Mar 202016
 

I’ve been asked over and over, “just what does under your roof mean?” From basement floors to your ceilings on your top floor, literally, it means if your project is inside your house, Just Let George Do it. From my perspective, there’s not much more to it.  However, given the amount of times I am asked, I guess I should attempt a better definition. I have come up with a multi-faceted way of letting my clients know what I do.

  1. You can be assured that I do perform about 90% of every handyman task for items under your roof, meaning inside your house. But that   doesn’t exclude outside repairs. Like pressure washing/updating decks, walkways and sides of your home. The 10% I don’t do is roofing, attic insulation, concrete walkways, window washing, and some other major projects.
  2. My clients have instant access 24 x 7 to a complete list of the types of projects I’m qualified to perform. It’s called the Just Let George Do It LIST. You can get a new, updated copy by scrolling down and clicking the link over there on the right side of this page. I’ve included all kinds of routine handyman work like electrical repairs, light plumbing, trim carpentry, computer help, Deck building/refinishing, etc.
  3. I’ve programmed a JavaScript into this website that let’s my visitors type in a single word like ‘electrical’ and when the OK is clicked a dialog box tells them if I do electrical work or not. Very simple!

I’ve also excluded projects that technically I could do, but choose not to do.  For example, I no longer carry an extension ladder on my Van.  You many have noticed that I even removed the ladder racks so I can not carry an extension ladder. I’ve decided that for me personally, the risk of injury vs. the reward is not worth it to climb tall ladders.  So, I don’t do roofing, gutters, chimneys, etc.  But I have roofers we can call that do these things full time.

Plumbing clogs (and chimney sweeping) are also excluded as well as working on heating and air conditioning systems. However, I do install thermostats on almost any wired, thermostatically controlled system.  Exception: Carrier has a proprietary thermostat that makes it almost impossible for anyone who is not a Carrier dealer to install a thermostat from Lowes, Home Depot or Amazon. So if you want a nice new WiFi thermostat, just let George Do it. Or if your system is a Carrier, you’ll have to pay Carrier to supply and install it.

Outside painting of house and windows for single story homes only and I will paint/stain/refinish decks, gazebos, pergolas, trellises and outside doors.  and inside of your home, I do all walls, ceilings, trim, cabinets, etc. Inside your home, I paint walls, ceilings, trim, cabinets and I also have indoor scaffolding so those hard to reach two story foyers are no problem. Scaffolding also allows me to replace those high up chandeliers.

You may have furniture that needs repair or touch-ups.  I have a friend who does these things and does it absolutely perfectly.  Much better than I could offer, so I’m not offering to repair or touch-up furniture.

Coincidentally, my two hobbies are also services I offer to my clients. Woodworking and computers. Windows computers are my specialty from Windows XP to the newest Windows 10 (yes they skipped “9”).  Routers, wireless systems and setups are a piece of cake for me. Upgrading your hard drive is a snap with my help. Installing a new display monitor? I’d be happy to help you with the hookup as well as the set up for optimum displaying your screen.  I don’t sell any computer parts or software – just my time. Most computer services are by the hour.

Projects that match my skills are numerous and I love doing them. Projects that last no more than a few days are perfect for me. Examples: installing a few outside or inside light fixtures, mounting your new flat screen and hiding all those unsightly cables in the wall or replacing the storm door or that bedroom door your teen kicked a hole in!  I do say, ‘no job is too small’ but I don’t say. ‘no job it s too big’.  In fact, many projects are too big for me. Building rooms, additions, basement remodels, garage additions, general large remodeling are not for me.

Remember, give a call, text or write and I will come out and take a look at your project. As you know, I always want to see the project first, then provide a free, flat-fee price that is guaranteed not to change, unless you change the scope or tasks or the actual materials prices are more or less than quoted.  As you may also know, I pay sales tax on all the materials I buy on your behalf, because I do not SELL any materials myself.  I only pick them up for you as a courtesy and charge you the same amount I paid. That also means that you can provide any materials you want. I’m only selling a flat fee to install, mount or adhere whatever it is that you buy.

My fees always include all of my anticipated expenses, to arrive on time, install your project professionally and complete it on time and within your budget. You never pay any advance labor fees.  For larger projects I may ask for the cost of the materials in advance but no labor is ever paid until a project is completed. All payments are due on the same day that a project is complete.  Projects are discount-priced for payments by checks only. I deposit checks or pictures of checks or copies using a mobile deposit app and they are credited same day. Projects are priced without discounts for credit card, PayPal and cash payments.

Jun 212015
 

Happy Summer!

Welcome to Just Let George Do It .com!!

We are emphasizing our new home safety program.  Visit our newest area of focus. Click the link in the navigation bar above called Home Safety or click here.

Think about all those projects that you have on your list.  Many may even have been started that remain unfinished? Now think about who is going to finish them?  Do you want to do it yourself?

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I’m George Whittaker; let me help you finish those projects.  You may have storm windows or screens that may need to be changed out for the
season changes. You may have a single story house with gutters that need cleaning.  You may have yard cleanup from fallen tree limbs from that last storm. How many unfinished projects do you have on your list? Which one needs to be finished first? Let G
W do it.                                                                                               

We are starting to specialize in home safety.  Specifically, child-proofing. What about the safety of your home? Is your doggy-door large enough for a toddler to slip through? Is your kitty-door small enough to keep a crawling baby from following your kitty through that door to your basement  steps?
** Parents & Grandparents – PLEASE! Child-proof your home before the unthinkable happens.**
 
The short list of what I CAN help with:
  • Baby, toddler, child safety. Child-proof your home.
  • Home or small office computer services – Wireless, WI-FI, Hard Drives, Setup and transfer of Data to new system. HandymanToolBelt
  • Electrical – add a new outlet, replace a broken outlet, make a 2 plug into a 4 plug outlet.
  • Plumbing – leaks, new laundry sink, garbage disposals, drains, new toilets, new faucets.
  • Carpentry – crown molding, baseboards, wood flooring, laminate flooring, trim work.
  • Wall and ceiling drywall repairs, fill cracks, pictures hanger holes, door knob holes.
  • Painting – Inside. Single walls to full rooms and trim.
  • Seasonal services  – screen to storm, storm to screen changes.  Leaf blowing, gutter cleaning (single story)
  • Pressure Washing walks, siding (single story only), & decks.
  • Install outside play-sets, build shelves in sheds or garages.
  • No charge, full HOME INSPECTION with full report and FREE QUOTES.

This is a very small list that gives you a sampling of what I do.  There is not a complete list because clients ask me to do new things all the time. If you’re not sure if I can do it, just ask! Remember, I always provide FREE flat-fee quotes.

I will furnish all materials for you or you can purchase them separately and I will install them for you.  I will quote the project total before any work starts and you will never pay a penny more than our quoted price unless the scope of work changes or materials cost more than planned.

 

Most projects are completed with a fixed price for labor. No surprises. If I missed it, it’s on me!

Let me help get that ‘honey-do’ list whittled down. Your satisfaction guaranteed or you don’t pay for labor. Visit our About Us page for more detail.
Dec 302014
 

During 2014, I learned two valuable lessons from one project for a great client. We’ll call him Jeff. Jeff called and said he bought some 4×8 sheets of Formica laminate for his main bathroom walls upstairs.  He decided it was too much of a do-it-yourself job so he wanted me to give him one of my free flat-fee quotes to install it.  After all, I have the tools, the experience, etc, etc.   I thought no problem- how hard could it be? After all, I’ve put Formica on cabinet counter tops before and it was fairly easy to do.  Using contact cement, you just spread it evenly on the laminate and the wood counters and when it’s dry, you slap them together and that Formica would never ever move again. It shouldn’t be much different for walls, should it? Right. I never looked at the bathroom before I quoted, I just gave a flat price quote for one full day of labor, assuming that should suffice. Once I started the job, I discovered that the amount of cutting I had to do was about ten times more than I had thought. I had to cut out for lights, wall switches, mirrors and sink.  Lesson one learned.

Then I also discovered that Jeff bought Type 1 adhesive for ceramic tiles to adhere the laminate to the walls.  I told him I wasn’t sure about using ceramic tile adhesive because I had only used contact cement in the past.  He assured me that the Lowe’s guy said it would work fine.  I gave in and started the job. Right off the bat, we ran into our first problem. One of the Formica sheets was broken because of the way Lowes curled it up too tightly.  So we used my truck to go to Lowe’s to get a replacement piece.

Once I was got started, I carefully cut the shapes I needed and started to apply them to the walls using the Type 1 adhesive. This is where lesson two becomes apparent.  The cement did not stick properly to the laminate so some edges and areas had to be held in place by wood strips until the adhesive dried. I worked methodically around the room and got it all done. I actually performed the work in a few hours more than my original quote called for.

So the lessons learned were not going to be as bad as I thought and I was feeling pretty good about the project. That is, until a week later and at least 14 showers later (he has a son and they both shower in that bathroom daily) when I got a call from Jeff telling me that the Formica had developed a large bubble.  I scheduled a visit the next day to see what the problem was.  By the time I got there, more bubbles had erupted and there were now about 5 five major bubbles and one of the pieces above the vanity was starting to come down completely. This time I used my better judgment and brought contact cement with me to fix the bubbles as much as I could.

The section on a wall with a mirror, had to be completely removed and put back up using contact cement. The good news was that the mirror and the sides were already cut out so it simply was a matter of holding it for a few seconds using two people. The bad news was Jeff let his side slip and the piece broke in half so now we needed to go get yet another sheet from Lowes. To add insult to injury, Lowe’s was out of that design until a few days later so I had to come back for a third trip once they came in.  I convinced Jeff to let me take down the piece above the sink completely and do it right using contact cement when I returned.

The following week, Lowe’s got the laminate sheets in to match and I went and picked up the two new sheets for him. I had to start fresh and re-cut both pieces and then install them (of course using contact cement this time). All in all, I wound up with 24 hours of labor plus six hours of driving back and for a quoted eight hours of work. Without exaggerating, I figured I made about minimum wage for this job!

To recap, the second lesson is never do something using the wrong adhesive, especially when you know better.  My problem was I was not assertive enough with Jeff to tell him no. The good news for Jeff was I did not charge him a penny over my original quote. I’ve performed many more small projects for him since and I know him really well now.  I can freely advise him and say no when it’s appropriate. I will also never install laminate on walls again and I will not be shy about telling a new client that what she wants is not right.

Jeff is a great client and I thank him for all the projects he has allowed me to perform.

 

Jun 052014
 

Who doesn’t want to protect the most vulnerable among us?  Our kids, our grand kids, our friend’s kids.  Nobody would turn down an opportunity to grab a child’s hand just before it touches that hot stove burner! Or how about trying to ignore the kid on his way to the space heater in the middle of the room? Of course not – we would all lunge to stop the pain before it happens to avoid the horrible pain and trauma that would happen. So why do so many of us not child proof our homes better? I can’t answer the question for you specifically but I can tell you that for me, with 5 kids and 13 grand kids, child proofing is not an after-thought but a mission that has become a cause.

When he was about 18 months,fast as lightning, and before anyone could react, one of my grandsons put his hand the on the grill of a lit propane heater and had to be rushed Continue reading »

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