Al’s Column

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  • Al’s Column: Restoring porcelain’s luster

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Donato Pompo   Here at Ceramic Tile & Stone Consultants (CTaSC) we field a lot of questions from retailers and consumers alike about restoring the surface of porcelain tile products, which are growing in popularity. Following is a customer’s recent inquiry about how to remove common grout haze from unfinished porcelain tile: The grout haze and residue was allowed to cure

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    Al’s column: Monitoring moisture in wood

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Scott Perron   More than 90% of all floor coverings installed in the lower Southeast U.S.—especially Florida—are laid down over a concrete slab. That means installers need to be particularly aware of problems and potential failures related to excess moisture. When my family’s company relocated to Florida and first began 24-7 Floors in Sarasota, we had to learn many new installation techniques

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    Al’s Column: Sharpening your selling skills

    February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Lisbeth Calandrino   You can learn a lot about the art of negotiating by watching the TV show “Shark Tank.” If you’ve never watched the program, here’s a brief synopsis: Fledgling entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of self-made millionaires or “sharks” on a reality TV show. The entrepreneurs negotiate with the sharks to obtain money in exchange for

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    Al’s Column: Protecting your identity against theft

    February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Roman Basi   (Second of two parts) In part I of this series, I talked about the various ways business owners can protect themselves from identity theft (FCNews, Jan. 30/Feb. 6). In this installment, I talk about the telltale signs that your identity and personal information may have been compromised and what to do to rectify the situation. How to determine if

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    Al’s Column: Guarding against identity theft

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Roman Basi (First of two parts) As consumers, we’ve all been warned about the perils of identity theft and the havoc that it can wreak on our personal lives in the event our identity is compromised. But as a business owner, the effects can be multiplied exponentially as the financial condition of the operator of a business is inextricably tied to

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    Al’s Column: Managing a family-run business

    January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Jacqueline Tabbah There are many issues facing floor covering retailers today, especially family-run businesses. For instance, how do you keep your business running smoothly and successfully when generations work side by side or begin the succession process? How do you keep family and work balance? What is the influence of your corporate/family culture on business structures and policies? I will be addressing

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    Al’s Column: The importance of proper substrate preparation

    January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Scott Perron Recently I wrote an article discussing the challenges with installing hardwood flooring or any other moisture-sensitive product on substrates that are ill prepared (FCNews Product Guide, Sept. 26/Oct. 3). I received several calls and emails, as well as a referral from a dealer in Montana to handle an installation that was challenged here in Florida. Most of the respondents wanted

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    Al’s Column: TISE offers certified training in tile

    December 19/26, 2016: Volume 31, Number 14 By Scott Carothers Do you have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis? In our definition, experience refers to having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grouting and sealant materials. If the answers to those questions are yes, then you should consider becoming

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    Al’s Column: Informational tours on tap for Surfaces 2017

    December 5/12, 2016: Volume 31, Number 13 By Lisbeth Calandrino Floor covering retailers are invited to participate in several special events that will be held in conjunction with The International Surface Event (TISE) educational program, which is slated to take place Jan. 17-20 in Las Vegas. One event involves a tour of the Zappos factory. (What woman wouldn’t love a place with an endless supply of shoes?) In my initial

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    Al’s Column: Five proven LinkedIn tools at your fingertips

    November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Rebecca Vertucci LinkedIn has turned into one of the world’s strongest networking tools. But in my years of working for LinkedIn, it seems many of the platform’s best features go unnoticed. Ultimately, I feel this is due to the overwhelming nature of LinkedIn. There is so much to do that it can be hard to know where to focus. I am part

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    Mannington works with Gary Sinise Foundation to aid veterans

    Salem, N.J.—Mannington Mills recently partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, which builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans. Mannington

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    Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund awards scholarship winners

    Commack, N.Y.—The Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry Promotional Fund has released this year’s recipients of the 33rd annual Francis J.P. McHale Scholarship and Greater New York Floor Coverers Industry

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    Karndean to spotlight new hospitality floors at HD Expo

    Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring will showcase its full hospitality product portfolio, featuring new product ranges and installation clinics, at HD Expo 2017 located in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Karndean offers an

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