Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Handymen Crisis in Sri Lanka: Headaches, Tricks and Dodgy Work

Getting work done around the house - everything from plumbing, home maintenance, paint jobs to refits and renovations - can be a real nightmare in Sri Lanka (and, for that matter,  probably elsewhere in the world too). I don't know what it is about this area of the manual labor workforce, but I've personally had my fill of headaches, dirty tricks and dodgy work practices to last me a lifetime. 

As it's currently the bane of my existence, I can safely tell you I've wasted hours comparing stories with neighbors, colleagues and friends (basically whoever will listen), as well as more than my fair share of time venting in frustration. So much so, I'm dedicating a whole blog post to the "handymen crisis in Sri Lanka"!

So tell me, do you know of any person who has never gotten upset with their handyman or tradesman in Sri Lanka?

No? Well, you are not alone...  Join my unhappy chappy club!

Let me start with my story...

As I've mentioned before, I've been based in Colombo for over five years now. This is quite a bit of time when you consider the number of things that break down or require maintenance around my house. I have been utilizing my current handyman's services for quite awhile though I also use other handymen at times for specific kitchen or bathroom projects where they have specialist trade skills.

My regular handyman's name is Saman, and I would ask him over to perform odd jobs every now and then that includes...

** Please note, the full blog post has been removed as parts of the blog content will be edited for inclusion in an upcoming publication by the author. More information will be made available on the Adventures in a Tuk-Tuk Blog in due course **

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