Or maybe it is for someone else, one of those "'can you just' - 'no I
can't, well I can, but I don't want to and won't'" things?
The only one I know of is in the Medway area, he sounds like it but fuck
knows if he is actually reliable.
I make a point of being reliable. It gets me a whole load of work. Simple
really, turn up on time to give estimate, turn up on time to do the job.
Call if I'm going to be late.
Hardly a sophisticated plan, but few others seem to do the same around here.
Perhaps I didn't make myself clear.
I am capable of DIY and have even done some, quite a bit of it recently.
This is one reason why I am subscribed to this news group.
However I find myself with "so much to do, so little time".
I need to sub-contract some of the outstanding work and am looking for
recommendations - we are also asking local friends and other contacts for
Thanks - we are looking at joiners but have other stuff that may be
'beneath' a joiner so we were hoping to find someone who could do
straightforward joinery like hanging a door and also do other things as
I suspect that joiners may also be a bit more expensive than the average
We do have a local 'jack of all trades' but he has back trouble at present.
:-) Getting conflicting advice here :-)
Elswhere I appear to be taking some stick for not doing it myself but a
decent handyman (one for instance who maintains rental properties well)
should be at least up to my level of expertise (I think).
Someone who does gardens and lays patio slabs may not be up to it but this
is not the level I am looking for.
A chippy would be best, I agree, but a good JOAT should be able to handle
A general builder/handyman should be a combination of brickie, plumber,
chippie, plasterer etc.
Perhaps they don't make them like that anymore.
I remember my parents had a builder who could turn his hand to anything,
including soldering lead water pipes which was fascinating to watch (and
enabled me to do a bit of it myself some years later from watching him).
However I have gathered by now that there isn't anyone with a little
treasure they are willing to share in this particular area.
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Stuart Noble writes:
If you can find a chippy in the South East who is prepared
to come out and work on less than 5 new houses, you're doing
better than I did. Several turned me down flat "too busy",
and one said yes, but after several postpones said he was in
too much demand from builders who suddenly want 5 new houses
doing, which he couldn't turn down to do a single job for me.
Someone else in the family has tried using some of the new
Eastern European chippies a few times, but they've all turned
out to be completely unskilled and had to be sent packing.
There probably are some skilled ones, but finding them by
trial and error isn't viable. A friend in another area did
have success with one.
The essence of all of this is doing what you say that you will do, but
that if circumstances beyond your control prevent that, to notify the
other person as soon as possible so that they can mitigate for it.
It's called providing a proper service.
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Not surprising, really. Why would anyone who uses a handyman read this
sort of group? You'd likely do better with a local group.
FWIW, fitting a door properly from the word go requires skills above what
I'd expect of a handyman. You do need a chippy. Of course anyone can fit
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Yes, I see from you website that you don't - and found it a little
surprising. Is there a specific reason for your decision? Is it simply that
it's not your speciality, and that a joiner could do it quicker and cheaper?
I think I have fitted every internal door in my house - and even an external
one a long time ago (which was subsequently replaced when the whole house
was double-glazed). It's not really rocket science, and I would have thought
it was a job which should be within the capabilities of any competent
DIY-er - and, hopefully, of a 'Handyman'.
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To make a really good job - letting in hinges and locks, trimming to fit,
perhaps even moving the stops to get a perfect fit - isn't of course
beyond DIY. Same as any skills, really. But not all craftsmen are
multi-skilled in the same way as a good DIYer. Just look at an average
plumber's wiring. ;-) Kitchen fitter's plumbing.
I'd really think of a handyman who only does tasks at the bottom end of
DIY. That's not to say he can't be an expert at some. In the same way as
we will all have things we are better at than others.
Well I'd have said door fitting IS at the bottom end of DIY, in that
patience and care is all it takes..there is no specal manual skill or
indeed vast intelligence involved. Its just a matter of cutting shapes
Mostly with a hammer and chisel, and maybe a planer.
And if you were skilled enough to hang new doors, you'd probably be
doing it full time.
Not all chippies are that good at it either. Those who are tend to do
nothing else, and work for builders or supply and fit door shops.