Tim Allen’s ‘Assembly Required’: Here is What to Expect of the Upcoming History Channel Building Competition

by Katie Maloney
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Have you been waiting for the day that Tim Allen from Home Improvement reunites with his trusting sidekick Al?

Well, the wait is over. The History Channel is airing a new show this month called Assembly Required. The show reunites Tim Allen with Richard Karn (Al from Home Improvement) for a new competition series. It highlights the best and brightest builders from across the country. The show follows contestants in their home workshops as they compete to rebuild everyday household items.

During an interview, Karn talked about the concept of the show.

“Things break around the house and sometimes you don’t want to throw it away because it might be just a little, tiny thing that will fix it and it’ll work perfectly instead of going into a trash heap,” said Karn. “We’ve all had forms of this kind of a show in our heads, but Tim was able to bring it to fruition.”

Assembly Required with Tim Allen and Richard Karn.

Woodworking YouTube Star April Wilkerson Will Help Host Tim Allen’s Assembly Required

As the competitors work from their homes, both Allen and Karn will pop in virtually to deliver colorful commentary and provide insight. And for any questions that the two can’t answer, woodworking DIY YouTube star April Wilkerson will serve as a helpful resource.

According to History’s show description the show will break down into two rounds.

“Round one consists of the ‘make-or-break challenge’ where all three makers have 90 minutes to build an item of Allen and Karn’s choosing. They have to use the items specifically curated for them in their ‘mystery crates.'”

The description says that for the round one builds this season competitors will have to use household items. Some of these items included a fire extinguisher, water fountain, treadmill, and handheld vacuum.

All three contestants will have to test their creations for Tim Allen and Richard Karn. But only two will move on to round two. Round two is where they compete in the “run-with-it challenge.” During this challenge, they have five full days to build something that has never been created before.

They will design their creation using stuff from another ‘mystery crate’ as well as parts from their round one build. However, the final two contestants don’t know that Wilkerson has a clever plan in her toolbelt. Just when contestants think they’re on track to finishing their build, she’ll hit them with ”April’s Secret Challenge.” During the challenge, she tricks up one of the parts, so that it requires a surprise repair.

The show says that adding “April’s Secret Challenge” confirms that contestants aren’t simply builders or inventors. It shows that they are also fixers. History adds that “The final two builds will be shipped to Allen’s workshop. There, Allen and Karn will personally test each creation based on three criteria — quality, design, and functionality. The winning maker takes home $5,000 in cash and the ultimate bragging rights.”

Tune into the History channel on February 23 at 10/9c to catch the first episode.

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