This is the first in a series focusing on stair installations. The scenario is a basic one: An enclosed-box staircase installed waterfall, using tackless and a knee-kicker, from the bottom up. Why this approach? This is the standard stair installation method, as well as the method recommended in CRI 105. Yes, in some parts of the country the majority of stairs are installed contoured; Hollywood; Chicago; cap-and-band; or whatever the local term happens to be...
“Tiles last forever!” was the tile installer’s battle cry when I took one of my first jobs in the trade. Unfortunately for those who hold the same belief, that job was as a helper to a tile setter who specialized in repair work. For almost five years I removed and repaired thousands of installations that either had no membrane, or were performed by installers using ineffective materials and/or methods.
The Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA) has just concluded a two-year period full of growth, advancement, and professionalism. It is now poised to build upon its accomplishments and focus even further on the services it can provide to its growing membership, and to the installation segment of our industry.
When the BNP brain trust first broached the subject of incorporating a seventh issue into FCI’s publishing schedule, I’ll admit to some reservations. Not with content, mind you; there’s nothing in the floor covering installation industry that even comes close. No, my reluctance stemmed from the knowledge that the only absolute in this equation was more work. For me. Absolutely. I expressed as much in the publisher’s office the next day.
The combination of water, cement, and aggregate creates concrete. Of course, there are multiple additives that can be employed to control set, provide protection from freezing, and so on. But basically, what we are concerned with today is the proper amount of mix water in relation to the amount of cement being used.
What do you support? Why do you support it? Throughout our lives, we are called on to support various causes, beliefs, organizations, and opinions. Have you ever given any thought to how much time you spend supporting organizations that benefit you?
There are many products being marketed today that purport to solve moisture-related flooring problems. At the same time, it has become commonplace to focus on warranties rather than product performance. This has led to a lot of confusion among specifiers in the flooring and construction industries as to what should be included in project specifications, as well as “how?” and “why?”
All manufacturers of "flex" products recommend the use of the straightedge and butt-seaming method. This is one of the easier seaming methods; flex materials have a great deal of lateral movement that allows for the gaps in the seams to be easily pulled together with masking tape.
Several months ago, while visiting a jobsite in a mall, I watched a worker attempt to remove a single tile. As he took the hammer and chisel from his tool kit, I tried to suggest a less-drastic approach, but he would have none of it. For him, tile removal amounts to all-out warfare. By the time he finished, seven tiles lay broken, with another seven knocked loose.
Three years after Mr. and Mrs. Fogger had a brick-style vinyl floor installed in their residence, they called their retailer complaining of a cloudy appearance and a loss of gloss on the floor. After coming to their home and inspecting the floor, the retailer could not ascertain the proximate cause of the problem, so he contacted the manufacturer and requested that a representative come out and look at the problem.
FCI celebrates its 25th anniversary! In our September 2019 issue, we dig into the history of installation products from a quarter-century ago to today. Also in this issue, installers, contractors and industry experts look back at some of the most impactful moments in the last 25 years of the installation trade.