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Floor Covering Installer Duties

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Performs manual work at the journeyman level in floor covering installation, maintenance, and repair.

Work involves the performance of skilled floor covering tasks by maintaining, repairing, and applying blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative covering to floors, walls, and cabinets. Work is inspected for satisfactory compliance with instructions, although routine repairs are usually made independently without supervision or review. Job requires, on occasion, to work beyond normal duty hours due to emergencies or high priority work.


Estimates, measures, and cuts carpets and other soft or roll floor materials, and foundation material, according to blueprints and sketches for new installation, repairs, or replacements of floor coverings.

Estimates, measures, and prepares floor surfaces for installation or repair of hard surface floor coverings, both tiles and roll vinyl sheet materials.

Disconnects and removes obstacles such as appliances and light fixtures.

Sweeps, scrapes, sands, or chips dirt irregularities from base surfaces, and fills cracks with putty, plaster, or cement grout to form smooth, clean foundation.

Spreads adhesive cement over floor to cement foundation material to floor for sound deadening, and to prevent covering from wearing at board joints.

Lays out center lines, guidelines, and borderlines on foundation with chalk line and dividers.

Lays covering on cement, following guidelines, to keep tile courses straight and butts edges of blocks to match patterns and execute designs.

Joins sections of sheet covering by overlapping adjoining edges and cutting through both layers with knife to form tight joint.

Rolls finished floor to smooth it and press cement into base and covering.

Finishes and refinishes various types of wood floors with sanders and cleaning equipment; applies sealers, vanishes, and floor waxes as required.

Performs other work as required in support of general maintenance activity.


High school diploma or GED; 2 years of experience in the trade which may include an apprenticeship and/or applicable vocational training, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in the floor covering trades.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to read and understand construction plans, sketches, visual instructions, and layouts.



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