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Would I Accept That In My House?

WHEN I started out on the great journey of working life Imet an old experienced trades man who gave me a small piece advice that has been the main stay of my standards ever since.

‘Would I accept that in my house?’ He was talking about a lock somebody had fitted into a door, but this same simple sentence can be used as a guideline throughout our industry.

I have remembered his words on many occasions when visiting sites for clients unhappy over standards of installations. For example, where there was a combination of vinyl flooring, clamping ring type gullies and
clamping channel gullies. Problems found included:

vinyl trimmed around the gully and not dressed into;
the gully inserted unevenly into the substrate;
vinyl cracking around the gully; and
incorrect adhesive.
Most of these resulted in water penetration, eventually causing the failure of the adhesive bond between vinyl and substrate. In many instances in wet rooms, changing rooms and showers, we lift the floor to find the adhesive in an emulsified condition.

In all these cases we follow simple guidelines. Firstly, if the ring type gully is being used, ensure the gully is the
right type for the job and install as permanufacturer’s guidelines.

There is plenty of literature supplied bymanufacturers for this purpose. The subfloor must be prepared to meet the requirements and regulations for the installation. Any falls to gulliesmust not appear like the bobsleigh run at the Olympics.

The correct adhesive is imperative. You wouldn’t put water in your fuel tank as you know it will end up costing youmoney. So why take a chance with the adhesive?

Sheet vinyl flooring must be adhered using a water resistant adhesive. Your knifemust be sharp, with the correct blade. Trim the vinyl, or make use of a template cutter supplied with some ring gullies. Ensure the vinyl is dressed down into the outlet and the clamping ring is installed as per manufacturer’s guidelines. Weight in the formof bags may need to be applied to the vinyl around the gully to ensure it is fully bonded whilst curing, thus
preventing the vinyl lifting.

These are all minor processes which help to ensure a successful installation. And you can say with confidence ‘I’d accept that in my house’.

Paul Rigby is amember of Altro’s technical team
T: 01462 489405

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them online at