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Virtual handyman service can help you with DIY projects | 3 On Your Side

PHOENIX (3 On Your Side) – When Lam Doan had a problem with his shower faucet, his first thought was to try to fix it with glue.

“I just wasn’t sure,” he told 3 On Your Side. “It’s not one of those things where you could just Google.”

Fortunately, his second thought was to ask for help, so he started a Zoom video chat on his phone with Fixer.com, a virtual home repair service.

“They analyzed it from all different perspectives, and they’re like, ‘Well, on the knob there’s this little thing that you have to pull out and then once you do, you have access to the screw.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that was so easy! Good thing I didn’t put glue on it,'” Doan laughed.

Mike Evans, the CEO of Fixer.com, says the business started as an at-home handy-person service, but quickly shifted to virtual appointments when the coronavirus pandemic began.

“It turns out, with a coach and a screwdriver, most people can fix most things in their home,” Evans said.

Most of the projects tackled on the platform are small — fixing running toilets and leaky faucets, installing new light switches, or hanging curtains. To date, hundreds of people have used the virtual service, Evans said. According to the company, its home repair specialists who conduct live video calls with customers are licensed and insured.

“Usually what happens with the more complicated things is people just want somebody to say, ‘You know, I was thinking about installing this myself. Where do I start?'” Evans said.

Across the country, contractors and other companies are offering similar virtual house calls. Evans expects the trend to continue long after the pandemic is over.

“This is the new way to do things. It’s so much more convenient,” he said. “It’s

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These Upper East Side Bathrooms Are Open Despite The Pandemic

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Among the many small inconveniences imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has been the temporary closure of public facilities we once depended on for comfort — or a bathroom break.

Thankfully, some public restrooms remain open, and a new report by the Manhattan Borough President’s office compiled more than 100 of them across the borough, including their hours and wheelchair accessibility.

Patch put together the 13 public restrooms that remain open on the Upper East Side — here they are, ordered, roughly, from furthest north to furthest south. Scroll to the bottom to click through the interactive map from the Borough President’s office.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Central Park at 110th Street between 5th and Lenox avenues
7:30 a.m. – dusk
Wheelchair accessible

Conservatory Garden
5th Avenue, 103rd Street to 106th Street
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Not wheelchair accessible

East River Playground
FDR Drive, East 106th to East 107th Streets
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Robert Bendheim Playground
East 100th Street and Fifth Avenue
7 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Cherry Tree Park
3rd Avenue, East 99th to 100th streets
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Samuel Seabury Playground
Lexington Avenue, East 95th to 96th streets
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Stanley Isaacs Playground
FDR Drive, East 96th to 97th streets
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Carl Schurz Park
East End Avenue and East 87th Street
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Catbird Playground
Gracie Square and East End Avenue
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Kerbs Boathouse
Central Park – Conservatory Water, East Side at 74th Street
7 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

John Jay Park
Cherokee Place and East 76th to 78th streets
8 a.m. – dusk
Not wheelchair accessible

Twenty-Four

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