I took more pictures of this process when I did. The carpet just sits there. So let me reword this…. This will keep the edges straight and gives us a close cut. I staple every 2-3 inches around the edges of the pad, add extra staples around the floor vents, and put a few randomly in the middle of the pad. It never worked too well for me though.
Install it yourself and save some money! Then, staple the runner into the crease where the riser and tread meet on either end of the strip as well as each outer edge, two inches from the bottom of the riser. Staple them by the inside edge of the tackless strip and clip any excess by the inside edge of the tackless strip. In fact, it can be pretty easy and maybe even fun. . If you plan to the lay down the carpet in a north-south direction, for example, lay the carpet pad in an east-west direction. You can read about the evolution of this room. We are planning on installing our carpet ourselves for our two bedrooms.
Remove all of the excess carpet. A wall trimmer pictured below runs along the wall and cuts the carpet leaving enough to be tucked underneath the baseboard trim. Before installing carpet, you need to be sure the ground is a good place to install the carpet. Step 8: Stretching and Cutting the Carpet to Size Working on opposite walls, the installers used knee-kickers to pull the carpet tight and press it onto the tack strips. Took off the wrapper and shoved them into place. Activate the adhesive of the tape by using the seaming iron then connect the edges of the carpet together. The chisel-like tool is called a stair tool, and the guys used it to press the carpet into the corner and over the tack strips.
One more thing: you are absolutely right. Place one end of the power stretcher along the wall you just completed and the head of the stretcher along the opposite wall, about 4-6 inches from the wall. Preparing Floor It is very important to prepare the floor properly before installing carpet. Just be sure to cover every last little bit of floor. Be as detailed and accurate as possible to get the correct dimensions for the carpet you will install. Did he have to rent a truck or was he able to fit it inside whatever he was driving? Dan Two things come to mind: 1. Use a seam roller or other smooth heavy object to press the seam together and into the adhesive.
Then place a piece of seaming tape underneath the seam with the adhesive side up. Cut your tack strips into lengths that are four inches shorter than the width of your chosen runner, then count out two strips for each stair. The carpet I chose comes in a 12 foot width, so I can only buy 12 sq ft at time. Place the front part of a knee kicker a professional carpet tool available for rent from your local big-box hardware store about two to three inches from the second riser, then give it a jolt with your knee to tighten the carpeting along the edges. I told you the carpet was gross! Had I gone with 15 foot, I would have just thrown out a 3 foot wide strip and lost money on the unneeded material. Laying the Carpet We rolled that bad boy up again and carried it upstairs. A stair tool will help to press the cut edges underneath the baseboards.
When you get to a door frame, take your time and use a sharp razor blade to cut the carpet to fit around the molding. Once the old carpet is totally removed including the existing tackless strips, ensure that the floor is floor and dry before working on installing your own carpet. After they had a plan, they started unrolling the first section of carpet. Carpet Tape Carpet with an attached pad is made to lay flat, so unrolling it is a piece of cake. The guys set a seaming iron on the tape and let it sit for about 30 seconds.
Some people feel that you can reuse the existing underlay, but in most cases it will be worn out just like the carpet, so you're better off getting rid of it as well. Overlap the two pieces of carpet that will be joined together and cut through in both pieces using a seam cutter or utility knife. Carpet with an attached pad is the easiest way to install broadloom type carpet. This will stretch the carpet over the tackless strip where the tacks will grab it and hold it firmly in place. If the tile has a plastic backing, just click them together using the locking mechanisms on the side. I used a regular razor blade with a fresh blade.
Finally, remove all floor vent covers, which should just lift right off. Step 5 - Set the Seams If your room is wide enough that you're going to need another piece of carpet, follow the same process with the second piece—measure, mark, and trim. Luckily, it is easy to dry wet carpet in less than 15 minutes. Butt the strips against each other—don't overlap them—then staple the underlay down along the inside edge of the tackless strip. Actually, hubby kinda screwed that up. Repeat this process with the remaining carpet. Along the transition to the bathroom and wet bar, the installers neatly tucked the carpet down over the tack strip and cut away any loose fibers.
You are going to stretch the carpet over the tackless strips. You probably will not have access to the tools you need, without renting them. Don't forget that time is of the essence. Leave a space of about half an inch between the strips and the wall, and be sure the pins or tacks face towards the wall. Keep in mind that the seams should run parallel to the main source of light in the room, and check to make sure the pile of each piece seamed together have been placed in the same direction.
This complicates the job considerably, and attempting it on your own may ruin the final installation. Step 6 - Attach the Carpet Use a knee kicker to attach the carpet along one edge. Use your trowel and apply some adhesive to this portion of the boat. Next, the guys would set their top cutter pictured below with a blade on the appropriate side. Finishing Up The last step in installing your own carpet is to tuck the carpet into the space in between the wall and the tackless strips. I know this post is 4 years old but I am hoping you will help me put with a question I have? Connect the underpad strips with each other but do not overlap them.