Well, why the heck not learn home improvement from stars? This is SoCal, after all. Home Depot refers to its new celebrity workshop series as "where Hollywood meets how-to." And personally, I could watch the Los Angeles-based Steve Harvey all day long. Anyone see him in "The Original Kings of Comedy"?
In a video on laminate flooring, Harvey says he’s laid plenty of floors "back in my day." But now, in his glimmering suit and dapper hat, he doesn’t do that anymore, he says, because "well, I’ve got people." So a helper from Home Depot joins him on the set to share some know-how.
You can get Harvey’s four short videos downloaded to iTunes or another reader, or view them online. Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., host of HGTV’s Living With Ed, was the celebrity host for four previous online workshops.
Here’s the lineup from Steve Harvey:
Decorate Your Home’s Exterior for the Holidays (4:39 min.) Believe it or not, there’s a right way and a wrong way to get your holiday decorations up correctly and safely — especially when dealing with lights.
Installing a Dimmer Switch (5:49 min.) Adding a dimmer switch to a lighting fixture can add ambiance to a room. Steve shows how.
Basics of Interior Painting and Wall Prep (5:37 min.) Learn to prepare a wall before you paint it — you’ll get tips on patching, spackling, applying primer and more.
Installing Laminate Flooring (4:30 min.) Steve shows both wood and stone looks.
And the lineup from Ed Begley Jr.:
Creating Compost (2:40 min.) Learn the dos and don’ts of backyard composting. Discover what it takes to make great compost and how composting saves not only natural resources but money too.
Replacing a Toilet (3:28 min) Learn how to remove an old toilet and install a new water-saving, low-flow toilet — a change that can have a huge effect on your water usage.
Making your Home Draft Proof (3:28) Learn how to weatherproof the doors and windows in your home, saving energy and money.
Installing a Programmable Thermostat (2:58 min.) Learn how to remove an old thermostat and install a new programmable thermostat — and why a new one is more energy-efficient.