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You can be a simple mill surveyor to report only what you see, or you can be an Inspector who can identify the cause of the complaint Some schools train how to inspect, the Guild teaches you to be able to analyze the problem, complaint.
The Guild EDUCATES the Flooring Professional to be more than a site surveyor.
Move Beyond Certification by Becoming Educated
Before the classes start, each student, upon registering, will receive links to the recorded classes from last year for study and review, plus several other classes, webinars from the past two years
THIS CLASS WILL BE LIVED STREAMED AND RECORDED
Intro to Wood – not requested, but I think we all agree it is essential (Dr. Hindman)
Q. & A. - lets clear up any misconceptions at the start.
"There are no ignorant questions if you ask the question to eliminate ignorance."
If asked in a deposition or in court, can you explain the “hows and whys” wood reacts to moisture
Wood flooring and other uses for wood, is the wood different that is used for flooring? Not a silly question, some people promote that. Let start to kill off Industry Myths
Kiln Drying Solid Wood (At the first Kiln Dry Class attended in 2009, inspectors were told by some in the industry from a national organization that Kiln Drying Classes should never happen and only they would tell the inspectors what they needed to know. Wonder why?
Learn the truth
Solid wood – checks, splits, shake, ring collapse, honeycomb.
Do checks only happen in our buildings?
Is this another myth?
Estimating wood shrink and swell from moisture absorption and desorption.
Slope of grain and how it affects wood
Tangential vs. Radial
Why is that important to ID when inspecting wood flooring complaints.
Acclimation - Time or moisture content? How to know when the wood was acclimated or not acclimated during an inspection
Basics of Engineered Flooring
T&G, click systems
Floating installation systems
Underlayment thickness, material
Moisture Expansion and contraction
Balanced construction (warping with its’ subcategories of cup and twist) g)
Hardness of engineered wood compared to solid wood, are the hardness tests relative?
Delamination and. shear
Inactivation of veneers
Is the industry term “Shearing” appropriate?
Is it manufacturing defect or a site condition? Truth over Industry Myth
For years, an organization has said that Shearing is real and only happens in building as a site condition, well, learn the truth
Another Industry Myth?
Floor Performance (size, install, etc.)
Subfloor materials (plywood, OSB, particleboard?)
Comparison between the three
Joists and subfloors, the different types of joists and their characteristics
Performance of the different joists’ system
Deadloads vs. live loads
Deflection effect: Solid and Engineered
Deflection between joints (OSB and Plywood)s
Moisture and subfloors
Floods – drying after a flood - good and bad results, how to inspect
New wood vs. old wood, growth plantations
Pipes, plumbing and wood floors 11. Radiant Flooring
Building Science – sources of moisture
Inspection Techniques and Tools (All) Measurements - 3 floors we build, video
Forensic Analysis (students provide problems for us to talk about) The goal is to share experiences to expose inspectors to different conditions in different regions and in this class, countries
Last session requires the students to bring a problem to us two weeks before – could be a problem they have solved or not solved.
That provides experience presenting a report to a group. That is a part of the “university experience”.
Additional classes not in the professors’ programs but will be available to the students
Concrete design, how it affects flooring
Moisture measurements tools, Delmhorst and Tramex. (Concrete and wood)
Ceramic tile and joist systems
Legal report writing
More? As we get an idea, more will be offered through this class.
That is a total of ten or more classes
Plus, last year’s class and several others the Guild has had in the past two years.
You will be provided with a link to watch all the past classes as part of this package.
A diploma with a passing grade plus a Certificate of Attendance.
Selva “Lee” Tucker Floor Educational Guild The Guild’s Wood Science Class Starting September 2, 2022
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