Store Your Vehicle’s Hard Top the Get It Done Way!

Spring has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere, and as flowers begin to bloom and the land becomes greener and greener, people everywhere are beginning to garden, break out their lawn maintenance tools, and even take the tops off of their beloved convertibles and Jeeps.

Speaking of taking the top off the ol’ convertible, it’s easy enough to take off and store a soft top of a vehicle, but what happens if you have a hard top? Not only is it more difficult to store, but you also have to find a place to store it! Sometimes, people with hard-topped vehicles are forced to keep their hard tops on the floor of the garage or maybe even the basement and keep the vehicle outside, which wastes space and makes for a vehicle unprotected against natural elements.

This was exactly the predicament for a customer who has a hard top Jeep Wrangler. Every time he took off the top to his beloved Jeep, he was force to keep the hard top on the floor of the garage or put it into storage somewhere while his Jeep, equipped with a soft top, sat outside of the garage.

Luckily for him, he called Get It Done, Inc.! We took a look at his predicament and solved all of his problems straight away.

How? Well, we installed a pulley system that is designed to hang a hard top from his Jeep!

We used a product designed for hanging vehicles’ hard tops, basically using pulleys and wire and attaching it to the garage wall and ceiling. Now the customer is able to back his Jeep in, pull down the cables, attach the cables to the hard top, then pull it up, where it will remain until the winter season starts once again.

The customer no longer has to keep it on the floor of the garage and the Jeep outside the garage! Now he can enjoy the summer more easily and still use his garage efficiently!

If you have a similar problem or have different predicaments around the home, don’t hesitate to call us here at Get It Done, Inc. Our phone number is (314) 966-3251. You can also visit us at our website at www.getitdoneinc.com to see which services we provide. You can even see before and after photos of projects that we tackled! Call us today – you won’t be disappointed with our work; we guarantee it!

Storm Door Closer – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St. Louis

The wind recently caught my storm door and jerked it so bad that it broke the closer and split the wood that it is screwed in to. What kind of project am I in for?
Q. R. Columbia, IL

You’re not alone. I see this problem several times in a year. It usually happens as someone is opening a door during a high wind, or the door wasn’t properly latched. The wind catches it and pushes it so hard that it can bend the rod on the closer, as well as cause damage to the door jamb. In most cases, this can be a simple repair.

Begin by replacing the closer, which can be purchased at most all hardware stores. Follow the directions, but basically it is just removing the old screws and replacing the unit. However, at this point, it is a good idea to make an adjustment, so that this may not happen again. The screws that come with the closers are fairly short. I would suggest getting longer screws, such as 2” to 2 ½”. The screws that come with the closer are usually the same color as the closer (black, white, etc.), so the new, longer screws may need some touch up paint on the heads of the screws after you install them. These longer screws are only for the end of the closer which is screwed into the door jamb, not into the door itself.

Once the new closer is installed, you may want to check the closing strength and make a simple adjustment. There is a screw on the end of the closer which allows the door to close either quickly, or slowly, depending upon how this screw is adjusted. In other words, if the door is closing so slowly that it doesn’t actually engage the lock, adjust the screw so that the door closes with more force.

Now for the damage done to the door jamb. Normally, this type of accident will split the wood below the area where the closer was screwed in. If the split in the wood is not too severe, you can use finish nails to secure both sides of the crack. Then spackle the holes and caulk along the crack, and touch up the paint.

There is one more item to mention, if this storm door problem has happened before, or if you are in an area that gets frequent wind gusts. A safety chain can be installed between the door and the jamb. This is also sold at most hardware stores. The chain is attached at the jamb and the door. If the wind begins to pull the door too far, the chain stops it in time to prevent any damage. The chain is enclosed in a plastic covering, so it won’t hurt the door finish.

Time: about one hour
Difficulty: Easy
Materials: storm door closer, painters caulk and caulk gun, touch-up paint and brush, finish nails and hammer

Fight Off Those Pesky Insects By Properly Preparing Your Home This Spring!

It’s March, and springtime is finally on the horizon! However, if you ask anyone around the Metro St. Louis area about how their winter was, the response you will most likely get from them this year is, “What winter?”

That’s right – we’ve been blessed to have a mild winter this year. We’ve had maybe two winter storms this season, and even those “storms” pale in comparison to the typical snowstorms we experience here in the Metro St. Louis area.

There is a price that we will soon have to pay for experiencing a mild winter, though – INSECTS. Soon enough, the insects that have been hibernating throughout the winter will reappear in the coming weeks, and their numbers will increase as they breed in large numbers (the typical spider can live one to two seasons and can produce as many as 3,000 eggs!).

And those insects don’t just hang around outside, waiting to greet you whenever you set foot in their territory. They can also find hiding places inside your home to live and breed in. Once those insects hatch, their numbers will quickly increase, and you may find yourself with a big problem on your hands.

If you want to prevent insects from coming into your home (or if you need help in controlling an already existing problem), look no further! Just follow the I.N.S.P.E.C.T. way, and you should be on your way to being insect-free this spring!

INvestigate – Now’s the time to whip out that magnifying glass and give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money by becoming a great pest detective! Inside your home, you should open your food containers to make sure no critters have found their way inside, look for any pest droppings, look for cracks in any of your interior walls, and check any and all vents that lead to the outside. Look for holes in your window screens, too. If you find any holes, be sure to repair them! Keep in mind that insects like to hang out in cool, dark places like attics and basements, so be extra thorough in those areas!

Outside the home, you should check for cracks in any exterior walls or any holes in the exterior. Beware also of woodpiles and plants that may be a bit too close to your home, and check any structure that can potentially hold standing water (which mosquitoes LOVE to breed in). Keep your eyes out for any nests for those stinging insects on the ground, in the gutters, or tucked away in any corner, too.

Study – Have you found any critters that don’t belong in your home? This next step is for you! Be sure to identify your pest problem so you can use the proper method to solve and control the issue. Search reputable online sites to identify pests or you can simply contact your local garden store. They very well may have more insights into the sorts of pests that could pop up in your area.

Prepare – Once you’ve identified the issue, you need to arm yourself with the proper tools to get the job done. Do you need gloves? Or caulk? Perhaps insecticides or herbicides? Do your research – talk to professionals and use the right products to get the job done. This is the fastest way to effectively ridding yourself of your pest problems.

Eliminate – Now that you’ve identified the problems and have the tools and the talent to get the job done, it’s time to eliminate all access points that insects can get in through. Seal your windows, and caulk the gaps around the windows and doors. Fix your water leaks. Maintain neglected or overgrown shrubbery and trees near your home. You may not realize it, but by taking care of those areas outdoors, you are decreasing your risk for Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and infections and allergic reactions that come from bites and stings from ticks, fleas, and stinging insects. You’re also doing Fido a favor!

Clean – Now that things are sealed up, be sure to clean up your home! Store your cereals and other foods in plastic containers with secure lids so pests won’t find any food. Vacuum your floors, especially those hard-to-reach spots, and take extra care to clean dark corners.

Treat – Use the right type of pesticide products to protect your home, lawn, and community from pests! Be sure to carefully read labels and warnings with each pesticide. If you have a bigger pest problem such as a termite infestation or a wasp infestation in your basement, calling a professional is your best bet.

Are you ready to get the job done? Need help sealing off any entryways for those pesky pets? Call us here at Get It Done, Inc. at (314) 966-3251 or visit us at our website at www.getitdoneinc.com! Let us help you win the war against insects by fixing up your house the right way!

Cold Air Return – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St. Louis

“An inspector told me that I need more fresh air ventilation in my furnace room. How do I go about taking care of this?”
Sue T. Wildwood, Mo

Basically, this all has to do with your gas furnace. Your gas furnace operates on combustion, or igniting of the natural gas. All combustion requires oxygen. So, what your inspector is telling you is that you don’t have enough combustion air around your furnace. As some furnaces get their fresh air from outside, those that don’t require a large open area in order to get this fresh air. If your furnace room is too small, you need to get more combustible air into the room.

The easiest way to do this is to install cold air return grills either in the door to the furnace room, or on one of the walls. Usually, inspectors like for a grill to be installed at the lower portion of the door or wall, as well as the upper portion. So, you’re going to need to get two grills.

It is up to you as to where you install the grills, on the door or the wall. Installing them on the wall is easier if you have drywall instead of plaster. For installation on a wall, choose an area near the furnace and start at about 1 foot from the ceiling. Measure the outline of the return grill onto the wall and plan to cut the drywall about one inch less than the dimensions of the grill. Cut out the drywall, mark the location of the holes for securing the grill, then install anchors such as zip-its into the drywall, then secure it. Do the same for the lower area, having the lower portion of the grill about one foot off the floor.

If you’re installing the grills on the furnace door, remove the hinge pins and put the door on a saw horse. Mark the locations for the grill as noted above, then cut the holes. For this, you’ll need a jig saw. When you’re done, you may decide to install a grill on the inside portion of the door as well, because of the way it looks. There isn’t a requirement for this, but it will make the finished job look better.

Monthly Maintenance Checklist:
•Winter weather can cause damage to your roof as a result of ice damming or damage to shingles. A visual inspection from the ground can help you spot immediate problems.
•Check showers/tubs for caulking and grouting needs. If you see any areas that are cracked or pulling away, water damage can occur to walls and create significant problems.
•Winter is a great time to clean out clutter in your closets, basement or garage. If it seems like an overwhelming project, simply set aside a small amount of time on a regular basis instead of trying to tackle the entire task at one time. You’d be surprised how quickly you can get through a project this way.

Materials: 2 cold air return grills (maybe four if you’re installing them on a door), screws, screwdriver, drywall saw (for walls), jig saw (for doors), measuring tape, drywall anchors, perhaps a pair of saw horses and a straight edge

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 hour