Installments

  • Installments: Progress in concrete moisture testing

    January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14 By Jason Spangler Human nature often leads us to stick with the familiar. It seems safer that way. If that’s how people have always done it, it must be right, right? Well, as it pertains to measuring the moisture condition in concrete, advances in science are rapidly leading the industry away from its most common test method. The most widely used test in America

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    Installments: Cork, a guide for specification, installation, maintenance

    November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 By Christopher Capobianco Cork tile has been around for about 100 years and is still widely used for floors and walls, especially commercially. I find it intimidates some people, but if specified, installed and maintained correctly, the result can be a beautiful, warm, quiet, environmentally friendly floor that will last for decades. I’ve worked with cork full- time for the past 14 years, both

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    Installments: The installation VIP

    October 13/20, 2014; Volume 28/Number 9 By David Stafford There is often that moment during projects when the wrong call can spell disaster, or when a cunning, astute decision pulls a win from certain defeat. Frequently, that very important person is the installation manager. I once had a multi-story floor replacement project that was going down the tubes. It was July, the HVAC wasn’t working properly, there were other trades

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    Installments: The amateur and the pro

    Volume 28/Number 6; September 1/8, 2014 By David Stafford There is a difference between the amateur and the pro, whether it’s selling or installing flooring. You get what you pay for and will pay for what you get, one way or the other. The sales pro will listen and then offer multiple solutions to fix problems; the amateur will always have a solution, but it may not address the client’s

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    Installments: The 13 mental lapses

    June 9/16, 2014; Volume 27/Number 29 By David Stafford Both independent installers and employees of flooring contractors risk losing a job because of personal conduct rather than technical expertise (or lack therof). Here are 13 examples from my own experience: Walking off the job without telling anyone when job conditions are different than you expected. “This was supposed to be with moderate furniture and now I see we also have

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    Installments: Reading adhesive labels

    May 12/19, 2014; Volume 27/Number 27 By Catherine Panagakos During the 2014 FCICA convention in St. Petersburg, Fla., I fielded numerous questions specific to adhesives, with one continually being brought up by a number of contractors: “Why is it so important that I’m being required to use the adhesive that the [floor covering manufacturer] is recommending under its own brand? I’m using XYZ brand and besides it saving me money

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    Installments: Going the extra mile is rewarded with success

    Volume 27/Number 23; March 17/24, 2014 By David Stafford Luck is all about taking the right steps when you get an opportunity to make a sale. This is particularly true in selling a commercial package of products. You receive a call from Steve, a property management client you’ve pursued for over a year. “I need some help,” he says. “I’ve got a chance to land a new tenant, Magellan, for

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    Installments: Why should I attend Surfaces?

    January 6/13, 2014; Volume 27/Number 18 By Gerry Swift Maybe I’ve been in a rut. Maybe I need some new ideas, a fresh approach or just some enthusiasm for flooring after a tough 2013. There is no better way to ignite those competitive fires than investing the time and money for a concentrated agenda of seminars, meetings, non-stop new ideas and networking. Yes, you have to be away from the

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    Installments: The dealer’s perspective

    Dec. 9/16 2013; Volume 27/number 16 By Dave Stafford Every dealer hopes for impeccable performance from his mill suppliers. If he doesn’t get the service he expects, and amends are not quickly made, a budding relationship may be doomed.

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    Installments: Twisting in the wind

    Oct. 7/14 2013; Volume 27/number 12 By David Stafford This is exactly how I felt while awaiting the arrival of a service technician: No longer was I the master of my day. I could not take care of other pressing matters since I had to “be available” whenever it struck his fancy to show up.

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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Shannon Specialty Floors names Ellie Dowden Priester director of marketing

    Chicago—At NeoCon 2018, Shannon Specialty Floors named Ellie Dowden Priester director of marketing—a newly created position that she was promoted to here. “Ellie has played a pivotal role in the

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    Armstrong energizes commercial vinyl sheet in new DecorArt Rejuvenations

    Lancaster, Pa.—DecorArt Rejuvenations flooring, a vinyl sheet collection from Armstrong Flooring, introduces a versatile range of updated designs that deliver enhanced realistic visual impact and long-lasting performance to contract interiors.  New visuals with exquisite

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    Crossville’s Convergence collection awarded Silver at Best of NeoCon

    Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville was recognized with a Silver Award for its new Convergence glass collection at the Best of NeoCon showcase, June 11, in Chicago at the kickoff breakfast to NeoCon 2018. Honored

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