My kingdom for a ladder.
December 9, 2011 12:12 PM Subscribe
I need a bit of extremely minor home repair... but can't do it myself. Who in the L.A. area would handle this sort of thing?
posted by Justinian to home & garden (19 answers total)
I live on the second floor of a building near Melrose and La Cienega in Los Angeles. I've got what should be an embarrassingly easy problem to fix. I'm 99.9% certain the issue is that the exterior flap at the end of the dryer venting is wedged or otherwise stuck shut. Which makes it impossible to dry clothes. The difficulty? The exterior venting is 20 feet above ground level and I only have a 10 foot ladder. You'd need at least a 12 foot extension ladder (for a total of 24 feet) to reach it and living as I do in the middle of Los Angeles I don't actually know anyone who keeps a 24 foot ladder laying about. I'd buy one but don't have anywhere convenient to store it.
A dryer repair service doesn't seem like the category of person to call. Nor HVAC. I really just need somebody with a 24 foot ladder to haul it out here, climb up the ladder, pop open the vent and brush out any accumulated dryer lint at the end point. That should be a 5 minute job. If I had access to such a ladder I would absolutely do it myself.
So this may be a dumb question but what type of repair guy should I get to do this? Any recommendations in the area? It is going to stick in my craw to pay somebody to do something so easy but I've exhausted all attempts to fix the problem from inside my unit and 24 foot ladders aren't common for apartment and condo dwellers. Cheaper is good because it's not like there's a chance of botching the job and making things worse.
Oh, yes it is a condo not an apartment so this isn't something there is a landlord to bother about. I'm responsible for maintenance for things of which I have exclusive control, like my dryer venting.