Category: Safety

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

‘They don’t build them like they used to!” (Maybe with good reason!) October 24, 2017 by John Bleasby Nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, or is it? Are you someone who feels that many things today are ...READ MORE
Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

New construction or renovation, walls or floors. Each has challenges and solutions by John Bleasby Soundproofing arises as a major frustration for owners of both new and renovated homes alike. Whether it’s a semi-detached home with the future ACDC ...READ MORE
Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Save trouble later by knowing what the mechanical system designer has specified by John Bleasby As homes become more energy efficient, air movement and climate control on all living space levels becomes increasingly important. There is more than one ...READ MORE
Why Do We Throw New Tradespeople Under the Bus?

Why Do We Throw New Tradespeople Under the Bus?

By Steve Maxwell I recently received an email from an electrician named Ken on the east coast and it got me thinking. He’s been in the trade for 25 years and during that time he’s noticed how training has ...READ MORE
How does WCI affect the small employer?

How does WCI affect the small employer?

How does WCI affect the small employer? Workers compensation insurance regulations differ provincially and can vary depending on the number of employees. As a contractor or employee, you need to understand the rules, especially as your business grows, or ...READ MORE
“GETTING THINGS DONE” FOR CONTRACTORS

“GETTING THINGS DONE” FOR CONTRACTORS

“You can’t do it all yourself.” That’s one of the topics we repeatedly return to in Builders Business, as we look at ways to improve your profitability as a pro builder. We have had a number of columns from ...READ MORE
SMARTPHONES ON YOUR JOBSITES: SHOULD YOU SET SOME LIMITS?

SMARTPHONES ON YOUR JOBSITES: SHOULD YOU SET SOME LIMITS?

By Steve Maxwell For every situation you hope to create, there’s likely to be a negative, unforeseeable and unintended result that also shows up in the end.  This is the law of unintended consequence, and it’s everywhere. Driving habits ...READ MORE
Protecting your health should be a business priority

Protecting your health should be a business priority

Protecting your health should be a business priority – By Bruce MacKinnon  Five Tips to Protect Your Health 1. Never cut corners on safety to save time. 2. Buy the best ergonomic tools you can afford. 3. Stop smoking and ...READ MORE
It’s Winter Driving Time

It’s Winter Driving Time

This weekend will be the start of December and with it the start wintery weather conditions in many parts of Canada. For some it started in September. My condolences!  These conditions will likely cause delays for many. Delays may ...READ MORE
Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall Maintenance Tips

October can be a busy month with Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall clean-up! Fall can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners.  With winter around the corner, finishing outdoor projects and finalizing any exterior work becomes a priority to ...READ MORE