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If the carpet fits…

Brian King recounts his experiences installing carpet on stairs, and explains how training can help...

When is glue not a glue? When it’s a tackifier!

True flooring adhesives give a strong to permanent bond between subfloor and floorcovering while a...

Floating is the answer for uneven subfloors

READING Sid Bourne’s article in CFJ (May 2011) (‘Use Glue and you won't come unstuck’)...

Screed and floor insulation: your questions answered

Rob Firman, technical and specification manager Polyfoam XPS Rob answers frequently asked questions regarding the specification...

Cutting edge advice about carpet joins

TO cut or not to cut: This question sometimes arises when installing woven carpets as...

Asbestos alert: Bob is useless and dangerous

Sid Bourne on judging the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ customers I WAS called out by a...

Expansion and contraction part 2

WITH this article coming after the Christmas and New Year holidays, you’d be forgiven for...

Standing up for standards

Neil Sanders provides a full update on British Standard BS 8203 IN this month’s column, I’ll...

Sticking points

Using the correct adhesive is vital for a successful flooring installation: BAL Level Max, the new...

Expansion and contraction

Garry Bateman, head of technical sales & support, Forbo Flooring UK. Garry explores two factors that...

Confessions of a carpet fitter

This month, CFJ talks to Brian King about some of the hilarious incidents that haven’t...

A creed for a dry screed

Steven Richford gives information and guidance on strategies to provide you with more control and...

Walnut is woeful and pitch pine is pitiful

Terry Guilford on design disasters I AM willing to bet that there isn’t anyone connected to...

The importance of good quality ply when fitting LVT

IF a subfloor fails, by cracking, warping, or becoming wet, the floorcovering and any adhesives...

‘Why does Independent Inspections favour Carpetright and shut out independent retailers?’

Cheryl Hutchison, of Hutchison’s Carpets, Galashiels, says it’s clear Independent Inspections supports Carpetright at the...

There’s a serious killer under your feet!

ABESTOS causes 4000 deaths each year, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Many...

British Standards and guidance documents

MY article last month was on the theme of ‘expectation’. My final paragraph contained these...

Choosing the optimum primer

Neil Sanders discusses the importance of priming subfloors, and how contractors can ensure they select...

Floating floors can make you sea-sick

This solid wood floor was floated. It lifted after only a few days. The subfloor...

Poor carpet fitting can cause ‘ripples’

RIPPLING carpets is something that anyone who cleans carpets on a regular basis will have...

Magnesite: Key facts you ought to know

HERE is something of a blast from the past that’s cropped up in a couple...

How to choose between an oil or lacquer

Tony Bicknell, area sales manager, Kährs UK, explains a critical choice: THE ‘surface innovators’ in...

Evil under the sun

As Bob the Builder continues his trail of destruction, Sid explains why prolonged direct sunlight...

Use glue and you won’t come unstuck

TO float or not to float, that is the question. But what is the answer....

Government tells Carpet Foundation that retailers can reopen if strict safety guidelines are observed

AFTER discussions with government at the end of last week, The Carpet Foundation says it...

The benefits of using felt underlays

A good carpet underlay can prolong the life of a carpet so the choice of...

Problem-solution: A question about the floating method

By ALEX MCCARTHY THE question above was recently posed to several manufacturers including Haro, Atkinson &...

Why it’s essential to get rid of laitance

ADVICE on the correct preparation for calcium sulphate screeds was given in my last article...

Anhydrite screeds: Handle with care

FOLLOWING my November column in CFJ on subfloor moisture, I received a call from a...

Take note: Emails can be legally binding!

Anthony Young on the keyboard route to court EMAILS offer an easy way of communication and...

Failure with asphalt? Here’s the fault

Sid Bourne on wood flooring over an asphalt subfloors ONE of the most common complaints that...

Moisture resistant doesn’t mean waterproof

Jim Coulson on flooring grade particleboard (chipboard)  IN this series of articles, I spent quite a...

Floating floors: alternatives to wet screeds

Rob discusses the relationship between thermal insulation and floating floorcovering options. MANY ground-floor constructions are built-up...

Plywood: ‘There is no such thing as WBP’

Jim Coulson on specifying plywood WHEN flooring contractors are faced with the need to overlay an...

How to stop that creaking and groaning

Jim Coulson on noisy floors WE have all experienced it at some time or another: A...

How does LVT compare with laminate?

LUXURY vinyl tiles (LVTs) and planks have sometimes been compared with laminate flooring. So what’s...

Be warned: Inhaling wood dust can get you into a serious scrape

Terry Guilford outlines the health risks when sanding wood floors I GET asked many questions about...

Subfloors: Think before you go overboard

Martin Cummins on overboard floors A LONG established method of preparing a subfloor before laying resilient...

Porcelain tiles: To seal or not to seal?

SHOULD a porcelain tile floor be sealed after installation? It’s a question that we get...