Here in Gloucester, we have the world famous Lobster Trap Tree.Using this iconic holiday symbol of the Gloucester and Cape Ann, I design and build miniature lobster traps and turn them into wreaths and Christmas tree ornaments.
I helped Linda rescue her bulkhead before it got too worse. I ripped out the rotted jams and removed the rusted hinges on the bulkhead doors and jams. I replaced them with Koma trim (Koma is a PVC, or hard plastic, board that cannot rot; it also doesn't need to be primed before painting). I installed them with stainless steel screws, and new hinges. I added a break board to ensure the door doesn't flop open from left over wood - an added a hook-n-eye clasp to keep the other door sopen and "not bang on her head."
I also cleaned her gutters and installed a Gutter Guard cover them to make sure the leaves would not clog them again.
I helped Barbara, who met me at Hometown Ace Hardware, install her rug tiles in her apartment because I've worked with a lot of tile installations. She was in her upper 60's, a capable independent free-spirit woman, but didn't feel comfortable doing this job on her own. She bought all the supplies and I was hired to came in to align the rug tiles and cut them to fit. It was an easy job for me and Barbara was over the moon to find someone to help her make her apartment look amazing.
COST: $60 labor | 0$ supplies. I had all the tools necessary to complete this job.
I worked with Linda to replace her rotten stairs to the entrance to her front door. I ripped out the old and rebuild the stairs using pressure-treated wood and stainless steel screws. I am going to come back and rebuild the landing deck over the winter.
COST: $150 labor | $150 supplies.