2007 “Shed of Regret”
In this episode the boys are building a little cabin in the woods. OK, it’s more like a storage shed built out behind the house! This complex little project takes us through the many steps involved in building a shed from scratch. Studs, stringers, headers, sheathing, shingles… all the cool construction terms are used. The boys also rely on used materials wherever possible. After this large undertaking is completed the lads regret ever hearing the word “shed”.
2008 “Watch us Dry”
This episode has the boys doing some basic wall painting, ceiling painting and wall papering. We look at proper surface preparation, various rollers and brush types and explore the myths and mysteries around acrylic and oil based finishes. Leigh agrees to help paint the main room, on the condition that he and George switch and do each others bedrooms (like that TV show we can’t remember the name of). It soon becomes obvious that Leigh has a much more adventurous sense of colour and style than George does. In the end, Leigh’s work must be undone, which provides the chance to talk about wallpaper removal!
2009 “Poker Face Potty”
Leigh is in a high stakes poker game with some shady characters. He’s one on one, and he’s out of money. But he’s confident, and he bets a weekend’s worth of the boys time as a last-ditch effort to stay in the game. Leigh loses (of course). George strangles him (of course). And now the lads are faced with a substantial bathroom renovation. The project involves enlarging an upstairs bathroom by stealing room from an adjacent closet. The existing sink is removed, the walls are taken down, the closet opening is sealed, and the plumbing lines are moved to the new sink location. Much to their amazement the job goes fairly smoothly, that is until they crack the toilet. When the shady home owner arrives home to see the results, the boys decide the best solution is to take the quickest route out – through the window.
2010 “Dishwasher Dreams”
After introducing the 20 Second Chef, the lads find themselves in one seriously messy kitchen. As they contemplate the massive cleanup job a conclusion is reached: any kitchen that doesn’t have a dishwasher is ‘broken’. Well, the lads can’t have a broken kitchen. It must be fixed! And, well, it’s obvious that the current kitchen layout won’t work for a dishwasher. The lads decide that they need to do some serious renovation work. After a series of mishaps (Leigh can’t measure correctly and George lacks some important plumbing skills), they eventually get the job done. Ah – a dishwasher. Heaven!
2011 “Grout and Shout”
This episode finds the lads installing tiles on the kitchen floor. Thought tiling was easy – it isn’t! All the steps are featured from removing the existing flooring to dry fitting the tile, to laying the tile, to the grout and grout sealer. Now you know everything there is to know about tiling! Oh, did we mention Tile Boy and Laser Man – the dynamic duo fight it out for weekend warrior supremacy – well not really, but it sounds good!
2012 “Re-Face it”
Now that the new dishwasher is in and working great, George decides that it just doesn’t fit with the rest of the kitchen décor. Nothing short of a cabinet re-surface and a whole new set of matching kitchen appliances will do! We show the before and the after, and reveal how a simple application of laminate can bring a kitchen into the 21st century! Along the way Leigh introduces us to his new cult followers, “The Children of the Hammer”.
2013 “Do-It-Yourself Mind Control”
With a few brainwashing techniques, George convinces Leigh to help him install interlocking pavers in the driveway. The adventure begins with digging…. and digging… and more digging. Finally with the help of the Tool of the Day Page the boys begin play in the big leagues with some series landscaping equipment including, a Bobcat, a Compactor and a Jack-hammer. With Leigh’s penchant for power tools, this is like home improvement nirvana!
2014 “Sub-floor Love”
The boys begin with the idea of finishing George’s unfinished concrete basement. Before long the project leads to a whole new heating system, the installation of an innovative sub-floor system and the framing of walls. George and Leigh learn all about gas furnaces, and in particular how to annoy your local furnace installer. Once the furnace is in, the lads tackle the sub-floor. While picking up supplies at the local home center, Leigh falls for an attractive female customer – soon to be known as his sub-floor lover. After the floor goes down, the walls go up and now they’re ready for more. Bring it on!
2015 “Light it Up”
In this episode the lads explore the basics of electricity as they rough in the electrical wiring throughout the basement. With the initial job complete, the electrical inspector pays them a visit. Wearing their finest, they boys greet the inspector with unabashed enthusiasm. This fades quickly after they receive a failing grade. Three strikes your out and the boys are back at it fixing their mistakes. Along the way they learn a ton and never loose site of the importance of safety. In the end, they light it up!
2016 “Dazed and Drywalled”
After a short trip to the emergency room due to a school project gone horribly wrong, Leigh and George get back to the basement. It’s all about George getting a lofty idea! But before they can tackle his design dreams, they must finish the drywall – taping, filling, sanding, and then more filling and sanding. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Right!!
2017 “Basement Blues No More ”
We begin by finally learning how Leigh and George stumbled into getting their own show! Then the lads jump in over their heads when they decide to complete the semi-finished basement. George wants a glass block wall off of his laundry room, but first they realized they must finish up the electrical work by connecting the plugs and wiring the lights. Then it’s off to the supply store where they run in to an unsuspecting contractor, who with a little encouragement from Leigh, decides to help out with the glass block. Throughout the project, the lads demonstrate the importance of keeping your contractor happy.
2018 “A Stage for Salsa”
George is dumped by his Spanish dance partner because of the state of the basement floor – it’s just not good for dancing! To win her back, the floor must be finished, and Leigh is once again dragged to the basement, tools in hand. In this episode, a new floor is installed on top of the sub- floor. George decides to go with engineered hard wood. The loft look is then completed with a wall of faux stone. Bring back the dancers!
2019 “The Real Cover-up”
In this episode, George decides he wants to re-do the exterior of the house. Nothing less than cedar shakes will do and so they’re off to find out more. What they soon discover is that cedar is actually a fairly weather resistant product that often lasts as long as aluminum or vinyl siding. But before the shakes go up the old siding (a lovely pressboard circa 1980) must come down or so the boys thought. After removing a number of panels, the lads realize that they would have to remove the fascia, and the gutters to get it off. With the thought of having to re-do the gutters for the entire house, they decide to slap it back on and nail the shakes over top. Not only is this easier, George also discovers that this will improve the insulation value of the home. He also discovers that Leigh has a thing for cedar!