Manuel Ramos is a licensed plumber / electrician working in the Los Angeles / South Bay area of Southern California who specializes in emergency home and apartment repairs, code compliance, and service upgrades, providing excellent work at fair and reasonable prices.
LEAKS in water pipes and fixtures, dripping faucets, toilets that don't stop running, water heater leaking, water seeping up through the ground or from under concrete foundation, clogged and rusty galvanized pipes and fixtures, slow-running showers and faucets, gas lines or meters leaking, connecting new applicances, sewer lines clogged or broken.
ELECTRICAL repairs like troubleshooting and repairing faulty circuts and circuit breakers, re-wiring outlets and fixtures, upgrading or replacing electrical panels, adding circuits, adding timers for lighting, outdoor low-voltage lighting and sprinkler control valves, 110 VAC to 220 VAC service upgrades for appliances, tank and tankless water heaters.
HOME REPAIRS like house painting, roof repairs or replacement, drywall repairs, plastering, stucco, hanging doors, replacing / upgrading door hardware and locks, fences, cement work for drives and patios, simple carpentry and window repairs.
A home plumbing system will have different types of piping materials for different types of use such as domestic water supply, waste drainage, appliances, irrigation and so on. Being able to identify the type of piping material you have involved in your plumbing or gas line project/repair is important to us in making a accurate assessment of the cost of the project or repair. These are types of plumbing materials used in piping for waste lines, water supply and natural gas supply:
Waste Line: Cast Iron
Waste Line: PVC (Poly Vinyl
Waste Line: Chromed Brass
Water Supply: Copper (rigid
Water Supply: CPVC (Chlorinated
Poly Vinyl Chloride)
Water Supply: PEX (Cross-linked
Gas and Water: Galvanized
Poor electrical safety in the home often contributes to the reason people need the services of an electrician. Here are a few safety tips to help cut down on accidents, injuries and repairs.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Water and Electricity Don't
Halogen Floor Lamps
A couple painting tips from Jim Evans...
Before I begin, I ALWAYS fill a mop bucket two-thirds with water and put a scrap washcloth or hand towel in it. I keep this bucket near where I'm painting or caulking. If I get paint or caulk on my hands I dunk them in the bucket and rinse. If I get paint on the wrong thing, I wring out the towel gently and scrub off the booboo. Amazing how well this erases screw-ups. Stop and erase immediately. You may be tempted to finish 'just one thing' before you stop to erase--don't. The paint dries quicker than you think. Erase immediately. A full towel is a little harder to manage, but has lots of clean wet areas to switch to. Just don't swish it into a freshly painted area.
If painting inside you'll probably want to keep the rag squeezed out--you don't want to spill water on the floor while hurrying. So, you may have to re-wet the rag occasionally to keep it ready.
Naturally, this only applies to latex (water soluble) paint and caulk.
If I have to stop painting for a while, I don't want the brush to begin to dry out. I put it in plastic wrap. I have a box of gallon size clear plastic food bags for the purpose. (These are not ziplock bags they are thin plastic, like big sandwich bags, and don't have a closure seal.) I slip the brush into a bottom corner of the bag, then sort of roll it up in the bag, continuing to roll it until the bag is wrapped snugly around the handle. The objective is to wrap it tightly enough no air can get to the paint. I've left brushes like this for several hours and when taken out they're like I never stopped painting. You can also drop a paint filled roller in the bottom and roll it up in the bag. This works with both latex and oil paint, though I've had much more experience with latex.
I hate to clean brushes, so if it's going to be a day or two and I don't need the brush for something else, I wrap it and put in the fridge. If it will be weeks I've had success with putting them in the freezer. I've read that freezing brushes with latex paint will make a gooey mess -- I haven't had that problem. I've read that oil paints must be put in freezer even if it's just a day. When you're ready to paint again, just put bag and brush in a jar of hot water or under the hot faucet for a couple of minutes to warm it up before taking them out to paint again. I don't know if there is any limit to how long they'll keep like this. I've kept them in the freezer for weeks.
I'm sure Saran wrap would work for this too. You'd may have to use it for rollers if they won't fit in the bag.
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