McKean Handyman Q’s and A’s
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Websites. I understand, from a neighbor, that you now also work on web sites. We are looking around for a domain name and a place to host the domain. Can you help out with that?

You bet. We have numerous domain names and websites up, and will be more than happy to help you get yours going. When you contact me, just mention what you are looking for and I’ll get right back with you.


Who does the estimations for your company?

The owner of the company, Brad, will meet with you and work up a comprehensive estimate to suit your project, with all costs and materials involved

How Long Does It Take To Get An Estimate?

We will get back to your initial request just as soon as possible and schedule the estimate to meet your schedule.

We have heard a lot about those CFLs, are they really worth the extra money?

First off, I applaud anything around the home that saves energy. And if it saves energy, it also saves money, which make CFL’s a win-win-win situation. Compact fluorescent bulbs have come along way in the last couple of years, bringing their price down also. But you can also get them for dimmer switch applications and 3-way implementation. And while we are at it, they also work great on all of your exterior lights. We highly recommend changing over to them. Even better, if you have the inclination are the newer LED bulb and fixtures.

We were at Value Home Center the other day and were looking at their selection of garbage disposals. I told my lady that I could hook it up and make it work, but she requested I get someone else to do it. Is this something that you would be interested in?

Yes, we can handle the disposals. If you don’t have electricity under your sink, we can get a new line under there, install a switch for the disposal and hook it up to the plumbing. They are a little intimidating to look at but it’s a pretty straightforward installation. We also handle installing any other appliance you might be getting.

Our gas water heater keeps going out, we re-light it and 15 minutes later it has gone back out again. Do we need a new tank?

Normally, the answer would be no, you don’t need a new one. A replacement thermo-coupler might just do the trick. If you are fairly handy, you can take the model number and manufacturer to the hardware store, pick up a new one and put it in. It’s pretty straight forward process. Now, if there is water dripping, either onto the floor or into the bottom of the water heater, down where you keep relighting the pilot, then yes, you will probably need a new water heater. It’s a free estimate for me to look at it, just call or email me.

Have you installed those new tank-less water heaters?

Yes, and again, I’m all for any appliance around the home that will save energy and possibly also give you a tax break to boot. Depending on which model you choose, gas or electric, they can be a pretty simple install. The electric ones have a high power requirement, some requiring three 50amp double pole breakers. So, if you want to save some money on your monthly bills and also possibly save on your federal taxes, give me a call and we’ll discuss what you have in mind.

We would like a ceiling fan installed in an older room of our house. Now it just has an old fixture, can we put a fan up there?

Chances are that you couldn’t without putting in some support for the fan. Best way to check is to drop the fixture down and have a look, see what’s up there. Give us a call, we’ll come and let you know.

My husband is kind of handy, has some tools but even he admits he doesn’t have enough time to get everything done. What do I have to do to get him to call you for some help?

Over the years, I’ve found plenty of folks in your situation. You and you’re husband have a list to take care of and by the time you cross something off of the list, something else has to be added. Time just gets in the way of getting things done.
So, let’s just say he doesn’t want to admit he can’t get to it all…many people go along this way with the list just a growing. Have him contact me, or you do it, and ask me to come help him get these things done. I’ll bring the tools he doesn’t have and we just work until all project are taken care of…even if it takes a couple of days, rental of the McKean Handyman can be a way to approach even the most hardcore procrastinator.

We have a 28×60 older home with one large attic over the entire house. What would it cost to get new insulation up there? Thanks

It would be about 1500 sq.ft. of insulation, the main question is how thick. We would give you a free estimate and also determine the correct thickness of what we are going to add to bring you up to around a R-30. That thickness is pretty much what all the codes are requiring for new construction for this part of the country. Also, you can receive a federal tax credit of up to $500 towards the cost of the insulation. Let’s set up an estimate and see how it works for you.

I own a few property’s in McKean County but I live near Buffalo. I had a handyman that would take care of these property’s but he has left the area. Would you be interested in giving me a quote for the maintenance of these places?

Sure. If you are not coming down in the next week or so, shoot me another email or give me a call with the addresses of the properties and I will go have a look around the outsides of them. Although it would be better if we could meet when you make a trip down here. Either way, this is something we can handle.

I own two buildings in Kane Pa. I need some work done on both of them, some plumbing, electrical and most of all some painting. Is this something you would be interested in.

Yes, of course. Kane is definitely in our travel area and plumbing, electric and painting is what we do. eMail me back with a time we could meet at the properties and we’ll work something up.

We have a little strip mall in the county and we have lost our flooring maintenance person, their prices have just gone through the roof. Would you be interested in keeping these floors looking nice.

Unfortunately, no. I have never purchased any flooring equipment. We could give you the names of a couple of folks that I deal with in the area if you like.

Websites. I understand, from a neighbor, that you now also work on web sites. We are looking around for a domain name and a place to host the domain. Can you help out with that?

You bet. We have numerous domain names and websites up, and will be more than happy to help you get yours going. When you contact me, just mention what you are looking for and I’ll get right back with you.

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