Category Archives: Home Repair

Making needed repairs to homes.

Why the Home Depot Stores Are the Biggest

If I remember correctly, Big Red or affectionately known as Home Depot  has been in the construction remodeling business for between 25 and 30 years along with being the biggest home improvements and improvement remodeling retailer for a while longer.  At that time we were asking how do I get to home depot?

At first they would sell cabinets to a customer and then hire the completion, the small contractor to do the installation labor.  Were they, Home Depot, licensed to hang cabinets or do plumbing or electrical?  No, they got around this requirement by making it the subcontractors responsibility to acquire all the permits, insurance and licenses if any were needed.

I remember doing a couple of the subcontractor jobs for them.   At that time they only charged for hanging the cabinets and the cabinet trim in the kitchen.  There was plenty of profitable work left over for the talented contractor, such as drywall repair, electrical wiring, sink hook up, tile work and the list could last a while and if the customer was happy with the work, one could expect to return for the bathroom remodels that would be coming next.

This gets me into what Home Depot is currently starting to do.  I just finished reading an article about their having bought a website called Redbeacon.com.  I checked out the site, currently it is a rather basic site, they get you plumbers, painters and more, quality quotes, a home service warrantee, but knowing the powers that be with the Home Depot that is probably on purpose, an effort not to offend their potential customers.  I was reading in the press release that 3% of their customers, which are the professionals, are responsible for 35% of their business.  Wow!  Check out the site http://Redbeacon.com.

I am a little excited about what they are about to accomplish with this Redbeacon.com idea.  There is no way that it will not work.  I feel this could be instrumental in helping to prevent some of the less than up and up so called fly-by-nighters that are just having the business fall into their laps.

As a result of being associated with the construction industry for the last 45 years.  It is not possible for one not to hear about a customer from time to time that has been ripped off by a so called fly-by-night contractor.  They, the contractor, would take a sizeable down payment, remove the roof down to the ceiling joist, in the middle of winter while it was raining or snowing, then claim bankruptcy or just plain disappear, seemingly just to rip them off.  At the time while working in the Chicago land area these rumors were like an epidemic, it seemed to happen one after another.  Contraire, contraire, this goes to show, don’t give anybody too much money up front and be careful to look ahead for what can happen.  This is known as CYA cover your assets.

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Until next time, Happy Home Improving!

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Secret to Window Blind Repair

I am currently in process to ready a house for a new tenant.  As usual, the old tennant left a bit of a mess.

While cleaning the horizontal blinds today, one of the  little slats had the end brake off.

To repair this, basically what one needs to do is to look at the bottom of the bottom slat and find the little plastic plugs, occasionally wood, ( depending on the width of the blind there can be 2 to 8 plugs).

When removing these plugs please be extremely careful.  Don’t lose them.  Watch  what strings are in which holes.  Just please be careful and very aware.

With that being said, you can remove the lighter gage slat just above the bottom slat and install it where the broken slat currently resides.  Of course you will need to remove the broken slat.  It seems to work better for me if I install the replacement slat 1st.  The replacement slat can slide easily along the top of the broken slat to find its new home.

You will find that the elevator cords will be pulled out with the installation of the replacement slat.  You will need to run the cords through the holes in the lower slats to the bottom slat.  You may take note, alternate the cord passing to the right and left of the ladder strings (little strings that go from side to side for the slats to sit on).

Now you will need to knot the elevator cable (cord) after they pass through the bottom slat, after you have raised that slat to the new bottom set of ladder strings, of course.  After this accomplishment, you will need to remove just the length of ladder support and the bottom ladder.  Remember, be careful, remove just what is necessary.  At this point you can bundle up the lose elevator cord and ladder parts ( that are still part of the blind), stuff them in the holes where you previously removed the plastic or wooden plugs.  Reinstall these plugs.

An upcoming tip is how to repair the controller for the elevation of the blinds slats.

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