Archives for November 2019

Natural stone marble slabs mimic waves

In an expression of natural elegance, drawn from the rarest quarries, Antolini has introduced its Noir Blanc marble stone. The effect is like peering down on the gentle waves of a moonlit ocean, the company says, the white textures dance softly in the wind on the flowing marble. The dark background forms the canvas with […]

Luxury vinyl planks easy to clean, dent resistant

The Variations collection of luxury vinyl planks with Solidtech technology from Mohawk are said to be easy to clean and dent resistant. The collection includes Steelgate, Silver Shadows, Silhouette and Shadow Wood. Steelgate (shown), for example, features four available colours, a 6.5 mm thickness, UniClic installation method, has a wood look and medium shade. The […]

Flooring pneumatic nailer for large surfaces

The 550ALG pneumatic 18ga L type nailer from Primatech is said to be the most advanced tool designed for large surfaces such as gymnasium floors. The 550 ALG Gym version provides the installer with 3 distinctive advantages. First, the PrimSurfer bearing assembled roller base features a two-way side shift. Not having to lift the tool […]

E-letter: Salut

In case you hadn’t heard, all-Canadian icon and hockey broadcaster Don Cherry stepped in it last weekend. He went “over the top.” He made an observation about “immigrants,” and his world, including his co-host, are treating him as if he has leprosy. In fact, he’s fired as of Monday —Remembrance Day. Let’s be honest. Don […]

Engineered hardwood hand-scraped tongue and groove oak

Hand-scraped tongue-and-groove engineered hardwood from Floors@Work in oak is available in 5 in. x 18 mm x random lengths. The engineered wood flooring is constructed to provide increased stability and moisture. The top layer is a thin sheet of natural Oak and the core is constructed of layered plywood. Engineered wood floors were developed for […]

Liquid waterproofing and crack prevention membrane

Redgard liquid waterproofing and crack prevention membrane from Custom Building Products is said to be ready to use so installers can just roll it on out of the drum. The quick-dry formula is engineered to be 30 percent faster to dry that its predecessor and meets ANSI A118.10, A118.12. The membrane is IAPMO-rated as a […]

Illegally blond

Management training for the next generation ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY in the Harvard Business Review, half of millennials and 75 percent of Gen Z-ers have quit their jobs for mental health “reasons.” Cute, eh? I used to know somebody that would take off every legal sick day as a “mental health day.” My dad […]

Design for Zen and now

Restaurant conversion space promotes good health A RESTAURANT SPACE in Montreal, Que., has been converted to foster refreshed bodies and peaceful minds. Design agency ISSADESIGN was mandated to develop the Evolution Wellness Centre in a decades-old, non-descript building in the Nun’s Island neighbourhood to accommodate a yoga studio and physiotherapy clinic. According to Marie Eve […]

Revisiting a popular format: Installation Q&A

It has been over a year since I did a Q and A column, and the questions keep coming. So, here are some recent ones that I’ve been asked, or are based on situations that I have run into. Q: What problems do you see most often in “click” floating floors? A: This category continues […]

Specs matter

Managing the end at the beginning Yet another construction manager called me recently, distressed and looking for answers. He shared the details of his situation: Fifty thousand square feet of 5-inch-thick concrete slab poured eight months previously, half of which was on grade, the rest poured into second floor Q -Deck (steel pan). Moisture test […]