Friday Job pics

20 09 2014

A collection of some of our recent home installation jobs.

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Bi Folding wood door Studio City, CA

28 08 2014

Check out this project on Houzz

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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





Shower doors have gotten fancy!

1 08 2014
Recent Tashman Home Center installation.

Recent Tashman Home Center installation.

When I first started in the business there were two kinds; swinging and sliding. Generally only one color and type of glass would be available just like a Ford Model T

Take it or leave it.

Take it or leave it.

 

Today, the shower is the center piece of your bathroom.

Just like any remodeling project, your shower must be planned ahead of time and there are a lot of choices to consider…

Where are the valves going? How high is the head going to be?

How many body sprays? What shape is the shower? Is there a seat?

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When designing your shower enclosure, one of the most important elements to decide on is the door you install.

You have spent a small fortune on tile, plumbing fixtures, and labor so don’t make the mistake of making the shower doors the afterthought of your project.

When designing the shower doors, think of access into and out of the shower.

Consider hinge direction, color of hardware, type of hardware. Are you going to have a handle? Towel bar? Knob? All of the above?

The color of your hardware is important too, so as to match existing fixtures.

There are many styles of glass to check out. starphire-comparopattern glass

In southern California Diamond Seal is a great product that will make it easier to keep your glass clean and show less hard water spots.

 

Most shower doors that are installed today are frameless.  3/8″ glass is fine for most in line doors, or doors that are not very prominent in the bathroom.

1/2″ glass has a richer more elegant feel. It costs a little more but if the door is the focal point in the bath, I would recommend you spend the extra, it will look great!

Hardware is how your door stays in place. Some installers use U channels, which are great if you need to cover old holes, or have heavy use, like in a gym.u-channel-shower

At Tashmans we use clamps more often, clamps look cool, and there are lots of shapes and finishes too.Glass-Door-Clamp The handles are also varied in shape and size, we recommend you stay with one that is consistent with your plumbing design.

Come by our show room and play with the doors. See all the finishes, types of hardware, and all the glass too.

 

Remember that while buying great hardware and glass is important, it is also important to have the best installers. The measurements are the key to any job.

At Tashmans we send out an expert to measure your walls and no matter how crooked they are we will make your doors look great as well as functional. At the end of the day if your door is made wrong it will leak. Tashman Home Center is licensed, insured, and has years and years of experience. We also warranty all our work.

-Kenny Tashman





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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Poppy’s natural cleaning products and Envirolife Paint

21 12 2013

This week at Tashman Home Center we received a new product line called Poppy’s Naturally Clean and to go with that we also have a new line of environmentally friendly house paint called Envirolife.

Poppy’s Naturally Clean products are non-toxic and biodegradable. They are not harmful to you, your children, your pets, the environment, or the earth. They are free of chemicals, additives, fragrances, and stabilizers.

As Americans we love our chemicals and trust them because we associate chemicals with advanced technology.  Cleaning products in particular are prized for their “New Advanced Formulas” and “Grease destroying properties”. Some common cleaners even make the dubious claim that they are non toxic and biodegradable though should you ingest one, proceed immediately to the hospital. This is called Greenwashing and it can make things very confusing when trying to use truly environmentally friendly products.

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Envirolife paint is a product line from Life Paint that has zero VOCs, 100% acrylic, long lasting and easy to use. No VOCs means that the paint does not have an odor like regular house paint. A few weeks ago we sold some envirolife paint to a regular customer who was painting an apartment for a tenant and after he had finished the tenant accused him of not doing the job because she could not smell the paint!

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Introducing weekly jobs at Tashman Home Center where we will showcase one or two of our installed jobs from the past week.

We installed a mirror wall in the Eastern Columbia building in downtown Los Angeles and installed Citiquiet Windows to cut down the noise from the street outside.

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We installed a beautiful frameless  shower enclosure using 1/2 inch Starphire glass and polished nickel hardware.

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Tis the Season for Giving

13 12 2013

Many of us are stressed out by the holidays and often it seems that the only people enjoying themselves are children and people with personal assistants. Nonetheless it can be a great feeling watching someone enjoy a gift you gave them just as it can be wonderful to receive a gift and know that some one is thinking of you.

It is also a busy season for charitable organizations as people help the less fortunate have better holidays. Providing a toy for a child or some new clothes can really make a difference at a time of year when the gap between the haves and the have nots is striking and garish. Giving can also create a positive feedback loop because happier people give more and giving makes people happier.

Every year at Tashmans we donate doors and windows to Habitat for Humanity and this year the total value given was more than $10,000 dollars!

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Festive decorations play a large part in creating a pleasant atmosphere in the these dark winter months. Although it is certainly not cold here in southern California, it does get dark early so some Christmas lights and snowy figures cheers us up.

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Happy Holidays from Tashman Home Center!

 






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