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!

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.