Hometime has taken us once or twice in the last several years behind the scenes, but each time, it was more like “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” with host Dean Johnson hitting his thumb with a hammer while on a roof and the various shortcomings of his cohosts being chronicled.
As I stepped out of my rental car, I knew immediately that this wasn’t real life when five subcontractors arrived as well. That only happens on TV. The show’s producers demand high levels of craftsmanship, cutting-edge techniques, and the latest technology to keep This Old House a head or two above the competition.
For my first segment, I demonstrated how to rewire your telephone network box to add a dedicated line for a computer modem. For the sake of television, a somewhat complicated, daylong job for the average person had to be squeezed into four minutes.