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The WOW Factor: Slice Job

The wow factor – a slice job waiting to happen

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The wow factor – a slice job waiting to happen

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David Adams of Brampton, Ont., sent us a number of prize-worthy pictures from jobsites he’s collected over the years, including this overly complicated run of pipe for a sprinkler system, and a 2×4/drywall bridge used as a jobsite shortcut over a potentially lethal drop onto a metal railing below. But one in particular stood out for its simple stupidity. Some past contractor (or homeowner) was too lazy to clean up their trash and decided to leave a knife blade inside an electrical box for someone else to come along and potentially cut their fingers on down the road. As Adams so concisely puts it, “Not cool.”

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CUT OFF MORE THAN YOU… WANTED TO?

Share your jobsite hazard stories and other things that made you shake your head and you could win a prize like this DeWalt 60V mixer/drill worth $479.

E-MAIL your tips to allan@renocontractor.ca

SNAIL MAIL us at: Wow Factor!, c/o Renovation Contractor, 37 Sandiford Dr., Suite 404, Stouffville ON L4A 3Z2


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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

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Fred Feyen of Feyen Construction in Chatham, Ont., shares this weighty story.

While doing some interior renovations at a client’s home a few years back, I noticed a significant sag in the centre of the garage roof. My curiosity got the best of me so I grabbed a ladder, lifted the attic access lid, and got the shock of my life. Sitting on three trusses in the centre of the attic was a pallet of 300 bricks weighing about 2,000 lbs.

Apparently the previous owner built an addition years’ earlier and decided to save the extra bricks, storing them right in the middle of the garage attic, pulling the trusses down. To top it off, there was a beautiful sports car sitting in the garage right underneath the bricks.

The solution was an easy fix: His two teenage sons were recruited to remove the bricks immediately.

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever stumbled upon? And how did you fix it? Take a load off and share your scary story with us. You could win a great prize, like this DeWalt 20V Atomic Drill/Impact Driver Kit worth $299.

E-MAIL your tips to allan@renocontractor.ca

SNAIL MAIL us at: Wow Factor!, c/o Renovation Contractor, 37 Sandiford Dr., Suite 404, Stouffville ON L4A 3Z2


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The WOW Factor

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The WOW Factor

Illustration: Brett Lamb

When we first saw this photo from Joey Biasucci of SalDan Construction Group in Toronto, we almost couldn’t believe it was real. Alas, it was all too real.

It’s insane what goes on in our business. The owners had paid for this more than a year earlier. It was a two-storey home with three kids living in the home. And, yes, the stroller was being stored right there! I remember saying to the owner that if it’s not me that does this job, make sure someone fixes this! And he looked at me like I was crazy, like there was nothing wrong with it. Unreal!

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever stumbled upon? And how did you fix it? Send us some photos and share your story and you could win a great prize, like this DeWalt 20V Atomic Drill and Impact Driver Kit (DCK278C2) worth $299.

E-MAIL your tips to allan@renocontractor.ca

SNAIL MAIL us at: Wow Factor!, c/o Renovation Contractor, 37 Sandiford Dr., Suite 404, Stouffville ON L4A 3Z2


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New contest – introducing the wow factor

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New contest – introducing the wow factor

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They say that change is good. With that in mind, we think it’s time to change up our back page contest. Back when we launched the magazine we had “The Doh! Moment,” featuring readers’ on-the-job mistakes and the lessons they learned from them. Later, we had “Problem, Solved!” which featured readers’ ingenious workarounds to some of those little issues that constantly crop up on jobsites. And back in the February/March 2016 issue we introduced, “Work Smart, Not Hard,” that acknowledged the many ways readers have figured out to most efficiently go about their day.

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In the February/March 2019 issue, we’re introducing our latest back page contest: “The Wow! Factor.” These are those situations you walk into and say to yourself, “Wow, what were they thinking?!?What’s the worst thing you’ve ever stumbled upon on a jobsite? And how did you fix it? Share your story (and some photos if you have them) and you could win a great prize.

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Email your suggestions to Managing Editor Allan Britnell (allan@renocontractor.ca) or snail mail them to “The Wow Factor,” Renovation Contractor magazine, 37 Sandiford Dr., Ste. 404, Stouffville, Ont., L4A 3Z2.

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