Canadian Contractor


July 30, 2013 Product

Bug-free building with Mozi-Q pills

by Steve Maxwell

The black flies were noticeable and biting and I let them have their way with me, unprotected, for an hour, just to get a sense of how thick and hungry they were. About 20 minutes after chewing a Mozi-Q, the only flies still around me stayed a safe distance away, with just the occasional bump into my face or ear.

July 16, 2013 Product

Is "Lego-like" Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the future of wood construction?

by Steve Payne

CLT snaps together easily. The panels used in a new toy store in Ottawa’s west end measured 28 feet high, four feet wide and five inches thick. They were shipped to Canada by the Austrian firm Binderholz. But there are Canadian suppliers of CLT panels, too.

July 2, 2013 Product

HUE Award nominations open for architects and designers

by Steve Payne

The prestigious HUE Awards are sponsored by Benjamin Moore.

June 18, 2013 Product

Plumbing company's website wins a prize for being so bad

by Steve Payne

“I do not like our website,” says Mike Shipp, who runs a plumbing company in Ingersoll and Woodstock, ON. “It has nothing to keep people there and interested.” Now that is about to change, thanks to OutRank by Rogers.

June 12, 2013 Product

Charging for "consultations" with renovation clients: Can it be done? Are you doing it?

by Steve Payne

The idea of a consultation fee to weed out “tire kickers” is not a new one. We invite all renovators and builders to post a comment on whether they’ve tried this technique, and let us know if it helped (or helps) their business.

May 14, 2013 Product

Build-it-Yourself Learning Centres opening at Lowes

by Steve Payne

The BiY Learning Centres concept was founded by TV renovation star Jim Caruk. After operating independently in recent years, they have now been picked up by Lowe`s Canada which is adding BiY Learning Centres to some of its stores in Southern Ontario

February 5, 2013 Product

Hero Builders contest winner

by Steve Payne

Alex Covriga of A&R Renovations, Woodbridge, ON, won the award for his exceptionally professional renovation of semi-detached home for a couple with a new baby on the way

February 5, 2013 Product

Tattoowall technology: instant mural art for professional painters and decor contractors

by Steve Payne

The Tattoowall consists of a digital imaging technique that can be applied seamlessly to any substrate

December 3, 2012 Product

Real world options for streamlining drywall work

by Robert Koci

Boarding, mudding, taping, skimming… sweating, cursing, groaning. Whatever you call it, it’s tough work. Is there any way to make drywall installation less of a grind? Well, yes. Here are few ways to hang that stuff faster.

October 4, 2012 Product

Should contractors use to buy home improvement products online?

by Robert Koci

Can online buying compete yet with your local lumber and materials dealer?

September 28, 2012 Product

Three contracting reasons to get your head in the cloud

by Steve Payne

Cloud computing isn’t as complicated as it sounds. It’s just a way to store and access computer files “out there” rather than on your own computer. Which means you can access them from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection.

September 7, 2012 Product

Lowes appreciates you

by Robert Koci

And it wants to show it

July 25, 2012 Product

Almost Free Shades from Randy

by Robert Koci

Flip-up safety/sun glasses for the cost of shipping and an opinion

June 4, 2012 Product

Accent the Old with a Little New

by Robert Koci

A brand new look on a budget

May 26, 2012 Product

Brushless is Better

by Steve Maxwell

Here’s why…

May 7, 2012 Product

Reiner's letter from Germany

by Robert Koci

While Maxwell takes Venice, Hoyer takes Berlin

May 4, 2012 Product

Varrrooommm!! 5

by Robert Koci

Our Trucks Report Part 5: Toyota

April 27, 2012 Product

Varrrooommm!! 4

by Robert Koci

Our Trucks Report Part 4: Dodge Ram