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'Catch a Contractor' Premieres Tonight on Spike TV

By March 9, 2014

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 Catch a Contractor

In the style of Dateline's To Catch A Predator, tonight Spike TV introduces Catch a Contractor, a new reality show in which host Adam Carolla sets out to catch shady building contractors.

Carolla, a comedian best known to reality fans as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars (Season Six) and Celebrity Apprentice (Season 5), apparently also spent a decade working in construction and became a master carpenter who has built hundreds of homes including his own.

Catch a Contractor starts out like HGTV's Rescue My Renovation, meeting with frustrated homeowners and reviewing the shoddy workmanship and outright fraud that has left their homes in dangerous or even uninhabitable condition. But while HGTV's contractor John DeSilvia fixes the damage, Catch a Contractor takes a different approach.

After Carolla and the show's expert contractor, Skip Bedell, assess the property and identify all the problems with the work; Bedell's private investigator wife, Alison, hunts down the unscrupulous contractors (not an easy task considering that most have changed their contact information to avoid being found).

The shady contractor is then lured to a 'sting house' where he is confronted by Carolla, Bedell and the angry homeowners. The contractor is called out on every job that was done poorly (or not at all) and given the opportunity to avoid looking like douche on national TV by repairing the mess they'd previously left behind. Carolla and Bedell oversee any repairs that are done, to verify the job is done properly this time.

Catch a Contractor premieres with two back-to-back episodes, Sunday, March 9 at 10PM Eastern/Pacific on Spike TV.

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March 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm
(1) Lori craft says:

Does the offending contractor have to pay back the money the family paid him or her?

March 10, 2014 at 10:22 pm
(2) Ruth says:

The scum I just delt with stole things from my home, did not get permits and was not a lic plumber or electrician. Did not finish the work and got over 16k in insurance money. Why would I want the scum to complete any work? Will this show ask him to pay back the money so I can hire a reputable contractor? I have found out I am not the first person her has ripped off. I have an address and phone number for him. My home is currently sub floors and wall studs after this guy did demo and then wanted anothe 10 k if I wanted it completed! Fkh home services in southern Indiana be aware

March 13, 2014 at 2:45 am
(3) Anthony Traveza says:

I’m a licensed contractor myself in Southern California, and was just wondering if I am the only one who has noticed that more bad information than good is being given in this show? For having two supposedly licensed contractors as host and co-host, they sure are not giving out correct information in their “tips”. For one, state law prohibits any contractor from getting more than 10% or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down payment for any job. After that they can only get paid for work actually completed. For Adam to say that they should give 50% down payment is not only wrong information, but against CSLB rules.

March 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm
(4) henry says:

I heard it was considered Fraud to do contracting in California without a ccb license? Also, I have a test for these Masters of construction. self claimed. hosts of this show. lol Adam Corola? blah!

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