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wiz561 03-06-2010 07:52 AM

Favorite Home Improvement Show
I just discovered the popular "Holmes on Homes" show yesterday and found it interesting. I was wondering what your favorite "home improvement" show is. It seems like the standard 15 to 20 years ago was "This Old House", but now there are so many out there.

majakdragon 03-06-2010 08:27 AM

I occasionally watch some of these shows. I get a kick out of watching "so called" professionals use channel-locks backwards when tightening plumbing fittings. The problem with all of these shows is that the viewers do not pay attention to the Disclaimers. These shows do not illustrate the whole process of a job, just the high lights.

houseinthewoods 03-06-2010 09:06 AM

I never miss Holmes on Homes. He shows you what you can do with an unlimited budget. He's got a charitable foundation, home inspection company, builds houses, and his own line of work clothing. They're starting a new season on Sunday.

Ask This Old House has an occasional good segment. Just yesterday they showed a complete shower install using the Schluter Kerdi system.

While I think the host is a doofus, the DIY show "10 Grand in your Hand" does a good job helping you to decide what to leave to the pros and what you can reasonably do by yourself.

While it's not very instructional, we enjoy House Crashers on DIY. It's fun and entertaining if not entirely practical.

The wonderful thing about having a DVR is that you can record all this stuff, preview what they are doing in a particular episode, and delete it if you're not interested.

vsheetz 03-06-2010 10:21 AM

My wife and I watch HGTV often. We get lots of ideas and information from the various shows. We know well that they do not show all the details and steps, and may not always do it the way others may. This does not detract substantially from the entertainment value and actual DIY value.

That said, the most authoritive source of information I have found anywhere is this forum - from reading the questions of others and responces to questions I have posed. Many thanks to all who helped us to complete a major remodel of our home in this last year!

Big Bob 03-06-2010 10:24 AM

Tool Time :laughing:

with "Tim the toolman Taylor"

Giles 03-06-2010 11:03 AM

My favorite that I watch, or record every day--
Holmes on Homes
Renovation Realities
Sweat Equity

fetzer85 03-06-2010 10:08 PM

I like to watch Holmes on Homes but there's a boatload of commercials!

Ask This Old House is pretty good, depending on the material.

I like the house flipping shows too - Flip This House, Property Ladder, etc...

I don't have DIY network but I've considered getting it in the step-up package. I was flipping through the free stuff in On Demand and found some DIY shows, something about cool tools. It was ok but the host was an idiot - not sure if it's the same person you mentioned houseinthewoods.

burnt03 03-06-2010 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by Big Bob (Post 410551)
Tool Time :laughing:

with "Tim the toolman Taylor"

lol, I was going to say the same thing. Seems like most of my projects go the same was as Tim's :no:

ccarlisle 03-07-2010 06:26 AM

Holmes on Homes is all about doing it right, not how much it costs, not on a budget, not to look all frilly and nice and certainly not to please the aspirations of Generation Xers who are still living in the reals estate bubble.

Just doing more than minimum code. Look what he did in California and in New Orleans.

Too bad more US programs don't take this approach and stop shoddy workmanship where it starts...:yes:

mleriger 03-07-2010 09:13 AM

I'm partial to DIY Disaster but my all time favorite was the Adam Carolla project.

user1007 03-07-2010 10:44 AM

Sorry but the best has to be "Sell This House" on A&E. I've mentioned that Tanya painting in heels and designer clothes and Roger staging houses with Behr primer and paint in one painted over wallpaper is just so in there for me. And why remove coverplates before painting? It is just extra work and the little screws fall out of your fingers. Cannot believe a pro painting firm would be proud of such things but hey, if it works and they stay busy?

Slap on paint, re-arrange the furniture and unload the sucker on the next owners. The American Way in a half hour show. The only show worse when it comes to lack of quality is Design on a Dime and they don't even try to disguise things that look crappy.

Candace, Divine Design, does some nice work. Debbie Travis used to be the best interior designer on television and her projects always looked liveable.

I am old enough to remember the early days of This Old House when they took on humble abodes and reasonable projects a person could more easily identify with. Some of the projects these days are hardly the run of the mill restoration projects though. Ask This Old House is a pretty good show save for the silliness that could be skipped.

I like Extreme Makeover because they usually tear everything down or blow it up and put up something new in a week. My clients who watch it ask me why it takes so long for their projects to be finished if Ty can get plans drawn from scratch on Monday, approved, all the materials ordered and a whole house built in five days with inspections, new furniture, landscaping and everything with not a miscut board or misordered piece of anything in an entire 5-7,500 new construction house! I of course have no reasonable answer but that I am slow, fat and lazy I guess.

Ivy 03-07-2010 05:04 PM

Kitchen Impossible and Sweat Equity are my favorites on the DIY channel.

tpolk 03-07-2010 05:12 PM

I have my own reality show here its called :this dam house"

CoconutPete 03-08-2010 10:11 AM

I've recently re-discovered Holmes on Homes - I LOVE that show. I just get a huge kick out of Mike tearing s$!T down while mumbling under his breath "oh god, look at this.... buncha idiots slapeed this together in an afternoon ... what is wrong with people".

cellophane 03-08-2010 10:54 AM


Originally Posted by majakdragon (Post 410500)
I occasionally watch some of these shows. I get a kick out of watching "so called" professionals use channel-locks backwards when tightening plumbing fittings. The problem with all of these shows is that the viewers do not pay attention to the Disclaimers. These shows do not illustrate the whole process of a job, just the high lights.

they are a mildly entertaining way to get ideas for designs and techniques - especially if you are just starting out. most of the shows now tend to go overboard with what they are doing. i caught a few minutes of one today before work where a woman bought a house and was expanding it from a "cozy 2000 SF" to a more "family friendly 5000 SF" (their [paraphrased] terms) and had a budget of almost $1,000,000.

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