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Old 04-13-2011, 04:20 PM   #16
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After watching last weeks show, looks like they have a new sponsor.
I did not see one dewalt tool.

I think that some of the items he finds, a blind inspector should have found.

The show with the termites was the worst example I have seen to date.

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Old 04-13-2011, 05:17 PM   #17
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I watch too cuz Damien is not hard to look at. Neither is Mike on second thought....oh ya I watch cuz I'm supposed to be learning something. Seriously though, as a Real Estate Agent I can tell you that our Canadian laws and building codes do differ from our American neighbours, AND I've seen plenty of incompetent home inspectors kybosh the sale of a perfectly good house as well as neglectfully miss red flags. It works both ways. I don't wish to slam all home inspectors, as I'm sure there are some excellent ones out there, but I personally have yet to find one I really trust, and now refuse to refer any of them. Often a good contractor will do a great job at inspecting your new purchase for a good chunk less cash to boot!
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Personally, I don't think Holmes goes far enough on either of his shows. I think he should out these incompetent inspectors and other contractors that leave these people's houses in the shape they are in. Of course, they would probably be too concerned with litigation to ever let that happen on TV.
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Creeper, that is why I do not take referrals from Realtors, when it comes to contractors & inspectors. Same when it comes to having my mechanic work on my car. I will tell others about my guys I keep on my calling list, but if someone asks for their number, I tell them my history with either guy.
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What they are doing with most, is showing new products & techniques on Holmes on Homes & Holmes Inspections. Keep in mind, that codes need to be checked in your area, along with following all safety precautions & NEC & Canadian Electrical Code guidelines.
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nothing worse than doing a job for somebody while they try to tell you that you are doing it wrong because they saw it done on TV
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nothing worse than doing a job for somebody while they try to tell you that you are doing it wrong because they saw it done on TV
How about watching a GC that you are paying set joint tape with blue lid when USG specifically calls for green lid on their site.
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That would mean, that someone did not read the instructions about the product. When we did the bathroom, my wife thought that getting the dustless compound was better. Guess what, the husband should always purchase the materials, and just tell the wife to wait for a better end result. Goes along with the lines of her asking when she should paint, while you are still trying to sand out he compound, and come home to a painted bathroom. Now I have to deal with going into every day and staring at three walls that never got completely final sanded.

You know, sometimes Wallpaper sounds great to hide the imperfections, that wives cause.
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That would mean, that someone did not read the instructions about the product. When we did the bathroom, my wife thought that getting the dustless compound was better. Guess what, the husband should always purchase the materials, and just tell the wife to wait for a better end result. Goes along with the lines of her asking when she should paint, while you are still trying to sand out he compound, and come home to a painted bathroom. Now I have to deal with going into every day and staring at three walls that never got completely final sanded.

You know, sometimes Wallpaper sounds great to hide the imperfections, that wives cause.
I could suggest some good marriage therapists for you. And they won't interfere with your remodeling work.
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No need, since she understands now when I say something needs to be a certain way, or a procedure needs to be done a certain way, it gets done by the book. The worst thing is, who ever tries to pull up the tile in the bathroom, will be better off just cutting the 1x4 sub pine flooring out, since it was done by the instructions from the manufacturer.
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I saw a show on DIY channel (not Holmes but some pretty boy) doing a kitchen remodel. They cut PEX pipe with a hacksaw (so much for a clean square cut) and joined everything with Sharkbites.
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[quote=hyunelan2;628323]Some of this comes from him being in Canada. Iglooland does things differently than some of the states.


No, he does some stuff improperly, like when they do structural framing with screws.(doesn't have the shear strength of nails)

although all in all I think they do good work, i'd let them work on my place (there are very few people i'd let work on my own place)

however it is all a bit over the top, it would be nice if they made the budget a little more transparent, they spend a lot of money ripping everything apart.

He makes it seem like the only right thing to do is to rip everything apart and do it all again, top notch. Certainly in some of the situations this is true, however a lot of the time you can do a proper job without spending the amount of money they spend. Everyone loves the finished product on that show, and sure they do good work, however part of the reason for it is the amount of money they spend-will often paint the entire house, put slate down where there are was lino before, etc.

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I have learned a lot of things from this show.

However, the hard part for me as a DYIer is sorting out his advice and techniques. He makes it seem like it is his way or no way. He is not very tolerate of other building techniques other than his own.

In the end, if a DYIer is following his advice, then it is certainly much better than following some fool with no experience in the trade.

My two pennies worth.
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Chris, actually the framing that they do with screws is not structurally, second, look at it to the point, that they have to correct what the crook builder did. Quit defending the crooks, because without them, people like Holmes would not be around to fix the problems they create.
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Actually novanel, he does it from the point of the codes, but also, he is a perfectionist, and has stated that he does it like he would like the same work done on his own place. How many times have you heard of someone going back and correcting problems at a place that has had Mike Holmes have his sub's fix some crooked contractor did to the structure.

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