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For compaction of granular materials and mixed materials with some cohesive content, and hot or cold asphalt in confined areas such as parking lots, hightway and bridge construction, next to structures, curbs, and abutments.
Smooth cutting and dir ectional stability is achieved due to the optaimum position of the machine’s center of gravity. The result: High degree of economy thanks to the reduced lateral wear of the cutting blade. Efficient and economic cutting blade drive: Long service life and low maintenance costs due to heavy duty belt tightener. Large integrated, removable water tank with over-size fill opening and adjustable sprinkling system and large capacity.
CARPET TEXTURES & STYLES
There are several different carpet styles and textures. Each has its own distinct look and each, if used properly, can achieve beautiful results.We suggest that you get an overview by reading about some of the styles listed below, and by reviewing our Style Selection Chart, which will give you a little better idea of what the styles look like. Continue reading
How To Select Scraped//Distressed Hardwood Flooring
Hand-scraped and Distressed hardwood floors are becoming a popular choice in today’s upscale homes and commercial buildings. These floors are a newer trend but are rooted in history. Before today’s modern sanding methods, floors were hand scraped on site to make the floors flat. Today’s hand scraping is done to add texture, richness and uniqueness.
Distressed hardwood flooring is done by machine or by hand. In an effort to reduce high labor costs, manufacturers have created machine-made distressed/scraped looking floors. These are cheaper imitations of the real thing. The problem with machine distressing is repetition of the pattern. As you look across the floor you see the same pattern repeating across the floor. This lacks a natural feel to the floor.
True hand scraped is exactly that – done by hand. When properly done this method creates a truly unique floor. These floors differ greatly in the amount of the texture added to the floor and the skill of the person scraping the floor.
10 Tips for Working With a Contractor
Editors note: while the introduction is about outdoor renovations, these rules apply to all home renovations.
This is the year you’re going all out. You’re going to build a deck, add a porch, erect a gazebo or lay a patio. You’ve done the research. It’s well within your capability and you’re looking forward to the satisfaction of creating a structure of beauty.
Or not. Yes — you’d like to proceed with an outdoor structure but for you, it isn’t a do-it-yourself project. How can you find the right person to do it for you? Here are 10 tips for hiring and working with a contractor.
1. Plan your project carefully. Clip pictures, make sketches, write a description. This will help you accurately convey to the contractor what you want the finished product to be.
Make Your Hardwood Floors Shine
You have just installed hardwood flooring in your home. Now what? How do you keep your hardwood floors clean and shiny? Read the following Q&A in which two hardwood floor owners are asking just that.
Q: “I was reading your site and saw that one should not use oil based cleaners. Why? Our installer told us to use vinegar in water, and use a damp cloth to clean the floor about once a week. Will this damage the floor? What is a polyurethane cleaner? Where do you buy it?”
A: If an oil based cleaner is used on polyurethane finished floors, it leaves an oily residue on the surface which can not only make cleaning the floor more difficult, but after a period of time, when the floor is showing signs of wear and needs to be buffed and recoated, this residue can present adhesion problems. When cleaning any hardwood floor, or furniture, minimal water should be used. In other words, wipe with a dampened, not wet cloth.
Can Bamboo Flooring Really Help Save The Worlds’ Environment?
Probably not on its own, but its an excellent example of how consumers can vote with their buying dollars to sway market demand to bring more environmentally friendly products into the marketplace.
Bamboo flooring is a rising trend in home flooring and a great alternative to traditional hardwood floors. It is the most environmentally friendly natural hardwood flooring alternative you can select for your home, it is a renewable resource, is stronger than steel, and has a greater resistance to expansion and contraction problems associated with temperature and humidity changes.
Designing With Hardwood Flooring
Hardwoods floors offer an unrivaled splendor that makes decorating with them seem a bit daunting. Hardwood flooring normally accounts for a significant portion of any decorating budget, so you will want to incorporate the flooring into the design, while showcasing some of your existing pieces. A few aspects should be considered when choosing a hardwood floor.
What is the design look that you picture for your room? The species and finish of the hardwood you select can set the atmosphere for your whole room. If you prefer a more traditional style for your space, oak and ash are popular picks. Their grains are classic and timeless and they come in a variety of stains and finishes. Those who gravitate toward modern or contemporary styles will appreciate the smooth, almost monochromatic look of maple or the unusual pattern of an exotic hardwood like tigerwood or sapele. If your style is more cozy and rustic, you might want to consider hickory or cherry hardwoods. Finally for a worldly approach to a space, walnut is a great wood-type to consider.
Vancouver, WA, Jan. 13, 2012 — The Clean Trust said that the revised ANSI-approved S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning is now available.
The new reference guide is the fifth edition of the S001 standard originally published in 1991 and will help cleaning professionals continue to provide high-quality service utilizing the latest techniques and technology.
“The revised S100 standard offers a broader, more comprehensive understanding of the science behind cleaning and maintaining textile floor coverings,” said Jim Holland, chair of The Clean Trust’s Standards Committee.
The Latest News In The Floor Industry
Freefit has added high definition carpet tile visuals to its line of glueless and clickless commercial luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). FreeFit flooring installs by utilizing a patented, self-immobilizing backer that allows for easy installation and replacement.
“You lay this down next to carpet tile and you can’t tell the difference,” said David Reichwein, president and CEO, FreeFit. “You can perceive the fibers in this product, that’s how realistic it is. And it’s soft underfoot and quiet — it’s a commercial visual many choose for work environments because it’s calming and not distracting.”