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Wet polisher matches speed to application

Wet polisher from Makita introduced by Lackmond Stone features a variable speed control dial that enables the user to match the speed to the application. The polisher includes a soft start feature for smooth start-ups, electronic speed control that maintains constant speed under load, and a common fitting that accepts popular water hose connections. Units have a 7.9 A motor and weigh 5.1 lb. A high power-to-weight ratio offers reduced operator fatigue, the company says, and the housing … [Read More...]

Del Conca USA doubles tile capacity

In the two years since it opened its U.S. production facilities, Del Conca USA, a subsidiary of Del Conca Group in Italy, has put in motion plans to double its annual capacity of porcelain tile production from 32 to 65 million square feet. Even with excellent early indicators, this increase is happening even faster than had been forecasted, it was announced by Enzo Donald Mularoni, ceo of the Del Conca Group, at the 2016 Coverings trade show in Chicago, Ill., earlier this year. The … [Read More...]

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Storefronts at the forefront

Whenever customers walk into your showroom or retail outlet, wouldn’t you like to have helpful, knowledgeable sales reps there to provide them a positive experience that begins with an order and ends with an installation? Naturally, the size of your business dictates what resources you have at your disposal for training up your next trusted, reliable staff member. The type of customer you have … Read More...

Digital marketing: Leads at a Cost

When it comes to internet retail marketing, the one tool that no one can do without is a website. After that, though, the digital tools available are seemingly endless. How deep or wide — sophisticated — do you want your website design to be? Which social media platform do choose: YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+? Do you take the plunge and … Read More...

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Wet polisher matches speed to application

Wet polisher from Makita introduced by Lackmond Stone features a variable speed control dial that … Read More

LVS flooring has natural stone look

Parthenon resilient luxury vinyl flooring from Mannington features a natural stone look and worn … Read More

Carpet fibre technology offers stain resistance

Mohawk Industries has announced a new line of residential carpet to the flooring … Read More

Plank flooring for commercial applications

Lightwood brand commercial plank flooring from Toli International is engineered for schools, … Read More


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New standard, old installation methods: cork tile

I’ve been involved with cork flooring for the past 15 years, some of that time as a technical support consultant for two cork companies, and some of that time in commercial sales, which I’ve been doing since 2007. Cork flooring comes as traditional cork tile that is glued down, and as engineered planks that are installed the same way as laminate or engineered wood floating floors. However, … Read More...

Be aware of concrete moisture

One of the most common problems in the floor covering industry continues to be floor failures related to excess moisture and high alkalinity at the surface of the concrete. By Christopher Capobianco All floor coverings are affected, including carpet, resilient, wood, laminates, coatings, stone, and tile. The symptoms include gaps between tiles, adhesive oozing, carpet buckling, tile … Read More...

Floating floors: Easy, but not foolproof

By Christopher Capobianco   Last month, I was moderator for a panel of experts invited to speak at the TISE (Surfaces) trade show in Las Vegas. The topic was floating floors: specifically the “click” category as opposed to other loose-lay resilient floors. I found myself learning a lot from my fellow presenters, and since it’s been a while since my 2007 Coverings column on the subject, … Read More...

Relative humidity testing

It has been about 13 years since ASTM approved a “new method" of concrete moisture testing: the relative humidity probe method, also known as the RH test or the “in situ” test. ASTM F 2170, Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes was published in 2002. This “new method” had actually been used in Europe for decades, but came to North … Read More...