As a building handyman, or “super” as it used to be called, my days are always busy with countless little tasks.
The main concern is the main areas of the building, the common use places like the stairs, the lobby, etc. We can’t risk a loose rug or a slippery step leading to a lawsuit! After that, I am tasked with taking work orders from the tenants, and fixing up the individual apartments. I don’t handle the top level speciality work, mind you, because I don’t have a certification, but I am a fair hand with any number of tools. My two big “no-nos” are plumbing and air conditioning, these jobs I won’t even touch. The most I will do for a warm apartment is to check the thermostat and make sure the batteries are working and the fuses haven’t blown out. If that doesn’t fix the issue, then I call the HVAC contractor we have on speed dial, and they send out a tech to look at the problem. Any one of these HVAC units costs at least a thousand bucks, so I am not going to risk breaking one by sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong. Management has asked me to see what I can do with AC units, because it costs more money to send out for an expert. I told them that if they want me to pick up those new job duties they need to pay for my coursework so that I can get my HVAC certification. But if they won’t train me for the job, I won’t do it.