Barbara has new tenants moving in and she had an old garbage disposal that had been leaking to the point of dying. Replacing the unit was an easy fix for the plumber. Rebuilding the base of the sink cabinet was more work. I rebuilt the the base with new plywood and then cut out two pieces of thin plywood to cover the repairs. Everything was primed and painted white for finish.
I am a new member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and, as a Handywoman, I like to attend the Businesswomen mixers. It's my niche, you could say. Tonight's mixer was a sunset sail on Gloucester's Adventure Schooner. It was magnificent. I grew up sailing on my grandfather's boat out of Manchester Yacht Club. Typically my trips to sea have been on the Yankee Fleet to fish (my mother was a fishmonger in Cambridge). It felt very satisfying to be at sea under wind, to heave heavy sails, and walk with mild ocean-motion and a mild tilt of the keel again.
Susan recently closed on a unit in Rockport and needed some help getting it ready. It seems that the seller had ripped up the carpet in this room and then decided to paint the floor planks. We decided it needed a new coat and color. I recommended Porch and Floor Paint in Slate Gray. Susan was really impressed with the results.
LABOR: 2 hrs (one/hr per coat) = $60
SUPPLIES: $25 paint + $10 rollers and liners
So I've been out for almost two-months with my broken ankle. And I lost a lot of clients.
But not this one.
Rita was not on a tight time table and could wait and we stayed in touch. She was a great motivator for me, if only to be able to walk to her on my own two feet and shake her hand in person.
Well Ritahad quite a "to do list"! She had inherited/bought her father's old summer home in Rockport. It's a beauty but needs a help here and there. Top of her list were the front stairs. She wasn't ready to invest in replacing them . So I recommended a great product: DECK CORRECT from Smith Ace. It is a rubberized paint that fills the old wood splits and adds new life to old stairs and/or decking that needs to be fully replaced in 3-5 yrs.
Cape Ann Handywoman broke her "hammer" and is out of service for a few weeks.
In reality, I turned my ankle over a curb and broke my fibula. I am in cast and my right leg can bear no weight for 2-4 weeks. I am not in pain, just experiencing a severe case of frustration in not being able to walk.
Humbling experiences remind us that we need to work on our humility muscle, no?
Karen needed some help bringing an old room back to it's ole glory. She took care of taking down the old wallpaper, only to find that an old door door had been filled within the walls.
I re-plastered all those walls with two skim coats of joint compound, primed and painted them with her colors. From the first time I applied the plaster, Karen saw with glee, in her mind's eye, how the room was being transformed. She kept checking and visiting the room as I worked over a week-long period. When it came to the last step - painting the walls and trim with her colors - I made her wait until I was completely done before giving her "The Great Reveal." Karen's expression of joy, awe and appreciation was priceless.
It's why I love what I do.
LABOR: 9 hours over 5 days @ $30/hr = $270
SUPPLIES: Karen bought everything but I'd estimate as follows for another client with a 12x12 room: $20 large bucket of mud, $15 1gal primer, $10 caulk, $40 1gal wall paint and $20 1qt trim paint, $15 misc (sanders,...
I work with seniors as part of my fulltime job as a Facility Manager for two properties for low income elderly/disabled in Rockport [Pigeon Cove Ledges and Rockport High School Apartments] through Harborlight Community Partners - great company BTW.
I do my Cape Ann Handywoman stuff on the side. But sometimes there is crossover and cross backs.
Cecile and her husband want to "age in place" - meaning they don't want to go into assisted living but be as independent for as long as possible. I get it because I am around it all day long.
They needed a grab bar installed in the bathroom to be able to safely get in and out of the bathtub. That small handle was not going to be enough.
I know there are many other people who need help "Aging in Place." Good thing I know I thing or two about that!
Sally wanted to move from gardening in small containers to growing her vegetables into two 4'x8' raised beds. She saw this video from This Old House and wanted something exactly like it. Together we worked out a supply list and she got her lumber cut, ordered and delivered from Smith Ace Hardware. She got a load of 2 cubic yards of soils from Marshall's Farm Stand dumped in her driveway.
I built the beds and reinforced them with metal straps. I also loaded all the soil and mixed the peat moss into the boxes. Sally wanted them filled to the top and she ordered the perfect amount of soils.
LABOR: 3hrs @ $50 = $150
SUPPLIES: client got everything
Saving your back by hiring Cape Ann Handywoman to do all the heavy lifting? No brainer.