Flooring nailer reaches difficult and tight workspace areas

The Q900A Edge nailer from Primatech is said to reach difficult and tight workspace areas. The nailer is designed to blind nail as close as 2 in. to the end wall at 45° with the same holding power as the field. Used with the 18 ga. Edge nails, the system is designed for most solids boards and also engineered boards with a hard core. Units employ the company’s Primpact striking module to offer reliability, extended performance and smoothness of operation. A fully adjustable base is said … [Read More...]

E-letter: Deflated expectations

The Wall Street Journal last month warned of an upcoming collapse in the big-media markets based on the lopsided cost and value of sports news. I share the WSJ’s view of the future of big media, sort of. For one thing, it may be eclipsed by bigger media as monopolistic interests smother legacy media and even the “smart-ups.” But I think another, more important force is moving. I call it the Trump Effect. The article, “Why the clock is running out on big media companies,” cites Netflix, … [Read More...]


Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally friendly, 132-suite … Read More...

Coverings 2019

Stone and tile flexed marketing muscle in Orlando Coverings is an annual stone and tile trade show that attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers. This year in Orlando, Fla., featured 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, 26,000 visitors and was the stage for introducing some … Read More...


Flooring nailer reaches difficult and tight workspace areas

The Q900A Edge nailer from Primatech is said to reach difficult and tight workspace areas. The … Read More

Soft flooring line offers hypoallergenic benefit

Four multicolour Air.o hypoallergenic soft flooring styles have been announced by Mohawk, adding to … Read More

Flooring-installation tapes provide instant bond and no moisture limits

Two new products for installing resilient and wood flooring called Mapecontact MRT and Mapecontact … Read More

Marble-look porcelain tiles available in two size formats

Vitromex USA has announced the Soberano line of glazed porcelain tiles. Design with a marble look, … Read More


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Failures as a teachable moment

Another 1,000 words First, I want to thank the readers that reached out to me about my last column “Worth 1,000 words.” I asked about how you liked the format and the reaction was very positive. Here are a couple of examples of problems I saw recently that are nothing new, but installers still made an old mistake; the two situations I encountered recently were preventable problems related to … Read More...

Worth 1,000 words

Teachable moments from others’ mistakes It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are four pictures of situations I’ve encountered and about a thousand words about these situations that can help floor coverers and specifiers avoid similar failures. RESILIENT FLOORING I had a recent site visit to the lobby of an office in New York City to examine “bumps in the floor” in areas where … Read More...

Evolution of safety floors

Although it’s not an “official” category of its own, for over 30 years, there has been a resilient flooring product commonly called “Safety Flooring.” This material was developed in Europe as a resilient flooring option for wet slip resistance that is an alternative to quarry tile or poured epoxy. By incorporating an abrasive aggregate such as carborundum into a sheet vinyl floor, the material … Read More...

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a shortage of talented installers. Being outspoken about … Read More...