Wood Flooring Q&A: What Should I Do If I Discover Mold? Is It Dangerous?
An expert responds about what steps to take if mold is discovered on a wood flooring job site.
July 20, 2021
A Terrible Surprise After My Business Went Up in Smoke
March 17, 2021
Job Safety: First Aid on the Wood Flooring Job Site
Ever wondered what exactly you should do when there's a first aid emergency on a wood flooring job site? Read this article for expert advice.
November 20, 2019
How Do You Stay Healthy for Your Job?
Wood floor pros share what they do in their daily lives to stay healthy and working.
September 27, 2017
'Dude, Your Truck ... It's on Fire!': Avoiding Wood Floor Fires
Wood floor pro Stephen Diggins shares a video and story about one of his customers starting a fire from leftover finishing materials after a wood floor job.
September 6, 2017
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Keep Your Wood Flooring Body Working Well
Yoga expert Ellen McDermott shows wood flooring pros stretches and poses that can counteract the physical rigors of wood flooring contracting.
July 31, 2017
The Day When My Job Site Was Almost Fatal
Wood flooring pro Stephen Diggins recalls a day when his life almost ended on a wood flooring job site.
February 27, 2017
Debunking Common Safety Myths on the Wood Flooring Job Site
3M's Jason Lunn explains common misconceptions surrounding hearing, eye and respiratory protection on a wood flooring job site.
July 27, 2016
Yoga: How I Work as a Contractor Without Back Pain
Everyone wishes they had a sister like mine that they could visit—she lives on Maui. On the island, she is on top of all the good, healthy things for you. That turned out to be a fortunate thing for me. I have had numerous back issues over the years, and we know that as wood floor guys, our bodies are our most important asset. My sister, having seen what I do for a living, realized that I needed to take a little bit better care of myself than what I had been doing.
February 29, 2016
What a Hookup!
This may seem strange, but in our market, some jobs still have the panel in place and in use. (The “fuse box,” as my Mom called it. We always had extra fuses on the back porch. The panel was outside … on the back porch, in the crawl space and in the pump house.)
January 6, 2015
Video: Preventing Fires on Your Job
Have you ever had a spontaneous combustion fire on one of your jobs? I have. In this video I talk about them and, more importantly, an easy way to make sure those fires never happen to you:
June 19, 2014
Tales from the Front: Bear-Proof Your Floor Installation
Back before David Old, president at Las Vegas, N.M.-based Old Wood LLC was in the wood flooring business, he decided he would sand and refinish the Doug fir floors at the family's historic log cabin on their 2,400-acre ranch in the mountains.
March 25, 2014
Scary Job-Site Scene: Look at How This Job Site Was Left
October 8, 2013
Vintage Moments: Proper Posture for Wood Floor Cleaning
In this photo from the early 1920s, courtesy of the Cornell University Library, Miss Ruth Kellogg demonstrates correct posture for sweeping wood floors. Originally taken for the women's homemaking magazine The Delineator, this was part of a series of photos featuring Kellogg demonstrating the most ergonomic ways to perform various household tasks, from picking things up off the floor and washing dishes to pulling pans out of the oven and writing letters. Most of the photos were paired Goofus-and-Gallant style, discouraging women from slouching or hunching over their work.
May 27, 2013
First Aid for the Wood Flooring Job Site
What do you do when someone gets injured on a wood flooring job site? Read this and be prepared.
December 9, 2010
Avoid These Dangers on Your Job Sites
In this case, an experienced contractor didn’t worry about putting a backpack vac bag in the trash because there was only 1/8-inch of dust in it. It spontaneously combusted, however, melting the trash can and the adjacent exterior siding. Fortunately, the damage wasn’t worse.Asbestos fibers look fluffy and harmless, just as some old asbestosladen floor coverings look harmless. Left alone, they usually aren’t a problem, but removing them can send the particles airborne, and a positive identification can only be done by testing. Pulling up this carpeting reveals a classic example of asbestos-containing vinyl tiles, which must be removed by a specialist.Don’t make assumptions involving electricity—check all exposed wires for voltage. Sadly, some wood flooring contractors have been electrocuted by exposed wires that were supposed to be safe.
January 31, 2009
Protecting Your Lungs With a Respirator on a Wood Flooring Job Site
September 30, 2007
Minimize Wood Flooring Workplace Accidents & Liability
July 31, 2007
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Largest Home in the U.S. Gets a Parquet Masterpiece
See the story behind the wood floors in Bel Air's biggest mega-mansion.
Moisture Testing 101: How To Do It Right On Every Job
Finish Peels 14 Months After Recoat: Who Will Pay?
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Wood Floor Rescue: What Stain Looks Like ... On Top Of Poly
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