Where can I find carpentry help for the crafty things I have gathered?

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I have exterior doors n windows n greenhouse but my husband died 4 years ago and my family moved out of town n im 65

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  • Grasshopper Grasshopper on Mar 13, 2018
    What is the question?
  • Grasshopper Grasshopper on Mar 13, 2018
    Never mind.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Mar 13, 2018
    Some senior centers have lists of old guys looking for some part time work.
  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Mar 13, 2018
    If you’re looking for someone to help out for free that can be hard to come by? But if you’re not minding having to pay for the help you might try looking for a handyman in your area. But be forewarned with handymen that not all are as good as they claim to be and don’t know everything they claim neither. Be sure to ask for references with proof of their past handywork. Even this isn’t always going to prove how good someone is, being some of these handymen will take pictures of other people’s work and claim it as their own handy work when it’s not! Never ever give them much if any money ahead of time! Some will just take your money and run and you’ll never see them again! Always make sure they only get paid for the work they have done! Never trust anyone till you really spent some time with them and make them gain your trust! Your always best to work with a Licensed, Bonded, and insured contractor. Their going to likely cost you more than a guy working just as a handyman that’s not legit especially, being these legal contractors also have a higher over head to pay for too! But paying for a legal contractor can ensure you don’t get ripped off and if you do have problems with a licensed contractor you then have legal avenues to go after a contractor thru the Construction Contractors Board ( CCB ) as well as their bond and their insurance company if they do any damage to your home or don’t follow thru with their agreement. Always and I do mean always get a written contract from anyone you work with and hang on to that contract if you ever need to go to court that will prove what’s to be done or not done! Read contract carefully too and make sure everything is covered for what you want done! Any legit contractor will give you a contract without you having to ask for one. So if you have to ask for a contract take that as a red flag that this guy probably not as legit as he’s pretending to be! Always ask for their license number or CCB number and check with the CCB to see if their licensed is up to date as well if they ever had any past complaints! I was a licensed contractor myself for 25 years and I ran across quite a few people that hired handymen that really ripped people off and being their not legal contractors the home owners have little power to legally go after these fly by night handymen that unfortunately sometimes take advantage of people! With that being said, their are some descent handymen out there! But again many are limited to just certain skills and sometimes get themselves in trouble trying to take on projects their not skilled in doing and then the home owner ends up with a huge problem on their hands! So be careful who you hire and make sure they know what their doing! Don’t be a victim to poor workmanship!
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    • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Mar 14, 2018
      If I did live close to you I’d be delighted to show you how to use any of the tools you have. I’ve trained a lot of employees over the years and I don’t mind at all teaching ladies how to use the tools either. I always admire a lady that doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty and aren’t afraid to pick up a power tool. I think it’s great you’re willing to learn how to use your power tools. But be careful cause some power tools can be very dangerous if your not familiar with using them and the tools don’t care whether their cutting wood or fingers! Unfortunately I have had to deal with people hurting themselves with power tools too over the years. So please be very careful using routers and skill saws especially! Hate to hear you ever got hurt!
  • Ken Ken on Mar 13, 2018
    Age is irrelevant Paula, and 65 is not old. It's all in what you want to do and whether you feel up to the challenge.

    I am guessing that you are not seeking carpentry advice but want to hire a carpenter? We don't do that here since this site has a global audience and we have no idea where you are.

    Try ads in local newspapers or postings on bulletin boards in local stores. You could also try homeadvisor.com or angieslist.com if the project is larger. I also use a site called nextdoor.com where neighbors post all sorts of things of interest locally. No cost, and you could describe your project and ask for help from your neighbors.
  • Paula Leach Paula Leach on Mar 13, 2018
    Thank you all for suggestions!
  • Ann Ann on Mar 13, 2018
    Try the shop teacher at a local high school. Or, any easy carpentry books can be had at library or home improvement store. You can rent tools at party rental stores. I’m 72 and built an addition to my home. Craft projects will be easy with the right tools, and videos online. Go for it!
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