Hopefuls

 

Q. I use YouTube videos for DIY work, RetirexRepair sounds interesting, but why do I need to talk to someone, person-to-person?

A. Online videos are an excellent resource. However, they are no substitute for the type of interaction a live person can provide. The video can’t see what you’re doing, interrupt you if you are about to cut the wrong wire, or explain itself beyond what’s been previously recorded. Even in your project is similar, you may have a variable that requires special consideration. A video can’t account for that--but a real person can answer your questions, provide instant feedback and intervene if necessary.

Q. Once the project is finished, how do I share the project? or I took photos of the finished project, how do I share it with the community?

A. Share however you like. Please tag us @retire_repair on Instagram and like us on Facebook to post your pictures there. Also, email us brandon@peoplesliberty.org

Q. If my project is to install a new faucet fixture on my kitchen sink, everything goes well with my mentor; but a day later, a pipe leaks--or worse--explodes, who do I call?

A. Even the best laid plans go awry. Because you worked with an awesome mentor who knows a thing or two about this subject they probably mentioned where your water shut offs are. Start there and then if you want call your mentor and fill them in and see if they can coach you through it--or call a professional.  

Q. Can I get discounts for fixtures, materials, etc. since I will be working with a retiree from the industry?

A. Possibly. Your mentors may have a connection. We are also working to establish partnerships with local suppliers to support homeowners anyway we can. Not a guarantee, but membership has its privileges. 

Q. I want to change a light fixture in my living room, I have not purchased the new fixture yet, do I have to get it before getting in touch with my mentor? Can we start meeting prior to purchasing the fixture?

A. Yes. Before any work begins, you will have an opportunity to speak and meet with your mentor to discuss the work order and create a plan of action for your project. This may include material selection. Just be upfront with your mentor about where you are in the process. They could even accompany you to pick out and purchase the materials.

Q. If I have to buy tools, accessories, screws, paint, etc. at a hardware store, can I ask my mentor to come with to give me advice?

A. Yes. See above. 

Q. I already worked with a mentor a couple of months ago for a tile project, can I request to work with the same mentor for a new project? Can I contact him/her directly?

A. Yes. Once you are connected with your mentor it is our hope that you continue that relationship once the initial project is complete. If this is the case, call them. Also, call just to say, "Hi." Don't be a stranger!

Q. Can I choose to be paired with a mentor who I saw on the website? Can I request a mentor after they are finished with their current collaboration?

A. Matches are made based on a number of factors. While we encourage requests, we cannot guarantee that you get that mentor. 

Q. What if I don’t get along with my mentor?

A. Sorry to hear that. Let us know asap and we'll see what we can do to find a better match for you (and them).

Q. Am I expected to give a gift or pay my mentor for his/her time or guidance?

A. Sort of. Gratitude goes a long way. If nothing else, you should be extremely generous with gratitude and respect. 30 years worth of experience does come easy or cheap (even if you don't get along). In addition to that, there may be some kind of non-monetary mutual agreed upon exchange. Or you could be a sweetheart and give your mentor a gift you think they might like after you get to know them. If not, make the most of the time together by putting forth a good effort. Capisce? 

Q. If an accident happens, who is responsible?

A. Simply put, construction and repair are hazardous activities. We do our best to inform participants of the risks involved with home repair and renovation. Our goal is to build community by connecting people to transfer their knowledge and experience in meaningful ways. That said each participant assumes responsibility for the potential risk of injury or worse happening. It is strongly advised that you have the appropriate insurance policies in place in case of such an event. Our pairings offer no guarantees toward a reduction of personal risk or liability. To reduce any additional hazard please maintain a safe environment and workspace, be diligent in your effort, and opt out when uncomfortable or unsure about an activity and seek a licensed professional. All advice or guidance should be interpreted as suggestive and equivocal.

Q. How do I know I can trust my mentor?

A. We understand meeting new people can be a stretch. You will have a chance to meet your mentor before they ever set foot into your home. Get to know them a little and if you still have a bad vibe, let us know. Btw, we will run a NSOPW check on all mentors. So there is that.  

 

Factors

 

Q. Do I get paid for being a mentor for Retire x Repair?

A. No. At this time we are seeking post-professional, legacy phase volunteers and only asking that you connect with one person or family. If you have the experience, time and energy we’d love to have you join us.

Q. Can I pair with a mentor in a subject that I want to learn more about?

A. This is about community. We hope this happens every single day. 

Q. How many ‘students’ can/should I have?

A. One...to start with. If things go well and you decide you have more capacity, let us know and we can discuss it further.

Q. Who decides of the schedule/times? Is it the homeowner or the expert?

A. Both. Scheduling is mutually agreed upon.

Q. What if I don’t get along with my homeowner? Do I contact Brandon?

A. Yes. The General Contact-er would be glad to help with any problem solving. The sooner you reach out, the better.

Q. I have friends who are interested in helping homeowners, what is the best way to introduce them to RetirexRepair?

A. Send them our way. They can call at 513-295-8354 or email us at brandon@peoplesliberty.org

Q. If an accident happens, who is responsible?

A. Simply put, construction and repair are hazardous activities. We do our best to inform participants of the risks involved with home repair and renovation. Our goal is to build community by connecting people to transfer their knowledge and experience in meaningful ways. That said each participant assumes responsibility for the potential risk of injury or worse happening. It is strongly advised that you have the appropriate insurance policies in place in case of such an event. Our pairings offer no guarantees toward a reduction of personal risk or liability. To reduce any additional hazard please maintain a safe environment and workspace, be diligent in your effort, and opt out when uncomfortable or unsure about an activity and seek a licensed professional. All advice or guidance should be interpreted as suggestive and equivocal.

Q. Do I get paid?

A. At this time we are seeking people on a volunteer basis--but--membership has its privileges and maybe there is something someone can do for you. As long as its good, clean wholesome stuff we'll do whatever we can to make each match as mutually beneficial as possible.