CFI Presents the Carpet Master-II Certification

CFIDuring the week of August 4-8, in conjunction with the Carpet, Resilient, Ceramic, Laminate and Wood Certifications, the CFI Carpet Master-II Test will be offered in Fort Wayne, IN August 4-7, 2015.  The test is the highest form of certification available in the carpet installation segment of the industry.   It is a very intensive, three-day test of hand skills, written and verbal knowledge.

Installers who participate are required to have successfully completed the Residential I-II and Commercial I-II certifications.  With the deposit of $100.00, the written test can be taken prior to the date at any CFI event or the installer may arrive early to complete it onsite prior to the onset of the testing.  Applicants are to (more…)

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CFI Conducts Installation Training in Brazil

Beaulieu of BrazilBeaulieu of Brazil is hosting the CFI Installation Team May 2 – 16, 2015. The installation training includes hands-on skills working with patterned carpet, broadloom and carpet tiles; LVT and resilient flooring. The CFI Team of Jim Walker, Robert Varden, Efren Llamas and Francisco Jimenez will be sharing the latest in floor covering education including installation techniques and tools with 60 flooring installers. Sales representatives have also been invited to attend. (more…)

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Coverings 2015

Coverings 2015Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, will return to Orlando in April to showcase cutting-edge product innovations and emerging trends in the marketplace. When the industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center, April 14-17, attendees will be impressed with the latest product introductions presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries.

“As the industry continues to innovate tile, reimagine everyday solutions, and present new material for architects, designers, builders, remodelers, distributors, retailers, installers, contractors and fabricators, one thing is certain: Coverings is the place you need to be to see it all,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “Aside from the jam-packed expo floor, the show offers an exceptional conference program, certification courses, and networking opportunities. It is an exhilarating experience that has a lasting impact for all professionals in the industry.” (more…)

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CFI Training Events for 2015

CFI 2015 Training Events Calendar March 13-14, 2015 San Antonio, TX | Carpet March 25-26, 2015 Baltimore, MD | Wood & Laminate March 31-April 1, 2015 Ft. Wayne, IN | Ceramic March 31-April 1, 2015 Ft. Wayne, IN | Wood & Laminate April 2-3, 2015 Ft. Wayne, IN | Resilient April 2-3, 2015 Ft. Wayne, IN | Carpet April 10-11, 2015 Nashville, TN | Carpet April…

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Heat Welding Pro (dot com) Is Not A TFP Sponsor

The folks at Heat Welding Pro (dot com) sponsored a contest in 2014 and hosted a commercial vinyl flooring forum at The Floor Pro Community, but it was a short-lived relationship. I don't know why they still have a link to the expired contest and a broken link to our commercial flooring forum. Here is…

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Tile Underlayment Positioning

Positioning Underlayment to Prevent Tile & Grout Cracks by Frank Woeste, P.E. and Peter A. Nielsen

The 2003–2004 Tile Council of America’s (TCA) Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation contains numerous details for a double layer wood floor system supporting ceramic tile. The thicknesses of the subfloor and tile underlayment are given in each case. Specific guidance on where to butt the underlayment end joints is not given for any detail. For example, for F142-03, the TCA Handbook states, “offset end and edge joints of the underlayment panels by at least two inches from the joints of subfloor panels; they should not coincide with framing below.” It further states, “underlayment fasteners should not penetrate joists below.” In the case of F150-03, the offsetting is not mentioned, but it does state, “underlayment fasteners should not penetrate joists below.” The same holds true for F155; however, it also states, “face grain of plywood should run perpendicular to trusses, I-joists, or sawn lumber for maximum stiffness.”

The purpose of this article is to propose specific guidelines (more…)

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Concrete Control Joints & Cracks

The Behavior of Concrete Slabs With Control Joints and Cracks
by A. Kester

A lot of architects, contractors, and even engineers, do not have a good understanding on the behavior of concrete slabs-on-ground (SOG). I am just one structural engineer and these are my thoughts based on my research and experience. I have worked with concrete slab construction my entire career, and have done a lot of investigations of cracks and settlement damage to SOG, and have a pretty good general understanding of them. This is a review of the subject and I hope it helps people in the flooring industry in dealing with different types of slabs with control joints and cracks. (more…)

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Computer Security for The Floor Pro

Computer Security for Flooring Pros
by Nick Arrera

There’s More To Flooring Than Just Floors

Part of being a floorcovering professional is the office work. Every one of you reading this obviously has a computer and odds are 99% of you use it for work: invoicing and bookkeeping, compiling price lists, writing business correspondence and research on the Internet. Some of you feel you are adequately protected from the dangers of hackers and viruses. A few of you do not concern yourselves with such matters. Only when there’s trouble do you wonder what happened. Here is a short course on computer security that can help protect you, your computer and your business data from theft or damage. (more…)

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Customer Relations for the Flooring Inspector

dollarsWe are all consumers and we all encounter products or services that do not meet our expectations. The consumer having a problem with their floor covering is no different from me or you. The flooring they paid good money for is not living up to their expectations.

When I first became involved in complaint handling, I thought I would see a lot of people trying to get something for nothing. The complete opposite has proven to be the case. In all the years I have been doing inspections less than a handful have met that ulterior motive. The overwhelming majority of unhappy consumers just want what they paid for. (more…)

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