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SHOP TALK with Josh Temple

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PROFESSIONAL SKILL? I’d say my best skill is finishing. I can solve problems and I work hard until the job is done.

IS THERE A SKILL THAT YOU DON’T HAVE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO ACQUIRE?

Twerking. But nobody wants to teach me. What most people don’t realize – but I do – is how much time and training each trade needs to become a master. I could improve in everything… including twerking, if somebody would just lead the way.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF RENO PROJECT?

I love when I can improve the form and function of a space. Aesthetics are required but sometimes that just means updating – which bores me.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT A PROJECT YOU’RE PROUD OF?

We “Crashed” a 2800 sq. ft. Veteran’s Hall in Sacramento in just three days. It was a total gut job and a massive team effort for such a worthy cause.

WHAT IS (OR WAS) THE BEST HOME OR RENO TREND EVER?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building. It’s getting big in commercial building but still has a long way to go in residential building.

WORST HOME/RENO TREND EVER?

I gotta go with wall carpet.

CAN PEOPLE WHO ARE ALL THUMBS REALLY EVER LEARN TO BE HANDY?

Absolutely! With today’s tools everything comes with a guide or an aid for operation. But I’ve never actually met anyone with ten thumbs.

WHAT’S A GOOD STARTER PROJECT FOR BEGINNER DO-IT-YOURSELFERS?

I always tell anyone who’s really interested in home reno that flooring is the best starter project. Just make sure you have time and patience.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE PLANNING TO DO THEIR OWN RENOVATION?

I’ll go with the classic adage: CHEAP, GOOD, FAST. You can have any two of these, but not all three. And also, educate yourself to decide whether and when you need to use pros!

*Licensed contractor Josh Temple is the host of HGTV’s House Crashers, Flipping the Block and Sold on the Spot. He’s an avid traveler and a daredevil of a contractor. Twitter @JoshTempleTV