Just leave it to the professionals

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  • Saturday, 09 Nov 2013

I envy men who are able to fix things in their homes because I must admit, I am not a “Jack of all trades’’.

This does not mean that I am unable to fix a damaged tap or fused bulbs.

However, I do not have the confidence to drill a hole in the wall with a drill for fear of damaging the wall.

This does not necessarily mean that I cannot fix a broken window pane.

To be frank, there are certain things that I choose not to do as a matter of preference.

As much as I like to cook simple dishes such as fried rice and noodles, I find it hard to recall the last time I stepped into the kitchen.

This could be due to the lack of need for me to do so.

Furthermore, my wife, as the woman of the house, has never liked the idea of me carrying out chores in the kitchen.

Besides keeping the house clean and tidy at all times, my wife has a knack for fixing things at home.

So this gives me very little opportunity to play the role of handyman, which fortunately, I do not enjoy.

Naturally, I do not like doing stuff like replacing a punctured tyre, climbing the roof to fix broken tiles, or adjusting the television aerial.

I cannot imagine being spattered with paint should I have to give the walls a new coat. This had happened when I first tested my painting skills, or lack of, as a young boy.

I also do not like getting my hands dirty while gardening. However, since my wife loves pottering in the garden, I sometimes got out to give her a hand.

I like to water the plants at home but it has been ages since I did it.

As for cutting grass with a sickle or lawn mower, these are chores which are alien to me.

I do not mind washing the car myself as I consider it a good form of exercise. Doing it on a sunny day while wearing shorts and singlet is kind of cool. But please, do not ask me when I last washed my car.

As for electrical stuff, especially those related to wiring, it is a big no-no for me.

While there are certainly things that we can do ourselves, I believe the role of the handyman should be left to qualified plumbers and electricians.

Based on my experience, I also believe that living skills are developed based on one’s needs and the environment he or she lives in.

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