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Surviving a Wildfire: Do You Have Defensible Space?

It’s fire season 2014 in Northern Arizona, is your house prepared? There are a lot of things that home owners can do to prepare their homes for a better chance of surviving a wildfire. Below is a list to get you started. Flagstaff Handyman and Ranch Services LLC can help you with all of these. 

  • Clear fuels at least 30 feet from the house. This includes dead brush, weeds, pine needles, etc.
  • Trim branches on trees up six to ten feet from the ground.
  • Trim any branches that touch the house or hang over the roof.
  • Keep gutters clear of pine needles and leaves.
  • Do not stack firewood against the house, on a deck, or under a deck.
  • Mow lawns, if you live in the Doney Park area, have your property mowed a couple times a year in order to keep fuels as short as possible.
  • Visit for more tips and ideas on creating defensible space around your home.





Things to Consider for Spring Maintenance

Spring is rapidly approaching. After a long, cold winter there are many maintenance issues that need to be addressed. Much like Spring cleaning, homeowners usually have a laundry list of things that need to be done after the winter has taken it’s toll on your house.

During the winter, we experience sub-zero temperatures at night, snow, and driving wind. Flagstaff has a unique set of weather circumstances that especially effect your home. During the winter it is not uncommon to have below zero night time temperatures. Then during the day, it warms up. Think about it, its -10F at night then it warms up to 40F. That is a 50 degree swing in less than 12 hours. This freeze thaw cycle that we experience wreaks havoc on our homes. Whenever things, like the ground, your foundation, your walls or your roof, heat up, they expand. Then when they cool back down, they contract. This causes heaving of the ground, and expansion and contraction of all the different joints, paint on the house, and of roofing materials. So you have this brutal freeze thaw cycle, which can damage your paint, caulking, drywall, roofing materials, etc.

Once these things happen, the damage caused creates a pathway for moisture to enter your house, and for heat to escape your house. Windy spring days in Flagstaff add to the problem. Not only does it produce driving rain and snow that can enter these openings, but it acts like a sand blaster for your exterior paint leaving the wood on your house vulnerable to sun damage and rot. Now is the time to take a look at your home and come up with a list of repairs that need to be done. Check for damage to exterior paint, trim, shingles, and caulking. Check your driveway for heaving, cracks, and spalling. (Using salt on your driveway often causes spalling and it needs to be fixed before it gets worse.)

Once you have your list of repairs you can prioritize things based on your budget and the severity of the damage. In the following posts I will take each one of the things listed above and give you some tips on how to properly complete the projects. If you do not feel comfortable with the projects, do not have the right tools, or just don’t have the time, Flagstaff Handyman and Ranch Services would be more that happy to do it for you.

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What does a handyman do?

A handyman is considered to be a “Jack of all Trades”. I like to say that we do the “DIY projects that you just don’t want to do”! We do things like fix a hole in your drywall, paint a room, put up trim, install ceiling fans, do yard work etc. If you can think of it, we probably do it. We also do seasonal work like cleaning your gutters before winter and hanging holiday decorations for people that just don’t have the time to do it themselves.

At Flagstaff Handyman and Ranch Services LLC we also perform ranch services. Ranch services include things like tractor work, arena dragging, manure management, barn maintenance, fence and gate work, and acreage/field mowing.

A handyman is an important service provider to homeowners and property managers. We bridge the gap between doing it yourself and hiring a full blown contractor. We take care of maintenance and home improvement issues that traditional contractors either don’t want to deal with or would charge an exorbitant amount to perform.

Flagstaff Handyman and Ranch Services LLC is locally owned and operated. We are not a franchise. Customer service and lasting relationships are what we are about. If you have any projects that you need to take care of, before they become big expensive issues, please check us out at You will find more information about or company and our contact information.

Please stay tuned for more posts on our blog. In the future I will be posting articles covering general and seasonal home maintenance tips that are specific for us in Flagstaff. Thanks for reading!

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