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Unit: Resilient tiles

LMFFL2302A: Install resilient resilient tiles using standard installation practices


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Resilient tiles have been used on floors for over a hundred years.

In the early days they were generally called 'lino tiles' because they were made from linoleum.

The photo at right shows one of the smoking rooms on the Titanic, which first set sail (and sank!) in 1912.

The floor of this room was covered in red and blue linoleum tiles.

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Vinyl tiles have been manufactured since the 1950s.

They were also commonly called 'lino tiles' in those days, although this was simply because they looked like linoleum, both in texture and tile size.

Since then, resilient flooring manufacturers have developed a huge variety of vinyl tile types and sizes, ranging from standard square tiles to luxury vinyl planks in timber, stone or metal designs.

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This unit will cover the basic methods used to set out and lay resilient tiles.

We won't go into advanced topics such as custom designs and decorative finishes, but we will touch on the methods used to install borders and work around columns and other architectural features.

Many of the basic techniques relating to resilient flooring installations are covered in the unit: Lay flat vinyl.

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The methods described in this unit are based primarily on the information provided by Armstrong and Forbo in their installation guides.

You can download the original PDF documents from their websites via the links below.



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We have also used a variety of photos provided by Tarkett Australia.

You can see these photos in the original document by clicking on the following link.

Meet Tarkett in daily life

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Working through this unit

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There are three sections in this unit:

  1. Tile basics

  2. Square layout techniques

  3. Other layouts and techniques.

Each section contains an overview, an assignment, and several lessons. The links to these pages will appear in the side menu bar when you select the main link for that section.

Practical demonstrations

Your final assessment of competency in this unit will include demonstrations of your ability to install resilient tile flooring. To help you get ready for these hands-on assessment activities, have a look at the 'Practical demonstration checklist' by clicking on the link below:

Practical demonstration checklist

Your trainer may ask you to keep a log book of the work you do on-the-job that relates to these tasks. This will help them to see whether you have had sufficient practice in the full range of activities needed to satisfy the competency requirements, and to determine when you'll be ready to undertake the assessment events.

Select the link below to go to the first section of this unit.

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