Jim Walker is the CEO of the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI), Master-II Installer #11, President of the American Floor Covering Institute and also Director of Training for Karastan. Along with a very knowledgable staff, he provides installation assistance at 816.231.4646, www.CFIinstallers.com and www.carpethelp.com.
Let’s start the
New Year off with promising ourselves that we will learn more to earn more! It always works and it should be one of your
goals. So, step up and find ways that this New Year will be better than you
anticipated! Quickly run away from your
“doom and gloom” friends. We can’t
change the wind, but we can change the sails, so go for it!
The numerous techniques, tools and resources
that will be made available for the attendees have never been presented in this
hands-on type of format. The workshop covers corrective measures for carpet,
laminate, ceramic, hardwood and resilient flooring surfaces.
you be accused of walking with your head down inside of buildings? Are you
always looking at the flooring? Do you continually judge another’s work? I’ve
been told that I need to change professions just so I could put less strain on
my neck and perhaps, start a career in the installation of light fixtures.
CFI has lost another of our outstanding leaders;
Andrew Aufiero lived CFI! He was a true flooring craftsman. He knew his trade
and shared it gladly with others. Andrew was a little more than frustrated when
installers would not do the work correctly and customer satisfaction meant
nothing to them. He was CFI! He lived the CFI motto, “If it is to be, it is up
peaking and seam elevation are inherent characteristics. This condition occurs
when the carpet is stretched. The hinging motion causes the seam to become
elevated because the thickness of the two separate backings is not welded
together when using hot-melt tape.
is like a place of service,” Leo Tolstoy said. “Joy can be real only if people
look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside
themselves and their personal happiness.”
It is extremely important that our customers understand quality installation. Most customers are so excited about their new purchase that the shortcomings of unqualified installers never surface until too late. Our "partners" can outsell ALL competition by providing the best installation to their customers. Installation must be SOLD as a VALUABLE addition to the flooring purchase!
For me, installation is a great adventure! It has provided well for my family and I have met some of the world's finest installation professionals along the way. I began my career, probably like most of you. I was a remodeling contractor when a gentleman by the name of Al Moore asked me if I would like to learn how to install carpet.
In the October 2019 issue of FCI, INSTALL’s executive director John T. McGrath, Jr. and instructor David Gross share key lessons to ensure concrete polishing jobs are done right the first time, every time.