Bobby Stacy (251) 525-5571

Your One-Stop Shopping Center For Prompt, Dependable & Afford-able Home Improvement & Repair And Handyman Services In Bald-win County, Alabama! 

We are a family-owned Baldwin County company now celebrating our 39th year of outstanding service and customer satisfaction, with excellent references available upon request. Specializing in “whatever you need”, estimates are always fast, free, and friendly with no obligation. Our services include but are not limited to:

Installing Appliances, Light Fixtures & Ceiling Fans *  Replacing & Repairing Doors & Locks * Replacing Faucets, Toilets & Shower Heads * Wall, Ceiling, & Floor Repair, Repainting & Refinishing * Installing Or Replacing Garbage Disposals * Caulking & Sealing Windows, Bathtubs, Doors, Etc. * Cleaning & Repairing Gutters & Downspouts * Unclogging Drains & Solving Drainage Issues * Assembling Furniture, Fitness Equipment, Etc. * TV, Audio, & Home Theater Assembly & Set-Up * Insulating Hot Water Heaters & Pipes * Interior / Exterior Window & Skylight Cleaning * Junk Removal & Organization, Shelving Units * Moving, Hauling & Pick-up / Drop-Off Services * Screen Cleaning, Replacement & Repair * Complete Lawn & Tree Service & Landscaping * Wooden Decks & Fences Refinished & Repaired * Roofs, Houses, Patios & Driveways Cleaned * Miscellaneous Indoor & Outdoor “Odd-Job” Tasks *

Call Bobby Now At (251) 525-5571 For Your Fast, Free & Friendly Expert Consultation! * We Are Insured for $1 Million Commercial General Liability Through Gulf Coast Insurance, Inc., Gulf Shores, Alabama.  State License # 6196 * 24-Hour Emergency Service*

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NOTE: Every photograph posted on this website is HUGE in actual file size and can be enlarged to full size simply by clicking on it for a MUCH better view of the action! Some can be clicked on more than once for even bigger enlargements; those will display a small white dot with a “+” on it instead of a mouse arrow or little hand icon after the initial enlargement… when you see this you’ll know it’ll blow up even bigger, revealing much more detail.

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A TYPICAL REVIEW

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TRAPPING ARMADILLOS AND OTHER WILDLIFE NUISANCE PESTS IN BALDWIN COUNTY, ALABAMA

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An armadillo captured by Safari Services at a pool home in Gulf Shores

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One of our prime specialties at Safari Services is the safe and humane trapping of wildlife nuisance pests around homes and businesses such as:

o Armadillos

o Raccoons

o Feral Cats

o Wild Dogs

o Predatory Birds

o Alligators

o Rats

o Squirrels 

Wherever possible and when warranted these creatures are safely removed from the premises unharmed and transported to a remote wilderness area where they are released back into the wild to begin life anew in more appropriate surroundings.

Even the most cute and cuddly-looking animals can be quite vicious when threatened, and can carry diseases ranging from rabies to leprosy, so please, call the professionals at Safari Services if you are experiencing problems with these types of pests — we have the right equipment, training and know-how to get the job done quickly and safely. 

Aside from our trapping and removal services we also repair any damage created from such creatures as well as installing / setting up various countermeasures to insure against further incursions.

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A Safari Services trap set up in Craft Farms subdivision, Gulf Shores

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For Home Improvement & Repair In Daphne And Throughout Baldwin County, Alabama — Safari Services Offers The Most Bang For The Buck!

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A modular home with no foundation can pose its own unique problems

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The Pros at Safari Services were called in to perform an on-site analysis and draw up an action plan at this rental property in Daphne, Alabama after it became apparent the average winter heating bill was going to be astronomical and assorted urban wildlife was also frequently trafficking the crawl space between this modular home and the ground, which would not exist with a traditional home that sits on a solid concrete foundation. 

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This and the other area shown were the only stretches that allowed completely unfettered access by unwanted critters and cold winds…

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As budget was the primary consideration it was decided the strategy would be to address only the actual open stretches of crawl space this time –a total of 40 linear feet — by enclosing them with vented 1″x 12″ pine boards; primed, painted, securely attached, and caulked-in, for years of trouble-free service and minimal maintenance requirements going forward.

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Only the highest quality lumber available was hand-selected for the job

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A 16-foot stretch and a 24-foot stretch called for two 8-foot boards, two 12-foot boards, six louvered vents, one gallon of premium wood primer, one gallon of first-quality exterior paint, one box of  3″ galvanized wood screws, one box of sheet metal screws, 2 tubes of premium caulk, and 6 bags of top-quality topsoil for some necessary filling of the lowest spots in the yard along the length of the installation… 

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The vent cutouts are carefully located, measured and marked off…

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Pilot holes must first be drilled before the jigsaw can be used…

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Pilot holes now drilled, the jigsaw is used to cut out the vent openings…

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Professional outcomes are built from both the right tools and the right skills for the task at hand… Neither is worth anything without the other.

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All rough edges and surfaces were meticulously sanded with 60-grit sandpaper and a rubber sanding block…

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This is what old-world craftsmanship and attention to detail look like in the real world…

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Once all the boards were sanded it was time to put on the paint… This took a couple of days and multiple operations with two different varieties of top-quality coatings…

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Installing the louvered vents…

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After all of the louvered vents were installed the fronts got a third coat of premium exterior semi-gloss paint just to uniform everything out and get a good coating on all the metal fasteners. Then all the tools and equipment, materials and supplies were delivered to the job site.

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Diving into the actual on-site installation of the pre-fab panels…

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Layin’ some track… That area behind the A/C unit will turn out to be easily the most difficult to prepare and fit properly…

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The 16-foot back stretch totally finalized-out…

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The last piece is notched and trimmed to fit and everything is finalized-out and capped-off with an immaculate clean-up…

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A whole lot of the steps and procedures involved in the completion of this project have drastically minimized or even omitted here for the sake of brevity.

We would like to feel, at least, that very few would have incorporated all of the steps and the craftsmanship that Safari Services poured into this job by default…

“Just because…”

Just because we’ve only got one speed and don’t know how to turn out a bad job. We’re not trying to be the cheapest and after 40 years in the business shouldn’t ever have to trade on price alone. But if you want top quality personalized service at a reasonable price you can afford, call us.

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Palm Tree Trimming In Foley, Alabama — Safari Services Offers The Most Expert Craftsmanship Obtainable At a Price That Can’t Be Beat! Any Variety, Any Height, Any Quantity, Anywhere In Baldwin County!

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This Sabal Palmetto in Ashford Park Subdivision, Foley, Alabama, was given what is typically referred to as a “hurricane cut” by Master Consulting Arborist Bobby Stacy of Safari Services

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ISA-Trained Consulting Arborist Bobby Stacy of Safari Services may just have more general palm tree experience than any of  his peers in the territory, having spent several years in South Florida climbing, trimming, removing and treating diseases and deficien-cies in virtually every variety of palm tree known to man, including Royal, Washingtonian, Cane, Queen, Canary Island Date, Sabal, and many others… 

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A good “Before” example, though many are far worse…

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There is a whole lot more to a top-quality palm tree trim-out than meets the eye. We actually start at the very base of each specimen, correcting any deficiencies and bringing it up to its ultimate aesthetic potential as well, as we work our way to the very top. All of that tends to produce a small mountain of scattered debris, leading to a fairly tedious and labor-intensive clean-up operation. We pride ourselves on our superior clean-up phase, always leaving the work area at least as immaculate as it was when we first arrived.

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The basket-weave effect on the trunk is made up of “fibrous leaf bases” typically referred to as “boots”. These are inspected for proper uniformity and corrected as needed…

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Now that’s a clean tree! Typically these specimens with the basket weave appearance are not climbed but are worked by alternative methods, such as a bucket truck, Genie lift or tall commercial step ladders and motorized and/or manual extendable “pole saws”…

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It just doesn’t get any better than this… A beautiful fountain of botannical bliss!

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A bird’s-eye view of the finished product — Sweet! Precise saw control honed by years of consistent experience is the only thing that can produce an outcome like this without damaging the tree. These trim-outs should be good for one year and are routinely performed on an annual basis. If you’ve got some that are just raggedy-looking and out of control, call today to get on the schedule and let’s get ’em shaped up right!

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The bookend twin at this location, there were two bracketing the front yard. This one was actually about a foot shorter, though you really couldn’t tell just looking at them; probably a result of simple genetics…

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This is how we leave all our jobs at Safari Services… no trace left behind! No mess, no lunar landscape, no bent, broken or missing this or that… we take pride in all we do and in a superior effort yielding sterling results you can depend on: first time and every time!

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Rotten Wood Prevention, Replacement & Repair In Baldwin County, Alabama — Safari Services Has Your Most Cost-Effective Solutions!

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The entrance to this 5-year-old home in Fairhope is pretty typical

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The genius that came up with the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” almost certainly had rotten wood in mind when he or she did so, as a minimal expenditure on several ounces of caulk and paint applied every so often as part of an ongoing preventative maintenance campaign can effectively stave-off ever having to address the ravages of rotten wood formation with several pounds of expensive trim and the highly-skilled labor to install it.  

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Exterior door trimwork is the most common site of ravaging wood rot

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An alert and forward-thinking client who had only recently purchased this beautiful home in Old Battles Village in Fairhope spotted this buckling and separation of the trimwork, indicating the exposure to damaging moisture. Then she noticed all of the still-uncaulked and poorly sealed joints and seams in the area and called on Safari Services to perform a proper inspection and develop an action plan…

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The area properly sealed with top-quality “50-Year Guarantee” caulk

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A decision was made that Safari Services would provide the materials and labor in order to expertly fill and seal all joints and seams along the lower portion of the front entryway and porch area and the client would provide any repainting desired as time allowed with some remnants she had left-over from the original paint job in the garage.

The first-quality, non-shrinking/yellowing/cracking and mold-resistant caulk we used was specially formulated to be white in color as applied but to transform into a clear, invisible seal within 24 hours or so.

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Safari Services Replacing An Old Worn-Out Garbage Disposal & Switch

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This old Kenmore unit of unknown age just quit working one day…

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This particular pool home in Gulf Shores was around 20 years old, the homeowners had purchased it about 5 years ago and the old Kenmore garbage disposal unit had come with the home when they bought it. They didn’t know how old it was or if it had ever been repaired or replaced — just that they flipped the switch one day expecting it to grind up some food waste as always and instead nothing happened…

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The old unit successfully disconnected & removed from the equation

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After assorted attempts at resolving their issue proved fruitless, the homeowners called the seasoned professionals at Safari Services, who arrived on the scene within the next couple of hours, even though it was on a Sunday afternoon.

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Troubleshooting the 20-amp circuit and disposal power switch

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After some thoughtful troubleshooting with a variety of specialized instruments, the unit was determined to be bad and an action plan developed to replace it with a new Insinkerator Badger 900, a highly-rated, economically-priced 3/4 HP unit with a 3-year factory warranty.  The On-Off rocker switch was to be replaced as well.

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The new Insinkerator garbage disposal fully installed and plumbed-in

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Here we have the outcome: a new unit and switch expertly installed and prepared for years of dependable, trouble-free service… Another job well done! 

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The new power switch and GFCI receptacle fully installed

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Safari Services Replacing A Pre-Hung Double Exterior Entry Door In Gulf Shores, Alabama

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A pretty nifty little 25 year-old addition to the original structure meant to house the homeowners’ lawn maintenance tools and supplies…

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These doors, the door frame and all the hardware were just basically shot and in dire need of complete, immediate replacement…

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Another view of the addition to lend it more perspective…

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A closer inspection of the original door unit…

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Now we’re getting a much better sense of why these doors were now just basically worthless and beyond any remedial repair efforts… The only sensible solution at this point was a whole new unit and just start from scratch…

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One last peek at the worst of it… Suffice it to say it was well shot-out…

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The sill/threshold was the first to go… It came off with little trouble…

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The old doors off and ready to cart off to the landfill…

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And a lot of careful, tedious demoing of the original door frame begins…

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Gettin’ there…

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The old frame completely removed and discarded, the area cleaned up, and we are now ready to install the new replacement unit…

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The new customer-supplied replacement unit as received at Lowe’s…

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Executing last-minute prep work prior to final installation… 

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The new unit installed…

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The new unit installed without too much trouble, though getting it properly plumbed into the old framing and centered, with the “brick molding” flush-fit all over, and setting the initial retaining screws was definitely a two-man job.

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It’s all over: this homeowner will provide the new locks, trim paint, etc…

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Our job ended here, with the new door unit completely installed, sealed and caulked-in, both inside and out. 

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Another view of the completed job…

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This door is normally retained shut by means of spring-loaded pins at the top and bottom. Holes in the top of the door jamb as well as the threshold sill plate had to be located and drilled-out to accommodate them…

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The stuff I use to help seal up new exterior installations such as this…

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Bearing in mind that this prefab door unit was another make and model years down the road and thus at least slightly different dimensions, this installation left a particularly pronounced gap at the top of the door jamb that was actually showing some blue sky. So I used some of this expanding foam to fill that gap…

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A fresh, unused installation of a brand-new unit… It could be love!

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Once again I would have to say it’s this particular view that shows you pretty much just what you’ve got. Here everything’s so new and so fresh…

Scroll back to the corresponding “before” example, and you see immediately why this was the only desirable approach and all that was gained in the exchange.

With a fresh coat of new paint on the hut and the door trim, along with a shiny new decorative lockset, the whole thing will look brand new, will offer increased protection to the contents in more ways than one, and will be much more enjoyable to use on a long-term daily basis. 

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Safari Services’ New Cement Mixer Can Mix, Transport & Pour FOUR 80-lb. Bags Of Concrete At A Time In Minutes — All Day Long… 

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Our new Kushlan 6.0 cubic-foot contractor grade cement mixer

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It’s always difficult to get any real sense of scale in a photo such as this one, but it is BIG… really… and pretty impressive-looking brand new out of the box. I’m hoping it will turn out to be a real workhorse as others have assured it would be (everyone had nothing but good things to say about it in the reviews, which were nearly all 5-star… and there were a LOT of them), and put in at least a few dependable years of service forming, pouring and finishing various types of patios and walkways and whatever else comes along…  

Home Depot rents this same unit out commercially, by the day, week or month, in stores which feature tool and equipment rental centers, which unfortunately no stores in Baldwin County do.

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Another view of our new Kushlan 660DD concrete & cement mixer…

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I chose direct electric drive over gas for quieter operation and greater simplicity, efficiency, and dependability…

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The business end…

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Safari Services Taking Care Of Some Gutter Cleaning  In Craft Farms Subdivision, Gulf Shores

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Yes those are trees growing out of this gutter, which ran the entire length of the home, in the trickiest and most fragile area to access…

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Safari Services has been cleaning roofs and gutters for nearly 40 years now. These gutters hadn’t been cleaned in ages and were packed solid all the way down the line…

They were scooped out by hand every inch of the way and bagged up into several heavy-duty plastic lawn & leaf bags. Now they’re clean as a whistle and flowing better than ever. Another problem solved and job well done!

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Where the rubber meets the road. Here’s where it starts to get a bit tricky, particularly with all the large underlying shrubbery in the way…

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Safari Services Replacing An Outdoor Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) 120-Volt Electrical Power Receptacle

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Behind this ancient, nondescript cover on the north side of this home’s exterior lurks an equally ancient and completely dead GFCI power receptacle…

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After a thorough pressure washing of the home exterior, pool deck and patio areas by another company some time ago, a 20-amp, 120-volt electrical circuit on one side of the house and around the back, which included several outdoor power outlets, went dead, and nothing the homeowners tried worked to rectify the situation…

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Suspicion fell upon this particular outlet, an old GFCI which appeared to be completely nonfunctional…

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After suspicion fell upon a particular outlet as the probable cause, the pros at Safari Services were called in to render a more expert analysis, develop an action plan based upon all known facts, and take appropriate steps toward resolving the issue…

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Peeling the onion…  with the power shut off, the cover was removed…

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Step One of the action plan consisted of the simple replacement of this old defective unit for a new one of first quality, properly wired-in and thoroughly-tested. Hopefully this would cure the problem but was the most logical place to start nonetheless…

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Making some progress… Receptacle  is pulled out for further inspection, removal and replacement…

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The new 20-amp weather-resistant, self-testing GFCI receptacle…

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Out with the old, in with the new…

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Each wire was carefully cut from the old receptacle and transferred one by one, with shiny new ends expertly formed and fastened securely to all the right terminals on the new highly-rated top-tier unit Safari Services procured and provided as part of its turnkey, worry-free service.

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The new receptacle fully wired-in and tested: it works perfectly!

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A brand-new GFCI receptacle completely installed, thoroughly tested and fully functional, ready to safely enjoy for many years to come…

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It was the best-case scenario for this outcome: not only was power fully restored to this location for the basic cost of replacing a single receptacle, but all the way down the line as well, meaning that several down-line outlets now had juice, which was a big deal, since most of them were all along the pool deck/rear patio area… prime real estate for an electrical outlet!

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Deep Root Tree Fertilization In Baldwin County, Alabama Is A Prime Specialty Of Safari Services

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A sick oak tree being treated by Consulting Arborist Bobby Stacy…

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It’s really hard to tell in any photographs, but this tree was a rather peculiar specimen in that one half of it was visibly sickly-looking, while the other half appeared just as healthy and vigorous as it could be!

So the experts at Safari Services were called in to perform an on-site analysis and draw up an action plan…

That action plan called for the immediate application / implementa-tion of four diverse remedies:

1)  Provide the specimen a badly-needed “trim-out”: lifting and thinning the canopy, removing any dead wood, decaying stubs, sterile shoots and watersprouts, etc., and generally reducing the overall biomass of the tree by approximately 25%.

2)  To apply a “slurry”, which is to drench the tree’s trunk with various liquid nutritional and anti-pathenogenic elements, from the soil line up to a height of approximately 6 feet or so.

3)  To aerate the lawn area within reasonable proximity of the specimen, in order to foster enhanced oxygen delivery to the root zone.

4)  To deep root fertilize the specimen.

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The 24″ boring bit and time-release nutrient granules we use…

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In this segment we will outline Number 4: deep root feeding the tree…

The tree was approximately 40″ in diameter at the base, and the rough rule of thumb is to apply 1 pound of fertilizer per diameter inch when deep root feeding any mature woody-stemmed specimen…

You are looking at the entire contents of one 40-pound bag of granular fertilizer in this 5-gallon bucket. All of this worked out very conveniently!

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The purpose of deep root feeding is to bypass the grass…

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Why do we deep root feed trees? Well, theoretically all of our trees should be fed at least a couple of times a year, in the spring and fall, if not more often. This can be with a simple generic all-purpose granular fertilizer, such as 10-10-10. Such fertilizers usually come in 40-pound bags.

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Obstacles often dictate the placement of boreholes…

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The problem with trying to feed trees generally in the presence of lawn grass, however, is that if you simply broadcast-spread the fertilizer on the lawn, then the grass, which is in direct competition with the trees for any and all available nutrients, will greedily suck up the bulk of it before it can reach and be processed by any tree roots underground.

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A closer look at a deep root fertilization borehole…

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But the average maximum depth of the most common and popular turfgrass roots is around 8 inches, so we deep root feed trees in order to deliver the nutrient payload beyond that maximum turfgrass reach… a couple of feet is generally adecuate.

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Our preferred low-tech delivery system…

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Boreholes are filled one by one by hand with the 5-gallon bucket and a 32-ounce plastic cup. Once filled, they are ready to be watered-in with the water hose. This activates the time-release granules and levels the holes, concealing them for the most part and producing a finished appearance…

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A closer look at a filled borehole ready for final watering-in…

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The outcome: a borehole dug, filled and watered-in…

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Safari Services Specializes in Hanging Pictures, Mirrors, Paintings And Other Artwork, Even Very Large And Heavy Items 

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Call Safari Services for picture and mirror hanging in Baldwin County

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One of our very best repeat customers had us do some heavy interior cleaning, smoke damage repair and repainting, along with hanging several good-sized framed paintings and prints…

This is a B-I-G painting and heavy. That’s a six-foot expanse of wall and the picture fills it up nicely. Nothing had ever really been hung there previously, so we had to start from scratch, locating the studs and deciding on a precise mounting location and method…

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Using the digital laser wall scanner to find underlying obstructions…

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Marking the studs with some masking tape and some tools we use…

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Most of the rest of the tools used on this job…

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We worked it out so the frame was level with the fireplace…

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It can be really tricky to tell if an art piece is level… but not with this tool

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You have to see this in person to appreciate it fully… It really looks pretty majestic and just makes that whole quadrant of the room…

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Safari Services Specializes in Sensible & Cost-Effective Solutions For Landscape Drainage Problems Of All Varieties

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Safari Services solves drainage problems in Baldwin County, Alabama

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The owners of this Craft Farms pool home were suffering from extremely poor drainage around the front entrance, and along the walkway which led from the front door to the driveway.  

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French Drains Installed In Baldwin County, Alabama By Safari Services

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A highly-skilled Safari Services technician creating a french drain…

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Here’s a pretty good view of where everything went south with every heavy downpour. Believe it or not, a family of ducks had even begun hanging around, frolicking in the pond the backed-up ground water had quickly created! This was the last straw. The homeowners knew then that something must be done…

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The End of Act One:  the French drain field designed and excavated…

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We went the extra mile to preserve our client’s grass…

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At somewhere around the midpoint. Our 6-inch catch basin is installed…

A “catch basin” is really just a fancy term for “drain”. It’s the same as the drain at the bottom of your bathtub — only way bigger and out in the yard… 

Here we determined where the lowest spot in the problem area was and located our fixture, which not only fed our newly-installed french drain, but also our solid drain line out to the street gutter and off the property entirely…

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Preparing to tie-in our new system with the old drainage line, which ran a considerable distance out to a storm drain area at streetside…

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The outcome: Now that’s a good job!

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The results were all we’d hoped for, from any distance whatsoever you couldn’t even tell we’d been there or done anything. Needless to say with time everything will blend-in a lot better, as the sod cuttings take root and begin to fill-in, and repeated rains and mowings produce their inevitable natural leveling effect.

Unfortunately the lawn maintenance crew was doing the yard while this photo was taken and shooting grass clippings everywhere…

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The finished product — someone just glancing over the yard would never even know we’d ever been there…

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Before we left we made sure that all the clean-up was immaculate, all of the grass cuttings were well watered-in, and the system was thoroughly flushed and tested for proper operation and given a clean bill of health…

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Safari Services — Tree Trimming In Foley, Alabama

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This tree was in serious need of some professional TLC…

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The juvenile Live Oak in the “After” photo above was in worse need of a good caring and competent trim-out than any tree we’d seen in a very long time…

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Here we get some sense of just how bad this tree needed help…

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The homeowner had been using a competitor to care for the tree, but over time had grown unhappy with the results, which seems fair from what we see here. And this pic was taken after we were already well into corrective surgery for this specimen, but mainly on the other side…

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Making some progress — a little “Before & After”…

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So the Pros at Safari Services were called in to perform an expert on-site analysis and draw up an action plan. That plan included a general lifting and thinning of the biomass canopy and the removal of the lowest leader (limb) attached to the mainstem (or “trunk”). This would be followed up with Safari Services’ legendary immaculate work area cleanup…

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Putting a dent in it: Establishing a new canopy elevation…

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This tree should live to be an easy 100 years-old, so at around 10 years from initial germination it is considered in the juvenile phase of its life cycle and is growing vigorously… It is during this phase we can safely exercise a heavier hand with regard to the cultivation of future branching formation and overall structure. This could be considered as “training”, and it’s best to retain the same “trainer” year-over-year, so as to adhere to a consistent “vision” for the specimen in question.

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The best view of the problem that lowest limb was creating…

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Here we’re already well into the canopy lifting, and that lowest asymmetrical “problem limb” is exposed well-enough to trace it’s full dimensions and the long, winding path it takes all the way to the branch tips. A good long thoughtful look at this from the proper angles and we knew it just had to go…

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Where the massive limb came off…

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This is what a happily-satisfied customer looks like…

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Here’s a good view of the symmetry that was achieved by taking off that massive bottom limb. The homeowner’s hand is resting where it had been attached at the trunk. This effectively got the tree back off the cluster of Crepe Myrtles where it had encroached obscenely and made a real mess of everything: it just looked awful, really… Look how clean the tree looks now! Nothing drooping down into the headspace, and the whole area opened up nicely!

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