FCI: Floor Covering Installer

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FCI: Floor Covering Installer targets the professional flooring installation community audience through its combined media resources of print, digital, TalkFloor (daily eNews) and our website, www.fcimag.com.

FCI is the only trade publication entirely dedicated to the complete spectrum of flooring installation. FCI serves flooring installers, installation managers, contractors and the distributor network, providing focused, installation-related information on all types of flooring including carpet, ceramic and stone, hardwood, resilient and laminate, as well as the problems that may arise (such as moisture-related issues) and how to solve them. Serving both the residential and commercial markets, we offer instructional education through our how-to articles, best business practices columns and features on tools, techniques and the latest products. We also offer a full range of industry-specific videos, podcasts and webinars to keep our audience up to date and ahead of the curve.

The Latest Issue

October 2018

Volume
25
Issue
8
File Size/Type
12.71 MB (PDF)
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October 19th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Strata_Mat from Laticrete is a high- performance uncoupling membrane which allows the installer to see the mortar coverage underneath the mat without needing to lift and verify. It also features Mortar Hydration Vents, creating a mechanical bond between the mat and mortar which allows it to cure faster, the company noted. Photo courtesy of Laticrete.

Recent Issues

September 2018

Volume
25
Issue
7
File Size/Type
12.59 MB (PDF)
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October 19th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Installing WarmlyYours TempZone Floor Heating Cable with Prodeso Uncoupling Membrane. According to the company, the subfloor can be waterproofed with the help of a polyethylene fleece tape called ProBand, which is used along perimeter joints and long adjoining sheets of the membrane. Photo courtesy of WarmlyYours Radiant Heating.

July / August 2018

Volume
25
Issue
6
File Size/Type
14.10 MB (PDF)
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July 17th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Laying hardwood flooring into Pallmann P5, a solvent- and water-free, STP (silane terminated prepolymer) hybrid adhesive engineered to combine the flexibility of a polyurethane with the advantages of modern MS (modified silane) technology. Photo courtesy of Uzin Utz North America.

June 2018

Volume
25
Issue
5
File Size/Type
16.72 MB (PDF)
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June 21st, 2018
Description
On the cover: Custom Building Products recently enhanced its Fusion Pro Single Component Grout, making it easier to spread and clean as well as improving its performance in wet areas, according to the company. Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products

May 2018

Volume
25
Issue
4
File Size/Type
16.34 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Applying MAPEI’s Mapesonic 2, a lightweight, load-bearing peel-and-stick sound reduction and crack isolation membrane. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

April 2018

Volume
25
Issue
3
File Size/Type
14.66 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Spreading on TechPrime A, an advanced acrylic primer and sealer that prepares surfaces for the application of a CustomTech self-leveling underlayment. Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products

Older Issues

March 2018

Volume
25
Issue
2
File Size/Type
13.36 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Bernie Romero, West Coast technical sales representative, demonstrates one of Rubi Tools' latest tile cutters during TISE 2018 in Las Vegas.

January / February 2018

Volume
25
Issue
1
File Size/Type
11.76 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: If all factors are taken into consideration and the proper methods are utilized, a successful lippage control installation is the result. Photo courtesy of Ardex.

November / December 2017

Volume
24
Issue
9
File Size/Type
16.04 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Flooring contractors inspect a dry substrate covered by Schönox EPA in a project at Penn State University. Photo courtesy of Schonox HPS North America.

October 2017

Volume
24
Issue
8
File Size/Type
9.98 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Pouring Schonox ZM Rapid, a cement- based self-leveling compound suitable on cement and gypsum based substrates, and ready for floor covering installation in as little as 90 minutes according to the company. Photo courtesy of Schonox HPS North America.

September 2017

Volume
24
Issue
7
File Size/Type
23.14 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Pictured is Axminster (broadloom) carpet being installed with MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 185 premium carpet adhesive at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

July / August 2017

Volume
24
Issue
6
File Size/Type
15.30 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Working with a large-format tile mortar from Custom Building Products. The company offers a wide selection of dry-set modified mortars for large and heavy tile installation. Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products.

June 2017

Volume
24
Issue
5
File Size/Type
50.11 MB (PDF)
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June 10th, 2018
Description
On the cover: Rolling out a high-performance Acousti-Mat sound control mat from Maxxon, which will then be topped with gypsum concrete for permanent sound control capabilities. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.

May 2017

Volume
24
Issue
4
File Size/Type
28.73 MB (PDF)
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June 14th, 2017
Description
On the cover: Applying MAPEI's Ultracolor Plus FA grout. The ne aggregate, fast-setting, polymer-modi ed, color- consistent and ef orescence- free grout is engineered to replace both sanded and unsanded grouts for joint widths from 1/16" to 3/4", according to the company. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

April 2017

Volume
24
Issue
3
File Size/Type
11.70 MB (PDF)
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May 8th, 2017
Description
On the cover: Pictured is Delmhorst’s TechScan Pinless Moisture Meter used to find moisture in a concrete subfloor. According to the company, "TechScan pinless moisture meters make it easy to find moisture hot spots and narrow down areas affected by moisture." Photo courtesy of Delmhorst.

March 2017

Volume
24
Issue
2
File Size/Type
14.53 MB (PDF)
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May 8th, 2017
Description
On the cover: Installing self-leveling underlayment is not a dif cult process as long as industry guidelines and manufacturer instructions are followed. Photo courtesy of UFloor Systems/Uzin.

January / February 2017

Volume
24
Issue
1
File Size/Type
41.64 MB (PDF)
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March 6th, 2017
Description
On the cover: A contractor seals concrete control joints with polyurea joint filler. Photo courtesy of VersaFlex

November / December 2016

Volume
23
Issue
8
File Size/Type
15.13 MB (PDF)
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March 6th, 2017
Description
On the cover: Maxxon MVP (Moisture Vapor Protection) is a two-component, moisture- tolerant, high-density, chemically enhanced epoxy product which prevents the passage of water vapor and moisture through concrete floors and walls on or below grade, the company says. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.

October 2016

Volume
23
Issue
7
File Size/Type
40.26 MB (PDF)
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November 22nd, 2016
Description
On the cover: Installers working with the Laticrete Supercap system, which combines patented pump truck technology and self-leveling underlayment to deliver flat, dry floors. Photo courtesy of Mr. David's.

September 2016

Volume
23
Issue
6
File Size/Type
49.71 MB (PDF)
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November 21st, 2016
Description
On the cover: Nuheat underfloor radiant heating is prepped to receive floor covering. Photo courtesy of Pentair

July/August 2016

Volume
23
Issue
5
File Size/Type
43.67 MB (PDF)
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August 15th, 2016
Description
On the cover: Rolling on Wakol PU 280 Moisture Barrier, a premium moisture barrier for green concrete slabs that offers up to two levels of moisture protection. Photo courtesy of Loba-Wakol.

May/June 2016

Volume
23
Issue
4
File Size/Type
59.58 MB (PDF)
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June 7th, 2016
Description
On the cover: Certified Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) offers its Certified Tile Installer (CTI) testing and certification during the recent Coverings 2016 show in Chicago.

April 2016

Volume
23
Issue
3
File Size/Type
12.16 MB (PDF)
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June 7th, 2016
Description
On the cover: Engaging in sand and nish training during a hardwood ooring installation class led by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Photo courtesy of the NWFA.

March 2016

Volume
23
Issue
2
File Size/Type
37.95 MB (PDF)
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June 7th, 2016
Description
On the cover: A shot of Bona adhesive being applied. See our in-depth conversation with adhesive and mortar manufacturers beginning on page 32.

January / February 2016

Volume
23
Issue
1
File Size/Type
24.46 MB (PDF)
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February 9th, 2016
Description
On the cover: Carefully laying vinyl plank into MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 360 Premium High-Performance Adhesive for Solid Vinyl Sheet, Tile and Plank.

November / December 2015

Volume
22
Issue
7
File Size/Type
43.51 MB (PDF)
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December 28th, 2015
Description
On the cover: Commercial carpet installed in an airport, in a photo courtesy of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The organization recently announced updates to its 104/105 carpet installation standards. See full story on page 44.

October 2015

Volume
22
Issue
6
File Size/Type
39.05 MB (PDF)
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October 19th, 2015
Description
On the cover: An installation of Loxcreen's ProVa Flex uncoupling membrane for ceramic and natural stone tiles, which is designed to protect against substrate cracks, stress and dampness. Tile can be laid immediately after the membrane is installed, according to the company.

September 2015

Volume
22
Issue
5
File Size/Type
65.60 MB (PDF)
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October 19th, 2015
Description
On the cover: Spreading Custom Building Products' LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment. Photo courtesy of Brad Anderson.

July / August 2015

Volume
22
Issue
4
File Size/Type
32.72 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2015
Description
On the cover: An installation of Metroflor luxury vinyl plank. The product is installed via the Uniclic system. Photo courtesy of Metroflor.

May / June 2015

Volume
22
Issue
3
File Size/Type
22.22 MB (PDF)
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May 29th, 2015
Description
On the cover: A student practices installing a wood floor during NWFA's Principles of Wood Floor course. This entry level class looks at the installation, and sand and finish process. Photo courtesy of NWFA

March / April 2015

Volume
22
Issue
2
File Size/Type
34.12 MB (PDF)
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May 29th, 2015
Description
On the cover: Laticrete materials including 254 Platinum thin set and PermaColor grout are used in an installation of Daltile SlimLite 1/8" thick porcelain panels at Hilton Times Square in New York City.

January / February 2015

Volume
22
Issue
1
File Size/Type
39.63 MB (PDF)
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January 27th, 2015
Description
On the cover: An application of Tec's The LiquiDam penetrating vapor moisture barrier. Formulated to be applied in a single coat, the product can be used on damp or new concrete as little as 48 hours old (up to 100% RH), according to the company.

December 2014

Volume
21
Issue
7
File Size/Type
33.57 MB (PDF)
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December 9th, 2014
Description
On the cover: Custom Building Products' RedGard is a crack prevention and waterproofing membrane for both residential and commercial tile and stone applications. The product can be applied with a roller, trowel or airless sprayer, the company noted.

October / November 2014

Volume
21
Issue
6
File Size/Type
36.86 MB (PDF)
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November 21st, 2014
Description
SUBFLOOR PREPARATION, PART 1 Also ... Installing Cork and Bamboo Common Inspector Mistakes Q&A: Doug Ray and Jim Walker

August / September 2014

Volume
21
Issue
5
File Size/Type
17.81 MB (PDF)
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November 21st, 2014
Description
INSTALLATION TROUBLESHOOTING Also ... Common Concerns of Manufacturers Underlayments: Backerboards, Crack Isolation and More Woven Carpet Installation

July 2014

Volume
21
Issue
4
File Size/Type
24.88 MB (PDF)
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July 25th, 2014
Description
2014 Buying Guide Also ... Installing Large Tile Underlayments: Patches, Primers and Slus Installer/Contractor Case Studies Metal Transitions for Capet and Vinyl

May / June 2014

Volume
21
Issue
3
File Size/Type
41.18 MB (PDF)
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May 24th, 2014
Description
Industry Q&A: CFI, Fishman Flooring Solutions Moisture Testin and Mitigation Products Laminate Flooring Installation What Distributors Need to Know

March / April 2014

Volume
21
Issue
2
File Size/Type
25.09 MB (PDF)
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May 2nd, 2014
Description
Industry Q&A: Haines' Bruce Zwicker Engineered Hardwood Installation Five Common Mistakes Retailers Make Tile, Stone and Specialized Projects

January/February 2014

Volume
21
Issue
1
File Size/Type
19.39 MB (PDF)
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March 10th, 2014
Description
Radiant Floor Heating Installation Basics What's Changed in Resilient Flooring Five Common Mistakes Installers Make Decorative Concrete & Toppings

December 2013

Volume
20
Issue
7
File Size/Type
37.97 MB (PDF)
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December 5th, 2013
Description
Applications and Settings for Adhesives and Mortars Heat-Welding Flash Coving Under Toe Kicks Five Questions for Lee Eliseian Industry Show Wrap-Ups

October/November 2013

Volume
20
Issue
6
File Size/Type
42.61 MB (PDF)
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December 5th, 2013
Description
Choosing and Using Underlayments and Membranes Installing Shower Systems: An Industry Roundtable Subfloors: OSB, Plywood and Modular How to work with Decorative Concrete

August/September 2013

Volume
20
Issue
5
File Size/Type
32.50 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Indoor Air Quality and Installation Resilient Flooring Adhesives: Working With The Right Products Concrete Moisture Emission Vapor Testing Sound Control Primer

July 2013

Volume
20
Issue
4
File Size/Type
20.81 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
2013 Buying Guide Self-Leveling Underlayments Evolving with New Technology Training and Certification: An Industry Roundtable Specification and Installation Dos and Don’ts for Healthcare Plus: BestPractices:Breakinginto K-12 School Projects

May/June 2013

Volume
20
Issue
3
File Size/Type
30.06 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Relative Humidity Testing for Concrete Tips and Tricks: Installing Laminate in Wet Areas New Apps for the Flooring Contractor Plus: Interview with New WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey

March/April 2013

Volume
20
Issue
2
File Size/Type
28.67 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Tool Time: Wood Flooring What You Should Know about Wood Flooring Adhesives Subfloor Requirements for Hardwood Floors

January/February 2013

Volume
20
Issue
1
File Size/Type
34.10 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Moisture Problems and Solutions Double Glue Dos and Don'ts, Revisited Going Green: Tile Adhesives and Grouts

December 2012

Volume
19
Issue
7
File Size/Type
36.42 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Berber Boo-boos Running an Installation Business Why Installers Should Think Like an Inspector Mosaic Tile Installation, Past and Present

October/November 2012

Volume
19
Issue
6
File Size/Type
32.60 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Tool Time: Moisture Control Warming Up to Radiant Heating Installation How RH Testing Helps Limit Floor Failure Installing Underlayment Right

August/September 2012

Volume
19
Issue
5
File Size/Type
29.46 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
The CFI/FIANA Shows Issue To Power Stretch or Not to Power Stretch Adhesive Application Pitfalls That Can Create Show-Through Tool Time: Resilient Flooring Plus: Choosing Sound Control Underlayment

July 2012

Volume
19
Issue
4
File Size/Type
29.45 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
The 2012 Buying Guide Products Manufacturers Associations Plus: Resilient Installs: 10 Things for Contractors to Consider

May/June 2012

Volume
19
Issue
3
File Size/Type
31.84 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
The How-To Issue Tips and Tricks for Installing Glass Tile Installing Resilient Stair Treads Edge Protection and Transition Profiles FCICA Convention Wrap-Up

March/April 2012

Volume
19
Issue
2
File Size/Type
31.91 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Environmental Requirements for Wood Flooring Installation Crack Prevention in Tile Work Repairs for Residential Rotogravure Products

January/February 2012

Volume
19
Issue
1
File Size/Type
42.85 MB (PDF)
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August 20th, 2013
Description
Engineered Wood Flooring Performance Installing Large Format Ceramic Times Double-stick Installation Seams