Safety is not just a one-time shot of education that can be injected to provide a lifetime of immunity from hazard. Safety must become a habit for all segments of an installation operation, developed from continuous learning, upgrading and analysis of what works and what doesn’t.
When I became a member of the floor covering installation product community in 1965, the major product being manufactured was the aluminum moulding used to trim the edges of carpet and resilient floor coverings. The various products were broadly categorized as Applied Before or Applied After trims.
We have all seen, bid on, measured, installed in or inspected one. Some of you may even live in one: a brilliantly designed, beautifully crafted, newly constructed custom home. No track home in a crowded subdivision is this, no sir! We are talking about a one-of-a-kind masterpiece...
CFI arrived at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Los Angeles as “The Stars of the Century,” looking to paint the town burgundy for the eighth annual CFI Convention, July 25-29. Billed as the educational event of the year for the installation professional, the numerous workshops and seminars provided demonstrations and hands-on involvement throughout the convention.
When I approach this column, I make a deliberate effort to write only about installation methods and materials in the laminate flooring segment that I have personal experience with. The foundation that this knowledge provides is crucial to my informing you about the tools and techniques that should be employed when approaching a laminate floor installation.
A well-known, oft-frequented sports bar situated near the university football stadium in AnyTown, U.S.A., is the scene of the crime. Eight months after the installation of a 28-to-32-ounce loop pile, 100% olefin, action-backed, direct-glued carpet, the bar owner wants to know why the carpet has changed colors. This is not an unusual scenario to encounter in the floor covering installation industry.
Can you stop work, say “no” to a project and, dare I suggest, take a few days off work to attend an event? The answer is simple. You can’t afford not to. There are several associations in the floor covering industry working hard to bring about positive changes. Each has at least one big annual event, call it a conference, convention, or whatever. The purpose of these get-togethers is education: New products; new installation methods; business information; and other programs to get you fired up about flooring.
I have always been a proponent of flooring pre-fabrication if there is just cause. Most flooring products, including laminates, can be pre-fabricated.
When considering pre-fabricating a laminate floor, or a portion of it, be sure to take into account the obstacles that can interfere with a successful installation, and remember to always plan the project from fabrication to installation...
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.