The Carpet Revolution is Coming
This month we look at a tool that’s going to transform the carpet industry, big changes in drilling holes (believe it or not) and a paint tray that’s just too narrow to be a smash hit.
It is rare that something comes across my desk that I can truly classify as a new tool. This is one such case and it is going to change the carpet industry, making renovators’ lives so much easier.
Traditionally, wall-to-wall carpets are seamed with hot glue guns, a process that gives off toxic fumes, is messy, can burn the rug if you are not careful and is irreversible — no adjustments or repairs.
Here is a whole new concept in hot glue seaming: electrical induction. First, you line up your rug joint and lay one of several speciality joint tapes into place. These tapes are not even sticky. What is special about the tape is the type of adhesive it uses, the type of fibre reinforcement, and, in particular, its aluminium backing. Once you’ve put your rug sections together tightly — remember nothing’s even hot yet, let alone stuck — place the Kool Glide machine over the joint, and press the activation button. Just like on a glass-top induction stove, the device remains relatively cool, while the metal down below becomes instantly hot, melting the glue and bonding the rug. The real beauty of this system is that, if, for whatever reason, the seaming was not quite perfect, you can actually put the Kool Glide right back, push the button again, and the glue reactivates, allowing for adjustment or even removal. And this can be done right away or years later.
When it is time to glue in a patch, you don’t need over run, you don’t have hot glue strings and you don’t have a hot tool that you can’t put down.
It sells for $700, so for now the market is limited to those working with a lot of carpet, but it should be showing up in rental stores soon. Never again will we have to try our hand at an extremely difficult to use, hot glue seaming gun. www.cid.ca
What’s new in drilling holes? Milwaukee has brought out a self-feeding hole saw with a replaceable cutting edge. They call it Switchblade. Blades are quick to change, cost less than a new drill and take up a whole lot less space. It comes in sizes from 1-3/8 to 2-9/16”. www.MilwaukeeTool.com