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December 30, 2020
In our first Drywall and Mudding podcast we have a 20 plus year tradesperson from the business, Teddy from Paint Ready Finishing. Teddy has seen a lot over two decades, he has watched and worked in all kinds of drywall and mudding situation, from commerical to custom and unfortunately the business has gotten worse but he feels optimistic the business can get better.   We get right into hand troweling to machining, durabond to premix, metal to plastic corner beads and more. We even get right into the health risks attached to compounds that most refuse to address or even consider on and off the job site. This is one great show and thank you Teddy for being so open and honest. This is The Construction Life.
August 12, 2020
#100 THANK YOU. Carlito and Manny are the guests on this special showHold on as we get to celebrate our 100th show and this round we have the hosts of the most listened to construction podcast be the guests. With over 130 hours of real construction conversations Manny and Carlito have change the industry beginning with one simple message, Good Enough Is Never Good Enough For Us.The show has been turned over to Teddy from Paint Ready Finishing and he does an amazing job getting to know the hosts of The Construction Life. Thank you so much Teddy and thanks for all the great questions, laughs and motivation.We open the show with what must be the most brutal version of a classic track, we momentously apologize. The format stays the same but this time, things are directed at Manny and Carlito, beginning with a Construction Bone to Pick to History with the boys, to Building Code Talk, to Green Book Talk to finally the 12 Questions of Construction.We dive deep into the way the show has built a huge following and how we keep adding more value to the amazing construction industry with all of the education, fun, inspiration, laughter, profanity, business and real conversation about The Construction Life. We don’t hold back and we even get hot and heavy on this show as Manny and Carlito have always loved the construction industry but will always have their own opinion regardless if it is the politically safe thing to say or so called correct side to be on, opinions matter, don’t ever be afraid to add to this amazing industry.Thank you to our first 100+ guests, you inspire us to live The Construction Life to all new heights and Manny and Carlito are excited about the next 100 guests. Thank you so much to all of our listeners for giving us a chance and sticking with us.THANK YOU.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
August 5, 2020
We get right into with a great History with Manny and a perfect Construction Bone to Pick and this time Carlito gets the talk going and Jesse brings up some really strong arguments. Then we finally get talking FRAMING!Jesse is 24 years old and began his career at 19 and fell into framing after a mason site visit that never happened, a framer called and asked him to come in for an interview and that is how he began. Jesse has a 4-man crew including himself, from as young as 20 to as old as 31 and they are really good at what they do and listen to this amazing show to find out why and what happened. Jesse wasn’t the best student in high school but once he began working in the shop class he was able to connect the math to construction and he was able to excel. Jesse discusses expectations from trades that take on work and reading the drawings, dealing with engineers that refuse to be on site to discuss questionable details and even going as far as having an engineer tell Jesse that he seems smart enough and will figure it out. We dive into hand cut roofs and how Jesse has built an efficient framing business. Jesse has no issue picking through the lumber for selects and has even gone as far as to return full lifts of lumber back because he takes pride in his work. We ask the magic question, who taught Jesse? There is a great story behind that question. Jesse has been fortunate enough to make his own luck and surround himself with the right people. Keep up the awesomeness Jesse and never stop learning, giving back and making the construction industry bigger and better. Thank you so much Jesse for joining the show and sharing your construction stories and you have a massive career ahead of you. Anyone interested in any kind of great framing please contact Jesse at 647 227-7783 and barbosacarpentry@outlook.com and find him on IG at @barbosacarpentry for some great posts and videos that will teach and entertain you.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end and now the brand new and very well received Twelve Questions of Construction.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
August 5, 2020
We have a homeowner on the show telling us about his experience with a custom builder that wasn’t a very good contractor. You don’t want to miss this show as we focus on what Mark went through but even better what Mark learned during this whole ordeal that is still going on, he is still paying tuition on that education.We start the show with History with Manny and then our new segment, Construction Bone To Pick with and we go after tradespeople damaging others tools and employees and sub trades making mistakes with material, who is to blame and who ends up paying for it?Mark gets right into his renovation nightmare talking about how the builder he chose were great sales people but bad managers and even worse contractors. It all began with the site awareness and how the builder didn’t take mother nature serious during a second floor addition and not making the site safe. Then the windows are scheduled to arrive on site while the client was away on vacation, client requested they wait for their return and the contractors said no, well every single was incorrect and installed incorrectly and that was the final straw. Mark and his family still went through even more surprises these “contractors” left behind, he called them the gifts. Or how I like to call it, the education a client goes through where they are still paying tuition.You don’t want to miss this show, it will educate our listeners, both contractors and clients.Thank you so much Mark for joining the show and sharing your construction stories. Anyone interested in any kind of Brand identity work, Mark is the man and will work with you on any and all graphic requirements you are looking for. Find him at markmachanek@hotmail.comDon’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end and now the brand new and very well received Twelve Questions of Construction.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 29, 2020
Leo sings an original rap for us and he doesn’t approve of drinking and fishing for the record. Before we get right into asphalt and trust us, that one word will be expressed a number of times on this show, we get briefly talking about millennials and what they are worth, a constant battle of wage vs worth. Bottom line everyone must always deliver on their worth and the moment any tradesperson decides to slow down, not care, make mistakes, because these are choices they made, and when the GC speaks up and questions to wage vs worth don’t be surprised if you are not asked back on site. Now on with our show about ASPHALT SEALING. Leo has established a well-respected sealing business where he educates clients on why he is better and what he does to be better. Leo is Chinese but recently found out that his family tree has some native Canadian so now he considers himself Chindian. What sets Leo apart? He doesn’t spray driveways; he brushes the product onto the surface passing a 4-foot-wide brush over the same spot 4-5 times working his way down the drive. The actual sealer used is critical, there is a difference between sealers and Leo educates us on latex vs oil sealers and he has amazing insight regarding driveway failures. From crack repairs to actual real talk about when it is time to repave because Leo will not steer any homeowner wrong. Find Leo at www.ingservices.net sales@ingservices.net and 416 892-4526 Thank you so much Leo for being on the show. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end and now the brand new and very well received Ten Questions of Construction.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 29, 2020
We open with the good old boys and what an opener to out show, one of the best ones yet, thanks Jeff for setting the bar. The Loft Doors story actually began with a fireplace mantle that led to a pergola for a client and that very first trip to a dilapidated barn, take as much of the board you want, the owner said to Jeff. Jeff and his creative team considers his pieces as “functional art”. This podcast was an overload of visually stunning pieces in the showroom and a free for all creative session talking about all kinds of custom home décor items. Listen to this amazing show and learn so much about building a brand, the ups and downs, and diving into a market that Jeff had a huge hand in building. Thank you so much Jeff for joining us and sharing so many great stories behind Loft Doors.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end and lastly we have the ten questions of construction.Thank You so much Jeff for joining the show, all the amazing pieces of art, doors, so many doors and more and lots of insight into the construction, design and clients. Find him at @loftdoors www.loftdoors.com info@loftdoors.com and the USA and Canada number is 1 855-646-LOFT translates to 5638 or his personal number at 905 966-5450 but after 2am he will not reply.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 22, 2020
Chris comes from the Hospitality sector and Jason was always in construction and they thought let’s partner and take on the construction world. Wasn’t an easy task. It all began with a bin business, that led into more reno work, then it was too much to handle without any proper organization so Chris and Jason sat down during the early Covid days and came up with this Business and Employee Guideline Plan they developed and that is when their business actually became a proper business. We begin chatting about termite issues and how termites love nesting inside spray foam, they will build a colony twice as fast in foam over wood. But we get right back into running the business and learning what is and isn’t working from the way the employees arrive on site to deliverables. One of their key guidelines, set hours, you begin and end at a certain time, that way every employee can have a personal life. What a crazy idea that is. The guidelines talk about personal hygiene, clothing and work uniform – no track pants Carlito, tool care and use, driving habits and company vehicle usage, smoking, language on site, manners and more. This guideline was developed to build a better team and eventually a better brand. This podcast has been a great resource for so many trades to reach out to people that have been on the show and even Maple Leaf has reached out to Jorge from DGR to talk shop. We love that our little podcast is adding to the construction industry. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Matt for joining the show, all the amazing food and sharing so much great insight about your construction shoring business and all of the amazing projects you have had a chance to be a part of from the very beginning. Find him at @maple.leaf.construction www.mapleleafgc.ca info@mapleleafgc.ca and the phone number is416 895-2330.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 22, 2020
We get right out of The Construction Life gate with food that Matt brought us from Speducci, pizzas, spiedini and more, what a pure gem of a gentleman. Matt began his construction career like most, sweeping floors in sub division and once he saw other trades digging holes for the next build he was hooked and wanted to know everything about excavation. The official term that Matt performs is Engineered Earth Retention Shoring. We get chatting about his very first machine and what that cost him to rent per week and then quoting his first job right from the cab of that excavator. Espresso machines come up of course and we get right into the good, the bad and the Chinese machines that are ruining the true espresso nature of the coffee. That chat brings us right back to shoring machinery and back to the construction site. The connection of Chinese tooling vs Italian and American is what determines how successful your business will be. 1/3 operator, 1/3 machine and 1/3 tooling is what makes his business successful and Matt has done his R&D to streamline a very successful business. That tooling talk brings us right into his loyalty to tools and brands and which tools are best for his business and why. Matt talks about his online network of shoring, concrete, machinery connections from Russia, Germany, Italy and more, where he is always networking with them and looking to build his business better by way of technique and tools. We even get into how Covid effected his business, how many guys stayed at home, how many guys came back and how he adjusted everything to survive. Where is Turnkey heading Matt? He’s getting into drilling for geothermal and being a part of geofields. Matt has the machinery and manpower to drill and dig so why not expand a successful business. He is also getting into dewatering on job sites, where you basically drill a hole to let the water table rise up to grade and escape from the excavated area. Matt has built a successful business based on quality and safety first followed by profit, it’s a TrunKey culture that he has built and everyone associated with his brand has that common goal. Thank you so much Matt for being on the show. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Matt for joining the show, all the amazing food and sharing so much great insight about your construction shoring business and all of the amazing projects you have had a chance to be a part of from the very beginning. Find him at @turnkeyshoring www.turnkeyss.ca info@turnkeyss.ca and his YouTube Channel – Turn Key.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 15, 2020
We begin with a specific shout out to David from @blucarpentry and how he gets a good laugh at Manny and Carlito having a hard time converting imperial to metric. Enjoy.Brendan gets right into his pretty sweet IG handle @redsealcarpenter and his matching license plate that has been stolen before. Brendan wrote his test, achieved higher than 70% and that grade got him into his first year of apprentice and with that got a secure job with an established builder. Right of the construction gate and he’s making great moves. We get right into Journeymen wages across the country, the national average and local average and what the work day is like or what it should be like.Brendan makes the statement that all Carpenters should be licensed just like Plumbers, HVAC, Electricians and we discuss would it be better industry if that was the case? Will the cost of you running your business and the cost of your service you provide, will it increase? Brendan brings up a great point, how much do you value your worth?We have some fun with what type of tool brand is Brendan and that leads us into job site etiquette and supplying or not supplying tools to apprentices. Then we touch upon females in trades and how they get a higher incentive from the government to get a career in trades. As an apprentice you have to go into construction and construction education with an open mind, check the ego at the door, you are there to learn, to watch and to listen. 1, 2, 3, if you can’t retain the task and it takes you more than 3 attempts and you are continuously wasting material, then you are gone and should consider another career. Farmers make great contractors and Brendan has farming in his family history.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Brandan for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about your construction path and all of the amazing projects you have had a chance to be a part of. Find him at @redsealcarpenterThank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 15, 2020
We are talking with Tony Anderson from Upwardor, one “o” should have been two “o”’s but he never named it, he just bought it. We have a lot to talk about when it comes to garages. We get into colors, styles, construction of the doors, all of those little details that make a garage door last a very long time. People don’t realize that a single car garage door is 56 sq ft of surface area and on your front façade of your home and more attention to detail and care should really be put into the selection of your garage door. We even discuss the R16 in a 1 ¾” thick door, it’s a trade secret and they know how to make that happen. We discuss fast opening air doors with uses for ambulance and fire hall applications, we get right into jack shaft or direct shaft openers and the benefits and even prom night is brought up. Let’s get into the world of installation and what to look for when hiring a professional and how the future garage door will be integrated into your smart home systems. A garage door should never be an after thought, homeowners really should spend more time on a garage door.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and lastly the 10 questions of construction.Thank You so much Tony for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about your garage doors and all of the amazing products you have. Find him at @upwardor_inc www.upwardor.com tanderson@upwardor.comThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 11, 2020
34-year-old Jason began his construction career 17 years ago working with his Dad who was a body man. We quickly get into the image of your construction brand and Jason has benefits for his employees and even goes as far as to give them all a boot allowance, this is such a great idea. Branding your business leads to a lot of work and completion and every contractor should embrace the competition and continue to build better, Jason has a lot to say about that. Jason has built his business by reaching out to others in the industry online and on the job site because he believes you have to fail to learn.We get into estimating and hiring someone to estimate on your behave. Get the clients to do as much of the leg work as possible, get them to be involved with the scope from the very beginning. Then we get talking tools, lots and lots of tools. We discuss the mistakes the young guys make and even the seasoned guys and ways to avoid those mistakes. We wrap up the show with a few great ways to handle clients and how they change and expect things outside of the scope. What a great talk with Jason, thank you so much. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Jason for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about your construction path and all of the amazing projects you have had a chance to be a part of. Find him at @guest_contracting.incwww.guestcontracting.com guest.contracting@gmail.com 705 229-7875.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 8, 2020
Vincent opens the show full of awesomeness and talks about his Uncle and how much of an influence he was, is and continues to be. Vincent was 11 years old when his Uncle brought him along onto the job site and he was hungry to learn how best to prep, fill and paint. This show isn’t all about paint or prepping, we dive into a number of construction topics and great products to use. Sit back and listen to what the new generation is thinking about when it comes to construction.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Vincent for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about your construction path and all of the amazing projects you have had a chance to be a part of. Find him at amadeusconstruction@gmail.com and 647 984-0896. Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 1, 2020
We have a great show for you today and will be discussing a number of fine cabinetry and woorkworking details. We get right into talking about shop classes at the high school level and how they are disappearing. Machine vs hand wood working and grasping the differences in working each piece. You can hear the passion that Chris brings to every project he works on. Chris brings up a great connection between construction and furnishings, we are going to quote him for years to come. After his university days Chris tracked down all of the master woodworkers all across the country and wrote letters to each and every one of them with the hope of getting a shot at working in their shops. From a lot of tool and blade sharpening to pipe organ building Chris was determined to learn as much as possible from everyone he could. Chris brought gifts and thank you so much for the hand turned bowls and the amazing story attached to this piece of wood. Much respect.Was school worth it? Chris enlightens us. Chris talks a lot about his next steps and how everything led him to his collaboration with Cardinal Cabinetry, a company with over 60 years of fine work. Chris shares a few other woodworkers to follow on social, from @siggibuhler @stevethewoodturner @thelucentcrow We wrap up this show with The Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests answer these questions. Chris discusses one of his more challenging pieces, a 30-foot-long table that had to be stable all along the length and once completed required to be transported. At his shop he talks about building with less and whatever waste there is they are doing things to reuse as much as possible. Finally, Chris shares what his kitchen looks and works like. Lot’s of great and practical design and woodworking ideas. From there we discuss bringing on students and how Chris and his team works with these new woodworkers, absolutely amazing how they handle them. There is a connection between how Chris teaches anyone and martial arts, beautifully explained.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Chris for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about your construction path and all of the amazing fine workmanship. Find him @chrismckaskell www.mhdbonline.com info@mhdbonline.com@designcardinal Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
July 1, 2020
We have Valerie and John from Bins Plus Disposal on the show talking everything to do with garbage. Right into contractor and client expectations and how they just keep throwing all kinds of garbage and couldn’t care less about separation of garbage for the environment. From there we get into our biggest pet peeve about bin companies that don’t care, driveway protection. A lot of garbage can be and should be recycled such as concrete, asphalt and dirt, please don’t mix these up or worse place all of them into one bin because that becomes a full waste bin and will cost more. A little garbage care goes a long way. At Bins Plus they offer a “load and go” service where they will come to deliver and bin and they will stay there and assist with the loading of garbage and then take the bin with them. Great service. Considering a bin for your next stage of construction, calling on all you trades and homeowners looking to declutter your homes please consider giving Bins Plus Disposal a call for your next bin. We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Valerie and John for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about garbage and more. Find them at @binsplus1_disposal www.binsplus.ca 647 331-2467 and that spells B I N S Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 24, 2020
We begin the talk with a very interesting History with Manny segment and that leads into the real estate market is not going to crash and our guests explain why. The investment in properly marketing your property is paramount in the buy and selling of real estate and our guests share all of those key details. Let’s discuss what people should be buying and for how much and why. The beauty and benefits of being a landlord and looking at getting others to pay your total mortgage and keep your cash flow in the positive. There is a lot of work to get everything set up but the payoff can be massive. We get right into the financial numbers of what is required for lending approvals for every property, Michelle breaks all of the associated details. The conversation of retirement for contractors is a topic that always comes up in our shows and yet again we discuss having that pension, those savings to secure your future. We get financial terminology with key things such as Gross Debt Service Ratio and what the lenders look at when it comes to you as a buyer. You have to look at your financial statement in percentages and what you can afford and expect to pay off. Then we get into the lovely world of flipping properties, all the good, the bad and the ugly. We end the show bringing up a bunch of renovations details that are worth it or not worth it, great replies from our guests. Bottom line, you want to succeed in real estate? You need to know Lot Location Layout and the right real estate agent and the right mortgage broker.We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Anthony and Michelle for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about properties, real estate, loans, mortgages and more. Find them at @thecaputogroup.realestate www.thecaputogroup.caanthony@thecaputogroup.ca 416 938-7771 and find Michelle @mlfarrugia and @cognitive.captical and www.cognitivecapital.ca 647 355-1823Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 24, 2020
We open the show with some very interesting facts about trades, you will be surprised to hear what we researched. From there we discuss the lovely wine Mario was so kind enough to bring us and for any future guests we accept any gifts you are considering bringing us. Thank you Mario, such a gentleman. On with the show. We get right into how Mario was taught, who taught him, and the reasons behind those lessons, from there we get into electrical functionality in every single room. We dive deep into arch fault receptacle and set ups then discuss the math behind each and every circuit especially in the working rooms like the Kitchen. Let’s get talking permit fees, inspections, and why? We discuss low voltage and applications from outdoor to accent interiors. We eventually get into EMF – Electro Magnetic Field and is snake oil and for real? We also get into a lot of bulb talk and discuss the older CFL’s, the first gen LED and todays LED’s and that leads us to color temperature and output where we discuss Lumens and Kelvin. We finally get to installing light fixtures and the hours and hours it takes to assemble and how clients need to understand a licensed electrician charging by the hour is your best and most economical way to handle these details. 73 mins into this show Manny asks Mario a simple question, “do you watch any of the reno shows?” Let the fireworks unfold. This conversation gets real good and very real. We wrap up the show with Mario sharing his tool brand selection, always great to have this chat with trades. We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Mario for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about electrical skillset and more. Find him @electricallocal69 Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 18, 2020
Liz has carved out a nice niche where she has built a strong Circle of Construction and takes great care in bringing the best trades to her clients to get the work done correctly, on schedule and within budget. We discuss the effects of certain stones and how stone can add heathy elements to your life and your outdoor areas of escape. We get right into balcony sizes and limitations for furnishings and decorating details. A lot of shopping when it comes to outdoor landscaping projects, Liz never wants to have a completed space empty, the furnishings should arrive on the completion date and ready for use. We even chat about the current reno shows and what Liz thinks about them and the way they portray the construction industry. We end the show with a discussion about her investigation into fraud of the construction industry and the do’s and don’t’s. Our listeners really need to understand that insurance fraud in Canada is in the billions and construction fraud is 40 million plus annually. We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Liz for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about outdoor design and a bit about investigation and fraud. Find her @gtacondodecor Saphire landscaping and Interior Design Inc on LinkedIN and Facebook.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 17, 2020
Jeff gest right into painting and the lack of respect from the homeowners and other tradespeople. It’s true that so much is left for the painter to fix. Painters are always on the hook for touch ups when it’s really a repaint, people have to take responsibility for their actions. We discuss the possibility behind paint failing and how Jeff would handle it. We get talking about painting tools and things to consider when purchasing and working with them, for all you homeowners, listen to what the pros really use. Let’s talk about whites, so many different kinds of whites and we discuss all the CC’s and even the CC Music Factory. Then we dive deep into all of the prep products that Jeff is a fan of, from caulking to wood fillers to sanding to paint brushes and more to the ever important world of cleaning your tools. We finally get into talking about staining and clients expectations of natural wood products. We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Jeff for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about painting, prep and painting better for a better industry. Find him @proper_paintingThank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 10, 2020
We are talking about living in your home, wellness in your home and how simple things like the smell of grass and how impactful those scents are to your mental state. Since 2009 she has been a resource for the residential trade sector, a subject matter specialist and advocate for Inclusive Design and one of Canada's experts on living in place and wellness in the home. She’s a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). She just completed several Universal Design courses with the University of Buffalo Architectural Program and working on her Rick Hansen Accessibility Certification and her WELL AP designation. This isn’t just about the older homeowners and wanting to stay living in place, think about expecting mothers, people with disabilities, accidents, delivery furniture there is so much to consider when renovating for what life has in store for you and your families. Homes should adapt to us over a lifetime and not us adapt to the home, renovating should be adaptable. Renovating for the aging population requires know how in lighting, natural and artificial and task lighting, space to move around, door widths, soundproofing, and more. These types of renovations are based on emotions more than any other types of renos, you have to handle the client’s emotions carefully. Its really important to understand the benefits of color, sound, light, air, water, and even wood grains and how these details can add to your wellness in your home. We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You so much Linda for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about living in place, wellness in place and building better for the aging population. Find her and her mindset @lipnetwork and www.livablecanada.com on LinkedIN under her name Linda Kafka.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 10, 2020
Marc decided at 16 years of age he wanted to be a Bricklayer, that simple. Listen to find out how and why he came to become a bricklayer. Craig’s career in construction began at 14 years old in demolition, pick up a couch and moved it three times and that was it, he’s in construction for good. Marc had the mindset to look at construction though the numbers, the power of money and time, he was 14 years old making 16 dollars an hour while his circle of friends were making 8 dollars an hour at an easier job choice.Marc quickly developed the skill set and mind set to earn while he learned. He looked at the numbers behind all of his moves and he based decisions on those numbers, very smart. There are so many government rules and regulations regarding hiring apprenticeships that is basically forces companies to NOT want to work with the program, this needs to change. Marc loves being a mason so much that he looks at the work like a hobby and his business as his job, great attitude. After losing his job due to the paperwork his employer refused to be a part of Marc decided it was time to go to school, what a great move for him. Then came the opportunity to roll the dice once again and Marc started his own business where he could now dictate where his life will go.Marc has own opinion on Millennials and how he feels they have no accountability. Marc brings up some seriously valuable traits and expectations that every younger person should be fighting for, what a motivational moment. Marc discusses the 40 hour week and how today’s Tradesperson can work smarter during those 40 hours and turn their business into a venture with no financial ceiling cap. As we wrap up Marc talks about being a mentor to other up and coming masons and he’s more than willing to help anyone and everyone that reaches out to him. Marc honestly wants to move the construction industry forward and there is always room for improvements. What a great show, thanks Marc.We wrap up this show with a brand new segment and we call it, the Ten Questions of Construction, you will love how our guests will answer these questions.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Marc for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about apprenticeships, and all the education you sourced out from the beginning to today. Find him and his skillset @craigmhor_constructionThank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 3, 2020
What an intro – Pink Floyd Another Brick in The Wall the Portuguese version. Marcelino sets the tone of this show and we love it. A lot of education for Marcelino but no passion, no love, no drive, he wanted hands on and he found it with an established company Melo Landscaping. Marcelino has been with them for over 25 years now and there are things that he learned from them that he would have never learned anywhere else. Marcelino learned very early on, working for a smaller Mom and Pop shop they were going take care of him as long as he worked hard. Landscaping is not an old man game and Marcelino and the companies he works for are more than willing to work with the younger guys and share the knowledge, share the money, share the work but unfortunately half the guys are not interested. Marcelino shares a lot of trade tips on how best to handle runs offs, paver base, concrete spec base and even a jab at PL Portuguese Luck. Marcelino get into one of our fav segments, asking contractors about their fav tools and tool brands and he does not bleed, blue, red, yellow or any color, he uses the right tool for the right job, great honesty here and great insight from a real contractor sharing his real experience on the job site with tools, unlike the wanna be tool reviewers and their one hour staged set up. Marcelino takes down all types of stone projects and the challenges behind each one. We discuss the big toys and how he feels about each of the brands and why. If you are in hardscaping and have the big toys and live in a 4 season climate you will be snow plowing so factor that into your purchasing of the big toys. As we closer to the end of this amazing show we dive into heated driveways and steps and how this very expensive luxury is becoming the norm. What an amazing show, Marcelino shared so much with us. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Marcelino for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about construction, contractors, hardscaping, landscaping, and all kinds of stone work. Find him and his skillset @msousa202 Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 3, 2020
We get right into Part II beginning with do inspectors look for any contractor licenses? From there we get into the requirements to become an inspector, all of the exams associated with each section of a home and once you pass the exams you can begin to inspect each section of the Code. We get right into key details of the Code and how the powers at be came to sign off on these Codes and we bring up the “ball” drain test and all of the stages of inspections and what Inspectors are typically looking for all the way to final occupancy inspection. We dissect the Ontario Building Code and discuss the different Parts and how they apply to us and our projects and that leads us to making changes on site and how they should be addressed on the drawings and the proper paperwork. Then we get into zoning and how that can impact your new build, your addition, your renovation and all contractors should be aware of this information and how it implies to you in your city. What happens if you begin construction without a permit and someone from the City Planning Dept. is notified what can happen to you the homeowner, the contractors and any trades working on site. Who actually receives any and all orders to compile? Boosting about how many homes and or projects you as a contractor have built means nothing to an Inspector, they are there to see the current project and the quality on that project, not previous work. Bottom line, Inspectors do not inspect for the quality of workmanship, they inspect for the building code. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Mr. Smith Building Inspector for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about construction, contractors and the code. Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
June 3, 2020
We open the show with a great tune and then we get right into the questions that were asked by followers, a lot of questions that every contractor have asked themselves, now we finally get a reply. Inspectors expectations when they arrive on site and does a dirty job site factor into the inspection? Plans are never approved, they are reviewed and there is a difference, understand the difference and you as a contractor will understand the inspector that much better. Dealing with a disagreement and or confrontation with an inspector should be handled carefully.Ontario Canada the Code is law, it is a building code regulation under the Building Code Act and every contractor should make an effort to purchase a copy or download key details for your projects. What is the true purpose of the building code, inspectors, engineers and contractors? Inspectors have the book knowledge, contractors have the on-site knowledge, we should be working together to make the best project. What really are the basic requirements to becoming a building inspector? What laws can they enforce? Do they have the power to shut down a job site? So many questions for our guest.Don’t be afraid to ask questions, embrace questions from Inspectors, Architects, Designers, other Contractors, Suppliers, build your Circle of Construction on every single renovation project. Can an Inspector walk onto any job site regardless of a warrant and or permission? We wrap up the first part of this show discussing offences and noncompliance of said orders, very interesting to understand your rights as a contractor. One final thought with this show, bribing inspectors.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Mr. Smith the Building Inspector for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about construction, contractors and the code. Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 27, 2020
We get right back into it and begin with post beam structural engineering, very cool talk. We discuss fixed tie offs for commercial and residential projects and how they are designed and built. Larry and Brian discuss rigging, spreader bars and lifting beams leading into the 108 max length of engineered 2 Ply trusses and that brings the conversation to mechanically graded lumber. From there we get into ICF structure, concrete roof slabs, 25mm rebar for structure and raft slabs. There is such a thing as The National Farm Code. How would a couple of engineers build a shed? We get right into it and that takes us to Fun Fences and how to build a better fence and from there we get into20 foot tall candy cane posts at Wonderland and even a structural Santa. We get into a lot of client custom requests and how engineering is always the last detail to be considered, such as adding all of this glass in a tall wall overlooking the backyard, such a recipe for issues. We get discussing modifying existing engineered details to suit new ideas, such as adding solar panels to an older roof system. Finally!! We get down to the word Sistering and why things are not called Brothering. The guys tell us about a situation where a client had removed key structure steel posts and welding a part of a truck frame to the existing I beam, crazy what some people will do. The engineers even bring up helical piles and working with @Technometalposthd We look to close out this great second half of the show talking about not needing engineers and you can build a house off of building code rules and regulations. We wouldn’t, we will always have an engineer as part of the scope of work. We leave things with one more book reference, The Canadian Foundation Manual for all of your concrete requirements.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Larry and Brian so much for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about engineering, working with contractors and clients. Check out Larry and Brian @waddell_engineering and www.waddelleng.com Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 27, 2020
We have a couple of Engineers on the show today, Larry and Brian from Waddell Engineering join us to talk about Agricultural, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Structural engineering. We had so much to talk about we had to split the show into two parts, here is Part I. We begin the show talking about the CN Tower and it turns out our guests had a little something to do with the tower from there we get into agriculture structural engineering and “cow comfort”. We discuss the relationship between contractors and engineers and what to expect and how to work together. That leads us to “loads” and how to handle a structure and working on older and new homes. Talking Blue Beam software to help make engineers lives so much easier, with vector PDF, auto cad and auto dating, plus quoting tools for us contractors. Check them out at https://www.bluebeam.com We discuss water weights and very unique engineering requirements when it comes to factoring in water for such items as hot tubs. We get into making a floating slab in a garage so then you can use the space underneath in the basement. The beauty of engineer stamping hand sketch drawings and the world of Mennonites requiring building permits and stamped drawings. We get into the Wood Design Manual where it talks about the strength of different wood species. The we get into the difference between the “code” and what engineers can do for your structures with a lead into live and dead loads. We wrap up Part I talking about Mennonites and how engineering and building office still applies to them, too many more questions so we take a pause and return with a Part II follow up and so many more great stories, load calculations and everything to do with engineering. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Larry and Brian so much for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about engineering, working with contractors and clients. Check out Larry and Brian @waddell_engineering and www.waddelleng.com Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 27, 2020
Let’s get right into it, COVID and what is it all about, what is true, what is fear, what is ignorance? Why did we have to stop using cash? Cash has always been dirty. Mississauga Hardware sill accepts cash cause not every contractor lives off of credit / plastic. As much as we have fun the show and share jokes we are still being serious regarding all the deaths and businesses that had to close down for good. This is so serious. We ask that people be smart about things and don’t let fear drive your actions. Let’s not even forget how disgusting people are by throwing their masks and gloves anywhere and everywhere, that is just stupid and lazy.Construction has to keep going, they need to keep going but trades can’t get dust masks, they can’t get what they need to keep working. This can’t help but to get a little political regarding why there is a delay in masks for everyone, Carlito shares a few thoughts. The digital age was already in motion to change things and now Covid has sped this digital change full tilt and those businesses who don’t look to adapt and change will not survive.How crazy people got over toilet paper and now vitamin C are back order, people need to understand how things work and how your body works when it comes to protecting yourself from viruses. Bad situations come up for a reason and Covid is now teaching people how to adapt and consider a new kind of future, and retirement.Contractors need to understand online shopping, prepping, running a business is the new normal and contractors need to embrace this. There will be a delay in replenishing tools and accessories, that is a simple fact, will prices go up? Possibly, expect that to happen and factor that into your new pricing. Clients in the end will have to accept the higher costs of renovating.Instead of Building Code with Manny, Manny talks about the actual Covid numbers in Canada as of May 12 2020. Ontario government and Ontarians have been doing a great job of slowing down the spread. Thank you to everyone and all of the frontline workers, you mean everything to us.Carlito has to throw out 3 gloves and Manny and Tony don’t understand because he has 2 hands. Oh you don’t want to miss his replay on this one.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Tony so much for joining the show yet again and we wish it was under better circumstances and sharing so much great insight about Covid and your customers. Check out Tony and everyone from Sauga Tools @mississaugahardwarecentre DM them any orders you like and they will make the experience as easy as possible. Also place your orders online at www.mississaugahardware.com and orderdesk@mississaugahardware.com Please check out other tool shops as they are trying really hard to make your construction life easier. Check out @hdbrafasco www.brafasco.com @tool.academy www.toolacademy.comThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 20, 2020
Our 75th SHOW!!! What a treat we have today, we are going to be talking about the origin of plaster work, real lime based plaster. We begin with our 75th GIVEAWAY contest rules, we have 8 questions, answer any 3 correctly and the first 10 listeners to do so will receive a The Construction Life PRIZE. Good Luck everyone. Back in the day Plasterers and Masons and even Roofers would work hand in hand and it wasn’t unheard of for these trades to cross the work line. It was Kieran’s Mom that persuaded him to give Plastering Apprentice a shot and if It didn’t work out he could always fall back on his physiotherapy studies. Original plaster work isn’t just for the wealthy, clients that are aware of sustainable building are asking for Kieran’s services, the market is growing in Toronto. It all begins with wire mesh installed tight from one side to the other. Plaster is pure lime and sand, that is what and why it is as strong as it is. You have to screen the sand; it is brick sand but there is a special technique to achieving the perfect sand to lime mix. The graduals of the sand are the binding element of the mix, you need the correct size and shape. So many positives attached to plasters, such as better sound absorbing properties, and he fire rating is far superior than drywall, there are health benefits too, lime is a living material and it is always cleaning your air and making your home healthier. At around $18 a square you never see any butt joints, no nail pops, better sound, stronger and longer lasting, that is the beauty of plaster. So many custom made jigs made from zinc instead of sheet metal to rebuild older work and introduce new work and new techniques. Talking about all of those special details from, dentils, flowers, eggs and darts, cow tongues, all the fancy stuff that you see in those beautiful crowns. Kieran walks us through the many key steps to building plaster crown. There are different kinds of lime to use for different stages and steps of the process. Dealing with key tools, techniques, plunge mixing, humidity and more, there are so many variables when it comes to this trade. Kieran taught a class at Willowbank School and the kids in his class were embracing his knowledge and wanted to learn his techniques, Kieran actually wants more people to get into his trade, we really need to keep this one alive. Kieran even shares his favorite crown, a nice gold one with lots of jewels. We discuss Respect The Next Trade and this statement and fast becoming a movement is adding to the construction industry. And yes you can use plaster to build baseboards, wainscoting and more, the technique and material is super hard and durable, this leads us to In-situ, which translates to On Site. Kieran shares a number of terms related to plaster work, great info.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Kieran so much for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about plaster, real plaster work and more on this beautiful skill. Check out Kieran @kr_plasterer word of mouth is the best way to find him and his skills.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 20, 2020
The show begins with Euan and his rendition of a classic Kenny Rogers track and we love it. A few housekeeping shout outs and Euan was so kind to bring us homemade olives and Renossance tees, what a gentleman. It all begins in BC and Euan moving to Toronto, working with tradesmen from B.C. go figure, working as a plumbing apprentice working on sprinklers and black pipe and a lot of oil, possibly olive oil, that led to a very bad motorcycle accident that changed things. The bad head injury brought Euan to become an orthotic and prosthetic technician at George Brown. He did amputee limb fabrication for about 4 years and felt he was losing his focus and felt it was time to move on, that brings us to monkeys and Euan’s dislike of monkeys and for good reason, especially monkeys on the job site. Let’s talk older homes and how and why they have lasted, a lot of over engineering and no building code at the time and yet they are still around. The basic principles of older homes and how they heated them, lived in them, such fascinating talk. After the hospital work Euan went back to school to study Geology and Environmental Science to get a Master in BioGeo Chemistry so he figured his brain was working perfectly fine. Where do you go with that kind of education? He became an Environmental Consultant assessing soil contamination by excavating monitoring wells, with a focus around older gas stations. He did that for 4 years and then wanted out of that kind of work and since he worked construction to pay for his education he got into construction for good. How one job from a friend led him to building his business into what it is today based on learning every day, building the proper team and respect for renovations. Euan says something that hits hard, “you can’t incentives people by paying them more.” So very true. About building your business with the Carrot or The Stick mindset and coming out on top. You really need to be an asshole when it comes to running a construction business for any of your guys to listen to you and your needs. Take the time to drive around town and check out other job sites and chat with the trades there, pick their brains, network, that is how Euan found a great female mason, @stoneangelsmasonry she is a purist and respects the old school way of stone work. Big talk about mortars and what is spec and how It sometimes goes against how things should be restored, maybe the architects should spend a bit more time on site and discuss things with the people actually doing the work and seeing the progress. Street elevation is what Heritage is always most concerned about. Apparently Carlito found an 1828 Gatorade bottle, must hear this story. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Euan so much for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about restoration, renovations, preservation and more on these beautiful homes. Check out Euan @renossance_inc www.renossance.inc.com and find his email and phone number on the web site for your next renovation.Thank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 13, 2020
We open the show with a little Tequila!!! Then we get right into a lot of history and talking about the last 100 years of generations and characteristics attached to each generation, from Silent, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials to Gen Z. We begin with a BIG question, what is wrong with Millennials? That leads us to not eating store bought chewy cookies, they stay chewy for a very long time for a reason.Christian began in landscaping in 2012 fresh and ready to go, Dustin had a variety pack of beginnings, started with his Dad at age 4 doing construction, his Dad fired him a few times, left construction and got into automotive and then studying welding, shifted to studying architecture, worked for ¾ years, missed construction got back into it around 2016. Dustin can build you a deck and fix your car, brilliant.Is construction education worth it? Is on site experience worth it? Which is more valuable? Talking education, measuring and measuring tapes, a little metric and imperial conversation. Do you know where every earn dollar and spent dollar comes from and goes? The difference between immigrant millennials and privilege North American millennials. Why are our guests in construction, why does a millennial get into construction? Is it for the money? Are millennials bad employees and think they are great employers? What time do millennials arrive on site? What’s with all the avocado toast? That toast is the reason why they are late on site? WTF. Oh wait, they were late because they have kids. Well give the kids up for adoption. Smarten up millennials, it is time to be respectful of the employer and employment. What does our circle of friends say about all us? Here is a new one, female millennials and applying make-up on the job site during the work day.How do we help this generation work better, smarter, harder? It has to begin with the hunger to work harder, smarter, better. Should we ban phones on our job sites? There is a cost attached to the rate millennials ask for and then there is a cost on top of that for profit, it’s still a business. Is there a problem with weed and millennials? What do millennials really want on the job site? What are their expectations of business owners? How would millennials like it if the general contractors only paid for the hours they worked, not for the hours they were on site? Sometimes you just have to shut your mouth and listen.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Christian and Dustin so much for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about construction, renovations and more. Check out Christian and Dustin and their crew @kscompanycorp ksandco@gmail.comwww.ksandco.caThank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM project.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 13, 2020
Zak walks us through his early days, university days and how he got into painting, how a flyer left on his classroom desk for student painters inspired him to become a painter. Manny follows that up with telling home owners that painting is a justifiable and skilled trade and not everyone especially clients thinking because some idiot taught them to do a “W” on a wall gives clients the experience they require to paint. Painting is 95% about prep and 5% about painting. Understood?Painters are the last trade on site and are expected to repair, cover up, rebuild, rework all of trades before them and that’s not fair to painters and the homeowners. A first on TCL, Manny compares open miters left for painters to deal with to a Penial Surgeon leaving a gap and not expecting the patient to be unhappy.Zak walks us through his steps, from first day arrival to the final reveal, what products and techniques, all of the great insider tips. Step ONE – tape and mask everything with the correct tape and that even goes for stucco ceilings. Lighting is paramount on a jobsite, from installed fixtures to flood lights like the Festool unit. Clients dictating which brand of paint right down to primers, is this fair for the experienced contractor and the results that contractors have achieved through on site real world experience? Color matching and what to consider based on each brand and the substrates an blacklisted colors and why. Note that every single kind of surface has it’s own type of primer to use and professional painters know this and how to once again prep things. Then we get into sprayers and what really makes a good sprayer. Best practices when priming poplar, MDF, HDF, LDF and CDF, a new name for a crappy product to Pine finger joint, Maple, Cedar it is all shellac primers. Getting into older homes and testing for oil or lead based paints, Zak offers up a great Trade Tip. We discuss prepping and priming and painting drywall in a perfect world. We wrap things up with drying time and prep times and the correct times it takes to paint professionally. Lastly, we reveal our favorite colors, a hint at wallpaper and venetian plastering, and lacquers, a few topics we will be discussing on the next “paint” podcast.Zak and his crew has always worked by the philosophy, try to help the person behind you, in front of you and who hired you. It is a great way to handle the scope of work and daily ups and downs.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny at the beginning of the show, Building Code Talk with Manny at the midpoint and Green Book Talk with Carlito at the near end.Thank You Zak so much for joining the show and sharing so much great insight about painting, construction, renovations and more. Check out Zak and his crew @pictureperfectpainters info@pictureperfectpainters.cawww.pictureperfectpainters.caThank you to Mark from @skyluxeroofing for letting us record the show in his breakroom and welcome him and his guys always walking through the recording. Give Mark and his solid crew a call for your next roofing, cladding, ACM product.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 5, 2020
We have Tony Cordeiro of TC Service & Installations INC on the show today talking about cabinetry installs and more. With over 20 years of experience, Tony has a lot to say about The Construction Life so you don’t want to miss this show. The show begins with Tony singing our first Portuguese tune as our intro and we loved it. Thanks Tony.We get right into the show with a question about the origin of dust extraction, who and when?So now we get into the real hammer Tony got as a gift from his parents when he was 3 years old and that was the beginning of his construction career and we jump to high school and building construction and cabinetry course that set him on a path to the pros. His first real job was actually at a bank and that paved the way for Tony to run a better business, so important to learn your math. Finally got into a shop and it was all sanding and finishing for Tony and so important that he did.We get into a lot of Toronto history and construction shops in and around town and of course a few Portuguese jokes do come up. Tony was given his first chance be a shop foreman that believed in him and that established his career, word spread around, mixed in with a couple major life lessons and that was the beginning of TC Installations Inc. A cabinet maker, installer and overall super nice gentleman, one of the best in construction.Tony’s Dad, a retired renovator always told Tony, "we have to figure out a way to solve this" and that has been Tony’s go to on the job site. Tony is known as one of the cleanest trades on any job site and he makes sure his team feels the same way, must be a Portuguese thing.We get into a series of cabinetry company names from all over the world and what Tony thinks about it them and cabinetry details from North America and all over. What are Tony’s thoughts on shaker cabinetry? Tony also services these cabinetries’ and that is an art in itself. It is about time that we state all showers and kitchen walls should be built with LSL lumber, no more dimensional lumber for these areas. Then we get into Tony’s way of starting the work, where to begin, how to proceed and how to wrap up and get things ready for templating. Have electronics taken over way too much of the kitchen? Should we have plywood or drywall for main kitchen cabinetry walls? We do get into Tony fav tools and vehicles from what’s in his vehicle and the shop.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny, Building Code Talk with Manny and Green Book Talk with Carlito.Thank You Tony so much for joining the show and sharing so much about construction, renovations and more. Check out Tony @tc.installations.incThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
May 5, 2020
Ian opens the show with his version of the Hips Courage. On today’s show we have Ian from @galeforcemasonry and we are talking historical buildings and restoration and a lot to do with the oldies but a goodie when it comes to construction. From brick, to lead roofs, to those original windows and more.Ian begins with school at Algonquin College and how there really is a shortage in stone and mason trades and we have to go outside the country to find good guys, Irish, Polish and others. Ian brings up a massive point, with any trade you can take that skill anywhere in the world and you will find work, that is a fact. We love hearing that. Learning from the time and actions during his Union days which brought Ian to planning for his retirement one day.We get into a little safety and proper set up of scaffolding because when you work in high end neighborhoods, the neighbors are watching. This part of the podcast leads us into a scenario in Ian’s past that could have been a lot worse. A serious injury when he was working in a crypt with a hospital right across the street.Let’s talk about the seven P’s Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance, everyone needs to understand you have to slow it all down to speed it up. Ian talks about construction recipes, where he worked on something, did all the testing and figured out what he needed to restore the damage and Ian stays in touch with client’s years later with the hope that they will hire him to move forward with the work.Let’s get into heritage buildings in Toronto, NYC, Boston, Chicago and Philly and why Toronto is terrible at restoring and would rather knock down. Then the big questions, how does one price a restoration job? We get into stone details of yesterday and compare them to today’s building details. And let’s talk Widths or Wydths of brick and stone. Then we get into the paperwork behind actual heritage buildings and the work involved to get the work started, building permits and the years attached to doing the work along with the building reports that Ian has been task with. We even get into talking about Hot Lime process and how it was done back in the day.How to reading buildings and what clues Mother Nature shares with us, what a fascinating talk with Ian. We get into different stone finishing and the tools needed, there are so many options out there. Talk about health and safety and understanding that grinding out joints for tuck-pointing is now considered and Type 1 abatement and the rules apply.We finally get to See You Next Tuesday, a first for our little show. Lastly we get into making 6 figures in this business easy and how more people should consider trades. Special thank you for the listeners listening right now as Carlito tells the listeners. We end the show with Twinkle Twinkle, we outta here.Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny, Building Code Talk with Manny and Green Book Talk with Carlito.Thank you Ian so much for joining the show and sharing so much about construction, restoration, renovations and more. Check out Ian @galeforcemasonry and ian@galeforcemasonry.comThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
April 29, 2020
We are recording live at Foam Core Mouldings 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Niagara Falls. Over 1000 different profiles to choose from and you can still walk in with a custom order and have that turned around in days. Working with foamcore panels, siding, all kinds of options from Foamcore Mouldings for exterior and plaster interior products. Let’s get right into the origin of stucco. Testing the product to hold up to 4 seasons including Canadian and USA harsh winters and hot summers. It all begins by cutting the product on a Hot Wire machine and from there is built up with plaster or a cement embedded with mesh for flexibility, durability and strength. We even ask Matt, what is the largest sized crown and he tells us about a 36” crown, Holy Crown!! Matt tells us about working with Heritage buildings and repairing the old with new technologies like his product. Matt tells us about his own personal build going on right now and how he is mixing and matching up different types of products to build a beautiful home, from his new foam siding, foam soffit and more. We get right into DuRock products and best applications and the short cuts that a few take. What kind of person gets into stucco and stucco products, what kind of business to build, installation to ICF and stages of a proper install, you really shouldn’t and can’t miss a step? How durable is stucco? High Impact Mesh stucco products and why they are worth it? What is the proper price points for these products? Why so many Eastern European guys get into stucco and plastering and why there really aren’t that many stucco girls and plenty of stucco guys. And yes we get into proper building envelope because every single trade should know this, they all contribute and must understand the WHY. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny, Building Code Talk with Manny and Green Book Talk with Carlito. Thank you Matt so much for joining the show and sharing so much about foam mouldings, stucco and interior and exterior products. Check out Matt and everyone @foamcoremouldings and www.foamcoremouldings.com This is The Construction Life www.theconstructionlife.com
April 29, 2020
What an amazing show we have today, Paul from Mack Constructions Inc. and we are talking self-leveling products and applications. Believe it, Paul is one of the leaders and he actually began in plumbing as a licensed Master Plumber but then one day on a job he was asked if he could and he did and that was the beginning of his self-leveling career in construction. Paul went from doing one job a month to doing 8 jobs a week and two crews and hasn’t looked back. Pumping the material as high as 14 floors and he could have gone even higher and further. Always up for the challenge. He has done leveling basements, with or without radiant, bonding to old and new concrete, you name it, Paul and his crew have done it. He exclusively works with LaFarge Agilia Screed and loves the product for so many reasons. What are the differences between Agilia and Concrete and why concrete guys do and don’t get it. What a floating floor system really means and how it really works. Working from different thicknesses, as thin as 10mm to as thick as 9 inches, Mack Constructions Inc. knows how to make your floor perfect. Paul gets right into estimating, scope of work, steps involved, calculating true level before during and after right down to the mm, taking the final floor to a perfect sanded surface ready for finishing. Staircases and how important it is NOT to order your finish staircase until the pour has happened because Paul knows floor framing is never perfect and self-leveling is about being perfect. We even get into a little self-leveling vs dry pack vs barrel bag mixing products and listen to find out who wins.We even get into sound proofing and Paul loves to work with MSL Sonopro underlayment, it rolls out onto the subfloor, taped to each other and never stapled to the subfloor and what a difference it makes with those hard walking sounds. Working with Schluter BekoTek foam products, why use it and the added benefit by lowering the overall weight. We also get into slump testing each batch regardless if the batch was tested at the yard, what types of primers to use and where, taking care of any issues and always making the customer, the GC or the homeowner happy from the start to the end. We end the show with word of mouth from digital to old school and how has Paul built his business. Don’t forget we have Construction History from Manny, Building Code Talk with Manny and Green Book Talk with Carlito. Thank you Paul so much for joining the show and sharing so much about Self-Leveling. Check out Paul @mackconstructionsinc and www.mackconstructionsinc.com This is The Construction Life www.theconstructionlife.com
April 22, 2020
We have another amazing show talking finish carpentry and hardwood with the one and only Andrew Prete of @carpenteronsite An elder millennial that has really taken the industry by the horns and made the business better than most. Andrew isn’t shy about how and why he builds the way he does, the best that he can filled with a lot of passion no matter the size of the project, it is all the same to him.Andrew is different than most contractors, nobody from his family is in construction, no one really influenced him to get into construction, he followed his passion and built a solid and reputable company. Once he touched those first tools back in high school, he was hooked for life.Andrew was a Union member and loved his time there because he learned so much but once he was on the job site he met Nelson Gonzales and boy did Nelson take his skill set to a whole new level. School was very much worth the experience Andrew dives deep into what and why he learned what he did.Of course we get into a lot of techniques, tricks of the trades for trim and hardwood installs and we even get into his fav tools, here’s a hint, BOSCH. We even get into the great debate, van or pick-up truck? We will give you another hint, SPRINTER.Early in his days Andrew would trim out a 2500 square home, around 20 windows, doors and over 300 LF of base in one single day, two guys, boogie and get the work done with next to no deficiencies. At 25 bucks a window, those were the valuable days on site, the knowledge he learned even though there were some days where he made no money. Andrew even talks about the DAPENDERS on site and how he is a part of Respect The Next Trade TM. Andrew talks about hiring and keeping good and bad guys and what he looks for in a tradesperson.We talk about going on his own, pricing out jobs quickly, budgeting, client’s expectations, poplar vs mdf, hardwood installs and so much more. At 30 years old, Andrew is already thinking about retirement, not looking to stop, planning to stop hugely successful. We get talking hardwood flooring install, wax paper, layouts, inlets of details, when to install hardwood and more.Andrew is hungry for construction and during his early days and still today, he will always stop by a job site and offer up a quote, why not, you never know, that GC might be looking for a new guy. Andrew gives Tony and the family @mississaugahardwarecentre a well-deserved shout out and even talks about Collin Clamps and how he tells his clients the clamps are found at adult sex shops.What an amazing show, Andrew thank you so much for being on the show and sharing all of your valuable experiences with us so far. We look forward to watching your business grow even further.Find Andrew @carpenter_onsiteThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
April 22, 2020
We have Val, AKA @safetyval a Safety rep that helps your business, your employees, your sub trades, and the owners, the industry be better and safer on the jobsite. She offers up basic safety knowledge, hardhat and safety, fines and max fines, deaths on site and plenty more very valuable knowledge.We talk about alcohol and weed on the jobsite and how it can impact your day to day operations. Who really is responsible when a worker is drunk and or high? Proper workwear and we are not talking about “daisy dukes” or sweat pants, Carlito.Who wrote these safety rules and why? Val started a great program called Speak Up For Safety and since her first day on site nearly twenty years ago she has been making the construction industry a safer place.She discusses the lack of safety and respect from clients while they visit contractors onsite. She even gets into all of the safety requirements on site, all 25 of them so grab a pen and make sure your job site has all 25 and not just the first aid kit.Val also offers up on site training for one or more of your employees and or sub trades. Paying for safety and more, we even get into stickers on your hardhats and writing on your harness, good or bad, is it allowed?This is one extremely important show and worth listening to the very end.Thank You so much Val for being a part of the show and offering up so much amazing information. Please contact Val at 416 899-9272This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
April 15, 2020
Part II of Jim Caruk – The Godfather of Construction and Jim gets right into his very first build as a tween and his first run in with an inspector. Jim shares more of his great insight into the construction industry. Jim gets into his details and what has worked for him and his clients, from plaster crown to his love for wood trim. He discusses how the trades have changed over the decades and what they are like today versus the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Keeping the jobsite clean, professional, and how to deal with the new digital age on site and online. Jim has always had a love for the business and anyone can see it when they walk through one of his homes. He has built himself a few homes and sold those homes for exactly what they were worth and stuck to his price because of the respect of the work, a few great stories about those sales. We finally get into Jim’s other passion, Renos For Heroes a charity he began to help wounded soldiers. Jim with help from the Canadian government has helped so many people that have given up so much. Lastly we get into van or pick-up, what tool brand is he and a few interesting quick question and answer inquires.A massive thank you to Jim for spending the 3 plus hours with us talking construction. Really appreciate your time, your knowledge, your stories. Two amazing shows worth listening to the very end.Find Jim at www.carukhall.com@jimcaruk@carukhallconstruction@renosforheroeswww.renosforheroes.orgThis is The Construction Life
April 15, 2020
We have Jim Caruk, the man, legend, the Godfather of Construction on the show and he has nearly 50 years of experience to share with us. So much talk we had to split the show into two parts, Corleone would be so proud.Starting his career in construction right out of high school with a major in trades, sheet metal, Jim went right into Union work, the year was 1973. He did the sheet metal work for 15 years, worked hard, learned a lot about the business and people, made an enemy or two along the way, then decided to go on his own. Began a two-man renovation business and went right into the work for the love of it. Started with small renos, then came an addition with no access to the back, so Jim suggested go underneath the home, they did. Turned out, that particular reno was for a TV producer and with a camera following Jim the hit show Real Renos was born, that was the early 2000’s and went on for 8 years. Jim had one request with the show, whatever happened, happened, it doesn’t get changed, and that went both ways, the clients can say whatever they want and so could he, and he did. That is what made it real compared to what is currently on TV today.Jim has had his fair share of issues with the Ministry of Labour and he brings up a few of the good ones, mixed in with Inspectors arriving on site. Jim gets right into what makes a good contractor, what makes a successful renovation company, yes there are bad clients and there are great ones that have hired him several times. Of course Jim has lost money on projects, walked away from projects but he has always stayed loyal to the construction and his passion, and building.Lastly on this first part, Jim tells us why homes are so expensive today. He shares how clients know how to screw contractors over. Why he is well respected by his crew that have been with him for 2 decades or more and by the new guys.A massive thank you to Jim for spending the 3 plus hours with us talking construction. Really appreciate your time.Find Jim at www.carukhall.com@jimcaruk@carukhallconstructionThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
April 8, 2020
We’ve got a great show for you this week. We’re talking with Renoshield about building more trust in the construction industry. Payments are a big source of frustration when it comes to renovations. From scope changes to stolen deposits to homeowners refusing to pay, contractors are put in a tough position. Dave Strang and Tyler Burton join us as our special guests to talk about how Renoshield is shaking up the industry. Both have mechanical engineering backgrounds and they’ve built an app that lets you and your client securely transfer payments -- up to $50k from your phone. No more chasing cheques or multiple e-transfers. They have a special promotion for listeners when Renoshield launches their new version later this year. Join the waitlist at try.renoshield.com/TCL to get 6 months free. And if that’s not already enough, their sister company Smart Reno, the largest network of contractors across Canada, has a promotion of $200 off. Learn more at register.smartreno.com/tcl/.This is The Construction Life.www.renoshield.com/tcl
April 1, 2020
Jackie Schagen Design introduces us to her world of Space Planning Expert. What an amazing show about the whole truth behind Interior Design, the relationships with contractors, clients and changes. Jackie has a great outlook on the construction and design industry sharing her thoughts from school to the job site.Jackie understands that dynamic between her client and her contractor and how everyone needs to be on the same design page. She discusses the good and bad, the low and high budgets and working with clients on creating functional spaces for years of great living no matter what the budget is.Jackie even gets into a little talk about the reno TV show and the so called “designers” on these shows. Manny and Carilto have a great time talking shop with Jackie.Thank You Jackie so much for your valuable time and knowledge.Please give Jackie a follow @jackieschagendesignPlease contact her at www.jackieschagendesign.caThis is The Construction Life.
April 1, 2020
We finally have a conversation about Geothermal heating and cooling systems and we have Roman and Orest working with Denis Campbell from Polar Bear Geo. Let’s talk about a system that has been around for over a century in Europe, even longer than that if we discuss the very early days of capturing heat from Mother Earth and using that energy to save the planet.Let's not forget how Geothermal is actailly saving the planet in energy consumption and producing properties.This podcast gets very technical and Orest and Roman do an amazing job dumbing it down for Manny and Carlito. We all know the good and the bad behind Geothermal but on today’s show we uncover it all and you will be amazed on the valuable information the guest share.Please give them a follow @polarbeargeoPlease check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVWyFrMbtu0Please contact them for any inquires https://www.polarbeargeo.comThank you Orest and Roman for being on the show.This is The Construction Life
March 25, 2020
Manny and Carlito are on location at the Artistic Skylight warehouse talking with Marco and Nenzio from Artistic Skylights. We get right into the history of the skylight and how far back in history was the very first skylight ever built and installed and we also get into the 40-year history of Artistic and where it all began. Then we get into all of the benefits especially the health benefits behind natural daylight inside your home and business. We discuss the difference between glass and acrylic skylights and how large can Artistic build a skylight for your next project. Of course we discuss, do skylights leak? We get right into the myths of skylights and even talk about the days of Purple Glass. What an amazing show and thank you again Marco and Nenzio for all of the great information on Artistic Skylights. Please check them out online and on social media www.artisticskylight.com @artisticskylight This is The Construction Life.
March 25, 2020
Matthew Janeko joins us and we get right into talking about cash jobs and are they worth it. Manny was surprised to hear what Matthew had to express. We also get into operating your construction business from registering to incorporating and how it is best to keep the Canadian Tax Revenue off your hard working back. We begin the show with our new format and we share what some of the retirement stats are like, they are not good. We get into what you can and cannot write off as a part of your business and you will be surprised to hear that anyone in construction and on social media there are other writes offs to consider that will benefit your bottom line. Midway through the show we share another Ontario Building Code detail and we wrap up the show with another Green Book infraction and fine. Thank you Matthew for being on the show. This is The Construction Life.
March 17, 2020
Here's a thought...why not have actual clients on the podcast? Let's ask them what they think of us, think of contractors, think of construction, think of our pricing, think of our schedules, think of our rates and more. So many great questions here and we didn't hold back even when they really didn't want to share. These cleints tell us truth when it comes to The Construction Life.We discuss how the clients find contractors, their first impressions, their last impressions, what they think of our estimates, what word of mouth means to them, the stress associated with construction and dealing with us. So much great talk in this one show.We even get into the reno TV shows and what these cleints truly feel about them.Thank you so much Cesare and Marie for your valuable time, we know our listeners will appreciate what you had to share.This is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
March 17, 2020
We have the one and only Daniel Vella of Vella Contracting on the show. We get right into finish carpentry, where and how Daniel began, a self taught contractor and trim expert with a love for everything wood, especially crown moulding.This show opens in our new format, all of you know that our guests sing a little tune as our opener, now we get into a little construction history, fact and today we find out when and where was MDF first introduced into the market. Half way through the show we share a building code detail, then we wrap up the show with a Green Book infraction and fine followed by Carlito's beatbox.What a great chat with Daniel, his fav tool brands, glues, a few tricks of his and others, we get into social media, pros and cons. Daniel was even kind enough to arrive with a pizza, what a perfect gentleman. Thank You Sir.@vellacontractiing www.vellareno.comThis is The Construction Lifewww.theconstructionlife.com
March 10, 2020
On the show today, we have Adnan Zabian an Architect and Engineer with a focus on building modular shipping container structures. What a facinating talk as we get into every detail of taking a shipping container and turning it into a home, office or temporary space. The pros and cons of working with these shipping containers and why. We get into all types of cladding options, design options, construction options when it comes to modular building. We loved this talk a lot. Find Adnan @acadmodular and www.acadmodular.org.This is The Construction Life.
March 10, 2020
What an amazing show we have today, we have been waiting for this one for a very long time, let's get right into Demolition, Excavation and Abatement with Michael from MagCor Demolition. We talk about the industry in general and what made Michael get into demo first, excavation quickly followed and then abatement. With only a few years in the business, Michael has been able to carve out a very solid brand. Determined to change the construction industry with every project he works on, Michael and his crew are doing exactly that, plenty of respect from Manny and Carlito for doing so. Have a listen to this show where we talk about anything and everything to do with his business and how he runs his business. Thanks Michael for being so open and honest with us. Check them out, give them a follow @magcordemolition and www.magcor.caThis is The Construction Life
March 1, 2020
In this week’s podcast, The Construction Life team has the opportunity to speak with Rick Clark from Rick’s Mechanical. Rick is a self-employed master plumber with a wealth of knowledge and history, 40 plus years. He is also an Authorized Service Representative for Kohler products in the Toronto area. This informative and interesting conversation will cover the advancement of digital valves, plumbing requirements from the supply source to the fixture, important things to consider such as copper vs plastic and hot water tanks vs on demand … and many other plumbing considerations. It has been 20 podcasts since we last talked plumbing and this show is a great follow up with so much to learn from. This is The Construction Life www.kohler.com www.theconstructionlife.com
March 1, 2020
On another great episode of The Construction Life, we have Greg Labbe, a Lab Technician from the Ryerson Research Lab. We get right into what we need to know about the air barrier "System" and discuss how these individual types of materials work to maintain a healthy home for decades to come. Where these types of materials should be installed, interior and or exterior applications. Understanding that all trades and we mean all trades must be aware of the "System". This isn't a show about promoting individual brands and or products, this is a show about how to use those products. Mind you, fibreglass insulation was jabbed at more than a few times and for good reason. Lastly, and this is a first at TCL, Greg makes a great comparison to 6mm poly, tuck tape and condoms. You don't want to miss this entire show, full of valuable building information. Thank you Greg for your time, your expertise over the years and your friendship. We are better builders because of you. Can't wait to do a follow up to this show in the lab. This is The Construction Life.
February 22, 2020
On the show we have Anatol and Tim of Digital Fab, a workshop that is doing things a little differently. Taking woodworking and any other kind of material to new heights by way of computers and CNC's and other machinery. When Manny walked into the Digital Fab shop in 2019 it was the first time the creativity was ahead instead of behind. Digital Fab will never say no to a client or creativity, they want and encourage new creativity ideas and materials. Building such an amazing brand in 4 years you have to wonder where will they go next? From what we have seen in the shop, the showroom, and the completed projects, you want to check them out on the daily to find out what is really next? This is beyond woodworking, metalworking, glass working, this is next level shop work. Check out this amazing podcast, give the Digital Fab team a follow on social @digital_fab and their web site www.digitalfab.ca and hire them for all of your fabrication needs, you will not regret it. Thanks guys for being on the show and inviting us into your digital world.This is The Construction Life.
February 7, 2020
Frank Cozzolino from DeVille Electric joins the podcast and we get a rough and a no sugar coated version of the electrical industry from the last 25 years.  It all begins with Frank wanting to be an accountant and very early into that career choice he decided to work with his hands instead, left the spreadsheets and trading all of that paper for a set of pliers.  It all begins with the J O B - Just Over Broke.  Frank talks about permits, licensed contractors, homeowners, educating, building and running an electrical business, closing down an electrical business and getting back to being an employee and why.  Frank even gets very personal and shares a near death health scare that changed his life for the better.   Thanks Frank for being on the show and sharing so much with our listeners.  This is The Construction Life.
February 5, 2020
Tyler and Andrew from Stott HVAC Systems join us in the Skyluxe Studios for our 50th podcast and we get right into everything to do with Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning and nothing to do with House Vacuuming And Cleaning as one of the Stott team members kids have expressed. On this show Tyler and Andrew run us through forced air, boilers, radiant, air filters and purifiers, snow melt systems, CFM's, backdraft from fireplaces, manintainance and the dreaded evil CLR and never to use that on your humidifier pads. What an amazing show we have with so much incredible information for tradespeople, general contractors and homeowners. Thank you Tyler and Andrew so much and please give the guys a follow @stott_hvac_systems and find them at www.stotthvacsystems.ca This is The Construction Life.
January 30, 2020
We have Evan Jatou from Veracity Group Construction in our Skyluxe Studios speaking candidly about his early seft taught brick and stone days, to building a hugly successful commercial construction business, to expanding into custom residential renovations and the proper way to manage and build with clients and crews. On this show we get a lot of great info regarding brick masonry, stone masonry, the quick commerical construction turn around and we even get into the evil entity known as Instagram. It would not be a pure Construction Life conversation if we didn't bring up motorcycles, Evan and Manny try our hardest to get Carlito back on two wheels. Thank you so much Evan for taking the time to share your stories, your experiences, and your passion for this amazing industry. You can find Evan and Veracity at www.veracitygroup.ca and on LinkedIN, Twitter and Facebook.This is The Construction Life.
January 29, 2020
WOW! What a year it has been. We brought The Construction Life podcast back and back in a big way. We recorded 30 new shows in less than 4 months. Wrapping up the 2019 year with a grand total of 47 shows and we figured let's make our 48th show all about our beginning, the last 47 podcasts and all of the wonderful guests. One by one Manny and Carlito discuss what this podcast means to each of them and what each show brought to the table. Listen in and get a bit more insight into the making of the fastest growing construction podcast online. Catch the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlayMusic, and YouTube. www.theconstructionlife.com www.hardcorerenos.com This is The Construction Life.
January 28, 2020
Hans Eich joins Manny and Carlito and we have a full tilt show talking about Passive Home Building and the Construction Industry. From air tightness, air barriers, vapour barriers, proper ventilation, phase shifts, diffusion open, to energy consumption and achiveing that Passive rating of 15 Killawatts per hour, per square meter, per year. This is a podcast to listen to carefully. Did we mention Carlito gets political on this one and has a few choice words to express about building inspectors. Thank you so much Hans for spending nearly two hours with us and educating us about the passion of passive. Check out Hans on social @pinwheelstructures.com and online at www.pinwheelstructures.comThis is The Construction Life.
January 8, 2020
Let's talk NextGen Professional and the mindset of construction personnel with Agnes who has started a movement to change the industry on so many levels.  She has coined the phrase, Today's students.  Tomorrow's construction Leaders. Agnes gets right into what the construction industry is like, where it will be in the near future, what employers and employees need to understand and what she calls Emotional Depositing. What a great conversation at The Buildings Show 2019, we encourage students to have a listen, we encourage construction companies to listen and we really need everyone to work together for a better and bigger construction industry. Thank you so much Agnes for your time and sharing all of this valuable information. @nextgenjobs www.nextgenprofessional.com This is The Construction Life.
January 7, 2020
We have Mike Cardoso from Schluter Systems Canada join us and we get talking a lot about this amazing orange company at The Buildings Show 2019. We get right into all the new products and the amazing new finishes. We ask Mike over and over what else is coming in the next year but Mike won't give it up but he does hint at a few ideas and Carltio runs with those ideas. Manny and Carlito have always used Schluter and listen in to see how these amazing products have added so much value to their renovations. https://schluterevents.com/en/about.php @schlutersystemsna This is The Construction Life.
December 30, 2019
In our first Drywall and Mudding podcast we have a 20 plus year tradesperson from the business, Teddy from Paint Ready Finishing. Teddy has seen a lot over two decades, he has watched and worked in all kinds of drywall and mudding situation, from commerical to custom and unfortunately the business has gotten worse but he feels optimistic the business can get better.   We get right into hand troweling to machining, durabond to premix, metal to plastic corner beads and more. We even get right into the health risks attached to compounds that most refuse to address or even consider on and off the job site. This is one great show and thank you Teddy for being so open and honest. This is The Construction Life.
December 29, 2019
Let's get right into stone and brick masonry with Mike Pereira from Greenstone Fine Masonry and a little Yoga while we are at it. Mike dives deep into 20 plus years of masonry work from his first week on site throwing bricks to make a point to jobsite etiquette today.  Mike a student of many schools of masonry and now a teacher has built a solid masonry business. We discuss custom and we mean custom granite stone masonry to working with clients directly to the next generation of stone and brick masons.   Is masonry a dying trade?  Mike has a few thoughts to share about that.  We wrap up the show with some great insight into how Mike takes care of his body and yoga plays a large role. Thanks again Mike for your time and sharing such valable knowledge. @greenstone_fm This is The Construction Life.
December 28, 2019
We chat with Reno Run for the second time at the 2019 Buildings Show we talk about Reno Run Pro and More. Our special guests are Devlin and John, turned out John was Reno Runs very first client.  John a real contractor from the Montreal area shares his insight on how Reno Run has changed his business and construction business. We get right into the new Reno Run Pro program where it is now a subscription base program offering even more to contractors and their day to day business.  You get FREE flexible same-day deliveries plus 50% off scheduled and express 2-hour deliveries.  Listen to this great podcast recorded live at the recent Buildings Show in Toronto. Check out the Reno Run App @renorunapp and the website www.renorun.ca Thanks guys for being that incredible added value to all of us real contractors. This is The Construction Life.
December 27, 2019
We have Andrew from Lusso Design Canada as our special guest and talking how important doors are when it comes to design, fabrication and install. We get right into different types of doors from steel to fiberglass to wood, discuss insert designs, insert failures, insert installs and the importance of the frame and key materials that shoud be used in today's type of doors and frame design and construction. Andrew is extremely passionate about The Construction Life and it shows in this podcast.  Andrew sheds a lot of light on the door industry and how "cheaper" over sea fabrication isn't the best way to go with a new door. Andrew has built a strong brand with Lusso Designs from years of seeing so many typical and often negative attitudes from other installers to fabricators. Listen it and we promise there is only one The Doors track that is brought up. Thanks Andrew for joining us. @lussodesigncanada www.lussodesigns.ca This is The Construction Life.
December 16, 2019
Matthew (Matty) from MMC Tiles joins us and we get talking a lot about tiling and the tiling industry in the last decade. It all begins with Matty arriving on a high rise job site on his first day in the construction industry where he finds a couple of trades were actually having a physical fight.  From there Matty got tiling at 2 bucks a square and using mastic for walls, floors, everything.  What an intro. After two years of high rise Matty went onto sub division work, it wasn't that much better but Matty is the first to say, those early days taught him so much. Have a listen to this amazing show and get a great appreciation of a kid that litterially started at the bottom of the high rise tile industry and worked his way all the way to the top of the ultra custom high end work and a massive following on social media. Thank you Matty for joining the show and please give him a follow. @mmctilesinc www.mmctiles.com This is The Construction Life
December 14, 2019
The Construction Life podcast is on location north of Toronto inside Tony Fogarty's garage workshop and we are talking finish carpentry, woodworking, the construction industry and we even get talking about Carlito's brief attendance at gynecology school. Back to Tony, also known as The Timber Tailor on social media he talks about being a bass player in Texas, meeting a Canadian wife, moving to Toronto and jumping into construction head first. A self taught, and an amazing problem solver on site has built quite the reputation, clientele and portfolio.  Tony is one of the best finish carpenters, furniture maker in the industry and Tony enjoys posting some of the best finger pointing Instagram stories about life, humanity and occasionly construction. Tune into this amazing show, there are plenty of laughs and if we offended you?  Remember, you found us. Check out Tony Fogarty AKA @thetimbertailor Thanks Tony so much for a great chat. This is The Construction Life
December 12, 2019
On our first podcast from The Buildings Show 2019 in Toronto we have Michal from Tilt Wall talking about old school concrete building. We are excited to hear what Michal has to tell us about this 100 year old technique of forming and pouring walls on the ground and then tilting them up into position.  Michal and Len are passionate about bringing this technique to the Canadian market and proving that a concrete wall is a better wall and we agree. We get right into the R values, the mechanical runs, the structual points, subfloors, roofing, cladding and mariachi bands. Listen to this amazing show and we are confident you will learn a few things.  Please reach out to Michal and the great folks at Tilt Wall for any questions you might have.  Thank you Michal for such an amazing talk on concrete building. www.tiltwall.ca www.janveek.ca @tiltwallontario This is The Construction Life
December 12, 2019
We are in the Ciot North Toronto location talking about natural stones, porcelain, tiles, lots and lots of tiles and the tile industry in general over the last 70 years. Our special guests are Jack and Sonya and after a great duet intro we get right into the humble beginnings of Ciot in Montreal all the way to the new locations in New York city, Detroit and Atlanta. We discuss the trends, what's making a great come back, working with clients and contractors and where is the stone and tile industry heading. A lot to talk about when you get the four of us in one room talking stone and tile. www.ciot.com @ciot1950 @ciot.toronto This is The Construction Life
December 6, 2019
Mike Moll from Social Media House joins the talk today and we get right into everything digital and online for construction and tradespeople. Mike walks us through all of the social media platforms and why Instagram is playing games with construction content, everyone's content.  Mike tells us why Google has the IQ of a 6 year old when it comes to context.  Mike tells us the best ways to actually set up Ad Words and working your SEO to actually work for you and not against. Mike tells us that it is time to go back to Facebook and make it work for your business, generate leads and build trust for your future clients and business.  We discuss the importance of LinkedIN and how that platforms reach can impact your business better than Instagram. Lastly, we get into who you as a contractor should be online and how you should position your business online. This podcast is an amazing show full of incredible information, trust us, you want to listen to this one right to the end and over and again and again while making notes. Thanks Mike for sharing such valuable insight. @smhtoronto https://linktr.ee/smhtoronto This is The Construction Life  
November 29, 2019
Manny & Carlito are at the Informa Markets offices in Toronto talking about The Buildings Show 2019, also known as Construct Canada happening December 4-6 2019 at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. We get to hear about the show and when it all began, 31 years ago. How the show and the construction industry has changed for the better.  This year, The Buildings Show has a numebr of new features going on and of course tech is on everyone's plate. We also get a chance to have a couple of guests, Procore joins the talk and Next Gen Professionals. Please stay to the very end of this podcast, we have a huge surpise for our listeners. Come to the show, check out all the booths and seminars going on over three days and follow along with Manny @hardcorerenos and Carlito @carl_pavlovic as they will be doing live podcast at specific booths over the 3 days. www.thebuildingsshow.com This is The Construction Life
November 24, 2019
On this show, we have Danny Tseng an Architect from the Toronto area talking to us about contractors, clients and changes. Danny gets right into it with a very big intro piece of music that most of us will reconize, well done Danny.  Carlito and Manny get right into the questioning about the Architect and Contractor dynamic.  What to expect frome ach other?  How to work with each other?  And the most important part of all construction, how to say NO. Check out this great podcast where Danny gives us a lot of insight into the world of drawings, permits, changes, tendering, hiring, firing, design and clients.  Well worth the time to listen to this latest episode. Find Danny at www.syllable.design.com @syllable.design and hello@syllable.design  Thank you Danny for your time. This is The Construction Life
November 22, 2019
Roberto Fraschini (Rob) from Galaxy Plumbing Inc. joins TCL Podcast and nearly 2 hours later Rob dives deep into the fascinating world of pipe.  We get Rob's perspective of nearly 20 years of union work and then another 5 years on his own. Rob talks to us about what and who drove him to be the best plumber, the lessons he learned over the years and still learning to this day, standing his ground and where he sees Galaxy Plumbing Inc. in the near future. We get right into his fav tools, toliets and fixtures and Rob even shares his dislikes and what should change.   Listen to this 112 minute long podcast, our longest show to date. We just had so many things to discuss and Rob is a huge fountain of plumbing knowledge. Thanks Rob and we have to get you back on the show soon. Contact Rob and his guys for your next project. https://galaxyplumbinginc.ca info@galaxyplumbinginc.ca 416 464-1740 This is The Construction Life  
November 22, 2019
Roberto Fraschini (Rob) from Galaxy Plumbing Inc. joins TCL Podcast and nearly 2 hours later Rob dives deep into the fascinating world of pipe.  We get Rob's perspective of nearly 20 years of union work and then another 5 years on his own. Rob talks to us about what and who drove him to be the best plumber, the lessons he learned over the years and still learning to this day, standing his ground and where he sees Galaxy Plumbing Inc. in the near future. We get right into his fav tools, toliets and fixtures and Rob even shares his dislikes and what should change.   Listen to this 112 minute long podcast, our longest show to date. We just had so many things to discuss and Rob is a huge fountain of plumbing knowledge. Thanks Rob and we have to get you back on the show soon. Contact Rob and his guys for your next project. https://galaxyplumbinginc.ca info@galaxyplumbinginc.ca 416 464-1740 This is The Construction Life  
November 19, 2019
John Morra from Craft & Clerk is our special guest and we hear how he began with his Uncle in bricklaying in his teenage years to building his own successful Mason and Landscaping business to giving back to the industry with his new renoventure Craft & Clerk. John shares so many stories that every contractor can relate to on and off site.  He gets right into his teenage years and learning the good and mostly bad details of the construction business and doing what most don't, question it all.  So many of these questions led him on a path to change the industry. We love having guests on our podcast that want to honestly give back.  Tune into this 88 minute long podcast where John talks how to make your business run better on paper, a lot of paper, the paper side of the business that most contractors are too afraid to discuss. Thank you so much John for joining us. Check out his web sites www.craftandclerk.com www.stonesthrowconstruction.com Reach out to John for any construction projects at john@stonesthrowconstruction.com Reach out to Kate for any paper building business at hello@craftandclerk.com This is The Construction Life  
November 8, 2019
We have a very special guest on today's show John from McLennos Landscaping get's right into the dirt of things, from starting his own business to dealing with clients, drug use from trades and weather.  Get a very realistic view on starting your own landscaping business, John talks us through his highschool years to some 20 years later working outside.  The ups and downs of one of the hardest trade in construction.  Dealing with employees, clients and Mother or Father Nature calling the shots on your work hours. Thank you so much John for being a part of our show and all of the valuable information you shared.   You can reach John at www.mclennonslandscaping.ca This is The Construction Life
November 8, 2019
Josh from OnHive is here to talk about anything and everything to do with your Custom Smart Home Automation, we dive deep into cyber security, web, entertainment, network and data systems. Hold on to your carpenter pencils and open you notebooks because on today's show we get very tech heavy.  We talk about 5G, WiFi 6, Cyber Security and cameras, Network set ups, Home Theater / Entertainment Systems, and how DATA will be the most powerful currency in the world 10 years from now. Listen to this entire show and get some extermely valuable intell to what your home will be like tomorrow and beyond.  As for the trdespeople listening in, listen up because this new kid on the block affects every single trade so you better smarten up and make nice. Find out more info from Josh at www.onhive.ca  Thanks Josh so much for an amazing show. This is The Construction Life
November 6, 2019
Let's talk personalities and sales in construction with Sunny from Tubs, one of the founding owners who is determined to take the business to new heights and Frank Cone of Cone Construction, Frank has 50 years in the construction business and has seen his fair share of highs and lows. We get right into misname calling from the first minute and then we get right into personalities and how to connect with clients, suppliers and your crew.  You really need to be a match to make construction work for everyone involved. Plenty of vauable “sales” talk on this podcast and Sunny gives us great insight into how he operates his business and more importantly, why he runs it that way. Sit back and have a listen at yet another great podcast from The Construction Life. This is The Construction Life
November 1, 2019
On this episode of The Construction Life we are on location at the new home of Aria Vent, right here in Toronto.  We have Paolo and Roberta Mantenuto from Aria Vents and they tell us how this little family business has changed the construction industry. We get right into the origin of the invention, the family better known as The Board, the many and we mean many "no's" they heard when they first launched the product and how this simple idea has captured all of our construction hearts. We dive deep into the science behind the vents. We also get a chance to ask Paolo and Robbie some great questions about construction and how things need to evolve. After 3 years Aria Vent is now across Canada at Home Depot, Prosol and many other flooring suppliers, Aria Vents are working their way across the USA and it is also in Australia.  They will ship the product anywhere in the world, just contact them at www.ariavent.com
October 27, 2019
We have the man himself, Mark from Skyluxe Roofing and Metal on the show again and we are talking all kinds of construction, from roofing all types of roofing, metal cladding all types of cladding to millennials and more. In this episode, we finally had to censor a few things that were expressed about crappy products and brands.  We are not interested in talking about the bad materials, let's focus on the great materials.  Our apologies for the beeps during the podcast. DM us if you really want to know what was said in those missing sections.   What an amazing podcast and thank you to everyone for listening, leaving us great feedback and asking us to continue talking The Construction Life.
October 27, 2019
We have the man himself, Mark from Skyluxe Roofing and Metal on the show again and we are talking all kinds of construction, from roofing all types of roofing, metal cladding all types of cladding to millennials and more. In this episode, we finally had to censor a few things that were expressed about crappy products and brands.  We are not interested in talking about the bad materials, let's focus on the great materials.  Our apologies for the beeps during the podcast. DM us if you really want to know what was said in those missing sections.   What an amazing podcast and thank you to everyone for listening, leaving us great feedback and asking us to continue talking The Construction Life. This is The Construction Life
October 17, 2019
Sean a "younger" but very experienced commercial concrete "voodoo doctor' joins the show and we get the inside on big concrete projects, from bridges, skyscrapers and airports. Sean gives us the load down on how big concrete projects are handled, from the plant, to the trucks, to pouring, to all of the political red tape along the way. We get into the concrete stereotypes, the mafia, the techniques, the pride and so many things that need changing so we can continue to build a better construction industry. Please enjoy another real construction podcast where egos are not allowed on the mic when it comes to Manny and Carlito.
October 17, 2019
Sean a "younger" but very experienced commercial concrete "voodoo doctor' joins the show and we get the inside on big concrete projects, from bridges, skyscrapers and airports. Sean gives us the load down on how big concrete projects are handled, from the plant, to the trucks, to pouring, to all of the political red tape along the way. We get into the concrete stereotypes, the mafia, the techniques, the pride and so many things that need changing so we can continue to build a better construction industry. Please enjoy another real construction podcast where egos are not allowed on the mic when it comes to Manny and Carlito. This is The Construction Life
October 17, 2019
Jorge from DGR Concrete Forming joins the show and in this 84 minute long show we talk about residential concrete and more, lot's more.  Jorge, with nearly 4 decades of experience walks us through the ups and downs of concrete, clients, trades people and the industry in general.  We even get into radios on site, smoking on site, smoking weed on site and more. Jorge has some amazing information to share and this show is well worth the longer time especially if you as a construction business owner are intersted in running a better ship and making more profit and having more personal time.
October 17, 2019
Jorge from DGR Concrete Forming joins the show and in this 84 minute long show we talk about residential concrete and more, lot's more.  Jorge, with nearly 4 decades of experience walks us through the ups and downs of concrete, clients, trades people and the industry in general.  We even get into radios on site, smoking on site, smoking weed on site and more. Jorge has some amazing information to share and this show is well worth the longer time especially if you as a construction business owner are intersted in running a better ship and making more profit and having more personal time. This is The Construction Life
October 11, 2019
Gary Mares is our guest and plenty to talk about reagrding Trim Carpentry.  In the next hour we go old school and new school and has the construction industry changed for the better or worse? We also get into the some very cool trim techniques, tools and what a typical day on and off site is with Gary and his Old Man.  Dealing with clients, other trades and the industry in general.  Once again we don't hold back and niether do our guests, always trying to make our conversaions as real as the work day. What an amazing time we had with Gary picking his brain about The Construction Life.  
October 11, 2019
Gary Mares is our guest and plenty to talk about reagrding Trim Carpentry.  In the next hour we go old school and new school and has the construction industry changed for the better or worse? We also get into the some very cool trim techniques, tools and what a typical day on and off site is with Gary and his Old Man.  Dealing with clients, other trades and the industry in general.  Once again we don't hold back and niether do our guests, always trying to make our conversaions as real as the work day. What an amazing time we had with Gary picking his brain about The Construction Life. This is The Construction Life  
October 5, 2019
What a great podcast on Windows, Doors and Garage Doors, we get right into what's the norm, how to install and the clients. We have Joe Fernandes from @Joerf1 as our guest, with decades of experience we get ritght into everything to do with these openings in your home. Why most go one style over another, what are the good, bad and ugly truths about installing windows.  Why clients always go cheap and learn thigns the hard way. Are the upgrades worth it? And so much more as Manny and Carlito and Joe have a blast while educating. 
October 5, 2019
What a great podcast on Windows, Doors and Garage Doors, we get right into what's the norm, how to install and the clients. We have Joe Fernandes from @Joerf1 as our guest, with decades of experience we get ritght into everything to do with these openings in your home. Why most go one style over another, what are the good, bad and ugly truths about installing windows.  Why clients always go cheap and learn thigns the hard way. Are the upgrades worth it? And so much more as Manny and Carlito and Joe have a blast while educating.  This is The Construction Life
September 28, 2019
Manny and Carlito have a very special guest on today's podcast, Matthew from e6 Analytics talking about how to run your construction better. We get right into how you as a tradesperson, contractor and general contractor should get organized.  From contracts, to scheduling to progress to closing out the job no matter if it's a powder room or a complete new build. Plenty of great ideas presented in this weeks show.
September 28, 2019
Manny and Carlito have a very special guest on today's podcast, Matthew from e6 Analytics talking about how to run your construction better. We get right into how you as a tradesperson, contractor and general contractor should get organized.  From contracts, to scheduling to progress to closing out the job no matter if it's a powder room or a complete new build. Plenty of great ideas presented in this weeks show. This is The Construction Life
September 21, 2019
Manny and Carlito have Omid @thetileguy.gta and Flo @procustompainting both of them being 24 years old as guests on today's show.  A couple of 47 year olds vs a couple of 24 year old trades.   What could go wrong? We get right into it, no BS here and you will be surprised what Omid and Flo have to say about their generation.  Sorry Eddy, you made your own bed. We might have to do a follow up to this show and topic, after 74 mins we still had more to discuss.   This is The Construction Life.
September 15, 2019
Manny and Carlito are back in the saddle without Mikey.  The Construction Life podcast will go on as Manny and Carlito have a lot to share since the last time these two contractors have been recorded.  Its a funfilled show talking a little bit of everything to do with construction. Hold on to your butts cause we don't hold back and with Carlito on his own proffesionally speaking, there doesn't seem to be a filter so you know this talk will get good. Great to be back and both of us are commited to producing some great shows and stir up that construction talk all over again. This is The Construction Life.
September 15, 2019
Manny is on location at Skyluxe Roofing workshop and breakroom talking roofing with Mark and Jordan and we have Ben from Soprema join us too.   We get talking about everything to do with roofing and that trade and the business.  What an amazing talk. This is The Construction Life.
September 15, 2019
Let's get LOUD!!  We get talking about soundproofing and the simple but important steps required to help with sound transfer in your renovation.   Plenty of great products from MSL to help guide you during key steps of any construction projects. This is The Construction Life.
September 15, 2019
Join Manny as he talks with Todd from Schluter and Omid The Tile Guy himself as we get very orange and talk all things Schluter.   We don't stop there, we get into the history of Schluter, all of their products and what to expect for the future of tiling and Schluter.  This talk has been one Manny has been waiting for a very long time. This is The Construction Life.
September 15, 2019
Manny invites Joe and Ben from Soprema and we get right into the building envelope and what's really important. This has always been an amazing topic for Manny and the information in this podcast is super valuable. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
The Construction Life hosts talk about using social media to build your construction brand, attract clients, find subtrades, teach and learn from others and deal with Trollaholics out there. Yes, social media can consume a lot of your downtime, and work time but social media can also be a great tool in your business. Listen in, as the boys share a few secrets that have worked for them, and they will also share a few things to avoid. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
We have a very special guest, Tony and we are on location at his store Mississauga Hardware Centre just outside the Toronto core. On today's show, we talk about Mom and Pop Shops, Big Box Stores, the Construction Industry and what makes Mississauga Hardware Centre, a shop that has been around for 28 years a great place for laughs and deals. We can't stop talking about the store, the staff, Mom and Pop, the contractors who visit, the tools and even Dragon Slayers comes up more than once, you don't want to miss this show. Listen in as the Construction Life crew has a lot of fun talking with Tony, one of the most respected gentlemen in the construction business. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
In our 13th podcast, The Construction Life crew talks about Time, managing your professional and having more personal time. How can we get ahead of our renovation businesses and still have a personal life for our family and ourselves? Too often renovators and tradespeople spend way too much time on their businesses, neglecting their families. We offer up a few "Time" suggestions after a few interesting stories of our own experiences. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
Join The Construction Life crew as we have another guest, the amazing Natasha from @naturalcarpentry as we continue the women in construction conversation. From trade school to running her own business in 15 years, Natasha shares a few stories about being a female construction business owner. We discuss anything and everything with Natasha including a bleeding penis. Don't forget to give her a follow on Instagram. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
One of the many reasons why the 3 of us started a construction podcast was because of Episode Eleven, Women In Construction. We had so much to talk about that we had to do it in 2 parts with 2 different women. In this episode, we have Marta as our guest, a woman in the industry with over 15 years experience. Working her way from faux finishing to a site super handling over 400 homes a year. Listen in as we don't hold back with the questions and Marta doesn't hold back with the stories. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
Now that the gloves are off, Manny, Carlito, and Mike continue the conversation that dropped the mic last week.Things did get heated and we needed to press the pause button.It was bound to happen when you get 3 different opinions about reno TV shows. Check out the latest podcast where The Construction Life crew sheds more light on the Construction Show Business. This is The Construction Life.
September 14, 2019
In our latest podcast, we don't hold back on how we feel about the current crop of reno tv shows and the hosts, better known to us as Renoactors. With The Construction Life, we have three different opinions about these shows and the content they present to our industry. Listen to our most controversial podcast as things get heated and build up to an explosive ending between Manny, Carlito, and Mikey. This is The Construction Life.
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