Handyman vs contractor
A handyman usually has only one to three Journeymen or Apprentice where a Contractor will have a large crew. A Contractor will specialize in plumbing, electrical or carpentry or other trade. Where a Handyman will have a greater scope and skill set, handymen usually were contractors in times past.
Acquiring a broad range of knowledge and proficiency takes time…years, in deed decades.
Why Hire a Handyman?
To save money for one, if your toilet is running, a door needs adjusting, and you want to install a new dishwasher. You dont need to hire 3 different tradesmen or pay 3 different service calls. You can call the handyman for all those tasks and more.
Handymen are usually local, and a familiar face to you and your neighbors as you use him periodically through the year. Its similar to having a good mechanic or good chiropractor.
Can YOU really do all those things listed below?
Absolutely YES! If we couldn’t then we would have a lot of material that we could not get paid on. When we recognize a bad fit, we respectfully decline the project and refer the homeowner to someone else in our network instead.
The kitchen is the heart of the household. We do leaky faucets to full renovations.
- Tile Back Splash
- Installing Countertops
- Custom Cabinetry
- Knobs & Hardware
- Under Cabinet Lighting
- Cabinet Installation
- Accent Lighting
- Appliance Replacement
- Custom Trim
Bathrooms are a hub of activity, and you need everything to work: outlets, faucets, toilets, showers, tubs, showerheads and moisture-removing venting fans.
- Custom Tile
- Vanity Installation
- Toilets & Bidets (VERY nice and clean)
- Tub/ Shower Replacement or repair
- GFCI Outlets
- New Tile, Vinyl, or Hardwood Flooring
- Sub floor repair
- Exhaust Fans
- Shower Doors
- Medicine Cabinets
- Grab Bars and Accessories
- Extra wide door for mobile access
Family & Dining Rooms
Every living room and dining room should be comfortable for family gatherings yet classy for entertaining guests. tOdd Jobs is constantly completing a wide range of projects to refresh the ambiance of these two rooms.
- Baby proofing
- Custom build-ins
- Book shelves
- Mantel installation
- Wainscoting installation or repair
- Doggy Door
Interior / Exterior Painting
A fresh coat of paint can breathe life into any room. And its the most popular and inexpensive way to spruce up. We get a lot of painting work, we also have a few faux finishes we are proficient with.
Very talented! We will repair that hole or large damage like it never happened. When we finish you wont find mud drops or even sheetrock dust ANYWHERE! We clean up quite well.
Its amazing the difference pressure washing clean all the sidewalks and driveway, Brick, retainer walls, porch, deck and patio can make.
With over 13 years’ experience with working with wood. We are are exceptionally skilled structural carpenters and furniture builders.
- fireplace mantels
- wooden countertops
- ROOM ADDITIONS
- RENOVATIONS after flood, fire, or other damage
- Beautiful…wait… NO, Gorgeous Decks
- Covered Porch
20 months as a Journeyman electrician. Ive done everything from hanging ceiling fans to 3 phase electrical motors. We follow the IBC and all local building codes.
- Ceiling fans
- Garbage disposals
- New loop from new breaker
- 220v Dryer or Oven/Stove
- New outlets or lighting
- Troubleshoot a host of issues
- (we dont repair the appliance itself, we can only give a cursory diagnosis and replace the old one.)
- Window Unit Air Conditioner
Plumbing emergencies and locking yourself out are the 2 things Ive been known to get out of bed for. I think that’s reasonable service for your local handyman. I have an array of item I keep with me at all times to hurry and get the water fixed enough till morning.
- Water heater
- leaky facets
- replace fixtures
- fix running toilets
- dripping showers are quite loud.
- Lets install a hot tub
- Sprinkler system
- We repair Copper line.
The little things add up. That’s why regular maintenance in and around the home is especially important. We have a checklist and know exactly what to look for and how to fix it.
- Dryer vent cleaning
- Tile & Grout repair
- Baby Proofing
- HVAC filters
- Gutter Cleaning
- Weather stripping
- Windows and Doors tight and functioning correctly
- Door sweeps
- Storm or Security Doors
- Large overhead limbs and pruning
- Seasonal upkeep
Country Internet and Networking
People throw good money after bad on trying to get decent internet in the country; Me too. Over the years living in rural America. Ive learned a few good tricks.
- You need a dish or Yaggi or omni-directional antenna; an 80 ft tower (at the most); bidirectional amplifier; an indoor antenna; 75 ohm coax cable.
- USB tether router, so your cell phone can use unlimited data to bring the internet to all your devices including your TV and computer (Not as hot spot to use up hot spot data).
- Connect to a home network (even without internet), for TV and media, computer, printer, share pictures and data
Horticulture and Landscaping are the backbone of property appeal…you cant build a 150 year old oak tree in the backyard.
PERMACULTURE and HUGELKULTUR are the growing methods for vegetable gardens, and for very good reason.
- No to little watering
- No tilling every year
- Most nutrients and microbes already in soil
- They last for 20 years +
We all know the benefits of feeding your family Non-GMO, Organic produce that is bursting with flavor and nutrients, is very unlike the bland stuff shipped to the big box store from 1000s of miles away.
Gardening is good for the soul, and takes very little effort once established.
House Battery Backup
A back-up battery for when the power goes off. A basic set-up is enough battery bank to supply service to your refrigerator and deep freezer for 24 hours. Easy to upgrade, to more batteries, solar panels, transfer switch, etc…
Rain water collection system
Everyone knows not to drink city water. But the very best water known to man and plants is naturally distilled, rain water!! Use a pump or gravity fed. Use only for drinking and cooking or for the whole house and garden. plus…once its done, its free water for life.
Good lighting is not only a safety concern, but it will also add life and beauty to your outdoor space.
Doors & Windows
We install new doors and windows as well as Storm or Security doors and windows.
We repair maladjusted closures replace hardware or upgrades. We can make the rough opening larger for larger Jamb and door.
Replace thresholds, put in new weather stripping. Caulk around brick mold and windows.
Home Security /Automation
Wired cameras are preferred. Wireless does have a place in certain applications. Keeping your DVR hidden is key, so that includes all the wire going to and from the recorder.
- Camera mounting
- DVR or NVR setup
- PoE switch, for network
- fish all PoE, Cat6 wiring
- Install door and window alarm system
There’s lots of great gadgets out there nowadays. But I have a more basic recommendation. If you need a house to cook your eggs, Im not the right guy.
- Smart doorbell
- Smart programmable lights
- Smart watering system
- a POP closet to control all your Media, Security, and Automatons
Aging in place and special needs
Improve safety and ease to allow you to feel confident and independent with everyday tasks in your home. Make your home a living space that functions efficiently for all ages and conditions.
- Curbless shower
- Accessible cabinetry
- Extra wide doors
- Hand Rails & Grab Bars
- ADA Ramps & Stair Lifts
- AIP Technologies
- Organization of a closet space, lower shelf and rack
- ADA Hardware
- Flashing light doorbell announcer
We have worked extensively with rental properties and we know exactly how to bring curb-appeal well within budget. From entire make overs to sprucing up. We are excellent communicators and can streamline a great part of the responsibilities to maximize your time and resources.
Set your creativity free… We can see to the permits, inspectors, scheduling the contractors and subcontractors. Obtaining all the bids, keeping up with the architect and those details. We can orchestrate with experience and skills and report back to you. Leaving you free to design, and plan your space with ease and confidence.