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October 26, 2018 Voice

What do you do if client demands to see receipts for your purchased items?

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That’s fine if you are on a T&M basis. But not if you quoted a fixed price. Walk away, one contractor advises.

October 19, 2018 Voice

Interprovincial trades exam in Ontario: 70 per cent minimum pass needs to be lowered

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Embrun, ON entrepreneur Marcel Blanchard weighs in on the obstacles to a trades career that Ontario’s policies have wrought

October 17, 2018 Voice

HVAC contractor told he has to provide his receipts for all the parts he has used in the past, to get paid on his current job

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Richard Matthew says he is being threatened with non-payment unless he can provide all of his historic parts receipts. Comments?

October 17, 2018 Voice

Praise for the first instalment of Steve Maxwell’s “Inner Life of a Contractor”

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Anthony Goosen believes that Steve’s “Are You Just Molecules or More?” is an important read

October 12, 2018 Voice

This is a stressful business. Are you feeling run down or worse? Read this.

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Pro painter Simon Kuhl, Victoria, BC, recommends Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

October 12, 2018 Voice

Public misconceptions about why contractors need deposits

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“We are not your (expletive) bank!” writes contractor Karl Bach

October 5, 2018 Voice

He would like to see an inspection of OCOT’s inspectors

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Another HVAC contractor alleges unprofessional conduct by an OCOT enforcement officer

October 5, 2018 Voice

Why was owner of firm slammed with half a million dollar fine, while actual electrician has “zero consequences”?

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“We live in a province where doctors and nurses kill people every single day. Yet none of them suffer personal consequences like this,” Rob says

September 28, 2018 Voice

Painter agreed a price with “homeowner,” who now tells him another contractor will pay him

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The painter has almost finished his work, but wants to be paid by the individual who agreed the deal. If he’s paid as a sub by another contractor, he worries about his WSIB exemption.

September 28, 2018 Voice

Homebuilding client: Our contractor unfairly liened us!

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This client believes she has been ripped off, yet builders only post liens when they themselves are owed money. How can this problem be solved without both sides paying enormous legal fees?

September 21, 2018 Voice

Dirt floor basement, moisture issues, cracking concrete blocks. What to do?

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Owner seeks contractor advice on insulating 1930s era homestead in Alberta

September 14, 2018 Voice

Canadian radio and TV contractor legend Shell Busey calls “BS” on Ontario College of Trades

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Whatever happened to valuing “know-how learned from our teachers, parents and mentors,” old school Shell wants to know…

September 14, 2018 Voice

Full HVAC license versus gas fitters license: Veteran of 5-year apprenticeship defends Ontario College of Trades

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Steve Brown argues that a simple gas license is nowhere near enough to do proper HVAC installations.

September 7, 2018 Voice

“Soft tax collectors”

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“The MoL, MTO, OCOT, WSIB, etc. enforce unnecessary laws and regulations to insulate large, unionized corporations from smaller, hungrier, highly-skilled trades.”

September 6, 2018 Voice

Another veteran HVAC contractor feels his livelihood is under attack by Ontario College of Trades

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“I learned the trade hands on, so I have my gas fitters ticket only… Now I am being threatened that I will get big fines… unless I hire 1-2 licensed guys

August 31, 2018 Voice

Would you spend $450,000 to buy project that may never go ahead?

by Steve Payne

Well, the Trudeau government just spent $4.5-billion for the now-frozen (by the courts) Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

August 31, 2018 Voice

Which type of circ saw do you prefer: sidewinders or worm drives?

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Mark Bernier’s 1980s worm drive is still going strong. “It cuts rings around the little saws.”

August 24, 2018 Voice

More observations on Thermal Mass and ICFs

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Great comments on how ICFs work from residential energy-efficiency expert Harold Orr