Well, technology has caught up to me! I’ve gotten used to a computer, emails, texting and using a smart phone—and now, I’m going to be blogging. I’d like to start my first-ever blog by letting you all know that “What Would Namba Do?” is going to be all about what installers are dealing with on a daily basis, and I will try to give you real-world solutions. I hope to have some great interaction with all of you and look forward to your questions, comments and cheap shots (just go easy on the cheap shots)!

With the International Surface Event (TISE) coming up in Las Vegas, Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, I thought I would talk about a new item being introduced at the show this year. The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and its partner, Magnetic Building Solutions, is introducing a magnetic floor called MagneBuild. Yes, you heard it here—a floor that uses a magnetic underlayment to attach itself to a substrate. The underlayment comes in rolls and then a flooring product with a receptive layer or ferrite powder is attached/applied during manufacturing.

I looked at the Magnetic Building Solutions site to find out more about the product and started to read the laboratory results from Airmid healthgroup. Here’s a short excerpt, in case you were interested in reading it: “Hall effect gaussmeters provide an economical and relatively easy way to measure flux density.” Flux? As in flux capacitor? Are we talking “Back to the Future” stuff here?

The testing states that the amount of magnetism is not harmful to humans. So, where does that leave installers? Magnet Building Solutions claims its system will make our installations and replacements easier, make us more productive, and benefit the entire industry with its revolutionary system.

Hmmm…well, I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to learn more during the product’s unveiling at TISE. I guess we’ll see what the future holds for us as installers. Who knows—maybe we’ll be flying to our jobs sooner than you think. May the force be with you all till the next blog!