The first week of the contest is over and it is shaping up to be a good one!
It was a tough decision, but after much deliberation we have our first two winners. These two will receive a 21-piece Bosch Impact Tough™ screwdriver set and are in the running for the Bosch 18V 1/2″ Right Angle Drill
Mark provided this great, yet disturbing, image of a major league failure.
“After lifting one house beam & connecting it to the rig, the house movers failed to install a locking pin. This oversight cost dearly while raising the other I-beam. The previously installed beam slid off the equipment & sent a shock-wave throughout the house and detached the garage. This was the backside of the house. The only thing holding the garage on, is the roof decking. There is an 8″ gap on the front side of the house. You also can’t help but notice the entry door to the garage. Rather than removing hinge pins & saving the door, they cut it half into. Just picture the drywall…..”
Erin submitted what a Pro project looks like, and it is an amazing example of a project coming together to produce a great finished masterpiece.
“The kitchen I built myself from scratch…without my husbands help!”
See all the entries and weekly and grand prize winners here.
It’s plumbing like this that launched a thousand careers
…actually, it’s someone you already know. After much discussion among my team of august construction professionals and influencers, I came back to an oldie but a goodie: Ivan Olson and his wacked-out plumbing is a concept and an image that cannot be denied. So he is the winner of the final Bosch Power Box in the Pro or Not so Pro challenge. I thank all of our participants and readers for taking part in a spirited competition over the past month. Keep checking back with bethepro.com to learn more about the latest trends in the construction trades. And feel free to comment and make a contribution.
Cleanliness wins new customers, and my admiration
The third Bosch Power Box award for the Pro/Not so Pro Challenge is Matthew Collson of upstate New York. It’s obvious from his work on this customer’s heating system that he takes pride in his work and maintains neatness has part of his workplace creed. This installation evidences both commitment to the craft and creativity. And that’s a success formula for no matter what you’re doing. Matthew’s example of professionalism is a prime example of why we’re doing this challenge.
I was also impressed with Cade Baker’s Oregon Ducks gate. That’s total creativity in action – I’ve got a few items in my bag of accessories that might help on your next big effort.
And then there’s George Strasbaugh and his work in the locker room of the new Pittsburgh Penguins arena.
Unfortunately, this round of Pro or Not So Pro is over, but never fear, we are bringing it back from July 16, 2012 through Aug 12, 2012. The grand prize is a Bosch 18V 1/2″ Right Angle Drill! Learn more here.
It takes a real pro to reinvigorate a room that’s circa 1969, but that’s what building pro Leo Lantz did to earn this week’s nod and a Bosch Power Box prize. The fact that he was able to incorporate energy efficient and natural materials into the revamp was a plus. The fact that it took four days to install the ceiling is a testament to patience and a strong work ethic – you have my appreciation.
Irish eyes are smiling in Ohio.
The Pro/Not so Pro Challenge is up and running with strong submissions from across the U.S. (we welcome our Canadian readers to jump in as well). The first week’s winner is Lee Berry from Ohio, who’s wood columns for an Irish pub combined with arching masonry to make a statement about quality workmanship. Other notables included the “one-man gang” building his family’s dream home essentially by himself and the tale of the self-professed plumber creating his own shower system complete with mirror, shower head and strategically placed wrenches and hand tools.
Check all of the entries or submit your own Pro/Not so Pro entry. This is getting good.