45 per cent of renovating home owners are now incorporating smart home systems, CEDIA report saysby canadiancontractor
Renovation contractors looking for education in smart home technology might want to check out CEDIA: the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. Smart home tech is now a $2-billion industry south of the border.
Heads up, it’s the Hard Hat Challenge! (Funny video links)by John Bleasby
We do NOT recommend you try these tricks on your own job sites – but if you’re looking for a smile or a laugh at the end of a tough week, watch these videos
Will your workers be blazing today?by John Bleasby
Legalized marijuana throws a multitude of issues in the wind
New surtax on steel imports will impact housing affordabilityby John Bleasby
The tariff game, where everyone’s a loser! (Except the government, of course)
Less than 2 weeks to enter our new Contractor Dilemma Contest!by John Bleasby
You could win a DeWalt cordless table saw!
All About Fasteners, Episode 6: Special screws for cement backer boards (VIDEO)by canadiancontractor
You don’t want to use regular drywall screws for cement boards. They can corrode, they can break down the edges of the boards, and they won’t drive in flush properly. Use ITW’s ROCK-ON and BACKER-ON screws instead.
Site Tips, Episode 3: How to perfectly fit crown moulding; PLUS Triple studs for electrical switchesby canadiancontractor
Canadian Contractor Site Tips are brought to you by Home Hardware
We asked the Ontario College of Trades to clarify their jurisdiction over hydronics installations. Here is their response.by Steve Payne
OCOT agrees that some work described as “hydronics” falls outside of the scope of any regulated trade, but that plumbing, coolant or sheet metal work will require certification for each of these trades.
Got a faster, better way to do something on site? Let us know, and you could win a $50 gas card!by Steve Payne
To see some of the great tips we have already done videos for, just type Site Tips in the search bar
Home-based contracting businesses need specific insurance coverageby John Bleasby
Standard home owner policies are not adequate to cover all risks
Apprenticeship initiatives from coast-to-coast attempt to fill the funnelby John Bleasby
Innovative programs are addressing the national skilled trade crisis
Prefab wood panels for mid-rises gaining traction in B.C.by Steve Payne
One firm, Pro-Fit Structures, Chilliwack, B.C. is reported to have had a 21 per cent increase in volume in the past year
No good deed goes unpunished? Kamloops developer under WorkSafe BC’s intense scrutinyby canadiancontractor
It was just supposed to be a coat of paint to make some existing rental housing look better. Next came the HazMat suits.
CertainTeed’s latest drywall tariff request was denied. The CITT explains why.by John Bleasby
Despite rejection, company is “weighing its options” for future action
Calvin Gordon is back on the tools and scheduled to return to courtby John Bleasby
Contractor with several prior convictions now operates north of Toronto
Can the Ontario College of Trades storm your work site without pretext?by John Bleasby
A look at the legislative details suggests that, “Yes, they can!”
Site Tips, Episode 9: How to cut wedges (VIDEO)by Steve Payne
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Owner of electrical contracting firm personally liable for $537K fineby John Bleasby
Corporate assets were transferred to avoid company’s court fine