The Construction Life

The Construction Life

Our weekly construction podcast. The Construction Life podcast, featuring Manny Neves and Carlito Pavlovic (and some special guest appearances!) will shed light on the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of construction. Be forewarned – we may ruffle a few feathers. Stay tuned.

Episodes

February 7, 2023 115 min
In this episode, we welcome Ryan and Maneeb of Assured Basements to discuss the often-overlooked space of basement renovations and legal basement apartments. They share their insights on how to convince clients to value basement spaces, the true cost of a basement renovation, and how to address issues such as concrete pours, heat loss, and soundproofing. Ryan and Maneeb also share their thoughts on dealing with ignorant clients and...
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In this episode, we welcome Chris Attia, owner of Dr. Granite and Marble, to talk about stone repairs and the challenges he faces in the industry. Chris shares his expertise on common problems with stone surfaces, how to care for your stone, and the differences between various materials such as porcelain, natural stone, and onyx. Chris also discusses the tricks he has learned over the years, including leathering and polishing techn...
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#334 Women And Young People In Construction And Framing With Brittany Farrow Of Girls Can Frame by Manny Neves and Carlito Pavlovic
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In this episode, we welcome Greg and Justin Janizak, owners of Generation Construction and Fine Homes Ltd., to discuss some of the issues facing the construction industry. We touch on the challenges of harassment and lack of incentives in unions, as well as the negative impact of Bill C23 on the industry. We also discuss the pros and cons of social media for construction companies and the importance of saying no when clients ask fo...
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In this episode, we welcome Carlo di Renzo, owner of Effect Electric Ltd., to discuss trade school issues and generators. Carlo shares his thoughts on union politics, the lack of basic knowledge among apprentices, and the challenges of getting an apprenticeship. We also hear about the differences between Kohler and Generac generators, the impact of electric vehicles on the power grid, and the power consumption in a typical home. Ca...
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On this episode of The Construction Life Podcast, we talk to Anna Rossitter of Answers with Anna about the corruption in construction. Anna shares her personal experience in commercial construction, including stories of companies cutting corners, lack of safety, faulty drawings, failing product installations, apprentice abuses, and media cover-ups. Listen in as Anna encourages tradespeople to speak up about corrupt practices in the...
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In this episode, we are joined by Alex MacDonald, owner of Bakwoods Fireplace and Heating, to talk about all things fireplaces. Alex shares his knowledge on different types and brands of fireplaces, as well as proper venting and regulations. He also discusses the importance of choosing the right wood to burn in wood-burning fireplaces and how to care for chimneys. We also debate the latest fireplace trends, including linear firepla...
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In this episode, we welcome Patrick McCormack, owner of Demo for Your Reno Inc., to talk about the ins and outs of demolition and creating an enjoyable jobsite. Patrick shares his strategies for avoiding musculoskeletal injuries, properly packing a bin, and cleaning as you demo. He also discusses the value of bringing massage therapists to the jobsite and the importance of providing immigrants with Canadian experience. Patrick also...
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In this episode, we are joined by Greg and Christos of 2 Guys in Greece to talk about their experience rebuilding a 200-year-old home in Greece. They share the challenges they faced, including purchasing the property and having the house deemed archeological, as well as the difficulties of moving machines and materials up a mountain. We also hear about the old techniques and tradespeople they worked with, as well as the required en...
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In this episode, we welcome Vito Scavetta, owner of Scavetta Renovation & Design Inc., to talk about the business choices he has made to make his construction company successful. Vito shares his strategies for managing tight schedules, building lasting relationships with clients and subs, and choosing referral and repeat clients. We also discuss the importance of showing pride in your work through trade swag and booking project...
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In this episode, Max Strandwitz of Mips Protection talks about the importance of helmet and safety in the construction industry. He explains the differences between sports helmets and hard hats, the impact of an impact on a helmet, and how to choose the right helmet. He also shares the testing process for Mips Protection helmets, their focus on improving helmet safety, and the different priorities of Americans and Europeans. Tune i...
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Join us on The Construction Life Podcast as we speak with Angelo Suntres of the Human Side of Construction about the importance of mindset in the industry. Angelo shares his insights on the challenges of marketing construction, the value of teaching new trades practical skills, and the importance of considering the end users of the buildings being constructed. We also discuss the importance of positivity on the jobsite and the impa...
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In this episode, Jas Saraw of Procore talks about how technology can improve productivity and organization in the construction industry. He discusses the process of introducing tradespeople to digital innovation and the advanced features of Procore, including carbon emissions tracking. The show also covers Procore's partnerships with associations to diversify the trades and with high school and postsecondary institutions to edu...
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#323 Epoxy Garage Floors with Michael Crawford and Youjin Seo of Dream Garage Inc. by Manny Neves and Carlito Pavlovic
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In this episode, Dillon LaPointe from Bildco Contracting discusses the importance of effective client communication and shares his experience being mentored in business by a renowned businessman. He shares the lessons he learned about managing time, employees, and anxiety, as well as the value of cleanliness. Dillon also compares commercial and residential construction in terms of pay, clientele, and opportunity. The show ends with...
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In this episode, Matt McCarthy of M&J Electric Inc. shares his experience transitioning from commercial to residential electrical work. He talks about starting in the trades at a young age, the pros and cons of running a solo versus partnered business, and his thoughts on nonsensical electrical safety rules and dealing with hydro companies. Matt also shares his insights on the latest technology in custom residential projects, T...
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In this episode, Chris Dall, Project Manager at LP Building Solutions, talks about innovation and the company's solution-oriented products. He discusses the adoption time for new products, LP's product pillars, and the role of charismatic product developers. Chris also shares his grandfather's building choices and how a tornado experience influenced his views on his forever home. The show ends with a discussion on how t...
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In this episode, Sean Cillis of Sean Cillis Renovations talks about how he applies his martial arts training to his work in the construction industry. He shares how he is streamlining his business through learning from business books and discusses his approach to hiring new employees. Sean also shares his thoughts on tools, flooring materials, and getting kids to advocate for themselves. Links: • Follow Sean Cillis Renovations on I...
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In this episode, Tim Khalimov of Ravineview Construction shares his insights on managing sub-trades and clients in the construction industry. He discusses his selection process for sub-trades, how he handles delays, and his thoughts on contractors who give the industry a bad reputation. We also talk about taking design risks in cottage construction, uncredited trades in social media posts, and learning from engineers. Tim reminds u...
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Here we are, the last show of 2022, we have been fortunate enough to record 141 new shows and we posted 109 shows.  Expect those numbers to increase for 2023.   For our last show we have a very special episode, and this one show will tug at your hearts, it was a difficult one to record and I had no idea what Taha was going to share.  There are many lessons in this one show, and I thank Taha for strength to open up like this.    ...
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