Magazine for professional home renovators.


Driving in the big city: Confrontations with other drivers and road rage

Some people become demons when they climb behind the wheel. Taking their aggressive driving actions personally could cost you your life – or at the least a criminal record.

From commercial pilot to general contractor: My drywall ‘back-up plan’

John Bleasby outlines how he and his lead carpenter did an extensive walk-through of the framed house prior to drywalling, to plan out wood back up plates behind the gypsum

ladder safety

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“Sometimes government incentives – like the former Eco Energy program – are better than the often-argued push to simply reduce all of our taxes…

“The former Eco-Energy program was demonstrated to drive renovation work, create moderate home-energy savings and, most of all, helped to ensure that work was all conducted above board…” Ben Polley writes.

In praise of the former Home Renovation Tax Credit

“This would allow for an even playing field when estimating a job,” writes contractor John Stefanis.

This plumber I once worked with used to brag that he was arrested for drinking and driving and as a result required a chaperone to drive him to calls for a year or so.

“This plumber used to drink a shot of mouthwash before knocking on a customer’s door. Multiply that by 4 or 5 times a day… Not even the liquor store is required to get drunk and work in the services industry!”

nightmare client

We banned the interfering owner from our site and liened him for $230,000

Contractor Greg Miller sent us this recollection about the ultimate “Interfering Client From Hell.” Greg says that his apparently abusive Nightmare Client insisted that stairs be installed backwards after the site super had left, tried to get the framer and Greg’s crew to drink with him on the job, creating various grotesque safety violations before running out of money and “cancelling our contract so he could have the upper hand in his peers’ minds.”

My Treasure Trove of Bargains

“What kind of light fixture goes on the bathroom wall by the mirror?” My electrician and I were doing the all-important walk-through on his first day on the site, marking locations for light…

Drunken people

Alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace

I watched as the police officer dragged him out of his company vehicle on a Saturday morning. It was just after 9:15am. His vehicle had mounted the curb at a traffic light. Luckily…

Heidi 2

What happens when a contractor walks into a bar?

Two contractors walk into a bar…