August 28, 2005

“K&J Home Repair” to the Rescue.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 3:25 pm

I have often said that if I can’t fix something with a hammer and/or duct tape, I need a pro. However, some “jobs” aren’t big enough to get a pro to do them.

This was the case following the installation of new carpet in the bedroom in the House by the Parkway. The rug guys cam in and installed the new carpet and did an excellent job. The problem is that the six doors that open over the carpet were rubbing into the carpet and needed to be cut down.

This would be a no-brainer for anyone with a modicum of handyman skills and a power saw. I don’t have even a modicum of such skills and handling a power saw could ruin my day and screw my guitar playing in one second flat. I won’t own one of those scary-ass things.

What to do? One of the “No Job too Small” guys in the paper would likely find this job to be too small, their advertisements to the contrary notwithstanding. And, if they didn’t find the job to be “too small,” they would probably charge me a hundred bucks per door, as each door had to be carried downstairs and cut outside on the deck.

Yesterday, Ken, my bodyguard, and Jeff, da Chef of da Future, two of the Usual Suspects, got word of my problem and said, “We’ll be there at noon.” Precisely at noon, they roared up to the house, equipped with tools and a power saw and went immediately to work.

They did everything, including lugging the doors up and down the stairs. My job was to “hold the light.” The entire process took a bit more than an hour, which was replete with non-stop ball-breaking all around. Now all six doors open and close without touching the carpet.

Afterwards, I took them out for lunch and beer.

There aren’t many things more valuable than good friends.


  1. Amen – there’s NOTHING like good friends.

    Comment by Kate — August 28, 2005 @ 7:31 pm

  2. You’re right – with good friends, no job is too small. Or too big. (And don’t underestimate the skill required to “hold the light.” We all have our necessary roles in life!)

    Comment by Shamrock — August 28, 2005 @ 7:55 pm

  3. My friends always end up screwing the job up so it costs me more to have a professional come in and fix it right.

    Wait… You give them beer AFTER their done??

    Comment by Dan — August 28, 2005 @ 9:06 pm

  4. Hmm. I just bought a house. Are beer and food the only things needed to turn K&J into my very good friends?

    Comment by marydell — August 29, 2005 @ 7:01 am

  5. Haven’t met Jeff but Ken *is* one helluva guy. I hope he attends the next fest! Please tell him I saiid hello!

    Comment by zonker — August 29, 2005 @ 8:16 am

  6. People who attended the Jersey Blogmeet last year know both of them, as they were the able-bodied bartenders.

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — August 29, 2005 @ 8:27 am

  7. more like family, wait a minute….better then family we don’t argue

    Comment by chef of da future — August 29, 2005 @ 6:51 pm

  8. … you got that right.. I had two buds come over and assist in the demolition of my deck yesterday… made short work of it… if I’d been stuck doing it on my own, it would have taken two days… the three of us finished it off in two hours… nothing like good friends…

    Comment by Eric — August 30, 2005 @ 8:19 am

  9. That is outstanding! I need friends like that *grin* I’m so glad they were able to get it done for you!

    Comment by Teresa — August 30, 2005 @ 10:41 am

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