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Old 11-19-2011, 11:34 PM   #21
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:43 PM   #22
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Renovation Realities was a fun one to watch in my book!

Homeowner to Granite Supplier: "Yeah, I know you were here to measure for the granite countertops last week before all the base cabinets were installed....I made a few changes in the layout since you left...... How come my countertops don't fit? What the &#@* did you guys do to mess things up? What do you mean its gonna cost extra?"

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DIY shows are the best thing television has ever done for our business. Home owners watch some smiling pretty boy put down tile or knock out a wall with a sledge hammer and 25 minuets later it has all come together everything cleaned up, looks good, paint is dry. They start thinking, Hey, I can do that...
Fast forward three days into their "piece of cake"projectr and their on the phone to a pro wanting to know how much to come finish it or fix what they've already torn out (that ended up being just a little more to it than I thought.)
I say keep on watching those DIY shows. See how easy it is???
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:28 AM   #24
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I was in Sears hardware dept tonight killing some time & happened to overhear a husband & wife quizzing the salesboy about a cordless drill. He was extolling the virtues of their lineup of tools. The homeowners looked like they were about 2 weeks shy of their nursing home admission (no kidding!) and commented they had 2 walls to completely remove in their bedroom area, however, they didn't want to buy the one that supposedly had the bells & whistles. They just wanted the cheapest one they could get.

Hmmmm........I was trying to remember the last time I used my cordless drill to completely remove 2 walls........

I have a feeling this is going to be one messed up project real soon!

My guess is some family member who's a graduate of DIY university and lives about 800 miles away is GC'ing their project for them!
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lately my brother who i own house with has been driving me insane.. hes been watching mike holmes quite a bit and questioning why im doing things certain whys and not the way mike holmes does it :no

number one mike holmes gets all his materials for free as the manufacturers donate it for for marketing and for the tax break... #2 holmes doesnt do Everything correct every time


#3 our house isnt a dream house its a crappy sears kit home from the 50's,, chances are the next person who buys the place is just gonna knock it down purely for the location then build a new house anyway.. im not investing a ton of time or money into a place that doesnt deserve it
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Kirk, tell him that if watching NFL for 30 years hasn't turned you into a quarterback then watching Holmes for a couple years sure as hell hasn't turned him into a construction expert.
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I used to watch that one with the hot chick on DIY network that flipped houses and subbed most of the work out but did some light work herself. Love to watch a hotty using power tools.
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I've watched that property brothers show a couple times. I love how the guy is always clean at all times, wears nothing but flannel, and paints with a toolbelt on.

It is alright though when they explain that unforseen things take up x amount of the budget and so they have to find other savings, or when they tell the HO that they can't afford all the extras they are dreaming up.
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How about The Kitchen Cousins..They are these 2 guys(Italian cousins) from Hoboken NJ that do kitchen reno's..the best thing about them is the old firehouse that they restored for their offices. The worst is their designs (imo) they are always using these ultra modern Euro cabinets and a lot of times they are in pre-war brownstone homes in the city...just dont fit-
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I was in Sears hardware dept tonight killing some time & happened to overhear a husband & wife quizzing the salesboy about a cordless drill. He was extolling the virtues of their lineup of tools. The homeowners looked like they were about 2 weeks shy of their nursing home admission (no kidding!) and commented they had 2 walls to completely remove in their bedroom area, however, they didn't want to buy the one that supposedly had the bells & whistles. They just wanted the cheapest one they could get.

Hmmmm........I was trying to remember the last time I used my cordless drill to completely remove 2 walls........

I have a feeling this is going to be one messed up project real soon!

My guess is some family member who's a graduate of DIY university and lives about 800 miles away is GC'ing their project for them!
Maybe they were going to repeatledy throw it @ the drywall!!!
I truely enjoy This Old House, old & new. I think they do a great job ef explaining the process & why it needs to be done right & the consequences of doing it wrong. They are also good at balancing the right way with the productive way.
Holmes makes some good points but lays too much blame on the contractors when it is just as often fault of the HO. WTF is with the screws in all framing? I want to scream when I see them framing with cordless impacts, GET A NAIL GUN or atleast a Quickdrive or PAM. wasted time OTA.
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Just remember WWJD



What would Jenivive do? That will always set you straight on a DIY project.
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What would Jenivive do? That will always set you straight on a DIY project.
When you search for Jenivive diy it directs you to the supposedly correct spelling - Jenaveve, which is full of Jenaveve Jolie links. She's the star in the only kind of flicks Warner watches.

For a minute, I was thinking - Jenaveve would nail it AND screw it - possibly glue it too. Also, that you may have been watching flicks with Warner

I finally figured it out, it's Genavieve that directs you to Genavieve Gorder on HGTV.
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#3 our house isnt a dream house its a crappy sears kit home from the 50's,, chances are the next person who buys the place is just gonna knock it down purely for the location then build a new house anyway.. im not investing a ton of time or money into a place that doesnt deserve it
Sears stopped selling their kit homes in 1940. And they were built with #1 southern yellow pine, harvested from first-growth, virgin forests (for the framing) and all-cypress exteriors. They're quite extraordinary really!! .

As to these DIY shows, I think they're bad, bad, BAD. They consistently show people (idiots, really) destroying all manner of vintage kitchens and baths, all in the name of granite, glass and chrome.

Think back (your babyboomers) to when you were growing up. Did you know *anyone* that renovated their kitchens and baths?

This new "renovation boom" is really all about keeping up with the Jones' family. After they'd sold us all the Chinese crap and Japanese cars, they decided we needed to be sold on the idea of spending tens of thousands on renovating our kitchens and baths.

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When you search for Jenivive diy it directs you to the supposedly correct spelling - Jenaveve, which is full of Jenaveve Jolie links. She's the star in the only kind of flicks Warner watches.

For a minute, I was thinking - Jenaveve would nail it AND screw it - possibly glue it too. Also, that you may have been watching flicks with Warner

I finally figured it out, it's Genavieve that directs you to Genavieve Gorder on HGTV.
Yea I was talking about HGTV Genaviieve
That is funny.
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Yea I was talking about HGTV Genaviieve
That is funny.
You did the google search didn't you?
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Sorry to all of you Norm lovers, but I think Tom Silva (TOH)blows him away!!!! He seems like an oldschool tradesman that can build anything with just a simple set of tools....
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Tom Silva is the man in the field but Norm is king in the shop.

Renovation Realities is good for some comic relief.

Project: Gut kitchen, remove wall, replace everything.
Budget: $3000
Time frame: 1 Week
Result: Pissed off HOs (someone is usually crying). Half finished project. And a few good laughs.

I'm all for people trying new things or saving some money but reality should set in a bit sooner. I mean I would like to upgrade my truck but I wouldn't try to swap out the engine and tranny for a new one.
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Come on guys the best renovation show is the Red Green show. If the women don't find you handsom at least they can find you handy.

I was a building inspector for years I loved Monster house they violated more codes then extream home makeover.

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