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  • Crawl Space Moisture Leads to a Cupped Floor

    by David Paal | April/May 2011

    The Problem I was commissioned by a central Indiana homeowner to inspect a 1,500-square-foot main level hardwood floor showing generalized cupping...

  • An Inconsistent Stain at Wall Lines

    by Jon Namba | February/March 2011

    The Problem I received a call from an installer who was having problems with inconsistent, splotchy stain on a new 700-square-foot sand-and-finish...

  • Cleat Angle Gone Wrong Makes a Squeaky Wood Floor

    by Tom Elliott | December 2010/January 2011

    The Problem I received a call from an Ontario builder to investigate a complaint about a hardwood floor from one of their homeowners regarding...

  • A Plank Floor Buckles, but Where's the Moisture?

    by Howard Brickman | October/November 2010

    The Problem In July, I was called to look at 2,000 feet of solid ¾-by-3/5/7-inch oak flooring that had buckled. The Procedure The plank flooring...

  • Inspectors as Consultants Can Help Prevent Problems

    by Roy Reichow | October/November 2010

    I started my career in the flooring industry in the spring of 1971. I worked for a small flooring company specializing in custom manufacturing and...

  • Is the Wood Floor to Blame for This Ant Invasion?

    by Peter Fahey | August/September 2010

    The ProblemI received an inspection request call from a retailer. A consumer with a solid 5/16-by-2¼-inch prefinished oak floor in her condo was...

  • Why are These Wood Floors so Noisy?

    by Mickey Moore | February/March 2010

    The Problem A colleague and I were called to inspect wood flooring in four homes in a new upscale subdivision in Virginia. The factory-finished solid...

  • Low Moisture Ruins This Engineered Floor

    by Greg Burleson | April/May 2010

    The Problem One of our distributor representatives had a contractor with a complaint: A 1/2-inch oak product he had installed three months earlier in...

  • Uncontrolled Moisture Causes Problems for Beech Wood Floor

    by John Shepard | June/July 2010

    The Problem I received a call from an installer who had completed the installation, sanding and finishing of a ¾-by-2¼-inch staple-down...

  • Avoid Common Callbacks with Imported Species

    by Kim Wahlgren | June/July 2010

    Installing wood flooring may not be rocket science, but there's a lot that can go wrong anyway. Different job sites, changing moisture conditions and...