Tim’s Quarterly Installation Tips Spring 2018

It’s officially springtime, and that means two things – warmer weather and home improvement projects! Before you begin tackling your spring cleaning chores and flooring renovations, you’ll want to check out Tim McAdoo’s list of tips and tricks to ensure your installations go as planned.

Not every product is designed to be used with all types of flooring material which makes choosing the right product more difficult, but don’t worry! Follow the list of do’s and don’ts below and you’ll be springing forward with your home improvements in no time.


  • The new ASTM F2170 standard for In Situ Relative Humidity testing of concrete floors decreases the test period from 72 hours to 24 hours, a time savings of 48 hours.
  • To be compliant with the new OSHA Silica Dust Rules, use the Hilti TE-CD Concrete Drill Bit when drilling holes into concrete. Its hollow center allows for a shop vacuum attachment to eliminate the dust from drilling.
  • When installing LVT or LVP in areas with lots of sunlight, consider wet setting the LVP in adhesive on porous subfloors to achieve maximum bond strength and protection against the sun’s rays.
  • To prevent pins from bending and breaking during LVT Multipurpose Trim piece installations, try slightly enlarging the hole in the subfloor where the pin goes in, then filling it with construction adhesive.

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  • If you’re seeing residue and haze on your hardwood and laminate floors, it could be from your cleaner. There’s a product on the market called IFT that is designed to remove this type of residue.
  • Quickly going through knife blades with Diamond 10 coating on them? Haines is stocking a blade that not only achieves the same Diamond 10 finish but is cheaper than similar blades on the market.
  • Do you or a customer still own wax finished hardwood floors and can’t find Bruce Dark and Rich Polish? Here are a few products that can help you out:
    • SC Johnson One Step No Buff
    • Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Wax
    • DuraSeal Wax and Cleaner
    • Holloway House Wood Floor Wax N’ Clean

Unlike furniture, hardwood floors need special finishing paste wax that is free from normal wax and polish additives. Listed below are some of the key offenders:

  • Tune or Lemon Oil
  • Ammonia or ammonia derivatives
  • Silicone
  • Bleach
  • Vinegars

The chemical reactions caused by these ingredients can stain and discolor your natural wood. To preserve the color, look, and feel of your flooring, it’s best to avoid them altogether.


  • Do not steam clean Resilient Flooring products. Extreme heat and hot water causes vinyl products to rapidly expand and contract, creating a shearing effect on your floor.
  • With Vinyl Flooring products, be sure to stay within the 65˚F to 85˚F temperature range. Not doing so may cause gapping issues, which is seen often in new construction due to Vinyl expanding when it warms and contracting when it is cold.
  • When installing Hardwood over a sound reduction membrane, you should not nail through the sound reducing membrane as the sound will travel through the fasteners.

Now that you’re all updated on Tim’s McAdoo’s and McAdon’ts, you’re ready to get started on your flooring projects. Just remember that taking extra time to select the right tools and products will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. Happy flooring!

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