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Old 10-02-2011, 09:08 AM   #16
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Joe Sheridan, this is one of the best posts EVER! I cringe every time I watch an HGTV home improvement show & they begin painting. They start rolling in the middle of the wall as you said and roll, and roll, and roll in the SAME EXACT SPOT for 5 minutes. Miraculously (or thanks to the pros who come in to fix the mess) at the end of the show the room looks great. AHHHHH, one of my pet peaves! Thanks for exposing it!

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That is so true.......some folks just don't know what it takes.....
Like me! I'm doing most of the work on my 1910 reno, with the exception of anything structural, and I've learned to take my most conservative time estimate and triple it. Then I double that for the estimate I give my wife (best to set low expectations and exceed them, than vice versa, I've learned....).

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Joe Sheridan, this is one of the best posts EVER! I cringe every time I watch an HGTV home improvement show & they begin painting. They start rolling in the middle of the wall as you said and roll, and roll, and roll in the SAME EXACT SPOT for 5 minutes. Miraculously (or thanks to the pros who come in to fix the mess) at the end of the show the room looks great. AHHHHH, one of my pet peaves! Thanks for exposing it!
Gymshcu, the problem with tv and photos is that they are two dimensional and do not accurately represent painted surfaces. So, a lousy paint job and an excellent job will not look much different in those media. I even had a gc tell me once that looking at paint photos online is a waste of his time. If you look in my portfolio, you'll see that I try to capture details that two dimensional photos will show. I did see an episode once where the light in the room captured all the finish imperfection from rolling a sheen in every which way. As to pros, I saw some on there yesterday, the Certa type.
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the one thing i like about hgtv it gets all the ladys heads spinning about color and getting paint work done .the more sherwin williams ,home creepo,blows ,advertize its like their doing a small part in keeping the thought going ,i really need to get this house done.
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I don't like those shows either, it gives the impression that this work is something anybody can do on a weekend with no prior experience/training no matter what the task. It often will dumb down the timeline, issues involved, and costs quite a bit.

One thing to keep in mind as well though, is that while you see the husband and wife and their 4 5 and 6 year olds slapping paint on a wall, what really happens is they have painters come in while the camera's aren't on who do it well and quickly. Same with all the construction stuff, there has to be a lot of behind the scenes stuff that we never see. However you still see some very questionable work being done.

Anyone notice how it seems none of the hosts behind these shows ever appear to get dirty?
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Those shows do exactly what they are intended to do, dangle the carrot to sell product.

They have no interest in giving realistic timelines and scope. They want people to open up the can of worms which can only be closed by buying more from their sponsors.
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Joe, I have to ask, why were you watching this anyway?

I cannot behr to watch them myself.
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Joe, I have to ask, why were you watching this anyway?

I cannot behr to watch them myself.

..I see what you did there...
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Joe, I have to ask, why were you watching this anyway?

I cannot behr to watch them myself.
There are some positives about HGTV, and some hotties
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There are some positives about HGTV, and some hotties
And house hunters...
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..I see what you did there...

It came to me while I was typing,I thought it was pretty good
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Well, now I guess I will have to tune in
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And house hunters...
Yes OHD, and house hunting hotties, as well

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I wanted to add to/clarify my original point. I don't want HO's/Diy's to think I view them as morons, I don't. I've spent decades honing my craft and learning, through applying myself to it, reading information, and by making mistakes, all of which will continue till I put the brushes down. I don't expect anyone who hasn't spent that time to know even basics, just as I wouldn't understand your life's work. However, when you watch a program on HGTV, the perception is that they are authorities on what they're presenting. Therefore, what they do can be mistaken for proper, could lead an unknowing person to assume that's the way things are done, and cause them trouble, as we see here so often. Not that everyone here has trouble related to HGTV, but the possibility exists, even if through osmosis. Watch them do it often enough and when it's your turn you just do it as the "authorities" do it, without a second thought. Anyway, just thought I'd clarify.
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