As the New Year approaches I’m filled with excitement and pride for Rodeo’s twentieth year in business.
In 1995 I started a concrete cutting company out of my garage with a handshake and a loan. What I started with could hardly be called a company. I was running all the equipment myself, but I worked tirelessly to pay off my loans and grow from a small business with a single loyal client to a successful company with multiple clients, equipment, and a growing list of employees. That numbered company became Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. in 1998.
Everything I knew about business, concrete cutting, construction, and life I had learned from my father; Dennis Romaniuk. My dad was the owner of D.A. Foothills Concrete Cutting. He had chosen the name to recognize the importance of where he came from; the Foothills of the Rocky mountains. I chose the name Rodeo in honor of my dad and the spirit and determination of the Stampede City. Calgary had been my home for most of my life, and what I didn’t learn from my dad I learned from the values shared by this great community. At its roots Rodeo was, and is, about family, and this great city. When I lost my father in 1999, it was Dave Nealy who stepped in as my guide and helped to keep my company and my dream afloat. I owe an immeasurable debt to him. I am proud and grateful to call him my friend and my family. I am also grateful to this community for entrusting me to meet their needs.
The journey to this anniversary has not always been easy. As my company grew I had to delegate more and more responsibilities to my employees. It was still my company, but I had to trust my employees to represent Rodeo’s name well. They did not let me down. Rodeo started from family. It started from the lessons learned from my dad. And it started from my wife, Cindy Romaniuk’s, business administration. My employees too, were always treated as family. This family has grown and changed over time, but many of them have been with me for over a decade. Employees like Dave, who handles receivables, Guillaume, my safety officer, and Sue, my indispensable administrative assistant, have been with me longer than anyone else.
As the company grew and I gave up more and more responsibility to my employees I came to respect how much they meant to this company. They are not merely its employees, or its representatives, they are the company and I am nothing without those people who have supported my ambition.
Today I owe a debt of gratitude to my General Manager, Tom, my Operations Manager, Randy, and Jackson and Brett, two of my most dedicated machine operators.
My children have also begun to take a more active role in the company. Tasha, Shae, Katie and Jenna have all spent countless weekends cleaning the office so that business can continue professionally. Each of them has taken an interest in their own way and they have all benefited from the experience.
Shae has begun to learn the trade just as I did. From the ground up. While she’s spend her fair share of time on the vacuum and core drill she’s also proved more than capable on the new technology that never existed when I started in this industry, like the scanner.
Having my family take a more involved role in the company has been a natural progression for me that brings things full-circle. Not only is it the way that I learned but I have always sought to treat my employees like family. I’m also grateful for the opportunities Rodeo has offered my children to live their own lives and choose to pursue interests outside of concrete cutting. It is a measure of my success that my children get to make these choices. I could not be more proud of them or my employees.
I’m proud of my family, my family of employees, and everything that has brought us here. I look forward to the next twenty years of growth and I want to thank my customers for for their loyalty and for taking part in this journey with me.
– Darryl Romaniuk, December 31, 2017
What if there is a power outlet below where I would like my window to be cut?
If there is a power box located below the window placement, the power supply to this outlet needs to be turned off.
Do you usually cut windows from the inside or the outside of a residence?
It depends on what the customer prefers. If we cut from the inside, there is more of a mess and so protective plastic sheeting needs to be applied to eliminate damage to surrounding areas. Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. will hang plastic sheeting for the homeowner for an additional fee if it is required. Also, vacuum cleanup is required for a window that is cut from the inside, so we will provide this service for an additional fee.
What if there is drywall covering the area where I would like the window installed?
If there is drywall covering the area where the window is to be cut, and our crew is cutting from the inside, the drywall needs to be cut out. If we were cutting from the outside, we would prefer the drywall stay intact as it provides extra protection from the slurry and spray that is created when we are cutting.
When cutting a window with a wallsaw how close to the window does your unit need to be?
Our power and water lines can reach a maximum of 300′. If you don’t have access within this range tell us and we can discuss options.
Do I need to supply water or power to you for cutting?
No, each of our units can supply power and water.
Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. has returned to its frequently asked questions blog posts. Look out for the upcoming FAQ web page.
Do I need permits for a window(s) to be cut in my basement?
A building permit and possibly a development permit is required for cutting a window(s) at a residential dwelling. Furthermore, in order to do any digging, we require locates for underground utilities to be done before we dig.
Who is responsible for marking out the required measurements for window cutting?
The customer is responsible for marking out measurements and location of where cutting is to be performed.
How much room is needed to access the window for cutting
Typically our crews need a minimum of 1’ on either side of the cut to be made, 1’ below the cut, and 4’ back from the cut. Keep in mind this may require excavation. Use cut backs to avoid having your excavation collapse.
What if I physically cannot do the digging required to have my window cut?
Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. will dig your windows with excavating equipment and/or manual digging for an additional fee.
Do I have to have overcuts on my marked out windows?
Ideally, yes we would prefer to have overcuts for easier removal of the concrete. We typically estimate overcuts to be 6” on all four corners.
On April 28, 2017 Alberta will roll out its new Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Earlier this week Energy Efficiency Alberta published information on the program to their website and public interest has been so intense that the site crashed on its first day. The program has multiple segments that can all save you money. Here we’ll lay out some of these potential savings for you.
Home Improvement Rebate Program
Alberta’s Home Improvement Rebate Program offers rebates on three different kinds of home improvement installations. These are insulation, windows, and tankless water heaters.
First, you can install new insulation of R-12 to R-50 in your attic and/or main walls, and insulation of R-0 to R-12 in your basement in order to receive a rebate by the square foot up to an incredible $3500. This project will save you money in the long term and put money back in your pocket towards a renovation project right now. Maybe now is finally the time to renovate your undeveloped basement. You could receive huge rebates just for insulating the walls prior to dry walling.
Second, if you replace existing windows with new ENERGY STAR® triple pane, low-e, argon windows you can receive a rebate up to $1500. The Alberta Energy Efficiency Program has specified rebate rates by the size of the window and its construction material. There are three sizes described: Small (24” x 24”), Medium (36” x 36”), and Large (72” x 72”) windows. You can simply replace existing windows throughout your house with ENERGY STAR® triple pane, low-e, argon windows but now might be a great time to install energy efficient egress windows in your basement. In many homes the existing windows do not meet the government’s requirements for egress windows so enlarging these window openings and replacing them with new energy efficient windows might be a critical part of your renovation project and an excellent way to save money. Consider this work as part of a basement renovation, where you would already be receiving a rebate for energy efficient insulation installation.
Third, you can save up to $1000 with the installation of a new ENERGY STAR®-approved tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters will not only save you money but your family will never run out of a hat water. While being energy-conscious will imply that you don’t leave your water running excessively, this can still be an incredibly helpful feature for large families, especially those with similar schedules where hot water often runs out. As a basement installation, this project is a perfect addition to your basement renovation project.
Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program
The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program allows you to have an inspector visit your home and replace things like light bulbs, power bars, and shower heads, with high-efficiency alternatives. All of these upgrades come at absolutely no-charge to you. Take a look and register today.
Residential Retail Products Program
The Residential Retail Products Program offers you incentives on the purchase of energy-efficient products, even those that you would already be purchasing for some of the upgrades listed above. Effectively, you can get two rebates for your renovation projects. The first one is an incentive on purchases at participating suppliers and the second is a rebate after installation.
Business, Non-Profit, and Institutional Energy Savings Program
Feeling left out as a business owner? The Business, Non-Profit, and Institutional Energy Savings Program offers incentives to businesses that replace inefficient lighting, HVAC, and water heating equipment with high efficiency alternatives. After installation, you can apply for a rebate and send your invoice to Energy Efficiency Alberta. They will then reimburse you for some of your cost. Right now there’s no word on how much this will be, but we should find out in early May of 2017 when the program goes into full swing. Check out a full list of approved products here.
Residential and Commercial Solar Program
Whether you’re a business or homeowner the Residential and Commercial Solar Program offers up to a 30% rebate on the installation of solar power systems to reduce your on-the-grid power consumption. This program will launch in the Summer of 2017. Solar power has really taken off in Alberta and the systems are more stable than ever. We also have a range of qualified contractors in this province that are now familiar with the installation, use, and servicing of these systems.
While Alberta’s Energy Efficiency Program offers many different incentives to become more energy-efficient, one of the most advantageous projects would be a basement renovation. This could save you thousands in the purchase and installation of windows, insulation, and a tankless water heater. If your project requires the installation of new egress windows then you’ll need a reliable concrete cutter. If you have any plumbing installation requirements then Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. is your answer for all your concrete trenching, excavation, and removal. Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. is not only an excellent choice for your concrete cutting needs, but we’ll be running a promotion on windows until the end of May 2017. Check our Facebook page for more information.
Every day at Rodeo we get calls from customers with questions and concerns. We’re always happy to answer our customer’s questions but we thought it would also be helpful to put some of this information online in the form of some answers to the most frequently asked questions. We’ll be putting up regular blog posts with FAQ’s and answers and we’ll start populating a web page with this information as we update it. Feel free to mention any questions you want us to address and always feel free to call us any time of day. We’re more than happy to help you with any problem you might have!
What is slurry, and why is concrete cutting so messy?
Well, slurry is a by-product of the cutting process. It’s a waste material made up of the water used to lubricate the diamond blade or bit, as well as the fine concrete dust created by the cutting process. As to the second part of the question, we pride ourselves on keeping our work as clean as possible. That being said, slurry is messy and can be difficult to control. We use guards, poly, vacuums, and other measures to minimize the mess and to ensure your job site or home looks exceptional when we leave.
Why does my job require vacuum cleanup?
Not only is slurry messy, it’s also environmentally hazardous. It is mildly acidic and should never be allowed into the water supply. At Rodeo, we pride ourselves on our environmental awareness. We cleanup slurry at the job site not only because it is unsightly, but it can also pose an environmental risk. On certain jobs this will require an extra cleanup unit or crew. In other situations, our operators will have vacuums or other cleaning supplies with them.
What are overcuts?
When cutting with a circular saw (nearly all linear cutting is performed with a circular saw) overcuts are caused by the depth requirements of the cut. If, for instance, you want a window cut in 8” deep concrete then there will be an overcut of around 8”. Basically, the cut will extend beyond the end of the window opening but this cut is not going all the way through the wall. These cuts are easily patched and they can be minimized in some cases by plunging the blade deeper, but, in most cases, you can expect all your overcuts to be at least as long as the depth of the material being cut.
Should I have my window cut from the inside or outside?
Well, if you have the room, you should almost always have your windows cut from the outside. There’s a number of reasons for this. First, concrete cutting is inherently messy (see above) and it’s much easier for us to keep your house clean if you leave the drywall up and we use it to protect your house while cutting from the outside. Another reason is that overcuts can often run into problems on the inside where we might run into a header beam other obstacles. In other situations, there simply isn’t enough room for us to operate from the inside. Since you’re almost certainly already digging a window well, having the outside wall excavated to make room for a saw is actually very cost-effective.
Why do I (the customer) have to mark out the cutting I need done?
At Rodeo we’re more than happy to help you understand what your job requires and to explain the process. However, cutting concrete is always a structural change. This kind of job requires that the job is marked and approved by the customer. According to legislation, it is the customer’s responsibility to acquire job permits so we can’t take responsibility for marking out the cutting. We’re here to help and work with you but final decisions like this are up to you.
Why are removal fees separate from cutting fees?
Some customers like to remove their own cut concrete or asphalt. Often, customers require our specialized cutting equipment and operators but they have all the labor they need to remove the job afterwards. Sometimes this is just about time and other times it’s about saving money. So, we simply offer all our customers the option. If you want us to remove the concrete after a job just talk to us about it and we’d be happy to help!
That’s it for now! We’ll get to Part 2 soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call.