you scratched up my walls and trim

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by David Shank, May 12, 2011.

  1. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    If any a one of my installers did not use their power stretcher, exception for perhaps in a closet, I'd kick them out the door. Why, you ask? Because most do not have the ability to properly use a kicker in a way to avoid a potential problem, and there is a great respect in my mind for a powerstretch. I'd more than welcome disagreements on this, after years of getting phone calls about wrinkles and they are always from the guys who knee-kick.

    In addition, powerstretching does save your body! The machine does all the work for you ...

  2. stullis

    stullis Charter Member Senior Member

    When retailers don't wish to pay for a quality job it's hard to feel sorry for them or their customers when they get a job that is "hacked" in. ;)

    When you drive professionals out of the industry with low wages why the hell should you expect quality? :mad:
  3. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member


    I completely agree with you! Although my own pay has been cut severely in the past couple of years, it would be impossible for me to be in this business without my amazing installers. Therefore, as their supply and fuel charges go up, they get accomodated for those. And, if they ask for a bump on a certain job, due to difficulty or what have you, do my best to help them on that too.

    Did find out that one of our long-term guys, since his helper retired several years back, has been kicking rather than stretching. Wondered how he was doing all those big jobs so fast by himself ... now the phone calls have been starting to come in about all the wrinkling. At first he tried to blame it on the carpet, but you can only do that for the first one or two. Fortunately, he rarely does any of my work, unless requested by one of my customers.

    I just have to deal with grumpy, spoiled Tommy husband to do my carpet jobs. Getting very close to letting him start his antique business ... we have enough of his wonderful finds - can't even park in my 4+ car garage, or walk around the basement. It looks like those hoarder shows you see, only it is all valuable.

    Once again, my 2 cents!
  4. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With Elbows Senior Member Published

    Folding the carpet to get it where it needs to go is fine, as long as one is willing to deal with the fallout from that practice. An old installer explained it this way, when you wrinkle up a piece of paper, you can flaten it out but the wrinkles will be there forever. I had to restretch one of his jobs and you could see the wrinkles down the middle of each drop of carpet. They had to fold the cuts to get them in an elevator. I know he had power stretched that job ten years prior to the restretch! Seeing is believing!
  5. strip buster

    strip buster my way is the best way. Charter Member

    it's the way u fold it....must be loosely rolled,if not then u'll see some truoble.
    ....i've never had a problem,ever.
  6. petersonflooring

    petersonflooring American Quality.

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could just pour carpet into a room? as far as scratches on baseboard goes, an almond stick will remove them or a wet rag. they're just light surface scratches. The walls are inevitable, you're in most cases rolling out something bigger than the room, some scratches are gonna happen no matter how careful you are. Just a hazard of the trade.
  7. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    I just recently got turned on to the almond stick, and it's awesome!!

  8. petersonflooring

    petersonflooring American Quality.

    Almond stick is awesome especially for high end houses with rich dark woodwork.
  9. stullis

    stullis Charter Member Senior Member

    Pledge on a rag or Orange Glo wiped on work fine too.
  10. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    On commercial work we find out what kind of beer the painter or finish carpenters like to drink. To paraphrase what others have said, if you want to make an omelette...................
  11. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Old english for base works for me.
  12. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Painters will hate us for doing this as it drastically changes the staining properties of the wood. Esp. Old English.
  13. stullis

    stullis Charter Member Senior Member

    It's already stained and finished Barry, we are just hiding scratches. ;)
  14. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Some people I know actually want to restain and finish their baseboards sometimes.
  15. ortiz34

    ortiz34 2nd generation Senior Member

    Magic erasers are also helpful if not mentioned already
  16. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Don't use them on a hardwood floor!!

    It cost an installer I know over 3K, as it changed the gloss level in spots.
  17. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With Elbows Senior Member Published

    I bet he was tempted to turn that "magic eraser" on himself and disapear.
  18. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    Yeah, anyway ... this almond stick is better than any Murphy's Oil, Old English, Magic Erasers, Pledge, and definitely the Orange Glo. It took all the surface scratches out of 2-yr-old bamboo and made me the queen. Again!

    Tia :)

    P.S. Beer does not help save you from a screw-up. Ever.
  19. David Shank

    David Shank new school

    If the scratch is not to big and you did not have anything to hide it with and the customer is on top of you . this saved my ass a few times what I did was rubbed my nose or forehead and got the oil on my finger then rub the scratch with my finger and the scratch disappeared. A quick fix.
  20. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    This is an old, magical formula ... Tibet Almond Stick ... won me and many others over!


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