Red Green: The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Improvement

Red Green: The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Improvement
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    Though The Red Green Show is a comedy series that is a parody of home improvement shows, there are actually a few valuable lessons we can learn from the show.

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To become a better handyman around your home, follow these do’s and don’ts from Red Green. Because, as Red says, “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”

Handyman Corner

During Handyman Corner, Red attempts to demonstrate different handyman projects, always attempting some outlandish shortcut in the process. Here are some things we learn from this segment.

Do
Be creative. Sometimes home repair jobs require a little innovation, and you simply don’t have the money or time to hire a professional. In these cases, reuse items and come up with a DIY solution. You may need to make a toilet paper roll holder out of a hanger or a bench out of two-by-fours or old skis.

Don’t
Make a project more complicated than it needs to be. Red’s projects end up working, but they are ridiculously impractical. If a project is becoming overwhelming or unrealistic, step back and see where you can simplify. And if duct tape is your secret weapon for every project, you may want to rethink the type of home projects you are undertaking.

Adventures with Bill

This black-and-white section of the Red Green Show features Bill Smith and Red Green, who attempt some activity, like a sport or a camping trip. It inevitable ends in a slapstick routine, instigated by Bill’s bumbling attempts to be helpful. Though this segment isn’t strictly handyman-oriented, there are a couple of things we learn.

Do
Ask for help. Trying to remodel your home or even a few projects by yourself can be daunting. Having an extra pair of hands and eyes will help things move faster and will keep you safer. Plus, having someone else involved in your plans makes it less likely that you will drag your feet about finishing.

Don’t
Ask someone who is less capable than you are to help. This will just result in you carrying their weight or fixing their mistakes. It’s never bad to teach someone the skills you have, but unless you are very experienced yourself, you’ll want to have help from someone who is. Ask a friend who is known for being handy, or hire a professional.

Poetry and Songs

In this part of the show, Red and Harold are often sitting in the woods around a campfire, Red strumming a guitar while he and Harold sing. We learn a valuable lesson from this part of the show.

Do
Take a break. If you have several projects to do on your home or you are attempting a significant remodel, you’ll need some downtime once in a while so you don’t burn out. Breaks also give you a chance to take a step back and make sure your project is unfolding the way you want it to and that you’re being safe.

Don’t
Lose momentum or let projects drag out. Home repairs can be tiring and, at times, frustrating. While resting once in a while is important, don’t let these respites turn into excuses for procrastination. Give yourself an allotted time or number of days between working on your projects, and stick to it.

Ranger Gord’s Safety Cartoons

Ranger Gordon’s job as the local forest ranger is to watch for forest fires from Fire Watch Tower 13. He takes safety very seriously, and in season 9 he starts making “educational” safety videos about forest safety. Though his videos are not as helpful as they could be (they feature activities like planting a cellphone to grow a telephone pole), they do teach us something.

Do
Learn about safety before you start. You should always be prepared before you start a new project so that you keep yourself and others safe.

Don’t
Get your advice from just anywhere. If you are using a new tool, read the safety manual carefully and try to get help from someone who has used that tool before. If you are trying a new project, find safety advice from sources you trust, such as a friend who has experience in that area or an employee at your local hardware store.

Even if you reuse old items in updating your home, like Red and the other characters do, home repairs can be expensive. To pay for your handyman projects, consider refinancing your mortgage. Refinancing allows you to lower your monthly mortgage payments and can leave you with some extra cash for home repairs.

As you decide what handyman projects you want to tackle next, keep these Red-Green-inspired handyman tips in mind and remember, “Keep your stick on the ice.”

Edson Senna is a freelance writer who specializes in home improvement, business, and finance. He enjoys getting tips for his writing from companies like Direct Mortgage Loans. In his spare time, Edson enjoys running, reading, and finding ideas for improving his own home.

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