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Tile kit waterproofs tub and shower walls

The Schluter-Kerdi-Board Kit from Schluter-Systems includes materials needed to build waterproof walls for a standard tub surround or an acrylic shower base. Presented in a package that can easily fit into most vehicles, the company says, the kit prevents damaging leaks and mold growth due to moisture penetration. The kit includes 8 pieces of ½ in.-thick Kerdi-Board waterproof building panels that can be screwed directly onto wall studs. The panels are 48 x 38 in. and can be cut with a … [Read More...]

E-letter: Fruit stickers and ads

I got home from my bike ride last week, grabbed a banana from the fruit bowl and sat down to catch my breath. I caught it all right, when I saw the fruit sticker. I am not a fan of fruit stickers. I understand that lying, cowardly thieves try to by Honeycrisp apples for Jonathan prices. Talk about petty! But in my view, treating me as if I’m a thief and making me peel off irksome little sticky labels at home will do little to thwart the intentions of demented fruit thieves. It just drives them … [Read More...]

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Continuing education keeps design pros sharp THE WORLD OF INTERIOR DESIGN stretches far beyond the aesthetics of a well-appointed room. There is so much for the architect and design (A&D) community to stay on top of, from new flooring and lighting technologies to safety and other regulatory issues. A&D professionals have an added incentive to the ongoing pursuit of continuing … Read More...

Factory and field: Mapei meets goals

WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED an open invitation at a trade show 18 months ago to visit Mapei facilities in Milan, Italy, if I was “in the neighbourhood,” the chance seemed remote at the time. There was also an added sweetener: the corporation owns U.S. Sassuolo, a top-flight (Serie A) soccer team in Italy and I’d be invited to sit in the owner’s box for a home game if the timing was right. By Mike … Read More...

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Tile kit waterproofs tub and shower walls

The Schluter-Kerdi-Board Kit from Schluter-Systems includes materials needed to build waterproof … Read More

Shower grate designs available in different styles of drain

A series of new shower drain grates from Schluter-Systems are said to feature designs that fit into … Read More

Digital concrete and wood moisture meter

A digital version of the CME4 handheld electronic moisture meter, the Tramex CMEX II moisture meter … Read More

Glass tile features shapes and prismatic effects reminiscent of origami

Lunada Bay Tile has launched Origami Field, a collection of glass field tiles that reflects the … Read More


WHAT’S BEING SAID

  • VCT: Very careful tileChristopher Capobianco" I’d recommend picking up some of the affected tiles to see what’s going on beneath.... " Aug 04, 9:36 AM
  • VCT: Very careful tileSteve F risdell" I have a potential VCT flooring job that I would like to install over the... " Aug 01, 5:51 PM
  • E-letter: Have and have-not sectorsKerry Knudsen" Hi, Carol, Thank you for your note, and I am, naturally, sad to hear you... " Jul 11, 3:48 PM
  • E-letter: Have and have-not sectorsCarol Kleinfeldt" Please stop sending me your right-wing ravings. I would seriously consider not specifying your products... " Jul 10, 1:54 PM
  • E-letter: Bedhead entitlementDeborah Danniels-French" Kerry, you should post this elsewhere where it can get to a bigger audience! " Jun 12, 8:27 PM


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Adhesive Q&A

Having been in floor covering for 40 years now, I’ve asked my share of questions about adhesives and in the last 26 years on the wholesale side, have also been asked a lot of those questions. Here are a few common ones. Q: Is there anything better than standard urethane adhesive for wood floors? A: I recently attended a seminar on wood floor adhesive and was interested to learn about some new … Read More...

Improved techniques make concrete testing easier

It wasn’t until the 15th of my 40 years in the industry that I had to seriously deal with the question of concrete moisture testing prior to floor covering installation. I had spent my career on the residential side of the business, and it was not an issue that came up very often. When it did, we taped a sheet of plastic to the concrete overnight to test. When I made the switch to the … Read More...

Tips for beautiful custom resilient floors

With more products in the commercial resilient category than ever, custom design work is continuing to be used on a variety of projects. At first glance, they can be intimidating projects, especially those that have borders, medallions, or other custom inlay work. With careful planning, these jobs can be beautiful and profitable for the installer. The first thing to consider is an … Read More...

Recycled buildings

Buildings that were once factories, mills, breweries or warehouses are increasingly being converted to occupied space. Sometimes a company expands office space into the warehouse or an old factory is converted into retail, offices or apartments. This is a way of recycling old buildings and the practice is widely known as “adaptive re-use.” Often existing wood or concrete floors that had never … Read More...