Tips & Advice
What types of services does a handyman offer?
A handyman offers small, miscellaneous repair and maintenance services, usually for the home. These services might include installing faucets and sinks, putting shelves together, resurfacing cabinets, replacing light switches, carpentry repairs, pressure washing, drywall service, and hanging photos. As a general rule, handymen cannot take on large jobs or anything defined as “structural.”
Does a handyman do electrical work?
A handyman can do minor electrical work, i.e. replace light fixtures and switches, in most states. However, they cannot do anything technical, i.e. anything that touches routing wires or circuit boxes.
Note that for mid-sized jobs that do not require a full-on electrician, but do require some electrical expertise--like fixing wiring in lamps, or replacing electrical panels--there is such a thing as an “electrical handyman” who has obtained an electrical license.
How much does a handyman service cost?
Typically, a handyman service costs in the range of $60-$75 per hour, if the handyman is an independent service provider, based on what is needed to be done in the home. A handyman agency will charge more--in the range of $100 per hour. In most situations, a handyman can also charge based on the project, and will give a flat rate for a standard small project that they know will take a certain amount of labor and parts costs. For this type of job, many handymen will give a quote before beginning. Also, ask if there is a “travel” charge or an “after-hours” charge.
What is handyman service?
Handyman service is also known as a maintenance person or “jack of all trades” specializing in odd jobs and upkeep around the house. The word “handyman” describes people who are “handy,” i.e. good with fixing things--or good at hands-on labor jobs. Handyman service is a standard convenience for people who don’t want to DIY small home projects, but don’t want to hire a licensed specialized contractor either.
Does being a handyman require a license?
Being a handyman does not require a license in all states, but it does in some. Furthermore, some states let individual counties or cities set their own contracting laws. The parameters of what is considered handyman work vs. contractor work are sometimes determined by the dollar amount of the project invoice, so an unlicensed handyman can legally take on a painting or electrical job that is small enough to be under the legal dollar amount. In other places, there’s a definition for handyman work that can be done without a license: i.e. small non-structural repairs.
How can you tell if a dryer vent needs cleaning?
If the dryer surface feels very hot while it’s running, and clothes take more time than the standard cycle to become dry, the vent needs cleaning. Other signs include a very humid or hot laundry room and an excess of lint around the dryer.
Does vent cleaning improve efficiency?
Yes, vent cleaning often improves efficiency, provided there are no other issues with the dryer, and especially if the vent is very clogged before cleaning.
A dryer vent is the opening from the dryer ducts to the outdoors that allows the warm, moist air being processed to escape from back of the dryer. Over many repetitions of this process, it also catches a lot of lint. Cleaning the vent regularly will also make sure that leaves and other outdoor debris won’t clog it.
How often should dryer vents be cleaned?
Dryer vents should be cleaned annually at minimum, but ideally every four to six months, or more frequently if you dry multiple loads daily.
Do dryer vents need to be cleaned regularly?
Yes, dryer vents should be cleaned regularly because clogged dryer vents are a fire hazard (due to the trapped lint) and exhaust fumes contain poisonous carbon monoxide. Less dire reasons are that clogged dryer vents prevent clothes from drying and therefore put excessive wear on the appliance, because it takes more cycles to get clothes dry.