LOS ANGELES — When Tony Nittoli of North Hollywood noticed a leak under his bathroom sink in mid-April, he tied it up with an old T-shirt and stuffed junk mail under it. He’d normally call his apartment manager to take care of it, but health officials’ orders were clear: stay inside and away from others to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“What’s the sense of me not going out if I have somebody who’s going out to multiple houses coming to my house?” Nittoli said. “That defeats the purpose.”
Plumbers, electricians and handymen and -women are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve continued to come to the rescue when a pipe bursts or the electricity goes haywire. It’s frequently hazardous work, pandemic notwithstanding.
But what about when it’s not life or death, but life and discomfort? If the washing machine won’t wash or the screen door won’t