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Job site tool storage system

The Systainer Installer‘s Set from Festool is a portable tool system suitable for job sites. The SYS-StorageBox SYS-SB is said to offer an easy to grab and go with a large bale-style handle and full Systainer system integration. The SYS-Toolbox SYS-TB-2 provides the accessible design of the SYS-Toolbox to allow installers to keep what they need within easy reach. The SYS-MFT brings worktable functionality to a portable surface and also provides storage for clamps and hand tools. The … [Read More...]

Rigid core flooring offered as a wood alternative

Robbins Pro-Tekt, a line of rigid core products, has been launched by AHF Products. The introduction addresses customer demand for a wood floor alternative, the company says. The line provides waterproof protection, impact and stain resistance, dimensional stability for high traffic areas and combats fading from sunlight. The core construction is said to eliminate air pockets, which results in increased product hardness and protection from moisture. The precision milling of the lock … [Read More...]

FEATURE

When more is not better: adhesive crosslinking

FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY WHAT HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY would be complete without first citing a definition of the topic at hand? “Fishing: to understand the art of fishing, we first need to define, ‘what is a fish?’” However, high school or no, sometimes a definition is warranted — particularly when the topic is not obviously clear. Take technology, for example. To many, technology has come to mean … Read More...

Do customers crave respect?

Mega-vendors treat you — and your customers — as expendable commodities MANY YEARS AGO, I worked with a publisher that always confused anecdote with antidote. “Let me give you an amusing antidote,” he would say. I never said it out loud, but I always agreed. Any anecdote that ends up being an antidote is amusing in its bones. If you are interested, the rule in publishing these days is that … Read More...

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Job site tool storage system

The Systainer Installer‘s Set from Festool is a portable tool system suitable for job sites. The … Read More

Rigid core flooring offered as a wood alternative

Robbins Pro-Tekt, a line of rigid core products, has been launched by AHF Products. The introduction … Read More

Epoxy grout employs 100 percent solids

CEG-IG is an industrial grade, water cleanable, 100 percent solids epoxy grout from Custom Building … Read More

Twisted yarn textured carpet series

Soft Intrigue II carpet from Mohawk comes in 12-foot rolls and is available in 10 colours. Pile … Read More


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INSTALLATION

Setting expectations

Advance planning and site visits help clear the air I recently did a pre-installation walk-through representing two different flooring manufacturers on a hospital project and it was worthwhile for everyone involved. These conversations about how the job goes down help to set expectations for the floor covering team, the owner, architect and/or the general contractor. Any specific concerns are … Read More...

Trouble shooting

Sometimes it’s more than the flooring As I have done before, I’d like to share photos of some recent flooring installations I visited, and hopefully the problems I saw can help our readers to avoid these types of situations and help their customers avoid them as well. In some cases, troubleshooting goes beyond just the floor covering material and installation. There can be other … Read More...

Acclimation

Important in the summer also! For floor coverers, the way we work in very cold or very warm weather is a detail that is often forgotten and, if not handled correctly, can lead to problems. We hear talk about “acclimation” and most often think of the cold weather months. However, I’ve seen as many, if not more, problems with flooring that is not properly acclimated in the summer. Delivering … Read More...

Necessity: Mother of invention

Temp, fast-track installations in the pandemic era First, to my readers, I hope that you, your colleagues and all of your families are keeping well in these uncertain times. As I am writing this, I have started my second month staying and working at home. I could fill these pages with what it has been like to live and work in these circumstances, but I am well and so is my family. I wish the same … Read More...