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Author: Manny Neves and Carlito Pavlovic with guest host Jim Caruk

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It is a 5am wake up, work out, shower, prepare lunch, send off the family, hop into the van, call the crews and suppliers, arrive on site, organize, prep, build, have fun, wrap up, end the day on a high note, head home, spend time with the family, prep for the next day, turn in, sleep, and wake up and do it all over again because you love what you do every single day of The Construction Life.

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This has been an idea for a show since our very first show and here we are 200 shows later and we finally get to record a show about our significant others and what tradespeople put our loved ones through every single day of The Construction Life. We have Carlito, his wife couldn’t make it, Jason from The Keystone Contractor is back with his wife Laura and Manny and his girlfriend Bela are here to chat the other half of the business. This should be interesting. The men speak up and accept what they do, the women share the ups and downs, but words can only go so far, action will take us further. For all you young tradespeople just starting out this is a show worth listening too, the men on this show might not be right but a lot of what is being shared is the truth and there are some suggestions in between the words. Tradespeople need to understand how and when to say no, it’s never about get as much work as possible, gobble up all of it and just find the time to do it, the answer is no. Learn to say no so you can have your personal time, family time, significant other time, these are important. Carltio and Jason share a lot about their long-term marriages and the ups and downs while Manny asks the questions and pokes the relationship bear to get to the route of the issues. Of course, the Electric Space Shuttle makes an appearance on this show and the leads to an injury from a possible materbating incident. That’s right this is The Construction Life. What an amazing show thank you so much Jason, Laura and Bela for being a part of the very personal and difficult show but a show that needed to be heard.Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comWant 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.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.comDon’t forget to check out https://www.juspress.ca keeping us active during our 24 hour event, thanks Danny. @jusspresssDanny is the one gentleman that turned me onto natural juices and the many benefits behind them, I began with raw ginger and kept going from there. It has been over 4 years now and drinking raw juices is a part of my daily routine. Thanks Danny. Manny TCL
“Tough times create strong men. Strong men create easy times. Easy times create weak men. Weak men create tough times.” The quote, from a postapocalyptic novel by the author G. Michael Hopf, sums up a stunningly pervasive cyclical vision of history. That is what this show will be about. Plenty of older tradespeople are nervous of the future of construction including the 3 on today’s show. Danny sparks the conversation about what will happen when the older generation of tradespeople decide to put the hardhat down for good. It all begins with a certain type of work ethic and Danny, Manny and Carlito agree that work ethic is quickly disappearing from the jobsite, and we need to figure out how to bring it back and bring it back hard. We discuss modular, automated workforces, panels of brick not individual bricks, what does the future really have in store for construction? These questions must be asked, and solutions must be offered. Are we raising a generation of way too sensitive people, nobody wants to go to the school of Hard Knox, you can’t yell at anyone, you can be arrested for words and actions that upset others, the entire world has gone to bullshit. The comparison to government contracts and government ways of building and the amount of waste that is there and being taught to every generation. We are not saying that today’s generation, the workforce is to fully blame here, anyone who doesn’t care to work hard is to blame, anyone that wants to do as little to be paid as much is to blame and things are not getting better. Do we need to reopen the immigration gates and bring the people that want to work and work hard to make a living and have a better life in Canada, will that be the solution to the shortage in tradespeople? Who is really to blame for removing the hard work ethic previous generations had? Do we blame parents, government, teachers? We have an interesting chat about who is the easiest and hardest trade out there, might just piss off a few trades listening, keep in mind Carlito and Manny were on 16 hours at this point. How long will it take to replace the old school trades, to find those new trades, navigate the new world we live in and have them find their passion to be in construction. Carlito makes one last suggestion where to find more tradespeople, prison, he thinks that’s a great idea in this new sensitive world.What an amazing show thank you so much Danny for spending the weekend in Toronto again, next time we see you, we will have the whole family on the show and it will be in Montreal. Thank you for sharing so much about big your journey and educating our listeners on what it is to have a construction family. Find him at danny@doscainc.com and on IG @dannydosca Thank you TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.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.comDon’t forget to check out https://www.juspress.ca keeping us active during our 24 hour event, thanks Danny. @jusspresss
With today’s show we cast a wide construction net, but Kurt wants to focus on young trades, young business owners, the youth of construction, as the older trades prepare to step down, where is the industry going to be in the next decade, a particular favorite topic at TCL. Strap on the tool belt, this will be one hell of a great show. The show begins with Kurt’s experience with George Brown and how it was a huge positive step in his career path, sharing the teachers, the classroom sizing and fundamentals of construction being learned. Kurt has a lot of positive things to say about the school route and he knew when it was his time to decide, either start in the industry or begin with school, he chooses school for a very good reason. Kurt has never been that old type of tradesperson, where you yell, you “man up” kind of mentality and when he was given certain great opportunities by established builders, he did ask that he work in new ways and that worked out amazing for him and the crews and especially for the clients. We ask Kurt how have the clients changed in the last 15 years of his construction, his response is great and he touches on a number of key factors. Kurt has some great ideas and he’s not afraid to share them on our show and the reasons behind those ideas because they stem from him learning every single day on the job site. One idea in particular is known as a Trades Day, he brings the trades into the job before it begins to meet the clients and walk through the scope so the clients can now feel better and more secure with the strangers entering their home and spending their hard-earned money. We wrap up the show with numbers, how and why Kurt came up with his rates, his overhead, his figures and he turned to people he trusted for guidance, and it has worked out great for him. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://fergusonfinehomes.cahttps://www.facebook.com/alsheatandaircond/http://www.cameronplumbing.cahttps://vitalelementsplumbingandmech.cahttps://www.facebook.com/mark.allison.77736https://dkexcavating.comhttps://www.gotconcreteinc.comhttps://www.greybruceconstruction.cahttps://www.homehardware.ca/en/store/10788What an amazing show Kurt, thank you so much for your passion for the construction industry and being on the show, spending the time to share your early experiences, stories, and valuable insight, we wish all the best and would love to have you back anytime. Find him at www.snellcs.com and email kurt@snellcs.com and on IG @snellconservices and on FB at Snell Contracting Services Inc. Thank you Sir for all of us at TCL.TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.Don’t forget to check out https://www.juspress.ca keeping us active during our 24 hour event, thanks Danny. @jusspresss
WARNING - This show is raw and honest and if you’re not interested in the real version of The Construction Life then please don’t listen. Very Explicit conversations on this show.What a show we have for you during our craziness of 24 hours of podcast and 14 shows, finally reaching the halfway mark we have 3 of the best finish carpenters in the Greater Toronto Area on the show and boy will the fun be let loose like sawdust in the wind. We begin the show discussing suppliers and the quality of material these days. From there the group discusses mdf, poplar, red and white oak, walnut, they go nuts discussing different species of wood and applications. The guys are very open about how everyone, they mean everyone that can buy a saw and the tools considers themselves a finish carpenter, not the case.Schedules how can custom trim carpenters stay on schedule when clients continue to increase the scope, the panel of trades share their thoughts. Of course, we chat about tools and boy that conversation goes everywhere when you have 5 tradespeople on the show. The group has fun discussing pocket doors and what the real costs are associated with a proper pocket door, material, and assembly. Blades, all kinds of blades and it does make a difference what number of teeth you use for what kind of material and surprise Gary shares the fact that oscillating blades can be sharpened, reach out to him and he might just give up his connection. The pros discuss several rapid fired topics about the work, business, retiring, techniques, clients and more, they don’t hold back. What an amazing show for anyone wanting to get into the industry or looking to be better at their trade. Thanks guys.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://centralfairbank.comhttps://brenlo.comhttps://www.balmorallumber.cahttps://doorlandgroup.comhttps://www.kncrowder.comhttps://conceptthirteen.caWhat an amazing show gentlemen, thank you so much for your passion for the industry and on the show and for spending the time to share your early experiences, stories, and valuable insight, we wish all the best and would love to have you back anytime. Find these rockstars of finish carpentry Gary Mares @marescarpentry the one and only email him at marescarpentry@gmail.com and Fabio Andrerde from FNA Custom Woodworking @fabio.andrede51 and email him at Fabio.andrede.en69@gmail.com and finally we had Joe Nicolau from Unique Touch Carpentry and find him at uniquetouchcarpentry@hotmail.com and on IG @uniquetouchcarpentry Thank you Gentlemen for all of us at TCL.TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry. www.venturesxcanada.ca find them on Social Media @venturesxoakville reach them at 289 644-2393 and email oakville@venturesxcanada.comDon’t forget to check out https://www.juspress.ca @jusspresss
What a great show we have with Quaid Sturdy from Sturdy Contracting Co. and he’s going to share what he’s been doing being so young in Trades and why he sees such an optimistic future in construction. At 24 years old Quaid is very interested in meeting, speaking, absorbing from as many tradespeople as possible. Quaid walks us through his journey from working with his dad’s electrical co to busted up collar bone to all types of employment to finally getting into construction for good. Then we are pleasantly interrupted by Jeff from @gl.plumbing who stopped by to say hello. Quaid is an old soul in a young man’s body, he’s looking at the construction industry with fresh eyes, working on new ways to do things, new ways to streamline your business, your trades, your suppliers and how clients interact with us, he sees a bright future for anyone interested in being a part of this amazing industry. We wrap up the show with a few laughs and a gambit of different construction topics but all centered around the business side of the construction industry. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.somervillenurseries.com/homehttps://www.acceleratorsorg.comhttps://www.eonetwork.org/torontohttps://www.csiresources.org/standards/masterformathttps://www.wsib.ca/enWhat an amazing show Quaid, thank you so much for your passion on the show and for spending the time to share your early experiences, stories, and valuable insight, we wish all the best and would love to have you back in a year to see how you’re doing. Find Quaid at quaid@sturdycontracting.ca and at www.sturdycontracting.ca and on IG @sturdycontractingco Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comWant 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.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.comDon’t forget to check out https://www.juspress.ca keeping us active during our 24 hour event, thanks Danny. @jusspresssDanny is the one gentleman that turned me onto natural juices and the many benefits behind them, I began with raw ginger and kept going from there. It has been over 4 years now and drinking raw juices is a part of my daily routine. Thanks Danny. Manny TCL
Welcome to the wonderful world of HVAC, Tyler is back to discuss his business, the HVAC business and more. Working for an established HVAC brand Tyler was making suggestions on where to take the business how to grow with the times and his ideas, the powers at be didn’t want to go in that direction so after many ups and downs and Tyler watching his sales go up but revenue go down, Tyler decided to take the leap and go on his own. He partnered with someone, plus a helper, one van they were off into the HVAC market. 5 years later and the partner has decided to move on, Tyler has 5 vans now, the crews, specialty techs and he has built a solid construction business, his former employer and business closed 2 years ago.We get right into the world of HVAC and Tyler begins with a Construction Bone, construction heat, GC’s using a brand-new furnace to heat and or cool the home, in turn placing wear and tear on a new machine and potentially damaging the unit, a few great suggestions are brought up. The world of maintenance comes up and no point in spending the bucks and getting the proper system if you as a homeowner won’t handle the maintaining or hire someone like Stott to take care of all that seasonal maintenance. Tyler shares his ideal ultimate mechanical room and what would be in there servicing the entire home, from a boiler, snow melt, forced air for AC and air movement to a steam humidifier. With an ideal humidity level between 30-50%. HVAC designs, Mechanical Engineers, calculating loads, hot and cold, Tyler brings up a major point about OBC standard loads and how they don’t work for clients’ needs and expectations. We get talking about 2nd furnaces and zoning but instead of zoning horizontally with basement and main floor and then 2nd zone will be 2nd floor, go vertically and zone the home front and back because of the position of the home and natural sunlight and radiant temps affecting the home comfort. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://ntiboilers.comhttps://www.amana-hac.com/products/gas-furnaceshttps://www.navieninc.com/residential/boilershttps://www.carrier.com/residential/en/ca/products/boilers/https://www.bosch-thermotechnology.us/us/en/ocs/residential/boilers-1098951-c/https://www.ecobee.com/en-ca/What an amazing show Tyler, thank you so much for coming back on the show and for spending the time to share your experiences, stories, and valuable HVAC information. Find Tyler at www.stotthvacsystems.ca and his email at tyler@stotthvacsystems.ca and on IG @stotthavcsystems Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry. www.venturesxcanada.ca find oakville@venturesxcanada.comhttps://www.juspress.ca@jusspresss
This is one show Carlito and Manny have wanted to do since the very beginning. We are going to upset some, we are going to bring up some issues that most don’t discuss, we will discuss addictions, anxiety, suicide, depression and more. This show might not be for everyobe but it’s a conversation we must have and at TCL we will never hide from speaking the truth.Taylor is here to discuss mental health on the jobsite and how to handle yourself, your trades and the construction industry. She is a Registered Psychotherapy Qualifying with 3 years in the industry. Carlito brings up that a lot of tradespeople bring personal, home, family life to the job site and it can spill over and create a negative job site environment. The old school way of handling any issues was to ignore, deny, not speak about it, gone are those days, it’s really not about seeing a therapist, begin with speaking to someone in your circle, have an open and honest conversation about what’s really going on in your life.It is important to validate and reflecting what a tradesperson might say to you a co worker, or you the employer, it might be easy to disarm it with humor but not always the best course of action. It is difficult for a lot of tradespeople to share and speak up. We discuss the wonderful fake world of social media and possibly consider reducing the amount of ultra fake accounts that present fake lifestyles and begin the process of not comparing oneself to fakeness.Tradespeople should consider self care, focus on decompressing after a long day, relax at home, get exercising, studies have shown that getting active can have a better result then some medications. We discuss addictions and the reasons behind them beginning with work being its own addiction and staying away from your personal lives and possible problems. We wrap up the show discussing working with women in the industry.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.healthline.com/health/touch-therapy#potential-usesCheck outhttps://www.juspress.ca@jusspresssDanny is the one gentleman that turned me onto natural juices and the many benefits behind them, I began with raw ginger and kept going from there. It has been over 4 years now and drinking raw juices is a part of my daily routine. Thanks Danny. Manny TCLWhat an amazing show Taylor, thank you so much for spending the time to share your experiences, stories, and valuable information. Find Taylor at www.risepsychotherapy.ca and her email at taylor@risepsychotherapy.ca and on IG @risepsychotherapymississaugaFind Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comWant 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.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.com
Running two businesses, at times 3 or even 4 or more, Giancarlo is snow removal, contracting, landscaping, property maintenance and electrician. We begin the show discussing the winter wonderful world of snow removal. Servicing from Toronto to Huntsville, Giancarlo has figured out how to run his business for the season and avoiding all the issues most new guys fall victim too. The conversation quickly turns to trucks and maintaining those work trucks and Giancarlo shares some amazing insight into the big three. Of course Tesla Cybertruck comes up and Giancarlo has a few interesting facts to share.27 years old, bought his first home at 21, was cutting grass for a job at 7 years of age, Giancarlos loves the hustle, his goal is to only work to keep busy by the time he’s 45. It’s a great plan. Giancarlo is also an arborist and knows his shit when it comes to how to cut down trees and which tools and techniques to use, he’s considering becoming a licenced arborists, this tradesperson doesn’t stop.Giancarlo discusses his workplace injury where a live wire on a commercial job latched onto his arm and he was hit with 347 volts it feels like forever but in reality it is seconds. The incident happened in 2018 and he is still being treated and he has so much to share about the process behind all of this, from WSIB, lawyers, bills piling up and so much more, he was kind enough to share some valuable information.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://permawood.comCheck outhttps://www.juspress.ca@jusspresssDanny is the one gentleman that turned me onto natural juices and the many benefits behind them, I began with raw ginger and kept going from there. It has been over 4 years now and drinking raw juices is a part of my daily routine. Thanks Danny. Manny TCLWhat an amazing show guys, thank you so much for spending the time to share your experiences, stories, injury and valuable information, looking forward to seeing you again on future shows discussing more details about this trade and part of the construction industry and talking more construction. Find Giancarlo giancarlo.ianni.iws@gmail.comand www.ironwolfservices.ca for any of the services he offers.Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comWant 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.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.com
We have Alonso from Casa Nueva Contracting Inc and Kase from Alchemist Carpentry discussing framing, union, non union and all kinds of framing. Alonso is a George Brown graduate, would he do it the same way? He says no, he says he would have gone the appprentice route and jumped into framing. He's been framing for 8 years now. Then with Kase he is no longer a part of the union and working the custom homes. With a background in hospitality then school for animation then fell into carpentry and joined the union, didn’t like the apprenticeship route, stopped paying his dues and went solo. It’s an interesting dynamic between these two. The conversation of who’s better? Union or non union?Alonso discusses a workplace injury during framing a roof, he was fine from it, or he thought he was, a car collision soon after really caused the damage. We discuss the workforce and the truth is still there, the younger trades are asking for far more then they are worth and once the assessment is done and the employer sets the rate below their expectations, they leave. The conversation of 4 day weeks comes up again and the guys share a few thoughts on that, in the end every tradesperson has to find the work life balance and find the time to work and spend with your family.Establish your business, understand you need to hire others to help you run and prepare your business for the future, that requires accountants, bookeepers, lawyers and more, just understand all of this prep will pay off so much in the end.Shared and Discussed LinksAphantasia is the inability to voluntarily create a mental picture in your head. People with aphantasia are unable to picture a scene, person, or object, even if it's very familiar. ... The phenomenon didn't receive a name until cognitive neurologist Adam Zeman coined the term aphantasia in 2015.https://www.arielna.com/arielatomhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v4YNkurhLkWhat an amazing show guys, thank you so much for spending the time to share your experiences, stories and valuable information, looking forward to seeing you again on future shows, possibly with Jesse from Barbosa Carpentry discussing more details about this trade and part of the construction industry and talking more construction. Find them @cluelessframer cluelessframer@gmail.com and @alchemist_carpentry alchemist.carpentry@gmail.comFind Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comWant 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.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.comhttps://www.juspress.ca@jusspresss
77 years of educating and changing the Terrazzo Tile and Marble industry for the better, we have an amazing show to share today where Tod will not be sugar coating anything and sharing so much valuable information when it comes to this part of the construction industry.First up substrates, we discuss the proper ways subfloors were built, were engineered and these days clients are asking for far more out of the structure of the home and every tile installer and GC must understand this information and educate the clients. Go back to the homes flooring specs and present your findings to your clients, this is very important. Tod shares his Construction Bone to Pick, spot bonding has to stop, unacceptable. Tod discusses all the books and PDF’s TTMAC offers online, courses they offer and more, so may ways to learn more about your profession.We discuss thinsets, grouts, self levelors, primers, moisture and why certain products are behaving differently these days and Tod has a lot to share on the subject. Tod discusses his 10/30 rule when it comes to installing and tempertures, don’t install if the ground surface is below 10 degrees celcius or above 30 degrees celcius and you avoid increasing the possibility of a failure.Tod introduces a new program TTMAC will be offering early next year, the CCTI, the Topgun of Tiling, watch for it and please sign up for it.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.ttmac.com/en/component/k2/item/129-2018-2019-tile-installer-technical-handbook-englishhttp://www.marbleandmarble.comhttps://www.centura.cahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roVqR--taAML over to calculate deflectionA general rule for limiting deflection of simple spans , is that the deflection should not exceed the span (in inches) divided by 360 (max D= L/360).What an amazing show Tod, thank you so much for spending the time to share your decades stories and valuable information, and experience, looking forward to seeing you again on future shows about this trade and part of the construction industry and talking more construction. Find Tod @ttmaccanada www.ttmac.com and association@ttmac.comFind Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comFind Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at theconstructionliferenos@gmail.comWant 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.The 24HR Podcast Event is happening November 20th and 21st Carlito and Manny will be recording 14 shows back to back, no sleep, all great conversations and all 14 guests have been booked. Stay tuned.
Marc was having a conversation with Manny and 5 mins in, this show idea came up, we have to share this. Marc recently had a Zoom call with our Minister of Labour and he’s going to share that talk. We are going to talk about getting into trades and why teenagers should consider consruction as a career, we are going to talk about wages and rates, running your business, working for someone, we are going to compares construction to other career options, we are going to talk about Guidance Counselors and what they are doing wrong, we are going to talk about parents and what they are doing wrong, we are going to talk about how much money you can make, how much you can loose, we are not going to sugar coat anything on this show, you don’t want to miss this one.We discuss the whole influencer career choice and what’s really involved behind all that and how it’s not a viable option for real tradespeople. Half way through the show Marc walks everyone through the wage numbers, what your student debt will be, what your starting trade wage will be, where you as a trade will be 10 years into the game, these numbers will open your eyes. We discuss the bell curve and how the industry is top heavy right now but that’s going to dramatically change in the next 5 years, over 20% + of the workforce is leaving the industry and it's not being replenished by the new generation.Towards the end of the show Manny and Carlito share a rant of reality when it comes to clients, our rates and our worth. If you stay in the construction business long enough you will come across an asshole client that could potentially destroy your business, your livelihood, and you, all in the name of telling the contractor “go fuck yourself”. Yes we understand the construction industry is an amazing career choice but here at TCL we want to share the whole truth, why? Cause nobody on social media is doing that and certainly nobody on TV reno shows are doing it.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.topuniversities.com/blog/10-oldest-universities-worldhttps://www.jordanbpeterson.comWhat an amazing show Marc, thank you so much for spending the time to share your stories and valuable information, looking forward to seeing you again and talking more construction. Find Marc @craigmhor_construction www.craigmhor.ca and marc@craigmhor.caFind Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comWant 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.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.comhttps://www.juspress.ca@jusspresss
We stir the pot and begin the show discussing rates and how trades should be working towards billing $1000.00 per day, once that has been stirred we hear from Stu and Justin and how they got started, interesting stories as Stu if 50 and Justin is 26. Stu does share the way the UK handles aprrenticeships versus how it is handled here in Canada. It’s refreshing to hear from the 3 different perspectives of a seasoned tradesperson like Jason, an immigrant who built a successful business like Stu and the next generation working their way through the life like Justin.Stu says over here we work harder, way too hard for his liking, he feels back home they work smarter, it’s true. A great conversation comes up about trades sharing advice to each other, asking for help from others, building a network of like minded tradespeople to better the whole industry. The John Cox Cottage was built in 1807 as part of History with Manny. The overall theme of the podcast is numbers, what are value is, what we are booking, how to price custom scope, how to communicate those numbers with clients, the group shares more than a few thoughts. The conversation of mentors comes up and how valuable having a resource for all tradespeople to reach out to help build a better construction business and industry. Justin shares his thoughts and the older trades share their knowledge.We wrap the show with some great tips for anyone in construction, don’t use “work” as a swear word, don’t bullshit, everyone can see the BS, don’t think any task is beneath you, learn and share and repeat, that’s The Construction Life. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/global-tile-posse-1227943580558574/https://www.facebook.com/groups/tilemoney/https://www.instagram.com/britishcarpenter/?hl=enhttps://builtwithfoam.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIqeF8c0ooFNlHjjzV_PN8whttps://www.instagram.com/billleimgardtconstruction/?hl=enWhat an amazing show gentlemen, thank you so much for spending the time to share your stories and valuable information, looking forward to seeing you again and talking more construction. Find them Stu at www.brollyrenos.caand his email stu@brollyrenos.ca on IG @brollyrenos and Justin at @jpaulitzki on IG and FB JMP Carpentry justonpaulitzki@hotmail.com and of course Jason @thekeystonecontractor www.thekeystonecontractor.cominfo@thekeystonecontractor.com thank you guys.Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.com TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
It’s great to have Carlito back on the mic, he needed to take the year long break and focus on important details in his life. We have all missed him. On today’s show Manny and Carlito discuss a variety of construction topics from wages, rates and worth, bad clients, where will the indystry be in 10 years, failed products, construction scenarios and how to handle them, client and contractor releationships, listener DM’s, emails, questions, shout outs, and more, plenty more, there is always more when it comes to The Construction Life. First up, we discuss our 200th show event, yes we have finally made it to 200 shows, nearly 20,000 minutes of real construction conversations and close to 500,000 downloads we have something huge in store, we are going to record 14 podcasts back to back over a 24 hour period. YES! A huge thank you to all the previous guests, looking forward to speaking with the next 100 guests We are doing this and Carlito and Manny are for pulling this off. Please reach out if you want to be a guest at this event, being held at the Venture X offices Saturday November 20 and Sunday November 21 beginning at 9 am on the Saturday. There will be amazing conversations, food, drinks, and 14 shows that will shake up the construction industry. Of course we have History with Manny, OBC Talk, Construction Bone To Pick and Carlito Green Book, the show format is growing and the conversations are stirring the pot and for good reason, we love this industry and we love giving back. Manny and Carlito don’t hold back and ask and try to answer some hard hitting construction questions, questions such as trade rates, the conversation gets very interesting. Manny brings up a story that was shared and Carlito adds to the scenario and we want tradespeople to weigh in on the situation and how to handle it. The construction industry is changing and we have been listening to a lot of tradespeople and how they want out, they want in, they want up, they want to change, there is so much going on. Please send in your questions and we will answer them on the show, please send in your comments and we will discuss them on the show and give you and your business a shout out. Thank you. Manny and Carlito.Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comWant 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.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.com
We have a great show today, Jon Witt from Deck Protect Inc discuss his humble beginnings from trade schooling with horticulture technician, hardscaping, followed by a few different trade jobs ultimately falling into decking and fencing just as the recession and family were growing adding to so much stress, isn’t that always the case, hard times makes hard trades. Let’s get talking all kinds of decking products, maintaining those decking products and understanding you truly are making an extension of your home. History with Manny note, the Atlantic Boardwalk deck, the first deck ever built was built in June 1870. Jon something very interesting, he walks the listeners through real wood decking and why boards are not all the same and what parts of the tree they come from, it matters and well worth learning. Jon walks the listerners through all of the stains and oils he has used, good and bad, all the types of decking he has worked with, good and bad and always back to wood. Jon and Manny discuss Thermory products and make the comparrisons to other materials and even other thermally modified products. So many options out there. The decking industry ahs dramatically changed in the last ten years and Jon shares his thoughts. The conversation turns to curves and comparing composites and wood limitations and what can we really do with either. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.nadra.orghttps://deckmasters.cahttps://www.facebook.com/MadScienceFlooring/https://cutekstain.comhttps://www.thermoryusa.comhttps://us.gradconcept.comhttps://www.fixfastusa.com/roof-guardrail/flexible-walkway/https://www.facebook.com/groups/deckbuilders/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=469144126934343https://www.poolspapatio.com/en/home-nv.html?adobe_mc_sdid=SDID%3D5E9E1CDD33E243D8-1AF5D3F6AFE2ED4C%7CMCORGID%3DDD4C6A00570E3C0F7F000101%40AdobeOrg%7CTS%3D1635901747&adobe_mc_ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.poolspapatio.com%2Fhttps://www.iccsafe.org/products-and-services/i-codes/2018-i-codes/irc/What an amazing show thank you so much Jon for spending the time to share yoru stories and vsaluable information, looking forward to seeing you again and talking more deck info. Find him at www.deckprotect.pro and his email sales@deckprotect.pro on IG @deckprotectinc and on FaceBook Deck Protect Inc. Thank you Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.com
Sit back and enjoy this special show where we will be discussing family, old school, new school, all kinds of bricklaying, building in Montreal, more family, food, history and more, Danny has a lot to share and of course, we will upset a few, it’s The Construction Life.Danny begins his journey almost 40 years ago when his Dad immigrated to Canada, the family followed, sisters married two brothers and they became a crew of hardworking old school bricklayers and they always helped each other out and that is how the business started. With any successful business Danny shares his thoughts on the team his dad built, the team Danny is building, what to do when the older trades are ready to retire and how to train and seek out the younger trades to continue the quality. Danny continues discussing trends, coloured mortar, suppliers, and clients’ expectations.Danny enlightens the listeners about the CCQ, the link is below, it is basically a legal mafia, yes, I might get into trouble, but the CCQ is ridiculous, it’s a shake down to take money out of hardworking tradespeople no matter if you are even working on your personal home.The guys discuss old vs new school and how Danny’s dad feels jobs are taking longer because of the younger trades and having to be careful on how you speak to the younger more sensitive generation. We wrap things up with the 12 Questions of Construction and Danny shares some great replies. This show has truly been about family and the love for the people in our lives and Danny shares so much about his personal, and professional families.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://ecole-metiers-construction.cssdm.gouv.qc.ca/programme/masonry-bricklaying/https://www.ccq.orghttps://www.spray-net.comhttps://brickwash.comhttps://www.garantiegcr.com/fr/What an amazing show thank you so much Danny for spending the weekend in Toronto and looking forward to seeing you again and meeting the family. Thank you for sharing so much about big your journey and educating our listeners on what it is to have a construction family. Find him at danny@doscainc.com and on IG @dannydosca Thank youFind Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comWant 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.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.com
Carlito is back on the mic, it’s been over a year since he was last heard on the show, nice to have him back and sharing so much about The Construction Life. Carlito will be on future shows, and he will be part of an event happening in November, stay tuned to learn more.On with the show, Michael from Rose Gold Homes & Design, 29 years old, a custom home builder since he was 22. He set out a plan to make his business a successful brand and it’s working. We open the show discussing delays, schedules and covid, Michael still tries to keep everything on schedule and he’s booking material months in advance, we must. Michael does have that thought, he thinks some clients might be thinking, what’s this kid think he’s doing building custom homes at 23 years old? It’s never been brought up and it has never discouraged Michael from building and building a brand.Interesting that Michael has an older crew, older than himself, his youngest would be the electrician at 33 years old, while the rest of the trades are 40 and up, he’s having a hard time finding younger trades with the skills his clients are asking for. Michael is using a headhunting service to find more trades for his projects. He wants to expand and continue to grow but he needs the trades to do so. Once day he would love to renovate a resort home somewhere very warm.The show format is back along with Carlito, we have Construction Bone To Pick, History with Manny, OBC Talk and Green Book with Carlito.Carlito and Manny get right back into opinions shared about HGTV since Michael brings up the fact that he was asked to be on a show, Manny offers up a few of his thoughts. We discuss the possibility of 4-day weeks and having 3-day weekends and the conversation becomes very interesting. The guys discuss side hustles, helping with employees with side hustles, its important that all employees and employers have the conversations and make it work with both sides, no need to keep it a secret and let the GC have a bad day because the employee called in sick to handle a side hustle.Towards the end of the show, we hammer some great talk over Tarion, home warranties, Houzz, and HGTV makes another visit with a 5-gallon pail of something.Shared and Discussed Linkshttp://www.jenanasser.comhttps://artisticskylight.comhttps://www.everlastproducts.caWhat an amazing show thank you so much Michael and thank you for sharing so much about big your journey and educating our listeners. Find him at www.rosegoldhomes.net michael@rosegoldhomes.net and on IG @rosegoldhomes Thank youFind Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021Want 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.
Thank you Mat for being on the show and opening the show with a little ACDC. Mat works for a large rental corporation and due to some legal logistics, we must keep the name out of the show. There are times where I want to interview certain big-name brands, but it’s takes months if not years to get approvals and instead of waiting and jumping through hoops, we record a show and still share valuable information. We also discuss a bunch of other construction details on this show, such as working in Norway, where Mat is from and we get it all sorts of other topics during the show, we let the conversation go where it goes.Mat share a lot about building in Norway and other European countries and we compare to North American building. We discuss techniques on both sides of the pond and why we feel over here we don’t try to step up our game and embrace new ideas from others around the world. We even discuss what is truly happening with the younger generation and why today it’s so different for that segment of the population, when speaking about driving habits on the roadway…Please Please for the love understand the left lane is the passing lane, no matter what speed you are driving, move to the right and make the flow of traffic move, not brake.Mat shares different machinery, do’s and don’ts, maintenance, pick up and drop offs, repairs and more. Mat also shares his secrets on building relationships, he understands what it is to be that tradesperson placing that order for much needed gear and all the attached obstacles, he is one of us and he never forgets that.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.diablotools.com/explore/saw-bladesAnd Diablo Blades and Accessories are manufactured in Italyhttps://www.hilti.cahttps://www.bobcat.com/indexhttps://www.genielift.comWhat an amazing show thank you so much Mat for sharing so much about big construction toys and educating our listeners. Thank youFind Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021Want 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.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.com
We have a great show, talking about insulation, all types of insulation, batts, cellulose, closed cell, open cell and sound proofing. James walks us through his first year running his own business and the last 9 years working with his dad who has been insulating for 35 plus years, how the batts have changed. James discusses different types of insulations and applications, and he knows his building code. We go from old 2x4 walls of the 80’s and 90’s to R24 of today to spray foam, proper spray foam and attic insulating. There is a lot of skill and building code understanding when it comes to proper insulating, it’s not as easy as others might think and always remember, a good insulator has a good grasp on building code because as James mentions, they are the last trade before things get covered up, that means inspectors will take longer to assess. We have a great conversation about crews, where to work, how far to travel, why is there so much work outside of the core and the standards that James has built his business on. James discusses working in Canada’s capital, Ottawa and how it’s different there than any other major city. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.owenscorning.com/en-ca/insulationhttps://huntsmanbuildingsolutions.com/en-US/products/closed-cell-insulation?utm_source=demilec.com&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=products/closed-cell-insulationhttps://grizzlygoldspf.comhttps://www.watsonbuildingsupplies.com What an amazing show thank you so much James for sharing so much about insulation, batts, soundproofing, sprayfoam and cellulose and educating our listeners. Thank you. Contact James at jminsul01@gmail.com and at IG @jm_insul Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021Want 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.
What an amazing show we have today, we are going to talk about solid wood furniture making with Oliver the current Business Manager and owner and Mark the original owner who recently retired and has passed on the business over to the digital age. Sit back and enjoy what these gentlemen have to share because Woodcraft began by someone who really didn’t know about furniture making but he had a passion for it, then it was passed onto another person who also didn’t have the skills for furniture design and making but had a passion for it. Mark was lucky to have a neighbor who taught at York University and Mark was invited into the shop and that eventually led to working on children’s climbers. One day Mark’s neighbor decided to leave on a trip and left Mark the barn and shop, that led to an opportunity to build an executive desk for a high-profile TD Bank employee and that was the beginning. Mark and Oliver have learned over the years and have adapted to the industry designing and building pieces that people truly love and want. They have had orders to reproduce Putin’s desk, with all the gold leaf, they ship orders all over the world with custom made packaging for every piece. These products are solid wood, so many different types of species and they offer 16 different types of stains, pretty much the creative gates are wide open, and they will design and build what you want, perfectly. They offer a white glove service when it comes to installs, if that’s local here in the GTA or abroad where they will outsource the right service people to finalize the purchase. Woodcraft has built a strong family driven business and it carries on that way nearly 50 years later. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.senecawoodworking.comhttp://www.oliverlumber.comWhat an amazing show thank you so much Oliver and Mark for sharing so much about furniture design and making over the last 40 plus years and educating our listeners. Thank you. Contact Woodcradft at oliver@woodcraft.ca and online at www.woodcraft.ca on IG @woodcraft.ca and the phone number is 905 475-2488Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021Want 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.
10 years in the business currently working as Supervisor Sales of Operations, Marco actually went to school, worked at a bank, that didn’t last and went right back into construction, specifically concrete where his uncles taught him so much, he has concrete in his blood so a year into the banking industry he was back to learning the ropes, being yelled at, understanding different mixes, scheduling and so much more, in no time he was part of the concrete family. With 5 plants and over 100 trucks ready to go in the greater Toronto area, ORM has your next pour ready to go. With so many factors when it comes to the time the trucks load up, travel to site, to pouring and then back to the plant for another batch, there is so many fast-moving parts to this industry. Heat charges in the winter, ice bags for the hot summer, lab testing, site testing, there is so much that goes on before, during and after concrete is a part of your project. Concrete is the 2nd most consumable product right behind water, believe that it is true. Marco brings up Superplasticizers (SP's), also known as high range water reducers, are additives used in making high strength concrete. Plasticizers are chemical compounds that enable the production of concrete with approximately 15% less water content. Superplasticizers allow reduction in water content by 30% or more. Marco discusses some new things that are going on in the concrete industry beginning with Carbon Capture, what and interesting chat. Shared and Discussed links https://www.ashgrove.comhttps://crhcanada.com/en/https://www.torpedodrumcleaning.ca/readyjethttps://www.carboncure.com What an amazing show thank you so much Marco for sharing so much on your world, and educating our listeners on everything to do with concrete industry. Thank you. Find him on IG @torontoconcrete and contact him at m.e.carlini@hotmail.com website https://www.ontarioredimix.com and to order your next batch of concrete call 1 855-225-5676Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.comStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021Want 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.
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dragonfly 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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