How to Participate in the Missouri Caulk-Us

Many Missourians are frustrated this election season. Given that our March 15th Presidential caucus is still weeks away, we simply won’t have as much impact on the outcome as our Iowa neighbors to the
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We at Fix St Louis feel your pain and have decided to do something about it. We have a plan that, in the meantime, will give you something meaningful to do, something more interesting to stare at than TV debates, and something that will have an even greater impact on your life than the next President of the United States.

Gawk at your caulk

We proudly introduce the Missouri Caulk-Us. Here’s how it works: First, stop watching those candidates on TV, get up from your chair, and walk to your bathtub. Now, look at the bathtub ledge. You see that once-white, once-solid hardened goop running along the perimeter? Pretty disgusting, huh? Worse yet, maybe some do-it-yourselfer in your household tried to cover it up with even more goop but didn’t have a good sense of how much to put on, or where it should go.

Also, while you’re there, do you see tiles where the grout is missing, letting water into the wall, possibly rotting it and loosening the tiles?

Now walk to your kitchen countertop and look at the similar white goop between the wall and either your backsplash or countertop. Is it discolored? Maybe brown, gray or black? Is it separating from the wall or countertop? Mind the gap (a little London Tube lingo there).

Yes, you SHOULD be angry to be living in a house where even hardened white goop mocks your cleaning habits. You’re not going to take it anymore. And, among all their fake promises, can you believe that not a single candidate from either party is offering a federal program to replace your caulk for free? Some don’t even think you have a right to own a CAULK gun!

St. Louis Caulk Service

Gawk at your caulk, then give Fix St. Louis a call. Let’s make America grout again.

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.

Recovering from Post-Traumatic GUEST Disorder

For many, the best Christmas lights are the tail lights of their holiday guests. Sure, you love those people and were thrilled to see them. But let’s be honest; you scrambled around for a month or so getting ready for them. And that’s also when you noticed all those little things that revealed the state of repair your house is REALLY in.

You probably repaired the most embarrassing stuff guests were most likely to notice. The cracks and holes in the walls, the faucets that go drip-drip-drip, and that ominous water stain on your family room ceiling just beneath the upstairs bathroom.

But some fixes you didn’t quite get to, maybe the cold air coming from under your front door or that bedroom door that takes a full body slam to close. And, perhaps your guests taught you about some other things that needed fixing in the rooms you don’t go into very much.

Why not make a New Year’s resolution that THIS YEAR you’ll spend ALL YEAR in a house fit for a guest? Just send us, Fix St Louis, an invitation to come over, and you can get the year off to a great start, knowing that at least ONE resolution was fulfilled.

Happy Holidays and Many Happy Repairs from Fix St Louis!

T-Veee’s Mount-ing Over an Open Fire…

St. Louis TV mounting - Fix St. LouisAhh, do you remember the days of families sitting in front of the fireplace for hours, listening to the sounds of crackling wood?

Well, THOSE days are sure gone! In an age when every little boy is diagnosed with ADD, and little girls are pre-occupied Facebooking, Tweeting, and Snapchatting, a fire is waaaay too boring to keep their attention. Americans just can’t shake that powerful urge to grab a remote to click away from the “fire channel.” And while some Nobel Prize-deserving inventor came up with the idea that gas fireplaces could have their OWN remotes with on-off and fire level controls, even THAT hasn’t been enough for our restless, hyper-stimulated nation.

Fortunately, I bring you good tidings of great joy. Because this Christmas season, this problem can be solved by Fix St Louis, who can mount a remote-controlled BIG SCREEN TV right above your mantel. And when I say BIG, I swear that some of you have screens that rival the Omnimax at the St. Louis Science Center.

After buying a TV, you may think that mounting it is as simple as 1-2-3. However, hanging a big screen TV is not as easy as hanging a picture. For one thing, there might be brick above your mantle, not a surface for traditional nails and screws. For another, what are you going to do with all those wires that want to hang straight down? Let them burn along with the yule log, filling your house with a burning rubber smell that doesn’t quite say “Christmas”?

Fortunately, Dr Steve’s not-so-little helpers at Fix St Louis can do some magical things to hide those wires. Like run wires behind drywall, install electrical outlets and a/v jacks behind mounted TV’s, even zig-zag wires through the cracks between bricks and bury them in mortar so no one will even know they are there!

So this season, you can watch a fire and change the channel, too! What a country! Merry Christmas and Many Happy Repairs from Fix St Louis!

On the 5th day of FIXmas, my handyman fixed for me…

Christmas french doors
Photo credit: Adventures in Decorating

..5 wax toi-let ringssssss…!
4 falling shelves,
3 French doors,
2 curtain rods,
and a door track on a pan-treeeeeeey…

Ho, ho, ho, merry FIXmas everybody from Fix St Louis! That wonderful season each year when we scramble to get our homes repaired before the holiday guests arrive.

No, it’s not a great time to start a big home improvement project, but what better time is there to get all those little things fixed that bothered you throughout the year? Leaky faucets, cracks and holes in your walls, loose handrails, stuck doors, cold air coming from under your front door… Yes, NOW you’re getting into that FIXmas spirit!

Fix St Louis is the easy way to get all these little things fixed because we specialize in… well, little things. And because instead of calling a plumber AND a carpenter AND an electrician and who-knows-who, with us one call does it all. Not to mention we have a full-time customer service rep who will pick-up your call, technicians with 10+ years experience, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Give us a call right now and beat that last minute rush!

Merry Christmas and Many Happy Repairs
from Fix St Louis!

Dr. Steve

Has Your Sink Pop-Up Stopper Pooped-Out?

Cork stopper repair Fix St. Louis MOSometimes you’ve got to wonder whether all this new technology is really worth it. Once, if you wanted to fill-up your bathroom sink with water, you’d use a simple rubber plug on a chain, and the only moving part needed was YOU!

Oh, but no. That wasn’t good enough for those of us living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We didn’t want this plugging process to get our hands wet (even though we were in the process of getting our hands wet), or spend time thinking about where to put that stupid plug and chain when it wasn’t in use, or have it drip onto the counter or floor, or replace the plug when it dried-out, started sprouting new life forms, or in other ways became totally gross.

So, our nation’s clearest thinkers in dirty water came up with the pop-up stopper design shown to the right, that has more moving parts than the 2016 BWM 4 Series. A design that, like the BMW, requires maintenance by highly skilled mechanics.

So, now it’s time for our ‘plug’. At Fix St Louis, we can get your pop-up stopper working again without draining your finances like some overpriced German import car repair shop. Give us a call, and reassert your right as an American to fill and drain your bathroom sink on command.

Whether it’s the faucet, sink, or another aspect of your bathroom, we’re ready to help!