James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald is a handyman and home improvement freelance writer with over a decade of combined experience in various trades. In his personal life, he is an avid DIYer who's always on the lookout for the next exciting project to tackle. After spending the entirety of his personal and professional life working with his hands, James now shares his experience with several home improvement publications, including The Spruce.


  • 10+ years of experience in a variety of trades
  • Knowledge of carpentry, arboriculture, landscaping, plumbing, painting, gardening, and animal husbandry.
  • Articles have appeared on Bobvilla.com, FamilyHandyman.com, and HomeServe.com


James's first job as a ranch hand and grounds maintenance assistant at a rural retreat center in Northern California introduced him to animal husbandry, carpentry, plumbing, painting, landscaping, and tree work.

After spending several years at this establishment, he underwent a carpentry apprenticeship under a general contractor and master builder in California's Napa Valley. There, he learned the ins-and-outs of rough framing, finish carpentry, and concrete forming while building custom homes and renovating upscale houses.

He then joined a tree care company in Occidental, California, where he worked as a tree climber and aerial lift operator on some of the largest trees in the world.

Finally, he combined all of these skillsets to become the lead maintenance technician at a rural retreat facility in Petaluma, California. In addition to handling new construction, remodels, painting, plumbing, landscaping, and caring for the farm animals at this facility, James also taught a gardening class and used the garden's produce to supply the facility's kitchen.

Today, James shares his experience with homeowners across the nation with his writing on home improvement and offers a handyman service to residents of the Lewis Clark Valley in Washington and Idaho.

Expertise: Carpentry, Arboriculture, Gardening
Location: Clarkston, WA

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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