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Radiant Heat Defined

November 27th, 2007 · No Comments

What exactly is radiant heating? Many people mistake radiant heating for hydronic (hot water) tubing, but that is only a portion of radiant heating family of technologies. To say that plastic or pex tubing with hot liquid being pumped through it is the only radiant heating technology would be like listing bananas and apples as […]

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Yarn

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Yarn is made of fibers that are twisted together to form a continuous strand.

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Knot

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Cross section of tree branch or limb with grain usually running at right angles to that of the piece of wood in which it occurs. (The portion of branch or limb that has been surrounded by subsequent growth of the stem.)

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Nail-down

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

This is the traditional method of installation using nails or staples and requires a wood subfloor. All solid flooring and many engineered floors can be installed this way. The nails or staples are driven at an angle through the tongue and are hidden by the next piece of flooring. This is called “blind nailing.”

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Knot Hole

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Openings produced when a knot drops from the wood in which it was originally embedded.

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JOINTED FLOORING

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Strip flooring, generally Birch, Beech & Hard Maple or Pecan, manufactured with Square Edges and no tongue or groove, usually end-matched. Used principally for factory floors where the square edges make replacement of strips easier.

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Heartwood

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

The non-active center of a tree generally distinguishable from the outer portion by its darker color.

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Inner Core

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Generally made from high-density fiberboard (HDF), particle board, or plastic the inner core adds impact resistance and forms the interlocking tongue and groove system. Melamine plastic resins are also impregnated in the core to improve the moisture resistance of the inner core.

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Heat setting

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

A process that sets the twist in a carpet pile with heat or steam. This process allows fibers to hold their twist over time, allowing them to bounce back with great resilience whenever they are stepped on.

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Hand

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

How a carpet feels.

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