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Handygirl vs handyman (by Paul [MA]) Feb 25, 2019 5:53 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Joe [MA]) Feb 25, 2019 5:55 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by RB [MI]) Feb 25, 2019 6:00 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Feb 25, 2019 6:04 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Moe [MA]) Feb 25, 2019 6:05 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Richard [MI]) Feb 25, 2019 6:07 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Paul [MA]) Feb 25, 2019 6:12 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Still Learning [NH]) Feb 25, 2019 6:16 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2019 6:18 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Ken [NY]) Feb 25, 2019 6:22 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by MJ [OH]) Feb 25, 2019 6:24 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by ned [AL]) Feb 25, 2019 6:33 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2019 6:45 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Vee [OH]) Feb 25, 2019 7:03 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Feb 25, 2019 7:19 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Steve [MA]) Feb 25, 2019 7:34 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Small potatoes [NY]) Feb 25, 2019 8:20 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by fred [CA]) Feb 25, 2019 8:29 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Greg [MO]) Feb 26, 2019 1:30 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by WMH [NC]) Feb 26, 2019 4:07 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Robin [WI]) Feb 26, 2019 5:37 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Feb 26, 2019 5:53 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by S i d [MO]) Feb 26, 2019 5:58 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Jim in O C [CA]) Feb 26, 2019 6:03 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Feb 26, 2019 6:55 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 26, 2019 7:41 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Feb 26, 2019 8:28 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Hoosier [IN]) Feb 27, 2019 5:15 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Mar 1, 2019 11:21 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Mar 1, 2019 11:23 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Mar 1, 2019 4:45 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 1, 2019 9:58 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Mar 1, 2019 10:06 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 1, 2019 10:10 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 1, 2019 10:16 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 1, 2019 10:27 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Mar 1, 2019 10:35 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 1, 2019 10:48 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 2, 2019 1:26 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 2, 2019 1:38 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 2, 2019 3:07 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Mar 2, 2019 3:15 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Adele [FL]) Mar 8, 2019 5:59 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Steve [MA]) Mar 8, 2019 6:16 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Paul [MA]) Mar 8, 2019 6:53 PM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Ellen [MD]) Mar 9, 2019 6:20 AM
       Handygirl vs handyman (by Gerry [NY]) Mar 11, 2019 2:20 PM
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Handygirl vs handyman (by Paul [MA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 5:53 PM
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Coincidentally, when I recently responded to a local ad touting "Home Cleaning Etcetera," a former tenant (from more than 5 years ago) happened to answer the phone. Making a long story short, she and her (also female) boss will be coming later this week to bid on cleaning AND the cost of performing several minor plumbing and electrical repairs etc., etc.- in not only several of my vacant apartments - but in the one she once rented from me, as well.

While this situation might not appear to be something I should be having a lot of second thoughts about, I keep wondering if I should cancel the appointment.....

Here are my main concerns:

1. Frankly, I never hired a "handy girl" before and am wondering what pitfalls might be related to this decision.

2. Because the former tenant and I did not have an entirely harmonious parting relating to her security deposit 5 years ago, what pitfalls might I encounter in this regard?

3. How would. you gracefully back out of this deal without stirring up any repercussions? --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Joe [MA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 5:55 PM
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Welcome to the new world! --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:00 PM
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No. --184.53.x.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:04 PM
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Wow. Just, wow.

How about, don’t be a jerk? No, seriously, you booked her time, Follow through, see how they work. Be professional.

And no more calling us grown women ‘girl’ and questioning our skills just because we don’t wear out sex organs on the outside. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Moe [MA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:05 PM
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Seems to me that you should have thought about these matters in the first place! Now, you must follow up without revealing any gender and (or) tenant prejudice!!!! --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:07 PM
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These days, unfortunately, if you get within a block of someone you should have a witness and probably a lawyer with you filming it. For evidence. Goes double if they already have reason to not like you.

This doesn't have a thing to do with competency of who's doing the work. I've had people of all types working for me. Some were good, some not. Of course that was when I owned my construction company.

These days, considering, witnesses almost seem mandatory. --23.121.xx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Paul [MA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:12 PM
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Hi Busy,

They bill THEMSELVES as "Handygirls."

Nevertheless, thank you for your suggestions. --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:16 PM
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Handy person, male or female isn’t the question. Competency and price should be the questions. Previous tenant without going issue with you 5 years ago... I guess that depends how contentious it was and whether or not you and the previous tenant can put it behind and have a business relationship. If not, back out due to that. --24.61.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:18 PM
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If this is some gig these 2 just whipped up for extra cash, I'd certainly pass. I'd also run quick backgrounds to make sure this isn't a quick cash for dope job. --50.107.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:22 PM
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You will be dealing with her boss so both you and your former tenant should just remain civil toward each other,if she turned out to be an owner that might be a different story but just an employee,who cares,the bigger you get the more things like this will happen.As far as being female goes I have had good luck with female tradespeople,the females are better workers often then the guys --72.231.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by MJ [OH]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:24 PM
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Wow, what kind of pitfalls would there be to hiring a handygirl. As a female, I know more about rehab and repairs on a property than a lot of men. I surely hope you do not have any daughters. And if you do, how would you feel if a man thought they couldn't do something because they were female. My dad taught me how to do these things so I wouldn't have to rely on men like you. He also taught me I can do anything I put my mind too. I may have to do it differently than a man because of strength or size, but I get the job done. I cannot believe you are discounting their skill because of their gender. --174.105.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by ned [AL]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:33 PM
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Girls can't fix stuff. Just kidding. Seriously, though...I don't think it's a big deal at all. Just inspect their job careful as you would with any other contractor. --70.92.xx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 6:45 PM
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This could go south real quick. --50.107.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 7:03 PM
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You mention the parting went sour, so now you know where to garnish wages...

--76.188.xxx.x




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 7:19 PM
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Vee’s got a very good point.

Ok, Paul, I cut ya some slack because they used the term. Then again, you knew they were women when you called, so, no questioning the work just because of gender. Be brave, give it a go. As for past interactions, keep it professional, and you’ll get past that. She doesn’t want to show a bad side to her boss.

Obviously, I bristled at the questioning just based on being women. Lots of pretty handy women on this forum. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 7:34 PM
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Some of the most reliable subs that I've work with were "Girls". One of the best drywall finishers I've ever used was "Nancy Gallo Mistress of Mud" according to her business card.

I would go ahead & meet them on site, discuss the scope of work you want & listen to their suggestions on what else might be required. Once you have their written proposal you should be better able to evaluate them. As long as they are licensed for any of the electrical & plumbing as well as fully insured liability & WC and their pricing is fair give them a shot. --96.237.xx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 8:20 PM
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The pitfalls to hiring women to do handy work is that they will get the job done most likely better than some random dude. 'girls' in the trades have to work harder just to show they can do the job. I worked with women learning the trades in a program called non traditional employment for women (new). You might find a similar program in your area that you can partner with or hire from. --66.87.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2019 8:29 PM
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One sunny sATURDAY morning there was a knock on the door.

The Husband went to the door, and there was a cute handygirl. "I am doing a repair job next door, she said, and wanted to introduce myself"...

The man asked: "Do you do painting too?"

Handygirl: "Sure"

Husband: "Great, can you paint the porch? Let me open the garage, you can use the new paint and brush I just bought"...And he went to watch the ballgame.

An hour later the handygirl knocked on the door: "Hi, I finished. Oh, by the way, you pronounce it PORCHE." --99.59.x.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Greg [MO]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 1:30 AM
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Only had experience with one lady that does 'handy work' and she and her crew did and do great work. --192.129.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 4:07 AM
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Aren't you just getting quotes at this point? Keep the appointment you might be pleasantly surprised. A bid is not a contract and you don't have to decide on the spot. --50.82.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 5:37 AM
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They probably advertise themselves that way to screen out chauvinistic time-wasters who think that only men can fix stuff. You should look for a company with "...And Sons" in their name to make sure you hire someone with the strength necessary for turning those heavy wrenches. I'm sure that you'll be able to easily find men who enjoy cleaning as much as they do using tools. With the surplus of skilled handymen and painters nowadays, why take a chance on someone who is attempting to do work that they were never intended to do?

--204.210.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 5:53 AM
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Oh Robin, you are good. Very good. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 5:58 AM
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If you choose to cancel the appointment, do it for #2 (tenant security deposit) and no other reason. But since this was a known issue up front, I'd say you at least owe them the courtesy of giving the opportunity to bid.

On the topic of "handywomen": One of the best workers I've ever hired was a woman. The only problem I had with her is she was so busy it was hard to get her because she was always booking 2 weeks out. She had a FT job doing interior remodeling for area restaurants as well, and she worked constantly. --173.20.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 6:03 AM
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I have a lady gardener. Her and her crew of guys do a better job than the guys I have had the last 20 years.

Ability to do the jobs correctly is the question.

--99.23.xxx.x




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 6:55 AM
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Handling of that security deposit may be the issue. Was it dealt with fairly on your end? If so, you should have nothing to worry about. Tenants get upset at the time, but, if they have ‘moved on’ then no worries.

Of course, how one treats hired help and tenants is often similar. If not fairly, respectfully, then getting good help, keeping good tenants will remain chronic problem. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 7:41 AM
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I'd be carefully considering how bad the parting was and what were the reasons the tenant got kicked out.

If she was a destructive slob and left the place dirty and damaged, I wouldn't hire her to clean and repair.

If she left because of unpleasantness about payment... well, now she has a job.

Two different situations. And you know darn good and well that a woman can clean a house and do little minor electrical and plumbing repairs. If those electrical repairs are not really minor, you should be hiring an electrician. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 8:28 AM
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Fred, that cracked me up! --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2019 5:15 AM
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I agree with Busy and Robin --99.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 11:21 AM
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Paul,

This is a hard no for me due to the unhappy ex-resident. People get strange over just a few bucks and now you want her to have access to your property, lockbox, key...

You will probably find things missing the next day because she left a window unlocked.

I knew a man who was shot and killed in his easy chair in his home by a trusted employee over a $60 paycheck dispute.

Read Ruby Payne's book A Framework for Understanding Poverty. It explains that LYING and STICKIN IT TO THE MAN and REVENGE are OK if that MAN is an authority figure such as police, judge, boss, or landlord.

PLUS

I NEVER give my home address to workers.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 11:23 AM
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Girl? pssh.

I PREFER women to clean and paint because they do a better job - neater, cleaner, details...

Momma picks the house and Momma knows if it was cleaned by a man.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 4:45 PM
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Maybe its just something I am noticing more recently, but I am seeing the female part of the family unit bringing home the bacon more and more and more and more stay at home men.

I personally think that all parties should be contributing financially to the household income, but I don't have a dog in the fight.

Today there was a 22 year male who gets disability....and didn't have any kids at home to take care of. She bust her butt - worked two jobs. I do hope the two of them are in love. Just the same, love will not pay the bills.

--72.23.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 9:58 PM
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Busy,hey girl,how’s she cutting,coming from Northern Ireland and being in construction since age 14 ,in Scotland Canada and here in America worked side by side with all sizes and shapes of different women ,no problem. My little granddaughter just installed a key- pad lock set then went to her regular job as a nurse, with a key- pad number, even I can remember. Paul as far as the work , nothing to worry about as far as getting the money from five years ago, Forget About It!...........Charlie. ................... --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 10:06 PM
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You taught her well, Charlie, my friend. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 10:10 PM
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Fred,I hope that wasn’t Brads new Red “ porch “ Ah well things could be worse???................Charlie............ ........... --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 10:16 PM
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Busy, it’s amazing what they pick up by just watching..........Charlie.......... --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 10:27 PM
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Busy ,in Scotland, I was appointed “ cook” don’t know where that came from?four of us from the same area in a camp of 2000 workers from all over Europe........... Charlie..... must have been from just watching Mamma never heard of Martha Stewart , ,, Before her time............ --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 10:35 PM
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My daughter sure can cook, didn’t get that from watchin’ her momma! Did you know smoke detectors aren’t sold in the kitchen utensil aisle?! How else ya ‘sposed to know dinner is done?

Well, I can make a really good cowboy pie. My own receipt even. Not sheperd’s pie, not fond of lamb. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 1, 2019 10:48 PM
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Regular ground beef is alright too , we used to rear lambs , didn’t like to kill them for Shepard’s pie especially if they had names,, .......... --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 2, 2019 1:26 PM
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Paul, don’t know if you’re far from Weymouth where my daughter lives .the floor was where she hung things up on. NOW different story “ neat freak”.........Charlie.... --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 2, 2019 1:38 PM
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Going out for Pizza to night with another Grandson at a different place,don’t trust ourselves to try it at home , not like Irish Soda Bread,,, ....Charlie............or Shepard’s pie...... --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 2, 2019 3:07 PM
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Busy, you been sneaking a peek at the Tennessee Cookbook again? ..................... Charlie........ --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 2, 2019 3:15 PM
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Gotta talk to Walmart about those kitchen things ! Cjo --32.214.xxx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Adele [FL]) Posted on: Mar 8, 2019 5:59 AM
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Call them and say “Something came up - I need to cancel our appointment”. Give as much notice as possible. Done. --66.87.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Mar 8, 2019 6:16 AM
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So Paul [MA] what did you decide to do?

--96.237.xx.xx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Paul [MA]) Posted on: Mar 8, 2019 6:53 PM
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"Very busy," She will arrive on March 23rd. Will keep you posted.

Paul --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Ellen [MD]) Posted on: Mar 9, 2019 6:20 AM
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According to my husband, "Women are GENERALLY a bit more honest and less likely to find ways to take advantage of the situations others."

Good luck!

Ellen --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Gerry [NY]) Posted on: Mar 11, 2019 2:20 PM
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I would give her a try, but in today's sue happy world, I would never be alone with her.

Gerry

i --173.48.xxx.xxx




Handygirl vs handyman (by Art [NY]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2019 3:11 PM
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Just a quick note:

Reluctantly,I contracted with a "handy girl" because she came in with the lowest bid.

Outcome? While she took little longer than my usual painter, I was entirely pleased with the high quality of her work.

I will definitely hire her again!

Art

--173.48.xxx.xxx



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