My Handyman Husband: Red Green or Tim the Tool Man?


| 2/3/2010 1:02:27 PM


Tags: Handyman, My handyman, Red Green Show, Home improvement, Tim Taylor, Alpine goats, Nubian goats,

Some days I have to check my marriage licence to see if I really married Dave or if I married Tim the Tool Man or Red Green? (Red Green is Canada’s answer to Tim the tool man, only actually funnier if that’s possible.)

If you follow my blog you’ll notice that my hubby is a bit handy around the house and farm. And ... if he can’t do it, he’ll figure out how to do it with sometimes hilarious results (case in point ... "Another Hot Day"). It just amazes me how one person can have such an imagination or different ideas in one brain. Really he should have been a scientist or something. I think his talents are going to waste on the propane truck. I mean honestly ... how many men do you know will build a barn from scrap wood, no design (except in his head), nothing ... and who is not a carpenter and it will actually exceed building codes!

Dava aka Red Green

We were at a friend’s house Saturday night and our friend was having problems with something in his mink pens (they’re mink ranchers). Well, Dave just started rattling off different ways to fix the problem. From just using duct tape (Red Green special) to having someone come in and fix it by doing this, and turning this around, and splitting something etc. I could just see Dave’s brain working a mile a minute. I could also see our friend’s brain just bog down with information overload!

But living with Red Green/Tim the Tool Man can also be costly. Thank goodness I work at a hardware and building supply store. I get a half decent discount on some things. Because on the mornings he’s off I dread to hear “Honey darling, can you bring me …” I think, Oh no, not again ... what is he building, remodeling or repairing today?

In the long run I think it’s cheaper living with my Red Green since he saves hundreds of dollars every year in electrical, plumbing, heating, car, tractor, snowblower and electronic repairs.

paul gardener
2/11/2010 10:12:52 AM

I'm with Dave... I like your husband already. I never cease to be amazed at the number of guys I know that have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how to repair anything let alone build something from scratch. I think a lot of people are afraid to even try because it won't look like store bought or something. To me that's the point. I get what I want, how I want it, and it costs me less. Good luck with setting up your bees this year. I'm starting a couple of hives in my back yard too. Should make for a fun adventure. Oh yes, and welcome to the Grit blog family! Paul Gardener~


paul gardener
2/11/2010 10:11:03 AM

I'm with Dave... I like your husband already. I never cease to be amazed at the number of guys I know that have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how to repair anything let alone build something from scratch. I think a lot of people are afraid to even try because it won't look like store bought or something. To me that's the point. I get what I want, how I want it, and it costs me less. Good luck with setting up your bees this year. I'm starting a couple of hives in my back yard too. Should make for a fun adventure. Oh yes, and welcome to the Grit blog family! Paul Gardener~


nebraska dave
2/3/2010 7:53:32 PM

Lisa, I already like your husband. I too like to think I’m a handy person although what ever I touch I usually break first then get it fixed. The Red Green show is one of my favorite shows and the stuff they come up with is almost workable. That’s what makes it so funny. I take a little after my Dad. People would say about my Dad that if he wanted to install a door, he would set up the door and build a frame around it. He never used a tape measure, he’d just hold the board where he wanted it to go and give it a mark where to cut. He would always say, “Hey it always fits.” He built an entire addition to the house that way. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t figure out if he set his mind to it. My Dad once had an argument with the Lowe’s expert about putting a preformed one piece shower unit into the bathroom of my sister’s double wide trailer. The expert said it couldn’t be done and Dad said it could. He proved them wrong. He just cut a section of the outer wall out, pulled out the old, put in the new, reattached the wall section, and applied some new siding and project done. It sounds like your husband is an out of the box thinker that only sees possibilities and not the impossibilities. I like being around men like that. Long live Red Green and tool man Tim.





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