In 2014, we did our first project using the Schluter waterproofing system. The bathroom had an old vinyl surround and tub. The bathroom had to be gutted and waterproofed before the shower tile could be installed.

A few things to note, in order to get the waterproofing warranty from Schluter, we had to use their approved setting material at the time, Bostik’s Ditra Set that is good for both Ditra and Kerdi membranes. The tile was a porcelain from Syverson Tile & Stone.

After the shower was gutted, a niche and bench were formed, before installing the cement board and then installing the waterproofing membrane. After doing so, the tile was laid out so as to see where the lines would run. The client decided she wanted to have the lines running through the niche. For the changes in plane around the niche, the bench, and the curb, Schluter Profiles were used.

The floor of the shower was natural stone, and the floor in the bathroom was tile of the same line as on the walls. The client opted to have a tiled wainscoting installed going around the entire bathroom. The remainder of the installation, namely the sink and vanity, were done by the homeowner. The final touch was the bamboo plant which helps whoever showers feel like they’re being whisked away somewhere else.

We wish we took the professional photographs we take nowadays and in better lighting, but this was our first shower in the Fargo, North Dakota. The biggest difference between now and then is the quality of our installations, our use of newer materials, and of course, our pricing.

Carpet has remained one of the most popular flooring options in our part of the country due to it’s warmth and noise reducing properties. Most people would consider Fargo, North Dakota as a cold state six months out of the year, so carpet really does shine compared to other flooring options such as ceramic tile. Due to it’s popularity coupled with a skilled installer shortage, we’ve found that most carpets are not properly installed. One of the most skipped steps is properly power stretching the carpet.



     If your carpet is meant to be stretched but your installer says it’s not necessary, you may want to reconsider having them do your carpet installation. Power stretching carpet has been around almost as long as modern constructed carpets. Brands such as Shaw, Southwind, Mohawk, and Axminister actually require it per their installation instructions. A knee kicker does not apply the same amount of force as a power stretcher does, since the knee kicker can’t hold the wall to wall stretch that the power stretcher can. 

Man improperly installing carpet with no power stretcher
Man installing carpet properly with knee kicker and power stretcher

In the two photos above, you can see that two different individuals attempting to install carpet. Use of a knee kicker without assistance of the larger power stretcher will not only leave your carpet improperly stretched, but will also be much harder on the body and knees. This can potentially lead to injuries with a reduced ability to perform future carpet installations. 

 Power Stretching Helps A Carpet From Developing Wrinkles

A power stretcher helps keep a carpet from developing wrinkles, which means it stays looking and feeling newer for longer. Wrinkles or simply improper stretching can damage the bond between the primary and secondary backings in your carpet. Once your carpet starts to develop damage between it’s two backings, this can lead to what’s known as delamination which would make it next to impossible to stretch as the carpet can no longer attach properly to the tackstrip which holds it in place. 


Power Stretching is one of many steps required to properly install your carpet. There are other factors that help determine the longevity of your carpeting, such as carpet padding, fiber type, density, etc. We will cover that in future posts. If you have any questions, feel free to fill reach out to us via our contact us page! 


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