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Steve Payne
Coaches corner

VIDEO: Contractor Coach Mike Draper’s best solution to our “Family Business” conflict-of-interest challenge

Conflicts of interest created by personal relationships are common in family contracting business. See how Mike Draper would solve this particular one.

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New code for seismic building in B.C. affects sliding door installations

Support beams are coming under particular scrutiny by inspectors in the Greater Vancouver Area, says Mark Cooper of Shakespeare Homes and Renovations, North Vancouver

HYFSiteLive, a superb website for DIYers, has lots to offer contractors, too has been launched by Rust-Oleum Canada, who bring you such well-known brand names as Tremclad, Varathane, EpoxyShield and Zinsser.

If you’re in the residential service business, then StraightForward Pricing is the only way to go

“The last thing you want is some customer standing behind you, looking at their watch and complaining that you’re too slow for their wallet.”

Minister, it is unbelievable that you have accepted this conflict of interest (at the College of Trades) and done nothing about it…

The Ontario College of Trades is about as democratic as the Republic of North Korea. It needs to stop congratulating itself about how it’s all about the trades being “self-regulated.” No contractor ever voted for any policy decision from the Ontario College of Trades, except for the handful that have been selected by their (mostly union) friends and (public sector) cronies for plum board or committee jobs. The self-regulation stuff is nothing but BS.

Having know Mike for many years, it was a surprise for me to see him venture into the referral business

“Follow-up is a major commitment and you have to do it, otherwise your credibility will suffer.”

Contractor referral model… is flawed and not sustainable

“The costs are too high and quality standards are not uniform,” says Alec Beraskow.

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Check out Steve Maxwell’s cabin-building VIDEO series

Here is one of the latest “Sharpie Marker” construction videos that Steve is becoming (sort of) famous for. It’s all part of his new Cabin Building series.

Why The Holmes Group ended their contractor referral program

The Holmes Group has closed down its Holmes Referred Contractors program, citing a “reevaluation” of the group’s priorities. It, instead, will refocus on other activities and sub-brands that Mike Holmes is championing.

Should a bathroom fan in Ontario be vented through the roof or through the fascia?

Carmen asked us the building codes in Ontario generally say about the proper location on a house (the roof or fascia/soffits) for venting bathroom fan air to the outside. Bathroom fan expert Glenn Curtis, Soler Palau Canada, has the answer.