About Fang IND
I have been in the flooring industry for over 35 years. Wood flooring installation was a growing demand and I knew I needed to add more to my knowledge of flooring, despite my many years in the industry. I went to some of the best wood flooring classes in the nation, and learned from several of the most qualified craftsmen.
Since I was a child, it has been my nature to improve and modify tools to help me do particular tasks more efficiently. I learned a lot of new techniques and saw some extraordinary work be done by passionate professionals. When I saw them pounding screwdrivers into the sub-floor to pry boards together, I thought that they must have been improvising, thinking they didn’t have their proper tools with them. I then saw them try to twist out misfired staples or cleats with pliers or pry staples out with a screwdriver, resulting in the staples snapping in two, causing them to have to dig out two separate pieces. I noticed that when they tried to pry a misfired staple or cleat from the board with pliers or a screwdriver, it would tend to lift that board and the other surrounding boards. It came to my attention that when there were misfired staples or cleats sticking out half way, the instructor would use a hammer to try and bend the staple or cleat over and tap it under the tongue, rather than remove it or fully sink it. Another issue was that if a misfired staple or cleat was sticking up just enough to cause a problem, the instructor would turn a screwdriver on its side and tap it with a hammer to try and fully sink it.
I didn’t realize some of the installation methods that are standard in the industry can be crude and damaging, such as:
- Pounding a screwdriver into the sub-floor where there might be electrical wiring or plumbing underneath, and when the customer might be observing.
- Prying against baseboards with a pry bar, which can leave marks and damage.
- Pulling staples or cleat with pliers or vice-grips.
I thought that there had to be a better way of doing these things, so I went home and began developing the Fang™. I developed six prototypes before I finally made the “perfect” tool for what I needed. I would take a prototype to work and use it, and when I realized there needed to be changes or modifications; I would take it home, make the change, and try again the next day. Being an installer myself, I understand what it’s like to struggle and need something for the job.
That also made me feel that we needed to keep all the manufacturing in the U.S., and we have managed to do just that. The Fang™ Flooring Tool has been a huge benefit to myself and my crew in terms of efficiency. The more efficient we are on a job, the quicker we can move on to the next, which means more money can be made. Fang™ has been a valuable asset to my crew and Fang Industries knows it will be for you too!