Junk Raiders

Monday 9:00 PM on Discovery Channel
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  • show Description
  • This show challenges a group of seven people (two "freecyclers", four "wasters" and one general contractor) to completely remodel a loft using only what they can find at local garbage dumps, back alleys and demolition sites.

  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 1

    Episode 3.1

    Aired 10/15/12

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    Episode 2.6

    Aired 4/25/11

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    Episode 2.5

    Aired 4/18/11

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    Episode 2.4

    Aired 4/11/11

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    Episode 2.3

    Aired 4/4/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Geoff Woodmansey


  • Ron Smith (III)

    Himself - The Client

  • Craig Smith (IV)


  • Anthony D'Arcy


  • Jean-Marc Haddad


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (70)

    • Geoff: This project's much different from, you know, the usual construction environment, because the materials dictate the design; not the designer dictating the materials. So there's going to be some friction there. It's a challenge. And it's going to be a challenge for Michelle, and it's definitely going to be a challenge for me, but at the end of the day, the buck's gonna stop right here.

    • Michelle: People expect to walk into a bathroom and be wowed by it, and that's what I'm really trying to impart to these guys is that I want this bathroom to be really special. If the design looks bad, it becomes my fault.

    • Geoff: Gordie, it's not a frickin' piano! Get framing!

    • Cam: You cut it twice and it's still too short.

    • Geoff: (referring to the client) This guy wants five-star for five grand. Ron's vision is "everything for nothing." Build it with garbage; do it in no time; and spend five thousand dollars or less. That's....quite a vision. (chuckles)

    • Ron: First of all , let me say this is a great project. The whole spirit of the thing for reuse and recycle is just tremendous.

    • Geoff: Basically, if what you're doing doesn't meet my standards, it's not going to meet the needs and interests of our client. Michelle: We have a client?

    • Cam: In my world, you don't clean a paint brush. You throw it out because the labour's too much to clean it. These guys (freecyclers Gordie and Anthony) are of a different world. They're like environmentalist guys, right? I'm not.

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    Notes (5)

    • The producers thanked Jodi Calahan, Derek Angove, Martin Specer, the Commissioners Street Tranfer Station and Junk It for their cooperation with the production of this episode.

    • The producers thanked Jodi Calahan, Derek Angove, ADL Processing Inc. and Junk It for their assistance with this episode.

    • The producers thanked Jodi Callan, Derek Angove, Attar Metals, the Bermondsey Transfer Station, Habitat for Humanity, Junk It and Scrap Car Towing for their assistance during this episode.

    • The producers thanked Jodi Callan, Derek Angove, Pam Sutherland, Derek Gray, Jason Ritchie, ADL Process Inc., Junk It, Regal Hardware and Willow Books for their assistance during this episode.

    • The producers thanked Jodi Callan, Derek Angove, Leila Boujnane, Mark Kerbel, Sean Moffitt, Bryan Watson, Peter's Taxi Ltd. and Value Village for their assistance with this episode.

    Trivia (10)

    • The episode revealed that in the Greater Toronto Area, 5864 tonnes of lumber are thrown out every year, which is the equivalent of thirty-five thousand trees.

    • Anthony D'Arcy built his entire kitchen and downstairs bathroom from freecycled materials.

    • With the purchase of much needed fasteners (screws and nails), this was the first time the team used any of the $5000 which had been budgeted to them for this project.

    • The narrator made reference to twenty feet of sewage pipe which Cam and Gordie came into possession of at a renovation site which was actually weeping tile. While similar in appearance, weeping tile is perforated on it's upward-facing side to allow rainwater to enter it and be directed away from a house. It's highly inadvisable to use that as a sewer pipe.

    • One of the facts revealed in this episode is that the tranfer stations in Toronto take in 4300 tonnes of garbage every day which later ends up in landfill.

    • Jean-Marc was concerned that the monitors in his monitor wall could explode if they were impacted from behind. Actually, older CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors are vaccuum sealed and would implode if broken.

    • The old movie prop sign from the Mike Myers film The Love Guru that Michelle had decided to use for a headboard read "HARENMAKEESTER Population 76". It took a great deal of subtle ribbing from the rest of the Junk Raiders before she realized the joke.

    • After they had harvested all the parts they could out of the donated Chrysler, the team came away with a much needed two hundred dollar profit after selling the junker for scrap metal.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Fort Knox The storage facility at Toronto's airport was nicknamed after the famous gold repository in Kentucky.

    • Jean-Marc: It alive! Jean-Marc's tone and inflection when he said "It's alive!" alluded to the 1931 horror classic "Frankenstein" in which Dr. Frankenstein cries out those same words when his creation begins to move on it's own for the first time.

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • me away....

    By lurac1, Oct 19, 2013

  • The Flaming Designer

    By tleeg1, Jun 01, 2010

  • freecyclers are a joke on this show

    By stone_rc, Nov 23, 2009

  • My husband and I watched the show faithfully and really enjoyed it. We both grew up in Toronto and tried to figure out where the loft was located. Great job, good laugh. Thanks Laurie and Phillip

    By LauriePorter, Oct 20, 2009

  • Junk Raiders review... by: Justin Hall

    By Justin01983, Oct 06, 2009