Summertime can bring on building projects for the handyman
We look back for some helpful tips from Peter Whittall, AKA Mr. Fix-It
Even a modern-day Mr. Fix-It might need some ideas for a summer weekend project.
He was the CBC's on-screen handyman from the mid-1950s through 1965, referring to himself as "the five-basic-hand-tool man" on his own weekly Mr. Fix-It show.
In 1959 he billed it as "next to the news and weather, it's the greatest public service."
Jack of all projects
A go-to guru for the handyman, whether it was to build a bric-a-brac shelf, finish a rec-room or put together a kit for a 13-foot sailboat, Whittall had the plans, and the tips and tricks of the trade.
In 1957, when he offered a kit with tips for finishing a recreation room, he received 18,000 requests for it.
No 'swank' sauces for Mr. Fix-It
And he made guest appearances on other CBC shows, like this Take 30 pool-party episode where he taught host Anna Cameron all about cooking steak.
With an apron protecting his trademark plaid shirt, he donned a chef's hat, and got cooking, cutting straight to the chase with his first tip — "it's essential that you start out with meat, in barbecuing."
No fancy sauces for him, "it's a bit of swank," but as a practical man who appreciates the many uses of wood, he does highly recommend hickory chips on the fire.