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Posting Rules

Forum Posting Rules:

The following is a list of basic guidelines about what is and is not allowed while posting on These rules are in addition to what is listed in our Terms Of Service , and Advertising Rules. Please read through all of these sections before using our site and contact us if you have questions..

  1. Users shall treat each other with respect at all times on Name calling, personal attacks, or other inappropriate behavior will not be allowed and may cause your account to be banned.
  2. As stated in our Advertising Rules, you may not post advertisements on our site unless you're a local contracting professional displaying your business info. Members who try to sell products and/or services to contracting professionals will have their accounts revoked.
  3. No pornographic material, links to pornographic material, or any form of nudity may be posted on this site. In addition to nudity, all forms of sexual content (images, jokes, etc...) are prohibited from being posted on this site as well.
  4. Profanity shall be kept to a minimum.
  5. You may only post material and content that you own. Posting copyrighted material, trademarks, and other violations of the DMCA is prohibited..
  6. How-To Questions: Contractor Talk is a site for professional contractors to come and share business and trade knowledge. From time to time everyone runs into new situations that they’ve never seen before or that they need help with. While it’s fine for members to ask for help it’s not OK for members to ask how-to questions when they are clearly in over their head or don’t have the experience needed to complete the task. How-To threads will be closed on a case by case basis.

  7. These rules may be altered at anytime without notice so please check this page often. Thanks.

Terms of Service

Terms of Service

Warning: The contracting trades are an activity in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ALL Users must read and agree to these Terms of Service before using this site

This web site is dedicated to the contracting trades, an activity which is inherently dangerous. You should not depend on information gleaned from this site for your personal safety. Your safety depends upon your own judgment based on competent instruction, experience, and a realistic assessment of ability.

There are no warranties, either expressed or implied, that the information on this website is accurate and/or reliable. Your use of this site indicates your assumption of the risk of death or serious injury and is an acknowledgement of your own sole responsibility for your safety.

The following terms and conditions are in reference to the web site and discussion board (, here in referred to as "Contractor Talk". These terms and conditions apply to all sites, services, and resources within the Contractor Talk.


Contractor Talk provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms of Service (referred to as "TOS"), which may be updated by us from time to time without notice. You may review the most current version of the TOS at any time at: In addition, when using particular Contractor Talk services, you shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services.


Contractor Talk provides users with access to informational resources including communication and interactive resources pertaining to the contracting industry. Under no circumstances shall Contractor Talk be liable to any user on account of that user's use or misuse of the site or reliance on the site. Such limitation of liability shall apply to prevent recovery of direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive and exemplary damages (even if Contractor Talk has been advised of the possibility of such damages). Such limitation of liability shall apply whether the damages arise from use or misuse of the site or reliance on the site, from inability to use the site, or from the interruption, suspension, or termination of the site or services offered on the site (including such damages incurred by third parties).

Such limitation shall also apply with respect to damages incurred by reason of other services or goods received through or advertised on the site or received through any links provided on the site. .Such limitation shall apply, without limitation, to the costs of procurement of substitute goods or services, lost profits, or lost data. These limitations shall apply notwithstanding any failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy. Contractor Talk makes no warranties as to the accuracy of its information and due to the volatile nature of the information contained within Contractor Talk, Contractor Talk cannot  screen or authenticate articles, posts, listings or other information.


 Site Membership

 a) Membership is generally available to any person at least 13 years old who registers and accurately provides all the required information, provides a legitimate electronic mail address and obtains a unique Contractor Talk member name and password; however, Contractor Talk reserves the right to deny membership to any person, for any reason, with or without cause. Membership is non-transferable.  The use of web-based email accounts may be denied due to abuse.

 b) All membership information must be accurate and belong to the person registering. Invalid, incomplete, or falsified information can result in: the immediate termination of all membership privileges for that user; the user being permanently banned; and/or restricting the user from using any of Contractor Talk’s (or any affiliated website) services at any time.

 c) Usage of this site is restricted to persons at least 13 years old. Any person at least 13 years old, but still a minor, may only use this site in conjunction with a parent or guardian. 

 d) Contractor Talk is not responsible for the content of any member's posts, and the views expressed on Contractor Talk are the responsibility of the posting member and not Contractor Talk. Contractor Talk does not preview member posts before they appear on the site. Any link posted to a third-party internet address does not imply an endorsement of that site or its content by Contractor Talk.

 e) Contractor Talk forums are for the discussion of the contracting trades and related topics. While the administrators and moderators of Contractor Talk will attempt to keep all off-topic messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and the owners, administrators, and moderators of Contractor Talk will not be held responsible for the content of any message. 

 f) Contractor Talk forums may contain profanity. 

 g) As a condition of buying and selling items listed in any forum of Contractor Talk, Buyer and Seller agree that Contractor Talk is not brokering or otherwise participating in any purchase or sale. Contractor Talk has no knowledge of the terms of sale, the condition of any items offered for sale, the accuracy of any aspect of the sale or the use to which any item shall be put. Buyer assumes all responsibility for proper use of any item so purchased. Buyer acknowledges that improper use of some or all of the items offered for sale on Contractor Talk may cause serious injury or death. Buyer shall seek qualified assistance and instruction in the use of all items purchased.  Users may not post links to any off-site “for-sale” items or any auctions. 

 h) Pornography of any type is not allowed. 

 i) The owners, administrators, and moderators of Contractor Talk reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason, and the right to suspend or delete any user account for any reason, with or without cause.

 j)  Membership in Contractor Talk is a privilege, not a right. We reserve the right to deny service to any person, at any time, for any reason, with or without cause.

 k)  By using this site, you agree to maintain and use only one account. If you need to re-register for some reason, please contact a member of the Moderation Team. If you are found to have more than one user account, it will be evaluated by the Admins and will likely result in banning. As always, there are extreme exceptions that will be looked into at the Admins’ discretions.


It is the policy of Contractor Talk to respond expeditiously to claims of intellectual property infringement. Contractor Talk will promptly process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). Should a violation of intellectual property be discovered, the document(s) or messages in such violation will be removed in a timely manner after any and all investigating has been completed to prove the authenticity of such a claim. The designated agent for receiving DMCA notices is Website Administrator (name) who can be contacted at 444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3550 Chicago, IL 60611(address) or via email at [email protected].


 Any and all content posted for inclusion in publicly accessible areas of Contractor Talk are the responsibility of the creator. Contractor Talk makes no claims or warranties about such information or its authenticity. Upon posting any content on Contractor Talk, you grant Contractor Talk the non-exclusive right to publish, modify and use such content solely for the purpose of displaying such content.


Upon written request, Contractor Talk will disable your account. In an effort to safeguard user’s accounts, we may require validation of the request to disable the account.  For accounts with no posts, the account can be completely deleted from the system. For accounts with posts, Contractor Talk will disable the account; however, Contractor Talk, in its sole and absolute discretion, may choose to not remove posts attributed to the account. Contractor Talk will evaluate each request to remove posts on an individual basis.  As a way of description and not of limitation, some of the factors used in evaluating whether to remove a user’s posts are: the number of posts, the length of any posts, the potential impact on the forum and/or thread continuity, the age of posts, the age of the account, etc. Generally, a user is banned as a result of a request to disable. Upon request, Contractor Talk may, at its sole and absolute discretion, reinstate a previously disabled account. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this paragraph, Contractor Talk reserves the right to retain information about disabled accounts, which may include user information, in an effort to curb and/or combat illicit activity and to aid in civil and criminal legal matters.


Moderators are an important part of Contractor Talk. Moderators are established members who have exhibited a knowledge and adherence to the forum rules and attempt to keep Contractor Talk civil and spam free. However, Moderators do not work for or represent Contractor Talk, or  its parent company. Moderators’ words and actions are their own. Any concerns over Moderator action, or inaction, should be reported to a Contractor Talk administrator at [email protected] (email).


 You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit, for any purpose whatsoever, whether commercial or non-commercial, any portion of the services or content contained within Contractor Talk and/or its subsidiary sites. In order to use any content, graphical art, photos or files owned by or published by Contractor Talk, express written authorization must be obtained from Contractor Talk.


 This agreement shall be constructed and controlled by the laws of the State of TEXAS, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Any dispute arising hereunder will be governed by the laws of the State of Texas. Each member and/or user EXPRESSLY agrees to personal jurisdiction IN AND to the courts of the State of Texas.

 Contractor Talk reserves the right to change, modify or update this TOS agreement at any time without notification. Membership in and the use of resources contained within Contractor Talk constitutes full agreement and acknowledgement of the restrictions, limitations and terms set forth in this agreement.

Advertising Rules
Contractor Talk Advertising Rules

Some members of Contractor Talk may work for or own a company that sells tools, equipment, supplies, or other contracting related products and services. It is natural to want to promote your product and/or services on this site. However, in order to create a community that is not continuously filtering through unwanted solicitations the administrators will enforce firm rules in regards to advertising.

Professional Contractors
Contractor Talk is designed for contractors so there are very few restrictions on how contractors can promote themselves. Contractors are welcome to have a signature line that links to their company, link to their blog, use a company logo as an avatar, and talk about their company openly on the site. The only thing we ask is that you never take payment, products or services from any company who offers them to you in exchange for a good review or mention of their company, products or services on Contractor Talk.

Manufacturers and Vendors
We value manufactures and vendors input on the site and appreciate when they can provide product support and answer questions for our members. We do however have some requirements and restrictions for this type of member.
  • You MUST add yourself to the Manufacturers or Vendors usergroup which can be found here: This will let members know that you're here in a support role.
  • You may add a signature line to your account and it can contain a link to your company, phone number, and your name and title. No sales pitches or large fonts will be allowed.
  • You may use your company logo as an avatar.
  • You may fill out Your Profile info with all your company details so members can learn more if they desire to.
  • You may respond to specific product questions that are asked on the site either by providing support or suggesting the best product for a job.
  • You MAY NOT self promote in any way other than having your signature line and avatar. This includes:
    • Asking people to contact you or to see your profile for more information or deals.
    • Private Messaging members with unsolicited offers.
    • Soliciting the membership for feedback or suggestions on your product or services.
    • Post new thread that in some way promote your company.
    • Respond to threads with short responses that add nothing to the conversation just to get your name out there.
    • Bash other companies products or services that you compete with.
Please Note: If you are going to take it upon yourself to speak for your company please make sure that you have permission to do so from the management in your company.

Service Providers (Web, SEO, Sales, and Marketing "gurus")
If you are a service provider who works directly with professional contractors on a daily basis you're welcome to join the site in a support role for contractors. You are NOT however allowed to self promote in any way. Please read through the following so you can better understand what role service providers can play on Contractor Talk.
  • You MUST add yourself to the Service Providers usergroup which can be found here: This will let members know that you're here in a support role.
  • You may fill out Your Profile info with all your company details so members can learn more if they desire to.
  • You MAY NOT self promote in any way in the forum discussions. This includes:
    • Using your company name as your username
    • Having a signature that links to your business or mentions it by name.
    • Using an Avatar with your company name or logo in it.
    • Soliciting the membership for feedback or suggestions on your product or services.
    • Link to your blog or other informational pages.
    • Post about your product or service in threads.
    • Asking people to contact you or to see your profile for more information or deals.
    • Private Messaging members with unsolicited offers.
    • Bash other companies products or services that you compete with.
You're welcome to make helpful posts and support contractors on the site and if users are happy with the information you provide they can click on your profile to see more information, but any other form of self promotion is strictly prohibited.

Please Note:
Users who violate these advertising rules will have their account disabled.

Last, if you have a product or service that you really want to reach the board with then you can buy a banner ad from us. Please Contact Us if you would like to receive more information on advertising.

Who's Allowed to Join
Who's Allowed to Join<
Contractor Talk is designed to be a pros only community serving professional construction and remodeling contractors. Anyone who works as a professional contractor is welcome to join the site and participate in our forums. In addition to professional contractors we also allow Manufacturers, Vendors, and Service Providers who work with contractors or in the construction industry on a full time basis to join the site and join in the conversation. We do however require that they follow our Advertising Rules when doing so and failure to do so will mean that your account may be banned from the site.

As stated above Contractor Talk is designed to be a pros only community and that means that "Do It Yourself" homeowners looking for free advice and other non-professionals are not allowed to join the site. If you need help with a home improvement project we highly recommend you join where you will find some great advice and a friendly community.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Contractor Talki™ respects your privacy. You will never have to register or provide any personal information in order to browse our website and read the Contractor Talk™ discussion boards (however, registration may be required for posting on the discussion boards and for entering our contests).

Information About You

Contractor Talk™ may from time to time ask you to provide information about yourself to us on a voluntary basis, through surveys, polls, and as a requirement for entry into Contractor Talk™ contests. This information may include your name, address, telephone number, Zip Code, e-mail address, sex, age range, the types of equipment you use, planned purchases, and what kinds business you run.

Contractor Talk™ aggregates this information to determine trends, preferences, and demographics about the contracting community in general. We will use this aggregated information to study the trends of our user community. Occasionally we may provide this aggregate data to the sponsors of Contractor Talk™. Specific information such as name, email address, or other contact information will never be shared with sponsors.

Your E-mail Address

No one enjoys unsolicited e-mail, or spam. However, Contractor Talk™ may use your e-mail address to send you information about Contractor Talk™ that we think you might be interested in. You can opt-out from Contractor Talk™ by letting us know. Contractor Talk™ will never sell or share your e-mail address with any outside source without your permission

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