KOOLGLIDE Tape Melting Pattern

June 19th, 2008 | Category: Installation

A customer sent in a tool the other day with the following note attached: “The iron leaves two rows of un-melted adhesive on either side of the center of the tape. Please repair.”

This is exactly how the KOOLGLIDE tool should work. The KOOLGLIDE tool generates the heating pattern in the center and the edges of the tape. It may not look like much compared to hot iron adhesives that melt across the entire width of the tape, but many years of research done by tape manufacturers and carpet mills have found that as little as 1” of tape adhesive on each side of the seam is more than adequate to bond carpet sections together. The KOOLGLIDE allows for misalignment of the tool to the seam tape and still permits enough melted adhesive to enable the carpet to be power stretched.

Click here to see an illustration of the heating pattern.

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What is the KOOLGLIDE Utility Tape used for?

June 19th, 2008 | Category: Carpet Tapes

Utility tape can be used to fasten ceramic tile to walls, wood floors to concrete or to wood, carpet base to walls, to name a few applications.

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Vinyl base molding should not be used with the Utility tape. The plasticizers in the vinyl can cause the glue on the tape to come off the molding after time.

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New, Improved Silicone Backed Tape Coming to Distributors Soon

June 12th, 2008 | Category: Carpet Tapes, News

A new, improved KOOLGLIDE Silicone coated tape will begin to appear at distributors soon. What is different from the earlier tape? The new tape has a superior Silicone treatment to the back of the tape which keeps it from sticking to the carpet pad. The paper is denser which allows more Silicone to stay on top of the paper rather than soaking into the paper, which in turn, makes it more effective. Also, the color of the new tape backing is different – it’s a milky light brown compared to the uncoated tape and the previous Silicone tape.

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“I have a glue gun that is not working. Where do I send it to have it fixed or get a replacement?”

June 11th, 2008 | Category: Accessories

Seam Master Industries handles service of all glue guns. You may contact Seam Master at 1-800-255-1401 or www.seammaster.com.

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Does the KOOLGLIDE System have the Green Label Seal of Approval?

June 11th, 2008 | Category: Green/Environmental

CRI Green SealThe owner of an interior design store recently asked a flooring installer if the KOOLGLIDE Carpet Seaming System has the Green Seal from the Carpet & Rug Institute. The answer is YES and NO, because the CRI cannot test the System. We spoke with the CRI about this and they explained that the testing procedure for VOC measurement would not work for the KOOLGLIDE System. In traditional hot iron systems, as the iron heats up and cools down, it is putting out VOC’s which can be measured. Since the KOOLGLIDE System does not come into direct contact with the adhesive, it does not create smoke nor odor, therefore there are no VOC’s. The KOOLGLIDE System has the perfect score…a big zero!

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KOOLGLIDE PRO Replaces
the Model 100

June 3rd, 2008 | Category: News

Model 100 Discontinued in June 2008

Two years ago KOOLGLIDE introduced the PRO Model. The PRO has advanced features that the KOOLGLIDE Model 100 did not have. The original Model 100 Low-Medium-High settings all defaulted to the Low power level. With the PRO, the L-M-H settings have differing power levels, making the KOOLGLIDE PRO a more adaptable tool.

Since its introduction, sales of the PRO model have outpaced sales of the KOOLGLIDE Model 100. Therefore we will be discontinuing production of the Model 100 within the next month. Your KOOLGLIDE Model 100 is still a superior alternative to traditional hot iron method of carpet seaming, so keep using it! You can also have your current Model 100 upgraded to a PRO, for a charge of $40 within the continental USA (includes shipping and handling). Customers located outside the continental USA will pay any additional shipping charges and are responsible for all duties and customs fees. Contact Dave Green, toll free at 888-486-6342 for details.

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Godfrey Hirst Latest to Endorse KOOLGLIDE

December 12th, 2007 | Category: News

By Rob Rothfuss

July 25, 2007,

Godfrey Hirst has announced that they are now encouraging use of the KOOLGLIDE System for installation of wool broadloom products.  According to John Sheffield, Vice President – North America at Godfrey Hirst, the KOOLGLIDE System “allows for a better, lower profile seam, which is critical on low profile products like the wool broadlooms.  It also can make a seam where the edges do not bind when stretched in, which is the number one cause of seam peaking.  Peaked seams account for 80% of our claims and they are installation related, not manufacturing or carpet related.”

Hirst is also encouraging installers to become certified through the Natural Fiber Installation Certification (NFIC) program.  This certification program focuses on the unique installation aspects of natural fiber floor coverings.  Wool, sisal, sea grass, flatweaves and other natural fibers require specialized installation techniques to insure proper seaming and floor applications.

These classes also include certification on installation with the KOOLGLIDE System.

The Godfery Hirst letter may be downloaded from this web site along with similar letters from Shaw, Mohawk, Beaulieu and others.  Simply go to FACTS ABOUT THE KOOLGLIDE SYSTEM, click on ENDORSEMENTS, select to view.

Also, you may learn more about the NFIC certification program by visiting their web site listed on this home page under USEFUL LINKS.

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