All my life I have enjoyed repairing and building things for people. Once when I was five, I
was at my grandparent’s house and I starting taking apart grandpa’s watch and their
toaster. Mom came into the room and started to scold me, but Grandpa insisted that she
let me be. I fixed the toaster. And the watch, well, it didn’t work in the first place.
When I was a teenager, I completed my first major project. My Mom wanted the
basement finished and she hired my older cousin Jim. Being the ever-curious person
that I am, I started asking Jim questions. He put me to work alongside him. We worked
a couple nights a week for many weeks until Jim could no longer work on the basement.
He had become busy with his own work and raising his family. With my older sister’s
graduation coming up quick my mom was concerned it would not be done in time. After
talking with my cousin Jim he asserted that I could finish it by myself. He said he would
guide me along over the telephone. With the guidance of my cousin and my dedication, the
job was completed before graduation. Mom was delighted and proud.
1970-1973 I Graduated from St.Paul Technical Vocational Institute with Diplomas in
Electro/Mechanical Technology and Electronics Technology. I also, received my FCC
license with radar endorsement. During my studies I received awards for outstanding
student and perfect attendance.
In 1977, I bought my first duplex; A few years later a double bungalow. The ensuing years
of working on the properties, pulling permits and passing required inspections built an
excellent foundation to perform construction, installation and repairs properly. Without
knowing at the time this started my path to the creation of The Handyman Can!!!.
From 1972 to 1983, I worked for Gould Battery in engineering department as a product
and applications technologist. The title was fancy but the job and problem solving skills
gained contributed to becoming a handyman. While there, many home problems were
solved over lunch with some engineers who also owned duplexes. Many of the jobs I get
challenge me to solve a problem along the way to making the repair, installation.
Fast forward to 1995, I began my handyman business. In 1997, I sold the duplexes. And
in 1998, I earned my license and incorporated The Handyman Can!!!. Many jobs along the
way have challenged me requiring new skills and methods to be learned for solutions to
repairs, installations and builds.
Every day I enjoy serving new people. I love what I do.