Flooring Retailer and Installer: Is It a Valued Working Partnership?
Partners are for dancing and the only ship that will never sail is a partnership. Installers who are looking for a partnership with a retailer, builder, designer or any other business entity are looking for love in all the wrong places.
As for respect, respect is something that begins within and is reflected or mirrored by those for whom we serve. We are not in this floorcovering business to be someone’s friend or substitute family member. We are here to do a job. We are trained, skilled, educated and knowledgeable about every aspect in the execution and delivery of our craft. Because we have respect for ourselves, we hold ourselves to a higher level of accountability than they will ever hold us. Because we are accountable for our actions we know what we will do and, even more important, we know what we will not do and (more…)
A Carpet Seaming Tool Review
by Chris Sheafer
I’ve been using the Seamer Down Now carpet seam cooling machine now for about a month on all carpet seams that I have done from super cheap to woven wool goods. It is noisy, but not so much as to make me not want to use it. Ear protection is strongly advised.
I have found that it has added greatly to the smooth flow of the job in the following ways: (more…)
Flooring Retailers and the Independent Inspector
Using an independent and experienced flooring inspector gives the retailer an unbiased and credible expert opinion. Smaller floorcovering dealers often have an installation background and can handle installation errors on their own. Larger retailers often have a claims person with business skills but often limited installation skills. In-house claims personnel may lack the expertise and confidence necessary to determine the various installation, manufacturing and consumer issues involved. An independent flooring inspector instills more confidence and is more apt to be accepted by the affected installers, mills or consumers.
It is an unfortunate fact that many consumers expect to be taken advantage of. (more…)
The Vinyl Edger is a very user friendly sheet vinyl and linoleum tool and nearly foolproof. With a tool-less design and no moving parts, it is easily used by both right and left handed people. The blades, which are standard hook blades, are held in place by very strong magnets. The engineering is really ingenious in that, if the tool is used wrong, the blade will release, thus preventing a miscut. The tool is designed to produce a net fit, which is perfect for many of the newer adhesives on the market that will not allow for a snug pressure fit. I believe this is a perfect tool for the DIY market due to the well thought out design. (more…)
MOISTURE VAPOR TESTING POSITION STATEMENT ADOPTED
Reprinted with permission, D. Christopher Davis, President and CEO, WFCA, July 30, 2006
After taking more than a year to build a coalition of virtually every key organization in floor covering, the Ad Hoc Industry Task Force on Moisture Emission Testing can now officially take the word “Draft” off the Floor Covering Industry Draft White Paper on Moisture Emission Testing. (more…)
Tile Project Multi-Spacer Review
I recently received some sample tile spacers from MultiSpacer and was asked to try them out. I used them on a tile shower project, and found them to be very useful over the standard spacers that are made of soft rubber. While the standard spacers tend to compress under the weight of several courses of tile, the MultiSpacer is made of hard plastic and retains the proper grout joint.
The best thing about MultiSpacer is (more…)