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28 Oct MRB team | Love Is In The Air

A HUGE congratulations goes out to our team members Scottie and his wife Megan, and also to Phil and his wife Janna. Blessed with beautiful days and surrounded by their closest family and friends, the boys recently declared their love and commitment to their beautiful brides. We hope your futures are filled with good fortune, good times, and good luck! CONGRATULATIONS. XX ...

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02 Sep MRB | Design Build

MRB's master carpenters don't just build, we craft. With attention to the finest detail, we are natural designers. How a project fits together is important to us, which is why we are now offering a fully design and build service. Our in-house designer Elaine Lourdes shares the MRB passion, and after a decade of experience practicing architecture in Asia and Scotland, Elaine understands how an integrated design and build team produces the results that our clients deserve. One team The MRB team brings together talented players who are invested in every stage of play. From first sketches through detail design, estimating, approvals to construction, one team works together and manages from start to finish. More Control With designer, carpenter, estimator and project manager working side by side, we have greater certainty over quality, cost and time. We understand the implications of design decisions and refine the details to find optimum solutions...

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#icebucketchallenge #als

26 Aug MRB | #icebucketchallenge

Challenge ' A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: a challenge to a duel.' In true MRB spirit, the team took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with energy and enthusiasm. With the 24 hour clock ticking, the site was prepared and plans meticulously reviewed. I'm not sure who was responsible for bringing uniforms, but thank goodness workplace safety was still priority! (Thanks Steevo:) Good on you team, a job well done.   ...

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05 Aug MRB | new fleet

'Feels like Christmas morning.' After weeks of chatter, build up, and anticipation it was time. Mike had been planning and crafting with his friends at 'O'Regans' to secure the right deal. Some new team members means some new team tools. The choice of color? well that was easy! The added extras? there are plenty; Tool boxes, Back racks, Side rails. Everything a contractor needs. And most importantly, the branding. The transformation of a single use expense to a multi tasking powerful marketing tool! Roll out the new and improved MRB Fleet. We hope to see you around! ...

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#pei2014

29 Jul MRB Family weekend @PEI

MRB team mates and honorary members saddled up the trucks early Thursday morning and hit the road bound for Prince Edward Island. With her exceptional organisational skill, Lindsay had planned this, the 3rd annual, MRB in PEI one to be remembered. A couple of action packed days swinging golf clubs and casting fishing lines, before resting weary heads in MRB built mobile homes (A.K.A tents!), primed the team for a final night on the town. Congratulations Charlottetown and PEI outdoor activities, you were magnificent. As was Mike Burns golf game! ...

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15 Jul Lend a Hand | Weir building

A traditional MiqMaq fishing technique, 'Weir' fishing in Nova Scotia has been a way of life for many families for centuries past. As soon as spring weather allows countless hours of physical labour go in to build a weir . Dictated by the amazing tides of the Northumberland Strait, long posts cut from trees are driven into the exposed ocean floor. Meticulously placed and spaced in preparation for the net and brush that complete the fishing trap. When Tropical storm Arthur hit Nova Scotia last week, our dear friends saw their weir and their livelihood literally wash away with the tide. A group of friends including MRB's Smitty and Corey heard the S.O.S and headed out. House building vs. Weir building, how different could it be? With 2 daylight tides, 7am and 7pm, on Saturday the team made awesome progress rebuilding the weir and when they arrived for duty Sunday morning they were already reaping the benefits. Exhausted from a weekend of Work Hard and Play Hard, Corey headed home with 20lb of fresh caught flounder, while Smitty was emptied handed.  Next time he might check the currency of pay as he prefers NOT to eat fish! ...

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01 Jul Clifton St | progress

Clifton St is a beehive of activity. The 'building' part is over, and the 'finishing' has began. Attention to detail is paramount and Smitty and the team draw on the finer skills of their craft with each task at hand. Corey is finishing the gorgeous contrast cedar cladding on the exterior entranceway. Inside, drywall is being hung. Not only does this enclose the structural bones of the building, but drywall also assists to increase the R-value of the finished home. Stay tuned for updates as the team lead this building down the final stretch for home! HAPPY CANADA DAY. ...

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23 Jun MRB Speedsquares | Play On!

'Hockey night in Canada's Play On! is the largest participatory sports festival in Canada', so of course, we were there to be part of it! There was hype and excitement leading up to the weekend, and by the time the team convened at the MRB woodshop for a Friday night beer, the whole city was abuzz. This weekend was the opportunity for anyone to showcase the skills they spent a lifetime mastering. Who can't recall a childhood street hockey tale? Saturday morning came, and so did the rain. The MRB Speedsquares hit the ground and a convincing first game win of 7-1 set the tone for what was to come. Despite the rain, the team continued to dominate, and with game scores of, 13-2, 6-2, 8-2, 4-1, they were ready for finals. Somehow, amidst the excitement...

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Wrapshield SA

17 Apr MRB Procedures | windows

MRB has strict procedures and applications for the procurement of materials we choose and craftsmanship we employ. Whether its from the ground up, or a renovation of an existing dwelling, it is our focus to ensure exceptional quality and standards are maintained. Every 2nd Friday the MRB team convene in the woodshop to fine tune and reaffirm the implementation of these processes and procedures. This week Smitty took the stage with a demonstration of the MRB procedures for window installation. The images below demonstrate a brief play by play of our procedure: Keeping in mind the biggest consideration is penetration of wind and water . 1. Walls are wrapped in WRAPSHIELD IT - a breathable, water resistant membrane 2. Strapping is nailed around the window opening 3. Another great Vaproshield product, is Vaproshield SA  (self adhesive). This seals the Vaproshied IT wrap and strapping to the building, thus eliminating water and wind penetration. 4. Next we apply Liqui-Flash and a bead of Dow around the opening before fitting the window in place. 5. Then comes flashing. 6. Voila! Ready for cladding. ...

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20 Mar Spring | new season new projects

'It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: When it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.' - Charles Dickens What does the MRB team look forward to about Spring? 'Breaking 97!' 'The bluenose marathon and some serious training leading up to it' 'Not having to wear 10 layers of clothes anymore. Being able to actually feel my hands when working. And destroying Brian Mitchell in golf. (But that goes on all summer long, not just spring)' 'Planning and planting my vegetable garden, and the fashion and excitement of the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival. Though I've got some waiting for that this year!' Good bye winter 2014, Hello Spring! ...

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Wilson Blvd Murphy addition

18 Mar Wilson Blvd | wedgewood addition progress

With the electrical complete, spray in insulation done, and a finished concrete slab the team from MRB set back in action. Photos show what was the external wall of the home demolished and framed, and give you an idea of the space and open plan living concept that this addition will provide. In floor electrical heat will make this family space warm and welcoming in even the coldest Halifax winter! ...

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MRB Contracting, Hickey Day, The Team

04 Mar our team | pond hockey

Saturday, the team from MRB Contracting put down the tools and sharpened their skates for the first annual competition of the MRB cup. Corey and Smitty convened early to craft a quality hockey net and groom the ice in anticipation. The morning brought sunshine and blue skies on Cranberry Lake where the puck was scheduled to be dropped at 1pm. Teams were decided and play commenced. Mid term breaks made way for our very own MRB Timbits to showcase their skills and show up their Dads! With all the guts and determination of Sidney Crosby and Team Canada, play continued until a brave move from Bryan 'Rockett' blocked a shot and the final siren blew. At the end of the  day not everyone's name made it on the MRB Cup Trophy, but the entire MRB team totally enjoyed the opportunity for some 'off-site - tools down' building of a different kind.                ...

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04 Jun Team Profiles: Angus Erskine

What's your name and job function? Angus Erskine, carpenter. Can you talk about your building trade background? I first got an interest in high school shop class. I completed the NSCC  carpentry program in 2012 and started working in construction. What's the most satisfying part of your job? The most satisfying part of the job is seeing the finished product and looking back on the trials and tribulations, the ups and the downs, and constantly trying to improve on what I've done. Favourite tool? My favourite tool is my Estwing catspaw. Best catspaw on site...

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MRB Contracting, team profile, Halifax Nova Scotia, builders, custom homes

09 May Team Profiles: Brian Mitchell

What's your name and job function? Brian Mitchell, Carpenter Can you talk about your building trade background? I started my experience in the building industry building log and timber frame homes.  After attending a trade school to learn the necessary skills, I worked as a craftsman building custom homes for about 6 years.  After moving east I continued to develop my skills in conventional home building, and MRB is a great place to learn and use some of the newest technologies and techniques our industry has to offer. What's the most satisfying part of your job? The most satisfying part of my job is seeing milestones in a project as they are completed.  When walls are framed, cladding is finished, or drywall is hung, the project takes on a new shape, and results in a sense of accomplishment and pride in what our team was able to create. Favourite tool? My favourite tool would have to be ( and I didn't want to be the first repeat) framing nailers. They are pretty awesome...

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14 Feb Team profiles: Robert Emberley

What's your name and job function? Rob Emberley - Carpenter Can you talk about your building trade background? I attended the NSCC for carpentry from 2009 to 2011. I worked framing new homes during the summers of 2010 and 2011. I was put into contact with MRB through a friend that I attended NSCC with, and I have learned more in my time with MRB than I learned in all my previous experiences. What's the most satisfying part of your job? I would have to say the joy of creating is probably the most satisfying part of my job. Seeing an empty lot or an older house transformed into a beautiful home, and seeing every step along the transformation is very satisfying to me. Favourite tool? I would have to say my favourite tool would be my speed square -mostly because of the many uses that extend beyond a simple straight edge. The speed square can be used to find angles, as a lay out tool for wall framing, and as a guide for skill saw cuts. Hobbies? When I'm not working, I enjoy playing music and playing hockey....

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17 Jan Thursday photo roundup

  From gray misty Monday, to bluebird sky Tuesday,   to snow storm Wednesday,   this week threw just about every type of weather at us.       Kingsburg 2 has windows and doors in and is ready for cladding. What will it be? It will be a combination of wood and metal. Stay tuned and as always thanks for checking in.   ...

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MRB Contracting, shop dogs, working dogs, halifax

14 Jan Shop dogs

Wikipedia definition for a working dog: A working dog is a canine working animal, i.e., a type of dog that is not merely a pet but learns and performs tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions...

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