Conservative Contractor? Us? A reader accuses us of right-wing media biasby Steve Payne
“When we started this magazine in 2000, our idea was to give pro renovators and custom homebuilders a magazine that wasn’t constrained from talking bluntly about regulation and taxation in this industry”
The greatest sales strategy on Earthby Steve Payne
“Define the problem. Solve the problem. Set the price.”
Email to Editor: “Why don’t you rename your magazine Conservative Contractor?”by Steve Payne
Unfortunately, the author wouldn’t let us publish his interesting correspondence
Would you spend $450,000 to buy project that may never go ahead?by Steve Payne
Well, the Trudeau government just spent $4.5-billion for the now-frozen (by the courts) Trans Mountain Pipeline Project
Why doesn’t Ottawa seek industry sponsors so that National Building Code can be FREE for EVERYONE to read?by Steve Payne
Contractor Randy Elliott asks a good question: If the Criminal Code is available free online, why isn’t the National Building Code of Canada?
Wish you’d chosen a 9-5 job? Lessons from Anthony Bourdain’s apprenticeship bestsellerby Steve Payne
Why should a contractor read the very first book of a famous TV chef? Because this legendarily hard-living man had a contractor’s soul
Attention roofers! Propane torch safety tipsby Steve Payne
Important information for roofers, brought to you by IKO
Jerry and his price bookby Steve Payne
His gross margin had slid all the way down to 15 per cent, just like that. Except in business, there IS no “just like that.”
Roof Ventilation 101 (VIDEO)by Steve Payne
Do you know how to tell if your client’s roof is properly ventilated? If not, watch this quick video to learn how.
He’s not interested in the Green Ontario rebatesby Steve Payne
Mark Mitchell threw out his application for the Green Ontario rebate program as soon as he saw the words ‘Ontario College of Trades’
City of Toronto tree protection madness: Part 3by Steve Payne
The Committee of Adjustment is all good with Caroline’s plans. She wants to plant three trees in place of one that will be removed. Oh no you don’t, say the Forestry folks.
Kitchener, ON woman needs help getting a wheelchair ramp built for her daughterby Steve Payne
Anyone interested in helping? Please post under the story.
VIDEO: Damon Bennett test drives Paslode Impulse cordless nailersby Steve Payne
“It’s all about speed on the job site,” Damon says. And Paslode’s cordless framing and finishing nailers definitely deliver.
Selling renovations starts with finding a mentorby Steve Payne
If you are looking for sales mentors in our industry, the pages of our magazine are full of them
Tub surround upgrades made easierby Steve Payne
Schluter provides kit for waterproofing tub surrounds
Ottawa’s plan to close “loopholes” in professional corporation tax rulesby Steve Payne
Let us know if you think you will be affected.
Her house needs ‘everything’ done to it – and her budget is zero!by Steve Payne
Check out this post from a woman in Illinois who we really DO feel sorry for. “If you have to be paid, do not call me,” she helpfully suggests…
Too many renovators live like Rodney Dangerfieldby Steve Payne
The home improvement sector in Canada is worth $72-billion a year. We dwarf sectors like aerospace – or even pharmaceuticals. So why do we get so little respect?