Interprovincial trades exam in Ontario: 70 per cent minimum pass needs to be loweredby canadiancontractor
Embrun, ON entrepreneur Marcel Blanchard weighs in on the obstacles to a trades career that Ontario’s policies have wrought
How IKO shingle dimensions provide an advantageby canadiancontractor
Compare the sizes and advantages of every asphalt roofing shingle IKO produces
HVAC contractor told he has to provide his receipts for all the parts he has used in the past, to get paid on his current jobby canadiancontractor
Richard Matthew says he is being threatened with non-payment unless he can provide all of his historic parts receipts. Comments?
Praise for the first instalment of Steve Maxwell’s “Inner Life of a Contractor”by canadiancontractor
Anthony Goosen believes that Steve’s “Are You Just Molecules or More?” is an important read
This is a stressful business. Are you feeling run down or worse? Read this.by canadiancontractor
Pro painter Simon Kuhl, Victoria, BC, recommends Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Public misconceptions about why contractors need depositsby canadiancontractor
“We are not your (expletive) bank!” writes contractor Karl Bach
New! Schluter KERDI-SHOWER Traysby canadiancontractor
More shower trays. More possibilities.
He would like to see an inspection of OCOT’s inspectorsby canadiancontractor
Another HVAC contractor alleges unprofessional conduct by an OCOT enforcement officer
Why was owner of firm slammed with half a million dollar fine, while actual electrician has “zero consequences”?by canadiancontractor
“We live in a province where doctors and nurses kill people every single day. Yet none of them suffer personal consequences like this,” Rob says
Painter agreed a price with “homeowner,” who now tells him another contractor will pay himby canadiancontractor
The painter has almost finished his work, but wants to be paid by the individual who agreed the deal. If he’s paid as a sub by another contractor, he worries about his WSIB exemption.
Homebuilding client: Our contractor unfairly liened us!by canadiancontractor
This client believes she has been ripped off, yet builders only post liens when they themselves are owed money. How can this problem be solved without both sides paying enormous legal fees?
Benefit of taking a system approach to specifying and installing building wrapby canadiancontractor
The TYPAR Weather Protection System includes building wraps, flashings, construction tape and fasteners
Dirt floor basement, moisture issues, cracking concrete blocks. What to do?by canadiancontractor
Owner seeks contractor advice on insulating 1930s era homestead in Alberta
Canadian radio and TV contractor legend Shell Busey calls “BS” on Ontario College of Tradesby canadiancontractor
Whatever happened to valuing “know-how learned from our teachers, parents and mentors,” old school Shell wants to know…
Full HVAC license versus gas fitters license: Veteran of 5-year apprenticeship defends Ontario College of Tradesby canadiancontractor
Steve Brown argues that a simple gas license is nowhere near enough to do proper HVAC installations.
“Soft tax collectors”by canadiancontractor
“The MoL, MTO, OCOT, WSIB, etc. enforce unnecessary laws and regulations to insulate large, unionized corporations from smaller, hungrier, highly-skilled trades.”
Another veteran HVAC contractor feels his livelihood is under attack by Ontario College of Tradesby canadiancontractor
“I learned the trade hands on, so I have my gas fitters ticket only… Now I am being threatened that I will get big fines… unless I hire 1-2 licensed guys
Evaluating drainable building wrapsby canadiancontractor
There are many different drainable building wrap products available on the market today. Here are a few tips for selecting the right one for your project.