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I'm Rob, based in Iver, Buckinghamshire. Self employed Handyman. I was in the RAF up until August 2014 when I got medically discharged after 22 years service. I got Type 1 Diabetes so they didn't want to employ me anymore (I was signed on for 30 years). I was in the communications field and retrained in Fibre Optics, but my Father has Vascular Dementia so after I left I was helping Mum out with him as she was still working. She retired in October 2014 and wanted to take him on a cruise, while they were away I redecorated their house and thoroughly enjoyed it. Because of the care needed I couldn't take full time work in Fibre Optics so I kind of fell in to being a Handyman, working for my neighbours mainly. I have now decided to make more of a push at it and have been advertising on my community page on Facebook and also my Parish Magazine, I'm fully booked!

My main pleasure is painting and decorating, also gardening. I have a regular customer base from week to week which allows me to book in other 'one-off' jobs for people when I can. In the last 2 months I have: fully boxed in a sink for a chap with learning difficulties (probably my most rewarding job, not financially, but because it was for him and a test of my carpentry skills), painted hall/stairs/landing with gloss work to 7 doors and a staircase in white, a lot of gardening, gutter clearing, gutter repair, curtain rails, blind fitting, lino laying, felt roofing to outbuildings, kitchen cupboard repair, mirror hanging, lock replacement, light fitting, flat pack furniture assembly, picture hanging, coat hooks, tiling and even lorry cleaning!!! Loving it. Most of my work is now 'word of mouth' and like I say, I'm fully booked - actually had to turn down a job the other day, which I don't like doing.

When someone calls with a request I always go and have a look first before committing myself - I then know if I am able to do the job or not, if its out of my skill set for example then I will say I can't do it, rather than attempt it and bodge it up. I especially go and look first if its gutter work! I need to know I can get all the way around safely on my ladders as I am a one man band, so nobody to foot ladders for me - been lucky so far!

Anyhow, thats me, looking forward to some valued advice and those ever so handy tips!!

Rob


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Hi Rob, and welcome to UHM from yet another handyman - your business sounds very similar to mine - I've found a lot of useful tips on here, and a lot of friendly advice.



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Just new myself but thought I'd say hello to a fellow newbie also! :)

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