If you’ve been a long-term shopper with QVC, then you might know that we’ve been selling fantastic DIY tools for 22 years – yes, 22! To celebrate this milestone year, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane by speaking to Simon Biagi, presenter and DIY aficionado, and David Taylor, who launched the Dandy Pro tool on QVC back in 1995.
We hope you enjoy reminiscing about some great QVC memories with us, and let us know in the comments of your favourite DIY memory!
A while back, I had a cheap ladder – and unfortunately, fell off of it while doing some odd jobs outside my home. Over a dozen stitches later, I decided to invest in one that would see me through all my DIY projects. The Little Giant Alta-One 24-in-1 Multi-Function Ladder has loads of great accessories, and is now my favourite product for making home improvements.
Another DIY favourite is the Supabond No Gun 2 x 200ml Sealant & Construction Adhesive. I have used this to build, repair seal and stick all manner of things. It is great value and it really does solve the “what shall I use?” dilemma.
The Evolution Fury 185mm Circular Saw with 3 TCT Multi Purpose Blades is a proper heavy duty saw that will handle ALL the jobs that you need to do. I have a different model but it’s the hi torque low speed and special blade that make this the most capable machine for my various projects big and small.
My last favourite is the well-loved Dandy Pro Paint Brush & Roller Cleaner. This has been around for years and is a really clever invention by David Taylor, who guests it when on air. It’s such a great way of cleaning brushes and rollers without gallons of water or litres of thinners… plus, no mess!
I can still remember the first call from QVC inviting me to show the Dandy Pro to the buyer. I did not know who QVC were – it was 1995 and although QVC had been broadcasting for over a year I did not have cable or satellite TV.
I came up to London and in October my product was on QVC – it sold out on the first airing during the show. Harry Greene, the QVC DIY guru was the first to present the Dandy Paint Brush and Roller but a few weeks later I was asked to be a guest in his Sunday morning DIY show and the rest they say is history. I was amazed at the words he used when he first demonstrated the Dandy Paint Brush and Roller Cleaners live on air:
“In the 30 years of DIY in this country I have been excited by many ideas and inventions but the latest one I am very excited about and I am sure you will be too because this solves all the problems of cleaning paint brushes and rollers” Harry 16 Oct 1995.
Harry was a real character who was so helpful to me as I nervously approached the work bench on the set for my first airing. His professionalism and skill in front of the cameras was really special and really helped calm my nerves. Even now I remember his catchphrase “safety first DIY second”. I could never have imagined what an impact QVC would have on the sales of the Dandy.
The basic set was on the air many times along with a number of Today’s Special Value offers. Many thousands of Dandy products have been sold on QVC and it has not been unusual for people to say to me as I waited in a shop, service station and even at the airport – “are you that fellow from QVC who invented the Dandy paint brush and roller cleaners?”
The extent of QVC UK viewers runs from one end of the country to the other. It took me from manufacturing in my garage to national recognition.
When I started out there were two separate tools – one for brushes and one for rollers but now there is a single product which cleans both. This Dandy had its first outing on QVC a couple of years ago and is going from strength to strength.
If you walked into a shop and saw a Dandy Cleaner on a peg you would never know what it will do for you but seeing a demonstration on QVC makes its’ use and value to the consumer evident.
We’d love for you to share your favourite DIY memories below, and don’t forget to check out our DIY department for handy tools for your next home improvement project.