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FIANA - CFI Convention

Jul 14, 2014 - 4:13 PM - by Nate Hall
CFI is teaming up with FIANA to have a combined industry throw-down! The dates are September 4-6 and the convention is in New Orleans!! There will be a USG tour and multiple educational opportunities! Here's the press release:

FIANA and CFI have teamed up to provide their members with an exciting convention in New Orleans September 4-6, 2014. FIANA events are scheduled at the Hyatt Regency and the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome is the location for CFI.

"The FIANA members look forward to welcoming the CFI group. The manufacturers and distributors view it as a mutual assistance and a unique twist," said Doug Ray, President of FIANA.

FIANA members commence with their welcome reception Thursday evening. On Friday the 5th, they will attend their general membership meeting at 9am, followed by two speakers: Bob Lysok about "Workforce 2020 Ė Preparing Today for the Workforce Challenges of Tomorrow." Rick Farrell will speak about "Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling." The 20th annual trade show is scheduled for distributors and manufacturers from 1:00-6:00pm. USG will offer a plant tour in the early afternoon. The trade show cocktail hour will conclude the day's events. On Saturday after breakfast, the trade show continues until noon.

"The CFI members will have an opportunity to... [Read More]

FCICA Announces Mid-Year Meeting Educational Sessions

Jul 11, 2014 - 4:40 AM - by Jim McClain
FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, is excited to announce four premier educational sessions for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting ~ Managing Your Profits being held in Chattanooga, TN, October 8 - 10, 2014. Registration is open online, visit You wonít want to miss these great educational sessions:

Educational session #1 Managing On-site Conditions, presented by Tom Lutz, Marketing Director of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Director of INSTALL Michigan. Tom will discuss challenges to managing on-site conditions, as well as, what the IMís responsibilities include. Followed by, manufacturer installation requirements, how to conduct an initial meeting with the client, maintaining jobsite communications, and the importance of staying on schedule. The session will conclude with a review of the best practices to managing on-site conditions. And donít forget to bring your questions for the important Q&A session! This session will be taped and included as an educational module in the on-line Certified Installation Manager (CIM) program. Those attending will receive credit towards the program.

Educational session #2 Managing Materials on the Jobsite, presented by J R Allred, Operations Manager at Dalton One Carpet. J R will discuss material acclimation, scheduling, storing both at the warehouse, and on the jobsite, as well as, the accessibility for delivery of materials to the area of... [Read More]
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TFP Celebrates 8 Years With A Contest & Sponsored Forum

May 03, 2014 - 3:52 PM - by Jim McClain
The Floor Pro Community is 8 Years Old This Month

This month, eight years ago, TFP came to life. The dedicated flooring professionals and our consumer & do-it-yourself members have made this one of the best Internet destinations for support and guidance in the flooring industry. Helping us celebrate is

TFP Welcomes As Our Newest Sponsor has opened a new support system as the sponsor of their very own forum here at The Floor Pro Community. To inaugurate this new support and discussion forum, they are giving away $600.00 in Turbo Tools, the highest quality heat welding tools available. Learn more about the contest here: Win Turbo Heat Welding Tools Here is proud to host the new Heat Welding Professional forum, joining CFI and FITS... [Read More]

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Work Van for a PRO

Jul 26, 2014 - 7:03 PM - by Roland Thompson
Had some time between job's the other day. Could not just set around so I thru in a new floor in my truck. It is a lvp bambo look and a lvt sisal look. I set it in preasure sensitive. The lvt is set on a 45.
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Walk Off Mat Repair/Replacement

Jul 23, 2014 - 12:54 AM - by Incognito
These are Geo Tiles. I've put a lot of them down over the years but this is actually the largest area I can recall-----something like 12'x12'. Typically we use these as a very small 3'x3' or 4'x4' entry into classrooms or offices.

The problem was the seams were curling.

Anyways, some other guys laid this entry over an existing carpet glue. At least one attempt had been made to repair it prior to tonight. I believe they used a multi-purpose over the existing multi-purpose. There was plenty of glue. We've used 2 different glues for this product. One is a pressure sensitive and one is a multi-purpose. I never researched the specifications. I just always used the adhesive the shop sent out to the jobs. I've not had any issues and never heard of any prior to this... [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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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]
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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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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 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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interesting article in Floor Covering Weekly

Jul 30, 2014 - 9:06 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]

Good Business Article

May 13, 2014 - 8:53 PM - by kwfloors
I came across this article today. Its right on point for how we should be in business.

Excerpt from: Sandi Krakowski
Your clients are very aware of what they need. But when you enter the marketplace a bigger issue must be faced. Are YOU aware of what they need? This is the real issue when it comes to selling products or services.

Read... [Read More]

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.
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