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Testing Moisture in Concrete

The Layman’s Guide to Testing Moisture In Concrete

by Charles Milledge
Some days I think I spend about half of my work day answering questions about concrete moisture and test procedures.

Anhydrous Calcium Chloride Moisture Vapor Testing – The CaCl Test

ASTM – F1869-11 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride is the guide that needs to be followed to correctly set a CaCl test. Here are the boiled down basics for doing this correctly. Read More


Changes To CRI 104 & 105

The Carpet and Rug Institute Unveils Important Changes to Leading Carpet Installation Standards

— Industry-Led Updates to CRI’s 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards Focus on
Proper Planning and Preparation —

Carpet & Rug InstituteThe Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) today announced important updates to its CRI-104 and CRI-105 Installation Standards for Commercial and Residential Carpet. Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address industry innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. Read More


Plywood Underlayment Direction

Impact of Plywood Underlayment Direction¹

By Frank Woeste and Peter Nielsen

Beginning in 2007, the TCA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation listed in bold print the following requirement for two-layer wood sheathing installation methods:

  • face grain of plywood shall run perpendicular to joists for maximum stiffness.

Should the tile contractor or other interested parties be concerned whether or not the plywood underlayment runs perpendicular to the joists? Read More


The Decline of Carpet

The decline in carpet is due to one thing and one thing only: Poor quality.

Our industry has killed itself by selling products designed to meet a price point over tangible performance. The worthless warranties and those who sell them are only nails in the coffin.

The increase in hard surface sales IS NOT because people like living on hard surfaces and IT’S NOT about indoor air quality. Read More


Dilemma of Flooring Choices

The Dilemma of Appropriate Flooring Choices

Home-ownership comes with many decisions – flooring being one of the most important. Like roofing, flooring is a requirement for Western Living Standards. So many choices on the market make it a daunting task for the homeowner. Oftentimes choice is based on trends instead of what is needed. The aesthetics, or “look” of the floor outweigh the importance of the material chosen.

Flooring decisions need to be made based on several factors, not just “the look.” Too many times a homeowner’s disappointment with a floor has nothing to do with the flooring, but everything to do with personal expectations. Read More


Glossary of Tile Terminology

The Most Comprehensive Glossary of Ceramic & Stone Tile Terminology Online

Although this may be the most comprehensive list of tile terminology you can find, it is by no means complete. Glossaries and tile articles from around the Internet have been researched to compile this list and it is an ongoing project. If you know a term related to ceramic or stone tile that is not listed here, please use the comment form to add it. In return, we will link to your professional flooring related website. You might also spot a mistake in our glossary, or feel additional information should be provided. Please use the comment form below to inform us so we can continue to make this the finest place for flooring information on the web. Read More


3-Week Carpet Installation Course OCT 2015

Need more flooring installers? There is an immediate solution!

CFIGoodwill of North Georgia and the Chattahoochee Technical College working with the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) is conducting a three-week, intensive carpet installation training program October 5th through 23rd, 2015 at the college. Read More


Patterned Carpet On Stairs

An interesting question from a member came up on The Floor Pro Community forums (it happens all the time) and deserves a detailed answer. First, the question paraphrased:

I got into a discussion with a designer about running matches in patterned carpet on steps. She said the pattern should be in the same spot on each step. The designer suggested that every installer should know this. My belief is, if the carpet is left in a continuous piece, the pattern matches, but if cut to align a pattern on each step, the run of the carpet will not match. Which way is the right way?

While the customer is not always correct, they do deserve to have things done to fit their desire or definition of correct despite whether we believe it to be obtuse or ugly. That being said, in terms of design there are several factors to consider. Read More


Where Are The Installation Instructions?

Forum DiscussionRecently, a topic on The Floor Pro Community forums was started, seeking installation information and tips about a specific product sold by a popular flooring franchise. I searched several of the franchise websites and pages looking for actual installation instructions for the product. I found nothing more than marketspeak – no instructions. I called their corporate offices and, after being shuffled around a little, spoke to a woman who didn’t seem to understand the concept of a website that offers support to flooring professionals, consumers and DIYers. She seemed confused about our desire to provide links to installation instructions.

This is discouraging. I feel like I have totally failed in the mission of The Floor Pro Community. I understand that many people and organizations haven’t heard of us. To not even understand that vital information, like installation instructions, should be easily available just baffles me. Read More


Installation Training for Military Veterans

Floor Installation Program Created to Get Veterans, Unemployed Back to Work

CFI and Goodwill leading collaborative effort to train much-needed middle-skills workers

GoodwillGoodwill Industries of Georgia has a mission to put people to work. There is a huge sign at the entry – “When you DONATE and when you SHOP, your actions HELP US put people TO WORK!” What a pleasant surprise to have the opportunity to fully understand the Goodwill organization. Michael Pryor, Director and Quasandria Turner, Special Projects Coordinator, provided a first-hand overview of the impact they have on the lives of people. The facility located in Smyrna, GA is the largest in the nation and a shining example of what can be done when people care.

Michael Pryor said, “While the state’s unemployment rate of 6.3% is a full ten points below where it was in April, The Georgia Department of Labor still reports a need for skilled workers in the state. Through a unique partnership, the International Certified Floor Covering Installers Association (CFI), Chattahoochee Technical College, Goodwill of North Georgia and Spectra, retail commercial sales division of Shaw are working to fill that gap and help area jobseekers find employment.” Read More


Natural Fiber Installers Certification Training for 2015

NFIC Training Clinics and Schools for Installation, Inspections & Sales


Installation Training Courses on…

Woven & Tufted Wools
The course consists of 3 days of training for skilled installers. Our instructors have over 35 years of experience each.

Day 1 of the course is a review of the study guide followed by a written test.

Day 2 is “hands on training” consisting of pattern matching, double stick installation, preparation for Wilton seams, and much, much more.

Day 3, testing for “hands on training” along with demonstrations of the Kool Glide Iron, and the Seamer Down Now. Read More


CFI Presents the Carpet Master-II Certification

CFIDuring the week of August 4-8, in conjunction with the Carpet, Resilient, Ceramic, Laminate and Wood Certifications, the CFI Carpet Master-II Test will be offered in Fort Wayne, IN August 4-7, 2015.  The test is the highest form of certification available in the carpet installation segment of the industry.   It is a very intensive, three-day test of hand skills, written and verbal knowledge.

Installers who participate are required to have successfully completed the Residential I-II and Commercial I-II certifications.  With the deposit of $100.00, the written test can be taken prior to the date at any CFI event or the installer may arrive early to complete it onsite prior to the onset of the testing.  Applicants are to Read More


CFI Conducts Installation Training in Brazil

Beaulieu of BrazilBeaulieu of Brazil is hosting the CFI Installation Team May 2 – 16, 2015. The installation training includes hands-on skills working with patterned carpet, broadloom and carpet tiles; LVT and resilient flooring. The CFI Team of Jim Walker, Robert Varden, Efren Llamas and Francisco Jimenez will be sharing the latest in floor covering education including installation techniques and tools with 60 flooring installers. Sales representatives have also been invited to attend. Read More


Coverings 2015

Coverings 2015Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, will return to Orlando in April to showcase cutting-edge product innovations and emerging trends in the marketplace. When the industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center, April 14-17, attendees will be impressed with the latest product introductions presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries.

“As the industry continues to innovate tile, reimagine everyday solutions, and present new material for architects, designers, builders, remodelers, distributors, retailers, installers, contractors and fabricators, one thing is certain: Coverings is the place you need to be to see it all,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “Aside from the jam-packed expo floor, the show offers an exceptional conference program, certification courses, and networking opportunities. It is an exhilarating experience that has a lasting impact for all professionals in the industry.” Read More


CFI Training Events for 2015

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CFI 2015 Training Events Calendar

March 13-14, 2015
San Antonio, TX | Carpet

March 25-26, 2015
Baltimore, MD | Wood & Laminate

March 31-April 1, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Ceramic

March 31-April 1, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Wood & Laminate

April 2-3, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Resilient

April 2-3, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Carpet

April 10-11, 2015
Nashville, TN | Carpet

April 15-16, 2015
Baltimore, MD | Ceramic

May 3 – 14, 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil | Carpet & Resilient

May 3 – 14, 2015
Shaw Flooring | Carpet–Resilient-Laminate

May 19-20, 2015
Davenport, IA | Resilient

Jun 2-3, 2015
Detroit, MI | Carpet

July 27-28, 2015
Dalton, GA | MOHAWK Carpet

September 15-16, 2015
Dalton, GA | MOHAWK Carpet

Coming Soon…
Ft. Wayne, IN | Master-II
Omaha, NE | All Surfaces
Stockton, CA | Carpet & Wood

Download event flyers and see the full list of CFI events!

International Certified Floor Covering Installers Training Events for 2015

CFI installation training is in huge demand, both for open events and dealer-specific workshops and certification.

The benefits to installation training can be strongly measured by customer satisfaction. Enhancing the skills of the installers leads to a more productive day in the field because of the new and improved techniques that continually are added for the installation of ceramic, carpet, resilient, laminate and wood flooring.

Flyers can be downloaded at Check often as the dates are constantly changing.

The WORLD FLOOR COVERING ASSOCIATION offers their members educational scholarships that apply to all CFI events. Visit for detailed information. If not a member, join today.

CFI also conducts installation training for individuals who are just entering the trade. These programs are very intense and designed for those who have recently chosen flooring installation as a new career. CFI programs offered by dealers in various areas are 1-2 week, hands-on courses that prepare the students to be well-trained assistants.

“Flooring installers are the mirror of the retail store and spend many hours in the customer’s home or business,” said Robert Varden, Executive Director. “Increased training delivers results that provide more sales. Both dealers and flooring installers benefit from updated information and skills training. We prepare the applicants with The CFI Study Guide that contains the answers to the written tests. It is the goal of CFI to furnish as much information as possible to make the experience rewarding and enjoyable.”

Tony Buckhardt, CFI President, “The CFI Master-II Certification will be held this summer. To apply for this event, the installer must have completed the RI-II and the CI-II Certifications. The importance of adding to the installer’s resume cannot be stressed enough due to the high demand of this designation for specific work, such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Installers must allot time from their busy schedules to enhance their skills to move forward in this industry.”