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August 24, 2018 Voice

The Inner Life of a Contractor, Part 1: Are you just molecules or more?

by Steve Maxwell

“The extent to which you thrive or wither as a contractor ultimately comes down to who you are inside. Nobody talks much about this, but some of us think about it, at least from time to time.”

August 24, 2018 Voice

“Many consumers do more due diligence shopping for a $20 toaster than for a $200,000 renovation”

by canadiancontractor

Probably because they buy multiple toasters during their lives and have less experience with renovations

August 17, 2018 Voice

Insulated building blocks: Cambridge, ON manufacturer has something really cool

by canadiancontractor

Ben Polley, one of Canada’s leading sustainable/green builders, gives us the lowdown on a Canadian-made insulated block option

August 10, 2018 Voice

What IS this mold-preventing product that Mike Holmes used?

by canadiancontractor

“It was an all-in-one product to paint basement blocks to prevent mold.”

August 10, 2018 Voice

Comment on the contractor who got cash from homeowner’s wife – after homeowner refused to do cash deal

by canadiancontractor

“There is SO much wrong with his scenario,” says veteran contractor Darryl Labay

August 3, 2018 Voice

I’m not paying you cash, he tells the contractor, firmly. So the contractor collects the cash from his wife while he’s out…

by canadiancontractor

Left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing?

August 3, 2018 Voice

Apprenticeship ratio stupidity in Ontario: Comment number 5,033

by canadiancontractor

Well, probably not five thousand comments, but it sure feels like it. So many young people want to work in the trades in Ontario but the ratios system prevents them.

July 27, 2018 Voice

Comments about the Alberta homeowner who won two judgments against fly-by-night ‘contractor’

by canadiancontractor

A lesson to young contractors from a veteran: Listen To Your Gut!

July 27, 2018 Voice

Quebec, unions and construction ‘volunteers’

by canadiancontractor

“Job sites without power tools… might be a good opportunity for positive community activism,” says Neil Damackine

July 20, 2018 Voice

Dispensing with GreenOn rebate program in Ontario, without a replacement plan, was unwise

by canadiancontractor

Whatever you may think about the paperwork and bureaucracy of government subsidized renovation programs, they DO keep the cash operators out of the game

July 20, 2018 Voice

Why doesn’t Ottawa seek industry sponsors so that National Building Code can be FREE for EVERYONE to read?

by Steve Payne

Contractor Randy Elliott asks a good question: If the Criminal Code is available free online, why isn’t the National Building Code of Canada?

July 11, 2018 Voice

Are these guys for real? Politicians tap dancing as fast as they can on stupid decisions

by canadiancontractor

Casey Edge of the Victoria Residential Builders Association digs up three quotes from politicians that make us wonder about their sanity

July 10, 2018 Voice

Wish you’d chosen a 9-5 job? Lessons from Anthony Bourdain’s apprenticeship bestseller

by Steve Payne

Why should a contractor read the very first book of a famous TV chef? Because this legendarily hard-living man had a contractor’s soul

July 10, 2018 Voice

Scam where “customer” needs renovations on a home they do not own is common

by canadiancontractor

They need electrical work done on a house they are buying but haven’t got the money to close the deal, is one version of the scam

July 5, 2018 Voice

An old pro has some valuable advice for frustrated youths trying to break into the trades

by canadiancontractor

“Try to get a position as anything in an institution or factory. A mine, steel mill, refinery, hospital, school board or prison are all good places to look. Good luck.”

July 5, 2018 Voice

“It’s inconceivable that the IBEW have so much power to screw people over…”

by canadiancontractor

“(IBEW) lied to and cheated both myself and the employees who wanted nothing to do with the union,” says this electrical contractor

July 4, 2018 Voice

This insulation contractor is sorry to see the end of GreenOn rebates

by canadiancontractor

“This program was good for the honest contractor and the client,” says Joel Starkman

June 29, 2018 Voice

Ontario’s screwed up apprenticeship ratios: Is IBEW “a closed shop catering to sons or daughters of members?”

by canadiancontractor

Sean Gander details just how far his son went trying to break into the electrical field. He says the IBEW treated his son unfairly. Does this sound like a fair system to you?