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Old 02-28-2014, 12:28 AM   #21
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I live next door to the family who they filmed the pilot (first) episode of. This family did deserve it, paid a lot of money to a contractor who took it and bailed out on them almost immediately. I didnt say they were smart, but they had been screwed big time.
I will answer any questions you have about the show. Being next door and pretty good neighbors and friends with the family, I know a lot more than I should probably.
I will say this: The whole show is a joke. They treated this family so bad, they would have been better off with the first contractor. They absolutely destroyed the house and then made them sign a contract promising they wouldn't sue the first contractor or them.
I do have some juicy insight into this production if anyone is interested. I have no intention of letting this shady production company slide and let everyone think they did anything to help.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:44 AM   #22
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So do they work on the house or do they get the original guy to come redo his work?
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My experience from watching them film next door at my neighbors house is this: they do really find the contractor and they get them to come and "fix" the mistake by threatening to follow them around for weeks with cameras, report them to the CSLB, and help the homeowners sue them. My neighbors contractor caved and showed up to "fix" his mistakes. Here's where it gets fake: the show has already had their own crew working on the house for a couple days. The "bad" contractor shows up and they kick out all the ones currently working so they can get some fake shots of the bad contractor holding up a sledge hammer or holding a drill that's not even charged. Then Adam and his co host make fun of him and the work he did. The truth is, Adam doesn't do any of the work nor does the first bad contractor. They filmed 24 hours a day at my neighbors and we saw Adam like 3 times for an hour at a time and the bad contractor twice for like an hour. The real contractors were waiting outside getting pissed because they had only given them 5 days and were wasting their time with the fake shots of Adam and everyone. I even heard one of the production managers say "can someone please find Mr Carolla a sledge hammer that's clean please!"
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That explains how they convince the contractor to come back, although I kinda doubt they would really follow up with the threats if the guy told them to go pound sand.

How was the quality of the shows contractor? Did your neighbor get paid for being on the show or just the free work
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http://www.entlawdigest.com/2014/02/26/2973.htm

Does this tell you anything?
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That explains how they convince the contractor to come back, although I kinda doubt they would really follow up with the threats if the guy told them to go pound sand.

How was the quality of the shows contractor? Did your neighbor get paid for being on the show or just the free work
When I saw the bathroom on the day of the reveal I was shocked. Nothing was done all the way. Walls painted halfway up, nail holes going through one wall into another, floors laid halfway just enough for the camera... Then they discovered the sewer leak. The plumber the show hired forgot to reconnect a sewer line, Im sure you can guess how that ended. My nieghbors begged them to come and check it out but they told them the smell was just a dead mouse in the walls. They had no extra money to hire a plumber because the first contractor took about $20,000 from them and the show made them pay for all the materials which I think they said cost another $15,000. When they finally saved up enough to get another plumber out three months had passed and everything the show did had to be torn out. Nothing was to code, and they are STILL literally reconstructing everything after a remediation company spent 3 weeks cleaning up all the bacteria and mold that the sewer leak caused.
I have pictures, can you post them here?
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I do want to confess that I am not really a plumber, or contractor.When I saw this post I felt the need to come on here and make it clear that this show has no business going after shady contractors when they are shady themselves. They bailed on this family just like the first contractor did, I mean hell, they made it worse than it EVER was before. When the show came in all my neighbors didn't have was a master bedroom/bathroom. By the time the show left they didn't even have a house to live in.
I hope I don't get kicked for not being a professional like you guys, but your right about this show. They need to not throw stones when living in a glass house.
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Years back when I worked as a set carpenter in film I did a few day calls to the set of davinci's inquest.

On filming days one of the neighbours would get on his Harley and roar up and down the alley that was in back of the studio (ratty old warehouse)

They couldn't film with all that noise.

It was a standing joke, the directors would get one of the production assistants to go out and give him $100 to go to the bar.

It worked! LOL

As for this re-model I wonder if a good lawyer could recover some of the damages that the film company cost the home owners.


edit: I would love to see the pictures.

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Well its obvious what they need to do now.

Call Mike Holmes.
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I hope they get ever bit of the 2.8 they sued for. What a terrible thing to live through. Bad enough to have 2 bad contractors, but to have raw sewage...

These show do nothing for the construction industry except reinforce the fact that ever contractor is a crooked hack.
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I wouldn't even be a part of doing something half way. TV or not if you can't keep the moral code to do things right and complete in my opinion your worthless and should be takin out behind the shed. Ha maybe every other contractor show can go in one right after another till something is finally finished. Start like an I got screwed by my "my contractor screwed me" show
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Years back when I worked as a set carpenter in film I did a few day calls to the set of davinci's inquest.

On filming days one of the neighbours would get on his Harley and roar up and down the alley that was in back of the studio (ratty old warehouse)

They couldn't film with all that noise.

It was a standing joke, the directors would get one of the production assistants to go out and give him $100 to go to the bar.

It worked! LOL

As for this re-model I wonder if a good lawyer could recover some of the damages that the film company cost the home owners.


edit: I would love to see the pictures.
They have me some pictures that their attorney have the ok to release, but I can't find where or how to post them. Am I just blind? Lol
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They have me some pictures that their attorney have the ok to release, but I can't find where or how to post them. Am I just blind? Lol

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Start like an I got screwed by my "my contractor screwed me" show
My god man, no! Where will the madness end!

Seriously, most of these shows are a joke. I very rarely see a remodeling show that features proper techniques and procedures. The reason being that the proper way to do things tends to be a bit slow and tedious. If anyone ever pulled out a sledgehammer to remove cabinets or plumbing fixtures, how many of you would let them just start swinging? It looks good on camera, but its unsafe and terribly inefficient.
Redo your kitchen or bathroom in a day? There are sure to be things that are not done properly, from the tile on up.
Even given a reasonable time frame, I've heard some horror stories of contractors lowballing to get their names on TV and then cutting corners so as not to completely lose their ass.
Long story short, to make a lot of what we do into "good television" you end up making us do it wrong.
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Watching the show now . What a mess I tell you .
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I was just looking for this too tell you guys lol
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Just watched 6 minutes and I've already vomited in my mouth. Strangely I can't turn it off. Shame on me
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This show is helping no one . Adam and his contractor are so not helping . Reality t.v at its worst . Mike Holmes is better .
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Who would want the guy that screwed them over to come back and work on their house.
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The one good thing of show is the hot wife . She's the private investigator finding the bad contractors .

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