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Hello TFP Visitors!

Welcome to The Floor Pro Community. We are here to share information and resources to help the flooring professional and guide the Consumer/DIYer. The articles found below or through the menu above & from the categories listed in the navigation column will help you get started. Our biggest claim to fame is our Community Forums. Registration at TFP is always free. Consumers get the benefit of many thousands of years of combined experience. Pros get special privileges so that you will stick around to help other pros and our consumer/diy members. Enjoy your visit and please come back often.

Jim McClain, owner/admin
The Floor Pro Community

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New Forum Software for TFP

The Floor Pro Is Getting a New Suit of Clothes

The Floor Pro Community Forums Are Open for Business!

There’s still plenty of work to do, but the forum is open and running. Log in (or register, if you don’t already have an account) and try it out. There may be some stumbles, but let me know what issues you are having and I will sort them out. It’s a good weekend to play on TFP.

It’s almost ready, hold on!

It’s almost 7:00 AM and I am just trying to figure out a few things before I let you all in. There is a lot of work left to do, but much of that I can do while the forum is open for business. But I need to make the menu system visible, or everyone will be yellin’ at me. Gimme a little more time.

3:00 AM: Two-hour Update

It’s been a couple hours and importing data and testing is still going on. Like you, I am still waiting (im)patiently until I can log in and do my part of the software conversion. I’m drinking lots of coffee and anxiously biding my time. Here’s a screenshot of the forum home page in test mode:

First look at the new forum

Check back soon for more updates.

New forum software that will make it more functional, easier to read and participate and a cooler place to hang out

TFP on vBulletinShortly after midnight tonight (5/20/17), Pacific time, the forum will shut down and the conversion to xenForo forum software will begin. It will take hours. I wish I could give you a time frame, but we (myself and an experienced professional) will work hard to bring the forum back up as quickly as possible.

You will still be able to view the website home page (you’re looking at it right now). I will leave any important messages about the progress if it seems to be taking too long (more than 4 hours) so you will see them here in this post. You can also comment below, if you wish, and I will try to answer any questions as they come in.

The new software is more modern and full of great features, many of which are similar to what you already have used on TFP, some will be new and different than you are used to. I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion and questions on the forum once we get back up and running.

Thanks for your patience and most of all, thanks for being part of The Floor Pro Community. Just so you don’t forget, the graphic you see is what the forum home page used to look like with the old vBulletin software. Compare it to the look and feel of the new software… well, you can’t do that quite yet, but soon.

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Buying Flooring Off The Internet

Weighing-In On Purchasing Flooring From Internet Retailers

I understand that things change and technology gives us wonderful tools for us to gain knowledge and insight, but I would caution that it does have its limits and drawbacks. I want to share my opinion and insight on buying floor coverings from Internet retailers.

TFP: Sharing Information & ResourcesStop and ask yourself this question: “Why did I come to The Floor Pro website?” I would guess it’s avail yourself of the expert knowledge you needed or wanted so that you don’t have problems with your new flooring purchase. While you’re getting that knowledge here for free (Thank you Jim for this great site!), the people providing that information are sharing with you the fruits of our experience & knowledge because we simply love the floorcovering industry and helping people. BUT, we all work and derive our living from the industry and if we cannot sell our goods and services we wouldn’t be here.

The Internet retailer guys have seriously hurt independent local retailers over the last 15-20 years, and while it’s only my opinion, Read More

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The Resurgence of Parquet Flooring

How Parquet Flooring Is Coming Back Into Fashion

parquet-luxury-flooringParquet flooring had found itself on the rise in popularity recently, but what exactly is causing the increase of interest?

The style of parquet flooring dates back to the 16th century and can be found in many Edwardian houses in England. The typical style of parquet flooring comes from the combination of oblong shapes that fit together to form geometric shapes, the most common style is called herringbone. However, parquet found itself put on the sideline once carpeted floors were introduced in the 1930’s, as carpets proved to be a more comfortable and cheaper alternative. Since then, wood floors have majorly developed and progressed proving to be a stronger, if not better, choice than carpet. Read More

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Tile Installer Thin-Set Standards Verification Course Updated

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone’s (UofCTS) Online “Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification” Course has been Updated

University of Ceramic Tile & Stone

Education is the fastest and easiest way to increase sales and profits!

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) just released an updated version of the popular Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA version and the Canadian version of this course were updated, as well as the Spanish version.

The updated course offers a comprehensive review of the current industry installation standards, methods, and practices for ceramic tile, porcelain tiles, glass tile, concrete tiles, and natural stone tiles. Read More

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Development Trend of the Epoxy Flooring Industry

China Guangzhou International Floor FairOver two years, a majority of countries have issued related environmental protection regulations to restrict volatile organic solvents. Concrete floor coatings features, such as waterborne, solvent free and high solids will inevitably be the development trend for the epoxy flooring industry.

Chinese industrial floor coatings or paints currently produced are either solvent based or solvent free coatings, with the former causing harm to human health and pollution of the environment during production and its application in construction. The solvent-free epoxy flooring coating contains a active diluent. Typically, self-leveling application techniques will be used with 1-5mm coatings for solvent free epoxy flooring finishes. Read More

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NWFA Expo 2017

Registration Open for NWFA Expo 2017

Registration is now open for the National Wood Flooring Association 2017 Wood Flooring Expo. The NWFA Expo 2017 event will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, April 11-14.

NWFA Expo 2017 Read More

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Huber Engineered Woods Launches AdvanTech Subfloor Adhesive Nationwide

AdvanTech Squeak-Free Guarantee Now Available to Builders Across the Country

AdvanTech Subfloor AdhesiveIn anticipation of the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show — the largest annual light construction show in the world — Huber Engineered Woods is expanding distribution of AdvanTech subfloor adhesive, providing access to the spray-foam subfloor adhesive to builders nationwide.

AdvanTech subfloor adhesive was introduced last year to builders and remodelers in New England and New York. The launch of the complementary product to its subflooring panels, came with the introduction of a 10-Year Squeak-Free Guarantee1 for the panel-to-joist connection of an AdvanTech™ Subfloor Assembly using both AdvanTech subflooring panels and AdvanTech subfloor adhesive. The success of this new subfloor adhesive in limited distribution over the last year has led to its national distribution in 2017. Read More

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NWFA Announces NWFA University

National Wood Flooring Association
The National Wood Flooring Association announced details about the NWFA University at its Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, NC. Along with the start of a new year of NWFA membership, the University will launch July 1, 2016.

The NWFA University is an online platform that gives individuals an opportunity to participate in wood flooring training when and where they want it. Read More

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FloorTek EXPO 2016

2016 FloorTek Expo Partners With
NICFI/NAFCT/Floor Inspectors Educational Guild

FloorTek Expo

FloorTek Expo 2016American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA) has partnered with NICFI, National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) and The Flooring Educational Guild for 2016’s FloorTek Expo, Technical Training Conference & Trade Show, October 18-22, 2016, held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.

For more information about FloorTek Expo 2016, please visit their website at www.Floor-Tek.com. For information about the Technical Training Conference & Trade Show, please contact Paul Pleshek via email at Paul@nafct.com.

American Floorcovering Alliance Read More

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Bed Bugs Infesting Carpet

creepy-crawly bed bugsHave you ever gone to a house to do an estimate for new flooring and detected an odor of insecticide? And maybe the carpet doesn’t look all that worn or old? The combination of the 2 might mean there were bed bugs in the carpet. Some home owners (or hotel/motel/rental managers) may be embarrassed to mention it, but don’t hesitate to bring the subject up. Read More

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How To Heat Weld Flash Cove

How to heat weld flash cove

Heat welding flash cove is among the hardest skills to master in floor heat welding. A solid foundation in flash coving will make you more valuable in your area. Knowing how to heat weld vinyl flash cove is necessary when heat welding on vinyl, under toe kicks and cabinets. Today we’re going to share a step-by-step guide on heat welding vinyl flash coving. Read More

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Testing Moisture in Concrete

The Layman’s Guide to Testing Moisture In Concrete

by Charles Milledge
Some days I think I spend about half of my work day answering questions about concrete moisture and test procedures.

Anhydrous Calcium Chloride Moisture Vapor Testing – The CaCl Test

ASTM – F1869-11 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride is the guide that needs to be followed to correctly set a CaCl test. Here are the boiled down basics for doing this correctly. Read More

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Changes To CRI 104 & 105

The Carpet and Rug Institute Unveils Important Changes to Leading Carpet Installation Standards

— Industry-Led Updates to CRI’s 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards Focus on
Proper Planning and Preparation —

Carpet & Rug InstituteThe Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) today announced important updates to its CRI-104 and CRI-105 Installation Standards for Commercial and Residential Carpet. Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address industry innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. Read More

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Plywood Underlayment Direction

Impact of Plywood Underlayment Direction¹

By Frank Woeste and Peter Nielsen

Beginning in 2007, the TCA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation listed in bold print the following requirement for two-layer wood sheathing installation methods:

  • face grain of plywood shall run perpendicular to joists for maximum stiffness.

Should the tile contractor or other interested parties be concerned whether or not the plywood underlayment runs perpendicular to the joists? Read More

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The Decline of Carpet

The decline in carpet is due to one thing and one thing only: Poor quality.

Our industry has killed itself by selling products designed to meet a price point over tangible performance. The worthless warranties and those who sell them are only nails in the coffin.

The increase in hard surface sales IS NOT because people like living on hard surfaces and IT’S NOT about indoor air quality. Read More