Solutions Tip of the Month Archive

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August 2015 -IIC (Impact Instulation Class) test the ability to block impact sound by measuring the resistance to transmission of impact noise or structure-borne noise (objects dropped on floor)
STC (Sound Transmission Class) evaluates the ability of a specific construction assembly to reduce airborne sounds such as voices, radios and TV.

July 2015 -Get the APP on your smart phone - "USG Tile and Flooring Solutions".

June 2015 -Trowel Sizes for Double Glue-Down (CRI recommendations):
*Between Floor and Cushion: use a 1/16" x 1/16" x 1/16" Square notch or PWR-5 trowel
*Between Cushion and Carpet: smooth back carpet - use a 1/8" x 1/8" x 1/16" U notch or PWR-2 trowel
   -rough back carpet - use a 1/8" x 3/16" x 1/8" U notch or PWR-4 trowel

May 2015 -DITRA-HEAT heating cables:
1. Install at a spacing of 3 studs (3 1/2")
2. Minimum spacing from other heat sources is 8" (heating ducts, baseboard heaters, etc.)
3. Minimum spacing from plumbing drain is 6" and walls or fixtures is 3"
4. Never install heating cable under vanities, bathtub platforms, etc.

April 2015 -Use FISHMAN SPORT BETCO 13804 as the approved neutral PH7 floor cleaner when preparing to clean rubber floors. Dilute the floor cleaner by mixing 1 to 3 ounces per gallon of warm water. DO NOT USE petroleum based products to clean rubber flooring.

March 2015 -When gluing carpet tile to the floor, you will need to roll the carpet with a 100 lb. roller. This will make sure that the carpet tile is pressed firmly into the adhesive and will remove any air that is trapped underneath.

February 2015 -Installing Wood Underlayment, panel placement:
1. Make sure underlayment seams offset any sub-floor panel by at least 6"
2. Stagger panels, ashlar fashion, so that four corners do not meet
3. Offset underlayment joints by at least 15"
4. Leave a minimum 1/8" gap at walls
5. Lightly butt all panels, do not force sheets into place

January 2015 -Installing Fishman Carpet Tile: Quarter-turning the tiles is the recommended installation method. Use our recommended Pressure Sensitive Adhesive as a full spread adhesive installation.

December 2014 -Best way to learn about TUSCAN Leveling System: Go to Youtube and look at the "Tuscan Leveling System" video.

November 2014 -Do not install Floor Tile over expansion joints. Expansion joints must always be honored. One method would be to use our ANCHOR EJC (Expansion Joint Cover)

October 2014 -A rule of thumb when choosing Underlayment Staples or Ring Nails: The length of the staples or nails should be at least 3 times longer than the thickness of the wood underlayment board. (Example: for 1/4" board, use 7/8" staples)

September 2014 -How to use wooden dowel rods to install metal trims on concrete subfloor:
1. Lay metal trim on desired area and mark the predrilled holes on the floor with a pencil
2. Using a concrete drill bit, slightly bigger than the dowel rod, drill the holes
3. Insert the dowel rod in the drilled holes, then using a flat saw, cut the rods level to the floor
4. Place the metal over the desired area in line with the holes and nail in the metal trim

August 2014 -Always use VPI 150 (2 part epoxy) or VPI 165 (1 part acrylic) latex adhesive when installing VPI Static Control Flooring.

July 2014 -Always use a quality underlayment cushion when installing laminate flooring. It can provide a moisture barrier, thermal insulation and noise reduction.

June 2014 - Carry an inexpensive digital or disposable camera to record any product flaws or job site irregularities, or take a picture with your cell phone for documentation.

May 2014 - Double Glue Tips: When gluing carpet to the Double-Glue pad: first spread the adhesive on the pad; then lay the carpet into the wet adhesive to get good transfer into the carpet backing; next, fold carpet back & leave both surfaces exposed until adhesive "tacks up"; finally, lay the carpet on the pad again & roll it with a light weight (35 lb. max) carpet roller. This is the best technique to ensure a good, lasting bond between carpet & pad. Restrict traffic for a minimum of 24-72 hours.

April 2014 - Before spreading adhesive over any patched area of the floor, apply a thin coat of adhesive with the flat side of the trowel. This gives the adhesive more grap over the patched area and, to some degree, serves as a sealer between the patch and the flooring.

March 2014 - Reminder when testing with Wagner Rapid RH:
*DO NOT USE the old white Insertion Tool (prior to 2nd Qtr of 2012) on the Rapid RH 4.0 EX Smart Sensors. The Rapid RH 4.0 EX Smart Sensors are designed to be installed with the orange cap provided in the package. The current, black tool is to be utilized, prior to installing the Smart Sensor, to verify appropriate hole diameter for ease of installation. Using the old Insertion Tool may result in damaging the Smart Sensor.

February 2014 - Adhesive Bond Testing: ...using the actual flooring and adhesive to be installed. The test area should be a minimum of 36"x36" and remain in place for at least 72 hours and then evaluated for bond strength.

January 2014 - When installing the Expansion Joint Cover, use a good quality contact cement or vinyl molding adhesive to secure it firmly to the floor. Do not glue the center "accordian portion", it has to remain floating to allow for expansion and contraction.

December 2013 - Fishman offers a large selection of best brand tools:
Use the right tool for the job and it will save you time & money

November 2013 - CRI recommended type of cushion for ... residential cut pile, cut- loop, or high-level loop carpet requires a resilient, firm cushion with a thickness of 7/16 inch and no less than 1/4 inch with 6 pounds per cubic feet density

October 2013 - Seams - Heat Welding: Training by Tarkett
1. wait a minimum 24 hours after installation before heat welding
2. Rout approx 2/3 of the thickness of the wear layer (do not rout into foam layer)
3. Use Johnsonite vinyl weld rod

September 2013 - Which color of thin set mortar to use-
White Thinset- Light color grout or translucent stone or glass that could show shadows if you use a dark gray thinset
Gray Thinset- Most applications except those mentioned above

August 2013 - 5 Factors that affect Adhesive Setup Time:
1. Subfloor porosity 2. Humidity 3. Backing 4. Trowel Size 5. Temperature
The steps to correct these problems are:
1. allow sufficient open time 2. use fans to circulate air 3. increase room temperature 4. lower the humidity 5. allow flooring and adhesive to acclimate 24 hours at 70 degrees before installing

July 2013 - LVT Installation: The 1st tile in the starter row should be a full length tile, while the 1st tile in the second row should be cut in half of it's original length. Place 1/4"; spacers at the end of each row and 18"; intervals around the entire perimeter of the room.

June 2013 - Surface Prep for Wall Base: Walls must be clean, dry, free of dust, oil, all paints, wall paper etc. Wall Surface must reach down to within 1/4" of the floor and be structurally sound. Do not install over vinyl wall coverings or nonporous surfaces.

May 2013 - Spreading Adhesive over patches: Before spreading adhesive over any patched area of floor, apply a thin coat of adhesive with the flat side of your trowel... this gives the adhesive more grab over the patched area and, to some degree, serves as a sealer between the patch and the flooring.

April 2013 - If you have a job with Moisture problems that needs completed on schedule or a renovation that covers the substrate with a complex floor covering, then contact your Fishman Rep, who can offer the solutions.

March 2013 - VersaShield should be considered as a Non-Porous Subfloor: Upon applying flooring adhesive on top of the VersaShield, the installer must wait slightly longer for the adhesive to flash off.

February 2013 - You can repair "hollow spots in hardwood flooring installations" by using the Powerhold Pam Fast adhesive system & hollow spot nozzle.

January 2013 - Installing wall base on Fiber Resin Plastic (FRP) Panels: (1) Install with a non-flam contact cement. (2) Traditional cove adhesive will not stick on Fiber Resin Plastic (FRP). (3) Over time, Siga-Tape will not stick on Fiber Resin Plastic (FRP).

December 2012 - Your tools are your lively-hood -- be sure they are properly maintained!

November 2012 - Making Better Hot-melt Seams: Keep your iron clean. Adhesive build up can reduce iron temperature by as much as 100 degrees F. A clean iron won't smoke or smell.

October 2012 - Mitered Corners in Universal T-Cap Mouldings: 1. Cut opposing 45 angles on the end of two lengths of T-cap; 2. Measure and cut the vinyls to length; 3. Align one of the 45 angled pieces in the corner of the track and insert approximately one foot of the length in the track; 4. Fit the other end in and then work from both ends to the middle and force any excess into the track. This will help to eliminate any stretching and future shrinking of the moulding; 5. Install the other 45 angled piece in the same manner.

September 2012 - Mitering Clamp-Down Metal: ... insert a scrap piece of the carpet and tap the lip with a rubber mallet, then cut the lip with a hacksaw. Bend the lip up, remove the scrap and install the metal. When you tap it down again, you'll have a perfect miter.

August 2012 - When to use White or Gray Thinset:
White Thinset - Light color grout or translucent stone of glass that could show shadows.
Gray Thinset - Most Applications except those mentioned above.

July 2012 - Keep Tools from Sticking: Keep a can of Silicone Spray on your truck. A quick spray once a week on the moving parts of your tools... stretcher tubes, staplers, kickers, etc... will keep them from sticking or binding and will prolong their life.

June 2012 - A Trowel is a measuring device for adhesive. Choose the recommended notched trowel with the correct adhesive for the proper flooring to ensure a problem free installation.

May 2012 - When installing VCT over black adhesive, scrape it down to a thin transparent residue and then "skim coat" with Feather Finish. If the adhesive is not black, it must be completely removed from the floor.

April 2012 - Static dissipative tile and sheet: Copper foil is available in 100' lengths. During installation run a strip down each end of room on the short side. If the room exceeds 65' put an additional strip in. General rule of thumb, foil can not span more than 65 liberal, more is better than not enough.

March 2012 - To prevent baseboard damage when training a new helper to install tackless use a 6"x18" piece of 1/4" plywood as both a distance guide and wall protector. This allows them to hammer away and any misses are absorbed by the plywood, not the baseboard.

February 2012 - Get the flooring material on the job site at least one to two days before installing, and store it in conditions between 68-72 degrees. This will help the material stabilize.

January 2012 - Millwork Wall Base Corners: To obtain a tighter and more secure fit between the two mitered sections at the corner, glue the mitered area together with Contact Bond Adhesive.

December 2011 - Choose the right tool for the proper installation to help insure a professional job.

November 2011 - Use an empty water bottle or pop-top can for safe disposal of old razor blades.

October 2011 - Getting Substrate ready for Resilient: Use 2 coats of Feather Finish and sand with a disc, or stay off your knees and use Ardex K55 Premium High Flow Self-Leveling Underlayment. Pour as thin as 1/16" and as thick as 1". With Rapid Technology you can pour and floor in 2 hours. WOW... what a Labor Saver!

September 2011 - For easy storage and access of metal trims and reducers, use two 12' tubes, one for the 12' pieces and one with a smaller tube inside for the remnant pieces. You can slide the smaller tube out to get to the smaller pieces even if the van is full of carpet and pad.

August 2011 - Concrete substrates are not always porous! Test the concrete by dropping water on the surface. If the water goes away within a reasonable time frame, it is porous. If the water beads, it is non-porous.

July 2011 - Wrap masking tape around your trowel before use for easy cleanup.

June 2011 - If tile starts to "run off" line, correct it by doing a "Cut-Back" or a "Sweat-In". "Cut-Back" means cutting the tile a small amount to create a straight line again. "Sweat-In" means to skip a tile and start a new straight row, then heat up tiles to fit into the smaller space that is left.

May 2011 - Use Contact Cement in high traffic areas to secure hard-to-hold glue-down cross seams.

April 2011 - To repair loose ceramic tiles: Holes are carefully drilled into the grout joints on either side of the loose tiles. Epoxy is injected into one of the holes until epoxy comes out the other side. Insert a golf tee into the opposite side to ensure that the epoxy completely fills all voids prior to oozing out of the other hole. The epoxy is dug out slightly, allowed to cure, then the holes are grouted leaving the job complete.

March 2011 - During the winter months, place a piece of plastic under the lid of your latex seam sealer bottle to avoid spillage when taking it in the house at night to prevent it from freezing.

February 2011 - Place a strip of duct tape on the pad at the stair nose to prevent pad break down and prolong carpet wear on the stairs.

January 2011 - To clean a dirty seam iron tray, simply stick it in the freezer for 24 hours and them remove it and the adhesive will knock out easily.