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Winter is Upon Us

Hi,
 
Every year at about this time, we send out flyers, emails and call our customers to see if they need any help getting ready for the holidays. This year we've been busy with all types of projects and tasks for new as well as repeat customers and fall is shaping up to be one of our all time best.
 
Prior to the holidays, we see an increase in "Preparation Projects" that are quite specific in nature. These are projects such as caulking, fence repairs, pressure washing, landscaping adjustments, yard cleaning, touch-up painting, carpet cleaning, smoke detector installations, house cleaning, gutter cleaning/repairs and garage clearing. The object is to get your home "ready" for the relatives who stop in yearly for Thanksgiving,  Christmas and New Years celebrations.
 
We also do a number of smaller jobs such as kitchen cabinet and drawer repairs, moving furniture out of storage, re-arranging rooms (for out of town guests), checking heating systems, hanging new pictures and just about anything else we can do to help. 
 
Our prices are still very reasonable compared to other handyman services in our area and we do everything we can to save you money. So, if you need help this holiday season and think your project is too small to interest anyone, call us at 209-366-3288 or go to our website, www.handymanlodi.com and see what we can do for you.
 
Regards,
 
Rich Jones CHP
"Handyman Extraordinaire"
 
 

Sprinkler Fiascos

I have recently been asked to respond to a number of "yard sprinkler emergencies" in my area where pressurized lines burst or the primary side of the valve began leaking and then burst causing flooding.
 
 It appears that three different circumstances apply here. First, the valves were not installed properly in the first place and always "leaked". So in time, moss and plant material grew around the leak and eventually caused it to burst. Second, Small trees or shrubs with major roots were planted over the sprinkler lines or right next to the valves which in time caused a break or failure. And third, shut off valves were not installed for the sprinkler system at all. 
 
Here's my advice to anyone checking a sprinkler system in their yard.
 
  1. Make sure you have a valve that isolates the sprinkler system from the rest of your house water so you can stop the leak or flood without having to shut down the rest of the house. It also needs to be located outdoors and near the sprinkler valves so anyone can gain access to it.
  2. Check for leaks around your yard and around the feed side (the pressurized side) of all the sprinkler valves (above ground). The leak could be so small that you can't see it but you can feel it at the pipe or connector. ALL tiny leaks turn into big leaks or cause complete pipe failure eventually.
  3. Look for muddy or damp areas that never dry up or areas of heavy growth surrounded by dry areas that are not growing as well or not at all.
  4. Make sure your shrubs, trees or other plants that may be near the valves are cut back and remove anything thats starting to get too big around the valves.
 
Sprinkler valve installations are great for do it yourself types but I must stress the following. If you do it yourself, ALWAYS read and follow the manufacturers reccomendations for installation. Especially when it relates to preparation, types of glues and sealants and when to use pipe sealing tape(s).  And always lay out, "dry fit" and " line in" ( mark all the parts where they join ) before you do any gluing. Once it's glued, it can-not be forced to fit if it's a bit off line.
 
 

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