A man from Maple Ridge is one of the top 15 contenders for Canadas Handyman Challenge.
Maple Ridge firefighter Rhys Carmichael was selected out of hundreds who tried out for the HGTV television show.
In the shows second season the stakes are higher and the competition fierce. This time out, the winner takes home a $25,000 prize.
In the tryouts, Carmichael and his fellow contenders were given a single piece of plywood to fashion into something unique.
He said he was hopeful, in spite of some tough questioning from the judges about the built-in ironing board he crafted.
The top five contestants from auditions in Halifax, Vancouver, and Toronto move on to the finals in Toronto, where they face intense challenges, demanding expectations, and tough critiques by judges.
From building freestanding patio swings in under two hours, re-upholstering a chair in just 30 minutes, and facing the judges for one-on-one trivia, the challenges this season will test speed, expertise, and precision to determine which contestant will walk away $25,000 richer.
The calibre of contestants this season is just amazing, said HGTV celebrity judge Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan).
The $25,000 prize has certainly added a more competitive atmosphere to the series this season, highlighting the outstanding skill this country has to offer.
Canadas most trusted contractor Mike Holmes, from Holmes Makes It Right, will help choose the ultimate winner.
For full episodes after they air, behind the scenes photos, and exclusive interviews with the judges and host of Canadas Handyman Challenge, visit www.hgtv.ca.
Baeumler is joined on the judging panel by Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out) and with HGTV newcomer Jennifer Robertson (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Mr. D) as host.
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