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Meet Paris's Leading Female Handymen
 

Meet Paris's Leading Female Handymen

 
All you wanted was a working toilet. Now, you're holding back an eye roll as your benevolent handyman mansplains the art of proper flushing to you. Women and machinery, they just don't mix—right? Allow us to introduce Aude and Mona, the two Parisian handywomen behind France's first girls-only repair business, Le Sourire de la Plombière. Their specialties include fixing pipes, remodeling bedrooms, and drilling through stereotypes one high-voltage power tool at a time. Ahead, they tell us how the manly world of home repairs could benefit from a feminine touch. God, they hold their tools like such girls.
 
WHY HOME REPAIRS?
Mona: One, I get to create, to make things, and the results are very concrete. Two, I get to be independent, autonomous, define my own hours, and work for myself.
Aude: I'm with Mona on this. I spent a lot of time working in more 'abstract' jobs, and at a certain point I felt an urge to do someting concrete, to work with my hands. I find it deeply satisfying to see the immediate results of the work: when we arrive, something is broken. By the time we leave, it's fixed!
 
WHY DON'T MORE WOMEN GET INVOLVED IN THIS KIND OF WORK?
Mona: Several reasons, I think. First, the way we bring up boys and girls: a girl is more likely to see herself as a nurse than an electrician. But even if the mentality changes, there's a physical aspect that can't be overlooked: manual labor is physically, and psychologically difficult... Getting dirty, being in pain, being too cold or too hot... these aren't exactly selling points for a lot of women!
 
WHAT ADVANTAGES (IF ANY) ARE THERE TO BEING A REPAIRWOMAN AS OPPOSED TO A REPAIRMAN?
Mona: To me, the number one advantage is the sense of trust we're given just by virtue of being female. Clients tend to trust us instantly. They'll leave us the keys to their apartment, give us blank cheques that they've already signed... they feel safer, more reassured with us somehow. Besides that, I think we approach repairwork differently from men: we pay lots of attention to finishes, we're incredibly detail-oriented, with a greater aesthetic sense. I think our clients appreciate that more 'delicate' approach. 
Aude: Totally agree with Mona. On a purely practical level, our smaller size also helps us get into harder-to-reach spots. Sometimes we're on a job and we think, "how on earth could a big, stocky guy ever squeeze himself into this tiny cupboard to get to this pipe?" Answer: he can't—but us? We can! 

In Paris and need something fixed? Book a bricolage session with Aude & Mona here. Know a gal who's crazy about overalls? Forward her this email.
 
 
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