Thursday, March 29, 2018

Carpet Selection Guide



Choose your carpet carefully:

Capell Flooring and Interiors has compiled a list of facts and details that may help customers become comfortable with carpet terms and definitions. This helps you feel confident in your decision when shopping for your new carpet.

Manufacturing Terms

There are a handful of terms that describe the carpet-making process which you should be familiar with before we get to talking about carpet pile styles. They are:

Gauge

Gauge refers to the space between the needles on a tufting machine. This measurement is recorded in fractions of an inch, and indicates the number of needles that are positioned across the width of the tufting machine.

Pitch

Pitch is the space between the stitches made by the needles (the distance which the backing material shifts before the needle punches in the next tuft). It is measured by using the number of tufts per inch.

Density

Density is the measure of the closeness of the pile yarns, and it will reveal the gauge and pitch. It is measured by the number of ounces per yard. Usually, a greater density means a higher quality carpet.

Face Weight

Face weight is the number of ounces per yard of fiber extending above the primary backing. All of these measurements (gauge, pitch, density and face weight) are dependent on one another. For example, if the density increases but the pile height doesn't change, the face weight will be greater. Or if the pile height raises with the density staying the same, the face weight will increase.
The remainder of this article will provide information on Cut- Pile styles (59% of the current market), Loop-Pile types (28% of the market), and Cut and Loop-Pile combination styles (13% of the market).
Cut-Pile Styles

Saxony Pile

A saxony style usually has a pile height close to three quarters of an inch. The most important characteristic of a saxony will be whether the pile is constructed with curled, heattreated yarns with enough density to allow the fibers to keep their shape under foot traffic and furniture. A large number of the luxury carpets produced are of the saxony pile.

Plush or Velvet

Plush styles are thick enough to stay strong against regular use. The most important feature of a plush is that there is barely any twist set in the face yarns that make up the pile. This produces a soft, even texture on the surface of the plush or velvet carpet. This "velvet-plush" carpet should not be exposed to high temperatures in cleaning solutions. Applying these cleaners can chemically burn your plush or velvet. Temperature settings must be lowered from the highest settings.

Shag Pile

This type of pile has nearly vanished from modern stores. But for those that argue it still has a place in interior design, there are still some shag carpets that have lasted from the early seventies. A shag carpet will usually have a pile height greater than one inch, but that pile height has to have a low enough density to have that effortless look. The ends of the yarns are on the surface instead of the tips like with many other carpet types.

Splush (short-shag or mini-shag)

This carpet is somewhere between the shag and the plush. The pile height is normally around three quarters of an inch. It does not have enough density for the yarn ends to retain their shape when the floor is walked on. The "random lay" look is still very similar to shag despite the fact that the density is greater in this pile type.

Frieze(free-say)

This variety is made up of very tightly wound yarns that have a rough, nubby look.

Grass-pile

Grass-pile carpets are normally crafted with slit-film olefin which mimics the look of grass. It is sold in dozens of different colors.
Loop-Pile Types

Level Loop-Pile

This pile type is made up of even-leveled tufts in an uncut or loop-pile design. Commercial quality carpet is usually of the level-loop variety with greater density but less pile height.

Multi-Level Loop-Pile

This pile type can also be referred to as "high-low" pile carpet. It is created by increasing tension on the yarn during tufting, which forms designs with high and low loops.

Cut And Loop Pile Styles

Sculptured Saxony

Sculptured Saxony is a mix of higher, cut-pile yarns which is different in texture than lower, loop-pile yarns which stay uncut.

Sculptured Shag

Sculptured shag is close to the sculptured Saxony. The difference though is that sculptured shag is made up of higher, less dense cut-pile yarns in a shag design, contrasted by lower loops which stay uncut.

Level Cut-loop

Manufacturers use this method to make many different types of designs with cut and loop piles of the same height.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

How to Get Off Your Habit Wheel


Are your New Year resolutions long gone, with old habits back in action? You know, those tendencies that happen over and over without thinking. Our own habits can drive us crazy, especially when they’re ones we are trying to break. So how do we finally break them? 

Think!
No, not about how much you hate this habit of yours. Instead of focusing on the habit itself, try to think about what’s going on when the unwanted behavior occurs. Is there a pattern that you can see – and break?

When and How
When and how does your bad habit occur? Many habits happen during specific situations. If that’s the case, get off the hamster wheel. Avoid those situations! If that’s not possible, try to change your mindset and other actions in the situation. Look for patterns that you can modify or remove.


What
When it comes to that unwanted habit, consider what’s in it for you. How are you benefiting or not benefiting? Most habits, even annoying and harmful ones, serve (or once served) a purpose. Before eliminating that habit, be sure you aren't removing what’s good.

Want
One of the best ways to break an old habit is by replacing it with something new. Consider the changes you are going to make and what you’re going to do instead. If you're going to go through the effort of kicking a habit to the curb, why not make sure you put a better habit in its place?

For example, if you want to break the habit of eating a bowl of ice cream every night, replace it with a walk around the block.

The first quarter of 2018 may be winding down, but there’s plenty of time left in this year. Here’s to making this the best year yet!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Hardwood Staining vs. Finishing Hardwood - what is the difference? Cape...




Hardwood Staining vs. Finishing Hardwood - what is the difference? Our owner Matt Capell discusses a little bit of what the difference is, and we hope this helps you!
We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area. We sell all types of flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl, and etc. We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work. We love what we do and it shows in our work. We love being social and please join us on our networks online.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Map to Capell Flooring and Interiors - Meridian Flooring Store (208) 288...





Here is a map on how to get to our showroom in Meridian Idaho.  We want to be your flooring store!



If you haven’t already please stop by our store to pick up a copy of my book, “The Consumer’s Guide to Flooring, or you can go here to download a digital FREE copy today at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com

We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area.  We sell all types of flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl, and etc.  We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our work.  We love being social and please join us on our networks online.



Join the Conversation:

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https://www.facebook.com/CapellInteriors/

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Foxglove Evergreen Homes - Beautiful New Home - Capell Flooring



This is a fun, beautiful new home in the Treasure
Valley.  We love working on New Construction
Homes, and we wanted to share this with you!

If you haven’t already please stop by our store to pick up a
copy of my book, “The Consumer’s Guide to Flooring, or you can go here to
download a digital FREE copy today at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com

We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise,
Idaho area.  We sell all types of
flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl,
and etc.  We do remodel, new
construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our
work.  We love being social and please
join us on our networks online.

Join the Conversation:
Subscribe to the Main Capell Flooring Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/capellinteriors
#idahome #thisisboise #hellomeridian #capellflooring #boise


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Carpet Care Basics



When it comes to carpet care, it’s hard to know exactly what’s fact and what’s fiction. Capell Flooring and Interiors has a few tips for keeping your carpet looking its best year after year. That being said, nothing lasts forever, so when it is time to replace your carpets, come see us!

Carpet Care Basics:

·         Carpets need to be vacuumed at least once a week. More often in high traffic areas. Vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet.
·         Take your time and go slow when you vacuum your carpet. Slowly go over each section of carpeting several times, allowing the suction to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt.
·         Vacuum the areas that receive heavier traffic in a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.
·         Clean spills immediately. Carefully blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Remove as much of the spill as possible.
·         Before using any cleaning solution, test your carpet in an inconspicuous area to make sure the cleaner won't damage or discolor it. We recommend Shaw Carpet Stain and Soil Remover. You can purchase this product directly from us here at our showroom.
·         Do not rub the spill as this could spread the stain. Apply Shaw Carpet Stain and Soil Remover, using a clean white towel, work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading the stain. Blot up extra moisture as needed.

Deep Cleaning Basics:

In spite of the weekly vacuuming, there will come a time when you have to break down and have your carpets deep cleaned. Here are some tips to help with that.

·         Whether you are tackling the job yourself or you’ve hired a professional, you should always test for colorfastness. Grab your white towel with the cleaning solution that you are going to use, and apply it to an inconspicuous area. If the towel does not pick up any color from the carpet, it is probably safe to use the solution on the entire carpet.
·         Remove, or hire the removal of as much furniture from the room as possible, and place foil or plastic film under the legs and bases of the remaining furniture to prevent stains.
·         Vacuum the carpet thoroughly, then spot-clean and pretreat stains before shampooing the carpet.
·         Follow the instructions printed on the carpet cleaner!
·         Use single strokes over the carpet surface.
·         Do not apply heavy pressure with the machine.
·         Wipe cleaning solutions and foam from furniture legs and woodwork immediately to prevent damage.
·         Fluff damp fibers against the nap after shampooing to aid drying.
·         Make sure the room is well-ventilated after cleaning to speed drying.
·         Try not to walk on carpets until they are completely dry.

There you have it! Carpet Care Basics from Capell Flooring and Interiors


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Learn About YOU on the Internet


Do you know what the world knows about you? That includes your friends, family, strangers, and prospective employers.

If they want to know more about you, they will do an Internet search.

You can see what others will see about you by performing a search in an Incognito browser window. The Incognito setting strips your browser history and personal settings away, and allows for results closer to those a stranger may get. If you're not sure how to open an incognito window (which will be different depending on the browser you use), do a search for that first (i.e., searching for “how to open an incognito window in Chrome”).

Once you've got that incognito window open, search for you by first and last name. Searching with quotations marks around your name will narrow down the results. If you have a common name, adding your town name to the search query will help narrow your results.

The search results will often start with your social media pages, like Facebook or Pinterest. After that, you will see other websites where you name is present in the text. These could be news articles, blogs, directories, etc. Read the headings and excerpts. You may be surprised at what you find in the first few pages of results.


Facebook Privacy Settings

If you have a profile on Facebook, log in and go to your Facebook Home page. That's where people see your profile image, details about you, and what you have recently posted.

To see what people who are NOT on your Friends list will see, click on the ellipses (...) in the lower right corner of your cover image. Then, click on 'View as ...' What is on your screen after that is what the public sees on your Facebook page. There will be a message bar that tells you that at the top of the page.

To update your privacy settings, click here.

It's a good idea to do these kinds of searches a few times a year, and to review all your Facebook settings periodically.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Your Friends at Capell Flooring and Interiors

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Your Friends at Capell Flooring and Interiors

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Your Friends at Capell Flooring and Interiors

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Madness Special - Capell Flooring Up to $200 Gift Certificate

March Madness Special - Capell Flooring Up to $200 Gift Certificate

My name is Matt Capell and In Honor of March Madness, I want to give you a gift certificate for up to $200 off!
Enclosed is a Capell Flooring and Interiors gift certificate for up to $200 off your next flooring purchase. This gift certificate is good for any purchase over $2,500. If your purchase is from $1,000- $2,499, you’ll get a gift certificate for $25 to a local restaurant of your choice. Under $1,000 and you’ll get a gift card to Starbucks or Coldstone and a FREE carpet spotting kit.
But you must hurry! Your gift certificate expires in 30 days!
We’ll email you this gift certificate upon your opt-in. Simply present it to your flooring consultant at your appointment, and you’ll get the deal. Easy as that! (This offer can't be combined with any other previous offer or discount)



P.S Get the scoop here - 
https://capellflooring.com/march-madness

Do we sell only carpet? FAQ - We sell all types of flooring......



We get asked a lot, do we sell only carpet?  The long and short of it, is we sell not only carpet, but tile, hardwood, luxury vinyl, vinyl, laminates, and other type of counters.....

If you haven’t already please stop by our store to pick up a copy of my book, “The Consumer’s Guide to Flooring, or you can go here to download a digital FREE copy today at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com

We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area.  We sell all types of flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl, and etc.  We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our work.  We love being social and please join us on our networks online.

Join the Conversation:

https://capellflooring.com/home-page

https://www.facebook.com/CapellInteriors/

https://www.instagram.com/capellflooring/

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Subscribe to the Main Capell Flooring Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/capellinteriors

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Capell Flooring – How to save the life of your razor for a long, long time…



My friend Tom Holloway and customer of Capell Flooring and Interiors recently learned how to drastically increase the life of his shaver razor blades, such as Gillette or Schick Brand razors.  He gave me permission to share this gem.  Please KEEP reading!  This trick is incredibly simple and just as incredibly effective.  It will also save you a nice chunk of change over time...
            For instance, Gillette Fusion Brand razor cartridge sets typically will cost about $28 per set of 12, which will typically only last you a few months and less if you actually go by their expiration “strip” in determining when the cartridge needs replaced.  With the below method, my friend Tom Holloway has now gone about eight months using the exact same cartridge and the blades on the cartridge are as sharp as when he first popped the cartridge on.  I have tried this too and it really does work!
            We have no idea how long this will keep up, but now a package of 12 cartridges is apparently going to last me at least 12 years or more.  This is a savings of around $95 a year over my previous expenditures on these cartridges; so then a savings of close to $1200 over the course of 12 years and possibly more depending on how long these things will stay sharp with the below method (We haven’t yet found the upper limit).
Here are the steps: 
1) How to drastically increase the life of your shaving razor
Before or after you shave (I prefer before so that the blades are dry), place your jeans on a hard flat surface; then run the razor up the pant legs about 10-15 times quickly; then repeat running it down the pant legs 10-15 times quickly. No need to press that hard, but a little pressure is necessary.  In both instances, you want to point the top of the razor in the direction you are rubbing the shaver on the pants. In other words, don’t “shave” the pants; point the razor the other way, so that the blades glide over the surface of the jeans and don’t try to cut them.
The threads on the jeans then will very effectively both fix any tiny bends in the blades that inevitably happen and will also sharpen the blades on your shaver cartridge. For an already dull blade, you can sharpen it up pretty effectively by doing 50-100 swipes both ways to get it back up to “like new” condition, but only 10-15 times swiped both ways should be necessary to maintain sharpness.   One last tip, be sure to vigorously shake your Razor 15 to 20 times after your final rinse to remove all droplets of water so that the blades cannot rust…  Happy Shaving!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Do you do FREE quotes? Let's Discuss - Capell Flooring and Interiors....



We get asked a lot, do we do FREE quotes?  Yes, we do but we like you to come in first, so we can figure out what type of flooring you would like through one of our trademarked Design Audit's....go here to learn more: https://capellflooring.com/design-audit

If you haven’t already please stop by our store to pick up a copy of my book, “The Consumer’s Guide to Flooring, or you can go here to download a digital FREE copy today at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com

We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area.  We sell all types of flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl, and etc.  We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our work.  We love being social and please join us on our networks online.

Join the Conversation:

https://capellflooring.com/home-page

https://www.facebook.com/CapellInteriors/

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Subscribe to the Main Capell Flooring Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/capellinteriors

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Welcome to Capell Flooring and Interiors – Meridian Idaho Flooring Store





Hardwood care and maintenance can make or break the long-term beauty of your hardwood floors.  In this presentation, Matt Capell is going to go through the do’s and don’t to maintain and keep your hardwood floors looking great for a long time.



We are so glad that you found our page.  Take a look around – we look forward to working with you.  Feel Free to Schedule one of our Trademark Design Audit’s at https://capellflooring.com/design-audit or get a copy of Matt Capell’s, “Consumer’s Guide to Flooring,” at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com/

Nobody has warranties likes us – take a look at our Triple Guarantee:

https://capellflooring.com/triple-guarantee

We look forward to working with you here in the Boise, Idaho area, and want to be your flooring store!

#capellflooring #boiseidaho #meridianflooring

Saturday, March 10, 2018

One Simple Way to Grow Equity


Building savings can be tricky at times, but there is a method circulating on the Internet that can get you a guaranteed $1378 in your bank account at the end of 52 weeks. This strategy is great if you're saving for a specific purchase, a vacation, or a special occasion.

The method is called the 52-Week Savings Plan, and what makes it simple is that you deposit a dollar amount equivalent to the week number in the year. For example, March 19th begins the 12th week of the year, so you would deposit $12 for that week.


That holds true for the way you calculate the deposits for all other weeks in your 52-Week Savings Plan:

Week 1 – $1
Week 2 – $2
Week 3 – $3
Week 4 – $4 … and on it goes for a full 52 weeks.

By the time you complete 52 deposits into your savings account, you will save $1378. Plus, in most cases, that small deposit each week will barely get missed. After all, the biggest deposit is on week 52 at $52.

Now imagine what that savings would look like if you double or triple the deposits each week!
Doubling up each week would save $2756 and tripling up would save $4134 with the largest single week deposit being $156 (52 weeks x3).

If instead, you decided to deposit $52 per week, then your 52-week total would be $2704.
Maybe dollar savings plans won't work for you. Then try multiplying the week number by 25 or 50 cents and depositing smaller amounts. This article breaks down those options and a few others into visual tables, so you can see how the deposits add up.

The Triple Guarantee - #1 No Regrets Guarantee - Capell Flooring



Hi. Matt Capell here with Capell Flooring here in the Treasure Valley. Hey, I've got another tip for you today and this comes from my Triple Guarantee that we offer that, as far as I'm aware, no other store here in town does. The first one of my Triple Guarantee is called my Zero Regrets Guarantee and it's also here in my book The Consumer Guide to Floor Covering. If you haven't got one, come by the store and pick up a free copy or go to consumersguidetoflooring.com and you can download a free copy.
But the first one is my Zero Regrets Guarantee and I'm just gonna read part of it to you so I get the wording right. It says "Here's how the Zero Regrets Guarantee works. If at any time during the first 30 days after installation you decide you don't like your flooring, for whatever the reason, just let us know and we'll replace it for free on the materials." Just so you know on that, basically we want you to be really thrilled with your floors and sometimes the color just ... what you pick out doesn't work really well. So we'll replace it with the same materials, just a different color, or if you want something more expensive, less expensive, we credit you or you just pay the difference. But just with that guarantee you would just have to cover the installation of the next time.

And the reason we do that is you're gonna have your flooring for a long, long time and I think it's very, very important that you like your floors for as long as you have them. And sometimes it's just worth it. Sometimes something just doesn't work right and you wanna exercise that Zero Regrets Guarantee. So that's just one of three that we do and it makes us different here in the Treasure Valley. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call, send us an email, comment below and tell us what you like/dislike about the video. If you have any questions or I can be more clear just let me know. If you want a topic for me to address just let me know that as well. Appreciate you. Thanks and have a wonderful day.
We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area. We sell all types of flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl, and etc. We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work. We love what we do and it shows in our work. We love being social and please join us on our networks online.


We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area.  We sell all types of
flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl,
and etc.  We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our work.  We love being social and please
join us on our networks online.

Join the Conversation:
Subscribe to the Main Capell Flooring Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/capellinteriors
#idahome #thisisboise #hellomeridian #capellflooring #boise

Friday, March 9, 2018

Tomato Garden Tip



So what exactly do tomatoes have to do with flooring?  Besides tomatoes being something that stains carpet from time to time (talk to us about our carpet cleaner if that is happening to you) they really don’t have much to do with flooring.  That being said this blog isn’t about flooring, because we also like to tackle life topics, home, and fun things that will be useful to our customers and readers.  I came across this gardening tip on accident and wanted to share -- especially if you like to garden like I do.
            Several years back here in the Treasure Valley, we had an early winter frost, and it killed all of my tomatoes that I hadn’t picked yet.  I was bummed about it of course, and waiting a couple of weeks before deciding that I needed to take care of the plants and green tomatoes that were still hanging there in my now defunct garden.  I’m not sure why, but I decided to dig a large hole, and bury all the left over tomatoes, because I figured they would decompose over the winter months in the ground, and then I wouldn’t have such a mess in my garbage can.  I didn’t give it much thought after that until spring rolled around the following year…..

            We had an epidemic of a certain new weed that sprung up where I had buried those tomatoes.  Okay, not really, but it was amazing.  Tomato plants started emerging all over, and the best part of it, and why I’m giving this tip, is that somehow they only started to come up after the last frost in the spring.  I’ve done this now since 2005, always rotating the spot where I bury the tomatoes, and they come up every year in full force at just the right time.  I have not done a lot of research on this, but I promise you it works, or at least it does in Meridian, Idaho, in two separate houses where I have lived.  If you want to give this a try feel to give me a call for this or any flooring needs at (208) 288-0151.  I’m always willing to help.  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Beautiful Garwood Homes 2018 New Construction - Capell Flooring



This is a fun, beautiful new home in the Treasure
Valley.  We love working on New Construction
Homes, and we wanted to share this with you!
If you haven’t already please stop by our store to pick up a
copy of my book, “The Consumer’s Guide to Flooring, or you can go here to
download a digital FREE copy today at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com

We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise,
Idaho area.  We sell all types of
flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl,
and etc.  We do remodel, new
construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our
work.  We love being social and please
join us on our networks online.

Join the Conversation:
Subscribe to the Main Capell Flooring Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/capellinteriors
#idahome #thisisboise #hellomeridian #capellflooring #boise

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March Madness – Favorite Sporting Event of the Year!



It is March and as many of you already know I’m a really big sports fan.  I grew up playing about every sport you can think of from football, tennis, bowling, baseball, ping pong, but my favorite was always basketball.  When I wasn’t helping out in the family flooring business, Capell Flooring and Interiors, I was playing basketball here in Meridian and the surrounding Treasure Valley.  With basketball being my favorite, I realize that I am a little bias, but I really do feel that March Madness is the best couple of weeks in sports and here are some reasons why.

Cinderella – who doesn’t like the underdog?  We live in the city where our Boise State Broncos year in and year out do the unexpected and beat schools, from larger conferences, cities, that have bigger school budgets, but our Broncos still manage to get it done in football.  In the NCAA basketball tournament there is almost always a Cinderella story:  A smaller school that knocks off a larger school, and makes a run deep into the tournament.

Unlike with football and other team sports, upsets have become almost common place during “March Madness.” It seems like with the 3 point shot has become a great equalizer in college hoops.  All it takes is a couple of players or perhaps even a whole team to get hot from the 3 point line, and a larger conference school will go down with a loss.  Especially that first weekend, when larger conference schools lose all the time, which makes experts not look so great when predicting games.  Offices, friends, and others fill out their brackets in anticipation for this sporting event.  Everybody asks each other, “How is your bracket going?”  The only games that seem to be predictable are the 1 vs. 16 games.  Other than that any other team can lose on any given weekend.

This “unpredictability” during March Madness makes it so exciting to watch.  You never really know who is going to win, and it seems like a large amount of the games come down to a last second shot.  If your favorite team is playing, this can be nerve racking as exciting when they pull it off.  I will always enjoy watching the March Madness basketball tournament, and I hope this year is like years past with lots of upsets…..especially with our very own Boise State Men’s basketball team, led by our great coach Leon Rice upsetting some teams along the way this year.  Let’s go Broncos and have fun with this exciting once a year sporting event!  Fill out your brackets and have some fun with this exciting once a year sporting experience.  Please feel free to share what your favorite sporting event is and why – remember please keep the discussion friendly!  J

Monday, March 5, 2018

When My Knuckles Start Cracking.....Your Wood Might Be Contracting - Win...





This happens every winter in the Treasure Valley, a.k.a the Boise area....when my knuckles start to crack, I know somebody is going to call about their hardwood shrinking or contracting....this isn't a defect, and there are ways to make the situation better....



If you haven’t already please stop by our store to pick up a copy of my book, “The Consumer’s Guide to Flooring, or you can go here to download a digital FREE copy today at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com



We are a full servicing flooring retailer in the Boise, Idaho area.  We sell all types of flooring, counters, carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate wood, luxury vinyl, and etc.  We do remodel, new construction, and tenant improvement commercial work.  We love what we do and it shows in our work.  We love being social and please join us on our networks online.



Join the Conversation:



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https://www.facebook.com/CapellInteriors/

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

They Wanted More Daylight


It’s that time again, when most of North America will see the clocks spring ahead for Daylight Savings Time. Why do those clocks change?

In 1907, a London builder named William Willet wrote a pamphlet called called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ that proposed shifting time forward. He reasoned that this would allow working people to enjoy daylight during waking hours instead of losing it while they slept. Willet proposed that clocks advance by 20 minutes at 2:00 am on each of the four Sundays of April, then return the same way during the four Sundays in September.


The idea caught on quickly – but not in England. The clocks in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, Canada were shifted forward by one hour at midnight on July 1, 1908.

It would be nine more years before Willet’s idea took root in Europe, spurred on by WWI. Germany and Austria were first to make the change in April 1916, and Britain approved Daylight Savings Time changes on May 17, 1916.

Today, Daylight Savings Time is used in over 70 countries around the world, but not all honor it the same way or consistently throughout the country. The chart on this website shows that in more detail.

In North America, most people will move their clocks forward an hour this weekend, at 2:00 am on March 11th. That will move an hour of daylight later in the day, where it will get enjoyed the most during our summer months.

Remember to adjust your clocks this weekend, or on Sunday you might show up an hour early to anywhere you need to be!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Winter Hardwood Issues - Around Heaters - Capell Flooring





**Small Correction to this video - The Floor will expand back together in the spring once the cold stops.

I thought it was important to interrupt your normal weekly emails and put out some important information so please read this, and if you have questions let my staff or myself know. I was born in Boise and lived in the treasure valley most of my life. I have not ever experienced any of this type of snowfall before to this level, and asking my parents who moved to this area in the early 1970’s they have not either. This weather will cause some issues with things that you may or may not have purchased from my store Capell Flooring, so I wanted to bring a few things up. Whether you bought some of these products from me or not, please read through this especially on the hardwood.
Hardwood Issues:
This time of the year, wood will expand and contract normally, and this time of year hardwood floors will typically shrink some because we turn up the heat and fireplaces and it makes hardwood shrink in houses. It can actual cause boards to split in two and not just on the seam which has happened in my personal house this winter. With extreme snowfall, this winter, it will only cause more issues with hardwood. I’ve done some research and tried to find some articles that explain this a little better. Also, please pay attention to snow being left on a floor from pets or kids, or de-icer type products. Around heat registers, the wood will tend to shrink even worse with the hot air being constantly blown on them to keep the heat up. (see my video below) It is like running a blow dryer on something non-stop, the water in water it is pointed at will evaporate and in this case, it is the moisture that is naturally in wood, that will cause your floor to shrink. As the snow starts to melt, there is a super high change you will get water in your crawl space and that will potential cause some more issues with your hardwood. Remember to run humidifiers and boil water on your stoves as well – this will help will the overall air quality in your homes, and help with this problem.
Hopefully, you are not experiencing too many problems. I’ve had a lot of customers and friends have roofs leak, pipes freeze, and I’m sure there will start to be some flooding. Let’s all try to work through this strange winter and be patient. Most things that will happen to your hardwood will resolve themselves naturally by spring.
Here are some links:
http://pro-flooring.com/winter-weathe... - although this was written for Colorado – we have experienced a Colorado type winter this year.
https://us.bona.com/iWantTo/care-for-... - another good article about winter hardwood and the potential issues that happen.
Other Things:
Here are some other things to keep in mind. Grout can crack when cold, caulk can shrink, and tile can possibly crack especially if it is installed directly on concrete. My personal house driveway has a large crack running through it from this winter and has lifted. It is not the concrete person’s fault, it is just a byproduct of this winter. Also, around one of my windows, it started to leak because the caulking shrunk on me and with the excessive water dripping on it, the water started to get through. This is also not the roofer’s fault. It is because there is ton of snow on my roof, and I have ice dams in my gutters. Carpet can also wrinkle on edges due to the cold and especially in basements.
Again, I hope most of this makes sense. Hopefully, we can all get through this winter, and all you can avoid having your roof leak, or something worse. Thanks for your patience in all of this!