Joe Prin has been a professional Remodeling Contractor, Handyman and avid Do-It-Yourselfer in the State of Idaho since 1994. Recently, he hung up his tool belt and became the Building Superintendent for the Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church in Boise, Idaho. He is also an author, newspaper columnist, and talk radio Host of the HomeFix Radio Show heard live every Saturday morning from 7-10 AM MST on KBOI AM 670.
The HomeFix Radio Show began in 1987 while Joe was the Retail Store Manager for the Boise Cascade Building Materials Center in Boise, Idaho. Through many changes and modifications, the show kept going and in 1993, Joe took on his first contracting job, a kitchen remodel/makeover. Over the years working in retail home centers and as a Contractor, Joe learned every day how to repair and work on homes. He enjoys problem solving and has a unique talent for recalling tips and tricks to make a job go easier.
During his time as a Contractor, Joe began writing weekly 500 word columns for the Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press Tribune newspapers. Currently, his columns appear on this website and monthly in the Eagle and Star Independent newspapers. He also writes inspirational columns for the Church newsletter and is active on Facebook.
His first book project, “I Want A New House” was released in April of 2009. His co-author, Stuart Gustafson, is a nationally published author and will continue working with Joe on several more upcoming writing endeavors. The original text of the book is updated annually and can be ordered directly from this website.
Several years ago, Joe and Stan McKie, Joe’s radio co-host for many years, starred in a PBS TV show, also titled HomeFix, that at the end of its run was in 53 PBS television markets across the United States. Over 100 half hour episodes were produced and shot by Sue Rosebury and Kevin Fritz. These shows were unique for their time as they focused on the more basic home repair and improvement projects that people were doing themselves on a weekend and aired prior to the influx of cable shows and 24/7 home improvement networks.
Joe is married to his wife Vicki who he met in college at Mesa State, in Grand Junction, Colorado. They have three children.
Besides continually remodeling and repairing his own home, Joe enjoys working on his 1968 Ford Mustang project car, gardening, fixing that which is not broken, and is a long time member of the Beer Can Collectors of America. See www.BCCA.com for more on this crazy hobby.