In the New Hampshire countryside, there’s a demolition company whose members pounce on a job at a moment’s notice. And when they do, they don’t leave much behind. After they bid on and win demolition jobs, whatever they find on site is now either their problem … or their bonus! So before they demolish, they hunt for everything of value they can get their hands on.
The new 12-part series Bid & Destroy premieres tonight at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. with a double stack of episodes. Follow the colorful crew of Danley Demolition as they go treasure hunting in buildings before tearing them down. And they’ve stumbled across it all: a vintage slot machine, a classic Pac-Man game, Civil War medals and even a collectible teddy bear makeup kit. But they also know a thing or two about people and where they like to hide their stuff, so they find more than their fair share of stashed cash, guns and jewels.
Each week, there’s treasure hunting, destruction, and dysfunction. Come along as the crew tackles a number of projects, including a lakefront house that comes with the added pressure of huge fines if anything falls in the water; a badly burned home with a cracked foundation and a tight timeline; and an abandoned paper mill with an industrial-sized eyesore that needs to come down just the right way — without damaging nearby buildings or hurting anyone.
Knocking down buildings and hunting for treasure is the crew’s passion. There’s Lee Danley, the boss who plays by the rules and often butts heads with Brian Gurry, (a.k.a. “the Cowboy”), his hard-driving, no-nonsense partner in crime; Kip Walker (a.k.a. “the Kipp-a”), a grumpy heavy-machinery operator who can’t be controlled; and Eric Gurry, the day laborer (and Brian’s nephew).
Tonight on the series premiere, Bid & Destroy: The Toilet Farm, Brian and Lee of Danley Demolition are in Manchester, N.H., at an abandoned boarding house. It’s a giant house with multiple rooms, and what they can see is a huge pile of toilets, which pretty much means all the good salvageable stuff is gone.In an effort to beat out their competitor, Boston Jim, they bid lower than they’re comfortable with, which only increases the pressure on them to find good stuff hidden away. Unfortunately, because Brian and Lee are under so much stress to find treasures, they completely overlook a tank in the basement with more than 50 gallons of oil in it. At the last minute, the oil tank is spotted, averting an environmental mess. At the end of the day, the team discovers a handful of random items, profiting a couple thousand dollars from an antique silver salt and pepper shaker set and a tiny old collectible teddy bear makeup kit. Add those to an old Harley Davidson and a Coke sign, and they turn a tidy profit.
Then, at 9:30 on Bid & Destroy: The Cash Factory, Brian, Lee and the rest of Danley Demolition head to Claremont, N.H., to tear down an abandoned paper mill complete with a 16-story metal smokestack. It seems unlikely that there’s any good stuff left in the structures. Fortunately for the Danley crew, though, they find a number of classic snowmobiles, an old voltage regulator, an old Golden Nugget slot machine and an extremely smelly Winnebago (which itself holds quite a few treasures). The team busts a hole in the side of the building to get the RV out, and after flattening the two buildings they set their sights on the smokestack. But there’s a speed bump ahead — the smokestack is thicker than they anticipated and it’s also bolted down with more force than necessary. Now they must get it down — without it falling on anything or anyone — with a giant, satisfying crunch.