Steve's two trucks: A personal history
A good work truck is your most important power tool. It’s as important as any lead hand. Here’s my personal story about my two vintage Ford Trucks. Tell us your own truck story for a chance to win an iPad.
Milwaukee Tool sponsors Canadian Contractor's RenoSummit business seminars, just six weeks away.
If you aren’t making enough money as a renovator, it’s quite possibly NOT your building skills. It’s your business skills that need sharpening. At our one-day RenoSummit seminars, Nov. 5 (Whitby, ON), Nov. 6 (Toronto) and Nov. 8 (London, ON), you can learn how to make the money you really deserve.
The ABCs of ICFs, a review
Since we ran our first article on ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) on this website last year, we’ve had a LOT of questions from contractors about what ICFs are, and how they can be used in renovation contracting and new homebuilding. Here’s the article again, with some interesting posts underneath it, including one today from Gary Brown at Amvic System, a major Canadian ICF supplier.
Canada's top renovators to gather in Las Vegas for Remodelers Advantage Business Summit
From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, just three weeks from now, some of the most successful renovators in North America, including dozens of Canadians, will gather in Las Vegas. The Remodelers Advantage Business Summit 2013 isn’t an every-year opportunity. These events are only held every 3 years. As a special offer, Canadian Contractor has a way for you to save $300 off your registration.
Wrapped laminate cabinets from Quebec: up and coming
Today’s best wrapped laminate cabinets allow very convincing wood grain reproductions of cherry, walnut, mahogany and dozens of other luxurious hardwoods. All for about half the cost of real wood!
Bug-free building with Mozi-Q pills
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.
Is "Lego-like" Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the future of wood construction?
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.
HUE Award nominations open for architects and designers
The prestigious HUE Awards are sponsored by Benjamin Moore.
Plumbing company's website wins a prize for being so bad
“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.
Charging for "consultations" with renovation clients: Can it be done? Are you doing it?
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.
Build-it-Yourself Learning Centres opening at Lowes
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
Hero Builders contest winner
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
Tattoowall technology: instant mural art for professional painters and decor contractors
The Tattoowall consists of a digital imaging technique that can be applied seamlessly to any substrate
Real world options for streamlining drywall work
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.
Should contractors use Build.com to buy home improvement products online?
Can online buying compete yet with your local lumber and materials dealer?
Three contracting reasons to get your head in the cloud
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.
Lowes appreciates you
And it wants to show it
Almost Free Shades from Randy
Flip-up safety/sun glasses for the cost of shipping and an opinion