Magazine for professional home renovators.

Robert Koci

(VIDEO) Ontario College of Trades: Licensed plumber Garfield Dunlop MPP hammers the Liberals on union bias

Ontario’s Liberal government, re-elected with a 9-seat majority, came under fire from Garfield Dunlop, skilled trades critic for the PC party, during today’s question period at Queen’s Park. Dunlop alleges a pro-union bias and a conflict on interest involving the Ontario College of Trades


Nominate your customer to appear on a DIY TV show on the Discovery Channel

How terrible a DIYer was your customer before you stepped in? Terrible enough to star in a new DIY TV program that promises thousands of dollars to the winning couple?

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(VIDEO) Coach’s Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season

If you’re a good contractor, and you’re in a good marketplace, you should be at your busiest time of the year right now. Contractor coach Mike Draper ( talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.


Are you a hardcore contractor?

You won’t get a better opportunity to work for an exciting, hip and happening residential construction company than this

The reality is, building is NOT rocket science. It’s not even flying a commercial plane

“I am surprised that you would take exception to John’s reliance on experience to ensure the work done on his house is of the highest quality”

A “family” contracting business gets complicated. Can you help Jim Taylor?

In this case study, fictional contractor Jim Taylor is faced with conflicts between his family life, his lead carpenter, a major potential clients – and even with his own sense of fairness. Can you solve Jim’s dilemma? Tell us how, and you could win a $100 gas card if your answer is chosen.


Job of the week: Pacesetter Homes, Edmonton, looking for Site Supers and Site Assistants

This is just one of the many residential construction positions posted on the CANADIAN CONTRACTOR jobs board

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VIDEO: Steve Maxwell on the Wrong Way to Anchor a Deck

There is a big mistake in building decks that almost every builder makes at least once. Tools editor Steve Maxwell tells you how to avoid it.


GTA framer/carpenter needed

Publisher Rob Koci has a friend that needs a framer. Can you help?

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VIDEO: Steve Maxwell shows how to build a great deck foundation

Stuff We Like editor Steve Maxwell provides a detailed description of the perfect post saddle installation