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DIY Dads: The Rise and Fall of the Household Handyman

Monday, June 15th, 2015


Give a dad an inch and he’ll take a mile.

You know the story: he moves from paintbrushes to power washers to piles of random wrenches with a growing hardware store addiction. This is the evolution of the “Household Handyman,” the dad-turned-DIY specialist. For my dad, the transformation started when our boiler broke one fall.

A banker, he had little business intervening but he wasn’t going out without a fight. Within minutes, the hawk in a suit and tie had donned his worst t-shirt and shorts (“in case it got greasy”) and was intent on finding the Household Handyman’s Holy Grail: the boiler instruction manual.

One problem: the boiler was ten years old…finding yesterday’s instruction manual is hard enough. So, he went a-rummaging through parts of the house I didn’t know existed to emerge from the garage a half hour later, manual in hand, ambition in his eyes. It was exciting to see him march into the dark boiler room.

But Dad’s momentum soon turned to confusion, not that he couldn’t have figured the boiler out, but the chances didn’t look great; his head turned to the side at the oversized manual, a random piece of metal in his left hand. He had one trick left up his sleeve, though.

It was an old trick that he learned from Steve. Steve was a neighbor of ours and also happened to be my best friend’s dad. He was great – always there with us to play catch, drive us to the movie theater, coach our baseball team. He was a very involved father so he took all of his household maintenance tasks head-on.

At the end of the day, Steve was a tad more successful than my dad with this stuff (though he never tackled a mighty boiler). His first fix was a broken kitchen cabinet then he moved on to greater things and, before the end of the summer, he’d build his own white picket fence.

Steve’s house became a DIY playground and his next project was his roof shingling. What I didn’t tell you is that I grew up in South Carolina and Steve was so hot up there that, when he was hammering nails, a bead of sweat ran into his eye and that hammer went down right on his thumb! He didn’t surrender easily but some twenty minutes later he realized that he was moving very slowly, and had no choice but to reach into his pocket for Plan B.

What do my father’s and Steve’s Plan Bs have in common? They both involved a couch, a Heineken, the game, and a cell phone. There’s much a Household Handyman can do…but not even a 12-piece Allen key can provide a household with the convenience of a professional. Our boiler was fixed and Steve’s roof was shingled within a day.

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Popular Handyman Jobs

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Popular Handyman Jobs - Handyman

Any homeowner will tell you that when it comes to repairs, the jobs seem never-ending. With to-do lists a mile long, it seems that the moment one item is checked off, another gets added. In an attempt to catch up on, or even eliminate, these lists altogether, some homeowners are seeking out the assistance of a handyman.

In order to know if a handyman is the right professional to help with your home repair needs, consult the following list of popular handyman jobs.

Carpentry: Whether you need a new deck built or old wooden trim replaced, a handyman can often help. He or she will generally be at least moderately skilled in choosing the right type of wood, tools, and knowing the cuts to take to make your finished project shine.

Masonry: Upheaved concrete sidewalks and crumbling bricks are not only unsightly, but can also be hazardous. Most handymen will know the proper methods for repairing brickwork or pouring concrete.

Plumbing: While serious plumbing issues may require a plumber, minor replacement of pipes or installation of new plumbing, such as the addition of a water line to a refrigerator ice maker, can usually be tackled by a qualified handyman.

Electrical: You will want to be sure that whoever works on your electricity is licensed to do so. Most handymen are very qualified. He or she should be able to handle minor tasks such as the installation or replacement of electrical outlets, ceiling fans, or running lights.

Sheetrock: If you need walls replaced, removed, or added to your home, generally a handyman should be able to tackle these processes. It can be messy, and requires a skill in drywall mud that the average homeowner might not want to take on alone.

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What Does A Handyman Do?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

What Does A Handyman Do? - Handyman

If you are trying to tackle a home project that seems impossible, you might be pondering the question ‘What does a handyman do?’ Perhaps one can help you with your stubborn task, saving you time and heartache in the process.

Have you ever heard of a “jack of all trades”? This is how one might describe a handyman. He or she will typically have experience in fixing a wide range of household problems including, but certainly not limited to:

So, the question really isn’t ‘What does a handyman do?’ but rather, what can your handyman do.

It is important to first identify what work you are in the market for before calling on the services of a handyman. For example, if you notice water spots on your ceiling, you can conclude that you either have a leak in the plumbing above the spot or a leak in your roof. You would want to ask your handyman prior to hiring him or her if he or she is able to fix both plumbing and carpentry problems. Most reputable handymen will be able to determine if they can solve your problem simply by you describing the issue.

Do-it-yourself can be a great way to save money, however, some projects are best left to a professional. You can still cut down on your costs by buying all the needed supplies on your own. Your handyman will likely charge more if he or she must retrieve the materials him or herself.

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