Armada: Getting back to work safely

As construction adapts to the new reality imposed by Covid-19 and social distancing, employers have now got additional responsibility for their teams safety – particularly when out on the road or...

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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 has passed on the following notification regarding the re-opening of carpet retailers to its 370 retail...

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EXCLUSIVE: CFJ chronicles the flooring sector's trials and tribulations as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds

RUSSIAN revolutionary Vladimir Lenin once said: ‘There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.’ He died nearly a century ago, but his words still hold true, and ...

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Covid-19: Floorwise aims for best possible service as coronavirus pressure squeezes industry

Floorwise has issued a statement on its preparedness for Covid-19:

'Floorwise is a made up of a network of independent distributors across the UK and Ireland, who come together to provide their...

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Owing to the coronavirus crisis, the CFJ/CFA Awards has been postponed and will now not take place on Friday 19 June, but on Friday 11 September by video instead. Winners have been selected in each...

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CFJ/CFA AWARDS 2020: Finalists announced in several categories

THE finalists for several categories in the 2020 CFJ/CFA Awards have been announced. The winners will be unveiled on Friday 11 September when the awards takes place by video. Although most of the...

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Covid-19: Designer Contracts prepares staged return to work

Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor, is preparing for a staged return to work.

The company is bringing some staff out of furlough, resuming vital fitting services, pushing ahead ...

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Covid-19: Designer Contracts prepares for stayed return to work

Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor, is preparing for a staged return to work.
The company is bringing some staff out of furlough, resuming vital fitting services, pushing ahead ...

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‘Interface technical support team strengthened’

Mark Saunders has joined interface to strengthen the existing technical support team

Covering the south of the UK, Mark will provide customers with advice and installation training across all...

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2020 AOTY entries now open

Shining a spotlight on the amazing apprenticeship talent the flooring industry has to offer, both the Contract Flooring Association and the Contract Flooring Journal are very excited to announce the...

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Exclusive supplier announced

‘TWO of the biggest brands in the flooring accessories world have partnered up to make it even easier for you to source the perfect lacquers for your next wooden floor refinish,’ says Havwood...

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LVT: The answer for eco-conscious consumers

CHOOSING Moduleo means making an eco-friendly choice, says the company. Manufactured in a purpose-built, energy-efficient production plant in Avelgem, Belgium, Moduleo flooring is said to contain up...

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Knee and body protection from Redbacks Cushioning

Redbacks Cushioning, developers of the ‘Leaf-Spring’ cushioning technology is said to offer a range of products to help protect the knees and body from damage caused by kneeling
The Redbacks Pocket...

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FeRFA announces shortlist for 2019 awards

FeRFA recognises excellence in resin flooring by presenting annual awards to celebrate the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

The winners ...

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Mapei shortlisted for FeRFA Award with Boeing Sheffield Project

MAPEI UK has been shortlisted for the Small Industrial Project of the Year award, sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates, at the 2019 FeRFA Awards. The winners will be announced at the FeRFA Awards...

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‘Trusted range of products’ from First Mats

‘THE perfect flooring option for areas where extra grip or protection is required, First Mats is delighted to now offer studded rubber flooring,’ says the company.

‘Industry requirements and...

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Havwoods Accessories ‘lays down marker’ by launching LVT accessories range

‘IT’s no secret Havwoods Accessories is the UK’s number one supplier of wood flooring accessories and machinery, and has been now for more than 40 years,’ says the company. ‘However, with changes in...

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Kährs UK strengthens sales and project team

Kährs has introduced two new experienced members of staff to their UK sales and project team, to support the establishment of Kährs LT and to also execute the company’s growth plans for wood...

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Forbo names May competition winner

Forbo Flooring Systems has announced the winner of its May #FlooredItWithForbo competition.

Craig Anstey, divisional director at Loughton Contracts, won the competition with this sleek installation, ...

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Entry deadline extended for the 2019 Recofloor Awards

Celebrate your company’s vinyl flooring recycling achievements by entering the 2019 Recofloor Awards. You can still submit entries before the extended March 16th deadline.

This year marks the 10th...

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World Flooring Forum in Shanghai draws global audience

One day before the official opening of its 21st edition, the organizers of DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR along with China National Forest Products Industry Association are hosting the 5th international...

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CFJ/CFA Awards now closed for entries

The judging panel will meet in London on Friday 29 March to select the winners. Winners and runners-up will be notified and details will be announced in the CFJ awards supplement in August.

We would ...

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Former Headlam directors launch flooring distribution

TWO former Headlam directors have teamed up with Birmingham investor Paul Bassi to launch a new UK floorcoverings distributor, Likewise Group.

Likewise Group is the brainchild of Coleshill-based...

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Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition launched

The Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition, which is jointly promoted by the CFA and CFJ, is well established within the flooring industry and highlights the hard work and achievements of...

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Confessions of a carpet fitter

This month, CFJ talks to Brian King about some of the hilarious incidents that haven’t made it into his monthly column.

WHEN his boss emigrated to Canada, Brian King was just 19. It was during the...

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Shock grows as huge UK firm consults on injecting microchips into its workers

Chip implants, which triggered lethal cancers in lab mice and rats, and which have never been tested long-term in humans, are about to be embedded into, potentially, ‘hundreds of thousands’ of UK...

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Insurance for construction

In the world of construction, insurance is extremely important to protect you, your employees, the public and the project itself. Without it, you could possibly be breaking the law and can cost...

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Jon Turbutt, Wolff brand manager, tells CFJ about his company's latest products and why it chose to attend The Flooring Show at Harrogate


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‘Porta-Nails provides quality and precision’

Porta-Nails was established in December 1979 and is the manufacturer of the wood flooring installation system, the Porta-Nailer. Porta-Nails also manufactures hardwood floor fastening tools.


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New Stycco Flex now approved for installing PVC flooring accessories

F BALL & CO has launched a reformulated version of its rapid-curing, flexible adhesive, Stycco Flex, which is now also recommended for installing PVC flooring accessories, including skirting,...

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Woodpecker on trends

WOODPECKER FLOORING elaborates on trends in commercial flooring and explains why real wood is for real people.

While durability remains a top priority when it comes to flooring for commercial...

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Tilemaster shortlisted for awards

TILEMASTER were announced as finalists in four categories of The Tile Association Awards 2018, to be held on Friday.

The categories included Best Innovation, Employee of the Year and Best Commercial ...

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At a star-studded event , The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring was launched in the UK. Officially unveiled at Shaw Contract’s showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week, the new ‘definitive guide’ will...

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Tarkett to showcase new collections at Retail Design Expo

Tarkett will be exhibiting at Retail Design Expo for the 3rd year running, on Stand D171. The stand will feature three pop-up micro structures showcasing Tarkett’s customisation services and new...

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FIONA Bowman MBA CBIFM, FCMI and architect Simon Jackson MSCD will be the guest speakers at the launch of The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring during Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) on 23 May. The launch...

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Train ‘the FITA way’ in Scotland!

FITA’s Training Centre in Loughborough, although centrally located, is a long way to travel from Scotland. This is a consideration that the FITA team have been pondering on for some time as they have ...

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The CFA at Domotex 2018

FACTS: Domotex in numbers: 45,000 visitors from over 100 nations attended the four-day event with 1600 exhibitors covering 106,000 sqm of exhibition area (this equates to about the size of 15...

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Getting tough on dirt with the SEBO BS 360 vacuum cleaner


Setting the standard for dependable performance, the BS range of upright vacuum cleaners from SEBO has an unmatched professional pedigree. The new BS 360 and 460 offers all the benefits of the...

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Shaw Industries establishes UK/European footprint with acquisition of Scotland-based carpet tile manufacturer STS

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) – which supplies carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile and stone and laminate flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets – has acquired...

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Removing old adhesives and sealants

When preparing a subfloor to lay new flooring, the removal of old adhesives, sealants and other sticky substances has always been a challenge says Paul Igo.

‘Thick, hard adhesives can be removed...

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Interfloor one-stop-shop at Domotex

Interfloor attended Domotex to showcase its British-manufactured underlays which cover a broad range of requirements.

From airports to mosques and churches, hotels, casinos, new build housing,...

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Domotex: asia back with a bang

The Shanghai New International Expo Center will again be the meeting point among flooring professionals during this anniversary edition of Domotex Asia/CHINAFLOOR that celebrates 20 years, from when...

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Carillion: Demise no great surprise but will be far-reaching, says CFA ceo

CFA ceo, Richard Catt, has issued a statement regarding Carillion’s liquidation, expressing the CFA’s concern for its employees and the wider impact on the supply chain.

Richard Catt’s statement...

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Carillion: FMB urges banks to show leniency to SME supply chain

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Commenting on UK Finance’s announcement that the major banks and the...

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Carillion: BIFM says firm’s demise raises questions

Following the news Carillion has gone into liquidation the British Institute of Facilities Management has issued a statement declaring it sad and shocking.

BIFM’s statement reads as follows:

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CFA president warns on Carillion collapse

David Hibbert, president of the CFA, says the impact of Carillion’s demise will truly hit home over the coming weeks and months.
Among the hardest hit will be sub-contractors, including many of our...

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Sika keeps festive period busy

By Sarah James, Sika Flooring marketing manager

As the wheels of industry across the country slow to a halt over the Christmas period, those involved in factory and plant maintenance will be gearing ...

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The Flooring Show bought by Ocean Media Group

The Flooring Show, which has been run 55 times, has been purchased by Ocean Media Group, a provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications.

Owned and organised by Wendy Adams for ...

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‘Brexit will boost British builders’

MOST respondents believe it will force us to solve the skills shortage once and for all by investing in younger generations and encouraging them into the sector. This places extra emphasis on making...

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Practicality was the main requirement when historic Hardwick Hall Hotel needed to refurbish its carpeting. By David Strydom

HARDWICK Hall, a four-star rated hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham and...

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The Wizard of oz

Angus Fotheringhame was marketing head at Forbo when his boss decided to dispatch him on an Australian odyssey. The rest is history…  

By David Strydom/Kirkcaldy

IT’S quite a distance from...

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THE question above was recently posed to several manufacturers including Haro, Atkinson & Kirby, and IDS. Their responses are published below.

When adopting the floating...

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VAT’s flat – or is it?

VAT should, in theory, be easy to understand. The problem is that it can be quite complex. Here’s why

VAT is supposed to be a simple tax. It’s collected from clients on your sales (output tax), and...

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Brintons exhibits at Flooring Show

Brintons (stand C23/51) believes a carpet is never just a carpet. It sees it as a foundation for creativity, a way to bring your home to life, helping you express yourself, in ways you never thought...

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WTC exhibits at Flooring Show

WTC WORKWEAR is a family-owned textile group offering functional, reportedly high-quality workwear and uniform for individual and businesses.

Formally approved by the NICF and with more than 25...

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Coral Click entrance flooring

FOLLOWING on the heels of a major ‘refresh’ and extension of its Coral textile entrance matting collection, Forbo has launched Coral Click, an ‘off-the-shelf’ entrance flooring option supplied in...

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‘Food-safe’ surface care range

FILA’s surface care range includes various treatments offered with ‘food safe’ certification for use in kitchen and food preparation areas.

Designed to clean and protect natural surface materials –...

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Solid wood sports floors

JUNCKERS says its sports floors are made in solid hardwood, adding that this is one of the most durable surfaces available and virtually unbeatable in terms of lifecycle costs.

As well as complying...

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An all-in-one system from Kährs

DEVELOPED for sports and leisure activities, Kährs Activity Floor is an ‘all-in-one’ system designed for floating installation, the company says.

Integral shock-absorption and reinforcement...

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Flooring system for sports floors

HAVWOODS says it makes no secret of the fact engineered wood is its surface of choice for many applications, but that sports flooring is not one of them.

‘We remain convinced of the benefits of...

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Sport in focus for Boen

TO enhance and increase Nottingham University’s standing in sport and to deliver a key requirement to underpin the emerging strategy to deliver a new ‘Vision for sport’ the department of sport chose...

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Howe Green says it’s a good sport

IF you’re looking for safe and easy access to concealed services located under sports flooring Howe Green says it can help.

It describes itself as a leading manufacturer of floor, wall and ceiling...

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Model 'L112' for sport locations

THE CreteAngle Multiflow Forced Action Pan Type Wet Pour Mixer Mixer Model 'L112' has been designed for rubber crumb, wetpour, rubber mulch and other low density lightweight materials, for sports...

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Coba expands matting range

COBA FLOORING has expanded its range once again following the introduction of Precision Inlaid Logo Matting to its custom-branded collection of entrance mats.

Logomat Precision is said by the...

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Making a meal of it

Tile supplier Solus Ceramics says it’s brought a sense of style and individuality to a new and unique sour dough pizzeria in Crystal Palace, southeast London.

Designed by Richardson Studio, Four...

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Growth predicted for fibreglass flooring sector

THE global fiberglass flooring market is expected to reach USD987m by 2025, according to a new report, Fiberglass Flooring Market Size and Trend Analysis and Segment Forecasts, 2014-2025.


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In the Dock

Did you ever get into trouble at school and, if so, why?

In my first year at secondary school I got tied up in the bus, with my tie, to the hand-hold railings.  I continued this tradition when I...

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Range expanded by UltraFloor

A two-component system, Level IT Super Flex 30 is said to be rapid setting and drying and boasts a fibre reinforced formulation.

Owing to a high polymer content it also offers what are described...

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Tilemaster launches Super Flow 30

The new ‘game changer’ compound is claimed to offer multiple fixer benefits – from speed, to ease of application - and can be used as a primer-less system.

Tilemaster says the launch follows 12...

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Mineral binder from Kerakoll

KERACEM ECO from Kerakoll is said to be a rapid-drying mineral binder for high performance screeds and heat radiant slabs that’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

When mixed with inert...

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Polyflor at liberty in Wales

‘High design’ LVTs from Polyflor’s Expona Commercial PUR collection were recently chosen for the refurbishment of hospitality and conferencing suites at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales.


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The life of a floor

FOR a year or so, Bona has been promoting a Floor Care Programme to our Bona certified contractors as part of their ongoing training. The programme consists of three well-defined processes intended ...

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Where the flooring world gathers

DOMOTEX is the world’s most famous flooring show and for good reason. I returned from this year’s show – my first time there – full of inspiration about what the flooring industry can achieve.


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There’s a serious killer under your feet!

ABESTOS causes 4000 deaths each year, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Many of these are current or former floorlayers. And, overall, the numbers of lives taken by this lethal...

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Floating is the answer for uneven subfloors

READING Sid Bourne’s article in CFJ (May 2011) (‘Use Glue and you won't come unstuck’) made me wonder if Sid had been ever so fortunate to always encounter perfectly sound concrete subfloor to glue...

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Cutting edge advice about carpet joins

TO cut or not to cut: This question sometimes arises when installing woven carpets as well as carpets with extra backing material that I call selvedges. Some fitters don’t even consider this element...

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Poor carpet fitting can cause ‘ripples’

RIPPLING carpets is something that anyone who cleans carpets on a regular basis will have experienced. I know I have, many times. In fact, one day I was looking at carpets I was cleaning, about to...

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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 floor sanding but recently I was consulted about the dangers of sanding a particular type of timber ...

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Sticking points

Using the correct adhesive is vital for a successful flooring installation:

BAL Level Max, the new all-in-one leveller with Fibre Strand Technology (FST), is said to be able to bed depths up to 80mm ...

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Floating floors can make you sea-sick

This solid wood floor was floated. It lifted after only a few days. The subfloor was also uneven, breaking down the glue joints. The photo shows the floor raised in one area by over 300mm. Other...

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The well-heeled love the hard wax oil touch

Terry Guilford with a rough guide to wood floor sanding

LAST month I wrote about the profitability of wood floor sanding compared to that of carpet or hard floor cleaning and I also touched on the...

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‘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 expense of independent retailers:

 I AM so glad that we are not the only...

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Magnesite: Key facts you ought to know

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

Although it’s not commonly used anymore, the focus on refurbishing older buildings means...

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Would I lye to you if I picture a stunning Nordic blonde?

Terry Guilford on the use of lye on timber floors

A LITTLE white lye: OK so it’s a terrible pun but cut me some slack, I am writing this at 7am and I am already on my second train of the day heading ...

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Asbestos alert: Bob is useless and dangerous

Sid Bourne on judging the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ customers

I WAS called out by a consumer who had a problem with a finger block oak flooring which had dramatically failed after being installed by Bob...

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Use glue and you won’t come unstuck

TO float or not to float, that is the question. But what is the answer. I get asked this question on many occasions. My personal preference is gluing. However because I prefer gluing doesn’t mean...

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Plywood: ‘There is no such thing as WBP’

WHEN flooring contractors are faced with the need to overlay an old floor surface, prior to installing a high quality flooring finish, they always seem to end up asking for – or perhaps being...

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How to choose between an oil or lacquer

Tony Bicknell, area sales manager, Kährs UK, explains a critical choice: THE ‘surface innovators’ in our industry have been hard at work. From the rustic tactile, matt finish, to a timber surface...

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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 construction industry who hasn’t, at some time or other, viewed the plans of a home owner or interior...

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Slip resistance: Know your Rs from your pendulum

Paul Rogers, technical specification manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains how to assess the slip resistance of flooring: 

ONE slip or trip accident occurs every three minutes, according to...

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Failure with asphalt? Here’s the fault

Sid Bourne on wood flooring over an asphalt subfloors

ONE of the most common complaints that I attend is failed flooring adhered to asphalt subfloor regardless of a smoothing compound applied over...

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How does LVT compare with laminate?

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

Laminate flooring is considered to be easy to install, but moisture or high...

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Ideal partnership and stamp of success

Use OSB when marine ply is too dear

NOW and then, I get phone-calls directly triggered by one of my technical articles in CFJ. Recently I had an enquiry about a suitable wood-based board for use...

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Gerflor warns other manufacturers and distributors about professional scam

GERFLOR has lost thousands of pounds in a professional scam that appears to revolve around floor-fitters obtaining products for nothing. The manufacturer is now warning other manufacturers and...

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Take note: Emails can be legally binding!

Anthony Young on the keyboard route to court

EMAILS offer an easy way of communication and is now almost universal. It is, however, important to realise that while it may appear to be informal it...

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Why it’s essential to get rid of laitance

ADVICE on the correct preparation for calcium sulphate screeds was given in my last article in CFJ (September 2011). This month I will focus on the best way to deal with another difficult and...

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Moisture resistant doesn’t mean waterproof

Jim Coulson on flooring grade particleboard (chipboard)

 IN this series of articles, I spent quite a bit of time talking about plywood. This is for good reason, since it is used a lot for overlaying ...

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Anhydrite screeds: Handle with care

FOLLOWING my November column in CFJ on subfloor moisture, I received a call from a reader asking for advice on dealing with moisture in calcium sulphate (ie. anhydrite or alpha-hemihydrate) screeds....

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Subfloors: Think before you go overboard

Martin Cummins on overboard floors

A LONG established method of preparing a subfloor before laying resilient or textile floorcoverings is to overboard the area with a suitable grade of plywood or...

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Porcelain tiles: To seal or not to seal?

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

Take a look on Google and you’ll find a host of conflicting views; there’s an...

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How to stop that creaking and groaning

Jim Coulson on noisy floors

WE have all experienced it at some time or another: A creaky, squeaky floor that always seems to ‘go’ in the same place, every time someone walks over it. Even if you’re...

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