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I went to a house for the third time this week. It was a brand-new house with cupped floors. The first visit was to identify the cause. The second visit was to meet with the homeowner, builder and...
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I got called to this house to look at a cupped floor (in the winter no less), but the complaint was really about work done to correct crawl space moisture. The flooring contractor was actually...
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Kim asked if last week's blog bit would be continued. I don't know. One thing I cannot do is violate the confidentiality of my clients. Without their permission, I cannot say much about an inspection...
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I saw a lot of cupping issues this summer, and I am seeing lots of gaps this winter, but I don't often see cupping with gaps. This house had them: cupping to 0.060" with gaps to 0.075" in...
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Not only is it tax time, it's gap time. We acclimate flooring to reduce seasonal gaps and help prevent abnormal gaps. But what happens when the flooring contractor does everything right and the...
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Tax season is upon us. As I review my expenses for last year, I realized once again how much I spend on fuel for vehicles. I own stock in Chevron and Exxon, so on one hand I am happy. But the unhappy...
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I don't really like cutting into someone's floor to figure out a problem, especially in a finished house. Often I will talk the builder or floor installer into cutting it up. In this case, I talked...
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I had an interesting phone call this week. It was from the chairman from my master's degree committee. When you go for a master's degree in college, you get a committee that proctors you, and gets to...
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Installers have a hard enough time. They don't need to make someone else's problem their problem.
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I was asked to look at some flooring that was claimed to be more stable than solid wood flooring. Only this flooring was solid wood flooring. The thing that made this flooring different and...
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