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.
Which type of circ saw do you prefer: sidewinders or worm drives?by canadiancontractor
Mark Bernier’s 1980s worm drive is still going strong. “It cuts rings around the little saws.”
More than one way to keep a wall dryby canadiancontractor
Advancements in building wrap technology offer diverse methods for managing bulk water while reducing material costs and streamlining installation
More observations on Thermal Mass and ICFsby canadiancontractor
Great comments on how ICFs work from residential energy-efficiency expert Harold Orr
“Many consumers do more due diligence shopping for a $20 toaster than for a $200,000 renovation”by canadiancontractor
Probably because they buy multiple toasters during their lives and have less experience with renovations
DULUX Paints by PPG unveils two deep, luxurious greens as 2019 Colours of the Yearby canadiancontractor
Night Watch, Mojito Shimmer bring contemporary take on old-school elegance
Insulated building blocks: Cambridge, ON manufacturer has something really coolby canadiancontractor
Ben Polley, one of Canada’s leading sustainable/green builders, gives us the lowdown on a Canadian-made insulated block option
What IS this mold-preventing product that Mike Holmes used?by canadiancontractor
“It was an all-in-one product to paint basement blocks to prevent mold.”
Comment on the contractor who got cash from homeowner’s wife – after homeowner refused to do cash dealby canadiancontractor
“There is SO much wrong with his scenario,” says veteran contractor Darryl Labay
How tough is your building wrap?by canadiancontractor
As your building’s first line of defense against the elements, a building wrap must be able to stand up to a lot. Make sure the wrap you choose is up to the task.
I’m not paying you cash, he tells the contractor, firmly. So the contractor collects the cash from his wife while he’s out…by canadiancontractor
Left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing?
Apprenticeship ratio stupidity in Ontario: Comment number 5,033by canadiancontractor
Well, probably not five thousand comments, but it sure feels like it. So many young people want to work in the trades in Ontario but the ratios system prevents them.
Comments about the Alberta homeowner who won two judgments against fly-by-night ‘contractor’by canadiancontractor
A lesson to young contractors from a veteran: Listen To Your Gut!