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REJECTING THE SLAB - A BUMPY
RIDE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED!

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here is an ongoing disconnect in the construction process that
leads good companies into unnecessary conflict regarding
sub-floor flatness.
This is the number one reason a flooring contractor will walk off
the job late in the construction process when the deadline is looming.
NFCA floor installation standards state that it is within the general
contractors' scope of work to provide the floor covering contractor
with a flat subfloor that meets the flooring product manufacturer's
requirements, typically 3/16" over 10' (straightedge test method). Yet
all too often, the general contractor (GC) will be unwilling or unable to
pay for the extra patching and grinding required to meet this standard.
For the floor covering contractor faced with this problem, it's
very difficult to do the right thing and say no to the GC who say's
'just get it done'. For the flooring contractor the GC is the customer,
controls payment and is the only line of communication to the construction team.
Thousands of dollars of pre-bought material may be sitting in the
flooring contractor's warehouse awaiting installation. The need to
get flooring installed so that invoices can be issued and bills can be
paid can be motivation enough to just give in, dispense with quality
and agree to install against better judgement. It's unfortunate that
trying to put quality ahead of the deadline can lose you a customer,
delay your payments or worse, get you accused of default of contract
and land you in court fighting a battle that should never have been
allowed to develop.
On the other end of the equation is the concrete trade (Division 3),
where a similar problem of battling for payment can exist. Their

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 BCFCA NEWS

FOR THE FLOOR COVERING CONTRACTOR
FACED WITH THIS PROBLEM, IT'S
VERY DIFFICULT TO DO THE RIGHT
THING AND SAY NO TO THE GC WHO
SAY'S 'JUST GET IT DONE'.
responsibility to provide a flat slab ends 3 days after pour, if their work
meets specification. Division 3 contractors are often caught in a loop
of having to circle back to work on previously poured slabs that did
meet spec but have since changed shape (curled) because that's what
concrete does as it dries. Worse, they can find themselves back-charged
by the GC for extra leveling work assigned to the flooring contractor
(months later) and billed to the GC.
Again, tough to argue with your customer when thousands of
dollars are waiting to be collected.
If a $100,000 cash allowance is set aside for patching and grinding on a project, how does the construction team ensure that the
trade who ultimately performs this work gets paid properly with
the allowance?
For the sub-trades, the problem is clear. For the building owner, it
means money set aside to do the right thing is at risk of ending up in
the wrong hands, ensuring quality will suffer because short changed

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017

Chair’s Message
Board of Directors
Skate with Santa
Calendar of Events
Pumpkin Patch
Slo-Pitch Tournament
Education Events
Ultimate Show Home II Progress
BSIA Celebrating 80 Years
New BSIA Members
BCFCA Events
President’s Message
BCFCA News and New Members
BCFCA Board Members
BCFCA Flooring Expo
Reject the Slab
NFCA Board Members
The Shell Busey Birthday Roast & Toast
Crown Building Supplies Ltd. – Open House Celebration
Erik Schlaud Promoted at ORGILL
TIMBER MART Builds New Alliance with CFL
Brad Dixon joins Castle
Time is Not the Enemy: You are
5 Interview Habits of Highly Successful Organizations
Index of Advertisers
BSIA Affinity Partner Program
President’s Message: Last Word
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Chair’s Message
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Board of Directors
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Education Events
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - New BSIA Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - President’s Message
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BCFCA News and New Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BCFCA Board Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BCFCA Flooring Expo
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Reject the Slab
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - NFCA Board Members
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Erik Schlaud Promoted at ORGILL
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Brad Dixon joins Castle
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Time is Not the Enemy: You are
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - 5 Interview Habits of Highly Successful Organizations
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - 24
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BSIA Affinity Partner Program
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - President’s Message: Last Word
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