A Call For Help–

I was working in the Barn this afternoon when I received a text message from one of my students, Joy. “I am reaching out today to ask if you would recommend a plumber if, possible? Knowing that we all must stay at home and have minimal contact with outsiders, I called Joy to see what…

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Stay At Home Project #1

Ok, you guys know me better, I am not just going to sit around all day and watch the news, trying to figure out where I am going to get my next roll of TP. I decided to get busy with the projects I have had on the back burner. So, here is my challenge!…

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March TIPS: Exterior Home Examination with the Home Inspector

I love the month of March, it is my favorite month because it signals the end of winter. This is the month where winter’s northerly winds start coming from the South, picking up heat from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  I remember standing in front of the house on Pacific Blvd. in Long Beach, eyes closed,…

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Featured in the Long Island Herald Newspaper

TLC for the house article published by the Long Island Herald Freeport

There was a small business fair at the Freeport Memorial Library that TLC for Good Home Health participated. As patrons came up to our booth, they reviewed our home improvement course and other services we offered. One of the patrons was the editor to the Long Island Herald, Freeport Edition. Her name is Nadya Nataly…

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What A Special Couple of Nights

Every so often, Something Special Happens, something that tells you that your hard work and dedication is making a difference in the lives of others. This past week, at the Wall Repair and Interior/Exterior Paint Workshops, I started to feel confident that I am on the right path. Something Special Happened when your students listen…

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OMG Its Broken

I think I know what I have to do

OMG its broken, now what do I do? Hope has always complained that I am too systematical. I always need to know why, how, when, where, and the list keeps going on for about everything we discuss and everything I do. Whether for a new dance move we are learning or what we are going…

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Billy’s Home Repair Tutoring Session “The Royal Flush”

gift wrapped toilet bowl

It’s difficult not to have the closest toilet working. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and have to go all the way downstairs to use a toilet. Now imagine doing that for 3 years! For the last 3 years Billy has been utilizing his downstairs bathroom because his toilet upstairs was leaking.…

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Are You Ready for the Winter?

Growing up in Long Beach, I remember it was a very cold December Sunday, my Mom telling Dad that she saw a puddle of water next to the boiler. The puddle wasn’t too big, but it was there. My Dad did nothing about it, focusing more on the NY Giants game. Well, the next day the circulator pump stopped. We had no heat and hot water! Bad time of year for a break down. It took a week to get things back together. By the way, the Giants lost that day. Don’t wait to get your heating and hot water systems checked out now.

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Fire Prevention Week

“The following excerpt is from the NFPA website” About Fire Prevention Week (FPW) Since 1922, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention…

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How’s the A/C Running?

It has been a real hot summer and I am sure you guys are pushing your A/C units to the limit. Whether you have a window unit or central air, there are preventative measures you can take to keep your units humming along. With all the rain, please make sure that there is no vegetation…

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Is It Time To Clean My Dryer Vent, I do not know???

clogged dryer vent pipe

At a previous seminar we had a lengthy discussion about dryer vents; the exhaust hose material and the importance of periodic cleaning . As part of your Home Examination, I have to ask: Are your clothes coming out of the dryer damp? Are you adding more time to the drying cycle? Are you no longer…

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Tips of The Month: How To Care for Your House

Plant Growth

“Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.”  Stephen Schwartz I hope everyone is well and you are planning your summer projects.  I want to share my thoughts on the sprinkler system that I had originally installed and how I have modified it over the years.  Our property measures 55’ X 175’, and…

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Sink and Countertop Replacement Challenge at the FML

Last night 15 apprentice plumbers attended TLC’s Sink and Countertop Installation Hands-on Class at the Freeport Memorial Library. During the pre-installation discussion, many of the students shared their growing knowledge about how their house works and growing confidence that they can make certain repairs themselves. Sink and Countertop Installation Begins Step 2, install all plumbing…

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My Wife’s Hot Water Problem

Last Friday while I was enjoying my morning cup of coffee, Hope came into the dining room and asked me why her shower water was cold? Well, I kinda stared at her wondering what was going on.  As you guys probably know, the heart of the matter is in the basement.  I opened the door…

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