In this type of circumstance, a handyman is the perfect person for the job, as he typically is skilled in fixing or replacing many various things. Since he often has numerous small jobs scheduled in one day, he does not mind making the trip for a minor repair.
When it comes to home improvement contractors there are general categories that they will all fit into. The first category I like to call the “Bob Vila” of contractors. Very well known, an excellent reputation, has all of the right licenses and insurance, provides very high quality work, and all work is completed on schedule. This is by far the best type of contractor to hire if money is no object! Expect to pay considerably more than your average contractor. A good rule of thumb is to figure the material costs, plus the labor costs, and double that. This is what the average turn-key project will cost if you hire a general contractor, not a Bob Villa. Add about 50%25 more for this category of contractor. Check references however, this contractor will not give you anyone that has anything bad to say.
If you’re looking to hire a plumber, a carpenter, a builder, an electrician, or any type of professional along those lines, the following few tips should help you find someone proficient and trustworthy.
Activity Knowledge. Once you study something that you are dedicated to, you have to apply that Learned Knowledge to real time activities. Emerson’s quote. “DO the thing and you will have the Power. But they that do NOT the thing, have NOT the Power”, says it all. It is not possible or logical to think that you can reverse that process. You can’t have the power before you do the thing. Popeye had to eat spinach Before he got the power. You cannot win a race by not running the course. You have to do something, you have to Start the race!
If your house and yard is covered with trees, or for the most part in the shade, then you may want to consider other Diy energy sources. But most everyone can greatly benefit from solar panels for household use. Set your goals small at first. Start with a small project like building a charger for you cell phone or laptop or maybe just building a power cell for running a small fan. Powering your entire house with do it yourself solar power can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. But take the advice of a fellow handy person, start small. Then you can work your way up, slowly, to powering your entire home with solar power. Don’t try to take on too much before starting to build solar panels for household use.
Don’t be afraid to do a bit of snooping here. Find out from friends who did their stairs/plumbing/whatever. Inspect the work. Ask your friend what the price was like. How was the service? Was the tradesman professional and courteous? Would they do business with them again?
Aging is for sissies. Even though my brittle bones break easily now, I need to feel the hurt of a hockey body check, the pain of a torn knee in a football game. While waiting at the batter’s plate for the agonizingly slow arc of a softball pitch I long for the sting of a hardball smacking into my bare hands.