1. Red Green
Two words: Duct tape. While his advice isn't always trustworthy, his take on life and the DIY lifestyle is admirable. Whether it's turning a toilet tank into a beer cooler or making a jet-powered car using fire extinguishers, Red is always relying on his hands and wits to get him into and out of precarious DIY situations. Bonus: He pens our humor column.
2. Bob the Builder
His motto "Can we fix it? Yes we can!" is something all DIYers live by. The star of the children's show of the same name has introduced a generation of kids to building and fixing all sorts of things, from cleaning up downed trees after a storm to putting together new machinery for Farmer Pickle's sunflower oil factory (we've all been there).
3. Luke Danes
Luke Danes (heartthrob in Gilmore Girls) converted his father's hardware store into Luke's Diner and shows off his handyman skills throughout the series. He also proves how attractive handyman qualities are (though being handsome always helps, too). Not to mention, for Lorelai Gilmore's birthday each year, he does his best to take care of one of her home improvement needs (wink wink).
4. Al Borland
We all know who is really the brains behind Tim the Toolman Taylor. And it isn't Tim. The affable, bearded and flannel-shirted foil is there to fix whatever Tim messes up. And he isn't afraid to speak his mind, so you'll usually hear him saying "I don't think so, Tim." Fun fact: He was the cover model for the first issue of American How-To (the precursor to HANDY).
5. Dan Conner
He is Roseanne's husband and a drywall contractor, which are both difficult jobs. But, he manages to make it work and still have time to kick off his boots, have a beer and relax. Which, at the end of a long day, is something we all wish we could do.
Honorable Mention: Weird Al
His "Handy" video from his latest album definitely hits a few sweet spots. Watch it below:
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