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Funnyman can fix a dishwasher with Kool-Aid: Joey Green bringing his home-improvement methods to Home & Lifestyle Expo
[February 21, 2009]

Funnyman can fix a dishwasher with Kool-Aid: Joey Green bringing his home-improvement methods to Home & Lifestyle Expo


(Albuquerque Journal (NM) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 21--The terms "funny" and "home improvement" are rarely used together, unless you're Joey Green, a celebrity speaker and author who will be at the ABQ Home & Lifestyle Expo today and Sunday.

Green, dubbed "America's Mad Scientist of Home Improvement," will demonstrate homeimprovement techniques such as: how to fix a broken dishwasher with Kool-Aid, clean driveway oil spills with Coca-Cola, remove wallpaper with Heinz white vinegar and unclog a drain with Jell-O.

"It's funny because some of these uses are so offbeat and outlandish," Green said in a telephone interview. "But a lot of it is really practical and makes doing household chores more amusing." The ABQ Home & Lifestyle Expo is one of several events coming to New Mexico in the next few months designed to give consumers home-improvement advice and resources.


Green, who just released the book "Joey Green's Fix-it Magic," has persuaded Jay Leno to shave with Jif peanut butter, Barbara Walters to put a wet Pampers diaper on her head and Rosie O'Donnell to mousse her hair with Jell-O.

The 45-minute performances are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Green said each show will be different and will cover dozens of strange fix-it ideas. "A lot of it is stuff that grandma told you, but you said, 'What do you know?' " The ABQ Home & Lifestyle Expo, held each spring and fall at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex at EXPO New Mexico, attracts 15,000 to 20,000 attendees, boasts 300 booths and showcases various internationally recognized speakers.

"Joey Green is a riot, and I can't wait to get him here," said Ken Lucas, president of Lucas Productions, the company that produces the shows each year. "We try and time our speakers with what's going on. Things are tough right now so we thought 'let's have some fun.' " The show will include remodelers, plumbers, electricians, countertop companies, a pet section, health and wellness products and companies, furniture, pools, spas, sunrooms, and environmentally friendly companies and products. There will also be live demonstrations and entertainment.

"This show has anything and everything a person would look for to make their life more convenient," said Lucas. "And if you need an electrician, you're there meeting the owner of the company. You get to establish who they are and what they're all about before they come into your home." Home shows ABQ Home & Lifestyle Expo 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday EXPO New Mexico's Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and children 8 years old and older, free to kids under 8 $4 for parking Call 796-0803 or (877) 796-0803 or visit www. abqhomeshow.com Albuquerque Home & Garden Show 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 EXPO New Mexico's Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex $7 adults, $5 seniors, children 12 and under are free $4 for parking Call (800) 333-2122 or visit www.abqhomeandgardenshow. com Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico Home Builders and Remodelers Showcase 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 EXPO New Mexico's Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex $5 general admission, children under 12 are free $4 for parking Call 344-3294 or visit www.hbacnm.com Las Cruces Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 Dickerson's Event Center $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and military, children and parking are free Call (575) 526-6126 or visit www.lascruceshomeandgarden. com Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Santa Fe Home & Remodeling Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 Santa Fe Community Convention Center Free Call (505) 982-1774 or visit www.sfahba.com Come in Home shows offer gateway to great ideas B4 To see more of the Albuquerque Journal, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.abqjournal.com.

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