He’s Handy

March 21st

The gate, before

I have a bunch of fixes that need to be done around my small home. Some of them scare me (electric, plumbing) to try myself. Some I’m just clueless where to start (cutting new screening for a window, replacing a bathroom cabinet.) I finally resorted to requesting handyman recommendations from friends on Twitter when Matty caught wind of my plans.

To say his ego was wounded was a bit of an understatement.


Um, my friend? My roommate? Not someone I would expect to use power tools?


Adios, old, saggy gate

Once the all-CAPS screamy voice stopped, I asked if he’d consider building a new garden gate. The current gate is old and sagging. The wood is warped and it no longer opened entirely because the length had sagged lower than the height of the exterior walkway. In other words, it was real damn annoying to use and we’d been doing so for years.

Amazed I own tools

He works

He works

Welcome to the gun show, ladies

Enter Matt, the African educated golfer who swooped into the hardware store and $30 and 2 hours later created an entirely new gate.

The end! New Gate!

There was much personal satisfaction from this little project and much admiration and fawning on my part. I honestly would start this sort of project in a burst of enthusiasm and end up in the ER with 8 fingers. He made it look easy. And in all fairness, from what he says, African prep school is far more practical. They didn’t spend nearly as much time learning useless theorems when they could have been learning how to replace a farm’s water pump, a car engine and apparently — basic carpentry.

Makes my senior year of creative writing look pretty shabby by comparison. Or does it? I did creatively sweet talk him into building the gate with all too effective threat of hiring another man to get the work done.

I’d say I won this little round…


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12 Responses

  1. Can you send him over to my house? I want a side deck built in my side yard…need some carpentry skills!

    Looks GREAT!

  2. Everyone needs a Matt! Good job. He shoudl do a tute on it! with lots of photos of course! LOL. awesome

  3. Oh dear God, how precious is Matt in these photos? Unbelievably cool.

  4. It’s always nice to have a friend at hand, right???

  5. Melissa March 22, 2010

    Handy is hot!

  6. Yay! I love a handy man, and a cute and kind one, to boot. He is a good friend and roomie!

  7. Win-win situation. Yay Matt for stepping in! I have a handy hubby and it is so great. 🙂

  8. He’s so dreamy…

  9. That’s the ticket huh? I need to find some handy man numbers and leave them around for the hubby to see lol

  10. tina in Santa Monica March 22, 2010

    Excellent! Does he do windows, too?

  11. Yay for good roomies. I posted an advertisement hoping to get a new roomie soon. Oh to have such great roomie luck. 🙂