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February 22, 2018 News

One week left to enter our ‘Contractor Dilemma Contest’!

by John Bleasby

The client signed a second renovation contract, but now wants the deposit refunded

February 22, 2018 Video

How to Generate Leads, Part 3: How to get (and maintain) excellent online reviews (VIDEO)

by canadiancontractor

This is the third in a 5-part series of short videos sponsored by HomeStars

February 22, 2018 News

The pros and cons of piece work

by John Bleasby

Workers can benefit from higher earnings, contractors from higher profits

February 20, 2018 News

CertainTeed Insulation’s Ottawa plant reaches million hour safety milestone

by John Bleasby

For a plant running 24 hours a day with 12-hour shifts, maintaining a clean time-loss accident record is quite an accomplishment. That’s what CertainTeed Insulation’s Ottawa plant has achieved over the past four years. In recognition, CertainTeed’s parent company welcomed

February 19, 2018 Video

How to Generate Leads, Part 2: Maximizing Your Online Exposure (VIDEO)

by canadiancontractor

This is the second in a 5-part series of short videos sponsored by HomeStars

February 19, 2018 Video

How to Generate Leads, Part 1: Twelve things you should NOT do (VIDEO)

by canadiancontractor

This is the first in a 5-part series of short videos sponsored by HomeStars

February 16, 2018 News

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 2 of 5)

by Joseph Hough

The Saskatchewan Conservation House, a pioneering energy-efficient house in Canada, was constructed in 1977.

February 15, 2018 News

Ontario government studies how to reduce residential construction waste entering landfill sites

by canadiancontractor

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has funded a $42,000 study in which Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga has studied the need for “more source separation” of wastes and recycled materials on residential construction sites

February 15, 2018 News

Mattamy Homes and ecobee thermostats “partner to transform the home”

by canadiancontractor

The ecobee 4 is a voice-enabled smart thermostat which features a built-in “Amazon Alexa Voice Service.”

February 15, 2018 News

Convicted contractor back on the tools

by John Bleasby

An Ontario contractor convicted in 2015 of ripping off his clients is back on the tools, having served his two year probation period.

February 14, 2018 Video

All About Fasteners, Episode 1: Concrete Anchors (VIDEO)

by canadiancontractor

This 3 minute video is brought to you by ITW

February 14, 2018 Video

Site Tips, Episode 2: How to precisely locate utility boxes underneath ceiling drywall (VIDEO)

by canadiancontractor

Canadian Contractor Site Tips are brought to you by Home Hardware

February 13, 2018 News

Things that go bump in the night (that shouldn’t!)

by John Bleasby

It’s a relief that my house isn’t collapsing, but still…

February 9, 2018 News

Towards the Passive House: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Canada (Part 1 of 5)

by Joseph Hough

A 5-part series for contractors in which we outline the basics of the history of energy-efficient housing in Canada.

February 8, 2018 News

Buying out the Boss: What our readers think

by John Bleasby

We revisit responses to a previous Contractor Dilemma Contest for insights

February 6, 2018 News

Task force calls for sprinklers in new homes

by John Bleasby

Sprinklers are effective, but what about the fire resistance of the house structure itself?

February 5, 2018 News

Shopping online for tools and materials? Share your experiences here.

by Steve Payne

Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, Kijiji and many more are doing huge business in tools and materials.

February 2, 2018 News

Aging in Place: What Canada can learn from Japan

by canadiancontractor

A recent report from Senior Care Canada examined aging in place strategies in Japan. There, the government has worked hard to quickly problem-solve and create solutions for the unique housing needs of seniors.