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10 Beautiful Faucet Styles To Freshen Up Your Kitchen

A new kitchen faucet can totally transform your workspace. It not only brings a beautiful new style into your home but it can also reduce your water usage and increase your dish-washing functionality!

  1. Delta Leland – This gorgeous Venetian bronze finish will stand out in a light-colored kitchen.

2. Moen Notch – The soft edges of the high-arc stainless faucet makes any kitchen cozier.

3. Delta Lewiston – This low-arc pull-out faucet makes small kitchens more functional.

4. Moen Arbor – Sleek lines make the Arbor a perfect choice for any modern kitchen.

5. Delta Allentown – For a more professional style, choose the stainless Allentown faucet.

6. Moen Voss – This mid-height pull-out stainless faucet is a beautiful choice for a tight space.

7. Delta Essa – Matte black finish is becoming a popular choice in modern kitchens.

8. Moen Align – Turn your home into a professional kitchen with this tall spring-arc faucet. 

9. Delta Cassidy – A traditional faucet like the Cassidy is a great addition to a family home.

10. Delta Trask – Strong lines make the Trask a perfect choice for a dark kitchen.

Congratulations Delta Faucet Giveaway Winners!

Mike & Jodi came to the Sioux Falls location to claim their prize of 3 new Delta faucets! One for their kitchen, one for their bathroom, and one for their shower. Their total package is worth over $700! Thank you for entering our giveaway!

Quick and Convenient: Why Consider a Touch-Free Faucet

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We are all busy, running from one place to another. We’re also trying to think of ways to simplify our lives. One of the most hectic places in the home is the kitchen. You know the morning routine, the hustle and bustle as everyone tries to get out the door. Imagine having a touch-free faucet in your kitchen. If your child forgets to turn off the water, or simply can’t reach, you don’t have to worry.

Here are some reasons why you might consider adding a touch-free faucet to your home!

1: Consistency: The handle on the side offers familiar manual operation, allowing you to adjust the water temperature and flow.

2: Availability: Touch-free faucets are always ready. A ready-sensor makes it easy to wash your hands, or fill a cup.

3: Easy cleaning: Because the faucet is touch free, it means less cleaning and will also help prevent the spread of germs in your home.

4: It’s responsive: Simply wave your hand over, or under the faucet for it to turn on.

5: Clean up is a breeze: The faucet will often come with a pull out sprayer, making cleaning up tasks easy in your sink!

Touch-free faucets come in variety of stylish designs and color schemes. Be sure to do your research to find out which one will fit your needs and your space the best.

As seen in ‘Hood Magazine January 2018

Bathroom Hacks for Germaphobes

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Germaphobes unite! The bathroom tends to be a breeding place for germs – but it doesn’t have to be. We have compiled a handful of helpful bathroom hacks to keep you and your bathroom clean and bacteria-free.

 

First, let’s focus on the dirtiest place – the toilet. In recent years there have been a ton of advances in technology, and the toilet was not left out. These changes have made toilets cleaner.  Consider purchasing a one-piece skirted toilet which has a smooth base instead of the visible curvy trapway seen on traditional toilets. They are much easier to clean and do not gather as much grime. If you prefer a two-piece toilet, make sure the toilet you buy has a sanitary bar which prevents liquids from accumulating under the tank. Take the toilet one step further and get a wall-mounted toilet. Cleaning the floor is a breeze since you don’t need to worry about cleaning around and behind the porcelain throne. If the flusher grosses you out, install a touchless flush. These easy-to-install mechanisms are fairly universal and work on most toilets. Once installed, all you need to do is wave your hand over a spot above the tank to flush. Bidets (personal cleansing systems) are slowly making their way to the United States – and for a good reason. They are incredibly hygienic and although full systems can cost up to $1,000, simple washlet seats can be found for under $100.

 

 

The most visible grime can be found on the vanity and sink. Like the toilet, consider installing a wall-mounted vanity. The floor is much easier to clean when there aren’t corners to sweep around. You can also purchase a wall-mounted faucet as well. The perfect combination is a wall-mounted vanity, wall-mounted faucet, and a single-piece Onyx vanity top. Instead of a countertop with a separate sink, it is one seamless piece. This makes cleaning a breeze. When the faucet is mounted, you can simply wipe down the whole countertop and sink in one smooth move. If you don’t like the look of a wall-mounted faucet, another germ-free option is to install a Delta Touch faucet. You can simply tap the faucet with your forearm to turn on the water and not have to touch the handles.

 

 

The most difficult-to-clean object in the bathroom is the shower. Grout lines between tiles are quick to collect mold and mildew. Remove them completely with a grout-free Onyx shower. The single piece base and walls are easy to wipe down without scrubbing. If you still are using a shower curtain, consider replacing it with glass doors. Curtains collect mildew and shower scum while doors are easy to wipe down after each shower. Even better, design a doorless shower. These are cleverly located showers with the showerhead facing away from the entrance so you don’t even need a door.

 

 

Imagine the time you will save with an easy-to-clean bathroom! Consider making a few of these changes to your home. At Handy Man, we’ll walk you through it!

 

Blanco Kitchen Set Giveaway!

Congratulations to Ron and Marcella on winning our Blanco Kitchen set! They met with Handy Man President, Joe Swenson, and took home a matching sink and faucet worth over $900! Congratulations again and thanks for entering our giveaway!

 

6 Reasons To Love Your Laundry Sink

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As you are finishing the floors and adding cabinetry to give your laundry room a makeover, you may be wondering if you should install a laundry sink. Gone are the days of the flimsy plastic tub with wobbly legs – now you can have a clean, bright laundry sink to put the finishing touch on your laundry room. Here are our top 6 reasons we love our laundry sinks.

Mud. Some people choose to put a utility sink in the mudroom, so when someone walks in the house with muddy boots or flip flops covered in sand, they can be rinsed right as they walk in the door. Houseplants also need a place to be showered with a good watering and have the dust brushed off the leaves. The laundry sink is the perfect place to wash and drain the mess away.

Pet Bathing. Pets do messy things, and when they need a bath, do you want to bring that mess into your bathroom tub? The large basin of a laundry sink makes it the perfect place to get your pets cleaned up before they track a mess around the house.

Holidays. The extra large was basin provides a place to wash large pots and pans during the holidays. Even if your kitchen sink is large enough to wash your large roasting pan, share the workload with someone and get the chores done in half the time! Enjoy the time spent with family instead of spending your holiday doing the dishes.

Cleaning. Dumping your messy mop water anywhere but the laundry sink turns into a huge mess. The large basin of a laundry sink helps contain any splashes, and you don’t need to worry about contaminating the bathtub, the toilet, the kitchen sink, or anywhere else.

Paints and Dyes. Designating a place to wash paint brushes, dye hair, and do other messy crafts can spare you a lot of frustration in the future. Avoid the paint splattering around the kitchen by using your laundry sink instead! Laundry sinks are made for messy projects like these. Look for a sink where the front panel has a scrubbing section on the inside which helps ring out the last bit of paint in your brushes.

Laundry. Laundry sinks are incredibly useful when it comes to taking care of delicate clothes or pre-soaking tough stains. Instead of hauling dirty laundry around the house, from the hamper in the bedroom – to the kitchen sink – to the laundry room, you can simply treat everything right next to the washing machine and toss it in.

For those with space concerns, custom lids can be made for when it’s not in use, or simply place a small piece of particle board over the basin and use the extra space for folding laundry. If you don’t have a laundry sink, consider installing one – they could change your life!

Independent Living Options at Handy Man

 

As you grow older, you may notice that your bathroom does not grow with you. Simple tasks such as showering can become daunting. At Handy Man, we have the tools you need to update your bathroom to a functional space again. These changes can make a genuine difference.

Start by installing grab bars throughout the bathroom for added stability. Each year 3,500 people suffer from a fall in the bathroom. Grab bars are an inexpensive way to prevent falls. Place grab bars throughout the bathroom – vertically near the shower or tub; horizontally on shower walls, near the toilet, and even consider replacing your towel bar with a grab bar.

 

Consider installing a taller toilet seat. Your current toilet is probably between 14 and 16 inches tall. ADA compliance sets standards for toilet seats to be raised between 17 and 19 inches. These “comfort height” seats make it much easier and safer to transition between sitting and standing.

An Onyx shower can be totally customizable to your needs. Low clearance shower bases are only a fraction of an inch tall, which means you can walk in, or roll a wheelchair in with ease. Installing a bench in the shower means you can sit while showering, decreasing the chances of slipping and falling, while handheld shower sprayers allow you to control the water.

Walk-in tubs offer a great alternative for those who prefer baths to showers. Their sealed doors ensure that water does not leak, and they can come with quick-fill and quick-drain capabilities to get you in and out quickly.

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No matter what your needs are, we have the tools to help you find exactly what fits your lifestyle. Our showroom has a variety of ADA compliant tubs, showers, and toilets on display so you can visualize them in your home. We look forward to bringing you the freedom to live in your home for years to come!

Congratulations Mark, our Delta Faucet Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to Mark, our Delta Faucet Giveaway winner! Mark’s family met Handy Man President Joe Swenson at our Sioux Falls store to claim their prize.

You could be our next winner! Visit your local Handy Man to get the latest information on product giveaways and contests!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

5 Quick and Easy Budget Upgrades for Your Home

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1. Upgrade your toilet seat.

Is your toilet seat chipped, cracked or discolored? Is it always shifting an inch to the right or left when you take a seat? (Annoying!) Or perhaps you purchased a cheap wooden one a long time ago and it’s time to upgrade. In addition to sturdier plastics and more polished looks, some toilet seats have features that will make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that before?” Lighted seats, potty training seats and bidet washing seats are all available today.

2. Replace your bathroom faucet.

Bathroom faucets come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes these days. Grime builds up, finishes rub off, and colors go out of style when it comes to faucets. With a variety of finishes and designs to choose from, it can be a quick way to update the look of your lavatory. Choose something trendy, like oil rubbed bronze, or opt for something that pairs nicely with the other hardware in your bathroom.

3. Brighten up your bathroom with a new light bar.

Updated lighting will impact how everything in your bathroom looks. Transform a small or low-light area to a welcoming room with proper illumination.

Whether you’re looking for new shape bulbs or to shine more light over the mirror, lighting can make or break the functionality of your bathroom. Men like shaving in a well-lit space, just like women prefer not to apply makeup in a bright, clean environment.

4. Install a unique or neutral mirror.

Replacing an old mirror is simple. It doesn’t cost much and requires minimal handyman skills. If you have a surface mounted medicine cabinet, you can also replace it with a mirror. You just won’t have as much storage space. If you have a recessed medicine cabinet that’s embedded into the wall, hanging a mirror will be a little more tricky but it can be worth the effort.

By opting for a mirror, you can choose from many fun shapes, sizes, and colors. Or you can keep it neutral by going with a frameless glass look one that coordinates with anything. Keep the width of your vanity in mind when selecting a mirror. In most instances, it should not exceed the width of the vanity.

5. Swap the handles on your vanity.

Not everyone wants to replace the entire vanity to achieve a look that’s in style. The easiest way to update your vanity is by replacing the handles. Find pieces that match or complement the other hardware in your bathroom.

You can also take your bathroom re-fresh a step further by painting your vanity. If you do this, be sure to use quality paint made for moist environments. You’ll also want to ensure you’re doing this with a sturdy vanity. Not all vanities are created equal. And because low-quality vanities are more often more susceptible to water damage, you’ll have to use your best judgment on whether or not to replace it, or paint it.

How to choose a pull-down or pull-out kitchen faucet

Before you buy a run-of-the-mill kitchen faucet, first consider the benefits of a pull-out or pull-down faucet. Do you need a faucet that can reach every area of a sink or even an adjacent counter? Do you wash a lot of produce or find yourself constantly filling up pots, glasses, and vases? If so, a pull-down or pull-out faucet can help make your kitchen tasks quicker and easier.

What’s the difference between a pull-down and pull-out faucet?

With a pull-down faucet, the spray wand is an extension of the faucet that you can literally pull down, whereas you need to pull out a pull-out spray wand. A pull-out wand can also be a part of the faucet or mounted separately on the sink ledge.

What you choose depends on your personal preference, but there are some key quality indicators that you should look for.

Faucet wand type

If you want a full handle, you’ll want a pull-out wand. If you don’t need a full handle, a pull-down won’t give you as much space to grab onto the wand. However, it’s more ergonomically correct to pull down.

When making a decision about a pull-out versus a pull-down faucet, first consider your sink depth and water pressure. It’s recommended that you have a deep sink if you’re installing a pull-down faucet to prevent splashing whereas a pull-out faucet will work in all sink sizes.

Hose retraction, size, and locking method

Whether you choose a pull-down or pull-out faucet, pay attention to how seamlessly the wand extends and goes back into place. Test the following in the store:

  • First, observe how long the hose is. Is it going to extend far enough to meet your needs?
  • Then, see how the hose retracts. Do you have to manually slide it back into place, or does it glide smoothly?
  • Finally, once the hose and faucet head is back in place, does it stay? You don’t want it to be loose and spray water everywhere.

Manufacturers like Delta® use a magnetic lock (Delta® calls theirs MagnaTite® docking) to ensure the spray wand stays firmly in place when not in use.

Spray type

How well the spray button functions on your pull-out or pull-down kitchen faucet will impact your overall satisfaction. Test out the button before you buy. How easy is it to switch between modes? Some buttons push in, while others click, almost like a switch. How many modes are there? Oftentimes, pull-down faucets will have more spray types and pressure options. Some even let you widen or narrow your spray stream.

With the pull-down style, you’ll have easy access to the spray button, which allows you to switch spray modes. Also, because the pull-down faucet has a raised, curved design, filling up tall items, like a pitcher or vase, is a breeze.

Other Kitchen Faucet Solutions

Even with a pull-out or pull-down faucet, you’ll find other features to make your kitchen seem state of the art. During your search, check out technologies that allow you to turn your faucet on and off without using your hands. This feature also reduces germs in the kitchen. With Delta® Touch2O® Technology, you just have to tap the faucet with your wrist. Similarly, Sensate by Kohler® uses Response™ technology. Simply wave your hand above or in front of the faucet to activate it.

We’ll walk you through it.

Shopping for a kitchen faucet can be a fun experience—especially at Handy Man where you can test out several types with our working water displays. If you have any questions about pull-out or pull-down kitchen faucets, or need recommendations, stop by our store in Sioux Falls, SD; Sioux City, IA; or Lincoln, NE. We’ll walk you through it.

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