Padlock your toolbox! Discovery Channel has rounded up another gang of disastrously inept unhandy men and women for Canada’s Worst Handyman 2. Last spring, Discovery Channel and Canada’s Worst Handyman introduced Canadian viewers to five do-it-yourselfers with reno ambitions that so exceeded their abilities that they’d left monumental home improvement disasters in their wake. Season 2 of the hit series, premiering Mon., April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, features another motley (construction) crew committed to learning the ABCs of DIY.
In the nine-part second series, each of the five new bumbling builders – nominated by a friend, colleague or family member – is charged with the task of building a shed. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But this is no ordinary shed – building a luxury eco shed from scratch is the ultimate battlefield for these tool-challenged handymen.
From the production team behind the hit series Canada’s Worst Driver, Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 reveals how and where it all goes wrong when DIY enthusiasm and ineptitude collide. Host and series writer Andrew Younghusband returns, and with the expert guidance of a general contractor and a licensed carpenter, Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 renovates the entire concept of “how-to” television by not simply making over a room but instead aiming to “fix the fixer” though a series of targeted tasks. Season 1 saw horrible handyman plying their “skills” on identical units in an apartment complex, and in the process revealed that engineering is not just about big buildings, but also right where you live and your everyday environment. These handymen’s less-than-perfect workmanship opened a window onto the basic science of building and showed first-hand how things really work.
Built on a similarly strong foundation of science and skill development, Younghusband introduces a few “renovations” to the format for Season 2. This time, instead of remodeling (demolishing?) units in an apartment block, these hopeless handymen will each build the ultimate eco-friendly shed. These sheds offer a microcosm of construction challenges that will see these handymen tackle design and framing; electrical; plumbing; roofing and more – and all with an eye on environmental considerations. Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 underlines the single most important lesson of any build: ignore the instructions at your peril – especially when it comes to height restrictions. Building an eco shed inside a warehouse can have disastrous (but entertaining and educational) results!
The bad builders wire their eco sheds with solar panels, build rain catchers, and install waterless urinals. Using all new materials, each eco shed is valued at approximately $12,000 and is constructed entirely from FSC certified lumber, finger-jointed pine and all-natural cotton denim insulation. The handymen will build these sheds using “green” building products including cork flooring, recycled glass tiles, double steel insulated doors and double paned thermal windows. These eco sheds will be decked out with an entertainment system that includes a wall-mounted 26” LCD TV and a mini DVD bookshelf system, plus a comfortable handmade hammock. All sheds also boast a complete 125 amp solar power kit valued at approx $3,000 per unit to generate all the power needed for the perfect eco weekend. This will be the ideal backyard leisure accessory – if any of it actually works the way it should!
Follow the mishaps and minor miracles as the participants receive their assignments and race to complete the project on deadline. At the end of each task, the panel of experts evaluates the project. Will any of these disastrous DIYers seize the opportunity to learn from the pros and see the error of their ways? Failure to build better behaviors and renovate their ravaging routines will earn one unlucky participant the unenviable title of Canada’s Worst Handyman.
But there’s one more humiliation left to come. On completion, these hopeless handymen will deliver their sheds to the poor souls who bought them. That’s right. Canada’s Worst Sheds will be auctioned off on eBay – sight unseen – with proceeds going to support Habitat for Humanity (more auction details below*).
This season’s handymen gang – most of whom don’t know their level from their lathe – include:
Candace L., 23, a nurse’s assistant from Calgary, AB
Main issues: Despite keeping her tools in a decorated recipe box, a fear of power tools and an aversion to getting messy, this girlie-girl has been inspired by so many TV home makeover shows, she thinks renovating and “flipping” a house will be a snap.
Jaime G., 29, a web designer from Saskatoon, SK
Main issues: Spending more time reading directions than actually implementing any remodeling ideas, Jaime’s procrastination prevents him from starting and completing projects – greatly frustrating his mother-in-law!
Ruth S., 57, a retired seamstress from Qu’Appelle, SK
Main issues: Ruth is confident in her DIY abilities – and that’s precisely the problem. She undertakes home renovation projects with great enthusiasm… but without regard for safety and feasibility.
Jeff G., 36, a management consultant from Mississauga, ON
Main issues: Jeff has always relied on friends to help him out of handiwork jams, but now that his sons are showing an interest in tools, it’s time for him to get back to basics and learn how to use them.
Terry C., 42, a truck driver from Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Main issues: Terry should have an edge on these shed-building handymen – but he doesn’t. Terry is obsessed with his own backyard shed, but has cut corners and neglected to follow directions, resulting in a leaky, wobbly and uneven shed stocked with unopened tools.
When these hapless Handymen arrive at Reno Rehab, they will meet:
Greg House, General Contractor
Greg House returns to overhaul the bad habits of these horrible handymen. House has spent more than 20 years in residential and commercial construction. He has managed international building projects and his commercial assignments include office buildings and the Hard Rock Café.
Jill Rydall, Licensed Carpenter
New to Season 2, Jill Rydall is a licensed carpenter and a 20-year veteran of the construction industry. She was the first female member of the Sault Ste. Marie Carpenter’s Union and is a college-level construction instructor ready to hammer home the DIY essentials with this year’s handymen crew.
Renovating disastrous DIY habits, episode highlights from Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 include:
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “Starting From Scratch”
Mon., April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Before they arrive at the Rehabilitation Centre, each hopeless handymen designs their eco shed in the comfort of their own home. After attempting to build birdhouse-sized replicas of their sheds, they arrive in Toronto and reveal their far-from-perfect shed frames. They are put through the paces of setting up shop, building workbenches and collectively constructing a giant water collector. The on-site experts test them for tool knowledge and assess their handiwork… only to determine that these bad builders are even worse than imagined – House and Rydall are truly starting from scratch.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “Electric Circus”
Mon., April 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
After a major redesign of their eco shed frames, the handymen “get wired” by building solar panel housing and wiring their eco sheds for solar energy. After more than three hours of blood, sweat and tears, the handymen limp toward the light with various degrees of success. Next, the group works together to build a brick barbecue that, despite a strong team effort, can only be described as half-baked. After a rivalry breaks out behind the scenes, the experts must sift through the rubble to find this challenge’s Worst Handyman.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “A Pane in the Glass/Sealing the Deal”
Mon., April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
After fixing their faulty wiring, moods go from bad to worse as the handymen find themselves installing windows and enclosing walls. Tempers flare when the handymen switch nominators and work long into the night applying plywood sheeting to their sheds. The workload and tension only increase as the handymen slap up denim insulation and wrap up their sheds with a vapour barrier. The episode ends when they attempt to build a picnic table from scratch. The experts inspect the damage to determine who is this episode’s Worst Handyman.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “Clear as Mud”
Mon., May 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
In this episode, the handymen get down and dirty as they put up drywall and apply mudding and clay plaster. Then, a medical emergency threatens the delicate balance of the group and rivalries come to a head. The group struggles to complete a dwelling for Ruth’s dog, while the experts determine who ends up in the doghouse after this challenge.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “In Too Deep”
Mon., May 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A surprising new addition to the group changes everything; and peace in the ranks is briefly restored… that is, until the handymen start grouting tiles and installing pine ceilings. Creature comforts inside the eco sheds start to take shape as high-tech hammocks and eco toilets are installed. Tempers heat up again, however, when the group works together on a wood-fired hot tub. See who is in hot water as the experts peg one of the team as this week’s Worst Handyman.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “The Finishing Touches”
Mon., May 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The bad builders settle in and install environmentally friendly cork floors in their eco sheds and then try to measure and calculate their way through trim and molding. Everyone builds a stereo unit and installs a TV… but it soon becomes apparent that one of the group members is a weaker link than previously suspected. Will that unfortunate person be this episode’s Worst Handyman? It’s up to the experts to decide.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “Hanging By a Thread”
Mon., May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
After learning proper harness techniques, the handymen tackle the roofs of their eco sheds. In an episode that’s truly full of ups and downs, roofing proves to be too much to handle as a few teams reach the end of their ropes. Other pairs, discouraged by the results, head for the floor. Then it’s time for the final step as doors are installed on each of the sheds. The experts have their work cut out for them as they decide who is the Worst Handyman in this episode.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “Raising the Roof”
Mon., June 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
In this high stakes episode of Canada’s Worst Handyman 2, the completed sheds are revealed for their final evaluation. Which of them will fit through the warehouse door? Everything comes to a head as this season’s Worst Handyman is named, once and for all.
Canada’s Worst Handyman 2: “Special Delivery”
Mon., June 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The eco sheds have been auctioned off on eBay, with the profits destined for Habitat for Humanity – thankfully sold sight unseen! In this final episode, see the results of the handymen’s horrible work. The sheds – or what’s left of them – are delivered to the lucky purchasers. For the final humiliation, Canada’s Worst Handyman delivers his/her shed in person.
Immerse yourself in Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 online! Visit DiscoveryChannel.ca to view full episodes on Discovery Broadband the week following the on-air broadcast. Exclusive to DiscoveryChannel.ca, check out behind-the-scenes footage of the participants between takes and the ghastly audition reels that got them on the show in the first place. In addition, measure your tool IQ at “Tool School” and tackle the Flash games that put your DIY know-how to the test. Full episode recaps, bios of the handymen and experts, “Can-Cam” confessionals from the handymen and their nominators, a producer’s journal and a photo gallery round out the Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 online experience.
*How to bid and what you get:
Once complete, the eco sheds constructed during the production of Canada’s Worst Handyman 2 will be up for auction on eBay.ca This season’s shockingly shoddy renovators are building five of the eco sheds, and the sixth shed is being constructed by expert builders House and Rydall. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Canada.
All bidding is sight unseen. Are you feeling lucky? And are you handy enough to make some “adjustments” if needed? Numbers have been randomly allotted to the six sheds and you won’t know which shed is yours until you’ve bought it. Just roll the dice and pick a number one-through-six to place your bid. Bidding closes April 6th. The shed comes with 15 minutes of fame!! Successful bidders must agree to be filmed receiving delivery of Canada’s Worst Sheds, and that footage will be featured in the series finale to be broadcast later this spring.