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Old 03-08-2010, 03:46 PM   #16
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Renovation Realities is an absolute riot. These people get no help from TV 'experts' -- they just do it themselves and let a camera follow them around as they (frequently) screw things up. The dry, mocking captions which the show adds are hilarious. Plus it's marriage therapy -- seeing how badly some of these couples work together on projects, and how ill-informed some of them are, my wife and I realize we're not doing so badly.

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Old 03-08-2010, 07:40 PM   #17
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Tool Time

with "Tim the toolman Taylor"


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Old 03-08-2010, 07:55 PM   #18
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Yeah...I think Tool Time is the best ar arr arrrrrrrrrrrr

For "Reality" I like Holmes on Homes
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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.
I love the show cool tools but not because of the host. The tools are awesome but the host is an idiot. He is extremely annoying
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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.
That stuff would have to be done weeks or months in advance. I wonder how long before most of the stuff breaks in those extreme makeover houses. Ya cant build a house in 7 days and expect a house to be problem free.
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I like Dirty Jobs because that is what my house is. Mike can come here and work on it.. But really I am going with Holmes on Homes, great show.
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hgtv the guy who turns a basement into rental income.
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How nice it would be to have that unlimited Holmes on Homes budget to make sure everything was done correctly.

I really wanted to like Yard Crashers since it was in the same vein as House Crashers, but I swear his solution to everything is to either gravel the backyard or put down a concrete patio.
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I don't want to "hyjack" this thread but I have always wondered what compensation the homeowner receives for having his project videoed?
Like with "Holmes on Homes" thousands of dollars are involved in a repair and I wonder just how much these repair jobs cost the owner.
Surely it not free!!
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Holmes on Homes is my favorite. I like the way he points out what's wrong and why it's wrong. Then he shows how to fix it the right way, using the best products and practices available (when the show is being taped).

As far as who pays for the work being done on the houses, it's different with each home owner. He has each family pay what they can and a lot of the time he picked up the tab on the rest. On the Christmas episode, a lot of the contractors worked for free.

He's not making that show anymore. He's doing a new series about home inspections. I hope HGTV shows that in the U.S. pretty soon. It's been on TV in Canada for a while now.
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I don't want to "hyjack" this thread but I have always wondered what compensation the homeowner receives for having his project videoed?
Like with "Holmes on Homes" thousands of dollars are involved in a repair and I wonder just how much these repair jobs cost the owner.
Surely it not free!!
Yeah. And how much companies pay to have their products featured ever so subtle-like with the label of even crappy stuff showing in every shot. Behr paint comes to mind. Bet it is substantial but still cheaper than advertising.
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hgtv the guy who turns a basement into rental income.

I have to agree. I find myself really enjoying this show. Doesn't show as much of the hands on stuff but I love the premise of the show.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:51 PM   #28
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Holmes on Homes, hands down the best, Renovation Realities a close second.

I always watch This Old House, but I can't stand when they spend time on the color choices, etc. Do they really need to (poorly) stage a 15 minute scene with the homeowner choosing which size of white subway tile she wants for the backsplash? Or talk about drapes? Or paint color?

I bought Mike's book, it's pretty good.
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I bought Mike's book, it's pretty good.
Me too. I haven't bought the second one yet, or his magazine. Hopefully soon though.
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Renovation Realities is fun to watch. I couldn't believe the one show, where the idiot decided to use a recip saw to cut a gas line, when he didn't know whether the gas was shut off. I can't imagine WHY the camera man stayed in the same room for that shot!

Too many of the shows these days focus on entertainment instead of education. A novice could watch Sweat Equity all day, and not really learn enough to do the projects on their own.

I miss the old This Old House, Hometime, etc. (Also, while not necessarily home improvement, I miss New Yankee Workshop now that Norm's retired).....

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