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Last weekend I got the Christmas decorations out and unpacked the strings of lights. Some will go outside, some will go ...
12/09/2020

Last weekend I got the Christmas decorations out and unpacked the strings of lights. Some will go outside, some will go on the mantel and some go on the tree.
Unfortunately, about half the lights had problems. Either the entire string was out, half the string, or just a couple bulbs here and there.
I started with the easier ones - the ones with only a bulb or two out here and there.
As always, unplug the light strand from the outlet!!
All I needed to do in this case was swap out the burnt-out bulbs for new ones.
Whenever I buy string lights, I put all of the spare bulbs and fuses that come with it into a ziploc bag. I've accumulated quite a large bag full so far!
Like I do, you may also have a pack of just bulbs with two leads sticking out. These are a little more tedious to replace, since you have to feed the two leads down into the holes of the base.

Now on to the strings that are half lit and half unlit. In this case there is probably a loose or broken bulb. Start with the first unlit bulb and work your way down the string, wiggling and inspecting them to check for looseness. If it flickers, then replace it. If they all check out, then swap them for a good bulb one at a time until the strand lights up.

More than likely, one of the bulbs has popped out of it's socket. Today's mini lights are manufactured with a shunt wire that keeps the circuit intact if a bulb burns out, which is great because the rest of the lights stay lit. If a bulb becomes unseated or pops out of the socket, the electrical connection is interrupted.

If the whole strand is out, then start with the logical steps of trying another outlet and then following the steps for the half lit/half unlit strings.
Next thing to check is the fuse. Most string lights have two tiny fuses inside the plug. Using a small set of pliers or flathead screwdriver, slide open the cover on the male plug. Take out the fuses and replace them with new ones. Slide the cover closed and plug it in.

TIP: handle your string lights gently -- tugging on them when they're tangled can damage the bulbs.

Good luck with your lights! I hope this info helps you fix your existing lights so you don't have to go out and buy more!

Last weekend I got the Christmas decorations out and unpacked the strings of lights. Some will go outside, some will go on the mantel and some go on the tree.
Unfortunately, about half the lights had problems. Either the entire string was out, half the string, or just a couple bulbs here and there.
I started with the easier ones - the ones with only a bulb or two out here and there.
As always, unplug the light strand from the outlet!!
All I needed to do in this case was swap out the burnt-out bulbs for new ones.
Whenever I buy string lights, I put all of the spare bulbs and fuses that come with it into a ziploc bag. I've accumulated quite a large bag full so far!
Like I do, you may also have a pack of just bulbs with two leads sticking out. These are a little more tedious to replace, since you have to feed the two leads down into the holes of the base.

Now on to the strings that are half lit and half unlit. In this case there is probably a loose or broken bulb. Start with the first unlit bulb and work your way down the string, wiggling and inspecting them to check for looseness. If it flickers, then replace it. If they all check out, then swap them for a good bulb one at a time until the strand lights up.

More than likely, one of the bulbs has popped out of it's socket. Today's mini lights are manufactured with a shunt wire that keeps the circuit intact if a bulb burns out, which is great because the rest of the lights stay lit. If a bulb becomes unseated or pops out of the socket, the electrical connection is interrupted.

If the whole strand is out, then start with the logical steps of trying another outlet and then following the steps for the half lit/half unlit strings.
Next thing to check is the fuse. Most string lights have two tiny fuses inside the plug. Using a small set of pliers or flathead screwdriver, slide open the cover on the male plug. Take out the fuses and replace them with new ones. Slide the cover closed and plug it in.

TIP: handle your string lights gently -- tugging on them when they're tangled can damage the bulbs.

Good luck with your lights! I hope this info helps you fix your existing lights so you don't have to go out and buy more!

Ever tried to replace the light bulb in an outdoor fixture only to find that the screws holding the glass in place are r...
11/25/2020

Ever tried to replace the light bulb in an outdoor fixture only to find that the screws holding the glass in place are rusted and won't budge?
This happened to me recently on an exterior light. Using a screwdriver only caused the screws to begin to get stripped. First I tried some WD-40, sprayed it on, let it sit. Still no luck.
My next attempt was successful though - I used pliers to grip the screw head and turn it. After a couple rotations, I was able to remove the screws by hand. The bulb was replaced, and voila! the light is working!
So what happens if the pliers won't work? You could try some penetrating oil on the screws, which will break up the rust. Try putting the screwdriver into one of the slots and tap the screwdriver with a hammer to see if that breaks up the rust. There are also extraction kits available and solutions that involve cutting new slots in the screw head, but these involve some skill and are not recommended unless you have some experience with these tools.

Temperatures in Northern Virginia are going to be close to freezing the next couple nights, so make sure your outdoor fa...
11/17/2020

Temperatures in Northern Virginia are going to be close to freezing the next couple nights, so make sure your outdoor faucets are taken care of. Shut off the interior shut-off valve to the water line leading to the faucet, then open the faucet and leave it open for a few hours until the water inside the pipe drains out. Close the faucet again. For extra protection, you can install faucet covers like the one shown below. They are only a few dollars at home improvement stores. I have also seen DIY versions of these made from plastic liter soda bottles or foam cups.

Temperatures in Northern Virginia are going to be close to freezing the next couple nights, so make sure your outdoor faucets are taken care of. Shut off the interior shut-off valve to the water line leading to the faucet, then open the faucet and leave it open for a few hours until the water inside the pipe drains out. Close the faucet again. For extra protection, you can install faucet covers like the one shown below. They are only a few dollars at home improvement stores. I have also seen DIY versions of these made from plastic liter soda bottles or foam cups.

Exterior stairways can quickly become an eyesore, especially when leaves, rainwater, and debris accumulate at the bottom...
11/03/2020

Exterior stairways can quickly become an eyesore, especially when leaves, rainwater, and debris accumulate at the bottom. If the drain is blocked, standing water can become a problem. Perfect breeding area for mosquitos. Algae starts to accumulate and cause staining. Don't let this go. Get the drain unblocked and remove the debris as soon as you can, or give us a call to help.

Exterior stairways can quickly become an eyesore, especially when leaves, rainwater, and debris accumulate at the bottom. If the drain is blocked, standing water can become a problem. Perfect breeding area for mosquitos. Algae starts to accumulate and cause staining. Don't let this go. Get the drain unblocked and remove the debris as soon as you can, or give us a call to help.

Making driveways look great again! Sometimes we don't even notice the build-up and staining from puddles and dirt that a...
10/28/2020

Making driveways look great again! Sometimes we don't even notice the build-up and staining from puddles and dirt that accumulates on the driveway over time. Cleaning it more often makes the job easier. Also, if you continuously have puddles in the same places, then you may need to correct some grading, downspout locations, or other issue that is the cause. Give us a call - we'll be over with our cleaning products and powerwasher.

Making driveways look great again! Sometimes we don't even notice the build-up and staining from puddles and dirt that accumulates on the driveway over time. Cleaning it more often makes the job easier. Also, if you continuously have puddles in the same places, then you may need to correct some grading, downspout locations, or other issue that is the cause. Give us a call - we'll be over with our cleaning products and powerwasher.

Make your stone patio look beautiful again! We recently completed several projects at this wonderful house, including cl...
10/20/2020

Make your stone patio look beautiful again! We recently completed several projects at this wonderful house, including cleaning the patio. We cleaned and scrubbed away the dirt, algae, and built-up debris to reveal the beautiful stone. Now it can be enjoyed again on these nice fall days.

Make your stone patio look beautiful again! We recently completed several projects at this wonderful house, including cleaning the patio. We cleaned and scrubbed away the dirt, algae, and built-up debris to reveal the beautiful stone. Now it can be enjoyed again on these nice fall days.

Squeaky carpeted stairs? No problem! There's an easy fix. Home improvement stores now carry a special kit for repairing ...
10/16/2020

Squeaky carpeted stairs? No problem! There's an easy fix. Home improvement stores now carry a special kit for repairing squeaks on carpeted stairs or stairs that can't be repaired from underneath. No more noisy cracks and squeaks as you try to make your way quietly to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
The kit contains special screws that you screw into the stair where the joist is. Then the screw snaps off so there is nothing protruding out of the carpet. The carpet is not damaged by the screws. Give this a try and let us know how your repair went.

Ever had to deal with a toilet that flushes all on Its own? The first time this happened to me as a kid, I was in the ho...
10/12/2020

Ever had to deal with a toilet that flushes all on Its own? The first time this happened to me as a kid, I was in the house alone and swore that an intruder must have gotten in and was flushing the toilet!

The cause of a self-flushing toilet is usually worn interior parts. The water may be trickling through the toilet constantly, causing the water level in the tank to lower and eventually triggering the refill mechanism. A leaky toilet can potentially waste about 1,500 gallons of water a month.

The fix is to remove the lid and untangle or loosen the chain. It could be too tight, preventing the flapper from seating fully and letting water leak out the flush valve. Or, try bending the tube connected to the float ball. If those don’t work, replace the valve and flapper inside the toilet tank.

If you are going to have to replace the valve and flapper, consider replacing it with a dual flush converter that will save water. You'll have a two-handle, dual flush toilet. The short center lever is for liquids and paper - the setting needed 4 out of 5 times -- and uses less water. The second complete push lever uses the normal amount of water for solids. Easy, drop-in installation.

Quiz Question: Should you use hot, warm, or cold water when running the garbage disposal?Answer: Cold!Yes, use only cold...
09/16/2020

Quiz Question: Should you use hot, warm, or cold water when running the garbage disposal?
Answer: Cold!
Yes, use only cold water. Hot water causes grease to liquefy and spread, coating the drain and causing clogs. Running cold water hardens grease, making it easier for the disposal to chop it up, helping prevent clogs.
Best practice would be to NOT put grease, fat, or fibrous waste into the garbage disposal. The drain line could become clogged.
It's also a good idea to turn on a medium to strong flow of cold water BEFORE turning on the disposal. Continue running the cold water for approximately 15 seconds AFTER turning off the disposal. This will flush the drain line and keep the disposal free of food particles (and odors!).
Do occasionally put a small amount of ice into the disposal to help clean the inside of the grinding area. Use caution when doing this and make sure you have the drain stopper in place to avoid flying particles from the disposal’s grinding chamber.

September and October are perfect for focusing on important home maintenance tasks before winter arrives or the holiday ...
09/15/2020

September and October are perfect for focusing on important home maintenance tasks before winter arrives or the holiday rush begins.
Think insulation, fixing leaks, exterior trim work, modifications for visiting guests, and remodeling before the holidays arrive. Start with a Free Estimate by Loudoun Handyman.

We've just finished adding a patio area to this house. This area extends the living space of the house into the outdoors...
09/11/2020

We've just finished adding a patio area to this house. This area extends the living space of the house into the outdoors. Add a grill, some patio furniture and landscaping and you'll have a nice area for family dinners and get-togethers.

With winter ahead, it's a great time to address any rooms in your house that feel drafty and cold. It's possible they we...
09/09/2020

With winter ahead, it's a great time to address any rooms in your house that feel drafty and cold. It's possible they weren't insulated completely or correctly to begin with. We'll choose the appropriate energy efficient insulation materials for the job and ones that will last for a long time.

Many homeowners are finding it beneficial to create new spaces in their homes for children who are doing Virtual Classro...
09/06/2020

Many homeowners are finding it beneficial to create new spaces in their homes for children who are doing Virtual Classroom learning.Turning an unfinished basement into one or more study areas, creating a nook in an existing space or even adding on are options to consider. Kids need a quiet space free from distractions where they can be online and listen to lessons. Loudoun Handyman can help you re-work your space!

Ready to renew your deck or porch? Book your free estimate today!
08/31/2020

Ready to renew your deck or porch?

Book your free estimate today!

100% Custom bar!  We had a blast designing this one!  On the bar top we used a Japanese wood burning technique called Sh...
08/29/2020

100% Custom bar! We had a blast designing this one!

On the bar top we used a Japanese wood burning technique called Shou-sugi-ban. All done by hand with a torch!

Look at that wood gleam!!!  Hard at work despite the heat! Thankful for our dedicated team!
08/28/2020

Look at that wood gleam!!! Hard at work despite the heat! Thankful for our dedicated team!

We can reach those spots!  Call us for a quote today! 571-246-0894 for immediate booking.
08/27/2020

We can reach those spots! Call us for a quote today! 571-246-0894 for immediate booking.

Loudoun Handyman has been hard at work on a restaurant project in downtown Leesburg - YummyPig - New American BBQ. Proje...
07/23/2020

Loudoun Handyman has been hard at work on a restaurant project in downtown Leesburg - YummyPig - New American BBQ. Project pictures coming soon... You've got to try the BBQ - so good!

Loudoun Handyman has taken the “Loudoun Is Ready” pledge today and committed to the best health and safety practices for...
07/14/2020

Loudoun Handyman has taken the “Loudoun Is Ready” pledge today and committed to the best health and safety practices for our customers as we enter COVID-19 recovery.

This May 2020 article from the Washington Post says the best return on renovation projects are ones done on kitchens and...
07/10/2020
What you can do now to plan and manage a home renovation once conditions are right

This May 2020 article from the Washington Post says the best return on renovation projects are ones done on kitchens and bathrooms, with kitchens providing a 62.1% return and bathrooms a 67.2% return. Windows: 70.8%; siding: 75.6 percent; roof: 68.2% and decks: 75.6%. This is very helpful if you're trying to decide how to invest your renovation dollars.

Contractors are more likely to take outdoor rather than indoor projects during the coronavirus pandemic. But you should plan your remodeling job and sign your contract now so that you’ll be at the top of the list when conditions improve

With the nice warm weather, homeowners should be out and checking for signs of wood rot around the home. Check windowsil...
07/06/2020

With the nice warm weather, homeowners should be out and checking for signs of wood rot around the home. Check windowsills and frames for cracks, peeling paint, holes, or crumbling wood.
It's important to determine the cause of wood rot so the problem can be fixed. For example, gutters dripping water on windows or the base of your doors, or down your siding need to be corrected. Use a pencil, pen, or screwdriver to gently poke on any suspicious spots. If it seems soft to the touch, there is likely to be water damaged wood and rot.
Here are a few photos showing examples of wood rot.
Address these problems early, before damage becomes more extensive.

We recently refinished some painted concrete stairs and have before and after photos to share...We cleaned the old chipp...
06/30/2020

We recently refinished some painted concrete stairs and have before and after photos to share...
We cleaned the old chipped paint off the stairs, applied primer and repainted. The homeowner was happy with the result!

Did you know that Loudoun Handyman provides Realtor, Landlord, and Commercial services such as Property Turnovers, Servi...
06/15/2020
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Did you know that Loudoun Handyman provides Realtor, Landlord, and Commercial services such as Property Turnovers, Service Contracts, Home Inspection repairs, Buyers/Sellers List completion and REO services? Visit our website for more information. https://loudounhandyman.com

06/10/2020

Loudoun Handyman believes in the importance of local community interaction. We use a local insurance agent, local vendors, local labor, support local schools, and are based right here in Loudoun County. We have built strong relationships with county agencies such as the Building and Development Department as well as the Loudoun SBDC (Small Business Development Council). If you have suggestions on how to support the local economy and community, please let us know.

How to fix a clogged tub drain: First, remove any standing water using a bucket. Remove the stopper. With gloves on, rem...
06/09/2020

How to fix a clogged tub drain:
First, remove any standing water using a bucket. Remove the stopper. With gloves on, remove any debris that may be clogging the drain. I keep some of those flexible wands with microhooks (Drain Weasel pictured here) on hand all the time. They are about 18 inches long and can usually solve smaller drain clogs quickly and easily. If you don't have one of these, you can use a long screwdriver or other long tool to try to remove the clog.
If you think you've removed the clog, go ahead and test it by running some water. If not, then move on to plunging. You can use the plunger on your tub drain - just be sure to plug the overflow opening first!
Another option is to try the baking soda/vinegar combination. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Next pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar. You'll see and hear the two reacting in the drain. Follow this up with some hot tap water. There is also a baking soda and salt combination you can try too. If the clog is still there, you could try some store-bought drain cleaners. Follow the directions carefully and be safe! Make sure children and pets can't have access to the drain while the chemicals are in use.
If the clog is still not fixed, you can try some drain snakes or call a professional.
I hope these tips help and don't hesitate to call if you'd like our assistance.

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44927 George Washington Blvd #265
Ashburn, VA
20147

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(703) 421-2022

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