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 […]

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 […]

Epoxy grout employs 100 percent solids

CEG-IG is an industrial grade, water cleanable, 100 percent solids epoxy grout from Custom Building Products said to have high chemical, temperature and stain resistance. It is formulated for harsh environments such as commercial kitchens and food processing facilities. The grout is a two component epoxy system that combines a pigmented hardener with epoxy resins […]

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. […]

The new influencer

Do markets respond to the next bright, shiny object? ON OCTOBER 8, AdAge put out a “custom white paper” entitled, Podcasters are the new influencers. Pretty special, eh? “The new influencers.” It seems as though the old new influencers barely got here. Who were they, again? Not to disparage the unveilers. Who would know that […]

Polygonal space study

THEN-AND-NOW: Montréal restaurant amplifies Japanese vibe FOR THE NEW ISAKAYA KINOYA pub restaurant, the Jean de Lessard — Designers Créatifs design firm chose to explore the orthogonality and the verticality of space. The morphology of the narrow two-story premises located on Bishop Street, in Montreal, Que., lends itself perfectly to it. Principal designer Jean de […]

A brain trust connecting us across the country: NFCA Board

Canada is a big country, and to talk to itself our industry needs strong connections between people across the land. Since NFCA was repurposed in 2015, it has experienced tremendous growth and support from construction professionals across Canada. This growth has been made possible due to several factors including:  A long-standing frustration within the floor […]

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. […]

Training partnerships

CFCRA to try and join forces with others At the time of writing this column the area I live in has been locked down and it’s Thanksgiving weekend. The kids are here from Hamilton and Edmonton. The streets are almost empty, the airplanes and airports are almost empty. Everything is very clean. Is there anything […]

The service of seeking and deciding: Design?

What is design? A dictionary will advise us that it is related to intention. This may take the form of both material and immaterial aspirations. As an example, I may have designs on my neighbour’s property, in which case I want to acquire it. Or I may have designs for my neighbour’s property, in which […]