I have a few projects in mind for the backyard like a covered sandbox,
a small playhouse/clubhouse, and a 3-4 hole miniature golf course.
How would I go about finding a local handyman who would be interested
is this type of project?
Is there a handyman association or organization?
I've asked friends and neighbors and got suggestions for contractors
and sub-contractors, but not exactly what I'm looking for.
These are low priority projects that can be done in spare time, but
require some creative design work.
I am located on the San Francisco peninsula, if that helps.
I'm a handyman in the S.F. Bay Area (East Bay), so I may be able to help
you here. (Not saying I'm the one you want to call: the Peninsula is a
little outside my territory.)
My clients find me, for the most part, by referral from other clients.
If none of your friends are able to make a recommendation, start looking
for other reliable resources. Here in the East Bay there's a group
called the Berkeley Parent's Network that maintains a web site on which
people post recommendations for various tradespeople, including general
handyman types. Since only members can post there, and not the
tradespeople themselves, you can pretty much trust them.
Another possibility would be a local neighborhood group, possibly a
Yahoo! group or another online community group. Search for a group by
your location and see if anything pops up.
There's also Angie's List, though I don't really know anything about it
other than it exists and is supposedly an impartial referral service.
The last place I'd look--in fact, I'd *never* look there--is Yelp, as
they are a totally crooked operation that uses pay-to-play to promote
The current state of literacy in our advanced civilization:
It depends where you live, and is probably easier in villages
rather than big cities. In this village (pop. 600) handymen
advertise their services in two places (post office and pizza
parlor) and there are four or six larger villages within 10
miles, i.e. probably a dozen places to look.
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