Consumer advice

Pitfalls to Avoid When Choosing Handyman vs Contractors

Handyman as the name suggests someone who can do lots of different kinds of small jobs for homeowners at a small cost. The question is when is it a handyman job and when is it something bigger. A good way to look at it is if the job takes a few hours for a few…
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Help! My Contractor Disappeared With My Deposit

“FLY BY NIGHT” OPERATORS Recently we received a call from a distraught homeowner in tears because her “contractor” disappeared with her $2,000 deposit with a 10% finished bathroom in progress. The tub was removed - all she had was a toilet and vanity. She was desperate. With just one bathroom and three family members, losing…
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Bathroom Design Trends

2018 vs 1988 Calgary is experiencing a bathroom Renaissance. Styles today are quite different from 30 years ago. Back then linoleum flooring; Corian moulded tops; Gigantic (rarely-used) tubs in huge box enclosures; And tiny mini-showers. The style of the day. Thankfully, that’s changed. Today: Natural granite or quartz tops are almost universal; Tiled floors and…
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Questions about Poly-B Plumbing

Poly-B plumbing came in from 1978 to 1995. Grey and flexible and has identifying marks. About 1/3 of Calgary homes have this piping today. Over 750,000 Canadian homes have Poly-B. Poly-B plumbing has known issues with pin-hole leaks and brittle fittings. It is no longer used. WHAT IS USED TODAY PEX is used today and…
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