Bill works as a handyman. He does a lot of odd jobs for people in the town where he lives. He usually works on small projects such as fixing doors or appliances. Sometimes he works as a roofer; occasionally he does electrical work. Today he's chopping wood for someone who needs some large logs chopped up for firewood.
Bill gets a lot of calls from people who own large pieces of land. They want him to cut down their dead trees for firewood. When he drives out to someone's home, farm, or cabin he brings a chainsaw, an axe, and other tools for cutting down big trees. He has to be very careful when using a chainsaw because it can be very dangerous. That's why he always wears a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, a mask, and a helmet while he works.
After he cuts a tree down with his chainsaw, he cuts it into smaller two-foot sections. Later, he splits the wood and stacks it for the homeowner. People who use wood-burning fireplaces for heating homes or wood-burning stoves for cooking burn a lot of wood during the winter.
Bill likes to work for himself. He's been doing this kind of work for the last ten years. He's his own boss and he decides how much work to take. He gets a lot of exercise every day, and because he works in many different places every day, he never gets bored. Almost everyone in town knows Bill, and they appreciate the good work that he does for them.
roofer: a person who fixes or replaces the roof for a house.
Now you try it. Read the story. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice.
How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.
- 1. Bill works as a ___________.
- 2A: What's Bill doing today?
- 2B: He _______ _________ wood.
- 3: He has to __________ careful with a chainsaw.
- 4A: Who calls him to do work?
- 4B: __________ call him.
- 5: Bill likes to work for ___________.
- 6: He's his ___________ boss.
- (ANSWERS: 1. handyman; 2. is chopping; 3. be; 4. Homeowners; 5. himself; 6. own)