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JUL 2017

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COATINGSPRO JULY 2017 21 usually includes a statement such as, "Verify suitability of substrate, and proceed with coating application only after unsatisfactory conditions have been corrected." It then may be followed by a statement such as, "Beginning coating application constitutes contractor's acceptance of substrate and conditions." If you only get one thing out of this article, make sure it is this: Don't get bullied into starting work before you have fully examined the specification, the substrate, and the environment! I have seen flooring contractors break their backs trying to work on projects when other trades are walking over the freshly prepared concrete, generating dust, running direct-fired propane heaters in the work space, and a hundred other no-nos. Trying to proceed with work in these conditions will come back to haunt you, and you will not be able to produce a quality finish if the work space and substrate are not ready. Participating in the Process W hile the specification provides information about your work, it does not generally dictate the "means and methods." It is understood that the contractor is the professional who will take the intent of the specifications and determine how best to perform the work so that it conforms to those speci- fications. But specifications are never perfect. Architects have a big job to do, and often they resort to a cut-and-paste mentality to meet deadlines or stream- line costs. is practice is dangerous as it assumes, wrongly, that each job and coating system that worked for one building will work on another. ere is no one-size-fits-many solution in the wonderful world of coatings. W hile reviewing the bid documents (e.g., plans, specifica- tions, and addenda) prior to bid day, ambiguities should be brought to the attention of the architect through Requests for Information (RFIs). Asking good questions and challenging specifications is a healthy way to partic- ipate in the bid process. If you work in this industry, then you need to know how to read and react to a spec. CP Chris O'Brien is the founder of Prime Coat Coating Systems and currently acts as Vice President of Flooring Systems at Rock-Tred, an ICP-owned company. For more information, contact: Chris O'Brien, Specifying Success n No calibration adjustment required for most applications – measure right out of the box! n Tough probes, robust housing and strong two year warranty on gage body and probe n All models include memory, USB port, HiLo alarm, fast measurement mode and Certificate of Calibration n Includes PosiSoft suite of software for viewing and reporting data n Advanced models connect to iOS or Android smart devices Coating Thickness Gages Simple. Durable. Accurate. 1-800-448-3835 DeFelsko Corporation l Ogdensburg, New York USA Tel: +1-315-393-4450 l Email: Award Winning Compatibility! The PosiTector gage accepts ALL coating thickness (6000/200), surface profile (SPG/RTR), environmental (DPM), ultrasonic wall thickness (UTG) and Shore hardness (SHD) probes.

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