Using the Right Tape to Prevent Wood Floor Surface Damage
by Galen Fitzel and Jim Schumacher | February/March 2001
The Problem I was called out to a job site to inspect damaged surfaces caused by masking tape. Tape applied on walls and the wood floor had pulled...
When You Can Use Shims to Flatten a Subfloor?
by Steve Seabaugh | August/September 2001
Q: I showed up on a job site to install a wood floor, but the subfloor wasn't flat in certain areas. Can I use shims to flatten the floor? A: It...
Avoid the Usual Pitfalls When Bidding Wood Flooring Jobs
by Steve Seabaugh | February/March 2001
Q: I quoted a customer a price for installing a standard No. 1 common white oak floor in his dining room. When I went to do the job, I realized the...
Not Documenting Job-Site Procedures Leads to Trouble
by Steve Marley | February/March 2001
The Problem I was contacted by a home owner who had contracted to have a new American cherry solid strip floor installed. The customer was concerned...
Unreasonable Expectations Lead to Trouble
by Mark Brown | February/March 2001
The problem A call came in from a flooring contractor. One of his customers, Mr. Park, had just called and was very upset about his hardwood floor....
Fixing and Preventing Chatter and Wave When Finishing a Wood Floor
by Wayne Lee | December 2000/January 2001
The Problem While working on a customer's red oak 2 1/4-inch floor, the contractor noticed a repeating pattern of marks across the floor, apparently...
Why is This White-Stained Wood Floor Peeling?
by Bill Price Sr. | February/March 2000
The Problem Jack's recently finished, white-stained floor has begun to peel in some spots. The floor was beautiful, the customer was delighted and...
What is Making This Wood Floor Snap, Crackle and Pop?
by Warren Spradlin | February/March 2000
The Problem NOFMA was called to inspect a job in a region known for high moisture conditions. When the sand and finish contractor was making the...
What Really Caused the Gaps in this Wood Floor?
by Howard Brickman | February/March 2000
The Problem I was called to inspect a wood floor in a major northeastern metropolitan area. As the inspection progressed, the home owner said,...
Moisture Creates a Cupped Wood Floor
by Jack H. Stuart | February/March 2000
The Problem I was called to inspect a 3/4-by-2 1/4-inch select oak floor that had cupped in a new home. Cupping is very common in this geographical...