A bit OT, but I know a lot of folks here watch it.
In this past weekend's show, Tom goes all the way to Las Vegas to ...
help someone straighten up her garage? WTF? I kept waiting for the
other shoe to drop: a cracked slab, bowed walls, leaking roof,
something that required the intervention or assistance of a pro. But
no, she just needed help assembling some particle board cabinets. Why
in the world was this segment green-lighted? Anybody who can read
assembly instructions and use a screwdriver would have learned
Am I off base?
No, I don't think you are. Over the last year or two I have found that
This Old House has got so involved in building and remodeling to the
extent that the most things are way above what the home owner would want
to do, with very little how-to being done. It has become more to a
entertainment show rather than a how-to show in my opinion. That may be
way they have made Ask This Old House so simple. A lot of things I see on
this show, I think any home owner with a little thought and intelligence
could do without help.
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Two weeks ago Richard changed the aerator on a facet. The guy had poor flow
for two years and did not know to check the aerator to see if it was
clogged. This must have been a relative of his with the cabinets. I guess
there are a lot of people with NO mechanical ability.
But, at least this guy had a problem, and couldn't figure out how to
solve it. Of course, most people that didn't understand aerators would
have just replaced the entire faucet. But I have to agree that the
garage cabinet segment was just crazy. Don't order cabinets if you
can't assemble them -- or ask a neighbor with a screwdriver to help,
in exchange for dinner, or a sixpack. That was the dumbest segment
Glad I'm not the only one who was perplexed by that segment. Every
week, Howdy Doody brags about the enormous volume of letters and email
that they are receiving, and yet they sent a crew across the country
to show someone how to use a screwdriver... egad. For a project so
simple, surely one of Silva's neighbors has a messy garage, and he
could have walked to work that day.
In this day of reality television, anybody can be on TV. Think of the
episodes as a handyman challenged contest. Ya know, like a home repair
special olympics. Where EVERYONE is a winner.
I wonder if I can get Nahm to clean my office.
This reminds me of a scene I personally witnessed in Lowes this weekend. I
was in the storage aisle, looking at some plastic bins, and I encountered a
store employee helping a woman (I'm guessing in her early 50's) load some of
their "high-quality" particle board knock-together shelving onto a cart.
After thanking him for loading it for her, she began lamenting (near tears)
that she was A. On disability B. All alone C. Had no friends D. Was unable
to do "anything" for herself.
She managed to convince the guy to come over to her house later and unload
the shelves and put them together. She then happily pushed her 300lb. cart
away. On my way out, I saw her load the shelving into her car all by
Don't get me started on that whole "fixed income" thing.
I hate euphimisms to begin with but this one especially. Almost everyone I
know is on a "fixed income" - from myself to my boss to the mayor of our
town. Unless you work on commission you are on a fixed income! I know most
people who use the phrase mean that their income is limited but then they
should say that. In rebuttal I would say that while their income may be
fixed it is also (almost always) guaranteed. They can't bet fired like most
of us can.
Sounds kind of like my mom!! If I would let her I could live at her house
and work full time at fixing and remodeling! I don't mind helping out once
and a while, but seriously I could have spent 20 hours a week with her this
summer doing stuff. If I ignore her it seems to get done anyway!
When she bought the house I spent four whole weekends doing things that
really needed to get done before she settled in. After that the work request
kept rolling in and I pulled the plug! She found some local handy man that
likes to work for minimum wage!
Work that she asked me to do,
1. Total rewire of the house
5. new deck, (I gave in and did this one on a Saturday with the help of my
sister and her boy friend)
6. remodel the kitchen, including moving the entrance door, and a window.
Those were just the major jobs, I still have done numerous small jobs to
many to list!
I have to remind her I do have a life, family and a house of my own!
LOL! Neither did mine -- or my wife. Our kids have plenty of experience
hearing that word.
"Can I have these designer jeans?"
"No. We're paying for Levis. You want Calvin Kleins, you pay the difference."
"I guess Levis are ok."
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
LOL, I understand completly what your saying, but that definitly wasn't what
I was talking about. See my response to Mortimer.
Hell I'm 50 years old and still don't have anything but Rustler brand.
Wal-Mart specials baby!!!
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