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April 27, 2018 Voice

A contractor is a machine: Are you revving too high – or too low?

by Steve Maxwell

Different contractors work at different intensities. But like any engine, there is a sweet spot for the most efficient output. Have you thought about yours?

April 27, 2018 Voice

“Canada’s safety profession is a make-work project”

by canadiancontractor

The real goal of the safety industry, says Chris Langman, is to create a “Hoover Dam” of rules and red tape – and more government jobs.

April 27, 2018 Voice

Roofer: “Majority of roofing injuries are CAUSED by ‘safety’ equipment”

by canadiancontractor

Anyone care to comment on this claim. We really don’t know what to say.

April 20, 2018 Voice

“We should put Justin and Kathleen on a worksite as labourers, and have the machine operators stoned.”

by canadiancontractor

“They would change the legalized marijuana laws the same day.”

April 20, 2018 Voice

He had a locksmith show up, stinking of pot

by canadiancontractor

Another of our many comments from contractors very worried about the potential for increased marijuana use on their job sites

April 20, 2018 Voice

He doesn’t think increased marijuana use on the job site will lead to safety issues

by canadiancontractor

Ray says that weed causes well-known short-term memory issues – but not actual safety hazards.

April 12, 2018 Voice

Asbestos dangers overblown?

by canadiancontractor

The fear of asbestos dates back to when workers were exposed to dense clouds of asbestos dust before health and safety standards existed, Mike says

April 12, 2018 Voice

Busting myths about skylights: Installer sticks to one brand only

by canadiancontractor

Ron Gauthier is a Velum-certified installer

April 12, 2018 Voice

Fly-by-night contractors who work for half what you do

by canadiancontractor

In this post, Al Barnes lists all the aspects of a quality $40,000 basement renovation. Unfortunately, many contractors will bid $20,000 – and then make a total hash of it.

April 6, 2018 Voice

Bryan Baeumler’s shows not going off the air

by canadiancontractor

Our April 1st post last Sunday didn’t fool anyone. Bryan and Sarah are not going away anytime soon.

April 6, 2018 Voice

Get used to this new word in Ontario: “Renovictions.”

by canadiancontractor

Property owners should be careful if they think they can move tenants out while they renovate their properties. In Ontario, the law says you need to let them back afterwards – without a big rent hike.

April 6, 2018 Voice

The fire risks of torch-on roofing

by canadiancontractor

Roofer Ward Shearing points out that there is a good Facebook page on roof fires in B.C.

March 28, 2018 Voice

Shabby treatment by a painter results in fines, probation and restitution

by canadiancontractor

No one likes stories like this — an elderly client who recently lost his wife wanted to cancel a painting contract. The painter said ‘No!’, and not nicely.

March 28, 2018 Voice

Contractors speak up on Ottawa’s war on asbestos

by canadiancontractor

We asked readers to comment on steps being considered by the federal government to ban all forms of the substance

March 28, 2018 Voice

It’s not easy to hire a refugee in the residential construction industry

by canadiancontractor

Our recent story concerning refugee hiring highlights the problems in making connections

March 23, 2018 Voice

There never was a “truckload of government subsidies” for residential solar, solar veteran says

by canadiancontractor

Solar Dad has been in the residential solar business in Ontario for 40 years. He says solar electricity in Ontario is dying because our electricity is still too cheap to make solar cost-effective.

March 16, 2018 Voice

12 Rules for Contractors

by canadiancontractor

Practical advice based on 12 Rules for Life, the bestselling book by Fairview, Alberta’s own Dr. Jordan B. Peterson.

March 15, 2018 Voice

First year painting contractor asks if she’s getting ripped off. We say not necessarily.

by canadiancontractor

Bonnie is a rookie painting contractor finding it tough to get GCs to pay her on 3 jobs that she didn’t finish.