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Finding the Correct Direction for Laying Hardwood Floors

Visual congruity is everything when it comes to hardwood floor installation. You must make sure the boards run away from the main entrance of the room, yet make sure they run perpendicular to the floor joists. Here are guidelines to find the correct direction for laying hardwood floors: All about the Appearance The key to [...]

Tips You Can Use When Installing Bamboo Floors

It looks like wood. Feels like wood. It even cuts like wood. But let's get one thing straight about bamboo - it's not wood, which means you have to approach the installation process a little differently. Here are some helpful tips when installing bamboo floors. Start with the shading. Since bamboo is a natural product, it [...]

Everything to Know about Wood Floor Finishes

The floor is sanded. Check. Smoothed. Check. Now if you're ready for the staining, here is everything you need to know about wood floor finishes. As you approach the process, there are two options available – a colored finish, or a stain or wood dye. The colored finish includes things like browned lacquer, a floor [...]

Staining Hardwood Floors Without Sanding

When you walk across the hardwood floor, you hear it. Your shoes stick to the floor with each and every step. It's a peeling sound that people obviously want to do without. Some equate it to that old "nail-across-a-chalkboard" sound. That sound indicates that the floor needs to be re-stained. But what if sanding is [...]

2017 Pickup Trucks for Pros

Comfort and safety add to pickup practicality By Steve Sturgess More features have made working pickup trucks for pros that double as recreational vehicles when off duty more attractive than ever. There’s big news in driver-assist safety features, such as lane keeping and collision avoidance. Full-sized trucks Ram 1500 With the available 3.0 V6 EcoDiesel [...]

How to sharpen your floor stripper blades

Is there anything more frustrating than a floor stripper that doesn't strip as expected? What's a contractor to do, right? Well, there is something you can do, and it all starts with those floor scraper blades. Learning how to extend the life and sharpen your floor stripper blades saves time and money. Using dull stripper [...]

3 things to know before renting a flooring scraper

It's a given that the size and scope of the flooring job you are working on dictates what type of equipment you choose. But there are other factors to consider before renting a flooring scraper, so here are three tips. Know the building What is it capable of? If you are working on a large [...]

3 Reasons Hand-scraped Hardwood Floors Make Sense

Fact: Hand-scraped hardwood floors have been around, since, well, at least the 1600s (think wood planks). Some historians would even say longer. Regardless which time frame you side with, one fact remains golden – the artistic value of adding divots, scrapes and buffing techniques helps give a floor its own identity. And, depending on the look [...]

Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring 101

Antique Oak. Historic Plank. Hickory. Wormy Chestnut. Beech/Maple and White Pine. And the list goes on and on... When it comes to giving a project that little something extra, adding reclaimed hardwood flooring can provide a beautiful and warm finish all its own. And its appeal surpasses aesthetics, since repurposing reclaimed wood also demonstrates a [...]

Brushing Up: Tips, Tools and Trends for a More Efficient Paint Project

By Jud Walford, Pro Paint Merchant, The Home Depot Paint plays a key role in a wide variety of pro projects, from large interior room remodels to small touch up work. Regardless of the job, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest trends, materials and technologies to make sure your team is [...]
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