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What to charge/hourly rates for a high-end finish carpenter?

Hi everyone, I'm a highly-experienced carpenter who lives for this trade. I have specialized in high-end finish carpentry for 8 years, and thrive on detail, doing things properly, and my ...

Number of Responses 8 Date of Last Post October 11, 2016
What labour to charge to lay Dri Core?

Layed it once for a friend, but took no notice then as to length of time it took. What I'm wondering is what per square foot cost I should quote for labor to install it? Or really, how long ...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post February 13, 2016
What happens if a contractor does not get an ESA permit?

We hired a general contractor to do an upstairs room addition. The general contractor did not obtain an ESA permit. May have hired an unlicensed electrician. Now the walls will need to be opened for inspection....

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post February 13, 2016
What size for garage door header?

I would like to make my garage door 14' wide. I have now a 9'x7' door with a 2 x 10 header. What size would I make the header for a 14'x7' door? Garage size is 18 x 24. It is a hipped ro...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 8, 2015
What to do if I cannot get in touch with my contractor?

I hired a contractor to build a garage in my backyard. A contract was signed and I put down a 50% deposit so they can proceed with getting the survey, submitting for the permit, etc. The actual phys...

Number of Responses 11 Date of Last Post November 22, 2016
Do I need a special license to subcontract work?

I have a design company and I would like to hire my own contractors to do a construction project. I am not the home owner but they have hired me to do the project management. Can I subcontract the work out ...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post November 1, 2015
What legal actions can contractor take if invoice is not paid?

We hired a contractor and had terrible experience working with him. His quote was to make our basement for $31000+HST and also told he can do $30000 cash (he will buy all material and also pay h...

Number of Responses 12 Date of Last Post July 10, 2016
How can I get a low voltage license in Toronto?

I'm a newcomer, how can I get a low voltage license in Toronto? I know CCTV, network installation and telecommunication. Thanks....

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post April 21, 2015
Is there a roof estimation software for Mac?

Hello everyone, We are searching for some tips in picking up a roof estimation software. We are currently done our price estimation via Excel for re-roofing jobs. However, it becomes more difficult ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post March 3, 2016
License requirements for general handyman?

I am, I guess what you would call a general handyman. My experience is all but 15 years in the business. I have done everything from small menial jobs to larger more complicated things such as kitchen remod...

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post April 3, 2015
Where to find wood interior supplier in GTA?

Where to purchase pre-hung wood interior doors, such as maple, cherry, oak? Thanks!...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post July 10, 2016
How to approach builders?

Hello, I am wondering if anyone can give me some advises or thoughts on how to approach builders in general. I am a very experienced but small roofing contractor located in Edmonton. I gathered all ...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post March 27, 2015
What are the rules for charge backs?

Hi, We recently had a run in with a general contractor that we used to work for. We did a fair a bit of work for him in the last year. He was a very unorganized general contractor. Things were never read...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post March 24, 2015
Why glass shower partition shattered few hours after installation?

I would like to share an experience in Toronto that happened to me on my Job site. Glass partition was installed (Tempered Glass) on site at 12:00 noon looked great cleaned up site after install and...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post March 11, 2015
Which Ontario licences are needed for independent construction worker?

Moving to Ontario soon (Hawkesbury region). Presently in Calgary and here I work as an independent worker, mostly renovations (roofing and siding) and jobs come from a subcontractor. I do no...

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post February 25, 2015
What is the average hourly rate for a Carpenter?

I am just starting out as a sub contractor. Was wondering what average hourly rate most carpenters charge for a time and materials structured business. I was thinking $45/ hr which includes my time and ...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post March 8, 2015
What does a Carpenter charge to install trim, baseboard and hang doors in Kingston?

Hi there, I just moved to Kingston from Toronto, I am a finish carpenter, and have always worked for clients. I would like to approach Home builders in the Kingston area as a sub trade to do the...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post March 8, 2015
Which is the best gutter sealant available in Canada?

There are so many brands available. Is there a big difference between them? Which ones are the best? And why?...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post January 21, 2015
What's a fair price per sq ft for roofing sub-contractors?

Just curious what's a great price, either per square foot or per bundle in Ontario for roofing sub-contractors?...

Number of Responses 12 Date of Last Post April 18, 2016
Standard cost to install batt insulation and poly?

Just need to know rough cost to install insulation in a basement and poly it, in Alberta? Thanks...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post January 8, 2015
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