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September 13, 2018  

Video: Quartersawn lumber

Sticking with our lumber theme this week…here’s an interesting video of how to maximize the board feet of lumber with a quartersawn log.

September 12, 2018  

Too much wood

Back in July, Peel Regional Police Tweeted out this image of a DIYer with some 10’ or 12’ foot lengths of lumber hanging out of the drivers’ side windows!

September 10, 2018  

Welcome to our Robot Overlords

The Building Excellence team is working on a piece about home automation and connectivity for the Fall issue. During the research they stumbled upon some pretty amazing videos of robots

September 6, 2018  

NFL season kicks off

The NFL kicks off its 99th season tonight.

September 5, 2018  

Interest Rate Announcement

The Bank of Canada makes its sixth scheduled interest rate announcement…..

September 4, 2018  

A note from Jim: Weatherwise

The team that brings you RC is currently hard at work on the Fall issue of the CHBA’s member magazine, Building Excellence.

August 31, 2018  

Happy Labour Day!

Happy Labour Day! Have a safe and happy holiday. Don’t forget that the kids are back in school on Tuesday.

August 30, 2018  

What’s On Manny’s Mind?!? Team Work

Any large renovation or custom homebuilding project needs to be a collaborative effort between everyone involved – the owner, contractor, architect, designer, and structural and mechanical engineers. Collaboration is not a nice to have, it’s a must have.

August 29, 2018  

Homesharing V2.0

Video: A pilot project in Toronto, HomeShare, aims to combat two housing issues in the city: a lack of affordable spaces for young people, and companions for seniors living on their own.

August 28, 2018  

Home exchanges 101

One of the features in our Aug./Sept. 2018 issue, “Loving Frank,” is about a home exchange managing experience editor Allan Britnell recently had in Chicago. (The home was an early Frank Lloyd Wright design.) Here’s a sidebar from that piece on home exchanges.

August 27, 2018  

Recall Roundup: Flos Pendant Lights

Potential Problem: The glass diffuser can detach and fall on someone.

August 24, 2018  

Montreal Triathlon

This weekend Montreal plays host to the eighth of nine events in the ITU World Triatholon Series.

August 23, 2018  

Recall Roundup: Envi High-Efficiency Electric Panel Heater

Poorly crimped wiring can lead to overheating and a fire risk. There have been more than 300 incidents reported in the U.S. and Canada.

August 22, 2018  

Worried About Weed

The Conference Board of Canada recently released a report that found that more than half of Canadian businesses are concerned about the workplace implications when the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal

August 20, 2018  


The Union of Concerned Scientists and U.S. real estate website Zillow combined climate change and realty data ……

August 16, 2018  

Towering Tower

Toronto’s CN Tower is about to get some company at the top of the city’s skyline.

August 15, 2018  

Boffo Restrooms

Cintas Canada holds an annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest for commercial commodes.

August 13, 2018  

Exterior Decorating

Usually the fancy painting goes on the inside of the house. A Florida couple painted the exterior of their home to look like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night …

August 10, 2018  

Premier League season starts

Suffering from post-World Cup football withdrawal?

August 9, 2018  

OS&B Press Release

Team Epping Announces Partnership with OS&B for 2018-2019 Season

August 9, 2018  

Video: DIY Cement

You think mixing bags of cement is a pain? Try making it from scratch.

August 8, 2018  

Survey Says…!

In April, the CHBA surveyed 1,500 Canadians across the country for their thoughts on homeownership. Some of the key findings were ……

August 7, 2018  

Toolin’ Shed

Here’s an item we originally planned to run in our Great Outdoors Issue but ran out of, um, storage space

August 6, 2018  

Beer Bricks: Raise a toast to this noble but failed idea

In the 1960s, Alfred Henry Heineken, grandson of the eponymous brewery’s founder, decided his company should do something to help combat world poverty, and the housing shortage in underdeveloped countries in particular.

August 3, 2018  

GreenOn is Off

One of new Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s first actions was to cancel the hastily assembled GreenOn energy efficiency rebate program.

August 2, 2018  

Tools of the Criminal Trade

Not that we’d ever suggest you put down your toolbelt to take up a life of crime, but we were certainly intrigued by this Bloomberg Businessweek photo essay

July 31, 2018  

Shock Therapy: A warning to plumbers working with water meters

I froze not knowing if I should reattach the meter and possibly complete the ground through myself. Then, about 10 seconds later, the copper ground that was attached to the pipe going out of the home started buzzing, hissing, and smoking and this scared me further into not wanting to touch anything.

July 30, 2018  

Porter-Cable Cordless (and Corded) Tile Saws

Another year, another batch of tools cut their cords. Porter-Cable has just launched a cordless, tabletop-style wet tile saw.

July 27, 2018  

Great Upheaval Day

July 28 marks Great Upheaval Day, which commemorates the Acadians being expelled from the Maritimes

July 26, 2018  

Toronto’s Traffic Officially Sucks

Anyone who lives and works around the Greater Toronto area knows that traffic is bad. In rush hour, it seems that everyone who lives in the east end works in the west, and vice versa.