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Old 04-01-2012, 10:58 PM   #106
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Yes his jobs are way over done. I've spoken with Mike (came to our Home and Garden Show and spoke a couple yrs ago), and he said yes, he knows he way over does it. But, he says that even though there are times he could do a "fix" to make something work, he'd rather tear the entire job apart and start from scratch to show people how to do it right, from the beginning instead of just putting a bandaid on a problem that "would do the job". But before he says "take it down" on the show, he's done his homework and has supplies and labor provided by sponsors and suppliers so it doesn't cost the home owner.
Thanks, now I understand - It's entertainment
I just watched a show where his "solution" to a crack in the foundation
causing a small blister and efflourescence on the cynder block,
Was to dig up the entire wall by hand, strip the water proofing, repair the crack and re-do the waterprooing and landscape the side of the house.
Too bad if you DIY and think that that's the way to "do it right".

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(Re: Who pays.)
As far as who pays, the crew's time is paid for by the network and sponsors, the materials are first provided at cost by suppliers until the home owner can't afford any more and then Mike works with suppliers to provide materials for free. Since most home owners spend their budget on the first contractor, they often don't have much money to pay for the repair done by Mike.

As for his sub-contractors, like the spray foam guys, the Bro's (fireplace guys), plumber etc, they donate the majority of their time because their appearance on the show brings the other crews they have, more customers to keep them more than busy. Being on the show allows them to actually have more crews (due to demand) and make more money so they can donate their time to show projects. But, the sponsors and network do pay some of the subs at reduced rates.
This is the real reason I was looking for answers.
I've never watched a show that didn't cost $75,000 or more.
Even with free (or almost free) labor, he throws out all the plumbing, electrical, fixtures, etc. etc. ( about half of the cost.)

Oh well.
It's a good source for new techniques, and materials.

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Old 04-01-2012, 11:44 PM   #107
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It seems to me. Some of what he finds is really poorly done, some got ripped off and some got exactly what they paid for.
I do find he really does go overboard and it does make for interesting TV. When budgets re no concern you can do that,

I do not live in TV but rather the real world. So I have to make real world decisions.
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I hate to re-resurrect this thread, but up to this point at least I thought the show was good for showing what would happen IF you had unlimited funds and time to perform a renovation. But I just saw the 2010 "Acres of Pain" episode, where the homeowners had ground water intrusion, roof/siding/window leakages, and well water contamination. Sure, that's bad... but Holmes added to the pain by inexplicably requiring that their garage, created out of part of the basement space, be turned back into a basement. This was stated matter-of-factly on the show without explaining why they couldn't address the lack of a proper man-door to the living area and air sealing. It's ironic because the next rerun episode had a homeowner who also had a problem with air leaking into their house from their garage, posing the same carbon monoxide risk-- and they didn't suddenly decide to wall off the garage. The only difference that I could see was the latter house was actually designed with this garage below the living space. To add insult to injury, besides not being able to pull into the garage and stay dry, a three-foot wall was constructed about 25 feet away from the house to keep them from parking "too close". This was again not explained; I presume it was to protect the cistern that they had just refurbished from the weight of vehicles. So now they have to run 25 feet from their car in the rain to get inside, and try not to miss the small opening and trip over the stupid little wall. And he's supposedly worried about safety? The brilliant Mike Holmes couldn't figure out how to air seal a garage? He could have added a 200 CFM exhaust fan to satisfy his urge to overkill! And he doesn't know how to construct a cistern that won't be crushed by the average passenger vehicle?
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I saw that as well....but not recently. Wasn't there an issue with return or supply air that added to that situation? I seem to think at the time that it was explained, but I tend to agree with you. With all the money they spend on projects seems like sealing off the garage area wouldn't be such a big deal.
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I saw that last night as well. Seemed like he didn't want to go through the trouble to build a full garage in the basement. Didn't really seem like there was much room in there to begin with and the deck had a support beam right in front of the door. Sure it could have been done, but probably not worth the hassle. The homeowners got all the work done for free so they probably didn't mind.
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i find mike has put fear into the homeowner and i find i get lots of questions and people that now breath down your neck. Im not worried about doing a bad job its just annoying. just let me do my job.
i've seen mike and his crew do some pretty sloppy work and when you can see it on the tv and without having HD im sure its even worse in person but people dont care they are getting their house completely redone.
I remember watching one where mike chaulks a tub surround and ooo my god! he could have done better with a drywall knife just smeered it everywhere.
He really needs to hire a real cabinet installer cause just about everyone kitchen install they do is slop. i remember where they were installing lowers and their last one was the corner unit. mike is like ohhh the floor was sooo out of level we should have redone it, it took hours to get that last cabinet in. and it shows them cutting the bottom a bunch of times and adding filler strips. you always start with the corner unit and work your way out.
there was another one where he explains what to do when you get to your last cabinet up to a wall and how to add a filler strip. he doesnt measure the top and the bottom and just cuts it straight then he explains to chaulk the filler strip where it meets the drywall and again smeers chaulking everywhere and the chaulking was white when the wall was beige and the cabinets were a dark cherry red! dudddde! measure top and bottom and cut it on an angle to fit perfect! Then they show the damon guy and he explains about how to install an end fridge panel and how to scribe it to a wall to fit tight which he does right but then its shows him blasting through it with a circular saw with no tape or anything just chewing it apart and you can see the chips!
i know mike is trying to make the world a better place but pay attention to detail bud!
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Much of what Holmes does is wrong, but it's made him rich.
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Holmes does a great job to me. What are the things that you all see him doing incorrectly? What is so different from US and Canadian construction and standards? Are Canadian building standards less strict? Holmes always makes it seem like they are very strict. Does the US have set standards nationwide and the states can set stricter standards from there? Our do we do set standards by states period with no federal building standards? Does Canada have standards by province?
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I personally like the show myself. It's entertaining and I have learned some things from watching
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Much of what Holmes does is wrong, but it's made him rich.
How do you figure?!
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The Holmes show is exactly what it is supposed to be....entertaining, informative and it also allows viewers to see different ways of doing things. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Would I do some thing differently....absolutely! But that doesn't make what Holmes does wrong, just different. And any show that doesn't have Bob Villa in it is OK by me.
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Holmes does a great job to me. What are the things that you all see him doing incorrectly? What is so different from US and Canadian construction and standards? Are Canadian building standards less strict? Holmes always makes it seem like they are very strict. Does the US have set standards nationwide and the states can set stricter standards from there? Our do we do set standards by states period with no federal building standards? Does Canada have standards by province?
The codes for canada aren't that much different from US. The home owners insurance is what pays for the Holms repairs not HGTV they just bank the money for running the show.
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I would imagine that he makes several $million a year. Most hosts of TV shows do.
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I would imagine that he makes several $million a year. Most hosts of TV shows do.

I think he was referring to the doing everything wrong part of your comment
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I just sold my house.

The buyer had an inspector come in and I passed with flying colors, "Best house he has ever seen", "It's my JOB to find things wrong, and other than normal wear and tear I can't find ANYTHING"

I've needed a new hot water heater for 2 months, I told my realtor this when it started going to hell. I just haven't had time to resolve the issue but I would before it got inspected if we ever got an offer (been on the market for 19 months). We got an offer and she scheduled the inspection for the next day. I called my realtor again and reminded her of the problem with the water heater and also told her that I lost some shingles in the weekend's storm. When the buyers inspector raised these as issue to please ensure the buyer both would be fixed before closing and I even offered to cover the cost of re-inspection so the buyer would be ensured that those issues were taken care of.

Needless to say he never noticed. The shingles, I can maybe give him a pass on, but I noticed. Granted, I knew to look when I found shingles on the ground after the storm, but I saw where the damage happened from the ground. The water heater, that's a completely different story. It's leaking and my temporary fix was to put a small pump from a fish tank to keep the pan empty. I didn't try to hide it, her inspector had to move it to get in the crawl space where it was draining into the sump pit.

This is why shows like Holmes Inspection needs to be on the air. They just need to be more truthful, as in if your realtor recommends an inspector, DON'T use that inspector. Find a third party.

I took a vacation day and replaced the water heater and fixed the roof today and could have left it and stuck the buyer with the cost of replacement and repair.

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