Thursday, October 03, 2019

I live in a relatively small community with an average “permanent population” of under 100,000. True, the large amounts of tourists and family visitors make this place feel much larger than it is, especially when one tries to drive through heavy traffic across town. The last few years have brought vehicles lined at stoplights and crowded shops and restaurants. It’s the opposite to my earliest days here when one zipped across town in a few minutes, parked anyplace, wandered through well-stocked, uncrowded stores with quick check-out cashiers.

This community primarily draws a sports- and retirement-oriented population. So, there’s young and old with reasonably good medical options for a middle Oregon outpost. For hoards of retiring baby boomers wishing to remain active, this place has become a draw. There’s construction everywhere and of every kind from the most expensive to whatever passes as “affordable housing” (surely an oxymoron if ever there was one).

Besides traffic and crowds, my main problem is the construction, which consumes so many skilled crafts persons. It’s become nearly impossible for a not very handy or well connected homeowner to find help. Those tradespersons capable of repairs and services are for weeks-out busy.

The last big rainstorm impacted my gutters which need fixing before real winter sets in. Several weeks ago, I began calling for help, but you know, all over town gutters had been impacted, and I landed on waiting lists. Help never materialized and meanwhile winter has begun “springing up”. This week, I began looking up handyman services, took a chance, and called a guy with a couple of good reviews. He has a nice voice, says he can repair gutters and could be here early next week.

What’s a person to do?

I’ve been a victim of handymen who couldn’t or didn’t deliver what they promised and overcharged as well. Some have performed work well-enough that it passes as good on a first glance, with only later me discovering the errors, omissions, and needs for rework. I kick myself for not being able to assess better new repair work. Sure, I’ve learned and am maybe a little smarter, but still, today’s circumstances force me to trust another unknown.

Anyway, he’ll be here and we’ll move on. The acid test of his repair (if even he can do the job) will be our next big rain, or heaven forbid a big snow storm. When moisture loads weight on the gutters, here’s hoping they will be able handle it and remain fastened.

Dear Friends: A friend’s guy declares, “If you’re not handsome, be handy!” Diana

3 thoughts on “Help!

  1. Part of the gutter on our sunroom over the dog run was torn off by last winter’s snow sliding off. I figured out how to replace it, but it’s about #30 on the list of things needed to be done. The house didn’t have gutters until I added on in 1991. I may not replace that part. The only place we really need them is over the deck, doors and the garage. Also I was wondering how your carport did in the heavy shoes of the last few winters. Did you have to rake the snow off them a lot? We now have two vehicles not under cover and I would like to finally assemble the two that have been in boxes about 5 years. (Before you burst out laughing, I still have to figure out where to put them. And it’s at about #22 on the need to do list. None of this has been helped by the fact I’ve needed to be in Portland this week because off major medical issues that came up with both parents. Mom’s been in Portland Adventist Hospital since Sunday, but is getting transferred to a SNF across the street from the hospital.We’ve had a 24 hour caregiver at home but after a recent bladder infection and nearly going into renal failure from her Lasix dose being too high, she still requires 2 person transfer help. Hopefully she can get strong enough to return home. Her doctors don’t feel she is at the hospice stage yet. Meanwhile my dad developed 2 more osteoporosis compression fractures in his back and the previous process of evaluation, insurance approval and treatment which only took 4 days has stretched out to two weeks. My dad is finally going to have the treatment procedure early tomorrow morning while my mother is getting transferred.) Sorry to digress, but actually even though I’ve been running around the hospital like an intern, people have been really great here. It doesn’t hurt to say Pardon me, I’m a 67 year old psychiatrist and I have two 97 year old parents floating around your hospital and wondered if you can help me get….” They usually do a double take and come up with a solution.

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  2. I’m sorry to hear that your folks are ailing, Bill. Good for you for being there with them and able to help. As to the carport, it’s held up through all the last 5 years of weather and still looks good. It’s carried heavy snow loads and so far without collapsing or losing its protective skin. Fingers crossed!

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