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CFI 21st Convention a Smashing Success!

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:10 AM - by Jim McClain
“There’s nothing like a CFI Convention! It’s the greatest family reunion in the flooring industry! The excitement, the enthusiasm to learn and the energy to make new things happen are the major elements of the Convention,” said Jim Walker, CEO. “From Washington, California, New Hampshire, Florida, South Africa and all parts in between, the attendees all remarked that they “got” what they came for; to have a good time and return home more knowledgeable; our members love their Convention!”

The CFI Board of Directors met on Thursday followed by the CFI Certification Team Annual Meeting. This was a brainstorming session to review and revise the training as needed. New ideas to reach more installers will be implemented. The Team consists of 78 full-time members with over 300 who assist in various sections of the country.

Robert Varden, Executive Director welcomed the guests on Friday morning and thanked the members of the Press for their attendance, the CFI Associates for their contributions to the success of the event and the annual commemorative convention jacket that was met with overwhelming satisfaction by the attendees. “The CFI Jacket is highly regarded by our members and worn proudly throughout the year. We know this has been a part of the Convention for 21 years and our members told us how much they look forward to the jacket. We appreciate the contributions from the manufacturers that make this possible,” said Varden.

The Chris Davis Award is presented in his memory to recognize an individual who promotes and is dedicated to quality flooring installation. The 2014 recipient... [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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Welding Skills of UVcure

May 19, 2014 - 2:41 PM - by UVcure
I thought I would show you some of the welds we do this side of the pond! It's a sterile suite area and the walls and ceilings are done in vinyl, another firm did this originally about 20 years ago, we have changed the vinyl on the stairs on a few flights and inserted a non slip vinyl on the nosing, they can't use water to clean it, they just have to wash it down with an antibacterial detergent, it is a little special, will post some other pictures later.
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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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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]
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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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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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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
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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]
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