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May 3, 2019  

Before you frame a shower enclosure, do this…

“It is not worth it any more to just fly blind,” says Mark Bernier

May 3, 2019  

Two words that can improve your business – and your life – beyond measure

“I consider it a privilege to work for clients, and you should, too.” These two words should be said as much as possible.

April 29, 2019  

Passive House building is great building

Here at Canadian Contractor, we are big fans of building tight, smart and well. No matter what you believe about Climate Change.

April 29, 2019  

Quebec contractors in six trades can work in Ontario without bothering with OCOT, Questo points out

The Ontario College of Trades is supposed to be on the way out. But while we all wait for that, Quebec contractors can work in Ontario unhindered by OCOT, it appears

April 18, 2019  

Water leaking in from the highest part of a basement built on bedrock?

Bedrock is great to build on, right? Not so fast. The water control issues can be challenging.

April 18, 2019  

Sub trade asks for advice on how to get paid by his GC

The quote was fine. The P.O. was issued. The site foreman saw the job being successfully completed. Now the GC won’t pay up. What gives?

April 12, 2019  

Can you open two companies to minimize WSIB premiums, reader asks

One would operate with a single contractor doing only residential jobs. The other company would take on commercial work as well, and pay its full share of WSIB.

April 12, 2019  

A cousin of one of Mike Holmes’ crews has a message to all the critics…

“Mike loves his family, loves his friends and co-workers… and he is one of the best and most trustworthy contractors in Canada, if not the world.”

April 5, 2019  

Not everyone thought all of our April Fool’s articles were funny. For example…

“What would it take to get this article removed?”

April 5, 2019  

Even veteran construction safety expert Alec Caldwell got taken in by our April Fool’s fake news story on Mike Holmes

“It’s not what you’d expect from a so-called TV personality,” Alec writes

April 5, 2019  

Our fake Mike Holmes story for April 1st ruffled feathers of a resident near Meadow Lake, SK

Eldon Gaw thought that the (joke) story about Mike Holmes creating a public disturbance ignored all the really great things about the real Meadow Lake, SK.

March 29, 2019  

Reply from Casey Edge on how to educate public officials on housing facts

Boosting permit fees, etc. will only put housing further out of reach

March 29, 2019  

Casey Edge’s article on government “downloading” was exactly right

Inside the North Cowichan Council Meeting, nonsensical tax measures while the housing shortage continues

March 22, 2019  

Client complains about his “unregistered” cash-deal contractor who did substandard, unfinished work

You’re kidding, Mr. Client? What could possibly have gone wrong?

March 15, 2019  

Kudos for the HomeStars Awards

“The winners are completely based on reviews from actual customers”

March 15, 2019  

Perfectionism versus Excellence

As a contractor, Perfectionism is a really bad goal. Excellence is where it’s at. Steve Maxwell explains the difference.

March 15, 2019  

The greatest sales strategy on Earth

“Define the problem. Solve the problem. Set the price.”

March 8, 2019  

With the Ontario College of Trades about to be “wound down,” reader looks forward to photo of Doug Ford “knee high in waste”

Was the Ontario College of Trades REALLY all that stopped new home sites in the province from being drowned in excrement?

March 8, 2019  

How a homeowner can defend themselves against a contractor’s lien

This post is from a Quebec legal point of view, courtesy of Gino Di Ciocco

March 1, 2019  

Update on the client who claims their contractor has placed a fraudulent lien on her house

So much doesn’t add up in this post from an aggrieved client. But the theme of contractors filing fraudulent or vexatious liens is a common one.

February 28, 2019  

40/40/20 draw system for billing a basement reno customer?

What do you think about Rule of Thumb staged payments like this? We at Canadian Contractor don’t like them.

February 22, 2019  

Framing business kaput after arm injury, reader lowers boom on Ontario’s WSIB

“Contractors are doing some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The least they can do it pay out when we get injured.”

February 22, 2019  

The real asbestos risks were from the mines, not residential homes, he argues

Sterling worked at Cassiar Asbestos Corporation in B.C. in the 1980s. He still wonders what the long term outcomes to his health will be.

February 15, 2019  

Email to Editor: “Why don’t you rename your magazine Conservative Contractor?”

Unfortunately, the author wouldn’t let us publish his interesting correspondence

February 15, 2019  

How to “dress” a room to mitigate noise

Wall to wall carpets have rapidly disappeared from modern interiors, but drapes and wall hangings are very much alive.

February 8, 2019  

What to do about an unmotivated employee

Employees who “mail it in” are complexifiers of a contractor’s business challenges

February 8, 2019  

He laments pending “wind down” of Ontario College of Trades

Enforcement and regulation are necessary red tape, argues RJ

February 8, 2019  

Comment on our recent A7+ adhesive video (“All About Fasteners”)

Peter Zajaczkowski uses A7+ to attach docks to solid rock shorelines

February 1, 2019  

Today’s apprentices lacking in specialized training for industrial, commercial and residential

Andy Lama proposes a 5 level system for the construction trades, to produce more qualified, better trades people.

February 1, 2019  

Window and door contractor laments poor installations by cash operators

Archie Kontridze says that, in his experience, some 80 per cent of all window installations these days fail to meet regulations