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Ten Minutes With Ron Hazelton

Mr. Fix It reveals his secrets, his home life, and his concerns



Ron Hazelton  is a pioneer in reality-based, on-location, home-improvement television and currently hosts his own series “Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls,” now in its 14th season. He and wife Lynn live in Fairfield with their two kids, one dog, several fish, and an endless list of projects.

What would surprise fans about you? Even though I’m an inveterate do-it-yourself guy, I don’t cut my own lawn or shovel my own driveway, and I’ve made my share of calls to the plumber and electrician. I’m a compulsive problem solver when it comes to anything home-related, but like most folks who have kids and a career, I just can’t fit it all in. 

Any tips on choosing a good contractor? References, references, references—preferably from people you know. If a potential contractor is late for an appointment, isn’t timely with estimates and proposals, is slow to return phone calls, move on to another candidate. 

When is it time to call in a professional? The truth is, most things are not overly complex.  However, there is nearly always a learning curve. That means making mistakes, not having the needed tools, and having to do a bit of trial and error. Pros are specialists; we pay for their experience. So it’s different for everyone.

My kids are begging me to build a tree house. Can you help me do that?  When I got started in home improvement television twenty years ago, we pioneered the idea of going to people’s homes and doing projects with them. I loved it and I’d love to help with the treehouse. There’s just something about working with a family to build something that’s very gratifying. 

What is the most innovative home improvement you’ve seen?  A healing pyramid for a sick new-age cat. I kid you not. Google “healing pyramids” and see for yourself.

What do you think of making our homes and lives “greener”? For most of us, it’s a matter of money or conscience. Both can be motivators. Some folks are quite concerned about greenhouse gases and global warming. Others want to see a long-term financial gain. I’m certain the technology will get better and cheaper and many green options will become standard procedure.

You are a frequent guest on “Inside Edition.” Are there any scandals involving home improvement?  Most of the time whenInside Edition” calls, it’s because of some home-related accident. Under normal circumstances, getting folks’ attention with safety messages is tough.   However, when a tragedy makes the news, there is a short period afterward when people become more receptive. 

You are actually quite the chef. What’s your favorite dish?  I’m definitely a rib guy. I like them smoky and falling off the bone and, of course, the sauce has got to be just so. My process, which involves both baking and slow cooking over charcoal, takes a good part of the day.

 

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