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Stone Forensics Offers Stone & Tile Troubleshooting Workshop

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Stone Forensics Offers Stone & Tile Troubleshooting Workshop

Posted on 28 August 2018 by cradmin

Stone Forensics has announced that it will be conducting its popular Stone and Tile Troubleshooting training January 21-24, 2019 in Las Vegas.

According to Fred Hueston who will be conducting the training, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other issues with stone and tile flooring are on the rise. This seminar is perfect for restoration and installation contractors as well as architects, building engineers and maintenance staff who have to deal with stone and tile installation and restoration.”

The program is designed to teach the basics of stone and tile installations failures. The stone and tile troubleshooting program is a full 4 days with the certification test on the last day. The program is only offered once per year and the class size is limited. This course will also offer certification for those who wish to be certified inspectors. The cost of the class is $2500 per person.

This comprehensive class covers the following topics:

*The Geology of Stone
*Understanding the Structure of Different kinds of stone and materials
*Identification of stone and tile types
*Quarry techniques that affect the final product
*Production of tile and slabs
*Fabrication and installation requirements
*Physical and Chemical Testing
*Stone and Tile Forensic Investigation
*Diagnosis of Problems
*Stone and Tile Restoration
*Repair and replacement
*Stain Removal
*Troubleshooting
*Report writing
*Expert witness testimony
*Slip Resistance
*Laboratory testing
One day will be spent in the field examining failures.

For further information and to register go to stoneforensics.com or contact Dr. Fred at 321-514-6845.

You may also be interested in viewing other upcoming events on our Calendar.

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Video: Handy Trick to Make Cooktop Cut-Out Cleanup Easy

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Video: Handy Trick to Make Cooktop Cut-Out Cleanup Easy

Posted on 27 August 2018 by cradmin

This video, which is put together by cooktopbag.com, features a handy trick to make clean up of countertop cooktop cut-outs easy. By using a bag sized properly for the cooktop cut-out (along with point-of-source dust collection) helps keep debris from spreading to the jobsite. Watching the video makes one think it could easily be used on just about any countertop surface – granite or other stone, quartz, solid surface or just about everything that may need to be cut in place.

While the company makes these bags specifically designed for this use to certain sizes, one could suppose that other heavy-duty bags could serve the same purpose, although that is for you to decide.

You may also be interested in this video on Panasonic’s idea of the cooktop of the future.

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OSHA Updates FAQs and Videos for Silica in Construction

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OSHA Updates FAQs and Videos for Silica in Construction

Posted on 23 August 2018 by cradmin

OSHA has released new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and training videos pertaining to the new standard for controlling respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry. All silica standard information, FAQs and training videos are now available online via the following the links:

The new FAQs were produced in cooperation with industry and labor organizations to provide both employers and workers with information about the requirements of OSHA’s silica standard.

In addition to the FAQs, six new videos are now available to provide examples on how to control silica dust during common construction events and with specific construction equipment, including handheld power saws, jackhammers, drills and grinders.

Several other resources for the construction industry regarding silica are also available, such as links, publications, references, NIOSH controls, respiratory protection and more.

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Tile of Spain Awards Calls for Entries

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Tile of Spain Awards Calls for Entries

Posted on 21 August 2018 by cradmin

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) announced the call for entry for the annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design.

Sponsored by Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia, Bankinter and CESCE, the Tile of Spain Awards are intended to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide.

For the 17th edition of the awards, the panel of judges is made up of internationally acclaimed professionals working in the sector. Argentinian architect Jorge Silvetti will chair the panel of judges, joined by architects and designers Elías Torres, Ricardo Carvalho, Jordi Garćes and Ramón Monfort.

The Tile of Spain Awards have a prize fund of €39,000 (approx. $45,511) distributed among three categories. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each will have a cash prize of €17,000 ( $19,838), and the Final Degree Project award will have a cash prize of €5,000 ( $5,834). The panel of judges are also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.

Entries are being accepted now through October 24, 2018. To enter the contest, or for more information, visit www.tileofspainawards.com.

You may also be interested in this article about Coverings CID Award Winners.

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Laser Products Industries Earns a Place on  Inc. 5000 List for Second Consecutive Year

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Laser Products Industries Earns a Place on Inc. 5000 List for Second Consecutive Year

Posted on 20 August 2018 by cradmin

Rich Katzmann & Dan Louis

Laser Products Industries (LPI) has made the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the second-consecutive year. LPI has experienced nearly 70 percent sales growth over the last three years and joins an elite group of repeat companies on the Inc. 5000.

“Of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction have made the list more than once,” said James Ledbetter, editor in chief of Inc. Media. “A mere one in three have made the list two times.”

According to Ledbetter, companies that have made the list, on average, have grown six-fold since 2014 during a stretch when the economy grew around 11 percent. Collectively, revenue from companies on this year’s list is up 158 percent from 2014, a trend that LPI continues to follow.

“It’s a tremendous honor and achievement for LPI to be named to the Inc. 5000 for the second straight year,” said LPI president Rich Katzmann. “We continue to invest in all aspects of our business to ensure we not only continue providing the best quality of products and services, but also innovate and develop new solutions for new markets and the evolving needs of our customers. We have some big things planned between now and the next few years that are pretty exciting.”

LPI was founded in 1994 by Dan Louis, who was a 2017 inductee into the National Kitchen and Bath Association Hall of Fame. Throughout its 24 years, LPI has been recognized by customers, peers and associations worldwide as a leader in laser measuring products for several industries including countertop, cabinet and woodworking. The company has several new products in development that will launch over the next couple years to accompany its popular LT-2D3D Laser Templator.

You may also be interested in this article about ELaser Xpress CL by ETemplate.

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Workplace Design Affects Talent Attraction and Retention

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Workplace Design Affects Talent Attraction and Retention

Posted on 16 August 2018 by cradmin

Unemployment is lowering across the United States. While this is great for the economy, it can make it difficult for business owners and managers to attract and retain talent in such a competitive environment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) believes unemployment will continue to drop over the next several years, which makes it increasingly important to keep a healthy and steady workforce through every available means.

Recently, Continental Office conducted research to determine exactly what it is prospective employees are looking for to attract them and keep them at a company or organization. The results of the study are based 262 currently employed workers at all levels – from associate to corporate.

Following are the top four discoveries in this new, groundbreaking report:

  1. Nearly 25 percent of workers stated that the physical workspace affects decisions to leave or stay at their workplace.
  2. Eighty-seven percent prefer flexible settings, such as workshops, meeting rooms, private areas and social spaces.
  3. On a scale of one to 10, the physical working space affecting overall happiness ranks at eight.
  4. Discrepancies are apparent between how associates and corporate-level employees perceive what is important in a workplace.

“To attract today’s top talent, you need to provide choice and flexibility in workplace settings. You have to give people permission not to be tethered to their desks. We know from our research and from speaking with our clients that the physical workspace affects workers’ overall happiness,” said Ira Sharfin, CEO of Continental Office.

“People want the freedom to move around and find the space that best fits the work they need to do at that time. What’s really striking is we’ve found that nearly a quarter of today’s workforce says the physical workplace affects their decision to stay/leave, which is very costly both financially and talent-wise,” Sharfin continued. “As leaders, it’s important for us to disrupt and take risks. The old ways of working aren’t helping any of us attract today’s top talent.”

For owners, managers and other business leaders, these findings present both new challenges and opportunities. Many are now reexamining the employee experience to better understand what truly matters.

Read the full report from Continental Office here.

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BLANCO Expands the PRECIS Collection with New Size Options

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BLANCO Expands the PRECIS Collection with New Size Options

Posted on 15 August 2018 by cradmin

PRECIS 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, added the PRECIS 30-in. Single Bowl and PRECIS 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide to its SILGRANIT® sink collection.

As an expansion to one of BLANCO’s most popular lines, the new 30-in. PRECIS Single Bowl sink allows for the same SILGRANIT technology and array of color options in a unique size for 33-in. cabinets. The PRECIS 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide adds functionality by keeping prep and cleaning areas separate, with the ability to accommodate large pots, pans and baking sheets.

“The BLANCO PRECIS collection is inspired by professional kitchens in both form and functionality,” states, Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “The collection is our most popular to date, and we are excited to be able to continue offering additional sizes and design options to our customers.”

The BLANCO PRECIS introductions are offered in all eight on-trend SILGRAINT colors including Anthracite, Biscotti, Biscuit, Café Brown, Cinder, Metallic Gray, Truffle and White. With a crisp, angular design and durable surface that resists heat, scratches, stains and chips, it’s no wonder this sink collection is among BLANCO’s most popular.

You may also be interested in this article about Ruvati’s 45-in. work station sink.

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Federal Brace Introduces New Carolina Size & Finish

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Federal Brace Introduces New Carolina Size & Finish

Posted on 14 August 2018 by cradmin

Federal Brace has begun to distribute a new size and finish of the Carolina commercial support, a bracket providing industrial level strength for a variety of commercial and residential projects. The versatile Carolina support bracket can be integrated into home office workstations, heavy-duty storage shelves, as well as larger commercial projects such as schools, hotels, and banks.

Installed directly to the side of the wooden stud in the wall, the Carolina support made from strong, 11 gauge material promises strength while providing the increasingly popular ‘invisible’ look. The 500-pound carrying capacity can hold a variety of natural stones and other materials, and the new white finish offers even more options to match hidden bracket project designs.

The Commercial Carolina bracket is engineered for heavy-duty lifting in a variety of different applications. For example, this support would be ideal for service window/reception counters, workstations, locker rooms, bars, and more. In addition, the Carolina can be installed in compliance with ADA standards to create accessible public restrooms, dining areas, gyms and more.

You may also be interested in this article about how to improve your designs with countertop brackets and legs.

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StoneTalk Episode 42 – Scott Lardner

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StoneTalk Episode 42 – Scott Lardner

Posted on 13 August 2018 by cradmin

In StoneTalk Episode 42, Patrick speaks with Scott Lardner of Rocky Mountain Stone.

The two touch on the following topics:

  • The joy of working with family
  • How to succeed in an area where the population is spread out
  • When it can be useful to downsize
  • The importance of focusing on your target market

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 42 – Scott Lardner.

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Natural Stone Institute Offers Accelerated Weathering Testing

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Natural Stone Institute Offers Accelerated Weathering Testing

Posted on 09 August 2018 by cradmin

Natural Stone Institute announced that accelerated weathering testing is now available through the testing lab’s recently acquired environmental simulation chamber. This test method is used to determine the level of strength and fabric degradation caused to a natural dimension stone by exposure to repeated cycles of freezing and thawing in a near saturated condition. Accelerated Weathering tests are often required by project design and engineering teams in regions that experience high numbers of freeze/thaw cycles.

The test method is applicable to any natural dimension stone intended to be used in construction or landscape applications in areas where the material will be subjected to subfreezing temperatures. Test specimens are placed in a chamber that alternates between cooling and heating to produce freeze/thaw cycling. Sonic modulus of elasticity tests are performed at prescribed intervals to establish a correlation between the number of cycles experienced and the rate of progression of degradation of the specimen. Destructive flexural strength testing is performed on control samples prior to the test and on samples after the test to determine strength loss.

The Accelerated Weathering test is one of nine tests available through the Natural Stone Institute. All testing is completed in the Natural Stone Institute’s state of the art testing lab in Oberlin, Ohio. Accelerated Weathering testing can be completed in 1-3 months and is available in cycles of 100, 150, 200 and 300.

The Natural Stone Institute testing lab is dedicated to providing outstanding personalized service, which includes assisting customers in identifying only the data they need. To learn more about the Accelerated Weathering test and other testing lab capabilities, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/lab.

You may also be interested in viewing upcoming events.

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