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I would travel to a workshop or seminar if it were...
...less than 300 miles from home. - 40.32%
25 Votes
...up to 600 miles from home. - 14.52%
9 Votes
...up to 1,000 miles from home. - 6.45%
4 Votes
...up to 1,500 miles from home. - 8.06%
5 Votes
...up to 2,500 miles from home. - 8.06%
5 Votes
...up to 3,500 miles from home. - 4.84%
3 Votes
...anywhere in the civilized world. - 8.06%
5 Votes
I would only go if it were held in my back yard. - 9.68%
6 Votes
Total Votes: 62
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Epoxy jail job

Nov 28, 2014 - 10:43 AM - by epoxyman
Doing a jail here in town it has four big dorms that hold up to 60 men a dorm.

We installed one coat of epoxy primer on the walls and two coats of Dur-a-guard on the walls with a poly top coat. Total showers are 40

On the shower floors I first had to do a epoxy/sand mix to get these things to drain the right way for the GC and the owners

Then in the showers and at the sink/toilets we did a 1/4 trowel down
Poly-crete-MDB it can go down with no primer and go over 7 day old slabs at a 23lbs reading. Did a test and was at 7 to 8 on readings.
Was around 3,200sf of the Poly-crete With around 600-650 on 6"... [Read More]
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Chelsea plank installation

Nov 09, 2014 - 5:05 PM - by Chris Mha
Last weeks installation consisted of 940 square feet of 3"-5"-6" solid cherry flooring. All on the second floor. Saws had to stay outside near the front door. That was as close as we could get them to our work. I lost five pounds this week going up and down the stairs. Tomorrow we start 1040 square feet of 3"-4"-5" oak. I'm tired.
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Forbo Job in Sarasota

Oct 12, 2014 - 9:55 PM - by Flredneckply
The teen section at the Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, FL.

The product was Forbo Marmoleum Real. First we put all of our layout marks and lines on the floor, then dry cut everything 2 inches longer and glued the pieces down. Then we under-scribed the seams. They didn't want it to be welded, so we had to make the seams perfect.
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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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Tough spot

- by Tom Frykman
Hey, what are you guys doing for underlayment anchors under cabinet kicks when you can only get ring-shanks to within 4 or 5 inches of the plywood edge?

Offset driver with deck screws maybe, or whaaaa?
25 Replies

Felt pad on stairs short cut

- by mike sliwinski
It's nothing spectacular, just something different than usual, when
cutting stair pads for a runner, score the pad every 10'' and then make the final cut on the staircase. It was extremely efficient by eliminating the stacking and placing of each separate pad.

Only took me 36 years to figure that out ... [Read More]
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Handling Large Carpet Rolls

- by Mike Antonetti
Finally got somewhat of a system in handling large rolls of carpet and unloading out of a vehicle. I have hytrol rollers inside the trailer, it's a 10' section cut in half for easier loading and unloading since we're not full time carpet installers I take it off the trailer. Their the long rollers not the little wheels like the old metal roller skates which dimples the carpet.
So two... [Read More]
40 Replies

Konecto Buyers Beware

- by Flooring Diagnosis
As of May 31st 2014, Konecto is requiring an underlayment underneath their floating vinyl planks. I almost bid a commercial job not realizing this but it's a good thing I looked at their material and installation warranty prior to turning in my bid or that would have been one expensive mistake! I look for more floating vinyl plank manufacturers to be requiring this before long. Always read the... [Read More]
9 Replies

strip cutters trick from the past

- by Daris Mulkin
A 100 years ago, well maybe not that long ago, but here is a little trick I was shown from Michael Hetts for when your cutters don't cut all the way through. Also if you notice the blades are in backwards. Another trick for cutting wider strip. Take a paper clip and insert a piece under the blades and they will cut completely through unless they re in bad shape as mine are.

... [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...
10 Replies

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]
11 Replies

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interesting article in Floor Covering Weekly

Jul 30, 2014 - 10:06 AM - by nimrod
maybe not such a good deal after all.....Global Community Monitor: Lumber Liquidators flooring emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde | DailyUpdates | Daily Update | Floor Covering Weekly

Excerpt from: FCW 7/23/2014
[California's] Proposition 65 requires products containing
... [Read More]
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