Archives for March 2015

Heating a room with the floor

NuHeat showcased its mat in-floor heating system at The International Surfaces Event (TISE) 2015 in Las Vegas in January. The mats heat tile, stone, laminate and engineered hardwood floors. They turn the floor into a room’s heat source. NuHeat standard mats are available in more than 60 square and rectangular sizes. Custom mats for rooms […]

Oiled-look hardwood with flair

Mirage’s new Flair collection of engineered hardwood floors has a classy appearance. Planks have an ultra low-gloss look with rich natural character marks and colour variations. They feature Mirage’s new DuraMatt hypoallergenic finish. It provides a look of oiled hardwood but is 20 times more stain and wear resistant than a traditional oil finish. As […]

Register for tile and stone installation webinar

The Flooring Contractors Association is hosting a webinar Thursday, April 16 on the basics of tile and stone installation. It will cover all the essentials, from types of materials and their properties, to installation and waterproofing techniques, and industry references. You can earn continuing education (CE) credits — this webinar is a CE system webinar approved […]

Sealing things for 10 years

USG Corporation and XL Brands have teamed up, introducing USG Durock X2 primer-sealer. It’s the first product of its kind with a 10-year warranty, according to USG. Durock X2 is designed for direct application on USG’s self-levelling underlayments. Floors can be installed within four hours after the primer-sealer is applied, USG says. www.usg.com

Perfect plasma

Laticrete has launched its new Plasma crack- and stain-resistant grout that doesn’t require sealing. The company says it provides uniform colour with no blotchiness or shading, and Plasma will not discolour because of a new formulation. Plasma is ideal for most grout-joint applications where gaps between tiles are 1/16-inch to 1/2-inch. It’s suited for both […]

A beast of a saw

When you are cutting tile or stone and need to make consistent accurate cuts, Lackmond’s new Beast WTS2000L 10-inch Wet Tile/Stone Saw may be the solution. The Beast uses five stainless-steel roller bearings and multi-point adjustable rails to provide smooth operation and accurate cuts every time, the company says. The cutting head rotates to both […]

Bow to innovation: Design gets better all the time

Even before I became as involved with canoes and canoeing as I eventually did, I found it easy to admire this “frail craft of an aqueous navigation.” All the lines were gentle curves and even when at rest, these little boats looked as though they were in motion. While I was admiring one in particular, […]

Driving a compact

Milwaukee has added the M18 ½-inch Compact Brushless Drill/Driver to its M18 Fuel line of cordless tools. It features improved ergonomics for easier use when you’re working in tight spaces. The brushless motor enables 50 per cent longer use on one battery charge. The two-speed (0 to 450 rpm and 0 to 1,800 rpm) drill/driver […]

E-letter: Competition and consequences

The news broke on 60 Minutes March 1 that Lumber Liquidators is suspected of selling engineered wood flooring with unsafe levels of formaldehyde from three Chinese mills. You can click on the link to see the story in the Financial Post if you are interested. Our links are tested and safe. So are Lumber Liquidators’ […]

Obligations when employees travel for work

By Jeremy Warning Many workers are required to travel as part of their jobs. They may travel for sales trips, service calls, conferences, client meetings, or even accompanying students on field trips. Unfortunately, workers are sometimes injured while travelling. There have been a number recent examples of workers being injured while travelling for work. In […]