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By Steve Schroeder 27 Nov, 2017

As the temperatures plunge, Steve Schroeder Services offer our customers a number of winter services. We want to make sure your home is safe and clean, ready for visiting with friends and family during the holiday season.

Roof Top Snow & Ice Dam Removal

When melting snow freezes into ice at the edge of your roofline, the frozen water can grow into icicles large enough to block drainage, and cause water to backup into your home.

Not all of these ice dams form at corners, some can grow in other places along the roofline, so watch for the formation of icicles. They can be the precursor to ice dams.

Remove them whenever you can.

If you have had an ice damn, check for water stains or moisture in the attic. This means that water has penetrated the membrane. Water damage can be very destructive and lead to greater damage to your home.

Remove the ice dam and the snow behind it as soon as possible. First remove the snow, careful not to damage your roof covering. Make sure to use a calcium chlorine ice melt instead of rock salt or sodium chloride.

Make sure to cover and protect shrubbery. The calcium chloride can damage plants as the saturated water coming from the roof as the ice melts rushes down the downspout.

Ladders can get icy, so be careful! Or you can hire us to remove the snow from your roof so ice dams can’t form.

Christmas Tree Removal

After the presents are unwrapped, the ornaments removed from the tree, and the last scent of pine filters through room, it is time to get rid of your Christmas tree. But you don’t have to worry about messing with the pine needles and sticky sap, I can remove it for you. I can remove them for you for the price of $15 for the first tree, and $10 for each additional tree in the same home.

Get the Party Out of Your Rugs

Let’s face it, while Christmas is the best time of the year, there is lots of opportunity for oops to get ground into the carpet with all of that entertaining. Or maybe you just need to give your carpet a good cleaning before you have the family in for the holidays. Of course, there is also Santa to impress.

If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work. I want to make sure that your roof is free of snow so ice dams will not form,  your Christmas trees are removed, and your carpets are sparkling.

My mission is, “ To Keep Putting Service Back Into Customer Service With The Utmost Quality And Care.” These are not just words to Steve Schroeder Services , but how business is done!

When you are ready for my winter services, contact us at: www.servicessold.net or call me at 507-398-3346. We look forward doing business with you soon.

Most of all, Merry Christmas to all of you from Steve Schroeder Services, LLC. Wishing much joy to you and yours during the holiday season!

 

By Steve Schroeder 09 Nov, 2017

Like all small business owners, I am like to keep up with what my clients think about my work, because I strive to do the best I can for them to make their property shine and add value to their home.

Recently, I had a couple of people ask me if I had looked at my reviews. Like any one, I do want to know that people are happy with my work, but a good review always makes the day brighter

During this season of thanksgiving and family, I’d like to thank those customers who have shared their thoughts about my efforts. I really appreciate the kind words. I am going to share a few of these comments because they have used a number of my services, and I just think their comments might be helpful to others looking for a handyman.

I am what they used to call a “Jack of All Trades,” although I don’t do everything. I try to do a number of things well and be responsible and reliable.

Here are a few things clients have said about me: 

“Steve has done my snow removal for last two years. He is very reliable and does a great job. He also…[did]… some lawn services, repaired spindles on my deck, and did an excellent job stabilizing the chain link fence along my driveway. Very competitive prices. Thanks, Steve!”

“I would recommend [Steve] to neighbors and friends. [He’s] very professional, did a great job with snow removal! [He] always had [my] driveway cleared very early, and [he] would even come back after [the] plows were out to clear again. I checked around…[his] prices are also the best by far.”

“Steve is a great, hard working man … dedicated to perfection in all the jobs he does. He notices things that may need attention and makes suggestions as to how to fix, replace, or repair [them]. His prices are very, very reasonable. He power washed my driveway, sidewalk, house, and wood fence to where it all looked new. I would highly suggest that you contact him. He is an all purpose handy man, from cleaning rugs to lawn mowing to snow removal, essentially all your outside needs! Thanks Steve!”

Thanks again to all of you for the kind words. They mean a lot. I feel very privileged to work with my wonderful customers. Whether you are a repeat customer, or you have only needed my services once, I thank you for choosing Steve Schroeder Services, LLC.

If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work. I want to make sure that your screen, be it door or window, is fixed correctly and adds value to your home.

My mission is, “ To Keep Putting Service Back Into Customer Service With The Utmost Quality And Care.” These are not just words to Steve Schroeder Services , but how business is done!

When you are ready for handyman, contact us at: www.servicessold.net or call me at 507-398-3346. We look forward doing business with you soon.

Most of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Steve Schroeder Services, LLC. Wishing much joy to you and yours during the holiday season!

By Steve Schroeder 27 Oct, 2017

Screen doors and windows allow the fresh air in, and keep the bugs out. Some types of screen are more durable than others, some offer UV protection, others stand up to persistent pets wanting to get out into the sunlight, and a number of colors are available for most types.

Types of Screen

Aluminum screen is strong and durable, and it doesn’t rust or sag.

Vinyl coated fiberglass screen is the type of screen used in most new construction. It is flexible, and it doesn’t crease, dent, or unravel.

Solar screens block up to 99% of UV rays, protecting carpet, furniture, and draperies. They also help to lower air conditioning bills.

Copper and brass screen is comprised of copper and zinc. Over time it oxidizes to create a corrosion resistant patina.  

Pet screen is tear and puncture resistant. It is super durable and perfect for heavy traffic areas.

Tiny insect resistant screen is perfect for around pools, sunrooms, porches, and patios. It is extra strong, so it is perfect for covering larger openings.

Where Screens Can Be Used

Retractable screens disappear out of sight when not in use.

Garage screens are a form of retractable screen. They can be manual or motorized.

Sliding door screens, like garage door screens, can disappear when not used, or tie back when not in use.

Window screens today are made to pop out of the casement for easy repair or replacement.  

Hinged screen doors can be vinyl or wood. The doors can be very ornate, so the screen needs to compliment the door, not detract from it.

Replacing a Wood Door Screen

Wood hinged doors can add beauty and style to any home. Many styles of wooded door have the look of a Victorian home, while others are more modern. No matter the style, unfortunately, over time wood can shrink, warp, and even move due to the shrinking and warping. This can cause screens to come loose. Also, screens can be torn or bent as they age. You may have to replace the screens in wooden frames to keep them secure. Repair may include tightening joints, removing old screens, and putting in new ones.

You will need the following supplies to repair your screen door:

Utility knife

Gloves

Spline roller

Awl

Screen material

Spline material

Screwdriver

First, you will need to remove the handle. Next you need to use an awl, or an ice pick to remove what is called the spline. That’s the rubbery stuff around the inside of the door holding the screen on. If it is not damaged, it can be reused.

Once you have removed the old screen, you will need to cut the new screen. Stretch it over the doorframe, then use a spline roller to press it into the groove. Pull the screen tight and then cut off the excess screen with a sharp utility knife.

Put your door back together and it will be as good as new. Or call Steve Schroeder Services . If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work. I want to make sure that your screen, be it door or window, is fixed correctly and adds value to your home.

My mission is, “ To Keep Putting Service Back Into Customer Service With The Utmost Quality And Care.” These are not just words to Steve Schroeder Services , but how business is done! 

When you are ready for screen repair services, contact us at: www.servicessold.net or call me at 507-398-3346. We look forward doing business with you soon.

By Steve Schroeder 13 Oct, 2017

The leaves are falling and gutters are collecting them. Like spiced cider and winter’s coming chill, full gutters are just part of the season.

Right now your gutters are gathering the bountiful reds, oranges, golds, and browns that beautify the season, then they will turn the lovely leaves into a cauldron of gloppy goo as the rain and snow starts to fall. (I don’t usually write poetic-like, but it did paint a good picture, didn’t it?)

However, just in time for the season, I am sharing Steve’s Top Ten Gutter Tips . I think you will like 9 and 10 the best.

1.    Set aside several hours from your busy schedule, the larger the house, the longer it will take.

2.    Wear a long sleeved shirt, jeans, and a pair of sturdy shoes. You will be getting wet and climbing up and down a ladder.

3.    Make sure you have an extension ladder that reaches your gutters. You will also need rubber gloves; a plastic scoop; a bucket and a large garbage can with a liner OR a disposable tarp; and a hose.

4.    Set the ladder carefully up against your gutters. Use the plastic scoop to remove the dead leafy goo from your gutters. You can scoop it into the bucket and carry full buckets down the ladder and dump them in the lined trashcan OR you can put a disposable tarp under your gutters and scoop it directly into the tarp.

5.    Don’t just drop the goop on your yard. While it does make nice compost, let it age in a compost pile first. All it does dumped onto your yard is mess it up.

6.     After you have gone completely around the house, moving the ladder from one section to move to the next section, you will need to use the garden hose to wash out the downspouts to keep them free and clear.

7.    As you are flushing the downspouts, look for holes.

8.    Collect the stuff that washes out of your downspouts.

9.    Or have Steve Schroeder Services clean out your gutters for you.

10.And Steve Schroeder Services will also install gutter guards, and put in pop-ups.

 

I told you that you’d like the last two items on the list! If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work. I want to make sure that your gutter guards are clean and worry free. Clean gutters insure that your house remains rot-free from excess moisture.

 

By Steve Schroeder 20 Sep, 2017

Fall is the time to prepare your yard for the next year. The more you nurture your lawn in the fall, the more lush and green it will be in the spring.

There are a number of books and websites that offer suggestions on what to do to. I have combined tips from HGTV , This Old House , Better Homes and Gardens , Lawn Doctor , Garden Counselor, and my own experience to give a comprehensive list steps to prep your lawn for the winter.

1. Keep mowing until late fall, this allows more light to shine on the delicate roots, and you will have less dead grass during the winter. 

2. One of the first things you need to do to prepare your lawn for winter is to use an herbicide to get rid of unwanted vegetation and lawn moss.

3. As the leaves fall, rake them up. While it is fine to mulch grass and other matter during the summer to feed your yard, during the winter months your yard needs to be able to “breath.” Raking improves the health of your lawn by removing the thatch that will smother your yard during the winter. Thatch is the dead material that has accumulated over the summer and fall. If you have a large lawn, it would be worth it to rent a scarifier.

4. Aerate the soil. This opens up air channels in the compacted lawn. There are a number of ways to aerate: push a border fork into the soil, use a tine which pulls out plugs, walk your yard in spiked golf shoes, or rent an electric aerator (about $70 per day). It is suggested that you do this every other year, but if you wear golf shoes every time you work in the yard during the fall, then this is a step that takes care of itself. Just make sure you cover the whole yard with the golf shoe spikes.

5. Feed your lawn. The most important thing to give your soil is nitrogen. You can find it in pellet form at any garden center. They also offer other winter lawn feeding compounds. Distribute it evenly using a walk-behind spreader. There are also hand crank spreaders, but the walk-behind version does the best job. Let the nitrogen soak in after a good rain, then add a top dressing made of topsoil and peet moss or compost. Work the dressing into the aerated channels but do not smother the grass. Add extra dressing wherever there is a bald spot.

6. Once the lawn is prepared, use the spreader again to apply a thin coating of seed, making sure to add extra seed in bald areas. Make sure you pick a seed that works with your location and lawn type. Then hope for rain, or water well.

7. Enjoy the beautiful green and weed-free lawn you will have in the spring.

Or hire Steve Schroeder Services to prepare your lawn for fall. My mission is, “ To Keep Putting Service Back Into Customer Service With The Utmost Quality And Care.” These are not just words to Steve Schroeder Services , but how business is done!

If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work. I want to make sure that your yard is ready to grow lush and green when spring comes.

When you are ready for fall lawn services, contact us at: www.servicessold.net or call me at 507-398-3346. We look forward doing business with you soon.


 

If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work. I want to make sure that your yard is ready to grow lush and green when spring comes.

 

When you are ready for fall lawn services, contact us at: www.servicessold.net or call me at 507-398-3346. We look forward doing business with you soon.

By Steve Schroeder 06 Sep, 2017

Homeowners often question when to call in a handyman. After all, these days anyone can figure out how to do anything using a YouTube video. Just pull up the video and do what it says, right? 

Let’s face it, not everyone is good with a screwdriver or sheets of drywall. Nor do they want to be.

A handyman can save you a lot of time and money. And headache. Especially with your busy schedule. After all, repairs take time. Building takes time. At Steve Schroeder Services we can cover a lot of that ground for you.

Here are a few tips on when to call in a generalist, like me:  

If you need to have a faucet repaired or a new one installed, you can call a handyman.

If you need a ceiling fan installed or a light stitch replaced, a handyman can do the job.

When remodeling, I can move walls and installing flooring, as well as paint or install doors.

A handyman can build a deck, repair a deck, clean gutters, repair gutters, weather strip doors and windows, and make other “minor” repairs. I call them minor in quote marks because I recently totally rebuilt a deck, stairs to a dock, and tore out an above ground pool that had seen better days. It was hardly a minor repair.

Other things a handy man can do are cut lawns, mulch, lay sod, shrub and tree maintenance, power washing, fertilizing, snow removal, and junk removal.

A handyman can build water features, move furniture, put up shelving, hang paintings, put in patios, lay cement walkways, etc.

And I am great at cleaning rugs!

Each handyman has what he (or she) is best at doing. Make sure to ask a lot of questions once you have your project defined. Call me when you know what you want done, and I will tell you if it is something I can do or not.

My mission is, “ To Keep Putting Service Back Into Customer Service With The Utmost Quality And Care.” These are not just words to Steve Schroeder Services , but how business is done!

If you are not familiar with Steve Schroeder Services, LLC, know that you can give me a call and I will do all of the work you need done so you don’t have to. But I will only say yes to work that I know my customers will be proud to share. I am dedicated to insuring my work is quality work.

 

When you are ready for handyman services, contact us at: www.servicessold.net or call me at 507-398-3346. We look forward doing business with you soon.

By Steve Schroeder 10 Aug, 2017

If you take the time to make sure that your shrubs are managed appropriately, then you also need to make sure that your beds get equal care. Beds need to either be trimmed or edged to make sure that there is a significant distinction between the bed and the lawn. This also helps keep mulch in the proper place.

 

First, let’s go through some of the dos and don’t of shrub maintenance .

  1. In our climate, the best time to plant most shrubs is early spring, as the trees are budding but before they begin to really sprout their leaves. Evergreens need to be planted in the early fall.
  2. Bushes whose roots have been protected by burlap can be planted as late as early summer.
  3. The worst times to plant are during the hottest part of the summer, and late fall when the air is getting very chilly. Both times do not allow the roots to establish themselves before the extremes of weather set in.
  4. Make the hole twice as large as the container, and about an inch deeper that the height of the container. Before putting the loose dirt back into the hole, mix it with gypsum. Then top with about two inches of mulch.
  5. Watering is the most important thing during the first year of a new planting. Make sure to set the hose at the base of the shrub and let it drip on it for a good 10 minutes. New plantings need deep drinks instead of small sips every day. You will need to be diligent about this for at least the first three to four days.
  6. Water well during the growing season. While one would think that is always summer, for an evergreen fall is the major growing season.
  7. While most shrubs do not need lots of fertilizer, a number of years ago I bought a book called Trees and Shrubs by a yard expert named Jerry Baker. He suggests that you leave them alone for a couple of weeks, then “… give them a light snack of fish emulsion fertilizer. At the end of the month give them a dose of low-nitrogen, dry garden food...” Make sure the dry fertilizer does not come in contact with the roots. After the first year, fertilizer needs to be applied in March and June. Remember here in Minnesota that we must use a zero phosphorus fertilizer, so look on the bag for a number that looks like this 4-0-4. The first number represents nitrogen, the second phosphorus, and the last one potassium.
  8. Prune only in the spring.
  9. Make sure to control weeds, and watch for insect infestation and disease.
By Steve Schroeder 06 Jul, 2017

It is that time of year, folks; time to put down the mulch. Every spring and summer we see sacks of the stuff piled up at the local home store, grocery store, and garden store. And we dutifully buy it and put it around trees, bushes, and in the garden. But does anyone think about what it is, and what it does for your plantings? Here are 11 things I bet you didn’t know about mulch. 

1.    According to The Spruce , mulch is, “any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering.” It need not be wood chips. For example, there is mulch made from cocoa bean hulls. Plastic sheeting can also be used as a kind of mulch. Rubber mulch is often used in industrial areas.

2.    Mulch’s purpose is three-fold: it suppresses weed growth, it slows evaporation, and organic mulch will break down and improve the quality and texture of the soil. Of course, it also enhances the visual appeal of property.

3.    Compost and/or manure can be found in some mulch, which will enhance soil productivity.

4.    The best time to apply mulch is in late spring or early summer. It will break down during the year and feed the yard or beds until the next spring or summer when more should be applied.

5.    Dyed mulch uses the same kind of dyes as those used in the cosmetic industry, so they do not harm people or pets. Faded mulch can be re-colored with liquid dye that can be sprayed over the old mulch.

6.    Heavy layers of mulch will attract slugs, earwigs, cutworms, and other critters who like to chew on your lovely plants. Use a thin coating.

7.    Not only does mulch keep the moisture in on hot days, it keeps cold out during the winter and protects plant roots.

8.    According to Angie’s List , while dyed mulches break down slower, they are, “susceptible to a white string-like fungus that grows beneath the top layer.” The fungus can attach itself to roots and tree trunks. And they can slow the growth of plants because they steal nitrogen from them. Additional fertilizer must be used with dyed mulch, even if it is organic dye.

9.    If you mulch around a tree, the mulch should not touch the bark.

10.Before re-mulching, remove some of the old mulch.

11.Mulch can help fight erosion and sediment runoff issues.

By Steve Schroeder 08 Jun, 2017
Sometimes we have a project at Steve Schroeder Services that we just have to share because it makes such a difference to the homeowner’s property. Recently we were hired to rebuild a deck, stairs to a boat dock, and to tear out an old swimming pool that had seen better days.

Let's begin with the staircase and dock. They were a bit rickety. They didn’t even look safe. Knowing how to swim before heading down them was definitely important. Here is a photo of what everything looked like before we got started.
Time and water just take their toll.


By Steve Schroeder 25 May, 2017

Summer is a great time to do work on your home. After several harsh winters homes, decks, fences, driveways, and walkways can start to look grimy. A combination of the elements, moss, dirt, pollens, tree sap, and pollution build up. Pressure washing can make faded paint brighten, and stained driveways look new again.

 

Here are a few tips for those of you who plan to either buy or rent a pressure washer and do it yourself.

 

1.    Before you ever get started, make sure to read the “how to” booklet, especially the safety section. Pressure washers can hurt you. Massive force comes out of the nozzle. It can harm plants, animals, humans, and anything softer than concrete. Like a gun, never point the tip of a pressure washer at any of these things. As a matter of fact, keep pets inside when pressure washing.

2.    Speaking of safety, you need to wear safety goggles and a pair of safety gloves. The washer can loosen dirt, sand, paint, and other nasty bits that can blow back into your face. And if it is gas powered, wear earplugs.

3.     Before you get started, pull all of your supplies together. You will need: a broom, stiff bristled brush, degreaser, detergent, heavy gauge plastic sheeting, painter’s tape, and a 50 foot garden hose. After you are done, you will want to reseal your cement, so you will also need a paint tray, waterproof sealer, a paint roller, and a roller extender.

4.    Move anything you don’t want damaged out of the way. Cover anything you can’t move with heavy-gauge plastic sheeting.

5.    Clear debris, dirt, and dust with a broom, then scrub everything down with a brush and degreaser.

6.    Follow all of the instructions in the manual on how to set up the power washer. Make sure you understand about all of the different wands and what they are used for. The smaller the number, the more powerful the flow of water. It is best to start with the lowest number of wand.

7.    Always make sure that there is water flowing through the power washer from the garden hose. Never turn it on without the hose connected or you will burn up the engine.

8.    Test it out in a small area where you can learn how to use the machine without causing any damage, or test it on something you don’t care if it is destroyed.

9.    Once you get going, make your strokes back and forth across the concrete, over lapping as you go.

10.Take your time. Pay attention to what you are doing. Put down the cell phone. Don’t let yourself get distracted.

 


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