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Ally Childress

location-pin Dallas, Texas

School: University of Central Oklahoma

Expertise: painting and drywall, landscaping and garden, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, cleaning and organization, renovating and remodeling, pets, outdoors and camping

Ally Childress

  • BA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.
  • Outstanding Graduate award winner, IBEW Local 292 electrical apprenticeship, 2020.
  • Regular contributor to Family Handyman and Reader's Digest.
  • Currently renovating a camping van.


Ally Childress comes to Family Handyman from the electrical industry, where she was an accomplished electrician, winning the highly competitive Outstanding Graduate award as an apprentice. Her professional electrical experience included large commercial projects such as Minnesota's US Bank Stadium, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and several hospitals. Before becoming an electrician, she worked in food safety and water quality as a scientist and technical writer. Ally's career, spanning multiple industries and areas of the country, honed her innate sense of curiosity and her ability to connect with subject matters of all kinds and explain dense subjects to diverse audiences. Ally is her household's designated handy person and is well versed in a variety of home DIY and maintenance tasks, able to confidently clean, troubleshoot, build, install, and modify. She loves spending time outdoors, especially with her partner and dogs.


University of Central Oklahoma, BA, English
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Electrical Apprentice

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