Before he was a successful comedian, radio/TV personality, and best-selling author, Adam Carolla dug ditches for a living. After graduating high school with a 1.75 GPA and dropping out of community college, he needed work. He was 18 and on his own, which meant sweeping construction sites, doing earthquake rehab, cleaning carpets, teaching boxing, and instructing traffic school. Hollywood was just down the road, but he didn't dream of stardom.
Carolla, who has just released President Me: The America That's in My Head, a pseudo-political treatise about engineering a less annoying society, took almost as long getting his construction career off the ground as rising to national stardom. He began as a day laborer picking up garbage, sweeping scraps, and stacking dry wall for $7-an-hour. His greatest achievement at the time was saving up $1,100 to buy a used Mazda pickup truck that had barstools where the bench seat had been and an 8-ball for a gearshift knob. He agreed to use it on a work site in exchange for a dollar-an-hour raise.
Carolla continued to work as a manual laborer until a gig hosting Loveline made him a household name in Los Angeles and, subsequently, nationwide. He got famous – The Adam Carolla Show set the Guinness world-record as the most-downloaded podcast of all time and his books In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks and Not Taco Bell Material became best sellers – but he still enjoyed working with his hands. "I'm a good comedian," he says, "but I'm a great carpenter."
Carolla, who now hosts Catch a Contractor on Spike, gave Men's Journal some guidance on what men can do around the house to make sure they don't have to hire a contractor in the first place.
Don't blame mice for being mice. If animals are living in your home despite your wishes, you're probably at fault. There's a simple way to keep them out or convince them to leave: find and plug holes. "Walk around your house, you're going to see vents," Carolla recommends. "Vents up in the attic, under the eaves that lead under the crawlspace of the house. I'll guarantee at least three-quarters of the houses you walk around, you'll see that the wire is pulled back, that the guy, the plumber who was under the house to do some stuff, he never put the access cover back on right. It's loose. It's just sitting there."
Carolla recommends going to Home Depot and getting a vent (or six, they don't cost much) and cutting off access to warm, dark places. There's no need to host unwanted housemates.
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