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Suing a Contractor

We have an ageement with a contractor to put up James Hardie siding on our house. We got a quote and agreed to the price and drew up a contract. He required $5,000 to purchase the material. The remai...

Number of Responses 22 Date of Last Post August 3, 2015
Xactremodel Software

Hi, I'm looking for a complete estimating software package. Does anyone have any experience with Xactware Xactremodel? It seems fairly complete and they have a great reputation in the insurance&#...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post August 5, 2013
Sinking House

On one side of the house a sunk hole has been created in the floor due to an improper renovation carried out in the mid to late 70's. A bathroom was put in and when they were running the new utilities they ...

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post March 28, 2013
Putting Up a Wall the Length of Support Beam

Can I put up a wall in basement the length of support wall and then the low beam would not be an issue and the support poles would be hidden or do you need access to the poles? Also can you cut into bea...

Number of Responses 9 Date of Last Post March 28, 2013
Contractor Not Finishing the Job

Hello, I don't know where to post this question within the HandCanadian forum but since this is associated with a contractor versus unfinished job, I would like to know what are your views/op...

Number of Responses 22 Date of Last Post October 22, 2015
Electrical license

I was hoping to get some advice from the license electricians on this site. After being in the renovation business for over 15 years, mostly kitchen installs, I've decided to make a career change a...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post December 5, 2012
Web Site Design

Time to blow up my exisiting business site ... Looking for a platform that will allow me to complete my updates on my own instead of through my web developer such a pictures, tips, etc. Anybody us...

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post November 20, 2012
Cash-only mentality ruining home improvement scene

Why do home owners continue to take chance with their homes? Why would you let someone work on your home that is worth $200,000, $400,000 or higher just to save a few hundered dollars...

Number of Responses 11 Date of Last Post February 26, 2013
New furnace in older house - What else to consider - How to do it right. - Part 1

We are tenants in an about 23 years old house which is heated by a furnace of the same age. The basement downstairs is also rented out. In the first winter when we used the heating system we recognized it was...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post November 1, 2012
Client won't pay

Hello everyone. My name is Len and been in the general contracting business for about 10 years now, and have come across my first client who has decided not to pay for the final invoice issued. Money owed i...

Number of Responses 10 Date of Last Post August 17, 2020
Estimating software

I was hoping someone could give me some advise on purchasing a construction/renovation software package. I have been looking at Xactremodel Estimaster and planswift. I am leaning towards Xactremodel beca...

Number of Responses 10 Date of Last Post September 1, 2017
How many professionals sick of "chuck with a truck" fly-by nighters?

Hi...I am sick and tired of all these "fools with tools" who advertise to do work and have no legal licences, do not hire professionals to do the work, are mostly jack-of-all trades and basicall...

Number of Responses 12 Date of Last Post June 24, 2013
Window reno with vinyl siding

Hey guys I need to estimate on a window replacement project. I have a total of 5 windows on various facades of the house to replace. Vinyl siding and older style aluminum / metal existing frames. Asid...

Number of Responses 6 Date of Last Post March 18, 2013
Is there a bi-law that enforces practicing with a license?

I am simply amazed that I did not find any previous blogs on my stamped patterned concrete contractor. He is known in the stamped concrete industry to quote so low that you can't resist, start some horrib...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post October 6, 2012
How can you obtain a Contractor Builder License?

How can you obtain a licensed residential builder certificate? And from where?...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post September 11, 2012
Ashphalt paving

i have recieved 4 quotes now, and they are all different. Wondering what i am looking for to get the best deal? How much soil is best, how thick should the ashphalt be? And any advice and...

Number of Responses 7 Date of Last Post July 29, 2015
FYI - hiring unlicensed electrical people - ThyssenKrupp Industrial fined $70K for hiring unlicensed electrical contractor

August 9, 2012 - On July 24, 2012, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc. was convicted in court of violating Ontario's Electricity Act by hiring an unlicensed individual to do electrical wo...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post August 19, 2012
Pex tubing placement

How far apart should the rows of pex tubing be, and how far below concrete surface? Should insulation be placed below the concrete? ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 15, 2012
Residential Window Tinting

I run a business of my own and am having a hard time find the right guys to approach with my business. Now I'm not too familiar with contractors or if you're even the right persons to ask but, I'...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post February 26, 2013
Gaining Experience

Hello there, I'm trying to get my foot into the home renovation industry and have been thinking of doing a general carpentry apprenticeship to get started. Didn't realize it would be as hard ...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post August 15, 2012

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