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October/November 2009 ■ Volume 16, No. 7 8 On the cover: Photo courtesy of Sinclair Equipment Co. 14 FLOOR COVERING INSTALLER Volume 16, Issue 7 (ISSN 1099-9647) is published 8 times annually, Jan/Feb, Mar, Apr, May/Jun, Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct/ Nov and Dec, by BNP Media II, L.L.C., 22801 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Telephone: (818) 224-8035, Fax: (818) 224-8042. No charge for subscriptions to qualifi ed individuals. Annual rate for subscriptions to nonqualifi ed individuals in the U.S.A.: $104.00 USD. Annual rate for subscriptions to nonqualifi ed individuals in Canada: $137.00 USD (includes GST & postage); all other countries: $154.00 (int’lmail) payable in U.S. funds. Printed in the U.S.A. Copyright 2009, by BNP Media II, L.L.C. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the consent of the publisher. The publisher is not responsible for product claims and representations. Canada Post: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. GST account: 131263923. Send returns (Canada) to Bleuchip International, P.O. Box 25542, London, ON, N6C 6B2. Change of address: Send old address label along with new address to FLOOR COVERING INSTALLER, P.O. Box 2149, Skokie, IL 60076. For single copies or back issues: contact Ann Kalb at (248) 244-6499 or KalbA@ bnpmedia.com. . All FCI “How-To” articles are writ- ten to provide insight into some of the key steps, tools and accessories required to professionally carry out the subject technique or installation. Be sure to obtain the product manu- facturer’s manuals and follow the company’s recommendations. More installation/specification detailed and product-specifi c information is available through industry training schools, clinics, seminars and certifi- cation programs. 24 32 Features Subflooring Preparation for Wood Flooring Installation Installers should perform a preliminary site review prior to installation of wood fl ooring, in order to determine the amount of subfl oor preparation that will be necessary. Mickey Moore explains the review process, as well as recommended procedures for subfl oor preparation. Subfloor Preparation Basics While some manufacturers of subfl oor preparation systems claims that their products allow fl ooring to be installed without any prep work, installers should be wary of such claims. Bruce Newbrough, director of application development for Ardex Engineered Cements, explores the limitations of subfl oor preparation products and offers tips on proper subfl oor preparation techniques. Exposed: Crack Isolation Strategies that Don’t Work! Crack isolation membranes can be highly effective when installed correctly, but there are many factors that can affect their performance. Dave Gobis examines the leading reasons that crack isolation membranes fail, and offers tips on how to select the right system for ceramic tile installation. Performing Correct and Accurate RH Testing in Concrete Slabs Accurate moisture testing of concrete slabs prior to installation is crucial in preventing moisture- related failures. Ron Smith, sales manager for Wagner Electronics, offers tips on how installers can get the most accurate relative humidity test results when using in-situ systems. Departments 6 20 36 38 42 44 46 48 50 50 52 54 Editorial Comment Underlayment Manufacturer Guide Resilient Installation Corner Let’s Talk Resilient Industry News CTEF Tile Tip Products on Display Installation Training Clinics and Schools Classifieds Advertiser Index Products Spotlight Distributor Marketplace On the Web 4 www.fcimag.com October/November 2009 Subfl oor Preparation Terminology How well do you know basic subfl oor preparation terminology? Find out with this Web-exclusive quiz. Check out www.fcimag.com for this column, as well as the latest news and products.
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