HGTV Magazine's 2015 MANual
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Anthony Carrino, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens
Age: 36 Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ Relationship status: Single
First tool you’d save in a fire: I’ve pared down my must-haves to fit into a large Husky tool chest on wheels. I’d grab the whole thing! Home fix anyone can do: Repairing a stripped screw hole. You know those wiggly screws in walls and on cabinets? A stripped screw hole is often to blame. Home fix no one should try: Anything to do with a breaker panel, except flipping a circuit breaker. Open shelves or upper cabinets? Upper cabinets. I’d rather see the clean lines of a beautiful slab door than a stack of plates. Favorite non-tool tool: My iPad. I run all my jobs through an app called FieldLens to keep track of projects as they progress.
Scott McGillivray, Income Property
Age: 37 Hometown: Toronto, Ontario Relationship status: Married
First tool you’d save in a fire: My Fubar. It’s a multipurpose demolition tool that helps knock down walls, pull out nails, and pry apart boards. Home fix anyone can do: Unclogging a toilet. Gross? Maybe. But not having to hire a plumber can really save you money. Home fix no one should try: Working on your HVAC system. Leave heating and cooling to the pros! Chrome- or brass-finish fixtures? Even though brass is on the upswing, I’m still a fan of chrome. It’s cleaner and bolder, and it goes with more design choices. Power snack: Almonds.
Jonathan Scott, Brother vs. Brother
Age: 37 Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia Relationship status: Single
First tool you’d save in a fire: After saving my dogs, Gracie and Stewie, I’d grab my Stiletto titanium hammer. It’s tough and heavy, and it’s been with me on many jobs. Home fix anyone can do: Caulking around a tub. All you need is silicone caulk and a caulk gun. Home fix no one should try: Anything structural, like removing a wall. You have to be absolutely sure you’re not undermining the strength of the building. Hardwood or engineered wood? In the past I might have said hardwood, but today’s higher-quality engineered wood matches it in looks and longevity. Power snack: An Acai Berry Boost smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café in Las Vegas, NV.
John Colaneri, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens
Age: 34 Hometown: Ramsey, NJ Relationship status: Married
First tool you’d save in a fire: The vintage hammer my father gave me. It’s more than 50 years old. Home fix anyone can do: Patching small holes in a wall. Home fix no one should try: Taking down load-bearing walls during a demo. The damage could be so severe, your house could literally collapse around you. Marble or granite counters? Neither! I love natural stone, but engineered quartz is my top pick. It needs zero maintenance and resists stains—plus it comes in loads of styles, and many new quartzes look so similar to natural stone, it’s hard to tell the difference. Favorite brand of work boots: Wolverine.
Drew Scott, Brother vs. Brother
Age: 37 Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia Relationship status: Coupled up
First tool you’d save in a fire: I’d be lost without my iPhone. Home fix anyone can do: Trimming small tree limbs—it instantly boosts curb appeal. Home fix no one should try: Any electrical or plumbing work. What might seem easy can turn into an expensive mistake if you do it incorrectly and not to code. Wraparound porch or back deck? A deck because it adds more livable space to your home, is more private, and can act as an extension to your family room or dining area. Favorite brand of tie: I just got a whole bunch from Tommy Hilfiger. Picking them out, I was like a kid in a candy shop. All those patterns!
Chris Grundy, Blog Cabin
Age: 45 Hometown: Naperville, IL Relationship status: Single
First tool you’d save in a fire: My DeWalt cordless impact driver. It packs a ton of power to drive a screw into a wall. Home fix anyone can do: Changing out a light switch for a dimmer switch. Soft lighting instantly makes a room feel warm and friendly. Home fix no one should try: Replacing a garage door spring. Garage doors are heavy beasts, and the springs are dangerous. Make a mistake and—boom!—you could lose a hand or limb. Tool belt or toolbox? I like a tool belt because once I put it on, I have everything with me until I take it off. Favorite non-tool tool: Baby oil. It removes latex paint from your skin like magic.
Matt Muenster, Bath Crashers
Age: 38 Hometown: St. Paul, MN Relationship status: Married
First tool you’d save in a fire: My Festool Rotex RO 125. It’s the best orbital sander ever. I love it for refinishing furniture and sanding trim. Home fix anyone can do: Switching out a showerhead. It should take you all of 10 minutes and will seriously update the look of your bathroom. Home fix no one should try: Major plumbing upgrades, like relocating a toilet. Even plumbers struggle with that! Steam shower or soaking tub? No doubt about it, steam shower. In cold weather, nothing is better, especially if you’re not feeling 100%. Power snack: Wella Bars for protein—or any potato chip within arm’s reach.
Chris Lambton, Yard Crashers
Age: 38 Hometown: Dennis, MA Relationship status: Married
First tool you’d save in a fire: My Fiskars axe. I would look manly holding it as I ran out of a burning house, and if I got trapped, I could just chop my way to freedom. Home fix anyone can do: Unless it has a huge puncture in it, anyone can mend a small nick or hole in a hose. Home fix no one should try: Replacing or repairing a roof. Wood mulch or stone mulch? Wood all the way. I love the smell, and it breaks down over time to act as compost for your plants. Favorite non-tool tool: Rocks. They’re easy to find, and they can be used for almost anything—as a wheel block for a wheelbarrow, to hold down a tarp, and even as a hammer.