year at the CFI Convention, I was talking to a friend, Roland Thompson, CFI
Master II installer and trainer from Maryland. He shared with me a technique he
developed for installing runners on curving staircase that was faster and
Happy New Year everyone! I hope it is a happy, healthy, and
prosperous 2009 for you and yours. I know you are thinking “Hetts, you are
losing it! March, it’s March not January.” True enough now, when you are
reading this, but I am writing this January 8, 2009.
The staircase was, in a word,
loose. As the carpet guys, we were to be the last ones in of course. A lot of
work was being done: carpentry, painting, floors refinished, you know the
drill. I went early to pull up the carpet on the stairs, landing, and upper
hall, because the designer wanted the stairs to be runners. After seeing the
condition of the staircase, I suggested the carpenter reinforce the stairs. The
risers were too loose for me to install the new carpet on, as well as being
separated from the treads. The riser at the upper hall was the worst, with the
stair nose so loose I though it was dangerous to walk on.
In my last column “A Pattern of
Trouble,” I was pretty hard on a carpet manufacturer. You remember, the one
whose name rhymes with Scranton.
I thought it was only fair to share some of the good things carpet
The carpet was a face-to-face
hmm I don’t know if I should mention the company’s name as I will be speaking
in less than a flattering light of them by the end of the article. But in the
same vein, I want you to be aware of who it is so you can watch out for this
“pattern of trouble” I have seen from them.
May 24, 2008; it’s a beautiful spring day just before Memorial Day. Please let me
stop right here and say thank you, to all of you, both serving and have served
in the past that makes it possible for me to enjoy my life of freedom and run
my mouth as I please. It is a precious gift you have given us, paid for with
your heart, soul, and blood. I am grateful.
I walk into my hotel room for
the night and the first thing I notice is that the pad seam has separated.
(Photo 1) Yeah, I know I’m a rug rat
like all of us; I look at the carpet first. It’s like the other night, when Jon
and I were watching a movie on TV; a guy is sneaking down the stairs with a gun
and Jon said, “Geez Pops, did you see the staple marks under the nose of the
stairs?” We all do it.