HGTV fans are growing concerned that the network continues to allow hosts to make unsafe renovation projects, particularly during demolition, and some home improvement professionals say they can’t watch anymore.
The government has imposed heavy fines on many shows for ignoring safety and environmental rules, but home improvement experts worry it hasn’t stopped other HGTV hosts from sharing dangerous practices on air. Here’s what you need to know…
Critics say hosts should show demolition is a serious business
When Chip and Joanna Gaines’ hit show “Fixer Upper” was launched on the network in 2013, they made a great deal of Chip’s love of “demo days,” which is about tearing down walls, cabinets, and sinks to set up a makeover space. Viewers loved his antics, including the episode that Jump through an old wallBut they got him in trouble.
in 2018, According to CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Gaines did not follow government rules during several seasons of “Fixer Upper,” which featured “demo days” that did not protect occupants from dangerous lead levels found in homes built prior to 1978. They had to The couple do this. He paid a $40,000 fine, made $160,000 lead-in repairs around their home base in Waco, Texas, and exchanged messages about lead levels in the show and on social media.
But that hasn’t stopped other hosts from following in their footsteps, making demolition seem fun and spontaneous in their shows. In April 2022, According to the Indianapolis star, Good Bones hosts Karen E. Lynne and Mina Starsiak Hawk were also fined $40,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency, which alleged that the host company was not certified to perform demolition work and failed to contain and transport waste in acceptable ways.
Despite EPA fines and complaints, fans say some HGTV shows continue to broadcast bad practices. On September 1, 2022, a series of talks began in HGTV community on Reddit About it when one fan wrote, “I know it’s TV and everything, but shouldn’t these ‘professionals’ act a little more responsibly?”
The question sparked plenty of comments from other fans and fed up of home improvement professionals, including several users who fired “Good Bones” for not changing their ways, especially demolitions featuring Starsiak-Hawk’s half-brother, Tad, who serves as the project manager. .
“I don’t like watching the demo. I don’t particularly like it when Tad does a show on Good Bones.” “I get why they have it and highlight the demo and the destruction – a little meat bun for the ladies and some wall-breaking for the guys – but I don’t I absolutely love it. When amateurs step in, I always imagine a sledgehammer bouncing around and hitting someone in the face.”
Another fan agreed, writing, “Can’t believe Tad didn’t seriously hurt himself or anyone else. I think he’s cool but he doesn’t use his head sometimes.”
Fans are worried that viewers won’t take their demo days seriously
Fans and home improvement professionals on the Reddit series have expressed concern that making demolition fun and interesting on HGTV shows has inspired other hosts not to take work seriously on their shows either, and to shoot clips without all the necessary safety precautions. Many are alarmed that HGTV continues to broadcast “irresponsible” demolitions.
One person wrote, “I’m really interested to know and experience this for themselves and get hurt. I do a little demo for a living and overlook the neighborhood is getting people hurt.”
Another wrote, “Frankly, it is somewhat irresponsible for HGTV to allow people who present themselves as professionals to do construction/show work without proper safety equipment and precautions.”
Another user wrote: “As a commercial demolition and demolition contractor watching these guys do the demo is a total joke.” Sledgehammer for everything!!!! They never address the importance of proper electrical and plumbing safety before submerging saws and swinging hammers through walls. There is no mention of the importance of lead and asbestos testing either. The only thing they seem to care about is whether it’s a structural/pure wall because it will ruin the design or cost them more to remodel.”
Another user agreed, writing, “Whenever my mom and I watch a show that includes a demo, she always says they never wear masks, especially when working in older homes.”
But not all shows ignore safety rules or wear appropriate clothing. One commentator wrote that the Bargain Block hosts, Ethan Thomas and Keith Bynum, appear to be taking the demolition seriously, dressed in “full hazmat suits”.
One replied, “Oh you’re right I forgot about them! They have to because of the state in which so many of their houses were before, but I think everyone should do it, especially since you can never be sure what you’re going to face.”
In the meantime, it appears Chip Gaines has been taking his “pilot days” more seriously since launching Magnolia Network and filming Fixer Upper: Welcome Home. In a clip shared on instagram magnolia extract On January 19, Chip and Joanna talked about the new and improved Demo Day.
“We’re about to start this project,” Joanna says in an excerpt from the show. “Chip’s gonna go in there and make a mess.”
Chip then adds, “Starting a project right is the way I refer to it. In my younger days, I would call it the demo day. But now, I like — now the project is getting started right and precisely.”
“You’re very mature these days,” Joanna says.
“I’ll have a T-shirt with the hashtag written on it, appropriately, accurate and destructive, or something like that,” Chip jokes. “Or you could just say Show Day.”