The customer asked for what? Unusual handyman services
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It’s not every day that Dave Hudson, owner of highly rated SuperDave The Handyman of St. Louis, receives a call from a customer asking him to remove a cat stuck in the heat register. Hudson takes these off-the-beaten-path job requests in stride, even with a sense of humor.
“I’m here to serve so I’m going to do what I can, and if I can do it, I’ll do it,” Hudson says. “Sometimes I just laugh. That’s all you can do is laugh about it.”
Hudson isn’t sure how the cat managed to become trapped inside the vent, but he rescued the poor kitty — tearing a hole in the ceiling and taking apart ductwork to do so. (He repaired both.)
Handyman work usually involves odd jobs — installing ceiling fans, building a wheelchair ramp, patching drywall, etc. However, there are times the jobs actually are odd. From rescuing trapped cats to dog sitting, handymen often do more than make repairs.
Hudson recalls another customer who hired him to paint her home’s exterior, but also thought of him as her personal attendant.
“Every day she’d request of me to get her some cigarettes and beer,” Hudson says with a laugh. “I did. We were there for about two weeks. I know I went 10 times.”
Bob Vecchio, owner of highly rated The House Doctors of Cleveland, relates to Hudson’s experience. During his 39 years in the handyman business, customers have asked Vecchio to dog sit, take a car to get an emissions check, dust furniture — and clean up dog poop in the yard. “Boy, I wanted to say no to that one,” Vecchio says. “I let one of my men do it, though.”
Usually, these types of requests come from long-time clients who are elderly and when he’s already at the home performing another service, Vecchio says.
“They call me with maybe fixing their toilet, and they’ll say, ‘Bob, can you help us out?’” Vecchio says.
The odd jobs that Annie Delling, owner of highly rated Annie Does What Honey Don’t of Spring, Texas, often involve animals, but are more the traditional type of handyman work. One client asked Delling to create a cat sanctuary for five cats so the pets have a room to play and relax.
“We built a screened-in area with all kinds of play toys, shelves, swings and different things inside of it so they can perch and walk around,” Delling says. “We put in a cat door that goes from the living room to this room that’s kind of like a patio.”
Dog owners won’t be outdone by cat lovers. Delling also created a ramp for a client who adopts disabled dogs. The ramp, which connects to the doggy door, allows the dogs to go outside unassisted.
“We call it a poop deck,” Delling says.
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