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Plumber forced to finish off carpenter’s shoddy work

"General carpentry should be on the list of compulsory trades at the Ontario College of Trades," says Jason McCurdy

I’m a licenced plumber and a member of the Ontario College of Trades. While I don’t totally agree with the College, I feel general carpentry should be on the list of compulsory trades. These contractors have to deal with the public on a daily basis and most are working on our biggest investment we will make in a lifetime, our homes. After seeing first hand the unreliable and poor workmanship our unlicensed contractor provided us, I think there needs to be some kind of control system put in place. After waiting three years, I finally have a lawyer to deal with this contractor as I try and finish the exterior of my house which should never have had to happen.

Jason McCurdy


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3 Comments » for Plumber forced to finish off carpenter’s shoddy work
  1. Bonnie says:

    I agree with licensing carpenters. There are far too many individuals working as carpenters in the province of B.C. who have no educational or apprenticeship training. I would never hire anyone to build my home if they did not have the credentials. Journeyman carpenter with a certificate from a accredited college or university.

  2. harry says:

    as a licensed plumber —
    I would like to see the water purification guys get licensed
    you must be a licensed plumber to work on potable water in Ontario
    but no one looks at these companies

  3. Marten says:

    There are lots of people working as handyman or calling themselves carpenters but are not licenced. And I have seen many carpenters that are licenced but are not all that good. Don’t see how the collage of trades would change that. In the over 35 years that I have been a carpenter not once has anyone asked to see a piece of paper that tells them I am a carpenter. Crap work, I see that everyday. Often a result of poor tradesmen teaching apprentices to do crap work. Not just carpenters but in every trade.

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