The pasttime of fixing up, renovating, remodeling, redecorating, repairing, or otherwise screwing with one's house.

It is a never-ending battle against the forces of entropy.

Many homeowners actually find it rewarding and treat it as a hobby, spending entire weekends and evenings doing projects around the house.

I confess I fall in this category. We have painted, restored the garage, redid the kitchen and a bedroom, fixed the bathroom, and done countless other small repairs. I've lost track.

It's a very American sort of thing in my eyes, although I did see some good home improvement shows on the BBC, and there's a bit of the culture in Canada as well. In some countries, fixing up your house isn't a pasttime, it's survival, as in, "I fixed our corrugated metal roof so it doesn't leak and we don't get wet, catch a chill and die."

I love this sitcom, it is simply one of the best sitcoms I have seen. Unfortunately it stopped in 1999, but all things must come to an end.


Apart from the children's characters, I think Jill has changed the most during the years of Home Improvement. In the first episodes she was just a mother, but later she was really cool and even told stories about being stoned in a Led Zeppelin concert.

Oh my god, I think I spent too much time watching Home Improvement...

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