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Craig Lowe, Mike Holmes’ painter, dies while scuba diving off Cape Breton

Craig Lowe shared his passion about the professional painting business with the readers of PRO PAINTER magazine, last year. He said he loved to train painters in application techniques and business skills and show them to how provide exceptional customer service.

Marketing and organization skills for professional painters

“You’re a painter, and a good one. Jobs are done correctly and customers are happy. So where is the business? And why are profit margins so low? If you’re asking these questions, it’s a good bet your marketing and organizational skills need upgrades.”

My plumbing ‘warehouse’ on wheels – just a GMC Savana – helps me avoid supplier runs 90% of the time

Having a fixed price list, such as StraightForward Pricing, in the service business requires a second component… you have to have almost all the basic parts of a typical residential home’s plumbing set up (excluding import parts and large fixtures) with you before you head out for the day.

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.

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Another Ontario drywall contractor plans to challenge a WSIB audit

Interior Drywall Design’s owner, Mike Vrbos, has called WSIB’s actions against his firm “malicious.” He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Sean Keane (Keyon Drywall) who was able to overturn Ontario’s safety and insurance board’s $340,000 assessment against him.

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Jobs of the week: Carpenters needed in Alberta, Journeyman plumbers needed in St. John’s, NL

There are lots of construction jobs across Canada to view at our JOBS portal

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Small contractors need to plan for skilled trade shortages

If you’re a small home renovations company, you may think the impending shortage of trades and training isn’t your problem. Think again. It may not seem like it, but as baby boomers move…

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The ABCs of ICFs, a review

Since we ran our first article on ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) on this website last year, we’ve had a LOT of questions from contractors about what ICFs are, and how they can be used in renovation contracting and new homebuilding. Here’s the article again, with some interesting posts underneath it, including one today from Gary Brown at Amvic System, a major Canadian ICF supplier.

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Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished: Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO)

When Garfield Dunlop speaks out so strongly against the Ontario College of Trades, he isn’t just being a Progressive Conservative politician taking shots at yet another bad idea from the Dalton McGuinty government. He’s speaking as a Canadian Contractor. He’s a plumber.

How to hire the right painter: A general contractor’s guide

Reaching for the Yellow Pages to find a painter is fine if all you want is the cheapest bid or someone to do mass production. But for most quality contractors, that is just too risky.