I am not Mike Holmes

I know everyone is having a tough time dealing with the fact that Mike has been dumped from television in the USA, including me, and in this case me is not Mike Holmes.

I have a lot of respect for Mike and if you’ve been following this blog you know about my respect for Mike, and what he stands for in his profession, and the profession of being a contractor.

Here’s one of the comments I received recently:

My name is Karen Collins, I am a member of the Janvtville United Church. We our a small but MIGHTY parish. A lot of our parish our elderly and we our working hard fund raising to put Handicap Access so they can attend services. They work very hard to raise funds for many charities and it seems a shame that they cannot attend our church. Because our church is very old we need upgrades to being the process. I thought that repairing this old building would make a good segment on your t.v show. If you could do this it would be like a small miracle, as we our a very small group and usually can keep up with with all our needs but this one is a little BIG for us.

Sounds like Karen is in a jam, but I am in no position to help her. I have been looking at Mike’s site . . . (worth your time by the way) and cannot quite figure out where to forward the above comment.

Here’s another comment I’ve received . . . to Mike:

If you really want to know the whole story on my family please use our e-mail address and we will explain everything to you guys…..I realize you have tons of people writing to you everyday but I really hope i can get some help here. Our house has been broke into 2 times since we have been here and nobody can seem to find out who is doing it.

Another guy who sounds like he needs some real help and no longer knows where to turn. I am actually wondering why they are not getting through to his site, but instead to mine.

Again-here is the direct link to the Mike Holmes website.

I am amazed at the number of hits to this website I get every day looking for info on Mike and the Holmes on Homes TV show

Interruption time:

I would now like to shout out a big thanks to the shallow, superficial, nonsensical Plant Green network which has replaced the Discovery Home channel(still can’t figure out how American Chopper is part of the PG network).

In replacing the Discovery Home channel Mike has been knocked off TV in the USA.

Search continues:

With this network change folks are on the lookout for where Mike will land. I truly believe that people want to see shows where home improvement is discussed in a serious manner. Where the host/top personality is not out of central casting for a TV comedy.

The information is relevant, solid to the point. It’s not shallow-it’s about integrity. About standing by your word. Standing behind your work.

Not designing and building on the cheap, but using the correct materials in a professional manner.

Not applying a coat of paint to hide some flaws and sell a house, but to dig into the problem, replace faulty products and build a solid future.

Integrity, quality, craftsmanship people are hungry for this type of information and quality, so the search for Mike continues.

I am not Mike Holmes

I do not want to be Mike Holmes(I like me, and who I am) However I wouldn’t mind being more like Mike Holmes.

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Addendum: The Holmes Foundation . . . from Mike:

Back in 2001 I had the idea for the TV show that ultimately became Holmes on Homes™ because I was constantly being hired to do renovations a second time. I had to constantly fix bad work done by other so-called contractors. I hated doing things the second time and I hated the toll bad renovations took on families. Sometimes families spent their life savings trying to create their dream home and instead ended up with no occupancy permit…or a home full of mould…or a dirt foundation…or ice dams on the roof…or crumbling stucco. You name it, I saw all sorts of screw-ups. And I saw that people’s lives were often devastated as a result.

Here’s a little more:

Skilled trades jobs pay well, and are creative and rewarding. I love being a contractor and so do most of the people I work with. The goal of The Holmes Foundation is to get people to understand and respect construction and the construction trades so that parents, teachers and students will consider these trades when thinking about careers. Please help me get the message out.

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5 responses to “I am not Mike Holmes

  1. I have been reducing, reusing & recycling long before it was chic and trendy to do so, but this Planet Green is a bit much. I’ve watched a few programs, and I must say the old lineup was MUCH better.

  2. Thanks so much for this wonderful website;this is the kind of thing that keeps me on track through these day. I’ve been looking around for this site after I heard about them from a buddy and was thrilled when I found it after searching for long time. Being a avid blogger, I’m hopeful to see others taking initivative and contributing to the community. I just wanted to comment to show my approval for your blog as it’s very appleaing, and many writers do not get acknowledgment they deserve. I am sure I’ll visit again and will recommend to my friends.

  3. As a contractor, I at first found Holmes’ show to be somewhat entertaining and informative. However, after watching a multitude of episodes, I find his constant bashing of his own field as a little disconcerting. I did a little research on the show. He principally flits about here and there (in Canada) and comes across the exception more than what the contracting field actually provides its customers. Any of us has come across previously poor contracting work and poor homeowner effort. But, I gotta ask, his constant invictive attitude about his own trade?! There is no balance in this show. Too, if you watch enough, you will see Holmes either sell the homeowner, or use his show to purchase, items, processes, or techniques that are either unnecessary or overkill. He also subs out nearly 95 percent of his work. Anyone can sub out work. And, anyone can pick up a sledgehammer or use 230 pounds of his own weight to bring down a bulkhead. Frequently, his solution to a problem is to completely tear it out. And, the reasons? Because he doesn’t like it? Where is the contractor rationale in half of his tear outs?!

    If you want balance and shows that might teach you more, I would recommend stalwart shows like Hometime and This Old House. At least they aren’t bashing their own profession. My DVR doesn’t have room for Holmes anymore. To me, he is just another contractor with an excuse to make more money. In this case, is for ratings and the income generated from this show, or is it truly from his trade as a contractor? You be the judge.

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