ASK JW: Learning the “Push-Cutter” method

The push cutter is one of the most important tools that you will need in your tool bag. The push cutter also known as a loop and pile cutter has been used for decades in the carpet industry. This month ASK JW will teach you why this tool can save time, money, and allow you to be an artist with your radius cuts. 

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ASK JW: Learning the Relief Cut Method

Handling, working, and cutting synthetic turf can be difficult at times, especially when it’s cold out. There will be times that synthetic turf can be stubborn when you’re trying to wrap, conform, and place sections around certain objects. The “relief cut” is the very first cut I teach installers when preparing them for a synthetic turf installation career.

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ASK JW: Learning the Slide-Cut Method

Learning to cut synthetic turf can be challenging. Precise cutting and staying consistent are crucial in becoming a craftsman. This month, Ask JW will teach a method J.W. created decades ago called the “slide-cut”. This method is accurate, easy, and fast when cutting exterior edges.

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ASK JW: Cornhole & Synthetic Turf

Horseshoe, bocce, lawn darts, croquet, badminton, and Frisbee are several lawn games we all grew up playing. The game cornhole has become one of the most popular lawn games across the nation.  Cornhole is a lawn game in which 16-ounce bags filled with corn kernels are tossed at a raised platform 15 feet away. The game is played with two platforms. The platform has a hole constructed in the far end of it. The platform is usually made of plywood and is tilted at one end to face the players. A bag in the hole scores three points. One left on the board scores one point. The player that reaches the score of 21 wins. Cornhole is fun and exciting to play, but it can also be damaging to the surface it is played on.

This month, Ask JW will teach you how to install cornhole pads to help preserve the longevity of the surface it is played upon.

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ASK JW: Recycled Concrete & Synthetic Turf

​​Finding a good aggregate for compaction can be confusing to new contractors in the synthetic turf business. Rock plants produce many aggregates for all types of construction. When seeking out a good compaction aggregate for synthetic turf, it is important to understand how that aggregate plays a role in your entire installation. Many synthetic turf contractors have used all types of base material underneath their synthetic turf. Placing base materials that have great compaction qualities is needed for the prevention of settlement after years of use. Decades ago, most turf contractors used road base or Type II for their compaction materials. Today, rock plants have a variety of materials that can be used under turf that will produce successful results. 3/8 minus, decomposed granite, and limestone chat aggregates are among the most used across the nation due to their ability to reach great compaction numbers while leaving a smooth surface. It is crucial to understand that good compaction comes with materials that are clean and free of contamination. Crushed recycled concrete has become a favorite for many turf contractors due to its availability, price, and ability to compact.

This month, Ask JW will touch on crushed recycled concrete for synthetic turf and how it may be good for some installations but not good for others.

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Ask JW: Adhesive Compression Vs. Longevity

Decades ago, when I first started installing synthetic turf, the turf was very different than it is now.

The turf itself was more like an outdoor short pile carpet look. You know, the green outdoor carpet that many put all over their porches. Most pile heights maxed out at ½” unless they were made for sports, and even the sports turf products were very short. Your compaction had to be very smooth, or all imperfections would reveal themselves through the turf. We either placed Coal Slag or Dirty Silica to keep it from blowing away, which we now call infill & ballast. Over the years, fiber configuration and pile heights have changed dramatically as well. Internal textured thatch was added, which assisted the stability of the product. However, one thing that has not changed: seam ruptures.

This month, Ask JW will express the importance of adhesive compression and why it is crucial for the longevity of the entire system.

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Ask JW: Hard Water Deposits on Synthetic Turf

Let’s face it — the water that we use today is very hard, which leaves deposits on everything. Synthetic turf also sees its fair share of hard water deposits. When hard water leaves deposits on synthetic turf, it looks horrible and can be frustrating to remove.

This month, Ask JW will speak about hard water deposits, how to remove them, and how to prevent them from ruining your synthetic turf. 

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Ask JW: Rolling Putting Green Surfaces

Synthetic turf putting greens are created to simulate realistic play of a natural golf course green. Natural bent grass putting green surfaces are dense, tight, and need continuous maintenance to achieve smoothness and Stimpmeter speeds. Owners of synthetic turf putting greens have this notion that since the surface is synthetic, there will be little to no maintenance. This is not true. Seasonal maintenance is crucial for a synthetic turf putting green. The synthetic fibers of the putting green’s surface never stays the same as the first day you place it. Continuous foot traffic alone can cause dips and valleys where repetitive putts are made. Fibers flip up due to friction and dragging of the feet or shoes. Areas around the cups start to become uneven and slow. When issues like these arise, you will need to inspect the infill depths and roll the entire surface. This month, Ask JW will explain the importance of rolling putting greens during the initial installation and after, as necessary seasonal maintenance.

 

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Ask JW: Commercial Pet Area Installation over Concrete

Imagine having a synthetic turf area for multiple dogs to roll around on that remains green, plush, healthy, and smelling good. A place where peace of mind because you can rely on the area’s surface to service multiple dogs. A synthetic turf surface that is able to be cleaned, disinfected, flushed, and dried within an hour. This month, Ask JW will take you on a trip to California to visit a dog boarding facility that had little space, many dogs, and a desperate need for landscaping help.

 

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Ask JW: Radius in Putting Greens

Using radius points for putting greens is a hugely essential part of the installation. You never see greens that have sharp, square, or pointed designs and there’s a reason for that. It’s important that radius lines are places around each putting green cup to give the golfer the best experience on the turf.

 

This month we’re talking about how every synthetic turf contractor can understand putting greens on a whole new level. From smooth contouring to exterior outlines, Ask JW is going to ensure you’re providing your clients with the highest quality putting green you can create. Click below to learn more.

 

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