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Old 02-19-2008, 05:52 PM   #61
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Why does he use screws? Screws are too hard to hold. They snap too easily. Try bending a screw a few times, then try to bend a 12d nail. Also it would be much faster too. Guess he endorses Dewalt too!
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:04 PM   #62
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De Walt is a major sponsor. Home Dopey is also, Carhardt, etc. Look at list at end seems every known brand is sending money
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Why does he use screws? Screws are too hard to hold. They snap too easily. Try bending a screw a few times, then try to bend a 12d nail. Also it would be much faster too. Guess he endorses Dewalt too!
You never know, there could be something in his contract for doing those shows, like a clause, that doesn't allow him to use a nail gun, for safety reasons?
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:43 AM   #64
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After reading this post I noticed the show on TV and watched it last week. He was compelled to bail out a family that was building a 700k addition and hired someone for 250 that didnt know what he was doing. They should of lost the house instead of getting every sub to work part pro bono. Then he was like breaking balls on enforcing an 8 week dealine to finish everything. He just couldn't bear to see this kind of thing happen. Good thing his being paid in TV land.
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Tom: 8 weeks? Hell he finishes a job in an hour!!!!!!!!!!!
TOH same thing:} At least on his show prices are mentioned. With TOH cost just never seems to make it to the tv set :}
I have to admit :{:{:{:{ I am bad; I use screws where ever I can also. Especially in remodels, I dont need something bustin loose somewhere else cause of bangin nails LOL LOL
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screws to put 10 studs sure, frame a whole basement with them or an addition
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Why does he use screws? Screws are too hard to hold. They snap too easily. Try bending a screw a few times, then try to bend a 12d nail. Also it would be much faster too. Guess he endorses Dewalt too!
Strapping for shower valves, shower heads..or in general.
I reverse the drill with screw in place and push partly into the strapping to countersink so it won't split the strapping, then screw it in.
I couldn't imagine trying to nail strapping into a tight spot.
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Saw a Holmes' show last night they were fixing a "Man Cave".Slate counter guys were using vegatable oil to seal it.The most basic counter guy knows to use mineral oil because vegetable oil goes rancid! As someone else posted it seems like he tries to do a good job but is clueless in alot of areas.People who live in glass houses should'nt throw stones. Phil
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I watched it few times and one thing that it's missing is showing exactly how much original "contractor" was hired for and why and also how much h=Mikes work ended up costing.Because it sure looks like Mike has no budged on any of the jobs .
Plus all those "poor HO" probably hired guys based on the price only.They got what they payed for.
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Yeah if i had an unlimited budget, and dont have to reuse anything i dont want to i can pop some pretty awesome looking remodels too. I had a hard time feeling sorry for that family that was remodeling and putting that $700,000 addition for only $250,000. I would just like the $250,000 so i could build me and my family a meager little 1800 sq ft house where the kids have to share rooms. Boo hoo i am rich and ignorant. Mike holmes please come save me so i dont have to pay full price for my project.
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Holmes is great I changed my entire marketing philosophy based on the fear he puts into the public, which is dead on.To you perfect contractors let's see how good you do on national tv breaking down every single job. Holmes stepped up to the plate and does a great job representing us good contractors. Keep up the good work Holmes
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He spends the entire show whining, moping, and crying. It's pathetic.

Any other show would be:
1.) Look at what some moron did.
2.) These are the things they did wrong.
3.) Lesson = Don't hire Hacks.
4.) This is how we will fix it all.
The End

Instead.....it's 60 minutes (I think) of whining, moping, complaining, and crying....with condesending dissertations in between...

UGH!!


I agree....there are lessons to be garnered from this show but I could certainly do without all the dramatic sob stories....blah, blah, blah..
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Holmes is great I changed my entire marketing philosophy based on the fear he puts into the public, which is dead on.To you perfect contractors let's see how good you do on national tv breaking down every single job. Holmes stepped up to the plate and does a great job representing us good contractors. Keep up the good work Holmes
Exactly. Why these guys are so against something that is actually benefitting their industry is beyond me. Jealousy?
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I agree....there are lessons to be garnered from this show but I could certainly do without all the dramatic sob stories....blah, blah, blah..
Exactly my point. I have no problem with doing work one or two notches above the highest quality. That is the philosphy of our business = the highest quality with an indepth understanding of materials and construction, based on real experience in the trades.

The issue is the whiney self-promotion...encapsulated with a holier-than-thou attitude.

There are many shows on TV that have straight forward hosts, that don't have (and reek(sp) - all the "look at how wonderful I am"...."aura" that Holmes exudes. It's almost arrogant.

He could: ...Show his dissapointment and just fix things, without the drama, and still have a great show.

I am all for getting rid of the hacks and jacklegs, and fixing things correctly. In fact, we do alot of similar fixes through the course of the year. Did one house last year over, Exterior work: Ended up costing the HO an extra $10K to fix all the crap the previous HO screwed up. (We gave them a break, and should have charged them $20K).
I took pics, told them what we did and why. But, I didn't turn it into a one hour segment of whining and moaning, and self-promotion. The work we did spoke for itself.
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WOW 2ndgen was in my brain this morning! We both said basically the same thing at the same time.


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I saw one of his shows where they set tile directly on the OSB with no underlayment.
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If you look at his very first shows from 5 years ago, he was a lot less strident.
Don't forget, it's TV.
When American Chopper first came on, the whole shtick was about the fights between Paul and Paulie. That's what made it dramatic and that's why people tuned in. I can still see Paul Sr's face turn purple in my mind,. and I so enjoy that (reminds me of...me.. when I'm mad). The fights are a lot less frequent now, but people still watch because there is actually good stuff there.
Holmes is the same. What works for the show and keeps the viewers watching is the whining and complaining. They simply wouldn't keep the public's interest as a straight reno show.

On a professional basis, he does make mistakes. Quite frankly I'm surprised no one checks what he does to verify accuracy.

Still, it's generally good for those of us who are quality contractors. I've played off that show several times.
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It's sort of like this:

In the past we have had different subcontractors, every now and then you get the "Whiner".
There are times when you may have a perticularly difficult remodeling job or other.
You find a person, prep. them ,warn them, they say OK, do a contract, and come in to do the job.

They show up and start complaining and "whining", about things that you already told them about, and that they already saw before starting the job.
Each day at the job, they call about this "thing" or that "thing" that they will have to do...You say: "Yes, I know about that, we talked about that already". Them: "Yeah, well, I just wanted to tell you...blah, blah, blah, whine, cry, Bitc* and Moan..."
This can go on all day, or all week. (We had a worker like that, with a reputation for whining). People get sick of hearing it. Yes, the job is tough, so what? I had three clients that said, you need to get rid of him.
After a while, you just want to say: "Look, you knew about these issues, the job was marked up because of it, your getting paid for all the issues, so Just shut the F up and be a "problem solver", not a damn crybaby...grow some balls and man-up, get the job done, and don't call me again, just to whine!

If my business partner walked around on a job whining like that, I'd tell him to leave the job, don't come back, we will fix it all. We can't take this anymore, we're tired of this!!

NO ONE LIKES A WHINER.

But "Whining"...is the theme of that show.

UGH = Irritating!

Thus, I shall stop my own whining about that show, because I have now turned into a .....whiner.

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