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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

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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

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Natural Fiber Installers Certification Training for 2015

NFIC Training Clinics and Schools for Installation, Inspections & Sales

NFIC

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

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CFI Hardwood/Laminate Training & Certification Wausau, WI

CFI Hardwood & Laminate Installation Training and Certification

March 10-11, 2015
CFI LogoLocation:
Carpet City Flooring Center
5400 W. Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 842-5277

Schedule:
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am – 3:30pm Read More

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VALUE – Where is it Found in Installation

For years the term value has been bandied about throughout the flooring industry, but when it comes to excellent installation where is the value?

Until recently the real value associated with installation of flooring products has only received lip-service from retailers trying to close a sale by consoling customers who’ve previously felt the sting of poorly installed products.

“Will it wrinkle, bubble . . . what happens if it starts to come up?” These are only some of the questions asked by concerned customers at the point of sale. Generally, the salesperson will answer, “Oh, our installers are the best and we provide full warranty.” However, being the best is not always reflected in an installer’s pay. Moreover, why would a salesperson say their installers are the best then go on to undo that thought by mentioning full warranty in the same sentence? Read More

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Cement Boards Over a Slab

Using Cement Boards Over Concrete Slab Construction

It seems that ceramic tile installation has an abundance of myths that pop up all too frequently regarding Do-It-Yourselfers on “help forums” and DIY websites. So-called tile experts offer advice and opinions based on, well… I’m not sure what some of the comments are based on or where some people get their (mis)information to tell you the truth. I want to address the subject of installing cement board products over a concrete substrate.

It is imagined by some that products like Durock, Hardibacker and others can be used to fix imperfections in the surface of concrete or to override a previously painted or sealed concrete surface. Installing tile over painted or sealed surfaces is usually not good practice. Read More

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Ceramic & Stone Tile Underlayments

Of the entire inventory of floor covering products on today’s market, ceramic and stone tiles probably lend themselves more to do-it-yourself home improvement projects than almost any other flooring product but there are rules and special underlayments required to insure a proper and lasting installation.

Tile in its elementary form is easy to install. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it, however if you research installing ceramic tile you will find that the techniques are many and there are in fact absolute rules that should be followed to insure a suitable return on your investment. Read More

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Hand-Scraped Hickory Steps

Custom Made, Hand-Scraped Hickory Steps

A customer I previously made a fireplace mantle for ask me if there were stair treads to match his hand scraped Hickory hardwood flooring. I knew I could make hickory steps but wasn’t sure if I could get the hand scraped look. Festool and Makita have planer blades for hand planers to give the “look,” but for one set of stairs I can figure something else out. I will also be opening up a portion of one wall of the stairwell so the steps run past the wall and have a capped end.

If you do hardwood flooring, you may see this as a great way to add custom business and more profit. I’ve done many sets of steps in my career, so this is not new to me, but the “hand scraping” part of it is a first. Read More

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Seamer Down Now Review

A Carpet Seaming Tool Review

by Chris Sheafer

I’ve been using the Seamer Down Now carpet seam cooling machine now for about a month on all carpet seams that I have done from super cheap to woven wool goods. It is noisy, but not so much as to make me not want to use it. Ear protection is strongly advised.

I have found that it has added greatly to the smooth flow of the job in the following ways: Read More

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Ceramic Tile Multi-Spacer Review

Tile Project Multi-Spacer Review

I recently received some sample tile spacers from MultiSpacer and was asked to try them out. I used them on a tile shower project, and found them to be very useful over the standard spacers that are made of soft rubber. While the standard spacers tend to compress under the weight of several courses of tile, the MultiSpacer is made of hard plastic and retains the proper grout joint.

The best thing about MultiSpacer is Read More