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We're talking tiling on today's episode of The Construction Life Podcast with guest Paras Sood from Innovation Tile. Starting off with how he got into tiling as an immigrant Marketing student, Paras shares lots of stories about his experience being a young tiler learning on the job. Now running his own business, Paras has the experience to back up his spirit as he discusses contractors and clients being unwilling to listen to the advice of tilers and the dangers of certain design choices like ceiling tiles. He surprises Manny with his perfectionism and he even expresses having trust issues sending his workers on a job without him there. This episode is not without its advice for young tradespeople, with everything from tips on how to grout to what not to do as a tradesperson's helper. Wrapping up with some tool talk and hammering home the importance of a clean jobsite, we answer the question on everyone's minds: is white thinset actually stronger?Interested in Innovation Tile? Check then out on their website at innovation-tile.com or on Instagram @itile-toronto. Get in touch with Paras by email at innovationtiletoronto@gmail.com.Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated.Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show.Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio!TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Jon MacNeil of MacNeil Construction, Clark Walker of Walkers Custom Frameworks, and Jason Guest of Guest Contracting Inc. and Tiletime join us all the way from Barrie to talk trucks, television and tools. The conversation starts off with whether they factor the rising gas prices into their quotes and soon transitions into Jon telling us about his experience being a part of a TV reno show. A throughline of this episode is the importance of communication, in dealing with both tradespeople and clients, and Jon tells us about his unique approach to showcasing his work, offering the good and the bad for consideration. The show wraps up with a long talk about mentorship and the next generation of tradespeople. Clark and Jon share stories about their fresh-out-of-college new recruits and we discuss the disillusionment that students face once they enter the jobsite, offering some good advice for young job-seekers along the way. Join us for this exciting episode of The Construction Life Podcast! Find MacNeil Construction at their website, macneilconstruction.ca, or on Instagram @macneilconstruction, or reach out to Jon directly at jon@macneilconstruction.ca. Find Walkers Custom Frameworks on Facebook and Instagram @walkerscfw or reach out to Clark at clark@walkerscfw.com. Find Guest Contracting Inc. at their website, guestcontracting.com, or on Instagram @guest_contracting.inc, or reach out at guest.contracting@gmail.com. Find Tiletime at their website, tiletime.ca, or on Instagram @tiletimecanada, or reach out at tiletimecanada@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Today's episode of The Construction Life Podcast opens with a heartfelt thank you from guest Mher Kerushkerian of Triple M Electric before we get into the nitty gritty of his experience being an immigrant getting into electrical in Canada. He shares his encounters with and opinions on ESA inspectors, homeowners doing their own electrical work, and the electrician’s obligation to fix discovered electrical hazards on a job site regardless of payment. After a compulsory chat about the dirty stereotype around electricians, Mher discusses his plans to focus on apprenticeships, educating the next generation and building tradespeople with good character. The show wraps up talking about tools in Mher's home country and answers the controversial question: Does the accessibility of tools in Canada make Canadian tradespeople less skilled? Interested in Triple M Electric? Reach out to Mher at mher@triplemelectric.ca. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Taylor Pagniello from The Therapy Space and Hannah Conover from Compass Construction join Manny and Jason the Keystone Contractor today for a jam-packed episode on gender, therapy, and, of course, construction. Opening with an ever topical discussion on the pandemic's effect on people in therapy, we cover issues with emotional avoidance, the forces stopping men from seeking help, and what to do when people confide in you. Jason has a lot to say about emotional regulation and Manny learns that hating being around people might just be a defence mechanism.After a poignant reminder from Taylor about the rewards of positive thinking, the show switches gears to talk about women in construction. Hannah shares her experience being a woman on job sites and we touch on substance abuse among tradespeople. This show is filled to the brim with advice. Whether you're a tradesperson or you're struggling with mental health problems or addiction, be sure to tune in to this episode of The Construction Life Podcast. Taylor wants to remind all of you that virtual therapy at The Therapy Space is as low as $50 per session for the next 8 months. Don’t miss out on this amazing chance to better yourself!The Therapy Space can be found at thetherapyspace.co, on Instagram @thetherapyspace_, and by email at info@thetherapyspace.co. Interested in Compass Construction? Find them at compassconstruction.ca or reach out to Hannah at hannah@compassconstruction.ca. How about The Keystone Contractor? Find him at thekeystonecontractor.com or by email at info@thekeystonecontractor.com. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Heavy Duty Homes’ Phil Russo is back on the show joining Manny and Jason the Keystone Contractor to talk international. We open the show talking about payment installments and Heavy Duty Homes’ fascinating quoting process before moving on to reveal Phil’s plans for the future of the business. After an interesting discussion about the importance of admin, Phil gets into what everyone is curious about, Heavy Duty Homes' expansion into the USA. He compares American and Canadian clients, shares stories of the headache that is Floridan tradespeople, and breaks down some of the biggest differences in the building regulations of different cities. The show wraps up with a rant about the entitlement of the younger generation. You won't want to miss this episode of The Construction Life Podcast! Interested in Heavy Duty Homes? Find them at heavydutyhomes.com, on Instagram @heavydutyhomesinc, or by email at heavy@heavydutyhomes.com. How about The Keystone Contractor? Find him at thekeystonecontractor.com or by email at info@thekeystonecontractor.com. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Alex Maggiacamo from Universal Aluminum Products Ltd. joins Manny and Jason the Keystone Contractor on today's episode of The Construction Life. Starting off the show is a talk about supplies, prices and wait times boiling down to Canada's lack of infrastructure. We play politician, discussing what we would change before segueing into a conversation Employment Insurance and other government benefits. After that heavy topic, we talk tools and brand comparisons, share some strong opinions on spray foam, and wrap up with a new low in client's price negotiation attempts: using supplier prices against tradespeople. Interested in Universal Aluminum Products Ltd.? Find them at universalaluminumproducts.ca or reach out to Alex at alex@universalaluminumproducts.ca. How about The Keystone Contractor? Find him at thekeystonecontractor.com or by email at info@thekeystonecontractor.com. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Today's show features guest, Matthew Hill of ResCom Contracting, and a rehashing of a few of the most pertinent issues within the construction world, such as the dwindling interest in the construction industry among the younger generation, and how construction workers struggle with saying no to clients looking to negotiate prices. Matt discusses some of his experiences with ResCom's marketing being mostly through word of mouth and shares the truth about being "Baeumler Approved." Matt also shares some strong opinions on tool brands, as well as the differences between residential and commercial work. The show wraps up with a conversation about the courtesy of a reply in client communication. For all that and more, join us on this episode of The Construction Life! Interested in ResCom Contracting? Find them on Instagram at rescom_gc or reach out at rescomcontracting82@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast has never been easier. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may even be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
We've got a full house on today's episode of The Construction Life Podcast. The AVAS Group is here to talk about their history and the pros of having so many in-house trades. Each member has something to say, from the prevalence of job takeovers to the importance of ventilation systems to "respecting the power" of your generators. Tune in for some incredibly varied conversations, whether you're interested in plumbing, smart homes or any other aspect of the trades you're sure to find something of interest here. AVAS even shares their advice and encouragement for the next generation of tradespeople, and we wrap up the show answering the question: Is AVAS all one colour? Interested in The AVAS Group? Find them on their website at theavasgroup.com. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of Manny’s first book, The Amabel Letters. The support has been amazing. Check out the book and find out how to purchase a paperback or ebook copy at www.theamabelletters.com, on Tiktok and Pinterest @theamabelletters and on Instagram @theamabel_letters. Direct questions and inquiries to info@theamabelletters, and remember, reviews are always appreciated. Connecting with The Construction Life Podcast is easy. To send a question Manny’s way, text his mobile at 416 433-5737 or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com. Be sure to include your name and your question may be read on the show. Do you have something to add to the conversation? Email info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a date and time to join up in studio! TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Starting off the video podcast era of The Construction Life Podcast, Jason Schywiola from The Keystone Contractor joins us to share his experiences working with egos, attitudes, conmen, and threatening clients. Jason breaks down his opinion on the profitability of cash guys, how he deals with competitive pricing, as well as how ignorance of risk that can drastically change a quote. After a quick discussion about the work ethic of the current generation, Jason wraps up the show by telling us the ugly stories of his workplace injuries, including his surprising recoveries from them. All that and more on this episode of The Construction Life. When you join the Contractor Panel and share your expert opinions, you influence industry decision-makers and determine what the industry looks like for years to come. You are compensated for every survey you take and can choose to spend your incentives at retailers and restaurants you already love, like Amazon, Wal-Mart, Texas Roadhouse, and more. https://thecontractorpanel.com/ Thank you Jason @thekeystonecontractor on IG and FB find him on his website www.thekeystonecontractor.com and email him fro your next project or to just talk shop info@thekeystonecontractor.com thank you Jason for sharing so much great information. Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated. Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away. Want to be on there show? Drop us an email at info@theconstructionlife.com to schedule a day/time with us at the studio. TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated.Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away.TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
First up!!!! The Tiny Home Show is August 4-7, 2022, in Ancaster Fairgrounds, Municipal Day is the Thursday where there will be a lot of government officials there to discuss a number of things. There will be 12+ tiny homes there for people to walk through and discuss. Over 35 different exhibitors featuring everything you need to know about building, maintaining a tiny home. Let’s get into everything to do with tiny homes, beginning with 188-450 square feet is the clear definition of a tiny home as per the OBC. Tiny homes, Garden Suites, Second Suites, it all adds up to Aging in Place, Multi-Generational Living, this is where homes are heading and as tradespeople you would benefit greatly to learn more about this segment of the market is heading. Bianca has done her homework and there are so many by laws and rules surrounding these types of homes where she can educate you around the red tape. We discuss the construction of these dwellings, and it all begins with being creative with the space and you will never feel like you’re living in a tiny home. We discuss the mechanicals and how best to set up your home, it’s a lot easier than you would think. Bianca is one resource to take advantage of, as she has gone down the many routes to make sure you are covered when it comes time to find a parking location as she calls it, your final location of your tiny home in a rural area. Do not be discouraged by all of the information that is required and please don’t take the no from one city official as the final, there is always a way around those no’s leading you to a yes. Remember this one point, nobody in municipal government has the right to say no to affordable housing solutions. They must listen to what you have to offer. What a great show and if you are interested in attending the show, you will learn so much. August 4-7 2022 at the Ancaster Playgrounds and you can use discount code TCLGOESTINY for a 25% single day discount or 50% off the 4 day passes. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://tinyhome.showhttps://olt.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/about-lpat/https://www.boxabl.comhttps://www.healthline.com/health/decision-fatigueThank you so much Bianca and Ken for being on the show and sharing so much about your construction and design life and so much about the upcoming Tiny Home Show and Tiny Homes. Reach out to Bianca at her email bianca@tinyhome.show and on IG @thegivingtree.tinyhome and the website www.thegivingtreefamily.com www.tinyhome.showReach out to Ken through his email kenbekendam@gmail.com and IG Twitter and Facebook @kenbekedam and Thank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated. TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
We open the show with a little Dirty Dancing melody. 7 years in the business on his own with his brand but many more years of learning from so many other trades. During his college years he picked up some work with a plumber digging undergrounds 4 months straight and that was his humble beginning. With 4 children Tom has a busy household and he’s had to refocus his energies to keep the money in the bank. It’s a daily challenge running a construction business.Tom shares his thought on the difference between renos and new construction is Mice, Poop and Mold, simple as that. We discuss hiring and finding new subtrades and teaching them, hopefully getting them to a managerial position in your business. Social Media comes up, as it always does on this show and a few interesting points are brought up. The topic of building a new home comes up and it is something that Tom has considered but he feels he should build his personal home first before tackling that for a client. He’s enjoying the structural side of the business for now and learning so much with each new project. We dive into the relationships between, architects, engineers, designers, tradespeople, and clients. We wrap up the show with a story about renovation fraud and clients and the dreaded final payment.And the recession is coming!!! Watch for it in 2023.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.ocsb.ca/our-schools/high-school/programs-courses/courses/courses-te-construction/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaLGg1wYztkhttps://www.gmblueplan.cahttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10419529-foundationhttps://www.humber.ca/buildingcodeexams/https://www.pi-co.cahttps://tinyhome.showThank you so much Tom for being on the show and sharing so much about your construction and design life and more. Reach out to Tom at his email info@trustedtrade.ca and on IG @elliotttrustedtrades and the website www.trustedtrade.caThank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated.Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away.TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
How did it all begin? Children’s BDay party and a few drinks and plenty of pics about wood and the ideas started flowing. Steve didn’t have any formal construction experience, but he would tinker and build odd things and then friends suggested he should do this as a business and Vintage was born. Steve and Jenn love what they do, they love to create ideas for clients, they love working with mother nature resources and making vintage ideas come alive. Vintage has been built on 100% creative and customer service; it is a boutique business catering to the creative clients that want to take their home to new levels of warmth. We discuss different species of wood and mother nature and the climate of your home; clients need to understand that your home environment will have a huge impact on the projects and details that are installed in the home. Of course, the topic of tools comes up and Jenn shares that she loves Festool and Manny calls them the Louie Vuitton of tools. Gary gets on the mic to have a pretty heated conversation over glues and applications and plenty of truths are shared. Half way through this show, Steve shares some amazing insight about life, dreams, passion and well worth listening to his kind and moving words. We end the show with what must be the longest 12 questions of construction with Steve and Jenn’s replies. Steve ends the show with a phrase his Dad always taught him, the work won’t kill you. Steve has some great life advice towards the end of the show and he speaks highly about his sufficient other in his life. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.ghostwoodcanada.comThank you so much Steve and Jennifer and Gary and Steve’s lovley wife Carimae for being on the show and sharing so much about your construction and design life and more. Reach out to Steve at his email steve@vintageideas.ca and on IG @vintageideasltd and the website www.vintageideas.caThank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated.Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away. TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Tony Viera and Dave from GD Contracting Services Inc. are here to share their many stories, from a humble beginning working in roofing and eventually int renovations of all scopes. It all began with roofing, working with their Dad’s and uncles during all extremes of mother nature. Dave did it for 6 years and Tony for 20 years before he got out and began renovating. This show will dive into the education of construction, the search for the next group of trades, the lessons learned from every employer they worked for and worked with. Construction has and always will be about learning every single day and the Dave and Tony carry that mindset to this very day since they have no plans in the near future to hang up the tool belts. There are major issues coming our way, with Tony and Dave, they know half of their staff is 5 years away from retirement and they are scrambling to figure out future moves, we all are. Take the initiative to stay longer on the job site and watch experienced trades doing what they do best and ask questions. You can look at it two ways, not making money to learn or making future money, you decide, it’s all perspective. At the age of 40 Tony took a blueprint reading course, there is always time to better educate yourself especially in the trades. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.jobstart.orgThank you so much Tony and Dave and sorry we missed Gil for being on the show and sharing so much about your construction life and more. Reach out to Tony at his email tony@gdcontracting.ca and on IG gdcontracting and his personal page @tonygdcontractingincThank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated.Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away. Reach out to Joe and Trevor at the following info. www.venturesxcanada.ca find them on Social Media @venturesxoakville reach them at 289 644-2393 and email oakville@venturesxcanada.comTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
Matteo Nunziata is on the show to discuss changing the construction industry with his app UBild. Of course, we will discuss plenty of construction bones to pick, old school vs new school, trade schools, technology and construction, politics, and so much more, one show not to miss. Matteo began his construction career by knocking on doors and offering up odd jobs, known as Odd Job Matthew in the neighborhood, from there he began to look at the industry differently, he realized how inefficient the industry is. The objective of this app isn’t to replace tradespeople, they are augmenting the experience, we’re making people more efficient and by doing that, they keep people at the core of it all. This isn’t an app for Diyers, this is for the professional industry. It takes a young tradesperson to be a role model for the industry and we must take control of all the opportunities to achieve major change in construction. It truly is about building a community and not competition, tradespeople are wired in such a way that they look forward to the completion of tasks, that serotonin kick is what we all are after. The app was designed and continues to be built around tradespeople, something the industry really needs. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://waldenhomes.caThank you so much Matteo for being on the show and sharing the app, construction and more. Reach out to Matteo at www.ubildapp.com his email matteo@ubildapp.com and on Twitter @ubildapp and FaceBook UBILD and on IG @ubildappThank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated.Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away. Reach out to Joe and Trevor at the following info. www.venturesxcanada.ca find them on Social Media @venturesxoakville reach them at 289 644-2393 and email oakville@venturesxcanada.comTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
I first met Bob nearly 20 years ago and to sit down with Bob, expect hours and hours of your time as he truly enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with anyone that will ask. Hold on, for our longest show ever and Carlito and Manny could have gone longer speaking with Bob. This isn’t a show to miss and please do yourself a favour and take notes. At The Construction Life we embrace guests offering up suggestions and with this show Bob preferred opening the show with a spoken word and quite the opening, thank you Bob. Carlito is back! Life does throw us some curve balls and we all go through good and bad times, Carlito’s Dad passed away and it has been a hard time for him, we wish him the best. Humble beginnings for Bob back in the 60’s and began his work ethic by tending to farm animals and working at a green house, from their his Dad started a company, Brampton fastener Company, eventually becoming Brafasco. Okay Hero is an expression Bob will share a lot and for good reason, it’s his way of knowing it’s time to get going, what’s next, how to figure out the challenges. After some European traveling and hockey playing, Bob returns home, 18 years old and his Dad turns to him and saying we are putting these nuts and bolts kits together, why don’t you try to sell these to farmers. The last thing Bob wanted to do was be a salesman. Turns out he could sell, and he sold a kit an hour and made 20 bucks per kit back in the late 70’s. That is how it began. Bob shares his customer service knowledge, working on his own personal home gave him more practical experience and it wasn’t because he wanted to be a contractor, he wanted to be of more service to his contractor customers. Don’t be afraid of getting things wrong, whatever we do, we will do it better the second time. The Judge, Jury and Executioner of every business is the Customer. The customer decides whether you will survive. What an amazing show, you will need a notepad.Shared and Discussed LinksDevendra recently reached out @dsamlall letting me know he recently graduated from Skilled Trades College of Plumbing and he’s looking for an opportunity to be an apprentice and he’s hungry to learn and work hard. Reach out to him. ThanksJust a speaking tip Bob shared before the mics were on, instead of having water during your speaking, apply some lip balm to keep your lips moist and avoid the need to drink because the water will make your lips dry out while speaking and the balm won’t, and you won’t be rushed to finish speaking for a bathroom break. http://www.snellcs.comhttps://www.predictivesuccess.comhttps://www.sethgodin.comThank you so much Bob for being on the show and sharing so much insight into business, nuts and bolts and fasteners and more. Reach out to Bob at www.happyboss.com his email bob@happyboss.com and on Twitter and FaceBook @happybossdotcomThank you to everyone who recently purchased a copy of my first book and for all the support. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.com info@theamabelletters.com you can buy a paperback copy and e book copy and find details about the story on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters and please leave a review on the website, greatly appreciated.
We open with must be the worst version of Easy, and rolled right into why we are not drinking on a Sunday morning. Larry Serpa from Key Tile Co and Key Surfaces is back. He was traveling back home to Pico Azores with a stop in Toronto so we had a chance to stop by for him to meet some of the Portuguese trades in Toronto. Fabio @fabio.andrade51 who was late to meet up with us on the current job site. Joe from @jrentrysystems Gary and the Old Man from @marescarpentry Tony from @tc.installations.inc and lastly Omid and his crew from @thetileguy.gta On today’s show, we get technical about tiling and Larry shares quite a lot about his many years of experience and working with so many different types of tiles, slabs, mosaics, mortars, substrates and more, don’t want to miss this one. We begin with old school and how things were done and how tiling as a trade does take a toll on your body and it really is a young trades game. Tiling always leads to discussing health and safety and all tile setters must understand you’re not only responsible for you and your crews safety but every other trade on site, don’t be cutting tile and or backer board with no proper protection. We discuss interior and exterior installations and understanding BC and specifically Vancouver has a climate that only 2% of the world has, where you have rainforest conditions with freeze thaw and a lot of the time in the same day. So many factors apply to tile, stone, slab installs, and experience is important to best understand techniques. Larry walks us through the products and tricks of the trade he has built his business on, things like dry mixing products because the ingredients do settle at the bottle of the bag/box. We discuss, mixing ratios and shelf lives of the products. Larry shares his thoughts on shower pans, dry pack, drains and so much more and how things have evolved and where they might be headed. We close out the show with a lot of talk on project function over project design, never forget the function of the room.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://laticrete.com/en/tile-and-stone-care-and-maintenance/stonetech-protect/stonetech-bulletproof-sealerhttps://www.winklerchimica.com/en/https://www.juliesawchuk.cahttps://www.kohler.ca/ca/round-shower-drain-for-use-with-plastic-pipe-gasket-included/productDetail/shower-fittings/420322.htm?skuId=1284599https://ebbe-america.comhttps://www.annsacks.comhttp://trufig.comThank you so much Larry for being on the show again and getting way more techincal, making the time while visiting the Toronto area and sharing so much insight into the tiling trade and more. Reach out to Larry at www.keytile.ca his email info@keytile.ca and on IG and FaceBook @keytileco and @keysurfacesTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
We open the show with a little Rob Base and it takes two, not the best version but we did it and it’s fitting for today’s show. A couple of shout outs to @hh.concpets sharing a few messages about preparing for a potential recession. @summitexteriorsidaho discussing moving his business from Canada to the States. On with the SHOW we talk about Side Hustles, and we will be doing a series of these shows featuring tradespeople that have worked on other things outside of construction. I wrote a novel, a love story, a romance story set in Toronto about a woman, Hayley who recently has a breakup and is fed up with relationships discovers hundreds of love letters that belonged to a couple from a decade earlier. That is the basic premise of the story, and we are along for the ride to search for Amabel and the man in her life, Joshan. I began writing this story Dec 25, 2018, and it took me about 6 months to write out a 160-page script. I shard the story with a few friends from the film business, they loved it, they had a lot of questions, to be honest so did I. I sat on the story for another 6 months and then decided to write the novel. I suppose I was hesitant to write the novel because I’m not a writer and there are rules to writing and the literary world is a different and very pretentious world that a contractor really has no business being in. Then I realized, wait, I am Manny from Hardcore Renos, and The Construction Life and I really don’t care what people think. Fear should never be a reason for you not to do something. I embraced it and began writing the novel. Another year and I had a 600-page story, I worked on all those missing pieces of the story, and without sounding egotistical, the story really did write itself, the characters and the connections just flowed across the page. Here we are now, a finished 525-page novel, a story that I wrote, and published and I am very proud of. People are now reading it and the feedback is very positive, women are crying several times, connection with the characters and the scenarios, their actions and they love how it begins and how it all ends. Sure, there will be people that won’t like your written words and that is fine, the story of Amabel isn’t for everyone but as a contractor I had this story inside me and I felt obligated to put it down on paper and share it with others. This show is about Side Hustles and in construction I believe everyone in this amazing industry has a lot to offer outside of swinging the hammer. Find other passions and don’t be afraid to embrace it, build it, share it, believe in it. The rest is simply going to shape more happiness into your life. I hope you get a chance to support the book and read it, share it with others and tell me what you think of it. I honestly want to know. Thank you so much for your time. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q07y1JFeEEhttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/5GYjyMGBsYiUb4nLdoPSjw?si=0k99u5kHQDWaU-AwamMccg&nd=1Thank you, Laurie, for reading the book and sharing your thoughts. Check out the book at www.theamabelletters.cominfo@theamabelletters.com on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_lettersTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
DISCLAIMER The following show is in no way advice on how you should invest into cryptocurrency, always do your own research and source out the information for yourself. Shawn Silva, an Engineering Technologist who created A3C to help others navigate the blockchain landscape and Marco Carlini, a salesperson in the concrete industry are here to share a lot about cryptocurrency, blockchain, NFT’s and a whole lot more.On with the show. What is Blockchain? A blockchain is a distributed system that achieves security through cryptography and consensus without relying on trust.Nearly two years studying and investing in blockchain, Shawn has learned a lot from his initial $1000.00 investment in a few currencies and he has stuck with Cardano. He believes in the Cardano mandates as he dives deep into the founder, Charles Hoskinson, please look him up.Shawn and Marco discuss the Terra Luna crash over 3 days, where it went from $160.00 to worth 0.000019 and a lot of people lost their life savings and people committed suicide. Where did that money go? That is the fear.There are two types of Blockchains, Proof of Work and Proof of State and the guys break it all down. They discuss DeFi, there are two types of exchanges, secs and decs. When you create a blockchain there is a 3-pillar system, Security, Scalability, and Interoperability. Lessons to consider when investing, diversify and have one meme/joke coin because you never know. We discuss hot and cold storages and how to set them up and the term KYC Know Your Customer. Bottom line, do your research and source out the information and make informed decisions and never look at crypto as the quick rich entity that has been portrayed in the last decade.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.youtube.com/c/charleshoskinsoncryptohttps://messari.iohttps://koinly.iohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW2BPQ15OSwhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRvqjQPSeaWn-uEx-w0XOIghttps://www.youtube.com/c/CryptosRUshttps://empowa.iohttps://www.beeple-crap.comhttps://cardanotrees.comhttps://www.cryptoboons.comhttps://www.claynation.iohttps://www.unsigs.comhttps://trezor.ioThank you Shawn and Marco for sharing so much about the digital currency age quickly approaching all of us. Find Shawn at the following @ShawnA3C on Twitter and his YouTube Channle – A3C Crypto Club Inc and on Facebook at ShawnA3C and on his email at shawn@A3Ccryptoclub.com and the website at www.A3Ccryptoclub.com and contact Marco on his email at m.e.carlini@hotmail.com
DISCLAIMERLet’s begin the show by saying that the information shared on this show is in NO WAY legal advice to any of our listeners, please schedule a meeting with a lawyer to further discuss your particular legal issues.Operating his own private practise for 2 years now, graduated University of Ottawa, worked for an investment broker dealer after he did his article for a sports and entertainment firm. He was planning on moving to Chicago but then the pandemic had other plans, he stayed in Canada and now on his own with Regalia Law. We get discussing the reasons why Essa became a lawyer and that leads to at some point in your construction career you will have to have a meeting with a lawyer to either defend or protect yourself.We shift gears to discussing the housing crisis, Blackstone entering the Canadian housing market, stocks, crypto, lending rates, and so much more, there is something going on and if you are not having conversations about it, you might be left in a bad situation one day in the near future. Essa brings up the recent court case going on right now regarding the travel ban for any unvaccinated Canadians where the court will be hearing arguments in Sept 2022 by the last living signatory of The Charter Of Rights.Towards the last third of the show we dive into the legal language and potential situations tradespeople could find themselves in one day, we begin with, how to find a lawyer that you can work with and have represent you. We discuss small claims, the legal procedures, contracts, people being spiteful and so many more reasons why the courts are so back logged and why people go the litigation route. Essa sheds some light on Piercing the Corporate Veil, basically there is a way that a lawyer can go after you personally regardless if your business is incorporated. A good contract will have a clause, in the event of a dispute, you mediate first, then you arbitrate and then you litigate and if clients decide to breach the contract, then you have grounds to argue the clause they ignored and decided to clogged the courts and this could have the claim dismissed.The show wraps up with Manny revealing what his realistic representation of a renovation show would look like and it’s worth the listen.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSTNhBlfV_shttps://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0Thank You so much Essa for sharing so much about the industry and other areas that are dramatically affecting everyone. Find Essa at his contact email essa@regalialaw.com and his website www.regalialaw.com and he is also on LinkedIN and shares quite a lot about what’s going on in the world.Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away.TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
This show will relate to so many tradespeople working in the industry, please give this show a listen as Bradley shares why and how he got into construction and the path he took, or you could say the path that took him. Thank you so much Bradley for sharing so much and opening up, I know there are a few other tradespeople listening that have or are going through similar struggles. This show we will discuss the industry, business owning and running, union strikes, economy, mental health, addictions and more. Bradley began his career with Local 183, who are currently on strike as they should be when they have not had a change in their contract since before the pandemic. Before starting his own business, he worked with a number of builders and had a chance to see the bad and good sides of the business, unfortunately more bad than good, that is how many of us learn. Bradley has plans of growing his business to custom home builder and even gated communities. The topic of mental health comes up and Bradley opens about his past and the struggles he has gone through. In his late teens, a hockey star, the popular kid, partying, became an alcoholic and quickly followed with an addiction ecstasy at the age of 19, carried that along until he was 23 and was introduced to cocaine. Once Bradley was hooked on cocaine, he would wake up in the morning, start his day with a beer and more cocaine before heading to work. His life became darker and darker, he never thought it would end, he figured this was his life for the rest of his life, he knew what he was doing was wrong and his thoughts led him to consider suicide, driving his truck off a bridge. February 19 2021, Bradley finally said to himself, enough, enough. He just finished a 5 day bender of booze and cocaine and he thought of his family, his nieces and nephew and his family helped him back and helped him survive. Arriving on the job site, he hid and cried, nobody on the jobsite knew what Bradley was going through, nobody really knows what any of us are really going through. Bradley called his Mom and she put plans in place and he was quickly admitted into a crisis centre for 72 hours and that was the beginning of his recovery. The hardest part of quitting the addictions for Bradley, was finding himself. For the last few years he put this façade for everyone else and never realized he needed to find his true self.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.instagram.com/eq_construction/Timmy from Virginia.DC metro area is looking for a contractor for a master bathroom renovation anyone listening in that area and interested in learning more, please reach out to him at timmyn@gmail.com Hopefully someone will reach out to him. Thankshttps://www.instagram.com/mississaugahardwarecentre/https://www.instagram.com/stuccoskocontemporary/https://www.instagram.com/tool.academy/https://www.instagram.com/agdrywallandtaping/Thank You so much Bradley for sharing so much about the industry and opening up the way you did, the mental health stigma really does need to change. Find Brandley at the following @bradthebuilder94 on IG and contact Bradley on his email at bradleyj@builtbybradley.ca
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Sparrow Wings

You guys laugh over harassing women but then stamp your feet, throw a tantrum and sue a woman for... posting audio of you admitting you think harassment is funny while claiming YOU are being harassed? What even is logic?? You guys really couldn't be women for five minutes. I hope this experience helps you grow up and develop some basic empathy, I sincerely do.

Jun 8th
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Melanie Moncrieff Ells

let's talk about how these guys are suing a woman for 15m because she criticized sexist behaviour on their podcast.

Jun 8th
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Matt Muncey

love listening to these guys talk about Renovations in the GTA and also two guys all around the country

Mar 16th
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