Raining on the CBS Early Show

If you ever wanted to know more about what happens behind the scenes at the Early Show on CBS, let me tell you about something that happened there a few days ago.

I was standing in the studio at 59th and 5th Avenue very early the morning of Aug. 8th wondering if the rain was going to stop long enough so that I could do my “Fencing Options” live segment planned for the outside plaza. The rain didn’t stop and got so bad that it started leaking on the inside of the studio along the front and one side.

The water seeped into the lower control rooms and offices and caused a dangerous situation since we all know lots of electrical equipment and lots of water does not mix. At this point it was 6:15 am and the show was to go live in 45 minutes to over 3.5 millions households across the country?

Let me stop right there and say the staff and crew at The Early Show are awesome!

The decision was made that the show had to move to the Broadcast Center and the entire staff of over 40 people and guests made the journey over to the studios of the Evening News with Katie Couric approx. 15 blocks away by jumping in every available cabs we could find with some of the crew riding in the back of prop trucks.

I caught a cab with Dave Price who was receiving his weather info for the day over his cell phone while we were traveling fast to get to the studio. Props, computers, music tracks, graphics, wardrobe, and even my bulky fence sections and tools somehow made it and the show went live on time. I still don’t know how they did that?

It’s like any fine tuned machine, when tough times hit, you work together with the same goal in mind and your effort is successful. I am glad to be a part of this amazing team of professionals at the Early Show.

As I write this, I’m jumping on a plane to head back to NY for a segment that will air on Wed. Aug. 15th. I will be announcing a special opportunity for viewers of the Early Show to send in their ideas for different green living approaches and methods with chances to win a $3,000 gift card.

Then we have a very busy week of taping more segments for our 10th Season that starts 3rd week in September.


  1. How do you cope? I am referring to molding. I understand coping is the term used to cut wood molding in a way that follows the curves of the wood molding shape. Please give me the where, when, why, and how to cope so I can add molding to my centenial home. Saving a centenial home is one way to keep America green.

  2. Rhonda,
    I plan to write a detailed article on coping in the future, so check back. Molding that run horizontally around the room, like baseboards and chair rails, are joined at the inside corners by coping and at outside corners by mitering. To cope an inside corner, one piece of molding is installed butted up to the wall in the corner with a simple square cut. The other piece, which is at 90 degrees to it, is cut with a miter saw to a 45 degree angle with the long edge of the miter on the back side of the molding. Use a coping saw to cut along the short edge of the miter on the front of the molding by holding the saw at a bit over 90 degrees to the face of the molding. The coping cut that results will be a negative profile of the shape of the molding and should fit snugly up to the already installed piece. If there are high spots that keep it from fitting tightly, use a utility knife to carefully trim the coping cut back until it fits. Crown molding is coped the same way, but when cutting it on the miter saw, put the crown in upside down and at the same angle against the base and fence of the saw as it will be when it is installed.

  3. Alright, here’s a GREAT tip that I hope wins me that contest for the home repair money. I haven’t seen (read) anything like this but it’s very important with regard to caulking and painting. When I paint my 50 year old frame house, I always run across a situation where I have bare wood to prime and caulk. I have found that if I go ahead and prime the bare wood first and then caulk, that the caulk adheres much longer. Caulking bare wood will cause the bare wood to absorb the moisture from the caulk and reduce its adhering power. Moral: never caulk bare wood.


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