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Common projects you can do in 2 hours or less

Want your weekends back?

Stop thinking about the things you have to do around the house as “weekend projects.” In reality, and with a couple of understandings up-front, many of the jobs you need to do are two-hour fixes. That means you can get home on weekdays, have dinner around 6 p.m., get started around 7 p.m., and still get to binge-watch “Seinfeld” at 9 p.m.

And the weekend suddenly opens up.

Two hours and under

We have identified several home jobs you probably have to do or have been putting off that can be done in two hours or less.

Install a new garbage disposal. We’re talking a basic swap out here, bad for good, not an entirely new installation. This is mainly due to plastic drain piping, which you can cut with a hacksaw and tighten by hand.

Replace a sink faucet again because you don’t have to use metal piping. As it is properly called, the Reinforced Faucet Hookup Supply Tube already has the proper connections on the ends and bends easily. If you buy one and it’s too long, you tie a loose loop in it; thus, no cutting is needed.

Install a new fill valve on a toilet. It’s all one piece now and connected by a Reinforced Toilet Hookup Supply Tube.

When working on plumbing, you can always run into problems, so it’s a good idea to do your work when the hardware store is still open. Unfortunately, any plumbing job usually takes three trips to the hardware store!

Change the air filter on your furnace. This is a small but important job, particularly if someone in your home has asthma or allergies. We have many special filters that catch the mold and pollen, all sizes and types, and even the hard-to-find 3″, 4″, 4-1/2″ and 5″ thick filters and media filter replacements for Bryant, April Air, and General brand filter housings.

Put in a window air conditioner. Start it up before you haul it into the window to ensure everything’s working well, and get a new filter. Otherwise, you’re blowing around a lot of nicely chilled bacteria and other goo. Of course, when you have little kids and send them to bed in the summertime, air conditioning is a must.

Change a lock. Again, we’re talking a one-for-one swap, not doing something like replacing a skeleton lock with a new Kwickset. Something you may not know – if you’re a landlord or were just out late last night and deeply regret giving someone a key to your house, take the lock out of the door and bring the entire mechanism into us. We will repin the lock (most incorrectly call this process rekeying a lock), which means we will put in new pins and cut you new keys because the old ones won’t work now.