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Dear Valued Customer,

Handyman Connection of Mountain View is committed to providing the highest quality services to our customers. We know that our customers have a choice, and we are grateful for your continued partnership.

For the past several years, Handyman Connection of Mountain View has been absorbing processing and transaction fees related to payments made by credit card. Unfortunately, our costs for credit card acceptance have continued to rise. Credit card rates have continued to skyrocket over the last few years, and more and more credit cards are run with the card not present (phone transactions, etc.). “Card not present” transactions also increase the rate we are charged. The use of credit cards to pay bills has also increased significantly.

Effective April 1, 2023, we will begin adding a 3% convenience fee for all credit card payments. The fee with be added to payments made with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover to offset the fees charged by the card companies. In accordance with credit card network rules, Handyman Connection of Mountain View cannot profit from this fee, and it does not exceed our expenses associated with accepting credit card payments.

Payments made by check, electronic payment (ACH/EFT), wire, or debit card will not be charged the convenience fee.

We thank you for your understanding as we implement this fee and offset some of the increased inflationary costs we are all incurring. We are happy to work with you on alternate payment options.

Sincerely,

George Brisker
Owner/President
Handyman Connection of Mountain View
gbrisker@handymanconnection.com

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Home Improvement  /  November 30, 2020

5 Tips to Help You Hang Lights This Holiday Season in Mountain View, CA

Ho ho ho! That’s right. Santa’s here. Ready or not, Santa has arrived and he’s expecting you to decorate your home in as spectacular a fashion as possible. To stay on Santa’s “nice” list, you might want to hang lights all over your home’s exterior, but that’s going to take some work and a lot of planning. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to hanging Christmas lights.

1. Come Up with a Design

If you’re going to do it, you’ll want to do it right. Take a picture of your home from the street. Take a look at it as if you’re seeing it for the first time. It’s essential that you identify a focal point for your lights. As you study your home’s exterior, try to identify where the ideal focal point is and how you’d like to design your display to accentuate the elements of your home in the most attractive way possible. This will give you crucial guidance when it’s time to hang lights.

2. Take Measurements

Before starting to hang lights, you’ll need to know just how many you’ll need. Once you’ve come up with a design, measure all the areas where you plan to hang lights. Use a tape measure and a sturdy ladder to get to the higher, hard to reach areas like the roof line.

3. Test the Lights

If you’ve ever hung lights on a Christmas tree (or watched a parent do it), you know how important it is to test the lights in advance. If you can identify the burned out lights before they’re hung, they can be easily replaced without much trouble.

4. Attach the Lights

When you hang lights, you’ll want to do so in a way that causes no harm to your home. Some people might choose to hang lights using staples or nails, but those people are making a grave mistake. Electrical tape is easy to use, very inexpensive, and every bit as effective as staples or nails. Also, plastic light clips can be purchased that are specifically designed to fasten strands of lights to your home without resulting in any damage.

5. Fun With Zip Ties

If you’re connecting lights to bannisters or railings, zip ties are very useful. They can be purchased cheaply in bulk, and are perfect for gathering up excess wire and securing into tight bunches. Lights strands usually come with a foot or more of extra wire, and rolling them up and fastening with zip ties will help make the light spacing even.

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If you feel like you could use a little help with hanging Christmas lights or with any of your holiday preparations, call the skilled craftsmen at Handyman Connection in Mountain View, CA, today.

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