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.

Kenny donating to Habitat for humanity

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





EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG ONE!

9 11 2013

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Every year I tell my customers to be prepared for disasters. Living in earthquake country, I have been traumatized by the past quakes (Northridge 94′). My entire life was turned upside down in 57 seconds. Luckily my store was not damaged. We opened after a quick clean up, and were ready to help our community of West Hollywood.

Everything was in short supply, batteries,flashlights,water heater connectors, tarps, glass, plywood. You name it we were selling it off the shelves. Most people had nothing ready. No food, water, clothing or supplies of any kind.

So I feel it necessary to remind my client’s to be prepared! Make an emergency  kit for yourself and family. It is easy to do and you will be happy when you need it.

Basic items of clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags, should be in a back pack and stored in an easy to get place, preferably outside of your home.

Food, cooking supplies, radio, batteries, flash light, and basic tools are so important. A wrench to turn of the gas or water. Fire extinguisher or a smoke detector to protect home from fire.

The most important thing is to be prepared. Everyone knows what the government will do when the event happens. They will be powerless to help everybody.

Get ready! 

Sincerely,

Kenny Tashman





SAFTEY FIRST WHEN REPLACING GLASS

22 08 2013

Tashman’s does all kinds of glass repairs and replacement.

We recently changed the biggest glass we ever did!

190″x108″ in one sheet. HUGE!

This glass was installed in a beautiful Wallace Neff  home. The living room looks out at LA Country Club. But what is unusual  is that it is one giant single piece.

What was challenging was to safely cut out the old non safety glass.

We protect our employees with special cut resistant shirts, gloves and glasses.

Our team puts down plywood to protect the tile floor, and keep our employees safe.

Please call us to do any glass repair.

We specialize in all types of glass repair and replacement.

Dual Glazed, tempered,laminated glass,polished table tops, and even regular glass for your old windows and pictures.

glass removal

really big glass replacment

really big glass replacment






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