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What are pros and cons to hiring a labourer?

Hi everyone, I am busy enough to possibly hire a labourer. What are the pros and cons? WSIB? What if I'm not busy enough? How are you finding the work force these days with employees&...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post September 2, 2014
Why is my contractor 4 weeks behind on finishing my basement?

My contractor has an office. A full office staff - the employees work for their sister company - financing. They pretty much always answer the phone. They have provided me a detailed contract. They have inv...

Number of Responses 11 Date of Last Post August 20, 2014
Who should buy the materials for house extension?

I'm planning for my house extension (200 sq ft) next year and wondering what is the better type of contract in terms of both money and quality: - Turnkey contract where I pay a contractor a l...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post July 14, 2014
As a renovator, what plumbing repairs am I allowed to do for customers?

I know that I don't need a permit to do certain plumbing repairs (ie: repair existing fixtures, leaks or blockages, or the replacement of existing fixtures or existing hot water tank). ...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post July 12, 2014
Should I build retaining wall or fence first?

So I've got this neighbour who figures the fence must go up before a retaining wall is placed due to installation of the fence harming the concrete. Allow me to give particulars. He's required to in...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post July 3, 2014
Anybody having problems with Goodfellow blue poly 3 in 1?

Recently installed the blue 3 in 1 poly by Goodfellow under engineered flooring and has very annoying creaks. The area where the trade mark is printed has delaminated and appears to be the source of the problem...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post June 23, 2014
What are the legal implications for contractors who work without permits?

I recently read a well written article here on the importance of getting proper permits before beginning a job or project. It was a well written article and I certainly agree with all of the points. However...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post July 24, 2014
Where can I buy clay bricks?

Does anyone know where I can buy clay bricks? I've never seen them at the big box stores. I need to find about 4 or 5 pieces to fill in a hole on the side of a house. Thanks for any tips....

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 23, 2014
Can I build a small home, 20' x 10' on an insulated concrete slab on grade foundation in a cold 3A climate zone?

I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The climate zone is 3A and it's very cold here. Temperatures between November and February can drop to -40 C (which is also -40 F). I read this article ...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post August 8, 2014
Acceptable practice? Legitimate invoice? Legitimate lien? Can I get advice from the contractor's perspective?

Hello Dear Contractors, This is our first time experience in dealing with this, therefore we want to know if the following is a legitimate practice amongst contractors or not. Here is our story&#...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post August 5, 2015
Where can I find a 8 inch wall vent cover?

Does anyone know where I can pick up an 8 inch wall exhaust vent? (See picture, must be 8 inches). Ideally in the Milton, Mississauga, Oakville area. I already checked all the big box ...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post May 22, 2014
What qualifications are needed for installing plumbing and hvac in a new house in Alberta?

What qualifications do you need to do the plumbing and hvac in a new house in Alberta? If I am from Saskatchewan with a red seal and gas ticket, is there anything else needed to pull permits and work...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post April 30, 2014
Books for the RBQ General Contractor Exam in English

Hello, I have been doing renovations for quite a while now and I do not have a RBQ license. I was hoping there is someone on here that may have information on the books needed to study for it in english...

Number of Responses 14 Date of Last Post February 21, 2020
Garage Pad

Hello, I talked to one person about getting a garage pad put down. He told me to wait until the end of June because of the ground frost. Is this right or is he that busy? I am building a 28x28 gar...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post April 7, 2018
Any thoughts on the demand for HVAC companies in Regina?

Just opened a company for heating and cooling - and am hoping there is enough demand for me to start doing full time. Have been a bit slow to start.......

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post March 10, 2014
Is There A Need For Business Management Software?

Was thinking about using technology for my plumbing business and implementing a software solution for my accounting, contact, prospects, quotes, invoicing, etc. Would it be a worthwhile cha...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post March 1, 2014
What are the top three things you think need to change?

What are the top three things you think need to change about the home improvement industry as it is today? What roll can service professionals like yourself or sites like TrustedPros play in changing them a...

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post March 30, 2014
A Plumber with no Q of C - what is the law of punishment?

Would this fall under provincial law? Would there be fines?...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post February 28, 2014
How to cut a glass tile

I did a backsplash installation with glass tiles, 2' x 6'. Unfortunately some needed to be cut to a 1/4 of inch thick to fill in a space. No matter what I did the piece (1/4') ...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post February 17, 2014
What is the protocol when too many contractors indicate their interest?

The response to our request for a fence replacement has been overwhelming ! That is great but, I don't want to waste all those contractors time and so I now have four from the list preparing to quot...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post February 9, 2014
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