Day: May 8, 2015

Handymen?

handymanBefore I start my post just wanted to say I’m 3 posts from my 1000th post.  Can you believe it?  Do any of you have ideas of what I should do for post 1000?  I’d love suggestions.

Anyway, when I purchased my home one of my concerns was how I would handle repairs. I am not a very detail oriented person and so things like repairs or assembly I am not great at.  When I was at the rental I could call the landlord and have things taken care of easy-peasy.  The few times I was put in charge of a repair project at my Dad’s rentals it did not go very well.  I’m great at making calls but not the actual labor part.

In addition, my father, who is great at such things, is in California and I don’t have anyone else in my family nearby who is able to help.  (And it doesn’t have to be a man but I don’t know any women either). You see why I was concerned before the move!

Luckily I have a new house so things have been relatively incident free.  However, the last few weeks I had to fix a pocket door handle and install a new kitchen faucet.  My Mom’s cousin fixed the door but I had a hard time finding anyone to help me with the faucet.

I put it on my facebook I needed help.  Asking my friends if they knew anyone who was handy and could help me wiht the faucet.  To my surprise the answer was no.  And then I called my home teacher and he couldn’t think of anyone either.  Eventually I texted a friend and her brother in law came over and the faucet was installed.

Still, I was surprised how few men out there have basic handyman skills.  It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when such abilities were standard operating procedure for men.  I guess that’s a stereotype so maybe it is a good thing but are we also raising kids without practical skills?  I certainly don’t have those kind of abilities so I can’ t judge anyone else but it does seem like a little bit of a loss.

Shouldn’t we be teaching these kinds of skills to both boys and girls?  I do know how to change a flat tire and check my oil but things around the house I am totally clueless.  I guess I always had a Dad who could do those things and I assumed there would be people like that in my life.  Now at least I’ve found that to be tough to find.

Luckily after about 2 weeks of searching I found my friends brother in law but it was quite the needle in the haystack! It shouldn’t be that hard.

What do you think?  Should we be teaching these type of home repair skills to kids or is it just a new era where we are all digital and that kind of work is hired out? It seems like a loss and it certainly makes life tough for us single girls sometimes!

At least I have a new faucet installed.  Hurray!