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December 18, 2012 News

PEX well on the way to overtaking copper pipe

by Steve Payne

Within three years, PEX will be the most-used residential water-supply pipe in the country, manufacturer predicts

December 18, 2012 News

Calling all superhero contractors

by Steve Payne

Hammerati’s superhero contest is accepting entries until Dec. 31st

December 17, 2012 News

Happy Holidays: Next newsletter publishes January 8th

by Steve Payne

This is our last e-newsletter of the year. To all 19,000 contractor recipients of our e-bulletins, thanks for reading, for writing back to us, and for all your compliments and, even more valuable, suggestions for improvement.

December 17, 2012 News

Three sales techniques you can learn from Santa

by Steve Payne

Contractors can learn more than a few sales tips from that overweight, 1700-year-od man in the red suit.

December 16, 2012 Video

The product that keeps basement floor installations dry

by Robert Koci

A “Made in Canada” product you will want to install in your customer’s basement

December 15, 2012 News

Our thoughts are with our publishing colleagues in Newtown, Connecticut

by Steve Payne

The publishing company that publishes Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, and many other home improvement magazines, is a tight-knit company in the small town where 20 children and 8 adults died in a shooting rampage last Friday

December 13, 2012 News

Canadian Contractor publisher moving to new jobsite

by Steve Payne

Steve Dempsey, publisher of Canadian Contractor magazine and canadiancontractor.ca as we went through renovations over the past 18 months to better serve our 31,000 contractor readers, has moved to a new jobsite. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Steve has been appointed

December 11, 2012 News

Drywall supply a problem in Saskatchewan, CBC reports

by Steve Payne

It’s not a total drywalll drought, but product that should arrive in a couple of days is now taking a week, some contractors report

December 11, 2012 News

7 more trade associations vow to close down Ontario College of Trades

by Steve Payne

Plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers and air conditioning mechanics will be forced to pay $120 fees to the Ontario College of Trades next year. Or they could see their Certificates of Qualification withheld.

December 11, 2012 News

Leadership in 21 points

by Robert Koci

Running a renovation business isn’t so much about building, as it is about building your team. Well, if you want to take the business anywhere, that is. There are 21 aspects of leadership.

December 11, 2012 News

College of 'Idiocracy': Opinion

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades, as far as the renovation industry is concerned, is offering little that isn’t being done by other regulatory bodies. Except for more fees for certain trades.

December 11, 2012 News

Bathroom ventilation: Fact and fiction

by Steve Payne

Bathroom fan replacement across Canada could almost become an industry in itself. Vast numbers of them aren’t doing what they were designed to do.

December 11, 2012 News

Housing starts down for third consecutive month

by Steve Payne

Ontario and B.C. showing the largest drops

December 7, 2012 News

Hey Ontario contractors: Show your opposition to the new College of Trades tax at Queen's Park on Tuesday

by Alec Caldwell

The Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services (CARAHS) has now joined the coalition against the new Ontario College of Trades and its punitive tax ($120 compulsory membership fees). Join us in showing your opposition to the College at 11 am on Tuesday, West Wing, Queen’s Park

December 3, 2012 News

Man the barricades

by Robert Koci

Being illegitimate is no fun. Being on the wrong side of the law is no fun. But when you become the agents of injustice by obeying the law, something’s got to give. For justice’s sake, sometimes, it’s necessary.

December 3, 2012 News

A little known way to reach potential customers

by Robert Koci

At a very basic level, Hometalk is great for market research. A once-a-day or even once-a-week scan can keep you up-to-date on trends and what homeowners are asking for.

December 3, 2012 News

What will it take to beat the cash economy?

by Robert Koci

With the punitive costs of HST/GST, income, corporate and payroll taxes, workers comp payments and insurance, it seems like there’s an epidemic of contractors working for cash. Can you compete with them? Or should you join them?

December 3, 2012 News

The risks of cash and how you can avoid them

by Robert Koci

Doing underground work is a drug you don’t want to get addicted to