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My handyman says when it rains, it pours....LOL

Let me tell you - it's not a good thing to hear this from your handyman. He was here all last Saturday evening fixing my refrigerator (the compressor had died Thursday evening), then he was back Tuesday evening because my A/C had died. He came back the next morning with a stash of filters for my unit to make sure I changed the filter more often - oops.

Then today, I get back from visiting my Mom for a few days and the A/C wasn't working again. So here came the handyman, John, again. After working on unit, he came upstairs saying "Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that your control board needs to be replaced. The good news is that I can hardwire the A/C so the fan will blow continuously until I get back Monday evening or Tuesday to replace it." Hmm, guess which one I chose? The fan is blowing. When it's this hot, it ends up blowing most of the night anyways, right?

As I wrote a check for the cost of the control board, he mentioned that this isn't including the labor cost yet, but we can take care of that later. Like when he comes back to repair my kitchen light switches or my dead electrical sockets. Hmm, maybe I can just hire him on retainer and pay him a monthly fee for life?...LOL OH wait, maybe that's why I'm supposed to get married.....ROFLOL!

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Comment by christi on July 26, 2010 at 6:49pm
It doesn't interfear with quilting time either!
Comment by Janet S. - MO on July 24, 2010 at 8:45pm
What a hoot - between your story and the comments - needed a good laugh!! thanks! :)
Comment by Cheryl / NC on July 24, 2010 at 2:15pm
If he's got 8 kids he's looking at you like he just won the lottery right now! lol! The girls are right, it's cheaper to pay the handyman than feed, clean, and house-train a husband! ;o)

Sorry for your grief, like you said, when it rains, it pours! (But thanks for the giggle!)
Comment by Suzanne L/WA on July 24, 2010 at 12:34pm
Thanks for all the advice.
To answer Paula's question though - yes, he's married. He was referred to me by his oldest daughter who was in the classroom next to mine, several years ago when I first moved into my house and the furnace wasn't working. Since then I've known 4 of their kids and 2 of them have taken my class. (I think they have a total of 8 kids.)
Comment by Trevi in Texas on July 24, 2010 at 11:59am
I think the advice you have been given here is "right on". Husbands are not all "handy" and even some that are don't stay that way forever. Ask if you can pay in installments and have a plate of brownies or oatmeal cookies on hand for that discussion.
Comment by Linda Hughes on July 24, 2010 at 9:23am
Just to chime in here - stick with the handyman. It sounds like you have found a good one and that isn't easy to do these days. The worst position is having a DH who used to be handy, but is no longer. He still thinks he should fix everything himself so doesn't want to hire it out and therefore nothing ever gets done unless you can do it yourself.
Comment by Shannon, ON on July 24, 2010 at 8:23am
The best alternative is to learn to do it yourself!! I am pretty good with a hammer or wrench.I would not touch anything electrical, but I can unclog a drain, refinish wood, use an electric sander......watch the DIY shows and google anything........!!
Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a new A/C.......
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 24, 2010 at 7:52am
How about bribing paying him with chocolate goodies? Worth a try. LOL
Isn't it amazing how things seem to fall apart all at once? Just glad you found a good handyman.... not like that one they show on TV ads who sits around watching pay per view movies on the customer's TV set!
Comment by Barkie/WY on July 24, 2010 at 7:43am
You had better audition any potential husbands. Several plus's -- you get things fixed while finding the one who can do it the best. They are out there if they aren't already taken. :p
Comment by Kathy/WA on July 24, 2010 at 7:09am
I think I would opt for the putting him on a retainer and pay monthly. Spouses require attention, feeding, cleaning up after, just too much maintenance!! After all that TLC you still can't get them to fix anything like the LA rails on my machine, fill in the hole in the back yard because he wanted to have a garden bed in the front yard and moved tons of dirt from the back to the front. We won't even talk about fixing the cars, or household items..... I hope things get better for you soon

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