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Remove Baseboards Without Damage

How many times have you damaged the walls trying to remove baseboards?

Maybe you’ve seen the damaging results of someone else’s efforts to remove baseboards from the wall. Or those craters on the face of the base when the nails have been pulled out? Who would have thought you’d ruin the board if you pulled a nail out the same way you put it in?

Now, far be it for me to think this article will be some great teaching instrument for the already accomplished flooring professional. It’s not aimed at pros because they already know this stuff. This is for the new helper, or maybe the homeowner, do-it-yourselfer and home improvement wannabe. It’s for anyone who has slapped their forehead when they realized it’s gonna take more than just a little bit of new base to cover the damages you caused when trying to remove baseboards with brute force. Read More

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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. Read More

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J+J Flooring Group Introduces LVT Collections

J+J Flooring Group

Company Now Offers a Complete LVT Collections Portfolio of Floor Covering Solutions for Commercial End-Use Applications

J+J Flooring Group, a leading diversified manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, announced today that it is introducing two new Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collections. Available immediately, the collections reflect J+J’s 60-year history of developing thoughtfully designed, performance-driven and sustainable products that meet diverse commercial interior end-use applications.

Whether matched together or used separately, J+J customers can now choose superior quality LVT products, beautifully designed broadloom and modular carpet and intelligently manufactured textile composite flooring Read More

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Innovations4Flooring receives a second Canadian patent grant for its 3L TripleLock technology

3L TripleLock’s patent protection reinforced further by Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring installation solutions, today announced that it is receiving a second patent grant on its 3L TripleLock technology from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). I4F has received an intention to grant letter from the CIPO for a divisional* patent application, published as CA2,908,083. This provides I4F’s licensees with an extended scope of patent protection and additional legal certainty of 3L TripleLock’s innovative character in Canada. 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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Where Are The Installation Instructions?

Forum DiscussionRecently, a topic on The Floor Pro Community forums was started, seeking installation information and tips about a specific product sold by a popular flooring franchise. I searched several of the franchise websites and pages looking for actual installation instructions for the product. I found nothing more than marketspeak – no instructions. I called their corporate offices and, after being shuffled around a little, spoke to a woman who didn’t seem to understand the concept of a website that offers support to flooring professionals, consumers and DIYers. She seemed confused about our desire to provide links to installation instructions.

This is discouraging. I feel like I have totally failed in the mission of The Floor Pro Community. I understand that many people and organizations haven’t heard of us. To not even understand that vital information, like installation instructions, should be easily available just baffles me. Read More

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Ultimate Scraper Blade’s Spud Bar Review

The Ultimate Scraper BladeThe Ultimate Scraper Blade was introduced to the industry in 2004 by Skirted Blade Systems LLC of Lake Tahoe, NV. It was a hit with all who saw and used it, but like any new tool in this industry, it was slow to gain wide acceptance. Shown and demonstrated at Surfaces, the CFI Convention and other flooring events and seminars, it finally made national distributors late that first year and was available in the UK by November. But it wasn’t until May of 2006 that their latest incarnation of the little blade that could made its debut, the Ultimate Scraper Blade Spud Bar. Read More

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Patching Vinyl Floors

A small repair for the professional or do-it-yourselfer

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I have not seen an older vinyl floor, in my more than 3 decades in this business, that hasn’t sustained some kind of minor damage. Many of the dings, nicks, burns and tears go unrepaired and then they multiply. Repairing small damage to a vinyl floor is relatively easy and I have always felt that a moderately capable do-it-yourselfer could accomplish it. But it’s surprising how many DIYers will tackle larger, more complicated tasks and not attempt patching their vinyl floor. What is even more surprising is to see the repairs done by professionals. The seams split, corners curl or the patch looks like it was outlined with a Magic Marker.

This how-to will guide the home handyman (or woman) or the pro in the successful repair of today’s sheet vinyl products sold for residential use. It’s a method I have employed for many years — long enough for me to see how it looks 5, 10 and even 15 years afterward. I believe a patched vinyl floor should not be seen. Of course, if you use a brand new scrap to patch a well worn area, you will see a difference in the luster, texture and clarity of the design. But the patterns and/or grout lines should blend so that when the area has received some traffic, you will not be able to notice the patch. Read More

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Patching Vinyl Floors, a Photo Essay

Patching Damaged Glue-Down Sheet Vinyl Floors

This is a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged sheet vinyl flooring. Click a picture and follow along during an actual job of patching a vinyl floor. Read More