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Serious Jeopardy!!

Due to baby boomer retirements and an aging population, Canada is facing a serious skilled labour shortage. The older average age of many tradespeople and their stated intention to retire suggest that if efforts are not made to train the next generation of skilled workers, Canada’s future economic competitiveness will be in serious jeopardy. Simply […]

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Cheap, Cheap out, or Save?

I had a conversation with one of my trades about his experiences lately with his homeowners that he deals with, about what they will, or are willing to, “invest” in the renovation/updating of their home. I say “invest” because it should be an appreciable expenditure, and I think that “spend” is a little more reactionary […]

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Cleaning with Condiments

It’s true. Probably one of the oddest cleaners that I’ve heard of in quite some time is a topping on my french fries – KETCHUP!. Ketchup, catsup, that wonderful all meal dressing – whatever you call it, it’s good for your hair and dunkin’ the fries. I caught this article on Reader’s Digest ( www.rd.com/home/cleaning-with-ketchup […]

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Ripped off by a homeowner

It is true unfortunately. The other side of the coin is there, we just don’t hear too much about it. The usual, and perhaps more believable, story is that of the converse – the contractor taking advantage of the homeowner. It may not be intentful, and simply a case of one party presuming one thing […]

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Buzz off !

With the season changing and the flowers blooming, I have to take a few minutes to acknowledge and thank our busy little worker bees. Thank-you. We need bees to pollinate our plants and trees, and, without that, the flowers will show up in the spring, but no fruit will follow in the fall. Bees are […]

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All about CFLs

White, blue, green, bright, dim, daylight, natural….. Who knew?! I’m talking about light bulbs. It used to just be 40 watts, 60 watts and the eye burning 100 watts. Just to throw some chaos into the mix, we has the little candle bases and the ones that were just for the fridge, oven and the […]

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Road trip!

I took in the Buildex Convention for this year, held at the Trade And Convention Centre in Vancouver. I hadn’t been in the new centre and didn’t have the time to explore and take in all of the beauty, but I did notice the high ceilings, laden with beautiful long timbers, and the wide open […]

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Mouldy bathfan venting

The call was to check the bath fan. It wasn’t “sucking” as well as it should. There was also an odour “somewhere” in the bathroom. Well, up into the attic. Found the fan venting. It was plastic, uninsulated and vented out the soffit. It was wet inside too. Wet enough to have it’s own little […]

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The Actual Cost Of A Renovation

Now, on the cost side, meaning money of renovations, there are a few financial things to consider when looking at the budget of your project: Living expenses during the renovation These include, but are not limited to; food, accomodation, travel, etc. It may be the kitchen that’s being renovated. BBQing can get tiring (BITE YOUR TONGUE!!). Washing dishes in […]

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Growing Pains

Hello again. Wow, it’s been over a year since the last “monthly, turned quarterly” blog.  It has been busy, but perhaps not entirely in the “productive” way. Lot’s of changes in The Little Contractor realm and lots more are forecasted. Let me start with thank-you for reading and for following along. Foremost and paramount, are […]

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