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
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
The pros and cons of piece workby John Bleasby
Workers can benefit from higher earnings, contractors from higher profits
CertainTeed Insulation’s Ottawa plant reaches million hour safety milestoneby 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…
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
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
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.
Ontario government studies how to reduce residential construction waste entering landfill sitesby 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
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.”
Convicted contractor back on the toolsby 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.
All About Fasteners, Episode 1: Concrete Anchors (VIDEO)by canadiancontractor
This 3 minute video is brought to you by ITW
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
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…
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.
Buying out the Boss: What our readers thinkby John Bleasby
We revisit responses to a previous Contractor Dilemma Contest for insights
Task force calls for sprinklers in new homesby John Bleasby
Sprinklers are effective, but what about the fire resistance of the house structure itself?
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.
Aging in Place: What Canada can learn from Japanby 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.