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  • We open with must be the worst version of Easy, and rolled right into why we are not drinking on a Sunday morning. Larry Serpa from Key Tile Co and Key Surfaces is back. He was traveling back home to Pico Azores with a stop in Toronto so we had a chance to stop by for him to meet some of the Portuguese trades in Toronto. Fabio @fabio.andrade51 who was late to meet up with us on the current job site. Joe from @jrentrysystems Gary and the Old Man from @marescarpentry Tony from @tc.installations.inc and lastly Omid and his crew from @thetileguy.gta

    On today’s show, we get technical about tiling and Larry shares quite a lot about his many years of experience and working with so many different types of tiles, slabs, mosaics, mortars, substrates and more, don’t want to miss this one. We begin with old school and how things were done and how tiling as a trade does take a toll on your body and it really is a young trades game. Tiling always leads to discussing health and safety and all tile setters must understand you’re not only responsible for you and your crews safety but every other trade on site, don’t be cutting tile and or backer board with no proper protection.

    We discuss interior and exterior installations and understanding BC and specifically Vancouver has a climate that only 2% of the world has, where you have rainforest conditions with freeze thaw and a lot of the time in the same day. So many factors apply to tile, stone, slab installs, and experience is important to best understand techniques. Larry walks us through the products and tricks of the trade he has built his business on, things like dry mixing products because the ingredients do settle at the bottle of the bag/box. We discuss, mixing ratios and shelf lives of the products. Larry shares his thoughts on shower pans, dry pack, drains and so much more and how things have evolved and where they might be headed. We close out the show with a lot of talk on project function over project design, never forget the function of the room.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://laticrete.com/en/tile-and-stone-care-and-maintenance/stonetech-protect/stonetech-bulletproof-sealer

    https://www.winklerchimica.com/en/

    https://www.juliesawchuk.ca

    https://www.kohler.ca/ca/round-shower-drain-for-use-with-plastic-pipe-gasket-included/productDetail/shower-fittings/420322.htm?skuId=1284599

    https://ebbe-america.com

    https://www.annsacks.com

    http://trufig.com

    Thank you so much Larry for being on the show again and getting way more techincal, making the time while visiting the Toronto area and sharing so much insight into the tiling trade and more. Reach out to Larry at www.keytile.ca his email [email protected] and on IG and FaceBook @keytileco and @keysurfaces

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • We open the show with a little Rob Base and it takes two, not the best version but we did it and it’s fitting for today’s show. A couple of shout outs to @hh.concpets sharing a few messages about preparing for a potential recession. @summitexteriorsidaho discussing moving his business from Canada to the States.

    On with the SHOW we talk about Side Hustles, and we will be doing a series of these shows featuring tradespeople that have worked on other things outside of construction. I wrote a novel, a love story, a romance story set in Toronto about a woman, Hayley who recently has a breakup and is fed up with relationships discovers hundreds of love letters that belonged to a couple from a decade earlier. That is the basic premise of the story, and we are along for the ride to search for Amabel and the man in her life, Joshan. I began writing this story Dec 25, 2018, and it took me about 6 months to write out a 160-page script. I shard the story with a few friends from the film business, they loved it, they had a lot of questions, to be honest so did I. I sat on the story for another 6 months and then decided to write the novel. I suppose I was hesitant to write the novel because I’m not a writer and there are rules to writing and the literary world is a different and very pretentious world that a contractor really has no business being in. Then I realized, wait, I am Manny from Hardcore Renos, and The Construction Life and I really don’t care what people think. Fear should never be a reason for you not to do something. I embraced it and began writing the novel. Another year and I had a 600-page story, I worked on all those missing pieces of the story, and without sounding egotistical, the story really did write itself, the characters and the connections just flowed across the page.

    Here we are now, a finished 525-page novel, a story that I wrote, and published and I am very proud of. People are now reading it and the feedback is very positive, women are crying several times, connection with the characters and the scenarios, their actions and they love how it begins and how it all ends. Sure, there will be people that won’t like your written words and that is fine, the story of Amabel isn’t for everyone but as a contractor I had this story inside me and I felt obligated to put it down on paper and share it with others.

    This show is about Side Hustles and in construction I believe everyone in this amazing industry has a lot to offer outside of swinging the hammer. Find other passions and don’t be afraid to embrace it, build it, share it, believe in it. The rest is simply going to shape more happiness into your life. I hope you get a chance to support the book and read it, share it with others and tell me what you think of it. I honestly want to know. Thank you so much for your time.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q07y1JFeEE

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5GYjyMGBsYiUb4nLdoPSjw?si=0k99u5kHQDWaU-AwamMccg&nd=1

    Thank you, Laurie, for reading the book and sharing your thoughts. Check out the book at [email protected] on TikTok, Pinterest @theamabelletters and on IG @theamabel_letters

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

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  • DISCLAIMER The following show is in no way advice on how you should invest into cryptocurrency, always do your own research and source out the information for yourself. Shawn Silva, an Engineering Technologist who created A3C to help others navigate the blockchain landscape and Marco Carlini, a salesperson in the concrete industry are here to share a lot about cryptocurrency, blockchain, NFT’s and a whole lot more.

    On with the show. What is Blockchain? A blockchain is a distributed system that achieves security through cryptography and consensus without relying on trust.

    Nearly two years studying and investing in blockchain, Shawn has learned a lot from his initial $1000.00 investment in a few currencies and he has stuck with Cardano. He believes in the Cardano mandates as he dives deep into the founder, Charles Hoskinson, please look him up.

    Shawn and Marco discuss the Terra Luna crash over 3 days, where it went from $160.00 to worth 0.000019 and a lot of people lost their life savings and people committed suicide. Where did that money go? That is the fear.

    There are two types of Blockchains, Proof of Work and Proof of State and the guys break it all down. They discuss DeFi, there are two types of exchanges, secs and decs. When you create a blockchain there is a 3-pillar system, Security, Scalability, and Interoperability. Lessons to consider when investing, diversify and have one meme/joke coin because you never know. We discuss hot and cold storages and how to set them up and the term KYC Know Your Customer. Bottom line, do your research and source out the information and make informed decisions and never look at crypto as the quick rich entity that has been portrayed in the last decade.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.youtube.com/c/charleshoskinsoncrypto

    https://messari.io

    https://koinly.io

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW2BPQ15OSw

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRvqjQPSeaWn-uEx-w0XOIg

    https://www.youtube.com/c/CryptosRUs

    https://empowa.io

    https://www.beeple-crap.com

    https://cardanotrees.com

    https://www.cryptoboons.com

    https://www.claynation.io

    https://www.unsigs.com

    https://trezor.io

    Thank you Shawn and Marco for sharing so much about the digital currency age quickly approaching all of us. Find Shawn at the following @ShawnA3C on Twitter and his YouTube Channle – A3C Crypto Club Inc and on Facebook at ShawnA3C and on his email at [email protected] and the website at www.A3Ccryptoclub.com and contact Marco on his email at [email protected]

  • DISCLAIMER

    Let’s begin the show by saying that the information shared on this show is in NO WAY legal advice to any of our listeners, please schedule a meeting with a lawyer to further discuss your particular legal issues.

    Operating his own private practise for 2 years now, graduated University of Ottawa, worked for an investment broker dealer after he did his article for a sports and entertainment firm. He was planning on moving to Chicago but then the pandemic had other plans, he stayed in Canada and now on his own with Regalia Law. We get discussing the reasons why Essa became a lawyer and that leads to at some point in your construction career you will have to have a meeting with a lawyer to either defend or protect yourself.

    We shift gears to discussing the housing crisis, Blackstone entering the Canadian housing market, stocks, crypto, lending rates, and so much more, there is something going on and if you are not having conversations about it, you might be left in a bad situation one day in the near future. Essa brings up the recent court case going on right now regarding the travel ban for any unvaccinated Canadians where the court will be hearing arguments in Sept 2022 by the last living signatory of The Charter Of Rights.

    Towards the last third of the show we dive into the legal language and potential situations tradespeople could find themselves in one day, we begin with, how to find a lawyer that you can work with and have represent you. We discuss small claims, the legal procedures, contracts, people being spiteful and so many more reasons why the courts are so back logged and why people go the litigation route. Essa sheds some light on Piercing the Corporate Veil, basically there is a way that a lawyer can go after you personally regardless if your business is incorporated. A good contract will have a clause, in the event of a dispute, you mediate first, then you arbitrate and then you litigate and if clients decide to breach the contract, then you have grounds to argue the clause they ignored and decided to clogged the courts and this could have the claim dismissed.

    The show wraps up with Manny revealing what his realistic representation of a renovation show would look like and it’s worth the listen.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSTNhBlfV_s

    https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0

    Thank You so much Essa for sharing so much about the industry and other areas that are dramatically affecting everyone. Find Essa at his contact email [email protected] and his website www.regalialaw.com and he is also on LinkedIN and shares quite a lot about what’s going on in the world.

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • This show will relate to so many tradespeople working in the industry, please give this show a listen as Bradley shares why and how he got into construction and the path he took, or you could say the path that took him. Thank you so much Bradley for sharing so much and opening up, I know there are a few other tradespeople listening that have or are going through similar struggles. This show we will discuss the industry, business owning and running, union strikes, economy, mental health, addictions and more.

    Bradley began his career with Local 183, who are currently on strike as they should be when they have not had a change in their contract since before the pandemic. Before starting his own business, he worked with a number of builders and had a chance to see the bad and good sides of the business, unfortunately more bad than good, that is how many of us learn. Bradley has plans of growing his business to custom home builder and even gated communities.

    The topic of mental health comes up and Bradley opens about his past and the struggles he has gone through. In his late teens, a hockey star, the popular kid, partying, became an alcoholic and quickly followed with an addiction ecstasy at the age of 19, carried that along until he was 23 and was introduced to cocaine. Once Bradley was hooked on cocaine, he would wake up in the morning, start his day with a beer and more cocaine before heading to work. His life became darker and darker, he never thought it would end, he figured this was his life for the rest of his life, he knew what he was doing was wrong and his thoughts led him to consider suicide, driving his truck off a bridge. February 19 2021, Bradley finally said to himself, enough, enough. He just finished a 5 day bender of booze and cocaine and he thought of his family, his nieces and nephew and his family helped him back and helped him survive. Arriving on the job site, he hid and cried, nobody on the jobsite knew what Bradley was going through, nobody really knows what any of us are really going through. Bradley called his Mom and she put plans in place and he was quickly admitted into a crisis centre for 72 hours and that was the beginning of his recovery. The hardest part of quitting the addictions for Bradley, was finding himself. For the last few years he put this façade for everyone else and never realized he needed to find his true self.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.instagram.com/eq_construction/

    Timmy from Virginia.DC metro area is looking for a contractor for a master bathroom renovation anyone listening in that area and interested in learning more, please reach out to him at [email protected] Hopefully someone will reach out to him. Thanks

    https://www.instagram.com/mississaugahardwarecentre/

    https://www.instagram.com/stuccoskocontemporary/

    https://www.instagram.com/tool.academy/

    https://www.instagram.com/agdrywallandtaping/

    Thank You so much Bradley for sharing so much about the industry and opening up the way you did, the mental health stigma really does need to change. Find Brandley at the following @bradthebuilder94 on IG and contact Bradley on his email at [email protected]

  • What a great show we have, I first met Gwladys and the Grad Concept crew over 2 years ago at IBS, I knew about them through Thermory and the PaCs clip system and trust me, once you use any of the Grad Concept systems, you will never look back at any other type of system for all of your projects. On the show we dive deep into the products and the ease of use, the countless uses for the clips for decking, siding, features, interior use and so much more and remember they have a key that allows you to unlick the clip and free the board in the event the board was damaged, or you need access behind the board.

    Just over 2 years ago, Gwladys had 3 weeks to put together a first impression in the North American market and off she went, up for the challenge she organized everything and was placed at the show in Las Vegas right next to the major players and Grad held their own because it is a great product. In that first year, they had sales of $7,000.00 in 2019, not much of a market share but then this year, they are over a million and still growing. Gwladys understands when it comes to construction most products are incremental when they arrive on the market, with Grad, the product became disruptive, and it is now changing the landscape.

    16 years of innovation allows the clips to assist with board movement, adding longevity to the boards, ease of removal, ventilation is promoted, there are so many benefits to using this clip system. With the growth they have experienced in the last 2 years it is now time to set up shop in the USA and they are, building an office in Houston with plans to manufacture in the US very soon. Grad believes that the company should be here and not just ship here.

    Grad Concept USA has their own software to help you with take offs no matter the size and or shape. They also carry pedestals and the pedestals are designed to accommodate the clip rails, it really is Lego for tradespeople. The even have privacy fencing, the products continue to grow as Grad Concept USA works on keeping up with the creativity of the industry.

    They are also hiring for the Houston office so if anyone is interested in working for a great company and being a part of changing the industry please reach out to Gwladys.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://burgeretcie.fr

    https://www.booa.fr

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv8Fhii4h8wIkrT3eqoBaUg

    https://www.poolspapatio.com/en/home.html

    https://www.iccsafe.org/products-and-services/i-codes/2018-i-codes/irc/

    Thank You so much Gwladys and Jon for sharing so much about the clip industry. Find Gwladys at the following @gradconcept_usa on IG us.gradconcept.com and contact Gwladys on her email at [email protected] and find Jon at the following at www.deckprotect.pro and his email [email protected] on IG @deckprotectinc and on FaceBook Deck Protect Inc.

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • Amazing to have John on the show talking the fencing business for the past 50 years, from humble beginnings as an immigrant with his grandfather, working on smaller residential projects to full scale commercial and industrial projects of today. So much to discuss on this show, but first up, we discuss the economy and I must say, it is refreshing to hear from a 26 year old like John that feels there is something bad coming our way, he has heard the stories from his Dad, from his GrandDad from the past, how difficult it was to get work during those lean years, John offers up a lot of great insight.

    We have a great conversation about welding and the skill attached. John shares the proper footings for his posts, from resi, to commercial to industrial, sometimes they are working with posts that are 3/8” thick steel for security purposes behind correctional institutions. John brings up so many great points behind profit and understanding your profit margins and what you and your business is really making because most tradespeople don’t really know, they just assume they are making money. Right now John is keeping the business lean because he knows to be safe than sorry.

    John shares a number of stories on how is Dad built the business with relationships, being knowledgeable on the job site has an advantage, communicating with engineers and architects, and finally coming to the conclusion that everything works on paper but never on the jobsite, that is where the skills come to play. So many products have been developed by tradespeople handling things on site, figuring how to make things better, more efficient, boots on the ground is incredibly valuable, don’t ever forget that. We finally get a chance to discuss locates and job site duties. We end the show discussing the why of construction, understand the why, when your business isn’t what it used to be, go back to the why, when you have those bad days, bad clients, go back to the why, always go back to the why of construction.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.morgansmetal.com

    https://fencearmor.com/collections/stain-seal-wood-stain

    https://streetsoftoronto.com/19-condo-towers-and-up-to-10000-residents-could-land-at-yorkdale/

    Thank You so much John for sharing so much about the industry. Find John and the Arctic Crew at the following @arcticfence on IG www.arcticfence.ca and contact John on his email at [email protected]

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

    Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at [email protected]

    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 protected]

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • Finally have Mike Valchuk, the man, the myth, the contractor on the show and what a show it is. We begin by discussing his 8 years of construction and how during the beginning of the pandemic Mike and his partner Grant O’Neal felt they needed to pivot, shift gears, an idea that will carry through this episode and has been brought up on so many other TCL shows. Mike and Grant decided to seek professional coaching and they have never regretted it. When they realized the business was creating mirrored years and didn’t see sales grow, they knew something needed to be done. Upon doing a little google searching they sourced out two possible coaching business, one in Australia and one in Canada, they opted for the Canadian one, the links are below.

    Mike shares some great tips on structuring your business, looking at profit and understanding that $100.00 isn’t what you get to keep, you need to understand what to do with that money and something the younger trades are doing is investing some of that money, building your business and personal equity. Passion vs Profit comes up once again and it will always come up and Mike shares an interesting story speaking to a business coach of his, you better have that passion because this is the hardest industry to be in, he’s right. Clients will use the emotional card to get those extras, to make you work harder for no extra money, that is not right, you have to train your clients on how to behave is what Mike has been taught.

    Mike shares his thoughts on Hamilton area and how it has been developing nicely over the years and a lot of people from the Toronto area are moving out there and building, renovating adding to a very thriving industry in the Hammer.

    Of course, we get chatting about tools and the Building Dreams Team is mostly red but Mike has an interesting story to share about their SkilSaw table saw with a very interesting ending. Must listen. We discuss the potential recession that could happen and how to prepare your business for it. As we wrap the show Mike shares his history before construction where he was an owner of 4 locations of Pita Pits over 10 years and how he learned so much from the way they ran the business and he appreciated continuing being a student and how he took all of those lessons into construction.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://theprofessionalbuilder.com

    https://www.btacademy.com

    https://www.guestplumbing.com

    https://www.instagram.com/guestplumbing/

    https://www.eagleviewconstruction.com

    Thank You so much Mike for sharing so much about the industry. Find Mike and Grant his partner at the following @buildingdreamscontracting on IG www.buildingdreamsinc.ca and contact Mike on his email at [email protected]

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • Nearly 2 decades in the business Natalia has seen and experienced so much, she is WELL AP, AKBD, CLIPP certified and recently completed her first book, hopefully 1 of 3 of a series of renovation books to help the industry and clients. Natalia is a kitchen and bath designer and there is a difference between her and an Interior Designer and even a decorator.

    Off to the designing races, Natalia shares that there should never be a microwave over a cooking surface, the same with a TV over a fireplace, plus cooking fans should be oversized and a conversation with HVAC should always happen because that exhaust will affect the building air flow.

    Natalia discusses appliances, specs, her favs including a new style and type of range hood Fotile, the link is below. How important these conversations are way ahead of the first day of demo. Air quality leads us to chatting about Wellness and Natalia has worked with Linda from Living in Place who has been on the show twice now. She dives deep into the client and construction relationships and what to do when things go bad and they will go bad. Lighting and lighting designing and why electricians are so stuck in their ways with lighting plans based on symmetrical placement of lighting? We discuss lumens, cone, purpose of lights, style of lights, color temp of lights and much more.

    Plenty of links down below and please check them all out, you will love the information you gain for you and your business.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    Listen to Natalia’s podcast - Renovation Secrets find it on Buzzsprout - https://www.buzzsprout.com/1150556 (has links to Apple, Google Podcast, Sticher)

    Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/renovation-secrets/id1520444767

    https://m.miele.ca

    https://www.dacor.com/home/

    https://ca.fotileglobal.com

    https://www.wellcertified.com

    http://www.aqmd.gov

    https://www.wolseleyinc.ca/brands.html

    https://www.ketra.com

    https://www.flwright.org/visit/robiehouse

    https://usenaturalstone.org

    https://nrc.canada.ca/en

    https://chopvalue.com

    https://www.nkbaottawa.org

    Thank You so much Natalia for sharing so much about the Design, Kitchen, Bath and Wellness industry. Find Natalia at the following @detailbydesign15 on IG detailbydesignottawa on FaceBook, @detailbydesign on Twitter and www.detailbydesign.ca and contact Natalia on her email at [email protected] Natalia Pierce, WELL AP, AKBD, CLIPP

  • What a great show we have, Paul is here to share his insight into the wonderful world of kitchen repairs and contractors mistakes and of course, we are talking about those short cuts that eventually lead to failures and homeowners are left with dealing with the builder, warranties or bringing in a professional like Paul to get it done and get it done properly. His business and reputation grew very quickly because Paul found by dealing with smaller scope of work, he was able to fulfil the solution and make the client happy, his reviews grew fast and furiously and the word go around, Kitchen Fix was the brand to work with.

    Anyone in this industry knows you can never please every client and they will leave bad reviews, even bad reviews on your quote and Paul has learned, move on, just accept you can’t please everyone and go find another client. Paul has built his business on efficiency, clients submit a pic, he reviews the scope, he brings what he needs, they fabricate on site, set up his tools in the underground, parking lot, down the street, not matter as long as he has the space to build what he needs and always wraps up the day by cleaning everything up, keeping the home safe and clean. All about the final impression his brand leaves his clients.

    Paul is very clear on how he works, the skills he provides, and he does get a lot of clients asking for ballparks, he doesn’t do that, he asks for pics of what the scope is, he determines the work and cost and presents it. He never goes back to fix any of his work, he has his standards and clients feel he is high, he tells clients that he is high but the work will never have to be done again. Set your standard and build from that level. Paul calls it “Deceptively Complex”, this industry, you are the brand and once you wrap your mindset around that, you will be hugely successful.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.blum.com/ca/en/company/about-blum-canada/

    https://www.salice.com/us/en/products/hinges

    https://www.grass.at/1404.html?L=1

    https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca

    https://www.richelieu.com/ca/en/

    https://www.hafele.ca/en/

    Thank You so much Paul for sharing so much about the industry. Find Paul at the following @kitchenfix on IG and www.kitchenfix.ca and contact Paul on his email at [email protected]

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

    Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at [email protected]

    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 protected]

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • What an amazing show we have today, Bethany King, threw herself into real estate after being laid off a job she loved, quitting a safe, secure, soul sucking federal government job, realizing as a millennial she needs to make more money to be able to buy her own home one day, she asked herself several questions and went searching for all the answers. Then came Tik Tok and she used the platform to build her network and in turn create sales, all the while never selling herself. She focused on sharing what she was learning with anyone and everyone that would listen and relate to her as a single mom. As we all know there are so many of us in the exact same real estate, mortgage approval, making ends meet, boat.

    Don’t miss this great show and we promise you, the insight on this show will make you move your ass and go after what you deserve to have in your life.

    Bethany shares so much and she knew that she needed to increase her income in a short amount of time, that way she can look a lot better on paper when it came time to apply for that mortgage. She brings up a huge point that has been shared on this show several times, Gen Z and Millennials are using today’s tech-based platforms to create wealth, they are looking at NFT’s, Crypto and more and they are doing the research and figuring out the opportunities.

    Tik Tok. First thing to do is consume what’s out there, forget the polished IG world and focus on you, your personality, real you, that’s who is building a great following. She began by sharing her every day, what’s going on in her professional life, showing followers her deals and what she did to make those deals and the income attached to that deal. Then came the questions and questions create future posts, you never have a shortage of content ideas because your following will feed the content train for you. Basically, show the world with your actions. Bethany uses social and works the behind-the-scenes actions to benefit her, she uses her pillars, 3-5 of who you are, she focuses on 5 key hashtags that connect her to her current followers and new potential followers and the algorithm works for her.

    With the pandemic coming to an end, well an end to everyone that has had enough, Bethany is suggesting buyers look at getting back into the condo market, it’s because people are going out again and downtown has all the things you want to do. Not the same for homes, still way too expensive and the approvals are even more difficult to achieve.

    Bethany doesn’t spend a dollar on traditional ways of advertising and promoting, she use today’s tech and it has worked very well for her. The best way to run your business is to act like you’re not running your business.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://zapier.com

    Thank You so much Bethany for sharing so much. Find Bethany at the following @bethanyxking on Tik Tok and IG and www.king-realestate.ca and contact Bethany on her email at [email protected]

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] 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, Fix It Friend with Jeremy Ross next level of Handyman Services. 6 years in construction after studying and working in the mechanical engineer field, he had enough of the office environment and wanted to get his hands dirty, that is how Fix It Friend began. Of course, Jeremy had some concerns, lack of confidence if he would be accepted into the industry and would establish tradespeople share, we all went through that, that’s the beauty of construction, it truly is a community, and we want to help others. Ultimately every older tradesperson knows they need to pass on these lessons because there are more leaving then entering this industry.

    Jeremy and his right-hand person Jessica have perfected the Fix It Friend system, from people leaving an inquiry on the website, submitting a scope of work, assessing things, arriving on site and fixing it for them. Most clients are just so happy to have someone there to take care of things. At times there could be a little bit of tension with significant others who either tried to fix it or has no idea how to fix it but Jeremy understands how to involved the clients enough that it becomes a collaborative effort. Over the years Jeremy has built a solid list of tradespeople and other professionals that he can reach out to get 2nd opinion and tradespeople are always willing to share with him, adding more value to his business and his clients.

    Passion vs Profit comes up again, it’s been gaining a lot of interest and Jeremy brings up some amazing points, it’s an important conversation that everyone in this industry should be having on a daily basis.

    About a year into Fit It Friend Jeremy had the passion and desire for a workshop, and he came across an opportunity, he called it The Hub TO. Jeremy came across a 6000 sq ft abandoned unit and found the owner, worked out a deal to lease it, he spilt up the place into 11 separate units for a community of makers, a woodworker, a hairdresser, an actor and so on. He’s been able to fill 10 of the 11 units and he’s created something that’s so valuable to everyone in our industry and I suggested you should open another, open it in the west end. What an amazing idea. Towards the end of the show the conversation gets very interesting, we discuss the next generation, parenting failing on making construction an attractive career choice, the construction cap when it comes to making money, immigrants from the 60’s to today providing for their big families, where homes, kids futures, cars, weddings were all paid for by hardworking tradespeople.

    Please leave a google review for Jeremy and his team and please support his small business.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.kitchenfix.ca

    https://www.thehubto.com

    https://www.instagram.com/tc.installations.inc/

    https://www.instagram.com/marescarpentry/

    https://www.instagram.com/fabio.andrade51/

    Thank You so much Jeremy for sharing so much. Find Jeremy at the following @fixitfriend on IG and www.fix-it-friend.com and contact Jeremy on his email at [email protected]

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • We open the show with a few shout outs to the many tradespeople that reach out on social, emails and through the industry. Thank you everyone for making the show the huge success it is as we make our way to over 1 million downloads. I have always said it is all because of our guests and the tens of thousands of listeners. Thank you so much.

    This show is all about the numbers behind running a construction business and Kyle, a 29-year-old has a lot of great advice for the young and old tradespeople in this amazing industry. Kyle a George Brown graduate has been in business for 8-9 years, began his career with a partner, that lasted a couple of years. From there he began 2X2 Construction and it’s a family business. In the beginning Kyle found it difficult to reach out to other trades to ask any question, gain any knowledge in fear of being dismissed. The good people in construction will always make time to reply, focus on the good, ignore the self-centered social media fame driven trades, the renoactors, the tourists.

    We get right into it.

    Accounting

    Payment Schedules

    Contracts

    Change Orders

    Scope of Work

    Allowances

    Job Costing

    Employees

    Cash Flow Projections

    Next Hire

    New Tools

    Company Vehicles

    Company Growth

    Markup vs Margin and Kyle shares quite a lot how he designed his graphs behind his numbers and well worth having a close listen and even reach out to Kyle.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    Made an error discussing a recent chat I had with Bob Peel from Brafssco, I apologize I called hi Bob Foot, no idea why. Anyway, Bob will be on the show and he has a lot to share about building a building, building a brand and loads of info on marketing and sales, watch for a future show with him. I worked with Bob way back in my marketing days and just so happen that Kurt Snell of @karpenter24 reconnected us after he did an amazing reno project at Bob’s home.

    Thank You so much Kyle so much for sharing so much. Find Kyle and his team at the following @2x2construction on IG and www.2x2construction.ca and contact Kyle on his email at [email protected]

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

    Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at [email protected]

    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 protected]

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • Something a little different on the show, the worktables are being turned around, Greg and his brother Justin from Generation Construction, 1.5 years into the business of being a GC are going to ask Manny questions about all kinds of scenarios that we GC’s go through on the daily. We are going to bring up a lot of things and some you may not want to hear but it should be spoken, as you know construction social media has always been about filters and everyone only discussing the good, at TCL we talk about the good, the bad and the downright nasty parts of the construction life.

    Welcome to the Mentorship show.

    How do we overcome the insecurities of construction?

    How do you get over negative situations?

    How to start the day?

    Where can you find the greater support, through close friends and family over strangers?

    How considering new trades, what to avoid when looking to hire and expand?

    Are you properly assessing your business?

    Can you over invest into your business?

    We discuss profit, what percentage should you be after?

    How much time should you give a new potential client?

    How much should you spend on advertising?

    How many quotes should you be working on?

    Why are you in this business? Price vs Passion?

    Partnerships are they good or bad?

    Why did you choose construction as your career?

    Where did you love for construction come from?

    Why are tradespeople client’s therapist?

    We discuss legal situations for every contractor

    Employees or sub-contractors?

    Why do contractors want to take on so much work? Will it make you more profitable?

    Are you making more money because you have a lot of work?

    Will there be a recession later this year or early next year?

    Material costs keep going up, what can we do about it?

    Planning for retirement?

    Working on suppliers and building better relationships

    How to handle call backs

    The competition vs the community of construction

    Can you be a millionaire if you’re a contractor?

    Every single tradesperson in construction should have a side hustle.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.instagram.com/roseridgebuilders/

    https://www.instagram.com/binsplus_disposal_solutions/

    https://www.instagram.com/thetileguy.gta/

    https://www.instagram.com/pound4poundframers/

    https://www.graphis.com

    https://sanremobakery.com

    Thank you Greg and Justin. Find Generation Construction at the following @generationconltd on IG and www.generationconstructionltd.com and contact Greg on his email at [email protected]

    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 protected]

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • Brock from Advanced Property Solutions is back on the show, check out his first appearance on TCL Show #153, and this time he has brought a new friend, Dalton Cousineau from Southpaw Stoneworks and we are going to be talking Brocks first year as a GC and how Dalton is taking masonry and stone skills to new levels.

    New Podcast to check out – Michelle Farrugia has been on TCL twice now and she’s doing her own podcast called Cognitive Capital Podcast and find it on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube, great show about finance, real estate and entrepreneurship.

    We open the show with a few shout outs and then discuss the rising fuel costs but not in a negative, at TCL we present where all these fuel costs are coming from, who has their hands in the cookie jar.

    On with the show, it begins with Dalton sharing how he began at 5 years of age and he has Lego to thank for his interest in stone work. His grandfather is the one that pushed him, encouraged him, and gave him and hour to pick up the skill. Dalton doesn’t really consider himself a mason, he looks at his skills more of a stonesmith artist. An interesting question comes up, our guests today are mid 20’s, we ask what do you think you will be like 25 years from now? It’s important to take care of your body and mind and maintain a healthy lifestyle is what Dalton shares. Brock shares what his first year as a GC has been and he recently hired a 3rd full time person to the crew. Things are good for him.

    We discuss the difference between handyman and professional tradesperson, conversation get’s interesting here. Brock and Dalton share an estimate that they were both going to do and in the end they decided to walk away from being involved, basically the client wanted a handyman price but a professional scope of work. They share that the client wanted the detailed work to be done for 75% less than they were quoting, when a client speaks to you that way, walk and walk fast.

    We bring up Recession Depression talk and discuss how the last two years has been great for construction and we are hoping that everyone in construction has been working just as hard on the business as on the tools, in preparation for a possible recession or even worse the next great depression. Are tradespeople buying fewer tools? Maintaining their current tools? Looking to sell tools they don’t really use? There is something going on and for good reason.

    The conversation gets gritty with discussing the future of construction and trying to figure out why trades are so quick to want to get higher, bigger without learning all that they can. Where they step into what Brock calls, the “analyse paralysis”. Dalton ends the show with his thoughts on sharing insight to other trades, “fear is tasty” jump in with both feet and make it happen.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    Book - The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous

    Book – Beat the Bank by Larry Bates

    https://www.tremcosealants.com/markets/residential/weather-resistive-barrier-systems/enviro-dri/enviro-dri/

    Thank you Brock and Dalton. Find Brock and Advanced Property Solutions or APS at the following @advancedpropertysolutions on IG and advancedps.ca on FaceBook www.advancedps.ca and contact Brock on his email at [email protected] for your next project. Find Dalton and Southpaw Stoneworks at the following www.southpawstoneworks.com [email protected] and his IG @southpawstoneworks

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • What a show we have today!! Let’s discuss a new product that has changed the way you consider cladding and decking, we have Constantine (Kosta) Karolidis, the GM and he shares how it all began and how it’s going.

    But first, a few shout outs and a lovely story about a lazy and talentless renoactor.

    On with the show.

    Kosta runs us through this new product to Canada and the many benefits attached to working and designing with it. Kosta literally dove into this business, upon graduating from university, the day after, his Dad asks him, so when are you getting a job? He secures employment with Rinomato Group and from there got into New Tech Wood and like most of us in construction he had a labour shortage trying to build the brand, this was the beginning of Covid and nobody wanted to work, Kosta began asking his university friends, lawyers and programmers in training to help him out.

    New Tech Wood is in 55 different countries, Canada is the largest growing market right now. With so many colors, styles of cladding, fencing, and decking, use the product inside and out. Kosta also discusses that they can make color match bird houses, chairs, all kinds of furniture and other custom pieces so your entire design can match.

    Green book talk and we discover the fines attached to making too much noise and a table saw can get as high as 150 Decibels and when you factor in that an ear drum can rupture at 150 DB.

    One of our fav and constant topics comes up again, millennials and is the stereotype still out there? Kosta shares some insight and of course, Manny and Carlito add to the talk.

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://torinodrywall.ca

    https://countryhomes.ca

    https://rinomatogroup.com

    https://vellamo.com

    https://www.bromonlumber.ca

    https://reliabuild.ca

    What an amazing show with Kosta, Thank you. Find him on IG @newtechwoodcanada and [email protected] and the website is www.newtechwood.ca

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

    Find Carlito @theconstructionliferenos and reach out to him at [email protected]

    TCL has and always will be about giving back to the construction industry.

  • Part Five –50–59-year-olds. #FitnessFridays with Dimitri Giankoulas

    Our last show of this series and Dimitri gets right into it. Yes, you still need to be active, but at these ages you need to be careful on the level of active. At this age there are a lot of failing body parts and putting too much stress on joints can create bigger problems, especially since older people don’t heal as quickly. Functional strength is what you are after at this age, learning to improve your mobility from everyday movements, getting up from the floor, lifting from a chair, twisting, and all of this stems from pain.

    Spinal Hygiene Exercises – A T W Y that Dimitri has discussed on each of these shows. Working with a The TRX System, also known as Total Resistance Exercises, refers to a specialized form of suspension training that utilizes equipment developed by former U.S. Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick.

    We discuss as one gets older getting to an extreme overweight is dangerous and it should always begin with a full assessment, the data, from there the proper coach can learn the best course of action to achieve their goals.

    Diet is critical, if you haven’t built up your life with proper healthy details from your 40’s to your 50’s to your 60’s your body isn’t thermo genetically active, it takes your body at that age longer to process the foods. Anyone that is overweight means no carbs for breakfast, it’s like overfilling a half glass of water. Eating carbs for breakfast will only store it and convert it into sugar and it becomes more fat. As for lunch, it’s the same at any age, protein, carb, and fat. For dinner, eliminate the carb and focus on the protein and a little bit of fat.

    Exercise, Dimitri can tell what you have been doing for decades simply by looking at your side profile, no ass and hamstrings, means weakness in the lower back, means you have not been doing any lower body movements and that needs to change, you will require those two key areas for mobility. The conversation of mental health comes up, at that age mental health is important. Training will help; the injection of dopamine will help. Depression kicks in when people are not happy. Dimitri’s coach would always say, Growth or Decay, which one are you?

    Reach out to Dimitri and consider getting a coach to help you live a healthy longer life.

    Mind Set, Nutrition, Training, and Trouble Shooting.

    Check out his app on Apple and Android

    Shared and Discussed Links

    https://www.trxtraining.com

    What 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 @dimitrigiankoulas and contact him for your next exercise booking at [email protected] 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.

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

  • Part Four –50–59-year-olds. #FitnessFridays with Dimitri Giankoulas

    This show begins with life stresses, as you get older, you have challenging moments in life, a divorce, separation, loss of a parent or parents, loss of employment and how this can affect your health, mentally and physically. At 50 you need to ask yourself are you doing this for your kids or yourself? Yes, you need to be a role model for your children, but you also have to be selfish, I am 50 now, I want to live a high-quality life for the next 30 plus years, that requires discipline and work.

    Heart Health, stress contributes to bad heart health, I’ve got all these things happening, life, do I get drinking, taking up vices and hurting myself and others or do I jump into exercise, but where do I begin? It all begins with data, your foundation, where are you at right now? Actual work, begin with Calisthenics, that will allow your body to build, adapt, and grow, again, calisthenics are exercises that use your own body weight. Dimitri discusses proportions, he wants the 50’s to work the back more than the front, 60/40 split and it’s because the world is designed for the back, pull and push actions throughout our day.

    Adaptation is a beautiful thing for the human body. Take a human without fuel and make it work out, it will have to adapt, and you want the body to adapt and in your older year’s adaptation can become negative, where they wake up and start the day incorrectly, have a cigarette, coffee, donut, that is all adaptation. In your 50’s it’s a wakeup call, you can decide to wake up and live life to the fullest or you can give up and accept this is my life, no matter what, it falls on you to make that decision. Will you conform to life, or will you transform?

    Dimitri feels the fear at 50 is more detrimental than when you were in your 20’s. In your 20’s, your 30’s, you can make those mistakes, you can have those failures, take your 40’s to fix things and carry on. But in your 50’s it’s easy to have that mindset, I’m old, I can’t do it, my life is ok, I’m fine. Your 50’s doesn’t have to be that way. Move 3X per week for 45 mins, walk the dog, swim, exercise, you have to meal prep Sundays and Wednesdays, and you must journal, make 10 mins of your life belong to you, reflect on you and your life, every day by yourself. You will do this for 90 days and we promise you, your life will change, and you will see weight loss, you will feel better, move better, be a better human being.

    We wrap up this show discussing breathing, look into 3B Breathing, Brace Before your Breath.

    Check out his app on Apple and Android

    What 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 @dimitrigiankoulas and contact him for your next exercise booking at [email protected] 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.

    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 protected]

  • Part Three –40–49-year-olds. #FitnessFridays with Dimitri Giankoulas

    We begin with mindset, because everything begins with mindset, if you wake up in the morning and the life, your body, your work, you have, isn’t what you want, your mindset will dictate how the rest of the day, that week, that month, that year turns out. In your 40’s your margin for error is smaller and smaller, you can’t continue with the bad habits, those habits will catch up to you and will make your life even more difficult down the line.

    Sit down and write out what is great about your life and write down what is terrible about your life, be honest, be brutally honest and write it down on paper, that connection to paper will connect your mind to the truth about you. The truth is most people jump into a healthy lifestyle without a plan, they just start and 30 days later they stop, it’s even worse in your 40’s. They just don’t K N O W what and how to do it. They need data about their bodies, they need to know where they are, what their body is telling them, then with that data they can come up with a plan and handle a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life.

    The words “I know” are the negative words in your life, the moment you tell yourself I know you brain shuts off and doesn’t want think. Use words like, I will, I am, I shall, I’ll try, these will help you learn and move forward. Training in your 40’s you have to consider mobility, foam rolling, relaxation, lacrosse ball, stretching, yoga, because your body is older, your joints are older, your muscles are weaker and smaller, you have to slowly ramp up as you get back in or continue to train. A good coach will design a program for you based on body type, based on age, and based on muscular dysfunction, most people are afraid of doing any muscle training with the concern of bulking up, in your 40’s you have to really train to bulk up. This issue is this age group focusses on so much cardio, which is great, but they also need the muscle training.

    Dimitri dives deep into the eating and foods, portions, all kinds of great tips here. Leads us to MHG – Medical History Goals coaches need to know what prescriptions and health issues you are currently on, extremely important to share this information with all coaches.

    Check out his app on Apple and Android

    What 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 @dimitrigiankoulas and contact him for your next exercise booking at [email protected] 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.

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected] or [email protected] 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 protected]

  • Part Two –30–39-year-olds #FitnessFridays with Dimitri Giankoulas

    It all begins with weight, the scale, is the old way of tracking your gains and losses, it’s truly about body composition, a reflection of tissues in relation to each other, fat and lean muscle tissue. In your 30’s your body begins to change, add life, marriage, kids, work, stress and watch your fitness drop and be pushed to the end of the line, worst thing to do.

    Food, find out what your body needs in nutrition, for example, Dimitri needs 1.5 grams of protein per his weight, multiply that 1.5 by your weight at 195 pounds and that’s 292 grams of protein per day with his training routine. It’s simple, you eat more than you burn, you gain weight. Opening a business is harder than tracking and training your body for life. Adaptation of the body is a normal process, as you train and reach your goals, your body will get smarter resulting in what got you to lose those first 20 pounds will not work trying to lose those next 20 pounds, you must shock the body to reach those new goals.

    The biggest killer in North American is metabolic syndrome, a cluster of abdominal obesity, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and high triglycerides. Avoid all of these and you will live a happy, healthy, quality life. If you don’t exercise, it will affect your sex drive, that is a fact, it will affect your testosterone levels, stress will contribute to lower libido. Alcohol increases in your 30’s because you want to celebrate life’s milestones and most men turn to beer and beer is the worst of the bunch.

    It's not about what the scale says, not about the weight you are today, it’s about Resting Heart Rate. Calculate your RHR by counting your beats per minute, subtract 70 which is the average, multiply that figure by 60 minutes in an hour, multiply that number by 24 hours in the day and you get your total beats per day, that is how many EXTRA heart beats per day, EXTRA work your heart has to work, these EXTRAS lead to health issues down the road.

    Check out his app on Apple and Android

    What 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 @dimitrigiankoulas and contact him for your next exercise booking at [email protected] 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.

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at [email protected]orerenos.com or [email protected] 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 protected]