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#193 Snow Removal Contracting and Electrician running the business and a workplace injury with Giancarlo Ianni of Ironwolf Services

November 24, 2021

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…

#192 Alonso from Clueless Framer and Kase from Alchemist Carpenter 2 framers from different perspectives

November 23, 2021

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…

#191 Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association with Tod Valickis the newly appointed president of TTMAC – lots to talk about

November 20, 2021

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…

#190 Marc Fraser from Craigmhor Construction is here to discuss all kinds of numbers associated with tradespeople

November 12, 2021

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…

#189 Stu from Brollyrenos, Justin from JMP Carpentry, Jason the Keystone Contractor discussing old and new schools of construction

November 10, 2021

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…

#188 Manny and Carlito hit this one solo and discuss a variety of construction topics and the upcoming 200th show event

November 5, 2021

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…

#187 Deck Protect Inc. Jon Witt is on the show discussing his decking career, offering up deck maintenance and a love for wood

November 3, 2021

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…

#186 Danny Dosca our first Montreal based tradesperson discussing bricklaying, renovating and

November 1, 2021

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…

#185 Michael Ferreira from Rose Gold Homes & Design a custom builder in his twenties

October 31, 2021

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…

#184 Mat is here to discuss big machine rentals a side of the construction industry most don’t know about

October 30, 2021

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…

#183 James Malinowski from JM Insul on the show to talk insulation and so much more

October 27, 2021

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…

#182 Woodcraft Furniture with Oliver Kremeris and the OG Mark Mager

October 23, 2021

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…

#181 Ontario RediMix Concrete with Marco Carlini – The Supplier side of the concrete business

October 20, 2021

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…

#180 Caledon Timber Frames with Roland Skuce – Post and Beam old school framing

October 18, 2021

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…

#179 Scott Westlake from the Westlake Team is here to discuss mortgages, all kinds of lending options

October 17, 2021

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…

#178 It’s the Electrical show with Andrew from Azores Construction & Electrical and Jalen Lam

October 16, 2021

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…

#177 Work Wear with the ultimate shop Work N Wear for all your work and safety wear needs

October 15, 2021

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…

#176 Chris Clarry from Hardwork Canada is on the show talking High Rise maintenance and more.

October 11, 2021

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…

#175 Motivating Educating and Empowering Tradespeople with Dimitri from Pure Motivation Fitness

October 10, 2021

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…

#174 GL Plumbing with Jeff DiGiantommaso Canadian Italian Master Plumber with a lot pride and love for construction

October 3, 2021

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…