Did that Downpour and Cold Air Get Into Your House?

Is it just me, or does it feel like someone up there just doesn’t like us, and is putting St. Louis through a test? First there was that massive rain storm that landed us on the front page of the national news. And now there’s this cold air blast.

Are your windows and doors keeping up? Did they keep all that water out? Any of that cold air coming into your house from around their edges or at the bottom?

Most homeowners are flummoxed by these problems because they can’t figure out who to call to fix them. There’s water involved, but not the kind that interests a plumber. There’s cold air coming in, but not the kind of thing you’d call a heating & air conditioning company for. And you might be avoiding calling a window & door company, afraid they might try to sell you on replacing ALL your windows & doors (BTW, you’d be right).

Yup, you guessed it. This is just the kind of thing you’d want to call Fix St. Louis for. We know all kinds of tricks to seal out water and cold air so they don’t enter your house. We can replace or add weatherstripping and door sweeps. We can adjust or replace the thresholds underneath doors. We can realign doors to remove gaps that might be letting cold air in. We can repair the holes and rot that often appear at the bottom of the door jambs. We can add insulation. And, if your situation is REALLY hopeless, or you just want better windows and doors, we can handle that, too.

There’s plenty of winter left, followed by lots of Spring showers. So, there’s no better time of year to get your home all sealed up.

Invite Fix St Louis into your home, and keep rain and cold out.

Will Your Doorbell Be a Zombie on Halloween?

Door with zombie arms. St Louis doorbell repair at Fix St. LouisHalloween night is coming-up soon. That time when all the kids in your neighborhood dress-up in costumes, come to your door all excited, reach for your doorbell, and then . . . what?

Well, we at Fix St Louis know EXACTLY what, because we ring doorbells every day. Or at least we try to!

Based upon our ridiculously unscientific research, we’d say about 25% of you have a doorbell, but not one that actually, uh, creates a ringing sound inside your house. Another 10% have a doorbell button that’s deformed in some way – usually there’s a hole in the plastic button EXACTLY where your finger is supposed to go. And then there’s another 5-10% where we never even FIND the doorbell and end-up both knocking and sometimes calling you on the phone.

OK, so we at Fix St Louis are grown-ups and don’t take a non-working doorbell personally. But what about your neighbors’ kids on Halloween. In addition to being disappointed, they may end-up pounding your door frame and glass with their sticky, Baby Ruth-coated hands. Now, that’s truly frightening.

We also know WHY you never get that doorbell fixed. Usually it’s because you have no idea who to call to fix it. Or, you figure that must be some expensive job, perhaps involving ripping down walls to run a new wire somehow up your door frame, through your ceiling, over to the kitchen, down to the door chime, etc. Or you never even THINK about your doorbell because you always enter through the garage, and the only use of your front door is to grab and throw-out all the flyers and Yellow Page imitators that collect there.

Nope, the truth is that fixing your doorbell is about as easy as pushing your doorbell. Call us at Fix St Louis. We’ll start by taking our usually successful shot at finding an easy fix for the problem. And worst case, since we all now live in the 21st century, we don’t even have to run wires at all – there are now wireless units!

So this year, treat your trick-or-treaters the way you would want to be treated. Let Fix St Louis bring your Zombie doorbell back to life.

That Door that Makes You Unhinged

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You know what I’m talking about.

That door that’s really hard to open. Every time you grab the knob, it’s a game of tug-of-war. And it always ends the same way – the other side suddenly just gives up, the door flies open, hits your foot or throws you off-balance.

Or the door that gets stuck before it swings shut all the way, requiring a full body slam to close that last quarter of an inch and turn the lock.

How about the door that rubs against the carpet, dating back to the time you got a new, fluffier one? You’re also feeling bad that you’re wearing out the new carpet prematurely.

Unfortunately, many homeowners live with these many-times-a-day nuisances simply because they have no idea who to call to fix it. A ‘doorman’? No, those are the folks who stand guard at the Ritz Carlton. A ‘carpenter’? Not a bad idea, but the only two names people seem to be able to come up with are Geppetto and Jesus. ‘Bob the Builder‘? Only parents who have small children even know who I’m talking about, and they’re all sick of his theme song.

Don’t get unhinged with the home repairs you need to make – call us!

The answer, of course, is Fix St Louis, the company that specializes in small jobs, but does big jobs, too. That can handle just about every home repair. That’s distinguished itself in our trade not because we have great customer service, but because we have ANY customer service at all – a full-time customer service rep, professional technicians who show-up at firm scheduled times, with our work guaranteed for one full year.

Who should you call to fix your doors? Knock, knock. Who’s there? Fix St Louis.

Patio Doors: The Doors that Never Get Fixed

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Many of you have sliding glass doors to your deck or patio. And most are broken in one way or another. But you never think to get them fixed, right? And, you’re not alone.

You know what I’m talking about. The glass doors are hard to slide. They sometimes fall off their tracks. The latch doesn’t work. There’s a hole in the screen. Or, the screen is missing altogether.

Why don’t people ever get their patio doors fixed? I think it’s mostly because they erroneously believe their sliding doors are something that is an integral part of their house, and that throws-up all kinds of erroneous red flags in their minds: “I’d have to replace the whole thing” or “my house is old, parts won’t be available.” Or, “I don’t even know who made them because there’s no brand name and the builder is out of business.”

The truth is you don’t have to live with your patio door problems. Fix St Louis CAN get replacement parts for your doors. We CAN make your doors slide better and your latches click, often without replacing ANY parts. We can also build a new sliding screen door and replace torn screens.

So when you’re at your July 4th barbecue, sliding those broken doors back and forth all day long, with a plate full of burgers in one hand and a pitcher of beer or lemonade in the other, vow to restore your freedom as an American to have patio doors that work. Give us a call and you’ll have one more thing to celebrate next July 4th.

Happy Independence Day to you and your family!

Storm Doors: That door that hits you on your way out

Hey, what’s with that extra door that blocks your front door? That flimsy thing that’s always in the way when you carry bags in and out, and every once in awhile gives you a smart whack on your backside. Why are you hiding your attractive front door behind something that at best is invisible, just glass and a thin frame? And, what joker came up with this idea anyway — the guy who invented plastic slip covers?

The truth is, storm doors are a lot like tonsils. If they become a problem you can live without them. But they can perform helpful functions.

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Your Guide To Door Repair

Fix those door-sasters before your holiday guests arrive!

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve been consciously ignoring some of the problems you have with your doors. Maybe you don’t know anything about door repair. In some measure, you might not have the time to tackle even the smallest door repair project. Or perhaps its mostly because you don’t have a clue who to call to fix them — in part because you realize most contractors do not want to be bothered with small stuff like this.

Do any of these sound familiar?:

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