There should be a continuous weather seal around the entire door including a draft stop at the bottom. During the winter months, you’ll feel a draft.  An easy way to check the door seal, any time of year, is to stand on the dark side of the door with the other side lighted. If you see light coming through, then air can get through. Broken frame or door– This one seems to happen quite often when someone gets locked out and decides they don’t feel like waiting for a locksmith.  Sometimes this can be repaired depending on the damage, but most of the time it will require a replacement of the door and possibly the frame. Outdated doors – Older homes especially will have doors that are just plain outdated. Interior doors might be a flimsy hollow core material. Older exterior doors may still be radiating cold or warm air even though you’ve weather sealed it properly. Often times, older doors won’t have the proper insulation material installed between the door and the casing. Waters Handy Services can remedy that problem by installing a new casing and door. Whether your door needs a repair or replacement, Waters Handy Services can help you out. Give us a call for your next door project and Let’s Get it Fixed! Waters Handy Services | Handyman | Lawrence, Kansas| 785-550-2949 Photo Credit: Lindsey Noel...

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Why choose Waters?

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why choose Waters?

Why choose Waters?

  Quality work and customer trust are my top priorities at Waters Handy Services. I want to build lasting relationships with people that understand the value of having a good handyman. I really love this work and enjoy meeting new people every day. I get that you want to be sure the person walking into your house is trustworthy and stands behind their work. That’s why I provide a background check  and am insured through Acuity insurance company.  I’m not the cheapest guy in town but I believe you get what you pay for. I’m your guy if you value having someone that you know will show up on time. You can hand me your list and run some errands and know your home is in good hands. If you value superior communication and knowing the job will be done right, then I’m your guy. You can count on Waters Handy Services to deliver consistent, quality work on a wide range of different projects so you can save time and enjoy your home. I’ll be honest and upfront with you about the work that needs done. I’m not interested in just making a quick buck and moving on.  If the job needs a permit or contractor, I will let you know and point you in the right direction. I look forward to meeting you! Waters Handy Services | Handyman | Lawrence, Kansas| 785-550-2949 Photo Credit: Lindsey Noel Photography  Photo Credit (bricks): Jo Sheehan...

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Energy Saving Tips

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Green, Maintenance | Comments Off on Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Are you frustrated at the price of your electric and gas bills? Before you call the gas and electric  company check out a few of these energy saving tips from Waters Handy Services and make sure you’re not letting your money fly right out the window. How’s the insulation in your attic and walls? Or maybe a better question is do you have any insulation in your attic and walls? If your home was built before 1980 there’s a chance there may be none. You may be unsure of whether there’s insulation in the walls but don’t go and carve any holes in your walls just yet. If there’s none in your walls blowing in insulation is a costly upgrade and the disadvantages to performing this seemingly smart upgrade significantly outweigh the advantages. Warm moist air over time seeps through the plaster or old drywall and causes moisture in blown in insulation which causes it to settle and hold moisture at its base. That can cause dry rot and break down your exterior siding. Another issue is the amount of pressure that is built into the wall when installing the blown in insulation. The insulation is shot in at a high pressure in the hopes that it won’t settle and cause air gaps but that high pressure in older plaster / lathe walls can cause nails to separate, warping, and cracking. If your house is drafty then there are better investments to make than blowing insulation into the walls. Weather strip windows and doors well and assess the exterior of the home to determine where cracks might be that are causing air drafts. If your windows are older/single pane, then make sure the glazing is in good shape and still sealed to the window well. Insulating the attic to the proper R-value is a good investment. This is a much less invasive upgrade and your ceiling/attic is where the majority of the hot air escapes. These are just a few energy saving tips to think about. Give Waters Handy Services a call and lets discuss more how we can get your house sealed up tight and more money in your pocket! Waters Handy Services | Handyman | Lawrence,...

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Waters Handy Services | About

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Waters Handy Services | About

Waters Handy Services | About

Waters Handy Services offer quality handyman work to the city of Lawrence and Douglas County and is owned and operated by me, Daniel Waters. I strive to be the best handyman by providing quality work in an efficient manner while building trust through reliability and communication. I grew up in Leavenworth and have lived in Lawrence for over 10 years.  My wife and I, along with our five children, appreciate the people and diverse culture that makes this a great community.  As I progressed in my skills as a handyman, I also pursued a career in the engineering field at a wireless company.  My passions and hobbies have come together allowing me to do what I love.   I am an all-around handy guy and would love a chance to help you make your home a well-cared for place to live.  If you’re looking for somebody to take care of your home repair, maintenance, or a small project, give Waters Handy Services a call and Let’s get it fixed! Waters Handy Services | Handyman | Lawrence, Kansas| 785-550-2949 Photo Credit: Lindsey Noel...

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Fall Maintenance

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog, Maintenance | Comments Off on Fall Maintenance

Fall Maintenance

The air is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. The time to perform fall maintenance on our home is running out and you’ve got a list of items that need to be done. You can trust Waters Handy Services to get your house ready for winter. We can take your fall maintenance list and also do an overall check up on the house to help you see some other things that might need attention before the wind and rain starts howling. Here’s a few things we suggest taking a look at while you’re putting together a list. How’s the siding, roofing, and trim look? These areas need a thorough inspection. Take note if anything is broken, cracked, curled, split, or crooked. But also pay attention to smaller signs: stains on siding that could mean water isn’t flowing through the gutters and downspouts, peeling paint or missing mortar in distressed spots, small holes or droppings near animal or insect nests. Be very aware of the presence of animals, because they chew on framing and wiring. Often times some basic trimming of trees or bushes can remedy a problem. A few paint touch ups or siding repair can go a long way towards preventing damage that’s going to cost you a significant amount of money later. Is the water draining away from the house properly? Water is the biggest enemy of your house and its foundation. Foundation repairs are costly but can often times be avoided by paying attention to the water flow around your home. Next time it rains, step outside and take a look at your gutters and how the water is flowing away from the house. This will tell you a lot about where problems are already occurring or are going to start occurring. Water needs to be channeled away from the house properly and not pooling or settling near your foundation. Make sure the ground is properly sloping away from your house and preferably sits at least 8 inches below the sill. Many times a solution exist that is pretty simple such as extending a down spout or cleaning a tennis ball out of your gutter pipe 🙂 What about the inside? There’s some things to do on the inside that will help the place stay in good shape over the winter. Make sure to change your furnace filters and start the furnace up before that first real cold day sets in. Keep the area around the furnace clear and clean. It’s a good idea to have your furnace inspected and cleaned by a HVAC professional every year. It’s also great time to do the fall maintenance on your hot water heater. Draining the hot water heater keeps sediment from building up in the bottom which can diminish the life of your hot water heater. Vacuum out and do a basic clean up around the hot water heater while it’s draining out.  As with the furnace, make sure to keep the area around the hot water heater clear and clean and always turn the pilot light off before doing any work. Inspect your doors and windows all around the inside to make sure they are closing and opening properly. Small adjustments can usually be made to repair and get them working properly again. Problems with doors...

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