By Gene and Katie Hamilton

One of the best places to find someone to install a weathervane is the retailer where you bought it so a home or lawn and garden center is your first step. They often offer an "Installed Price" for the weathervanes that they sell. The turnkey service is popular for consumers who don't have the time or can't find references. The service is added revenue for a retailer who can control the delivery and installation of products sold to their consumers.

If you buy your weathervane from a gardening catalog or online the installation can be done by just about any tradesman. It requires the skills of a handyman, a jack-of-all trades who can evaluate, estimate and complete small home repairs. You'll usually find they advertise in local newspapers and listed as "Handyman Services" in the Yellow Pages. If there's a bulletin board in a hardware store or home center you may find postings of their business cards.

Plan to call a handyman service to install a weathervane when you have more than one job. Often they charge a minimum fee to cover the expense of traveling so make it worthwhile for you and the handyman. If you have to take off work to be home for the repair work, you'll benefit from having more than one job on your house "to do" list checked off.