Retired Tradespeople Lend a Helping Hand

Earlier this year, Klein tested your knowledge of the variety of careers within the electrical industry. From journeymen and master electricians to commercial, residential, industrial or even line workers, the options are almost limitless. But with so many career electricians retiring, we wondered what they do after stepping out of the profession.

When it becomes time for tradespeople to put down their pliers, after years of dedication to their career, it’s common for them to find new ways to put their skills to good use. Outside of working their own DIY-style projects, many retired tradespeople turn their trade into a hobby, using their tools and tricks after hours to help others.

Specifically, a lot of existing volunteer groups lend a helping hand to senior citizens, completing necessary safety renovations in their homes. The growing aging population leaves a demand for communities to meet different housing needs, and according to Home Advisor, many seniors wish to remain in their homes indefinitely. At the same time, however, they are hesitant to make the upfront investments that would allow them to stay.

DIY projects cast unforeseen costs, and identifying current risks and making modifications can be overwhelming. Fourtunately, with the help of groups like the Retired Trades People Association of Merritt, the Tuesday Toolmen and so many others, household repairs for senior citizens become more manageable.

These small, but necessary, renovation projects help prevent injury throughout the household, in places like the bathroom, kitchen, stairways and the exterior.

Bathroom repairs are most common – 48 percent of homeowners have considered installing grab bars around the tub or shower, or installing shower seats. Meanwhile, 24 percent have considered renovating entrances or stairways, including a variety of projects such as double handrails, widened doorways or even entrance ramps. Other common repairs include base cabinets with rollout trays and lazy Susans, adjustable/handheld showerheads or planting low-maintenance shrubs and plants.

Some groups even complete home inspections to evaluate any hazards in the home and recommend safety modifications. Because these are mostly minor projects, volunteers avoid competition with contractors, completing renovations that went otherwise unnoticed.

These tradespeople aren’t just lounging in their #JourneymanCave, they’re making a difference all while getting the job done.

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