Kenny’s home installation tips

9 08 2014

Over the years I have worked on thousands of projects, all in various trades and scopes.

Time after time I see Homeowners, Property Management Companies, and Contractors make costly mistakes that could have been avoided or easily minimized had they only known a few simple things.

Recent Tashman home installation of windows in Faye Dunaway's house

Recent Tashman home installation of windows in Faye Dunaway’s house

 

The Plan

Every job or project needs a plan and the best way to start is by drawing out your ideas and developing goals for the job. When first meeting with a client about an installation, I ask them “What is your goal?” Some common goals are beauty, energy efficiency, or noise reduction.

Often there is no clear plan or expert guiding you or involved in the project and this is why clients come to us.  We work with your budget so as to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness. Most people renovate on average every 8-10 years so planning is so important, because this is something you will be living with for a long while.

 

Trust

Finding a trustworthy and reliable contractor can be a challenge and could make or break the project. Everyone thinks we (contactors) are out to steal from them so remember you are not picking a person who is just doing a job. They are working on your valuable property and they will hopefully be a resource for you for many years and projects to come.

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Kenny donating to Habitat for humanity

There are no shortages of horror stories about hiring a cheap and unreliable contractor or handyman. There are certainly people who are dishonest and lazy but often it is a simple problem of getting an accurate estimate up front. Often people will come to Tashmans to finish or fix a poorly done job and it is truly sad to see the original budget swirling down the drain. Tashman home center is insured, licensed, bonded and we stand behind all of our work. We have been here since 1961 and we make every possible effort to ensure the customers complete satisfaction.

Installing a 200 pound piece of glass

Installing a 200 pound piece of glass, not a job for a cheap handyman.

 

Getting it all in writing

When I first started to do contracting, a hand shake was the normal way to close a business deal. In todays more litigious world, this is absolutely the wrong way to do home improvement. Make sure all of your contracts are clearly written, describing the work to be done and how much everything will cost. Some important questions that need answers include the length of the job, the finish date, and the primary person to call if you have questions.

Often people neglect to get concrete answers and give too much money to a contractor who then absconds with the cash, never to be seen again. Most contractors do not have a store front so you can not go see them when you have a concern or question. Tashman Home Center has maintained a store for 54 years you will always know where we are and you will always get it in writing what we are doing for you.

Three Generations of Tashman (Kenny, Charles, Mark)

Three Generations of Tashman (Kenny, Charles, Mark)

 

Quality installations

Buying the right product at the best price is half the battle and installing what you want is even more important. No matter how fancy and expensive the product is, the installation part of the job can not be done on the cheap. A poor installation job will make whatever you have bought look bad, buyer’s remorse will set in and you will not want to purchase new materials.

There are some simple things to look for when your installation is being done and cleanliness and organization count for a lot. The installers should set up a clean area for all the materials and tools. They should cover your property well, using plastic, paper, drop cloths, shop-vacs, trash cans, and bags, even the type of tape used is important so as to not leave marks or goo on your floor or furniture.

The right tools make a huge difference in the quality of the job. If the installer shows up with only a hammer and a chisel, you might want to go with someone owning high quality power tools. Having a properly equipped crew is not only going to give you a better looking job, but a faster completion time as well.

Safe and Organized

Safe and Organized

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Wherefore art thy dohickys, whatdoyoucallits, gizmos, and thingys?

9 06 2014

 

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Some tips for finding what you need when you don’t know what you need.

Take a picture of the situation.

A picture is worth a thousand words give or take so instead of trying to describe the problem in a thousand words or less, take a pic.

Measure things.

Even if you have a high definition 3D image of the hole in the wall, not knowing how big that hole is could be a problem.

Communicate well in the language of your homeland or get a translation.

Our employees have become quite skilled in the art of the pantomime as well as interpretation of hand drawn sketches on napkins. It is always easier, however, to use words that create a vivid picture in the mind’s eye. Ask for an employee that speaks Russian or Spanish and avoid the blank stare of incomprehension.

Be patient, we are here to help.

Generally speaking the customers outnumber the employees so understand that things are done in the order in which they appear. The person in front of you in line is no more and no less important than you are. Fairly often we do not know what a customer is talking about at first and sometimes people are so frustrated with the lack of instant gratification that they walk out. This is very silly considering the practically infinite permutations that a home improvement project can have.

People make mistakes and we are only human.

Whether it is a special order, a custom screen, or a home installation, sometimes things do not go as planned. We will always take responsibility for our errors and try to make it right.

Be polite.

Treat people like you would like to be treated. We appreciate your business and act accordingly so one would do well to be polite to the people trying to help.

Don’t worry be happy!

We do all we can to make you happy and a repeat customer.

calvin

 





Take a tour of the property!

10 05 2014

Store Front

Welcome to Tashmans, come in the front door at 7769 Santa Monica Blvd.

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Or park in our lot off of Genesee.

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We have several styles of doors outside.

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Buy some plants from our assistant manager Rick.

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Come see Lucia in our showroom.

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Get a nice new shower enclosure!

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Or some new windows…

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We are glass experts.

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This piece of glass weighs 200 pounds!

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Come see Robert and Leslie in installations (note: man in picture is neither Leslie nor Robert, his name is Kevin and he works at the front counter.)

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Fantastic power tools by Genesis and Hurricane Tape

28 03 2014

More new products have arrived!

First off we have a whole new line of power tools and accessories from a company called

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Next up we have Hurricane tape and F.A.W.C tape which stands for Fabric All Weather Construction Tape. It is similar to Gorilla tape as it is a VERY strong and durable tape for tough jobs.

And we have plenty of it!

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New Products from the Orgill Show

21 03 2014

Two weeks ago our general manager took a trip down to Orlando for the bi-annual Orgill hardware trade show and he brought back a bunch of great new products. Everyone would be a lot better off if they came in and purchased some of these products.

Q-Bond is a very impressive product and I am not easily impressed. It uses a combination of liquid glue and black powder to instantly bond anything to anything. We cut a rubber hose in half and put it back together good as new. I also stuck a quarter to the sidewalk with impressive results although someone was able to remove overnight, most likely with a jackhammer.

We also got a variety of painting and caulking products which have been displayed at our new and improved paint counter.

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The word Caulk comes from the Latin  calcāre, meaning to trample.





Cool Flashlights and succulent plants

7 03 2014

We have some new stuff here at Tashmans this week so everybody should come over and go on a shopping spree!

Some really cool flashlights and tools came in from a company called NEBO.

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All of the flashlights above will blind you if you look directly into the light. Ironically people who get blinded usually buy the flashlight.

And we also have a bunch a of amazing succulent plants, perfect for our current drought condition as they do not require a lot of water and don’t wilt in the harsh southern California sun.

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Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving!

30 11 2013

The next time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day will be in about 80,000 years.

So Happy Holidays and check out some gift ideas from Tashmans, we promise you are in no danger of being trampled trying to make a purchase.

We have just stocked up on power tools and are currently offering 50 % off vinyl Milgard windows.

We have also just started carrying the Milgard Essence Series Windows.

Strong, beautiful, long lasting and durable,  Milgard® windows and doors are designed with stunning architectural style and superior performance.

Soon Christmas lighting and decorations will arrive  and we at Tashmans urge you to have a safe holiday. Make sure your lights are plugged into a grounded outlet or surge protector, most holidays decoration s are very flammable.

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Also be careful using a ladder when decorating, particularly after a few glasses of wine. Have someone support the bottom and keep your center of gravity. The image below if how NOT to use a ladder.

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If you have an older space heater, make sure the automatic shut off is in working order. All new space heaters must shut off in they fall over so if you need a new heater come check out our wide selection. And never put anything on a space heater.

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