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Nailing the tight schedule

Carpenters conjured up the skeleton of a house Thursday on Sudbury Road, staying well on schedule for Charlotte's “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” despite some bumpy weather.

A late-afternoon thunderstorm dampened the campaign briefly, but it was hardly exceptional for the ABC show. “Extreme Makeover” has built houses in snow storms, freezing temperatures and during the 100-year-record monsoons in usually-sunny Los Angeles.

Plumbers, electricians and air conditioning technicians moved in for their phase Thursday night and dry-wall installation was expected to follow during the wee hours. By breakfast-time today, siding should be going up on the exterior.

In all, lead builder Rick Merlini has 88 hours to get the house done. His deadline is Sunday morning and the house will be revealed to the King family on Monday.

Other vendors are facing tight deadlines, too. Even for furniture.

Bob Emory, owner of Black Lion, is donating furnishings. He met at Black Lion's Park Road store with designer Michael Moloney on Tuesday night, who picked out what he wanted for the King home.

Some pieces not in stock must be picked up from factories in Cherryville, Rutherfordton and Greensboro, said Emory, who plans to make the circuit early today. A sofa and loveseat had to be built by Bradington-Young, one of the few U.S. manufacturers left.

By agreeing to donate at least $50,000 in goods, Black Lion became a VIP vendor for “Extreme Makeover.” That means the program will show a shot of his truck – and the store's logo – parked at the building site when the show airs in October. “They won't show your address on the truck – that gets blurred out,” Emory said.

More than 70 local firms have donated time, money and expertise to the project, organizers say.

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