Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
January 22, 2016 Voice

“Not sure why anyone would want to push for more women in this industry”

by Steve Payne

“When a female steps into a male conversation she is usually left scratching her head…”

January 22, 2016 Voice

“Newfoundland could do with an establishment and cause like Damon’s”

by Steve Payne

Retired Sergeant Gordon Higgins talks about the need for an establishment like Damon is developing, in his province

January 22, 2016 Voice

“Anyone having a work related injury, do not go to WSIB’s clinic”

by Steve Payne

Canadian Contractor reader Sabina dumps all over the Altum Health clinics associated with the WSIB, for allegedly “cross[ing] the line from fiscal budget restraint to malpractice, and outright fraud…”

October 29, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Integrated Series building envelope products from NUDURA

by Steve Payne

These products work in conjunction with NUDURA’s line of Insulated Concrete Forms to provide maximum energy efficiency.

October 21, 2015 BUILDWIRE

NUDURA Plus+ forms

by Steve Payne

The following is a Sponsored Post from NUDURA NUDURA has driven product innovation and has led the industry with its innovative line of Insulated Concrete Forms. That innovation continues with the NUDURA Plus+ Series. The Plus+ Series line of forms

October 14, 2015 BUILDWIRE

“The One Series” of ICFs that you need to know about

by Steve Payne

NUDURA’s One Series combines traditional forming methods and Insulated Concrete Form technology, together

October 8, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Why you should build with NUDURA ICFs

by NUDURA

NUDURA has four different ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) series. These products allow you to build faster and more efficiently, while providing your customer with an eco-friendly structure that can use significantly less energy

July 27, 2015 Voice

“Ask all potential clients THIS question…”

by Steve Payne

“Have you ever built before and how did it go for you?” If you don’t ask that question of your prospective customer, when pitching your services, you are asking for trouble.

July 27, 2015 Voice

“Why don’t more contractors ask for feedback?”

by Steve Payne

“Contractors shouldn’t be wary of negative feedback. It is simply a tool to improve the way you do things.”

July 27, 2015 Voice

“Cheap, crappy Chinese shingles”

by Steve Payne

“Stucco and plaster materials which are not up to code are being used regularly here in Calgary…”

July 27, 2015 Voice

“I have a customer claiming they shouldn’t have to pay for unforeseen charges and extras…”

by Steve Payne

“I am unable to pay the sub trades that did the work for me.”

July 7, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Have all your contract paperwork on your mobile with RENOMii

by Steve Payne

Canadian Contractor first discovered RENOMii at a contractor trade show, and we have to say, it’s pretty cool. In a nutshell, it’s a way to upload all your projects’ paperwork so that all those hundreds of pieces of job-related information

May 28, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Isn’t it about time you got yourself a cordless mitre saw?

by Steve Payne

For about $400 for the bare unit, or about $500 for the kit, DEWALT’s new cordless sliding miter saw will make you wonder why you’ve waited so long to go cordless on a carpenter’s most important stationary power tool.

May 25, 2015 Voice

I got that Little Voice That Says NO feeling – and each times I got burned

by Steve Payne

Contractor Marten read Steve’s Maxwell’s column called ‘That Little Voice That Says No’ and tells us how that voice has saved him from a world of trouble.

May 25, 2015 Voice

Should you sign up with a contractor referral service?

by Steve Payne

Ben Kuypers compares the leads he is getting from three contractor referral sites: HomeStars, Trusted Pros and Baeumler Approved. He says HomeStars provides “more consistent and better quality” leads than the other two sites.

May 21, 2015 Voice

Doing freebies is risky for any contractor

by Steve Payne

The owner of a pizza store under construction asked the contractor to build some shelves, not in the contract, for free. His reply, worth reading here, won him the argument pretty quickly.

May 15, 2015 Voice

Should you do Freebies for customers? Part 2.

by Steve Payne

Yes, you can do a few favours for free – in the context of a much bigger reno. But don’t just blurt those offers out. Do them only after careful consideration.

April 27, 2015 Voice

VIDEO (Trailer): Blood, Sweat and Tools, Episode 3 tonight, 11 pm Eastern Time

by Steve Payne

Our publisher Rob Koci goes off on unsuspecting people, tonight on the Discovery Channel. Sort of like around here at Canadian Contractor.