by Josh on October 31, 2006 · 5 comments

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I’m one of those weird people who gets their TV without a cable or dish. What can I say? I like my TV free.

However, when I have had the opportunity to check out cable home improvement channels when staying at a hotel I get hooked quickly. From decorating tips to construction ideas, these programs have a lot to offer home improvement buffs.

So what’s a cheapskate like me to do?

Library video Lately I’ve begun borrowing home improvement videos from the library to watch while I use the treadmill in the morning. My first pick was a VHS furniture refinishing video from 1985. After that, I’m looking at sister programs on wiring and plumbing. Sure, the production values are as low as you’d expect, but that’s part of the fun.

Once I’ve gone through everything I can borrow from the city and county libraries, I’ll consider looking at the video stores to see if they have any home improvement DVDs. But that would require paying for my home improvement TV, and once I do that I might just as well get cable so I can watch the real HGTV, plus Jon Stewart and Battlestar Galactica.

More likely, I’ll just do what everyone else does and watch the morning news while I workout. If only I had CNN.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

jm October 31, 2006 at 8:06 pm

If you like Jon Stewart, check out his past stuff on Lisa Rein’s website (On Lisa Rein’s Radar). I have almost every Daily Show since 2003 Tivo’ed and burned to DVD’s for posterity (It’s HISTORY!) so let me know if there is ever a specific episode you can’t find. (Now that YouTube is blocking TDS and TCR from their service.) also has an archive of DIY videos available online.

Maybe should set up a lending library for members? Hmmmm….


Aaron October 31, 2006 at 8:11 pm

With all the video that’s showing up on the web these days I gotta believe that the DIY Network or HGTV will eventually be putting episodes up. Half the shows only have about 10 minutes of real content anyway, once you subtract out the commercial lead-ins and returns.


stuccohouse October 31, 2006 at 9:47 pm

Another non-cable household here. When I am on the road and have hotel cable, I’m strangely drawn to West Coast Choppers and that tattoo show. Not sure why…….home improvement shows would seem much more up my alley. Videos would be a good idea for the TC Bungalow Club collection over at the Marshall library.


Josh October 31, 2006 at 10:10 pm

Excellent idea about the Bungalow Club putting some videos in the collection, Stuccohouse. I like those chopper shows, too, but it’s a guilty pleasure.

Thanks, JM and Aaron, for the suggestions about where to get my DIY and fake news fixes. Now that YouTube got the C&D from ComedyCentral, I’ve needed a new source for Stewart and Colbert.


felicia November 14, 2006 at 12:32 pm

Oh man, I couldn’t live without Designed to Sell or Curb Appeal! I have cable PLUS a DVR so I can record at off hours!
Do they have any Furniture to Go or the like, with the Furniture Guys, Ed and Joe? I used to love them…lots of great tips


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