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March 6th, 2019 No comments

Project Done, Lafayette, IN

Project Done Services

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Let PROJECT DONE Take On Your Home Projects

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The PROJECT DONE team does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.

 

  • Helping Hand Services badgeGeneral repairs of all kinds
  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • The preverbal “honey do” list
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Gutter cleaning
  • The dreaded “garage and basement” clean out and organization
  • Shelving and closet fix ups
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Project management and finding you the right trusted team for work out of our scope
  • Yard clean up and mulch work
  • Anything you may need a skilled hand with around your home or business
  • We will be the answer to the question “who do I call”.

It’s Easy to Get a PROJECT DONE
In order to ensure that your project is done to your satisfaction, we recommend taking the following steps.

  • Project Done truckCompile your list of projects
  • Contact Us
  • Conduct a walk through (no charge)
  • Review your list and answer questions
  • Outline plan for each repair
  • Review pricing with our standardized rates
  • Schedule a time to get started

...and that is how you get a PROJECT DONE!     

What Does It Cost?
We are committed to doing ethical business and quality work for a fair price. We are completely transparent with our pricing, so there are no surprises.  Our published pricing and terms can be found at http://projectdone4u.com/.

Project Done logoEMAIL: info@projectdone4u.com
PHONE: 765-464-9184
WEB: http://projectdone4u.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u

 

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Line Up a Contractor Now for Spring Projects

February 20th, 2019 No comments

Don’t Wait to Get Started On Your Spring To Do List!

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Spring is right around the corner and many of us already have a list of things we’d like to get done around our homes or businesses.

To Do ListIf you have plans to add a deck, sun room, new outdoor or indoor lighting or even remodel some part of your home or office, now is the time to start the planning process and line up your contractors.

The local construction economy is very strong.  The area’s best contractors are already booking well into spring and summer; some are even booking into fall!  To get on their schedules, you’ll want to speak with them soon.

8 Good Reasons to Get Started Today

Getting started as soon as possible will allow for adequate time to plan the project thoroughly and avoid mistakes that come from “rushing” the planning process.

Depending on the scope of your project this will also allow you to line up all the necessary people that will be involved.

1. Good planning makes for good results. “Winging it” at the last minute is never a pleasant experience and often results in mistakes and low satisfaction with the end results.

electricians tool belt2. Getting a head start saves money, reduces stress levels, and most importantly, ensures the end result will be more to your satisfaction.

3. By not rushing through the early stages of a project, there is more time to evaluate different options and avoid project delays, cost overruns, and frustration from all those involved.

4. For larger projects that require architectural plans and permitting, selecting a good General Contractor to help with the process is essential to success. This takes time.

5. Having some extra time allows you to consider different choices of contractors, not just having to take the first one that is available.

6. Staying on budget is always a challenge with any project, so having time to evaluate alternative approaches can minimize cost overruns and schedule delays.

7. You will save money by getting bids now, rather than when everyone is booked solid during the height of the construction season – often as much as 25%.

8. Arranging dates and schedules early will give you the greatest flexibility and allow time for some contingencies to handle unforeseen problems and delays.

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions

We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next project up and running … the sooner the better. Let us help you turn a good project into a great project.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

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Arranging for a Contractor to do Home Improvements

January 29th, 2019 No comments

Ready to Sell Your Home?  Line Up a Contractor Now!

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Home For Sale Real Estate SignIf you are planning to sell your home, spring is the prime time to put your house on the market. 

To get a leg up on the local competition there are a few things that every homeowner can do to make their home more attractive to potential buyers. 

Pre-Sale Inspection
If you have been in your home for a while, and especially if it is an older home, you should consider arranging for a “pre-sale inspection” using a qualified home inspector.  The cost is minimal to get a detailed report that will identify any significant problems with your HVAC system, electrical system, plumbing, foundation and water in your basement or crawlspace.

Why you ask should I find out about these problems now?  Because any serious buyer is going to have the home inspected.   If the problem is significant enough, like a code violation, it could derail your potential sale.  Or at a minimum, future buyers will want you to fix the problem, or lower your asking price to cover the cost of them making the repairs.

Pre sale home inspectionRecommended Updates
Making a good first impression and having your home appear ready for a new family to move in is important when buyers visit your home.  Addressing the items below will go a long way in making a favorable impression.

  1. Change dated light fixtures.
  2. Update older ceiling fans or install ceiling fans in bedrooms. They add value to your home.
  3. Install new porch and outside lights.
  4. Paint old kitchen cabinets and install updated hardware.
  5. Replace worn or stained carpeting.
  6. Repaint dark or marred walls with neutral paint—not
  7. Replace old drapes and window coverings.
  8. Replace broken window glass.
  9. Replace the roof if necessary. Most buyers are reluctant to purchase a home if the roof needs replaced.
  10. Update your outdoor landscaping.

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Now’s the Time to Line Up a Contractor
In the Greater Lafayette area the housing market is projected to remain strong in 2019.  If you need work done that requires a contractor, the sooner you line one up, the sooner the work will be completed.  For those looking to put your home on the market in the spring, NOW is the time to find someone to do the work you want done.

Artisan Electric is happy to help on any upgrades or projects requiring an electrician.  This can involve upgrading to a higher capacity electrical service to installing new lighting both inside and outside your home.

Supplemental Heating Options for Your Home

November 26th, 2018 No comments

10 Ways to Eliminate Cold Areas in Your Home

man in cold home.
Every home seems to have places in it that just seem colder than the rest of the house.  Areas in a room, or a room itself, just stay cold when the temperatures outside drop.This can be particularly true in older homes. 

So what can be done to warm up these areas?  You can turn the thermostat up to a level that the cold areas get comfortable, while the rest of the house becomes unbearably warm, or you can try some of the suggestions below.

First Things First
There are a few initial things to check on before you start spending money on additional heat sources.

  1. Check to see if the heat registers are open or blocked. Make sure furniture, rugs or drapes aren’t blocking the flow of warm air into the room.
  2. Are the dampers in your ductwork adjusted correctly? Look for handles and markings on the ductwork such as ‘summer’ and ‘winter.’  Set the damper handle parallel to the duct line for maximum airflow.
  3. When was the last time your furnace filter was replaced? Restricted airflow through your furnace can prevent warm air from reaching all parts of your home.
  4. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. If you have a ceiling fan in a cooler room, simply switch the direction of your fan so that the warmer air near the ceiling is pushed down.   A low setting is all you need to keep the warm air flowing.

What to do next.
If the simple things don’t work well enough, the next options are to look at supplemental heat sources.

Toe-kick heaters fit under cabinets.

Toe-kick heaters fit under cabinets.

Portable Space Heaters
Space heaters are the easiest means of providing additional heat to a room.  They come in different sizes and heating capacities, so finding one that works for you should not be hard.

But space heaters have their drawbacks.  They can burn the fingers of curious kids, and they’re often unattractive obstacles.  Larger models take up a lot of floor space and may overload an electrical circuit. If not used carefully, they can become a fire hazard.  Go to this link to read more on Space Heater Safety.

Electric Baseboard or Wall Mount Heaters
Installing baseboard heating or wall mount electric heaters allows you to heat an entire room or specific zones.  These units control the temperatures in a room separately from the rest of the house and come in sleek, compact designs.

Electric Toe-Kick Heaters
Electric toe-kick heaters with blowers fit into the hollow space under kitchen cabinets, stair treads and vanities.  This can be a good solution for a bathroom or kitchen where chilly feet are the main complaint.

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Duct-booster fans increase air flow into a room.

Duct-Booster Fans
For homes with forced air heat, duct booster fans can increase the flow of warm air through your ducts into a cooler room. In-line duct booster fans fit inside standard-size metal ducts.

Cove Heaters
Cove heaters mount inconspicuously along the wall near the ceiling.  For a bedroom or TV room, cove heaters can be a great choice. These units use radiant panels that emit heat downward to warm occupants directly instead of heating the air. They work well in rooms where drapes and furniture make baseboard heaters inconvenient.

cove heaters

Cove heaters work well in bedrooms and family rooms.

Electric Floor Heat
If you are willing to replace flooring, electric floor heat will do a great job of heating a kitchen or bathroom.  Under-tile radiant systems are still the most common, but many companies offer systems that work equally well beneath laminate, carpet and engineered hardwood floors.

Radiant Ceiling Panels
Radiant ceiling panels heat the occupants of a room from above. These panels mount on the ceiling and provide ‘spot heat’ to people in a specific area.  Mounted directly above a work table or desk, someone can work comfortably without having to heat the entire room.

Professional Installation Required
Most of these options to provide supplemental heat to a room or area in your home will require a professional to install them.  In almost all cases additional wiring is needed requiring an electrician. Carpentry skills may also be needed if you are replacing flooring or cutting holes in walls.

Artisan Electric logoA Comfortable Home Throughout
Having a home that is comfort throughout allows you to take advantage of all the charm and utility of your home.  So in the end deciding how best to add to your home’s comfort will be worth it.

Artisan Electric or Project Done can be help in reviewing your options and with installation support of any of these supplemental heating options.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913 and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Prep Your Outdoor Lighting, Signs and Home for Winter

October 26th, 2018 No comments

Winter is Coming.
When cold weather arrives no one likes working on outdoor electrical problems. Frozen fixtures and ground make parking lot lights, wall packs, motion detector lights, landscape lighting, and any outdoor wiring, motors, and electrical panels extra difficult and more expensive to service.

Now is the time to have outdoor electrical maintenance done

Thermometer showing 0 degrees

Scheduled maintenance is always more cost effective than emergency or unplanned repair work.  There are preventive maintenance steps you can take in the fall that will help eliminate potential problems when your electrical usage increases during the winter months. Installing fresh light bulbs and inspecting outdoor electrical wiring before winter arrives is money well spent.

Businesses

  • Outdoor lights including parking lot lights, and hard to reach pole lights, wall packs and security lighting should be inspected.
  • Signage on commercial buildings can be very difficult and costly to service once it freezes up. When this occurs we often cannot get the fixtures apart to work on them.
  • Panels and service equipment  The summer cooling season and the big electrical loads from AC units place heavy stress on electrical systems. The same thing occurs at peak heating season when the below zero temps set in. It is a good idea to have your outside electrical service, meter box, and electrical panel board “the breaker box” inspected and all the wiring connections and breaker terminals tightened on a regular basis. Manufacturers recommend this be done annually.

Home Owners

  • Landscape lights after a summer of heavy use many landscape lighting systems have some fixtures and lamps that need repair. These get very hard to service once the ground freezes. If there are in-ground buried wiring issues sometimes we have to wait for spring.
  • Exterior lighting on homes is always more expensive to service outdoor lighting in the winter time – especially those hard to reach fixture locations and pesky motion sensor lights.  Lights that don’t work become much more noticeable and inconvenient as our days grow shorter.
  • Outdoor spa and hot tub electric circuits that heat the water in your spa or hot tub should be checked to avoid electrical equipment failure that might lead to a costly freeze up of the unit.
  • Portable space heaters are commonly used to provide additional heat to help keep rooms comfortable.  We see this frequently in older historic homes.  Space heaters draw a lot of current and many older electrical circuits are not rated for this kind of use.  If you are using portable heaters you need to know that the circuit and electrical outlet you are using is correctly sized and rated for the load. Never use portable heaters on extension cords, plug strips or two-prong adapters!

Artisan Electric logoExterior Electrical Maintenance
One of Artisan Electric’s certified technicians would be happy to come out and provide an estimate on any electrical maintenance work you wish done. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913 and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

 

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Don’t Ignore “Concerns” on a Home Inspection Report

October 2nd, 2018 No comments

Home InspectionWhen considering the purchase of a home a potential buyer will receive a real estate disclosure that documents the seller’s knowledge of the property. 

This disclosure is not the same thing as an independent third party home inspection.  A home inspection is more extensive and may reveal defects that the seller may not have been aware of.

A Home’s Overall Condition
A home buyer should always do a full property inspection before moving forward with a purchase. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the overall condition of a home.  The inspector checks all systems and components from the roof to the basement. It will cover features of the house such as the electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, as well as structural features of the home.  Home inspections may often reveal problems with a home that could be pricey to fix.

inspecting electrical box

Make sure there are no surprises with your home’s wiring.

Once the inspection is completed, the home inspector will provide the buyer with a report suggesting any improvements or repairs deemed necessary to bring the home up to current standards.

If There Are Concerns
Remember, inspectors can’t see through walls or ceilings. They can only inspect what they have access to.  If home inspector says, “they have concerns,” pay attention.  This means that based on what they could observe, they may have seen evidence or suspect a home has mold, termites, asbestos or old wiring.  If this is the case it’s a good idea to bring in a specialist to investigate just how extensive a problem it is within the home, and how much it might cost to fix it.

We Can Help With Old Wiring
If you’re looking at a home that has pre-1960 “knob and tube” style electrical wiring, it does not meet code, and the home’s entire electrical system will need to be replaced.  Old wiring like knob and tube is a huge fire hazard, so it has to be replaced.  Unfortunately, it can cost several thousand dollars to rewire an old home.

If a report indicates a rodent problem, a thorough inspection of the house’s wiring is recommended.  Pests can cause serious harm to electrical systems, exposing wires which can lead to electrical fires, shocks, and short circuits.

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Getting a home inspection and, if needed, a more extensive inspection from a specialist, is a small price to pay to avoid the costly mistake of purchasing a property in need of major repairs.

If you have questions concerning your electrical service or wiring, please give Artisan Electric a call at 765-414-3913.  We have extensive experience in working on older homes and their electrical systems.

 

How Hard is it to Update an Older Home with Today’s Technology?

August 29th, 2018 No comments

Got an older home where your new technology just doesn’t seem to fit?  Wiring isn’t in the right place, wireless signals are weak, internet speeds are slow, and when you lose power it’s a major task to restart everything?

Updating older home technology

Incorporating newer technologies into older homes sometimes requires a little extra effort.

These problems tend to have a common cause.  Older homes, especially larger ones, were not built with today’s audio/visual, computer and wireless devices in mind.  As a result your wireless technology just doesn’t seem to work at the level you expect.  Fortunately there are solutions to these problems that do not require you to move.

Improving WIFI Signals
Some of the simpler steps that can be taken to improve WIFI signal strength are:

  1. Checking your router to make sure it is not obsolete. To handle higher bandwidth applications you should be using models designated 802.11n at 300Mbps, or the latest 802.11ac at 1Gbps.
  2. Placement of your router. The more central the location the better.
  3. Add wireless signal extenders that boost the signal throughout your home.
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Additional equipment installed to enhance overall signal performance.

Streaming Applications
For those wanting to stream shows to their computers and high definition TV’s, taking the above steps may not be enough.  More sophisticated technology like POE switches and direct wiring via CAT6 and coax cable to the units may be required.  For older homes this entails more work because, unlike newer homes, they were not pre-wired for this type of application.

Taking It to the Max
Recently Artisan Electric, working in conjunction with Abstract Technology, wrapped up a project to significantly upgrade the network connectivity of a number of devices in a customer’s older home.

Because of the size of the home and the number of devices to be controlled Artisan installed a POE switch and 3 enterprise grade access points that boosted the WIFI signal throughout the home. In addition we ran new CAT6 network and coax cable to accommodate five TV locations and other electronic devices.  To top it off, the customer had us install a UPS battery backup that can run a full 100 meg WIFI network for up to eight hours.

Artisan Electric "gimme that juice" logoNot Every Project Is This Big
Updating your older home’s tech infrastructure doesn’t have to entail everything we did in the project above.  We’d encourage you to give Artisan Electric a call at 765-464-9184 and we’d be happy to come out, run a few speed and signal strength tests, and help you determine the best approach to making your beautiful home more tech savvy.

We’re Looking for a Multi-Skilled Person Who Can Get the Project Done

August 29th, 2018 No comments

Do you have a broad set of home improvement/repair skills? Do you like to work independently? Enjoy a job with never ending variety? Get satisfaction from a job well done?

Our PROJECT DONE team is looking for the right person to help us grow this business.  Someone with a variety of skills to take on ….Project Done logo

  • General repairs of all kinds
  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Yard clean up and mulch work

PROJECT DONE is a home repair services company that does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.  Anything someone needs done by a skilled hand around their home or business.

Position Requirements
A strong candidate will need to have carpentry skills and some experience with basic plumbing and electrical wiring.  They will also have to demonstrate a solid work history and the ability to manage their own time; pass a drug screening; and be able to work flexible hours.  For the right person, this could grow into a future business opportunity.

Interested?
Please submit a resume or summary of your work history to Chris Voglund at info@projectdone4u.com or phone: 765-464-9184.

Learn more at http://projectdone4u.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u.

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Artisan Electric Looking For Experienced Electrician

July 3rd, 2018 No comments

Artisan Hiring Experience Electrician


JOIN THE “A-TEAM”

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The A-TEAM at Artisan Electric is looking to add a team member.  Who do you know that is in the electrical trades?  Someone who may not be satisfied with ethics, atmosphere, stress level, or management at their current company? Or someone who is looking for a new challenge with real growth opportunities?

Skills/Traits We Are Looking For
We are looking for candidates with some or all of the following types of traits / skills:

  • Must be hard wired to care about people and team members, and be committed to the social responsibility of doing ethical business.
  • Is willing, able, and enjoys being in new situations.Win Win quote
  • Is a problem solver!
  • Believes that business relationships must be WIN / WIN for all parties.
  • Journeyman electrician who has been thru a 4 year BAT certified apprentice program and has a minimum 4 years of post-apprenticeship residential and light commercial service experience.
  • No felony convictions and can pass a federal back ground check for work at secure facilities.
  • Is able to write proficiently and work with computers and basic computer applications.

An Uncompromising Reputation
Artisan Electric has built a reputation in the Lafayette community based on an uncompromising belief that if you treat your customers and employees fairly and with integrity, everyone prospers.  This philosophy has allowed Artisan to be successful and have sustained growth over the past 14 years.

Interested in Talking?
If you have the desire to be part of this type of organization and have some of the skills listed above (or know someone who does) please feel free to send me a resume at cvoglund@artisanelectric.net, or call us at 765-414-3913. We would like to talk with you about what Artisan Electric has to offer!

 

 

Chris Voglund
Owner/Journeyman Electrician

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Handy Man Services from PROJECT DONE

May 23rd, 2018 No comments

Introducing PROJECT DONE
Over the years Artisan Electric has been in countless homes and businesses. Often our clients will ask us for help getting odd jobs done that are unrelated to electrical work.  Seeing a need, and after encouragement from key business mentors, our team members, and our clients, we are excited to introduce our new company PROJECT DONE!

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Who needs a project done or has a spring honey-do list that needs knocked out?

We all do! But finding the right person or company who can take on these general repairs and small projects can be taxing.  Do they have the right expertise, do you trust them, and is their pricing fair and transparent?  Determining who is best suited to work on your home is not easy.

What is PROJECT DONE?
The PROJECT DONE team does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.

  • Adam and Project Done truck

    Have a project that needs completed? We’ll be happy to get the PROJECT DONE for you.

    General repairs of all kinds

  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • The proverbial “honey do” list
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Gutter cleaning
  • The dreaded “garage and basement” clean out and organization
  • Shelving and closet fix ups
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Project management and finding you the right trusted team for work out of our scope
  • Yard clean up and mulch work
  • Anything you may need a skilled kind hand with around your home our business
  • We will be the answer to the question “who do I call?”

    Chris, Alan Standing

    PROJECT DONE Partners: Chris Voglund (L) and Adam Baker.

Why PROJECT DONE?
Project Done is a home repair services company born out of the needs we have encountered with our existing Artisan Electric clients and business pier group.  Our experience and reputation for quality and ethics have put us in the position of being asked almost daily for referrals for these types of services.  After years of not having a good answer we decided to rise to the task and meet this need with a new company.

What Does It Cost?
Adam and I are committed to doing ethical business and quality work for a fair price. We are completely transparent with our pricing, so there are no surprises.  Our published pricing and terms can be found at http://projectdone4u.com/.

It’s Easy to Get a PROJECT DONE
In order to ensure that your project is done to your satisfaction, we recommend taking the following steps.

  • Project Done truckCompile your list of projects
  • Contact Us
    Phone or Text: 765-464-9184
    Email us at: info@projectdone4U.com
    Message us thru our FB page
  • Conduct a walk through with Adam (no charge)
  • Review your list and answer questions
  • Outline plan for each repair
  • Review pricing with our standardized rates
  • Schedule a time to get started

...and that’s how you get a PROJECT DONE!

 

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EMAIL: info@projectdone4u.com

PHONE: 765-464-9184

WEB: http://projectdone4u.com/
FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u