Magazine for professional home renovators.

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Placing my first lien – and getting sued in return for $250,000

Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci looks back on his framing career and cringes at the memory of the first time he ever placed a lien. It didn’t go very well.

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North Toronto renovation goes tragically wrong, killing 19-year-old worker in “pancake collapse”

The media have reported that there were three permits for the renovation, which included underpinning as well as a two-storey addition to the rear of the property.

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Installing JeldWen windows the Hardcore way

The Hardcore boys, Manny Neves and Anderson Hinds install JeldWen windows

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What happens when a contractor walks into a bar?

Two contractors walk into a bar…

Coaches corner

Getting digital help

What are you doing online? Here are some ideas from Coach Mike Draper.

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(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

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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 (www.renovantage.com) talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.

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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”