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DRYWALL INSTALLATION Best Practices
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
FLOOR TYPES & DEFECTS
FLOORING MATERIALS, Age, Types
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SAFETY: Elderly & Veterans Home Safety
SEWAGE BACKUP TEST & CLEANUP
SOUND CONTROL in buildings
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
THERMAL TRACKING & HEAT LOSS
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WOOD FLOOR DAMAGE
Floor damage catalog: here we provide a catalog of types of damage found to flooring in buildings, such as improper installation, buckling, burns, cracks, loose, sloped, squeaky floors, mechanical damage, wear damage, water damage, and special kinds of damage found on wood floors. We describe various causes of floor damage. We describe the wear and damage problems associated with different types of flooring materials such as carpeting, ceramic tile, vinyl or vinyl asbestos tile, resilient or sheet flooring, wood flooring.
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The following floor and flooring defect descriptions are adapted and expanded from original citations provided courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates, Home Reference Book, with permission.
The damaged, stained floor shown at left is discussed in detail at WOOD FLOOR DAMAGE.
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Application Errors, Carpeting, Tile, Vinyl Tile, Resilient or Sheet Linoleum or Vinyl or Wood Floors
Some ceramic tiles are intended for wall use only. When used on floors, they will wear quickly.
Ceramic tiles and softer clay or terracotta floor tiles are also broken, forming cut and trip hazards such as this floor (photo at left) we photographed in Barcelona, Spain.
Carpet may be loose on stairs, a serious trip and falll hazard, not be laid flat or torn, more trip hazards, or wet, rotted, and moldy, health hazards. See CARPET PADDING ASBESTOS, MOLD, ODORS and CARPET STAIN DIAGNOSIS. Also see CARPET MOLD CONTAMINATION for details.
Wood flooring may not be well secured, buckled, rotted, due to improper installation or lack of maintenance, or failure to act immediately following a spill or leak in the building.
See FLOOR WOOD, DAMAGE DIAGNOSIS for examples and details.
Damaged Asbestos-Containing Floor Tiles, Sheet Flooring, Carpet Padding
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