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September 04, 2022


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Especially now, when everyone seems able to find jobs that they want, "handymen" are pretty picky about what they do. Being human, I guess there are things that are more fun to deal with than others. My problem is in trying to get small, knit-picking jobs done. Maybe it's beneath their dignity?

That rotted frame does look difficult to work with. Knowing you, I'm sure that you know how stable your composite pieces are. Composites don't rot, but some do absorb moisture and deteriorate.

Cop Car

I failed to mention how much better your fixes look than did the "before" structure.


If the handyman had told me he only wanted to do the painting - fine, I wouldn't have wasted 2 months thinking I had the window issue covered and would have continued the search (and then another 2 months wasted on the window replacement company - and that doesn't count the time of searching for anyone to come out anyway).

Sorry, the trim is PVC, not composite. Being covered with the cement backer board, not much moisture should make it's way there anyway (not impossible, just less likely. If I'm lucky, it will only be there until next spring/summer.


Oh, and I've told each of the companies that they can cut off the railing for access to that window since I need to replace the ramp anyway in the not-to-distant future and it isn't the outside railing.

Cop Car

It is frustrating dealing with people who are unwilling to let us know their "conditions". Cecil did fine work - on the projects that he undertook - but there are still a bunch of things on the to-do list that he didn't want to do. Well...to be fair...there were several months during which I would only let him do outside jobs (COVID) so I can't blame him for the inside jobs, I guess. He last communicated about a year ago - letting me know that he was booked up for the rest of 2021.

Ah! PVC. I guess that is OK in moist conditions since some fresh water and sewer piping is PVC these days.

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