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We Are Giving Away 10,000...

Mar 30, 2014 - 8:53 AM - by Jim McClain
That's a hundred bucks! We are giving away $100.00 to the new member who makes our member tally turn over to 10,000. We are less than 100 members away from ten-thousand. If you are the one who joins and makes our statistics indicate that you are our 10,000th member, you will get 10,000 cents - $100.00 via Paypal.

Don't try to keep an eye on the ticker though, because you won't be able to see it until the lucky winner has registered. The only members who will be able to see it are Charter Members (those who joined us nearly 8 years ago) and staff. They will keep us on the up and up.

But that's not all. Just to give all new members a fighting chance, we are giving away $50.00 gifts to two more randomly chosen new members - new members are those who join with a date/time stamp after this post goes live. The closing date and time of this contest is 5 days after number 10,000 shows up. This will give all the other new members a chance to post and win one of the 50-dollar prizes.

Here's how the contest works:
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Commercial & Residential Resilient Certifications

Mar 18, 2014 - 7:22 PM - by Nate Hall
The Wisconsin Floor Covering Association, in conjunction with International Certified Flooring Installers Association, has a golden opportunity for people interested in residential or commercial resilient floor installation certification through CFI. This is a rare one so don't miss out.

The Wisconsin Floor covering Association is offering a discounted membership that entitles you to the WFCA scholarship program AND a $75.00 rebate to members who successfully complete the certification. Membership forms are available at the WiFCA website. Wisconsin Floor Covering Association - Home

See you there!

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Stone Spiral Staircase, by Kevin

Mar 28, 2014 - 3:39 PM - by Kevin0722
This is the first time I have fitted this carpet on stone. The runner is a flat weave by Roger Oates.

I first stick a 6mm ply baton to the riser. When that has stuck, I align the runner to the baton, then cut a piece of Velcro pinless tackless, put that in front of the flat weave and staple it to the baton. I put Velcro tackless on the tread.

The pad I use is a combination of crumb rubber and felt. On the tread, I put double sided full width tape, then put the runner over the nose and onto the tackless. Repeat until you reach the top. I was not allowed to use any nails as client did not want the original staircase... [Read More]
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Replacing hardwood with tile: a saga

Feb 10, 2014 - 7:19 PM - by Kman
So you might remember about a year ago I asked about how to fix a possible leak under the slab in my house in this topic. Since there was no leak, I pondered over for the last few months and we decided that it must be moisture pooling in the trench where we busted out the slab, and didn't get the vapor barrier back in like we should have. While the patch seems flat, it might have a low spot in it here and there, so that's why the moisture is settling in certain spots.

Not wanting to take a chance on going through this again, we decided not to even bother with wood flooring again in this house. Having been bit... [Read More]
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A Few Floor Coatings Jobs by Epoxyman

Feb 23, 2014 - 7:33 AM - by epoxyman
Started a 1,800sf urethane concrete floor back last week for a Chemical Processing plant.
Had to remove the old coating and shot-blast the floor was only to take 5 days but wow the concrete under it all was a mess took over 850lbs of patch and like 14gal of epoxy and that was just to patch the floor.

The 1st day was wash down the floor. 2nd day rip out the old coating 3rd day we shot-blasted the floor. 4th day was patch & prime. 5th day we did a trowel down urethane concrete and 6th was a top coat

This floor... [Read More]
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Is that bucket too big for the sink? No problem..

- by kylenelson
If you need to fill something up that won't fit in the sink just slip your dust pan in the sink and let the handle act as the faucet! It's #7 in the photo...
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A Perfect Linoleum Weld

- by cproader
Welded about 200' of Johnsonite/Tarkett lino today. What I have been noticin when skivin my weld, is if there is anything I would change about this process is I would reverse the edges and put the angled edge on the bottom side of the knife. Well I made one today. I can hold it at any desired angle and get a perfectly smooth and full weld....... [Read More]
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How to get blood out of carpet.

- by Darren Ramey
Hey friends. If you are anything like me you've been in this situation a lot. You go all Dexter on some poor sap and there is a hole in the tarps you laid out, or maybe you knifed a hooker in methamphetamine induced rage and wake up in a pool of fresh blood. We've all been there. Bodies can be dumped, clothes can be burned, but get that stuff on the carpet and it may be the key bit of evidence... [Read More]
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How to make bucket and tool cleaning easier.

- by Omnipotent
I use silicone spray on my tools and buckets to make cleaning afterwards easier. Does anybody else do this or is there something that works even better?
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What cool trick or tip did you learn in 2013?

- by Jim McClain
The year is almost up. Did you pick up any neat tricks of the trade? Got any words of wisdom you might have gleaned in the last 12 months? Care to impart some tidbit that got you over the hump of a problem?

This is what we're here for - to help each other even with the little stuff.

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Way off base

- by Nate Hall
A few tips were mentioned in another topic for coved base installation. The outside corners are tricky at best. I cuff the lip up when I bend it into corner position. A little heat at this point really makes a big difference. Then I glue it in place, and lastly flip down the cuff and you see an outside corner that looks made by the manufacturer! Any body else have tips or tricks to share?
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Undercut metal

- by Floored by Newman
If you did not already know MM485 Carbide Flush Cutting Blade / Model: MM485 This does the job!
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Cutting to a toilet flange

- by Don Monfils
I don't know if anyone will find this helpfull or not.
When I have to cut underlayment or flooring to a toilet flange and the cut falls in more than one tile, I use this plastic flange I bought for about $8 , years ago.
It makes it very easy to mark the cut.
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What's Going On in The Floor Pro Industry


Upcoming Events for the next 120 days.

Additional training schedules and info can be found in the Industry Training & Organizations Forum.
The Floor Pro Calendar
April 29, 2014 to May 2, 2014 NWFA Principles of Wood Flooring, St. Louis, MO
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Advertising for Installers

Feb 04, 2014 - 2:16 PM - by Elmer Fudd
The article, Best Practices in Unique Marketing Strategies, on page 66 has some excellent information for installation contractors as well as individual installers. ProInstaller Magazine - ProInstaller magazine Winter 2014

R. Rick Wagner says...."Send your customers notes, articles or reports that provide information about the industry. This establishes a partnership between you and your customer, so they..................."

My question guys is, do we have enough sources of information to send something out once a month? If you do this where do you turn to for source material?

I look forward to your comments.


Feb 03, 2014 - 2:45 PM - by Elmer Fudd
Different Day, Different Year......Same-O...Same-O.

Tom Jennings article, Current Verse… Same as the First!, on page 16 struck me as especially relevant. ProInstaller Magazine - ProInstaller magazine Winter 2014

Excerpt from: Tom Jennings
Study after study in both the flooring industry and related fields seem
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Installer's Profit Potential in Inspection Services

Feb 01, 2014 - 9:04 PM - by Jim McClain
Article discussion:

Installers: Expand Your Profit Potential By Offering Inspection Services
by Robert Blochinger in the Winter 2014 issue of ProInstaller Magazine

Excerpt from: Robert Blochinger
Becoming an inspector is a direct progression from installing and/or cleaning floor coverings. The inspector must have the know-how to investigate the what, why, and how
... [Read More]
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