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Forum: General Discussion 03-26-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 187
Posted By the Deck guy
For residential contractors in Toronto Canada

Ok. There must be a few of us here. What are your plans and actions about essential/non essential work?
I've been in contact with the city, the province and the Toronto Construction Association. All...
Forum: Business 03-16-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By the Deck guy
Who is paying him? If the homeowner is paying him...

Who is paying him? If the homeowner is paying him directly, then she is fully responsible for his entire part of the job, and you should have no responsibility for his workmanship, timing, or...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 10-17-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 20,768
Posted By the Deck guy
We can't get ACQ any more here in Toronto. About...

We can't get ACQ any more here in Toronto. About 6 years ago one of the big boxes introduced "Cienna", a brown colour pressure treated material, with "CA" treatment. The first summer we offered both...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-15-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 206
Posted By the Deck guy
!

Welcome. I'm in Newmarket, practically your next door neighbour!
Forum: Decks & Fencing 10-01-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 20,768
Posted By the Deck guy
I realize codes may vary in different localities....

I realize codes may vary in different localities. Here in Ontario we are required to have blocking between joists every 7 feet.
Forum: Decks & Fencing 09-30-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 20,768
Posted By the Deck guy
No blockers between joists? wouldn't be allowed...

No blockers between joists? wouldn't be allowed here.
Forum: Decks & Fencing 09-23-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By the Deck guy
How long have you been in business? i'm al for...

How long have you been in business? i'm al for helping others, but sheesh; if you can't figure out how much to charge someone then maybe you shouldn't BE in business.
The formula is so simple:
...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,788
Posted By the Deck guy
IT's not free. We pay 44% of our TOTAL earnings...

IT's not free. We pay 44% of our TOTAL earnings in taxes of some kind. But yes, it is universal. The cost of having a baby, for example, is limited to parking charges for the spouse and family.
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,788
Posted By the Deck guy
Nope. Minimum wage is $14/hr. average family...

Nope. Minimum wage is $14/hr. average family income in the GTA(Greater Toronto Area): population just under 4 million: Approx $70,000.
My son is 40, has a wife and 2 kids. He cannot possibly afford...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,788
Posted By the Deck guy
Average house price in Toronto: single family...

Average house price in Toronto: single family home: upwards of $1,000,000
Average Condo: upwards of $400,000
cheapest house on the market in Toronto right now: teeny tiny lot, run down fixer upper:...
Forum: Business 09-18-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 784
Posted By the Deck guy
I get that constantly. "Can you repair my fence?...

I get that constantly. "Can you repair my fence? It's one post." "Can you replace 3 boards on my deck?" That sort of thing.
Thank you so much for your interest, but we would have to charge a $75.00...
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,788
Posted By the Deck guy
That's the law. The power company cannot turn off...

That's the law. The power company cannot turn off the power during winter months no matter how much it is owed, and a landlord cannot turf a deadbeat tenant out in the cold until the end of MArch. ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,788
Posted By the Deck guy
Here in Toronto the landlord/tenant laws are so...

Here in Toronto the landlord/tenant laws are so skewed towards the tenant that if you get a bad tenant it can take months or even years to get them out.
I owned a 12 unit apartment building for 5...
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,817
Posted By the Deck guy
no disrespect meant.

no disrespect meant.
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,817
Posted By the Deck guy
With all due respect: Who IS this guy? It takes...

With all due respect: Who IS this guy? It takes all my concentration and language skills to wade through his writings just to try and make some sense of what he is doing. If he is so fuzzy that he...
Forum: General Discussion 09-04-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,976
Posted By the Deck guy
All props to the young mad for being ambitious,...

All props to the young mad for being ambitious, and not just sitting in a room with a cell phone in front of him.
However, at 17 he simply does not have enough training or experience. ...
Forum: Business 08-27-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,040
Posted By the Deck guy
most of the time I do 10% deposit, 30% at the...

most of the time I do 10% deposit, 30% at the start, 30% when framed, balance on completion. Very very few problems.
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By the Deck guy
I make it a policy to never say anything bad...

I make it a policy to never say anything bad about another company, no matter what. IT reflects badly on us, and you never know when karma can rear it's ugly head.
In this instance, however, I made...
Forum: General Discussion 08-23-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By the Deck guy
not since 2009. I was forced to close that one...

not since 2009. I was forced to close that one down by circumstances beyond my control. Lost pretty much everything but started all over.
Forum: Decks & Fencing 08-22-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 206
Posted By the Deck guy
I found the sticky in the Archtecture and design...

I found the sticky in the Archtecture and design forum, so I was kind of embarrasede that I didn't see it first, but then i saw it was started in 2008 and the last entry was almost 3 years ago. I'm...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 08-22-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 206
Posted By the Deck guy
deck design software the same question for probably the umpteenth time

I was very active on this board until 2009, then kind of fell away for the past decade. I used to be "Fence and Deck", but was unable to reactivate the account, so I started up under this new name.
...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By the Deck guy
[ But as a side note, if you're going to list...

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But as a side note, if you're going to list "Our Professional Memberships and Associations", you should either remove the banner or actually list them...[/QUOTE]

Thanks. I agree 100%. My son is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-21-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By the Deck guy
Never had this happen before

This is my 40th year as a deck/fence builder. This is the first time I've ever heard of anything like this, so blatent, so direct.

Last week, a client advertised in Kijiji looking for a contractor...
Forum: Decks & Fencing 08-20-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 625
Posted By the Deck guy
Up here in Toronto we have a severe shortage of...

Up here in Toronto we have a severe shortage of Trex, especially the new cheaper Basic Line. Even on the Transcend high end stuff we couldn't get any grooved product, period. Still can't, but they...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 08-13-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,299
Posted By the Deck guy
I know we are not supposed to get into political...

I know we are not supposed to get into political discussions, but I will say just one thing: we are far far away from being socialist in Canada. We have a Prime Minister and leading party who are...
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