Feeling all insecure inside about your security lights outside?

It’s getting dark a bit earlier these days, ESPECIALLY now that daylight savings time is over. So now those lights on the sides of your house are even more important. But, we find that most homeowners are always feeling a little insecure about their security lights.  They’re never quite sure whether or not their outdoor lights are working, or even what makes them turn-on.

They can never seem to answer some basic questions. Is there a wall switch somewhere that needs to be turned on and, if so, is it possible someone turned it off? When was the last time I checked to see if all the bulbs were on? Are the lights supposed to go on when it gets dark? Or when someone moves in front of them? Or when it is both dark AND someone moves in front of them? Or maybe it’s on a timer? And maybe that timer wasn’t reset the last time we lost power.

In all fairness, it’s NOT that easy to check whether your outdoor lights are working. When you’re checking an inside light fixture all you have to do is flip a nearby switch and see it with your own eyes. But for outside lights, if there actually is a switch, it’s not nearby and it’s inside, so you’d have to go outside after flipping the switch. And then, during the day how do you check a light fixture that only comes on at night? And, just what wild and crazy motion do you have to perform in front of your motion-detecting light to get it to turn-on? And, what will your neighbors think when they see you doing it?

The fact is that dealing with outdoor light fixtures is not a natural do-it-yourself project. To add an outdoor light fixture, would you know how to run wires through your walls and ceilings, then through an outside wall? How would you know the power is off before you touch the wires? And, do you really want to do all this stuff while standing on a ladder?

You can make this all quite simple by letting our bright technicians at Fix St Louis be your guiding light. We can diagnose your lights, fix them, change bulbs, add new fixtures, and give you sound advice on which lights should be timed, motioned, dusk-to-dawned, or simply just switched.

Don’t keep your prowlers in the dark. Let Fix St Louis help you send them scurrying!

We Are Hiring Handymen!

Handyman St Louis services at FIX STLThe world has gotten so crazy, maybe I’m not supposed to use words like this anymore — but I’ll say it anyway. For those of you we’ve served, you probably noticed that the staff of Fix St Louis consists of LADIES and GENTLEMEN. For you younger folks out there, let me save you the effort of running to the dictionary. ‘Ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’ are well-mannered and considerate people with high standards of proper behavior.

But, they’re a lot more than that, too. While you might think of our technicians as JACKS of all trades, they are actually MASTERS of all trades.

Now you might think that with our country’s unemployment and labor non-participation rates being as high as they are, and the construction industry as weak as it has been, we’d have no trouble finding folks who meet our high standards. But, you’d be wrong. In fact, the only place where we can consistently recruit such technicians is from the ranks of Ranken Technical College, a unique institution that is one of St. Louis’ most unsung assets, and with whom we enjoy a close association.

While we are proud to be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal economy, continuing our rapid growth, we are dependent upon finding great, long-term employees to sustain this growth.

So, if you or your family knows a youthful, energetic lady or gentleman who is looking for a better opportunity, enjoys the challenge of fixing things and making them look as good as new, and understands the dignity of working as a professional in a highly-valued trade, let us know! Please have them send their resume to sboriss@gmail.com.

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.

Garage Storage Space: Add Over-Your-Head Storage Space Without Adding Overhead 

Next time you pull into your garage, look-up. Chances are you’ll be looking at one of two things: 1) some rafters and the underside of a roof; or 2) a ceiling with a hatch last passed-through by your home inspector when you bought your house.

Now, just imagine there’s plywood on top of those rafters or behind that ceiling that could support the weight of things you’d put in storage. And imagine there’s a rope hanging down from the ceiling that, when pulled, lowered a folding ladder you could climb to get up there, bringing with you items you want to store. This added garage storage space will make your life so much easier.

We at Fix St Louis could make all of that happen. But, what type of stuff would you put up there?

So, go to the room in your house where you store all the stuff you never use. Utually these items are always in the way of the stuff you DO use, but that you don’t want to throw away. Things like cribs and baby items you’re hanging onto as you wait for your first grandchild; extra carpet you might need if Queen Elizabeth is planning a visit and there’s a bad stain that won’t come out; that small refrigerator from your kid’s dorm room that seems too valuable to throw away even though you have no reason to believe you will ever need it again.

THOSE are the things that make great candidates for that Fix St Louis-built storage space. (Although maybe some of them are an even better reason to call Goodwill or 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Just sayin’).

But unlike paying each month for a storage locker, this over-your-head storage does not add to your overhead. Give us a call today, and stop tripping over that too-hard-to-part-with stuff! These storage units will make your garages effiecine, functional, and orderly.

Whole House Fan Vs Air Conditioning

Home showing cool and hot. Whole house fan vs air conditioning
Keeping your entire home at a comfortable temperature can often be a challenge.

Still running your air conditioner at night?

Well, you really don’t have to. And, you could be even MORE comfortable than you now are.

Running an air conditioner is expensive. Not only that, but the air just doesn’t feel as fresh or smell as good as the air outdoors — assuming you don’t live next door to an oil refinery or the Chicago Cubs.

Outdoor temps at night typically dip down to eighty degrees or less in the St. Louis area. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply bring that cool air inside your house and shut-off that air conditioner from running all night?

Whole House Fan Vs Air Conditioning

There’s another way to cool your house other than just air conditioning! You can do so with a “Whole House Fan,” the thing that many ERRONEOUSLY refer to as an “attic fan” (more about that later). You’ve probably seen a whole house fan, but may not have known it. Ever been in someone’s hallway, and notice on the ceiling a big square vent-looking thing with louvers? Yep, you need one of those. When that fan runs, the louvers open up, it sucks in air through all the open windows and doors, pulls this air throughout the house, then pushes the house’s existing air through the vents in your attic. This keeps your home cool and comfortable, and at a fraction of the cost of running your air conditioner. For this reason, we recommend using a whole house fan to keep your home cool at night.

Now, you’d never want to run a whole house fan at the same time as your air conditioner. All that air you’d be paying to cool would be shot out of the house and into the atmosphere by the whole house fan!

However, an ‘attic fan’ is a completely different kettle of fish. That’s a fan that some people have in their roof or gables that sucks hot air out of the attic, not out of a home’s living space. It keeps the ceiling of your upstairs cooler so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. So, you CAN run an attic fan at the same time as your air conditioner.

Here at Fix St Louis, we’re big fans of whole house fans. They cut down on our customers’ air conditioning bills, allowing them to start using their air conditioners later in the year (or just less in general)!

As you know, the best things in life are free. That includes not just the outside cool air I’ve been talking about, but also getting an estimate from Fix St Louis. Got heating or cooling questions?  Contact us today and find out how much it costs to put a whole house fan — and cool night air — in your home!

That Door that Makes You Unhinged

Door hinge repair Fix St. Louis MO handyman

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.