Ode to DIY Network

January 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Silly | 2 Comments

JT and I rediscovered DIY network while at his parent’s house. Their show Renovation Realities might be my new favorite.

We’ve been into home improvement shows since TLC’s Trading Spaces became popular in the late 90s, but they always feature professionals who know what they’re doing.

But not Renovation Realities. Oh no no. This show is a series of documentaries featuring real people doing their own home improvements. We watched a guy cut a gas pipe without turning the gas off first. And then another guy mounted kitchen cabinets to the walls without using anchors. The cabinets fell off halfway through the episode and he had to buy new ones.

I’m pretty sure we could have rocked this show a few times with our own home improvement snafus. Like the time we bought 60 bags of insulation to blow into our attic and then determined that we only needed 22 of them and had to return the other 38 bags. Or the time we failed to get the gas lines marked before installing fence posts. Or the time we had to run out to get more sand for our brick paver walkway because we accidentally used too much at the beginning of the project.



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  1. It sounds like you could have your own Renovation Realities show!

  2. How about all the windows we cracked trying to glaze them in Kentucky? Or the major hatchet job on the bushes? Or dad sanding the doors down so much to make them close properly and removing all the paint in the process? Or your leaning fence in back by the garage? Oh, there are so many options…you may be too professional by now!

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