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  • What is The Construction Life? It is a 5am wake up, work out, shower, prepare lunch, send off the family, hop into the van, call the crews and suppliers, arrive on site, organize, prep, build, have fun, wrap up, end the day on a high note, head home, spend time with the family, prep for the next day, turn in, sleep, and wake up and do it all over again because you love what you do every single day of The Construction Life. Good Enough Will Never Be Good Enough For Us.
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  • #181 Ontario RediMix Concrete with Marco Carlini - The Supplier side of the concrete business

    Oct 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 to learning the ropes, being yelled at, understanding different mixes, scheduling and so much more, in no time he was part of the concrete family.

    With 5 plants and over 100 trucks ready to go in the greater Toronto area, ORM has your next pour ready to go. With so many factors when it comes to the time the trucks load up, travel to site, to pouring and then back to the plant for another batch, there is so many fast-moving parts to this industry. Heat charges in the winter, ice bags for the hot summer, lab testing, site testing, there is so much that goes on before, during and after concrete is a part of your project.

    Concrete is the 2nd most consumable product right behind water, believe that it is true. Marco brings up Superplasticizers (SP's), also known as high range water reducers, are additives used in making high strength concrete. Plasticizers are chemical compounds that enable the production of concrete with approximately 15% less water content. Superplasticizers allow reduction in water content by 30% or more.

    Marco discusses some new things that are going on in the concrete industry beginning with Carbon Capture, what and interesting chat.

    Shared and Discussed links

    https://www.ashgrove.com

    https://crhcanada.com/en/

    https://www.torpedodrumcleaning.ca/readyjet

    https://www.carboncure.com

    What an amazing show thank you so much Marco for sharing so much on your world, and educating our listeners on everything to do with concrete industry. Thank you. Find him on IG @torontoconcrete and contact him at m.e.carlini@hotmail.com website https://www.ontarioredimix.com and to order your next batch of concrete call 1 855-225-5676

    Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.com

    Stay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

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

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    1 hr and 16 mins
  • #180 Caledon Timber Frames with Roland Skuce – Post and Beam old school framing

    Oct 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 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 Links

    https://www.fanshawec.ca

    https://cotr.bc.ca

    https://www.waddelleng.com

    https://buildersontario.com/structural-insulated-panels-sips

    https://cutekstain.com

    https://www.tfguild.org

    https://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 info@caledontimberframes.com and online at www.caledontimberframes.comon IG @caledon_timberframes

    Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.com

    Stay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

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

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    1 hr and 13 mins
  • #179 Scott Westlake from the Westlake Team is here to discuss mortgages, all kinds of lending options

    Oct 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 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 scott@thewestlaketeam.com and online at www.thewestlaketeam.com and www.scottwestlake.com

    Find Manny @hardcorerenos info@hardcorerenos.com info@theconstructionlife.com

    Stay tuned, HUGE ANNOUCEMENT happening in October 2021

    Want to reach out to Manny, text him on his mobile, 416 433-5737 and or email him at manny@hardcorerenos.com or manny@theconstructionlife.com Please let him know who you are and then ask away.

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

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    1 hr and 20 mins

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