We’re headed into the bath to talk about innovative products that help you more easily care for little ones, and comfortably age-in-place. And we’re talking with the talented carpenter Jeff Devlin, the new host of DIY Network’s ‘I Hate My Bath!’
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We are in the bathroom today with carpenter friend and host to DIY network, 'I Hate My Bath' and 'Good Better Best', Jeff Devlin.
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And you are inside MyFixitUpLife with my husband Mark.
And my wife Theresa.
And we are in the bathroom today.
Not right now.
The show brought to you from our bathroom.
Not exactly from our bathroom, but we are celebrating the bath today.
Yes, as always.
Yes and we are going to talking to 'I Hate My Bath' host, Jeff Devlin DIY network, you have to watch him Tuesday nights at 10:30.
You also have to watch him on his forthcoming show, "Good, Better...Best".
That is going to start airing at the end of September. So we do not have the exact air date yet, but check it out, go to jeffdevlin.net to check him out.
He is a cool guy.
He is and he is actually a friend for ours too. We are very lucky to know him. He is a very sweet man.
Name dropping, just a little bit, but we are also having Kal from American Standard on today.
She is going to talk about age and place/universal design.
Yes and we are going to focus on kid's stuff too.
Because dear I like to focus on the kid's stuff of life, right now.
Yeah and that is the thing about universal design and age place. It means the whole family.
The entire family from...
Speaking of which...
There is a new chief in town.
There is a new chief in town? Her name is Lexy, our 10-year-old. We were in Florida and her fire chief Uncle Rod. She is like take a pause for a second and like gets it all out...
No, you just see the bouncing ball thing in cartoons.
But I would see Uncle Rod, I said my husband which you cannot actually see on the radio, but fire chief Uncle Rod, took all of us on a ride on a fire truck.
He is the chief of the Isles of Capri, Florida.
And Lexy and my husband Mark and our son Jack went on the rescue boat too.
That is right.
And we also went on the ambulance and we also checked out his fire chief car.
Right, because he doesn't roll in the __3:28__
And the funny though cool thing about it is I did really realized how much like they are on the fire chief's car like around his license plate, they are like its out of this world. So Lexy actually sat down with fire chief Uncle Road and interviewed him. Her first interview she'd ever done really before and you could check it out online at MyFixItUpLife.com account blog and also, I want you to check out our site. To say for anything like that, but our son Jack in is the new issue of Extreme How-To magazine.
Yes in the article about upgrading your back door or side door.
And the thing is that my appearance in that upgrade as I had like it to be cause Mark took a photo of Jack and I after I picked him up from preschool and I am walking in the house and I have got a little monkey lunch box and a cup of coffee and stuff, then not very glamorous.
Its lot like from here to command center.
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Yes I do. I listened to old shows at the gym.
That is kind of fun.
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Well the other cool thing too is that you can go on our app and you can enter to win for free stuff and we are giving a way a price today later on in this show.
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It is and we just have about a minute left in this segment. I have to talk to you about the WaterSense for kids, if you to go epa.gov/watersense/kids, you can check out this really cool website that is devoted for -- like its focused on teaching kids about using water responsibly and there is a cute game on that, it kind looks like Pacman but its about like a toilet little monster and stuff on that.
Its faucet man.
And one pretty cool thing I learned on this website is that if you cut out one toilet flush a day and you will think it about like, kids like to put things down the toilet and it is fun to flush.
If you're stuck, you don't need to flush.
But if you cut out one flush a day, you can actually, that is equivalent of 32 loads of laundry a year. Isn't that incredible?
That is a huge amount of water.
Yes. And then the other thing that I learned too is that only less than 1% of the water on our planet can actually be used by people, because of salt stuff in your water too.
That's right. What I learned is we are up against the break. So let's take it. We will see you with more MyFixitUpLife.
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And you are back inside MyFixitUpLife and planned it, that nation were global now.
We are global.
Oh, that's good.
We have got written up in __08:21__ magazine.
We did. You know if you live in Canada, you could check it out. It is an article about us. It is in English and in French.
For all say, we are global concern.
We are a global concern, and this is FixitUp primetime.
This is where we smooth around and to find cool stuff to bring to you.
And I want to bring the first thing. Of course I do, I always want to go first.
Thank you for least saying recognized yet. (Crosstalk)
I want to bring this one cool thing. You will going to love my finds today. You will going to love them. You will gonna love them, you will going to like I heart Theresa's find.
Is that right?
It's like a tattoo across your chest. Maybe temporary tattoo. But the world's largest toilet -- now, I didn't know the world's largest toilet was in Columbia.
I did not know they can be different size.
And it has been there for a while. So what is cool about it is that it's Kids Commons Columbus Community Children's Museum. They have the world's largest toilet. It is in an explorer house, which they had space about learning about the house, all the ins and outs of a house, you can learn about electricity and you can climb through at chimney to the attic and you also if you are a child, you can get flushed down inside this giant toilet. It is kind of cool. So when you did flush down it also makes like a flushing sound.
Okay. I will take your word for it.
So if you are in Columbus, you know about this and if you are visiting Columbus, you got to check it out, because I did put that on my list in the next time we are there.
Yeah. That is kind of a bucket list thing I guess.
Well another cool thing I want to share to you that I have found that I know you we are going to love is, if you have seen the Veladrome that is built for the 2012 Olympics in London.
No. I did not know it was built yet.
It is with Western Red Theater.
Its summer game.
Yeah I am not kidding you at all. It is absolutely gorgeous. You have to go and check it out online.
Oh men. I can't even believe that.
You mean like seriously, it will blow your... I cannot even describe it is just gorgeous.
Somebody get Paul Mackie on the phone from wrcla.org.
Okay so you're fixed it up fine. I want to know all about them.
Well I have got to fixed it up fine, and one is called the Hard Hat Adventure and so you are driving by a job site, right? You see a 30,000 pound excavator there or skid steer, or a bulldozer...
Anything with my son, I say.
Excavavor that's what Jack calls it.
Front and loader.
Yes. Well, incredible-adventures.com/hard-hat-adventures is a place you can go to learn how to operate those things and they let you go town.
No, it is a real place.
Okay, I am confused.
The website is how you go to find out...
So you say you drive by a construction site and go on a website.
So you go by the website. I mean, you go by the job site.
Any job type.
See that stuff he say, 'I want to drive that'
Then you can't, because you are a regular person, someone is already driving it.
Excuse me, Mr. Construction worker, May I please drive your excavator?
Are you busy with that 30,000-pound excavator?
Okay, so then you go online and so again (crosstalk) incredible-adventures.com.
And what you find is a vacation you can take to Bradenton, Florida where they have a 21-acre job site.
It is like Tennessee Baseball and stuff like that or people go and they like to play like they are in a major league or they are like those kinds of retreat, but for construction.
So they will teach you how to drive a Caterpillar...
No way, how many days it will be to do it?
18, I think.
Oh that is not fair. So you go there, they will teach how to operate these three difference pieces of equipment. One is a skid steer, one is a bulldozer and once the CAT 315 excavator and then cut loose, your driving around, your digging holes or building piles.
So you have like, are they like competitions?
They have a time test and an obstacle test. At the end of the day, I guess you can do them or not as you see it, but you're behind the figurative wheel of these things. Hold that?
You know what brings to mine, remember that scene in Footloose, where they are driving towards each other in their own tractors and like they are playing like chicken with the tractors.
You do not remember that? You never saw Footloose?
Oh my goodness, gracious.
Despite Kevin Bacon being a Philadelphia native.
I think they were gonna have to find that, but you know I sure this is safe on like than scene in Footloose.
No, this isn't wreckless; it is an adventure but it's on -- you know.
So what's your other find darling.
We'll my other find is a book that I...
Oh! Is it a book that you could read on the plane while you are going down to Florida?
It will probably take a little longer than the plane trip to bring to Florida unless you're flying for Japan. But it is called a Carpenter's Life as told by Houses and it is a buy and if you read fine home building magazine, this guy's name Larry Haun who is certifiably a legend in our business and he has been building for no less than seven decades.
Seven decades? So that makes him at least 71.
Yeah. That is right.
What do you mean by building? Like professionally building?
Not exactly. He started out -- he was born under Nebraska prairie, so they always were making things, building things, putting this together. But he has always had tools in his hand and one of the great things about him is in the 1950s, when way we make houses changed in Southern California, he was on forefront of that and basically, we build houses the way we do today is based on what he and his colleagues much like Don Dunkley learned that building book.
It is hugely interesting.
So the book -- is it a novel?
No, it is a memoir. It is a Carpenter's Life as told by Houses and you can find it at findhomebuiding.com and he talks about houses that he had seen throughout his life that he is either visited or built, mostly built. Everything from a Quonset hut, which a military structure to an earthen home to a straw-bale house to production framing.
I love straw-bale by the way.
It is a really good idea.
Yeah it is.
It makes a lot of sense. Two greenhouses he built in his backyard, but he also talks about his approach to life and he is a very peaceful very Buddhist guy and he talks about sustainable living constantly.
And whether you agree with that or don't agree with that, what I think the most important thing about a carpenter's life is Larry gets -- he got me to ask big questions.
I like that. And you know what else we have to do?
Well, I'm not gonna ask you. I'm gonna tell you like the good wife, I am and we are gonna have to go to a break and we'll be back in just a minute with more MyFixitUpLife.
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And you are back inside MyFixitUpLife with my husband Mark.
And my wife Theresa and a great show in -- you could make the case. One of the most important, if not civilized rooms in the house.
It is an important room. I mean being -- everyone is in the bathroom.
Like we all spent time in the bathroom everyday and it's just such an important part of life and especially, you know, as a mommy person.
Oh I love it when you refer yourself as mommy person.
Well, as a mommy person, there is something about when you are pregnant that you start to think about the bathroom in a whole different way because you are going so much and you are in so many bathroom.
You are in serving different needs you didn't have before.
And then when you have the baby and then you are in there, you have to sit with them for the bath time and everything else and hand washing like you have to be in there more time than you ever thought you would have to be in their when you have kids, so you think about the bathroom so much that's why I'm so excited we are talking about bathrooms today.
And why I'm excited that we are joined by Kal Nanji from American Standard who is waiting patiently.
To talk about everything from Aging in Place to kids products. Are you with us Kal?
Yes I am. Hi, how are you?
We are doing great and Aging in Place is everything from taking from the kids all the way up to grown ups and your whole entire lifetime and its kind of nice to think about Aging in Place, when you are remodeling your bathroom. So you don't have to go back to it often in life.
That's right and you know with the increase in multigenerational household in the United States, it is always important to ensure that you are remodeling your bathroom to meet everyone's needs.
Yes. And so one thing that I am pretty excited about from American Standard, I have to say is the FunBath.
Oh, that's the opposite of the question I was about to ask.
Yeah. So yeah, I'm all about the FunBath and I want you guys to make it in sort of like a grown up version. I like the princess bath for me.
So Kal, first of all for people listening who can't see what we are talking about, what is the FunBath?
Well FunBath is a great product. We call it a temporary bath conversion and what it does is that it fits over your most existing 60-inch bathtubs. It's a cool product and what it does is available in three different models, a fire truck molded model, a princess castle which you referred today and also flat panel which you can customize with __20:19__ to big house from Disney, Sesame Street and some other little man characters and essentially what it does is it elevates the child to about 37 inches to where the parents do not have to kneel and it is good you can actually bathe the child.
Oh you are kidding me.
That's a really, really nice heater, you know when we remodeled our bath, we actually elevated our tub and put in a little stop to make easier for us. You know my husband is looking at me inquisitively right now, but that really had helped a lot because spending over the tub is crazy, but then also having it decorative because -- I was just talking with my girlfriend last night and when she goes shopping with her 2-year-old, you know he always picks out like he wants to drink Elmo juice or like you know the Cars juice.
And it kind of makes him more excited about taking a bath too.
Absolutely, it makes it a lot more fun for the child and a lot easier for the parent.
Totally, I love that. Now for a boring question, I am in charge for making our show dull. And this isn't to put you on the spot at all, but you mentioned the increase in mutigenerational household in the US which fascinates me. Do you have -- and I'm not holding your feet to the fire on this one, but do you have any kind of statistics and how rapidly that numbers going up?
Well, from multigenerational standpoint I don't have exact figures, but what we do now is in the state of economy the way that it is, we know that a lot of parents are moving back into their children's homes so now you have what we call adult children and these adult children have children of their own as well.
So you have an increase in multigenerational household from that and then also from a standpoint of immigration, we have a lot more diversity in the country and Asian cultures, Hispanic cultures, Eastern European cultures tend to have multifamily or multigenerational households or they have parents living with their children and obviously the children have those parents as well.
So at American Standard besides -- you know, I fixate on the FunBath, but other things that you guys offer to make it easier when people are thinking about remodeling their bathroom to accommodate everybody that's living in our house these days.
Right. So for me at the products, for example let say for a child, you put up a FunBath, you could have the same bathroom space, you got a great product called the Generations Vanity, it's a great name. What the Generations Vanity is, the furniture vanity which is about 34 inches height perfect height to use for a normal adult, but also have an immigrated whole out step up feature which allows a shorter person or a child to actually step up and reach the sink and the faucet more easily.
You know, I tried that out when I was there at the headquarters in New Jersey and I have to say I was in love with it because as a mommy person.
I got to drink some coffee.
You know you are constantly trying to like to figure out like this steps like you have a plastic step and all of this stuff to get the kids to be able to wash their hands or brush their teeth and everything and that stuff -- it goes away. Like it ends up in the kid's room, it's like...
Right, this one though...
And it is not pretty.
On the generation's unit which is a beautiful piece of furniture literally slides in and out like a drawer.
That's right. And the front of it looks like the bottom molding of the actual vanity, so totally immigrated into that piece.
That's one of those things where it's like -- well that just make so much sense. I cannot believe like other people aren't doing that. It just such a like -- Oh, okay. Well, it's perfect.
I might use it in as much as I am in adult trial.
You are to make yourself feel taller?
So you look like a basketball player when you are brushing your teeth?
Yeah. That's right. That's right. So Kal, is there is anything that you think about when you are talking about age in place or what some people call universal design. It's kind of like a top three items to be thinking about when you are approaching a bathroom remodel.
That's right, in general you need to make sure that when you are remodeling your bathroom that you take in the consideration not only your own needs as you age in the home, but also the need of others that are in your household. So let's say you're in your late 50s you want to stay in your home for the rest of your life, you will make sure that your bathroom has -- is accessible, you have wide doorways in and out for wheelchair, instance that you could be in a wheelchair or you also have something like a walk in bathtub or you can walk in to the bath and don't have to step over a bathroom, a bathtub ledge to get into the top itself.
Right. So zero clearance features?
Exactly right. You consider showers as well as a good feature to allow you to easily transfer into a bathing shower rather than having to step over the top. So those all factors you should consider. Other things that people don't think a lot is faucetry. You know, a lot of faucets are hard to use but if you consider a faucet that has a single lever and also has a hot limit safety feature that you could control how hot the actual faucet get, it's good not only for everybody, but especially good for the elderly and for children when they do not have this much -- understanding of how to.
Feel like a quick reflex to say, "Hey, I'm burning my skin". Yeah, I know exactly what you are talking about.
It is just a piece of mind to for us mommy people too to be able to judge out.
Just three mommy people.
I know. Well you know....
Kal, you should consider yourself well-specialized, I suppose?
Well then you don't have to use it like the -- one of the things that we use you could buy that at a drug stores it's ducks, you know the little rubber ducks that have the temperature.
It said hot on them. Mark has no idea what I'm talking about.
I think American Standard is a little more sophisticated than the...
No but I'm saying that...
The thermal duck.
But if we don't have to rely upon those kinds of things and that ...
And that's kind of gives me a little bit -- because I don't know if the duck is gonna to work. I don't trust the duck always.
Kal, does American Standard use the ducks in your company?
No. We have no ducks.
We have no ducks and we have no time Kal.
Oh, we have to take a break.
We are going to swim in to a bathing break and we will be back with more with MyFixitUpLife.
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Game day. Winner, here it is.
Can I just -- or I guess if we talk about what the product is first, I'm so excited to say who won.
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. We are jumping over like the best part to give.
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Climb in on a ladder, using it off balance.
Using it outside of a deck real situation.
Let me read the winning entry for this prize.
Let's see if this person knows if they won or not.
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This person sent in, and it is just -- it's enormous this deck a lot of work to be able to clean it up. So Cathy from Minneapolis, you won. Congratulations! I am so excited for you.
Totally. Please send us pictures of the newly cleaned.
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And you're back inside MyFixitUpLife, back inside the bathroom.
We are in the bathroom today and you know, we like to say our son Jack his bathroom buddies with his meme.
I'd liked to say we are bathroom buddies with our caller on the line.
I don't want to say that. We are buddies though -- he is already laughing.
Maybe that's why he is on a show called 'I Hate My Bath' because I am referring to him as being bathroom buddies with your darling.
Yeah, Jeff so you know was that means and please got our audience knows what that means. Jack's grandmother meme, which is French for grandmother, used to spend time with him in the bathroom watching the...
Drier cycle goes. So he would go to sleep hence bathroom buddies.
You and I just buddies. Yeah I am glad you like that one as a parent of two children.
Yes, you know what if there was a drier in my bathroom and I could make it entertaining, I'd put one in there. Honestly, whatever work to entertain the kids. We in Nintendo DS and all that sort of stuff.
Jeff, forget about that it's just a drier.
You should take them to a laundromat and do a show called I hate my laundromat.
So Jeff Devlin, your new show I Hate My Bath it just premiered last week and it's on Tuesday night on DIY Network at 10:30, is that right?
That is correct.
Okay. So everybody you have to watch this show.
And you do -- and Jeff I'm gonna go ahead and I will make fun of you basically for most of the rest of this interview.
That's fine, that's fine.
You were stellar. __32:48__
Is this gonna cost me a beer?
Is this gonna cost me a beer? No, thank you very much.
No, I am not joking. You are terrific on that show.
You are quite charming. I'd always enjoy watching you on camera. There is something about you that you're so like, I don't know inquisitive and sweet and handsome and...
You know what I've -- I really does -- I love what I do and the fact that I get to do it and I get to combine my love of construction and carpentry with TV and honestly, I get to meet new people each and everyday and I get to really kind of see the latest and greatest products out there. So for me, it's extremely exciting there should I ever be in a bad mood when I get to go and said it, it is just fun. I mean you know Mark, when you get to set some based or when you get to a job and how exciting something new is to you, it's just fun. I mean I am just very blessed.
And for everyone listening if you happen to not know how Jeff Devlin is. You got to go to his website jeffdevlin.net.
Jeff servers are probably going down now.
Yeah. They probably are. Now, Jeff you know I haven't found you on Twitter yet. Are you on there?
You know what I have them. I am just a - I slow with the technology aspect of things. I have just went on Facebook and try the whole fan page thing. It feels a little weird to do like a fan page thing, but I am getting better. I am getting better added them, getting better of hosting and stuff like that. Because I did not know what to post, I mean like I having a piece of pizza right now.
Well, you know a lot of people do that and it is kind of funny that you know like we follow Sunny Anderson. He is on Food Network and she consequently -- well, she is on Food Network and she constantly tweets about what she is eating and sending like pictures of what she is eating and it's appropriate, but I don't know it's just...
For you, it would probably need to be focused around home improvement.
Brushing my teeth.
Like I'm brushing my teeth now.
Well that's - the thing is like I get so excited about showing some of these new products, but you know, we shoot the shows in advance and then they air you know like a month or so later so I can't key the product and so after the show airs.
I get really excited about it, I am like 'you guys have to see this toilet. It talks, and it does all the stuff', I can't really do that if we are still at air. That's why I can totally forget everything. I am like what was this where was I.
I'm with you, because your amped up about the next thing that you didn't have to wait a month for and then you are not amped up anymore, you have to go back to being amped up and what was I am talking about.
And then with your travel schedule too, you probably don't even know where you have half the time.
That has definitely been you know with having a family and trying to maintain that and making sure my kids don't forget who I am that back and forth you were like where I'm and exactly whether did I get the window seat this time and which way I may going.
Yeah, look father who is over rated.
Also I want to know about your other show that's coming out the 'Good, Better...Best' show. I don't know anything about it. So please tell us.
Most definitely. That one actually it's just start to pick up and it's actually airing September 29th. I don't know of an actual time yet, I let you guys know as soon as I get that, but that's a different show more geared towards design built companies that a home owner is given three different options or three different design choices and then they pick whichever wanted to do a good, better or best for them and then we sort of walk them through the process with the contract __36:27__. You know just giving them advice how to deal with contractors, how to like what products are good you know what's good for everybody is you know I should say what's good for some isn't good for everybody. And then working with people's budget and being a little bit more you know I guess economical with their choices and their budgets.
Do you help them or do you just sort of observe the process?
I help them at any term. You know me Mark, I got to get paid for you and like I am sitting there watching things, let me touch it, let me touch it.
But yeah I definitely get my hands dirty.
That is so cool. So I want to ask about your house though. So you get traveling all over the place and you have a very old home.
He is got like a 400-year-old house.
And, yes. Exactly. So...
That's settled. Neglect is the best term to describe it these days. I am home today so I am actually trying to get some of that -- literally, I am staring at a lift that my wife made for me that I don't think that have to get done today.
Do you know how fun that is? You know for people that are listening and then they know from TV and everything and you know a lot of women watch home improvement shows and says "Oh! You know I wish that guy would be my husband and he would take care of my house and everything.
And he is building in addition everyday.
I know you feel that this listed everyday and everything like that. There have been no projects left undone and to know that you have a honey-do list show is kind of, I like that.
And it all kind of weird checking monkey stuff on it like.
Chicken money stuff?
Chicken money stuff. Fix leaking faucet motion.
That's the funniest thing I would drain for our showers clog. I am like, 'Sweetheart, haven't you watched any of these shows that are done. You know how to do this. Come on, I would even sneak out. You thought you could do this and how are yourself ladies?
So do you like DVR your shows and then you are like, okay look at episode number 4.
You heard them about technology before including DVD-R.
Oh, sorry. Okay.
I am thanking on my kids cause my kids could figure out you know they program everything in the home. They know how to DVR everything, so I am trying to teach my son all this lovely traits and I am like, 'Alright. So if mommy asked to do this or what you do is -- if you're busy and you got to do your homework that is how you roll it' into you know anyway. But basically, they know how to - the kids are getting interesting and you know your kids are that age where they are just excited about going out being with mom and dad getting involved to learning. They are like little sponges so anytime we can teach them something and my wife gets out and doing it, it's fine as long as there is no crazy power tools in the _39:04_, they are fine.
Oh, that's great.
Did you ever bring your kids to the set? Like, have they ever seen you actually work on camera?
I have, but I think they are so used to seeing me work around the house and stuff like that. They have only come to set a couple of times and they loved it. They were kind of like you know, "Why is there camera on you daddy?" I'm "I don't know kids. To pay check I am not sure." They are little sort of boggled originally if they were kind of like 'wait a second you're on the television right now, but I can see you right here in the room, how is that working?' So that was a four-hour conversation that I have with them _39:40_. It really came out.
That's awesome. That is awesome. So I am gonna change the subject a little and this is the part right now make fun of you for the rest of the interview.
Tell me about the concrete thing in the 'I Hate My Bath'. It weighed a metric ton.
Mark, I can't, I still have nightmares about that as I am saying. First of, on the packaging slip, it didn't show. It said like 7 or 350 pounds, but think to a total amount to be like 1500 pounds.
And I am not kidding you.
So you didn't got...
You know you got to figure out how to get it up there and then the best part is if you watch that episode last week, where we all lift it we got our steps on that we are trying to list all of us. You know I am not a very big guy. That doesn't couple of guys there that pretty big so I thought we budget it a little bit. We receive our budget. I mean literally I felt I was like 'This is insurmountable' like 'there need to be a helicopter or a crane getting this thing upstairs', but you know by sheer force and will that sucker got up there. It took four hours to get it up those steps, but then no damage to the wall mind you. So yeah, it's up there and good.
Did I hear you right you thought it was gonna weigh 350 pounds and it showed up being triple. No, five times in weight.
You don't know how it was like as a manufacturer that we get some of the mold used different levels of concrete or different levels of sink and they might do a thinner veneer or something like that over a foam or something like that. So you really don't know when you look at the slip and in a lot of times I am back and forth so much and they are might you look at it you like 300 pounds no problem you know that would be fine and then you try to lift it up and you are like holy macadamia nuts. __41:31___.
Nice. All I could go away from that was holy macadamia nuts.
Macadamia nuts. Yeah.
Yeah. I will be using that for...
Thanks Jeff I will be hearing that a lot, yeah.
Wonderful. I am glad I can be your dictionary. I am a horrible dictionary by the way because I make up words everyday.
Oh my goodness.
That is perfect. So you have now filmed a bunch of 'I Hate My Bath'.
Yeah. We just gonna shooting the first season. I will wrap up. I fly back up to Minnesota this week. Tomorrow actually and then shoot the last couple of episodes of that. So yes, the first season __42:08__ and they are just gonna keep rolling them.
So you have to fly out to -- you are filming in the Minnesota and out there for them...
For 10,000 likes to region.
Yeah, yeah. I am literally in Minneapolis, which is nice because it is the summer time. Well it has been the summer time there when I started filming. So it has been nice and everybody keeps worrying me about when is this. So I am hoping for a season 2, but if I do, I am gonna have to get some thermal underwear and all that sort of stuff.
You are gonna need a warm suit like those highway guys use, you know.
You know I was gonna just wear a wet suit and just you know because it feel it work you were you should work indoors like just be inside the suit keep myself warm. I told you _42:51_.
The astronauts do it. That's how they stay warm in space. That's the same in Minnesota.
Oh, my goodness.
We are really talking about that.
I don't even know where I am right now.
So, I am gonna change the subject a little bit.
Are we gonna talk about 'Good, Better...Best'?
Well, I think we should, we have just about a minute left and you know that's a new show for everybody and you know, I want to know like you know what do you deal with when people you are going through. What's good, better and best? What are people usually picking?
I think -- Ideally, people look at things. They step back and they are like -- I want those __43:26__ better, the million dollar ___, but I understand that they are a million dollars. So just be kind it not to say where under budgeting something but for people to understand what contractors built were two when they were presenting and then saying like. 'Here is what you want within your budget, but then people want more than that. So you they give them other options to sit within their budget and really budgets are a huge deal. I don't care who you are, how much money you got or whatever. You still have to stick to that budget and you honestly have to be honest with them. You have to be honest with them. You have to be honest with contractors and with the history of contractors especially reasonably doing such _44:04_ out there and not being craftsmen than anymore. It has been tough for homeowners to trust them. So that hopefully, the bond between homeowners and contractors that kind of people use all this time were built.
Wow that is a -- write that down and send it to me.
And then Mark will use it for a blog.
And then when the show posts on our app. I will send it to you, so you can send it back to me. That was awesome.
And then you guys can wear wet suits together.
Yeah in the bathroom.
Yeah you're so insane.
Yeah, totally. We are bathroom buddies Mark.
You guy really are bathroom buddies. If you are wearing wet suits in the bath in the way that you want it. Yeah.
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My wife Theresa.
And we are still in the bathroom.
We are still in the bathroom. The room that to me, if look at it globally.
The market that civilized society is indoor plumbing.
You do not have indoor plumbing, forget about it.
I like that you are taking a little bit seriously. We just got off talking with Jeff Devlin about being bathroom buddies and now you are all commercial break taking it serious.
Now, I am on History Channel.
Yes you are.
But no one really thinks about that because what you are interfaced with all day.
Is to finish it.
Not the least of which and probably, the most important, certainly top two is the tile keeping the water out of your cabinets and your walls.
Well, that is kind of really important and on the line right now, we have Rob.
Rob Madore from Bondera.
How are you Rob?
Very good, good morning. Long time no talk.
Yes. It has been a little while and I am exited to talk to you because I talked about Bondera all the time with girlfriends and the thing is that people just are like no way does it really do that, no way they really can't do that.
Yes, I don't know even when we are talked about the contractors or remodelers that you can do a little of couple of things, but yes it does do that.
And let us tell everybody what it does do though.
Let me ask you this question.
For everyone who is not us, who knows everything about it and used the product. I mean it's actually, it makes tiling so much easier it takes it from really a pro kind of thing you know an advanced DIY project into a DIY project.
Yeah Rob gives us sort of a summary of what Bondera is and what and what it does.
Sure. It is a pressure sensitive membrane of double-sided sticky paper like __49:48__ time and it is a three in one. It is a tile adhesive, it is correct isolation and it also watertight and waterproof, which means you, can use it on the walls or countertops. Tops around shower around and makes it simple to you. You are adhering to the substrate, you stick the tiles on and it allows you to grout immediately. There is no real _50:11_, it is clean and it easy to do and you can finish it very quickly or you can take as long as you want and just do sections at the time if you do desire.
Well in the quickly saying really is key for me and for you know I am talking about my girlfriends too is you can finish a project in a weekend. You can actually whole backsplash in a weekend you know and even sealing everything too after you are all done and that is the thing I love about it is that you are not messy, you don't have all the glue everywhere and you don't have to worry about keeping everything flat and everything like it is all right there and that it is just take save so much time like your honey deal list for your husband, totally knock it out.
You raise a good point especially if you are doing a flat surface or a horizontal surface like countertop. Rob, you are not dealing with any lippage where the tiles are higher or lower because you have not pressed them in to thin set properly. Is that pretty much accurate?
Yeah of course, the bigger the countertop is just gets an old Formica laminate countertop, but it is highly look at and when you operate you do don't need to rip it out in this with Bondera on it is the most pieces of granite or marble or regular tile, upgrade countertop and I look likely too for half the cost and half the time of headache that you would have if you did not deal with.
Tearing out a countertop is highly, whether it is in the bathroom or the kitchen.
It is a bathroom-focused show, but now I am thinking about the kitchen. Taking on a countertop is no small bag of potatoes.
Not in official terms.
You know for our listeners who likes DIY network and have seen their kitchen encounter or the bathroom counter come out and I have heard that people go through to try to get it out.
It is easier too. So basically Bondera has enabled home owners to encapsulate their countertops.
Correct. Turn things out. You know I cannot step out of my house and once you start, you end up tearing more than what your personal intention is for.
Oh that is so true, because once you get started with any project, they always get, they always growl. They are just like -- it is just like you know I don't know it's like an avalanche of DIY. Once you get started one thing, you roll down the hill and it is just like more and more and more and more stuff especially if you are carrying stuff out but if you are doing things like this...
You can keep it a little bit more controlled.
Well to talk about...
Yeah, you can control the universe, but to bring it back to the bathroom and to bring it back to installing a new bathroom, it seems to me like using Bondera means that instead of using a more expensive hardware to install substrate, you can stay with green drywall and still get waterproof with Bondera?
Is that greenboard -- I mean, we still recommend the normal waterproof substrate that is recommended whether it is a greenboard or a cement board or hardy board anything about nature is fine when you use the Bondera work.
Cool. And do you have to do anything like I am thinking now about the adhesive nature Bondera and the dusty nature of cement board, would you have to prime that?
The cement board, you just got to wipe off the dust. When it comes to greenboard or hardy board, a cork setting primer works great. I also recommend that the sheets of Bondera are put next to each other until we recommend our wet seam paper that you would at the seam to make sure that it looks water tight and you just go from there.
Well you know one thing that I did that you know, I am always in to using cut off for everything for all of our projects and we used some strips of Bondera to like to makeover some frame for our daughter to give to her grandma as a Mother's day present last year which was just so cute you know cause like we only tiled it. Just like we would you know tiled our backsplash or whatever and it works great I mean it is just such a fun thing to use and it was easy for our daughter to tend to use Bondera too and it is so cool.
Yes we had a lot of folks when we go on shows that the mosaic or artistic side and do a lot of mosaic and Bondera really do some flexibility there because you put the Bondera on your kitchen table, leave the back liner on, so it does not stick to the table.
You got the point.
To deal the front layer and start you know tiling or mosaic you know create your own mosaic, you could take a week. You could take two months to create it. It doesn't matter. Just put the upper front liner on when you done at night so it doesn't get all dusty and everything and then when you are ready, you cut around it, peel the back liner and stick around the wall and you would get your own creation that you made mosaic that you can put on the wall and keep tiling from that.
That is such a good point. I am inspired now. I will gonna do more projects.
Yeah I love that element too that not only can you do it quickly, you can do it at your own pace, which is huge and not something you can do when you are mixing up batches of thin set or at least not easily and the other thing, we have to do that is not easy.
Oh, we have to direct everyone to go at bonderatilematset.com. Check out the video cause if you really like "Huh? What is that?" Check out the video. It all be made crystal clear and you will love it as much as us and we have to go to break.
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Yeah our bathroom show and we wanted to leave you with a hit if you are considering remodeling your bathroom.
Actually, a really important thing to think about more than -- trying to check out the perfect toilet or the perfect tub or you know trying to get the color and the tile just so and just right. It is planning ahead for all of that stuff that you are gonna need to renovate your bathroom. The bathroom can be a really small space and well where do you put all your tools and where do you stage your toilet that you are gonna be putting in to your new bathroom?
And everything else from drop cloth to paint cans to joint compound. It is all gotta go somewhere where people find out quickly when they are remodeling a bathroom is it can't be in the bathroom with you.
No, usually your bathroom is not very big to be able to juggle all that stuff around and unfortunately, you know a lot of people are -- if you think about renovating a bathroom, if it is like the bathroom upstairs that your family uses that means your probably can have to take over someone's bedroom or part of a bedroom in order to do that and planning ahead and trying to figure out where is everybody gonna sleep and be comfortable throughout the renovation process.
Right exactly and if it is not you doing it, it is gonna be a contractor who is doing it. So plan ahead makes space for all those things that you need not need to take your pictures off the wall sometimes if you have a huge _58:06_ job, otherwise, it might be moving furniture or putting down drop cloths, you do not walk in there with dirty boots.
Yes and you know, also the other thing too is just trying to make sure everybody in the house understand what's gonna happen when you are doing the project and you know you planned out how long it is gonna take, but add time to that too so that you are not trying to finish a major project like a bathroom renovation right before thanksgiving or before you know like brain break or something.
Or during thanksgiving when we have done various projects. Just throwing it out there.
We actually still did our main bathroom in our house right before thanksgiving and we did not finish it in time. Well, my mother-in-law came to visit and it was -- she was a very nice lady, I have to say. So anyway I leave you that, but don't forget to go to myfixituplife.com and click on free stuff to check out the prices that are up for grabs because I want you to win.
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