All American Handyman is a competition between handymen and handywomen with challenges based on home repair and improvement, and basic woodworking. The winner of the competition is the "All American Handyman", and is offered a development deal with HGTV. After each challenge, a number of competitors are eliminated. There are two challenges per episode. The series is based on HGTV Canada's Handyman Superstar Challenge.Peter Wong -- WINNER
David "Dee" Pellot
The twenty finalists are given two sheets of plywood to build anything they want within the time limit of two hours. Only ten(10) finalists make it the next stage, which includes the shape challenge and quizzes on building code and tools.
The remaining eight contestants are paired into teams and given the task of finishing a section of a room. They must install a window, drywall, wainscot, trim, and wood flooring. To top it off, contestants have to install a flat screen TV on the wall.
After dropping two more contestants, the remaining six get one hour to install a salvaged door slab (including making the door frame) on a laundry room, as well as make a shelf above the washer and dryer.
Contestants are given one hour to incorporate a refrigerator, range, dishwaher, microwave and sink into a small, "L"-shaped kitchen. They must design and build the cabinets and install countertops as well.
After eliminating another handyman, the final four contestants face a trio of challenges, each to be completed in 30 minutes or less: repair a broken window pane; shingle a dog house; install a toilet.
The final three contestants are given the task of designing and building an outdoor space including a deck, furniture, and a barbecue grill.
The second season is extended to have a total of 6 episodes, allowing the first to eliminate only 6 out of 20 instead of the first season's first episode where 12 out of 20 were eliminated.Allison Oropallo
Jared Polston -- WINNER
Initial findings, cutting down from 20 competitors to the top 14
Use two sheets of plywood to build anything the contestant wants
Low: Howard, Marcus, Chris, Edward, Mike, Tonya
Eliminated: Edward Wurch, Mike Burns, Tonya Tyler
Build a fence gate (no plans)
Low: Howard, Marcus, Chris, Josh, Andy
Eliminated: Chris Gill, Joshua Cohen, Marcus Bailey
Rough line drawing sketch of either Adirondack chair, planter box, or a small table
Chair: Shaun, Kurt, Neil, Allison, Stefano
Planter: Howard, Cheryl, Jared, Natalie
Table: Matt, Pete, Andy, Kate, Lawrence
Eliminated: Matthew, Steffano
Follow precise plans to build a toolbox
Eliminated: Kurt, Howard
Each contestant is tested one-on-one by each judge
Mike Holmes asks questions about building codes and general building knowledge, then has them attempt to find errors in a poorly built bathroom
Scott McGillivray has them transfer shapes from one board to cut those shapes out of another board
Guest judge Bill Kiss, CMO of Sears Tools, tests 'tool IQ' by having difficult situations where they must select the correct tool to use
Build a staircase up to a 49 inch high platform
Contestants are randomly divided into teams of two. Each team must finish a room, starting from studs, they are asked to put in insulation, drywall, a window, hardwood flooring and trim, and mount a TV to the wall
The teams are:Shaun and Cheryl
Allison and Andy
Jared and Kate
Lawrence and Neil
After the first challenge, the weakest team (Lawrence and Neil) compete one-on-one to install crown molding around a number of difficult corners
Build a brick patio from the ground up
Obstacle course of 3 30 minute challenges that require prior knowledge to simply accomplish. Replacing a damaged piece of hardwood flooring, install an electrical socket and light with a switch on a wall, and build a small stack of bricks to test masonry knowledge.
Install a double door, including frame, on a linen closet. Then install a shelving system and fill it with linens.
Build a large garden shed in 6 hours, with the help of 2 crew who they must manage, having the night before to plan it.
Layout and build a kitchen using random used kitchen cabinets and new appliances.
Sonne Shields -- WINNER
"Toilet Fixes and Custom Doghouse Build"Challenge 1
Custom doghouse build
"Crying Babies and Playground Battles"Challenge 1
Perform household fixes quietly without waking a sleeping baby
Build custom playground
"From Clutter and Chaos to the Dream Garage"Challenge 1
Teams of 2 to rebuild garage
"Handymen Turned Home Inspectors Turned Garden Builders"Challenge 1
Find home problems and repair them
Build a tranquil garden retreat
"The Crawlspace Obstacle Course and BBQ Island Build Off"Challenge 1
Build a BBQ
"Media Room Redo and a Full Kitchen Build Out for the Win"Challenge 1
Rebuild a media room
Build a kitchen