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What should contractor Jeremy Pudney do about these young homeowners who insist on "helping" out around the job site? Tell us, and a DeWalt prize package could be on it's way to YOU!

You’ve got until June 28th to enter, and a chance to win 2 great prizes. Read the dilemma, think of a good answer, and submit it to John Bleasby (see below).  Prize eligibility to working contractors only, please.

The Dilemma

Jeremy Pudney’s new clients, the Howards, know what they’re talking about when it comes to the nuts and bolts of home renovation. The enthusiastic young couple can discuss in detail all the required elements involved in the gutting and rebuilding of their newly-acquired 1920’s semi-detached. The bad news is that they want to be involved in almost every aspect of the job. It’s not that they can’t handle the tools – they can – it’s that they’re so keen they are actually causing problems. For example, last weekend they laid down new hardwood on the main floor when the new interior walls and ductwork hadn’t yet been installed. “We saw the exact flooring we wanted on sale and couldn’t wait!” an excited Sue Howard explained. A few weeks earlier, the couple installed new stair treads before Jeremy’s concrete guys could pour a new floor in the basement. Jeremy’s guys are constantly having to protect their work from damage. Now the HVAC team has arrived and the Howards have their own ideas of where the ducts should run. Jeremy doesn’t want to hurt their feelings, but their well-meaning interference is really slowing the job down.

What should Jeremy do now?

  1. Carry on and work around them. Jeremy is lucky to have such keen and enthusiastic clients.
  2. Explain that they need to coordinate their work with his, so everyone can work more efficiently.
  3. Explain that the delays are causing him lost time and added expense, and that they simply have to back off the site completely.
  4. Something else. Please explain.

Email your answer to John Bleasby ( by June 28. The winner will be announced June 29 on this site.

Your suggested solution can be one of the above ideas, a combination, or your own idea entirely. Please explain your reasoning in up to 300 words of text. The best contractor-submitted entry, as judged by our editors, will


two prizes from DeWalt! (1) A DeWalt 20V MAX 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrench for high-powered use in compact and high-torque applications and (2) a DeWalt 20V MAX Jobsite Fan.





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