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  1. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    They make a good backup. ;) :)
  2. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    Yes, absolutely a big difference. I handle both vendors. The Crain is a two-piece clam shell including the main drive housing. Both pieces are plastic. In my experience of repairing both tackers they aren't close in quality or longevity, the Duofast wins hands down. I love Crain for other...
  3. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    I like your chord modification!! :) :) You're the one and only installer I've ever seen who swapped his chord and was smart enough to keep the chord minder (that rubber sleeve that comes out of the back of the tool)! It not only helps keep the chord out of the way, but it helps protect the...
  4. Commercial Floor Rep

    Use vinyl roll to give old garage a smooth surface - can it be an easy project?

    For true joints (where two concrete pours come together) it's best to use either backer rod and a polyurea based isometric filler such as Metzger McGuire MM-80 or Ardex Ardiseal Plus. Brands may vary where you are. Here in the U.S. these can typically be found at either a flooring installation...
  5. Commercial Floor Rep

    Use vinyl roll to give old garage a smooth surface - can it be an easy project?

    Are you planning on parking on the vinyl? Just a few words of caution.... I don't know the construction practices in New Zealand but here in the U.S. it's very unlikely that a residential concrete garage floor would have an intact vapor retarder underneath the concrete slab. They just don't...
  6. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    I'm doing well, thank you for asking.
  7. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    Spring went in the mail today sir! Just so you know, I can tell by the inner trigger housing that you have the current model of the tool. When you put that back together, take some good tape - either duct tape or black electrical tape and put a small piece over each of the holes on the...
  8. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    Don, They're less than a $1.00. PM me your mailing address and I'll stick one in the mail for you no charge. Yep, Chuck.
  9. Commercial Floor Rep

    Duo fast tacker problem

    Don, That schematic is not correct for the current version of the tacker. Several of the trigger assembly parts are not correct on that schematic. Even if you have that version of the tool you'll have to convert parts. I've attached the current schematic. Most likely you lost either the...
  10. Commercial Floor Rep

    VCT Tiles Discolored From Hand Soap Dispenser Leaking

    What I used was pretty similar to something like this: https://a.co/d/e39mNYX It's been a few years since I've had one pop up so I don't know where the fixture and bulb I used are. I think it may have gotten pitched as I think I broke the bulb when it was rolling around in my van. But the...
  11. Commercial Floor Rep

    VCT Tiles Discolored From Hand Soap Dispenser Leaking

    FYI, I used to keep fish in an aquarium for several years. My light came from my fish tanks. You can buy a fixture and a UV bulb fairly cheaply at most Walmart's in the pet department or at least you used to be able to. I'm pretty sure PetSmart carries them as well. Here's a link to one on...
  12. Commercial Floor Rep

    VCT Tiles Discolored From Hand Soap Dispenser Leaking

    Most likely, yes. Just post it on here if you want to so we can all see what it is. That way if I can't recognize it someone else might be able to.
  13. Commercial Floor Rep

    VCT Tiles Discolored From Hand Soap Dispenser Leaking

    Expose them to a UV light source and it will most likely go away. I've come across several anti-bacterial soaps that will do this. I happened to pull a discolored piece of tile out one day and was driving back to my office to start the claim. I had laid the tile in the seat of my car and laid...
  14. Commercial Floor Rep

    LVT/SPC Assistance

    Mannington Adura Rigid is rated for areas such as this. You use a 5/8" expansion gap, where a lot of products only call for 1/4" but it will tolerate temperature changes down to -20 F. I've attached the Installation guide which states these parameters. This product has been used for this for...
  15. Commercial Floor Rep

    Carpet tile question

    The only thing I could share is that when I've seen carpet tile cut and packaged at the mill, one of the last steps is a "sanding" step where the tile passes by a side sander that's positioned along edge of the conveyor belt. It gets sanded to remove any burrs left on the edge of the resilient...
  16. Commercial Floor Rep

    Tactile warning pads

    In my experience it helps to reverse roll them for a period of time before installing to try and get the memory "reversed" out of them. They are typically slow-moving items and they can sit for extended periods of time rolled up on a shelf and in the heat they will tend to develop a severe...
  17. Commercial Floor Rep

    Jobs besides flooring

    Worked for my uncle's garage as a teenager during the summers doing oil changes and fixing tires and small mechanical stuff Worked at Kmart in sporting goods Worked for a recycling company extracting copper from scrap wire in their quality control dept. Worked for an electronics company in a lab...
  18. Commercial Floor Rep

    Knees and hips

    I was bone-on-bone in my right knee for several years and finally had to have a total replacement at 44. The day it was done I couldn't believe that the pain was finally gone. I can't work down on my knees but if I wear Pro-Knees or the Traxx knock offs I can get down to do an inspection if I...
  19. Commercial Floor Rep

    Glue assist installation

    I don't think wafer board is an acceptable substrate for any wood installation (floating, glued, stapled or a combination). That's going to need to be replaced before you begin. If possible, pictures would help us understand exactly what you have. You typically want a minimum of 1" or 2.5cm...
  20. Commercial Floor Rep

    Glue assist installation

    What's the overall thickness of your subfloor and what's the joist spacing?
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