Service Call

A classic conundrum.

The new appliance is just slightly larger than the old range top. Approximately one half inch must be trimmed from each side. The cuts must be neat, precise and accurate for best visual results.

Hardly a job for a Sawzall ,jig saw, circular saw or router. The Oscillating Multi-Tool however, is perfect. With a straight edge guide clamped in place the little finish tool slowly leaves a perfect kerf.

New range unit fits perfectly.

Other Multi-Tool applications:






Many times have I reiterated a reiteration I reiterated many times in the past but still am I surprised when I must reiterate my reiteration yet again.

There is no such thing as a simple job.

People ask what will be the cost to fix this? Many times I answer: ” I have no idea” and this is why:
there really is no such thing as a simple job.

Many jobs are not straightforward out-of-the-box repairs.

The other day I went to tighten a stretched out cable for a suspended bird feeder.

Simple enough.

Loosen the clamps, pull up the slack and tighten the clamps once again.

Unfortunately, the cable had not stretched. The fascia board loosely attached to the house was the culprit and became even looser when I stretched the cable taut.


20 feet above ground on a ladder and a good chunk of the afternoon to detach and reattach everything properly with reinforced hardware so the bird feeder cable would not sag was the actual repair requirement.

And this is not the first time things went awry in a quick hurry.



So reiterate after me:


So to install a tipout sponge tray is not a difficult job with a new kitchen cabinet.

Plenty of space to swing tools around and attach screws without counter tops and sinks
in place to block access to screws and hardware.

Howsomeever, retrofit a tipout sponge tray in an existing cabinet and there is a
completely different job with completely different access and space requirements.

In spite of all the modern new ratchet gizmos and power drill attachments only one tool
still really works in that cramped crowded workspace- the good ole fashioned handheld
offset screwdriver.

Yes, I bought a set back in the good ole days and every so often, they still come in handy!

A thing of beauty and a joy for ever, get yours today! You never know when you will need one!

Walmart still sells them! CLICK LINK

Just another day on the job here at the International Handyman Headquarters.

To paraphrase the famous philosopher Forrest Gump “Repair work is like a box
of chocolates, you never know what you will get!”

For some reason this car found a shortcut into a downtown office building.

Needless to say, scheduled repair activities were suspended for the rest of the day
and a good part of the evening.

Well past sunset the wall was finally fitted with a lally column,
ceiling brace and boarded shut.

Fortunately the office was vacant with no injuries to vehicle occupants.

The building not so much.









Something I do not see very often- a commercial metal door jamb 1 full inch out of square!

The strange part?

This door jamb has been misaligned from the date of original installation
some 30 years ago and has worked more or less satisfactorily since the air seal
was not important to overall function.

Recently, however, with age, the door sagged just enough to mill a scrape
mark on the aluminum threshold and bind so to open and close the active door
without effort was a problem.

My assignment was to adjust the door back to original operational specifications
WITHOUT resetting the entire jamb.

Easily accomplished with a few shims.

Now the door works as just as it did when first installed with the lock bolt and
latch properly aligned and the threshold unmolested by door sag.

But the jamb is STILL 1 inch out of square!

I can economically fix what is broken, but not always repair everything that is wrong!



Sometimes varmints attack from below
CLICK LINK HERE and sometimes varmints attack from above!

Last week a family of racoons decided to take advantage of the junction between two roofs to
make themselves a home in the attic of this house. So the solution was to box the space shut
with some screen and cover the screen with plywood wrapped in flashing. They may chew through
all the layers, but their teeth will hurt!



Cartridge Fuse Boxes are creepy to work around even with really heavy duty
rubber gloves to protect living tissue (my hands!!) from damage of the electrical kind.

It takes a hearty, robust, all purpose tool to work with the unwieldy cartridge fuse
around high voltage, not some flimsy $12.00 pair of plastic pliers sold at tool supply
stores everywhere.

Fortunately, such a tool is easily made from scrap PVC 1×2.

Cut a hole the diameter of the fuse, cut a slot on the table saw, run a screw and
wing nut through the two halves to clamp the tool tight around the fuse body and
boom! you can safely remove and replace one of those big 100 watt cartridges with
no fuss, no muss, no bother!