Unless you were sleeping under a rock, there have been special handymen on television for ages. Regardless of the decade, the men were hard (or not so hard) at work. With that being said, it good to reflect over our famous handymen and also see the type of tools that they would use for the job.
Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor
Everybody wanted to be The Tool Man, when the hit show, Home Improvement was on television. Although he made some unusual, sometimes goofy, decisions, it was something about Tim, played by Tim Allen. What gave the show an authentic touch was having an actual home improvement worker, Bob Vila. The series had a show within a show. The Tool Man had his own show, called ‘Tool Time’. Although a specialist in home improvement, Vila played second to Tim on the show. He was Al Borland and the one that stressed the importance of safety regulations. One of the more popular tools on the show was the miter saw, which Tim would use and growl afterwards.
“The ladies in this building don’t call me ‘super’ for nothing.” If there was ever a great building superintendent, it would have to be Dwayne Schneider. This farcically macho character was played by Pat Harrington Jr. Schneider seriously thought he as a ladies’ man. He had the pencil mustache that was inspired by Clark Gable. With a cigarette pack snugged in his white T-shirt sleeve, his tool belt most likely had a hand wrench. Although married, the fixer of everything was also an adulterer. After Harrington had doubts about his character, Schneider was converted to a single man.
When the world of reality sitcoms became the forefront on television, it was only right to have a reality series about home improvement. Welcome, Ty Pennington. He was the veteran television personality and the star of the popular Extreme Home Makeover. It provided a unique world of the hard work that goes in repairing and restoring a home, while also show some great tips for those DIY fans. Being a former carpenter himself, Pennington knew all about a circular saw. Being a spin-off of the Extreme Makeover (personal makeovers) series, Pennington became the face for hard work.
Dawson was more of a farm’s handyman. Played by Tom Lester, Dawson was the humorous, young handyman. The young farmhand was known for his smart mouth, just as well as being wide-eyed and naïve. Working for the Douglases, Dawson habitually called them ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’; regardless of Oliver’s consternation. Being on a farmland, it would be normal to see Dawson working with a fork to break up the earth.
Saturday Night Live Plumber
The long-running comedic show as shown almost every profession that you can think of. One of those roles was a plumber played by Dan Aykroyd. Although Dan may be best known for the Blues Brothers. On the ‘Nerds Broken Fridge’ skit, he was the infamous plumber that would ‘moon’ the audience and cause more problems than what he was called to fix. One of the tools that he would struggled with was the crimp ring tool. The tool was used for everything, but its original purpose.