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The Construction Life
73 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
#180 Caledon Timber Frames with Roland Skuce – Post and Beam old school framing
Roland Skuce and Dan Ray partners in Caledon Timber Frames for nearly a decade with 5 employees and still growing. They have known each other since grade 2, worked as stick framers for Roland’s Dad, a custom builder, and his dad was a plumber so the guys were familiar with the trades. They both attended Fanshawe College and studied Construction Engineering, with a focus in Carpentry Techniques, from there they took an intense 3-month timber framing course at College of the Rockies and all this education started the process to build Caledon Timber Frames. The timber comes from BC and Oregon, it arrives all 4 sides dressed and very green, no kiln drying for these pieces of lumber, and they are very square and ready for shaping. Timber framing gets secured to traditional poured or block or slab on grade foundation, anchored to load and brought down to the footings but the first floor is usually TJI joists. From checking and cracking to sealing Roland walks the listeners through the entire process of a timber frame and the size they can make it. Roland walks the listeners through all the power and hand tools and the reasons behind them all. Quite the investment when working with material as thick as 11.5”. These tools assist with the skilled tradesperson to achieve a tolerance of a 32nd of an inch, those joints will be tight. Roland shares little details on preparing the timber for finishing materials such as drywall, flooring, paneling and more depending on the client. We discuss the future and there are some companies that are offering CNC timber framing, is it the same? Not sure. I feel you lose a lot of the hand skills by going the CNC route. Roland shares working with other species of wood such as cedar and oak, with oak being used quite a lot in the UK. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.fanshawec.cahttps://cotr.bc.cahttps://www.waddelleng.comhttps://buildersontario.com/structural-insulated-panels-sipshttps://cutekstain.comhttps://www.tfguild.orghttps://bensonwood.com/our-company/What an amazing show thank you so much Roland for sharing so much on a Saturday morning in the shop and educating our listeners. Thank you. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and online at www.caledontimberframes.comon IG @caledon_timberframesFind Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgStay 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Please let him know who you are and then ask away. TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
80 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
#179 Scott Westlake from the Westlake Team is here to discuss mortgages, all kinds of lending options
Scott is a mortgage broker and entrepreneur; he has a lot to share regarding the misunderstood industry of lending. We begin the show discussing building business relationships the old school way, a phone call, a meeting, speaking in person and getting a better understanding of the client’s needs. Scott is here to discuss how to finance a recreational property, a cottage, a piece of land, construction, development, luxury real estate, and more, his team loves the challenge, and they will make it happen for you. With 4 main business verticals, residential, alternative, private capital and commercial, these key niche details are what sets The Westlake Team apart from others. Scott has been one to get a better understanding of clients’ needs years from now, what’s the uncertainty going to possibly look and plan for that renewal, renewals are a great opportunity to save more money, the lack of liquidity and lack of savings is a conversation that must happen and happen early. I ask Scott about the younger buyer, the 25-year old’s and he discusses how he doesn’t look at age, he looks at maturity and how he can help them achieve their goals. Business for self is the trickiest demographic for lending purposes but there are ways to make a self-employed tradesperson look great on paper, Scott shares a few thoughts on the programs that allow you to file minimum income and still qualify for mortgages, it really is about how to present yourself, if not, it could be declined. Scott is open and honest about how to position yourself for an approval and having good credit is top, don’t be afraid to pull your credit report and find out what it is like, because they will find out regardless. Organization is key and most tradespeople are not the best at organizing so connect the person who organizes your business and personal paperwork with Scott, connect him to your partner, your son or daughter, your accountant, no matter but the connection is key to get you the best options on the table. What an amazing show thank you so much Scott for sharing so much mortgage honesty on the show and revealing the whole truth about lending, educating our listeners. Thank you. Contact him email@example.com and online at www.thewestlaketeam.com and www.scottwestlake.comFind Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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.
112 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
#178 It’s the Electrical show with Andrew from Azores Construction & Electrical and Jalen Lam
We have quite the show today, Andrew Padre Cura and Jalen Lam will be sharing the whole electrical truth, trades, and the industry, might want to buckle in for this one. Two Conestoga graduates under the Electrical Technician Program, nothing but praise about the school. Andrew opens the show with an interesting story with every perfect storm possible, wiring mistakes, ministry of labour arriving on site, unsafe work site and no PPE. 5 mins early, makes you 10 mins late, arrive on site and ready to go on time, all the time. The guys discuss their career paths and how it always starts with subdivision and high rise and how nobody cares because it’s gets it done fast, not right mentality, aka “running shoe electrics” leading to a racoon being stuck inside the wall cavity. Andrew shares a few stories that will make your stomach twists, use caution when hearing this part of the show. We discuss the rates and how covid has now made rates higher on all levels and rightfully so. Andrew and Jalen share more than a few safety stories and how things really are, not for the faint at heart. We need to lighten up the show as all this reality check takes a toll, so I ask the guys, are you the guys hanging all the light fixtures at home and for friends and family? We discuss schooling, on site, expectations, and even debating going all the way to get your master license and the stigma attached. Andrew shares an interesting story about HGTV and one of their current renoactors, must listen and when you do and we don’t divulge which one it was, but I already knew, reach out and I will share the name. The guys wrap up the show with some great pieces of advice for any new trades coming up and it all starts with listening and ask questions. One very last thought to consider, where will electrical industry be in 10 years, the guys talk about consumption. Shared and Discussed linkshttps://www.conestogac.on.cahttps://www.gerrie.comhttps://www.se.com/ca/en/https://www.canadabreakers.ca/collections/federal-pioneerhttps://www.hilti.cahttps://www.kleintools.com/content/where-buy-canadahttps://www-de.wera.de/en/What an amazing show thank you so much Andrew and Jalen for sharing so much honesty on the show and revealing the whole truth, educating our listeners on everything to do with the electrical trade and more. Thank you. Find them on IG @andcura @lalenjam and @azoresconstruction_ca contact him firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.azoresconstruction.caFind Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
62 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
#177 Work Wear with the ultimate shop Work N Wear for all your work and safety wear needs
Aadil from WorknWear is on the show today, since 1975 they have been outfitting tradespeople and more with the proper work wear, safety wear, fire rated wear, long underwear, and more. I have a huge amount of respect for Aadil and his staff and how they treat everyone that enters the shop, buys online, the same way, with respect because Aadil knows you work hard as a tradesperson. Aadil shares his insight on which products and why are they good for your specific trade and application, he has no loyalty to one brand or another, he listens to the tradesperson and makes his suggestion. We discuss all types of work wear, washing work wear, fire safe work wear and insoles for your footwear, great tips are shared here. Watch for @stotthavcsystems as they shop at his store all the time, AKA the HVAC Ninjas when they are wearing all Snickers, all black. Tradespeople need to understand spending money on the proper work wear makes sense, as a tradesperson, you are in these clothes, wearing these boots, for 8-10 hours a day, stop telling yourself, “It’s just work wear” it’s more than work wear. Your work wear makes you money, if you are not comfortable you can’t work to your full potential. We discuss being a small business during these difficult pandemic times and how expenses have gone up but most Mom and Pop shops can’t raise their prices. We wrap up the show discussing, are tradespeople getting bigger? Shared and Discussed linkshttps://www.snickersworkwear.comhttps://www.blaklader.ca/enhttps://www.carhartt.com/c/workwearhttps://toughduck.com/apparel/http://www.vikingwear.comhttps://en.grisport.cahttps://royer.comhttps://www.timberland.ca/shop/mens-boots-en-cahttps://www.baffin.comhttps://www.kodiakboots.comWhat an amazing show thank you so much Aadil for sharing so much on your work wear world, and educating our listeners on everything to do with well-respected business. Thank you. Find him on IG @worknwear1975 FaceBook its WorknWear and contact him at email@example.com Website www.worknwear.caTo place an order call 905 940-WORK (9675)Find Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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.
88 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
#176 Chris Clarry from Hardwork Canada is on the show talking High Rise maintenance and more.
Today’s show is all about high rise maintenance with Chris Clarry of Hardwork Canada, Chris goes where most of us will never, fixing things that should never have failed, but they do because erecting high-rise structures is all about how fast, not how good. Chris is truly a forensic contractor, sourcing out why buildings are failing, assessing things, and then making the proper repairs one time.Coming from a troubled youth and even getting into drugs, Chris was able to pull himself out that world with the help of key people. After his treatment it was construction that saved his life, renting a place with a landlord that worked in high-rise, he showed Chris how to lay brick, operate a zoom boom, and Chris’s construction career began. Working with engineers as they create a binder and scope of work and specs to make the repair and sometimes, he must do it all on his own based on the property maintenance budget, Chris enjoys the problem solving.Chris discusses crack repairs, membrane applications, concrete surface preparation and more, there are so many key steps during the entire process, he shares a great trade tip to discover if there are any voids in the concrete, a must listen for sure. Chris shares his insights on the job site safety with the gear and traveling to the top of buildings and work at the top of buildings even shares a story about a neighboring crane that collided with a swing stage causing some major issues on the building Chris was working on.As a side hustle Chris has been doing a lot of research into blockchain and crypto currency and I asked him to share some info on it. We don’t dive too deep into it but we do discuss some talking points and this topic is something I would like to revisit on a future show.Shared and Discussed linkshttps://renascent.cahttp://edisonengineers.cahttps://www.tremcosealants.com/fileshare/literature/PUMA_Technology_Brochure.pdfhttps://poocoin.appWhat an amazing show full of truthful insight, I thank you so much Chris for sharing so much on your trade, high rise, construction and more, educating our listeners on everything to do with your version of the construction life. Thank you. Find him on IG @hardworkcanada and @xcelconstruction and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.orgFind Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgStay 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
143 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
#175 Motivating Educating and Empowering Tradespeople with Dimitri from Pure Motivation Fitness
Coming from a broken home with a single mom raising him and his brother, life was hard for his family and when he found fitness it became his escape. Training begins with body types, which of the 3 are you? Ectomorph, Mesomorph, Endomorph, focus on your body type to begin with. At 21 with the help of his wrestling coach, Dimitri was able to compete in his first show and he won. From there he worked in fitness clubs, good and bad ones, mostly bad ones, he saw where they could improve and how to improve. With the guidance of a mentor, Dimitri left the corporate life, and he took a chance and went on his own and built Pure Motivation Fitness, that was 15 years ago.Dimitri discusses customizing your fitness goals to your body type and truly understand why he is going to suggest eating habits, exercise techniques, weight training to suit your body. Dimitri wants to be your coach; everyone needs a coach to make sure you are held accountable to your health and fitness goals. 3 Key principles, Mindset, Training and Nutrition last.Dimitri isn’t here to preach, he’s here to help you change your life for the better, loosing body fat adds years of extra life. It’s simply about taking bad habits and placing good habits in front of it, that is how you slowly change your day-to-day events, such as smoking. Accept, Acknowledge and Advance, 3 counts of accountability. Tim Lyons once taught Dimitri, “embrace the suck” Covid happened, and he had to embrace the suck to get over it.Dimitri shares some great insight into the medical industry and how to handle your doctor, your injuries, and avoiding pharmaceutical assistance. Here in Canada, we have the right to ask for a 2nd or 3rd and we have the right to ask for ultrasounds, x-rays and MRI’s, we need to see what the problem is so we can figure out the best course of action because a pill may not always be best option for you. Dimitri pulls out the calculator and shows you how you can calculate the potential to have a heart attack or stroke based on your current state of resting heart rate, this will open you eyes wide. Dimitri has done an amazing job motivating, educating and empowering people and now it’s time for Tradespeople to take back their lives.Shared and Discussed linkshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Herbert_Sheldonhttps://www.synviscone.ca/clinics/dr-anthony-(tony)-galea-ism-health-wellness-centre?i=17&culture=enhttps://www.poliquinstore.com/articleshttps://www.wimhofmethod.com/breathing-exercisesCheck out his app on Apple and AndroidWhat an amazing show full of truth, pain, fitness, health, exercises and more, I thank you so much Dimitri for sharing so much on your life for our construction lives, educating our listeners on everything to do with your body, mind and soul. Thank you. Find him on IG @puremotivationalfitness and @dimitrigiankonlas and contact him for your next exercise booking at firstname.lastname@example.org and his website is www.puremotivationalfitness.com and find his YouTube channel at Pure Motivational Fitness where he shows you key details to live a happy, healthy construction life.
98 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
#174 GL Plumbing with Jeff DiGiantommaso Canadian Italian Master Plumber with a lot pride and love for construction
Jeff from GL Plumbing is on the show today, commercial and residential master plumber. He understands his Italian surname but always questioned his first name, his mom wanted him to blend in, but he stands out, he’s one of the best plumbers in the industry and today he will share a lot of love for the industry, the trade, the people he works with and for. Hold on, this will be an amazing podcast and listen up all you younger trades looking for an opportunity.Jeff began his plumbing career the old fashion old school Italian way, his Tile Setter Dad knew a guy that needed an apprentice, with Jeff it was either plumbing or electrical, he went with plumbing, they work harder than sparky’s…lol. Jeff began in high rise with copper, copper as large as 6” where you need two torches to get that pipe cherry red hot. The one thing that drove Jeff to leave high rise, was the repetitive scope of work, to the point that guys became their tasks, bathtub jeff, or finishing Tony…lol. Jeff shares a few interesting details regarding hospital plumbing, great info shared here.Jeff shares one of his major Bone To Pick and we can all relate. The conversation continues with running a business during Covid, his workforce, his clients, and his sub-contractors which leads to hiring new employees, how hard it is to find any kind of trade, how these job search websites don’t work just like the people using the service, these and they are mostly millennials don’t care about learning, they care about money and being paid top dollar for min amount of work. Nobody will hire that kind of attitude.We do discuss the vaccine and clients are now asking that all tradespeople entering their home, mostly commercial spaces are asking for proof. On top of trying to run a business, hiring tradespeople that only care about themselves, we as construction business owner and operators must now add one more hurdle into the mix. It is causing more unwanted stress to so many tradespeople.Don’t expect anything for free and never give away your skills for free.Shared and Discussed linkshttps://nextsupply.cahttps://nextsupply.ca/?s=Road+Hockeyhttps://modernniagara.comhttps://www.ipexna.com/usa/products/industrial/acid-waste-systems/enfield-electrofusion/https://www.rosegoldhomes.nethttps://roadhockeytoconquercancer.ca@prostreammechanical@spencerk87https://www.kingofdrains.cahttps://osteriagente.caWhat an amazing show full of truthful insight, I thank you so much Jeff for sharing so much on your take on plumbing, drains, construction and more, educating our listeners on everything to do with your trade, and skills. Thank you. Find him on IG @gl.plumbing and contact him for your next project at email@example.comTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
133 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
#173 Master Electrician, Fire Alarms, Safety and the Whole Wide Construction World with Patricio
Welcome to TCL’s longest show to date, over 2 hours and for good reason. Patricio and his lovely wife, Pricilla is on the show. The focus on this show will be about safety but we will discuss electrical, a few other trades, the industry, schools, new trades, old trades and right back to safety. Patricio with 22 years of electrical experience, master electrician and fire alarms certified. At 18 years old he had a bad accident on site and a pair of safety goggles could have saved his eye from blindness. This is one opening story you must listen to.After the accident and trying to move on he got back on site, but the sound of the saw triggered him and he was diagnosed with PTSD, he bolted from the job site, he left. Patricio disappeared on his motorcycle and did a road trip out east and that trip gave him the confidence to get back into the trades, he became a master electrician. From there he was paying attention to the 2 groups of tradespeople that are getting hurt the most, the new kids and the old timers, new kids because they have something to prove, the old timers because they have done it a thousand times.Patricio shares another story about new tradespeople being tasked to carry a 1500-pound transformer up the stairs, sure enough only one of the new trades said no while the others agreed, it didn’t end well. Patricio talks about knowing your basic right to refuse unsafe work, never be pressured to do something that you as a tradesperson know is not safe. The conversation shifts to education, getting trades back into high schools and making guidance counselors to present trades as an option to every student, not every student is going to or want to go to university, some are passionate about construction.We compare trades to other careers, we discuss how learning the electrical trade here in Canada and the USA means you can use that trade globally, you can go work in other countries as options.New trades, old trades, Journeymen, everyone, take the second and ask if you have your PPE and make sure others around you have their PPE, take the time to put on your PPE.Not everything is rainbows and butterflies.Shared and Discussed linkshttps://www.kleintools.comhttps://www.fluke.com/en-caWhat an amazing show full of enlightening insight, I thank you so much Patricio for sharing so much on your take on construction and more, educating our listeners on everything to do with your trade, men and women in construction and skills. Thank you. Find him on IG @psquaredelectric and @patotheelectric and contact him for your next project at firstname.lastname@example.org and reach out to him just to learn about the construction industry Find Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgStay 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Please let him know who you are and then ask away.TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
85 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
#172 Taping and Beyond with Sunaina talking plastering, females in construction, puppies, harassment and more
We have one hell of a great show today, Sunaina, a self-taught taper with 6 years in the business, coming from university degrees to bartender, to construction, to dog grooming and more. Sunaina will not be holding back, she has a lot to say about the construction life and yes, we will discuss men and women in construction and how men treat women and why.A first for TCL we have a puppy on the show, Sir Nicholas Liam will be sharing a few of his thoughts throughout the show which brings us to a side hustle of Sunaina – Pup-StructionWe get right into women in construction and inappropriate behavior, no sugar coating anything here. Sunaina brings up a recent scenario that unfolded where the upper management felt it was better to remove the female and make the males comfortable then to educate the males to be respectful of the female, which is total BULLSHIT. She brings up a great comparison about socializing dogs to tradesmen. We back track a little bit and bring up Sunaina’s path to construction, she has a triple degree from the University of Waterloo, in Drugs and Addiction Health Promotion, with a minor in sexuality, family and marriage studies. Bartending to pay bills, then her roommate had a connection to construction and that is where it all began for Sunaina during her educational years. She doesn’t regret the school, but she wishes started sooner in construction.We discuss taping tools and where and why certain tools and brands will and won’t work for her scope, always considering why don’t you as a tradesperson not like one brand over another. Then we get into mud and how Sunaina has such a hatred for 5-minute mud as we all should. We discuss PPE and coming into the construction industry, one day you the student will be the teacher one day and we have to watch out for all of our brothers and sisters in construction.We end the show we Sunaina’s sharing some thoughts on Covid and Vaccines. She shares some very interesting thoughts behind both, some things to consider.Shared and Discussed linkshttps://csrbuilding.com@eugene_crsbuildingsupplieshttps://www.nela.toolshttps://www.level5tools.comhttps://www.usg.com/content/usgcom/en/products/walls/drywall/joint-compound/lightweight-joint-compounds/sheetrock-plus-3-joint-compound.htmlhttps://www.certainteed.com/drywall/finishing/products/easi-fil-dust-away-joint-compound/What an amazing show full of enlightening insight, I thank you so much Sunaina for sharing so much on your take on construction and more, educating our listeners on everything to do with your taping, trades, men and women in construction and skills. Thank you. Find her on IG @tapingandbeyond and contact her for your next taping project at email@example.com and don’t forget Sir Nicholas Liam and his IG page @pup_structionFind Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comTCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.
71 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
#171 Alair Homes Springwater with Owner Norbert Lengyel and Operations Manager Curtis Stein
Curtis got his start with his Dad who was a tradesperson, working at a very young age and learning the ropes, from there decided to open and run his own business for 5 years, loved it and then Norbert suggested he take over as his Operation Manager. The connection was made over IG, Curtis was interested, Norbert was interested in taking his business in new directions and needed to find the right tradespeople. One of the first questions Norbert asked Curtis, how would you like to build your business inside of my business?Alair Homes, the client is in the control from the very beginning, it all begins with a budget expectations meeting, discussing options of the lead and scope of work and then things shift to the Client Control Software where the client will find every single detail attached to their project. Alair Homes is all about the clients’ goals, why do you want to do this renovation or new build? It’s truly about full transparency with every project. Every month the Alair Family has a call, it’s call the All Partner Mastermind where owners can share and work on making things better on all levels of construction.An interesting conversation about social media and hardworking comes up and Norbert and Curtis have some great insight to share. The guys discuss how to live your best construction life and the many things that you can do to add more value to you and your family, basically fire yourself from the business is what Norbert shares and I couldn’t agree more. You have to look at a sales manager, operations manager, marketing rep, start building your team so you as the owner can begin to enjoy the fruits of your construction labour. What is the overall vision of your construction business? What is your 10-year plan? What are your goals? What are you doing for personal development? What are your values? Extremely important questions to ask yourself and find out what is stopping your business from growing.Shared and Discussed LinksRecommended book “Traction – Get a Grip on Your Business” By Geno Wickmanhttps://www.fanshawec.cahttp://foremontdrywall.comhttps://www.alairhomes.cahttps://discoveralair.comWhat an amazing show full of guidance, I thank you so much Norbert and Curtis for sharing so much on construction possibilities and more, educating our listeners on everything to do with your business, and skills. Thank you. Find them on IG @alair.homes.springwater and on Facebook at alairspringwater and contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and Curtis.email@example.com and the website is www.alairspringwater.caFind Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT happening in October 2021TCL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
97 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
#170 Paolo Foglia – Fogliatile - Stone, Masonry, Tile, Marble Restoration / Installer and Expert
A true stone artist, Paolo talks to us about his beginnings, his arrival to Canada, the country he loves because it has given him so much. Paolo was a peacekeeper, in the army, Special Forces as a teenager and into his 30’s, working for the government studying civil engineering in college back in Italy, originally from Viciano, on the edge of Naples. Paolo’s construction career began with him studying history, studying techniques from centuries back, studying what and how and why Michelangelo did what he did with the works of art that we all know so well. Paolo’s education and scope of work involves going to and choosing blocks of stone direct from the quarries, understanding true book match cutting, slab match cutting or random. Planning the cuts, setting up the cuts, quarry manufacturing is a generational skillset, the father teaches the son and they look at the mountain, they assess the best place to begin, do they cut into or up the mountain? There is a real art to diamond rope cutting blocks of stone from a mountain.Everyone thinks that natural stone will never end but it’s difficult to say, some say there is another 300 years’ worth but if you consider technology and machinery being able to remove the stone faster it could be 100 years. There is a monopoly on the stone, the price of stone fluctuates with the supply and demand. Paolo is always nervous about his projects, he takes that nervousness and embraces it, it challenges him, he uses his experiences throughout the years to solve things, he’s learned how to manipulate the physical properties of stone. Paolo wants to cross his limits, he wants to test, educate, experiment, challenge and take stone to new heights, he wants to put his hand in the fire, he wants to see how things are and will they last based on his calculations and experiences. Every tile trade must understand structure and where the structure and or point loads are and extra care should be placed at those points especially when installing large format tiling and stone. Paolo has never worked a day in his life, because he loves what he does, it’s his passion. Paolo discusses installing marble slabs in garages, that’s right, full slabs of marble on garage floors, he has clients that request, or desire, or expect to drive over marble, not concrete, we discuss. He shares his technique of installing dry pack “fresh” to achieve 1000 pounds per square inch. Paolo has a lot of respect for history and learning from the past teachers, some were engineers, most weren’t but they understood how to separate the body by the spirit and become free to think of new ways, better ways to design and build. He has clients ask him,”make my wife cry tears of happiness”. Lastly, Paolo shares another great passion of his, food, and he’s been working on a mobile pizza stone oven and great quality pizza, must listen to how he talks about pizza. One more last note, Paolo discusses his custom slab and mosaic work that he’s developed and he shares how he does it. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.mapei.com/ca/en-ca/products/mapelastic-aquadefensehttps://www.mapei.com/us/en-us/products-and-solutions/products/detail/mapeguard-umWhat an amazing show full of passion, I thank you so much Paolo for sharing so much on marble, stone, restoration and fabrication and more, educating our listeners on everything to do with your trade, and skills, the true artist you are. Thank you. Find Paolo on IG @fogliatile and contact Paolo on his email at email@example.com
88 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
#169 David Maniccia of Luco Design & Build shares his 20 plus years of navigating through construction
Before the mics get recording David’s brother drops off some amazing food from Ombretta Cucina, amazing pizzas from Pizzeria Rosso…OMG So good. Thank you so much. Check them out and trust me, you will love the food. Open the show with a listener message from Mike Dunn from Washington @m1keandike24 asking how he can start on his own and some of the things to consider when you make that move. We are going to talk about everything, how he got started, who taught him, building a business from scratch, dealing with trades, clients, designers, Tarion, management, the past, present and future of construction, and somehow, we chat about HGTV, I never spark it, guests spark it and David has more than a few interesting stories to share there and still even more. Hold on, fasten your safety harness and prepare for a classic TCL show because we are going to piss a few “individuals” off. It all began with Nono, David’s grandfather, an immigrant came to this country like so many others and worked hard in the rail industry, David’s Dad followed his steps but then got into construction, eventually David followed his Dad into construction and here we are. Through networking David was able to get his name out there and be given a chance to submit an estimate and eventually get to work with these designers and many others, the word spread and spread fast because of the quality and the positive experience David was offering his clients. David is offering high quality engineered hardwood flooring and high-quality stone and tile, check it out. Manny wants to invent a TCL Fly where we can leave it at the client’s house after we didn’t get the job, that way we can tune into the live TCL Feed and watch how and why certain jobs go bad. Get your stockings ready, this might be a huge seller on Amazon. LOLDavid wraps up the show by letting everyone know all his friends are in the trades, they all have successful careers, happy fulfilling families, choosing a career in construction should be an option for a lot of kids and we need to get trades back into high schools and we need to educate these stupid parents to let their kids choose a career in trades if that is where their passion is. And remember 4, 5, 6 or in construction dubbed, for, fucks, sakes. Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://ombrettacucina.ecwid.comhttps://www.avenue-design.cahttps://ericagelman.comhttp://evelyneshun.comhttps://drgraniteandmarble.cahttps://smpldesignstudio.comhttps://www.imdb.com/name/nm1214605/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1What an amazing show and thank you so much David for sharing so much of your construction love and life, greatly appreciate your time. Thank you. Find David on IG @lucodesignbuild and contact David on his email at firstname.lastname@example.org on FaceBook at Luco Design Build and his web site www.luco.ca for your next project or finish flooring materials walk into his design center at 2133 Royal Windsor Drive Unit 16, in Mississauga, right off the street, can’t miss it, don’t miss it.Stay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in early October 2021
79 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
#168 Chris Allen of On Point Contracting talking hiring, working and sourcing out new leads in construction
We open the show with a recent message from @seantaggy which pretty much set the tone of today’s show. Sean had a lot to ask being a new listener to TCL and loves the show, he has since gone back to the beginning and has been listening to all the shows. Huge thanks Sean and I hope the shows and this show help you. I will say this much Sean, M.A.P will be a huge resource for all your questions and this exclusive membership will launch before the year is over, watch for it and I encourage you consider being a M.A.P. Member. Here’s a first, want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Please let him know who you are and then ask away. TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry. On with the show. This show is about hiring, sourcing out leads, moving up the construction business ladder, putting yourself out there for your first lead or your current leads, how to present you and your business to others and understanding, as tradespeople, you are learning every single day, set aside the ego and the expensive toys and bring you’re A-Z game, every day. We begin by understanding the paper side of this business is far more important than the skill side of this business. 2016 Chris started his construction career with Local 27, that was his beginning. He learned what he could but ultimately Union wasn’t for him, his next step was going into residential through some online job postings. Chris loves construction for the clear cut, black and white that it truly is, you either fit in or fuck off. We discuss your worth as a tradesperson, the skills and skillset you bring to each project calculating your rate, your worth and adding to your business and brand. Manny shares a thought about construction multiverses, where if there is another Manny, doing another version of TCL, that Manny might be a Makita Manny, because Makita does make a great line of tools. There is no multiverse where Manny is a DeWalt guy. Chris brings up an interesting fact, the word “prestige” a word that is thrown around with certain construction tools, in French that word translates as fake, an illusion, a trick, deceit, a lie. Shared and Discussed Links https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home https://ca.indeed.com https://www.monster.ca What an amazing show and thank you so much Chris for sharing so much, greatly appreciate your time. Thank you. Find Chris on IG @onpointcontracting_on and contact Chris on his email at email@example.com and on FaceBook at opcontractingonStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in early October 2021Find Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
79 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
#167 Julia Rose - The Brick Chick is on the show talking all kinds of brick, block, stone and restoration work
We have Julia Rose AKA The Brick Chick on the show, 26 years young, 3 years in the business, a young and skilled mason leading the way for men and women in the industry. Julia at a young age had a lot of mental health, drug addictions issues, it was a hard time for her. She was considering post education and unlike her friends looking at universities and a mountain of student loan debt, she chose to be a mason. Never worked as a mason, never apprenticed as any trade, didn’t really know construction but she had a passion, and she went with her passion. She came across an ad for free masonry training, free tools, all set and ready to get learning, she enrolled into the Ontario Masonry Training Centre - https://ontariomasonrytrainingcentre.com Julia has been involved with brick replacements, damaged brick, restoration, block, tuckpointing, stone repair, partition walls, elevator shafts, and more, she has picked up so many tips and tricks from so many other masons. Early on in her career Julia had a great mentor that shared a lot and it all began with blueprints, drawings, learning the paper side of the business which is incredibly important part of being a tradesperson. It was not an easy road for Julia entering the mason trade with a few tradesmen, not even mal mason, all sorts of tradesmen say stupid things to her solely based on her being a woman. Such comments as, “Don’t even bother, you’ll never be as good, as strong as a man.” We get right into women in the trades and why a small segment of male trades treat women in the trades the way they do, Julia isn’t shy on the subject because she experiences it all the time. How do we get more women into the trades, set aside the political replies and get right to the core and find suggestions that will change the industry, Julia shares her thoughts? Coming from the gym and power lifting, Julia is asked all the time, being a mason is easy for her, lifting and training is a different world than masonry work and she explains it further, the gym saved her from a toxic downward spiral her life was heading. Bottom line Julia isn’t afraid to ask questions when it comes to her passions, she’s not afraid to speak to her fellow trades and other trades, get a better understanding on why the electrician, the plumber, why everyone is doing what they are doing. She wants to change this industry for better and change begins with absorbing the current knowledge and then discuss making things better for everyone. I wish Julia all the best and please continue the amazing work that you provide your clients, thank you. Level Plum Straight LPSShared and Discussed Links https://kreitmaker.comhttps://marshalltown.com https://www.designboom.com/architecture/mvrdv-hermes-store-amsterdam-crystal-houses-transparent-brick-facade-06-27-2019/ @thetimbertailor @avenueroadmasonry What an amazing show and thank you so much Julia for sharing so much, greatly appreciate your time. Thank you. Find Julia on IG @the.brick.chick and contact Julia on her email at firstname.lastname@example.orgStay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in early October 2021Find Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
86 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
#166 Julie Sawchuk Accessible Solutions Inc. Accessible Design Construction and more
Training for a triathlon Julie was biking and was hit by a car and paralysed from the breastbone down. Thrown 30 feet, split her head, broke teeth, broke her nose, broke ribs, broke her spine in two places, T4 and L1. 5 people every day sustain a spinal cord injury in Ontario. Fast forward 6 years and Julie is now an Accessibility Strategist. How do we begin having conversations with accessible clients? Just have the same conversations you would have with other clients, no reason to beat around the bush, ask the questions, get to know your clients, having those direct questions answered will help contractors and designers design and build a perfect space for your clients, all your clients. By far the bathroom is the most important room for accessibility, so many details that need to be thoroughly considered. Consider space around toilet, seating inside shower, where the valves will be, always a thermostatic valve, linear drains with one side slope, there is so much to consider, have those conversations. We must consider all trades and their scope of work, light switch heights, HVAC thermostat height, garage door opener height, so many details that must be discussed and considered. 22% of the Canadian population is identified as accessible needs, more businesses need to realize the loss revenue, more contractors need to begin building for accessible clients. Accessibility is about energy, when a space isn’t dead level, a person using a wheelchair must use more physical and mental strength to move around the space. We need to have more industry people looking into building for more accessible clients and understanding that accessible can be brough to new levels of design and construction. Universal design is family design. Shared and Discussed Links https://www.ontario.ca/page/specialist-high-skills-major https://www.scc.ca/en/standards/notices-of-intent/csa/accessible-homes What an amazing show and thank you so much Julie for sharing so much personal experiences and educating our listeners on so much to do with accessible renovating, Thank you. Find Julie on IG sawesome_julie and contact Julie on her email at email@example.com and her web site at www.juliesawchuk.ca and remember the first 5 listeners to sign up for her newsletter will receive a free copy of her book. Find her books on her web site and on Amazon “Build Your Space” and “Building Better Bathrooms”. Find her on LinkedIN, connect with her, find her YouTube channel, Julie Sawchuk. Also, you can download for free here book “Roadmap to Recovery from her web site. Julie has some online courses for anyone to try, learn more about bathrooms and all the rooms in the home for accessibility.Find Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
89 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
#165 Peter from Picasso Interior Con – Crown Moulding / 3D Plaster Walls / Waffle Ceilings & Stone Veneers
25-year-old Peter, working at this trade for 8 years now is going to talk about Styrofoam plaster mouldings, coffered ceilings, waffle ceilings, diamond patterns, accent walls and so much more. The reason Peter started his business and has always built to a certain standard, he was disgusted with where the construction industry was going. Peter gets very passionate about million-dollar custom homes with upgrades that have no value because the builders use the cheapest of the cheap material, such as 7” MDF baseboards, that’s not right.Peter uses a 12” Makita stone blade on his Milwaukee mitre saw, he has to remove the guard to make the cuts he needs, especially when it’s a bigger crown, and he uses the fence the same way you would for wood mouldings. Even if his cut is a little off the special mix of plaster will make that joint perfect, that’s his trade secret, his R&D for the construction industry. There is a theory that your crown should be as many inches as your walls are in feet, 9 foot walls, asks for 9” crown, that’s incorrect. Crown must be used for the space and the size should complement the space, it’s a trial and error with samples.At 23 Peter bought his first house, at 22 he opened his business, he has so many friends that are not doing anything with their lives, they are just riding life out, they are waking up at 1 in the afternoon, without a care in the world. WOW. Peter shares a great tip and product that he uses to install his one step beam and crown pieces for the coffered ceilings, and he continues to share how he installs an entire ceiling design.Peter and I have a straight up conversation on what’s really next for all of us in construction, what to expect in the next year or two and why we have the expectations that we share. Peter also shares where he got his drive from, such a great story. There is so much uncertainty these days and that goes for construction, for all the tradespeople, entrepreneurs and building your businesses, do not overextend yourself, build but build your business slowly, careful, there is a bad recession coming and a lot of you tradespeople have not experienced a recession and you really want to be ready for it. Stay alert.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://www.mouldexmouldings.comhttps://www.avaloncontracting.ca/?fbclid=IwAR3-9qlins2MseYPTK-MatmGwOrKryLP8jStaA99EFDEpIeMP_odKIwHEuohttps://expertcrownmoulding.cahttps://www.instagram.com/hg.landscaping.inc/?hl=enhttps://www.omegamantels.comWhat an amazing show and thank you so much Peter for sharing so much on mouldings, plaster accent walls, exterior stucco, and construction in general, educating our listeners on everything to do with your trade, Thank you. Find Peter on IG picassointeriors and contact Peter on his email at firstname.lastname@example.org and his website www.picassointeriors.caFind Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgTCL M.A.P Is coming soon – Stay Tuned for more great information
76 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
#164 Plaster Masters with Shane Wile - A lot to learn from this young tradesperson and business owner
23-year-old tradesperson with a lot of passion and heart for the industry and he loves Frank Sinatra, hold on, this is going to be one great show. His Dad taught him only one way to be a tradesperson, the right way, he taught him how to build better, and be better. Losing his Dad at a young age was very hard for the family, really sorry for your loss Shane.Shane has a solid base for his business and what was key, was his crew, his trio of tapers, himself, Saudi and Adam, Shane’s plan is to find more tapers, find reliable subs, and continue to grow the business on volume and keep moving forward. Incredibly refreshing to hear Shane share that he always prefills with Durabond 90, it’s a must for his quality, prefill, tape and then he covers. Game Changer alert – Shane has 2 Festool Planex Drywall sanders and from pole sanding to this amazing tool, he can’t live without it.3 years working this new business of his, starting this brand but remember Shane had that union work and his Dad taught him as a teenager and that brought other issues, most old school trades would dismiss Shane cause of his age, shouldn’t be the case everyone, if it’s your first or last day on site, you will always have something to share, teach, leave behind. Shane is the kind of trade, when he’s completed his scope, he will walk around with the homeowner, or the GC with a check out light and inspect all areas, all corners, all details, that’s the kind of tradesperson he is and that’s the kind of business and brand he is building.Shane is looking for volume of work, he’s looking for those sub division job sites, he and his crews can handle the work, give the man a chance, he will not let you down, he will actually elevate your quality to new heights.Shared and Discussed Linkshttps://ifstc.comhttps://www.usg.com/content/usgcom/en_CA_east.htmlhttps://csrbuilding.comhttps://www.instagram.com/box_drywalldesign/https://www.instagram.com/eq_construction/https://www.instagram.com/easydrywall/https://www.instagram.com/jm_insul/?hl=enhttps://www.tapetech.comWhat an amazing show and thank you so much Shane for sharing so much on drywall, steel framing, insulation, mudding and more information, educating our listeners on everything to do with your trade, Thank you. Find Shane on IG @plastermasters and contact Shane on his email at email@example.comFind Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
82 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
#163 Kevin Carty the Friendly Mason From Irish Farmer to Autoparts to Mason in Canada
Open the show with a great Irish work song and we get chatting about Ireland, the beautiful country and people, the great food and work ethic. What a pleasure to have Kevin on the show and everyone knows Manny will always have a special place for the masonry trades. On with the show. Arriving in Canada in January, five years ago got into autoparts first, and after a number of odd jobs including the rickshaws by the Skydome aka Rogers Centre, yes he did that for a little while to build up his endurance but construction was quickly calling him. Beginning with all sorts of block, underpinning, brick work that all led to restoration work and why Canada has so much damaged brick work and why being a mason is in very high demand. The conversation shifts into the next generation of masons and why most of them have a hard time with an honest hard days work. Most tradespeople will always focus on the problem and not thrive on finding the solution to all sorts of construction problems, this is construction, there will always be problems. Kevin brings up yoga and how yoga has helped him deal with aches and pains from the construction life. Kevin shares that he can find knowledge in every crack and corner and aske the other trades, even the cranky trades, rub their belly and get them to share. Kevin started like most masons, mixing the mortar, carrying the brick, feeding the mason to keep the production going. Kevin is interested in building a great atmosphere of masons on every site. We end the show with an interesting story on the name of his business and how it came about while he was on holidays. Kevin has a lot to say about the industry, the cast of odd balls that get into construction and how much he loves them for it. It’s really about coming into work with the right attitude, so simple. Shared and Discussed Link https://www.selfbuildcanada.ca https://kreitmaker.com https://ontariomasonrytrainingcentre.com https://www.wettinc.ca What an amazing show and thank you so much Kevin for sharing so much must needed mason information, educating our listeners on everything to do with stone and brick, Irish and life, Thank you. Find Kevin on IG @thefriendlymason_ and contact Kevin on his email at firstname.lastname@example.org Find Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgDon’t forget TCL M.A.P. Skills Competition Contest is still going on, submit your project that you did this year, send pics or video and a write up on your skills and passion to email@example.com for a chance to win $1,500.00 in cold hard Canadian Cash and the contest is open to every tradesperson from around the world since The Construction Life is listened to in 44 different countries and find it on one of the 11 podcast platforms online. The Contest winner will be revealed September 6th 2021, Labour Day.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
70 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
#162 Talking cigars with Mike from Toronto Habanos – Listen and you understand why cigars and construction
We are @speducci recording the show on the patio, Rosie and company are always amazing for letting the show record there, it’s quickly becoming the Speducci Studios for the TCL Podcast, thanks guys.Open the show with a few shout outs.Tim from BC @poundforpoundframers Tim from Akron Ohio sent me an email. @southcoaststudio rocking some great Schluter projects. Rob from @galaxyplumbinginc had a pic to share. John from @greekbuilder asking me to do a show on “approved” programs. Marco from @electricallocal69 not a real union shared some insight regarding ESA and Heated floor cables. @andcura Master Electrician and Certified Fire Alarm Electrician wanted to connect while I was in Cambridge. Jarrett from @pacificwildgeneralcontracting had a few stories to share. Framers that are planning on being on the show in the near future, Alonzo @cluelessframer and @alchemist_carpenter and we also will have Ziggy and old school soul been framing for decades and plenty of dry Polish humour, great shows coming soon. Patrick from @blders.ca talking bikes with me via DM’s. On with the show.Mike has been in construction for most of his life, he is very familiar with the construction life and now he adds cigar aficionado to his life, for the last 12 years. Why cigars? We get into the many reasons why and how it connects to construction and even if you have always wanted to but weren’t sure how to, Mike shares so many great tips. We even discuss the heath concerns so please understand we are not trying to suggest you take up cigar smoking, we are simply sharing a lifestyle and TCL has always been about sharing information, laughs, inspiration, and more, once again this podcast episode or show in general might not be for you, if not, I am totally fine with that, the thousands of listeners that listen and support this amazing construction show want more and I will always share more. Thank you.Mike begins by discussing the construction of each cigar. Cigars are made up of 5 components. Combination of 3 leaves that make up the blend, the binder which is the inner and outer of the cigar and then the wrapper which is the look of the cigar. Mike walks the listener through how to judge a cigar on firmness, or high humidity, how to cut the end with a guillotine cutter, avoid the amateur cut and achieve the perfect cut, how to properly light it and never use propane as Manny has before in social media posts, and how to draw for the first time and every time.Shared and Discussed linkshttps://www.canadiancigar.com/shop/Montecristo.htmlhttps://www.neptunecigar.com/cigars/gurkha-san-miguel-petite-corona@scollocigarsWhat an amazing show and thank you so much Mike for sharing so much information, and educating our listeners on cigars. Thank you. Mike’s email at email@example.com and find him on social @torontohabanos on IGFind Manny @hardcorerenos firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
77 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
#161 Waddell Engineering is back for some more talk on engineering with Jim Caruk this round
Larry and Brian are back on the show and Jim is joining us to talk loads and load calculations, hold on to your tool belts, the math is going to be massive on this episode of The Construction life. The last time the Waddell guys were on the show was May of 2021 with a two-part show, #77 and #78 and now they are back to educate us a lot more on the wonderful world of engineering. We begin discussing upgrades to active factory set ups and how they engineer new ways to move in new machinery, from Honda’s Aliston’s plant to many others. We discuss a passion of Waddell, timber framing, using wood charts based one species, based mostly on SPF, Spruce, Pine and Fir, not the other SPF, Sun Protection Factor. Jim shares a recent story on a current project of his where there has been a little engineering friction, must listen and you judge for yourself. The Waddell guys weigh in on how and why this other engineer is requesting such a massive beam and install method. Bringing us to discuss deflection with the common formula of L (Length) divided by 360 to determine the deflection in MM. The topic of KPA comes up and What is Kilopascal used for? Kilopascal Uses The pascal, kilopascal, and gigapascal (GPa) are used to express tensile strength, compressive strength, Young's modulus, and stiffness of materials. We discuss building barns and how structures in that segment have changed and grown to the size of 140 by 900 feet with trusses spanning over one maybe two beams, massive structure for the farming industry, with 108 foot long trusses being transported on site with a little more than a red flag. We discuss the Ontario Farm Code, a total of 28 pages and it covers everything you need to know to build barns. With 200 projects a month it is fair to say Waddell Engineering is doing something right. Keep up the awesomeness guys and all the best. Jim and Manny will do a site visit one day before the winter arrives. Discussed and Shared Links https://risa.com https://www.caledontimberframes.com https://www.wolflaketimberworks.ca https://trusscore.com https://monoslabezform.com What an amazing show and thank you so much Larry and Brian for sharing so much needed information, and educating our listeners on building and engineering. Thank you. Larry’s email at firstname.lastname@example.org and his web site www.waddelleng.com and find them on social @waddellengltd on Twitter and @waddell_engineering on IGFind Manny @hardcorerenos email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgDon’t forget TCL M.A.P. Skills Competition Contest is still going on, submit your project that you did this year, send pics or video and a write up on your skills and passion to email@example.com for a chance to win $1,500.00 in cold hard Canadian Cash and the contest is open to every tradesperson from around the world since The Construction Life is listened to in 60 plus different countries and find it on one of the 11 podcast platforms online. The Contest winner will be revealed September 6th 2021, Labour Day.
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