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Need a son to help out? Rent one

Carol Kuczora’s son lives too far away to spend time on major projects around her Grass Valley house, so she rents a “son” to complete the large projects Kuczora cannot do alone.

In a twist on the handyman concept, John Wingerd offers “Rent-a-Son” services to Nevada County residents. His motto: For all the things you’d want your son to do if he had the time.

“I was charmed by the idea because I have a son who is no longer able to do these things. … So I adopted this one, and I work him hard,” Kuczora said.



Every Saturday for the last few months, Wingerd has helped Kuczora install floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, crawl under the roof to re-cover a heater conduit, and much more.

“He’s such a lifesaver. All these things that I’ve procrastinated on for years suddenly get done,” she said.




For $20 an hour, Wingerd will do almost anything to help around the house and yard. He has re-roofed a shed, fixed light switches, mowed and weeded yards, helped pack and move a household, dusted for cobwebs in high places, fixed leaky faucets and made dump runs for people, to name just a few tasks.

Wingerd, who also works at the Nevada City Children’s Library, said Rent-a-Son provides him with the satisfaction of helping people finish long-put-off projects.

“I enjoy helping people live independently to not worry about all the things that pile up,” he said.

In fact, it was Wingerd’s own mother who inspired Rent-a-Son. Prior to her death, she lived alone in a large house in Berkeley. His mother felt uncomfortable asking him to help around the house, Wingerd said.

“I saw that need and when I moved up here, I thought, this is something that could help others,” Wingerd said.

So for the past seven years, he has offered his services to those of all ages and abilities. He provides local references, drug- and alcohol-free labor and senior discounts. He will tackle any job, large or small, according to the Rent-a-Son flier.

As for experience, Wingerd has been a son for more than 36 years.

For more information or to contact Wingerd, call 272-7083.


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