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
Site Tips is brought to you by Home Hardware
Owner of electrical contracting firm personally liable for $537K fineby John Bleasby
Corporate assets were transferred to avoid company’s court fine
All About Fasteners: Episode 8: How ITW tests its fasteners, Part 2 (VIDEO)by canadiancontractor
Andrea Galindo, technical specialist with ITW, demonstrates a pull test on a 3/8″ x 4″ RSS GRK screw installed in wood
Four tips for managing your contracting firm’s debtby Mahyar Hansotia
Is your contracting business struggling with bad credit management, poor cash flow and personal use of business funds? If so, read this.
Why aren’t more builders getting into prefab housing?by Steve Payne
“Why is the Homebuilding Industry Stuck in the 1940s” is worth reading