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Carpet Installation

Not the Easiest Job

Non-professionals can install carpet. However, it is not a task to be taken lightly. It requires specific tools, lots of time and more than a little knowledge. Do it yourself carpet installation can easily cost more money than it saves. The finished product may also be less than pleasing. If you are considering installing your own carpet, start small. You should also work with less expensive carpet your first time out. The project will almost certainly take more time than expected. Therefore, don't start out with a carpet laying endeavor that comes with a strict deadline. If you're still game, it's time for a quick overview.

Prepare yourself for a full body workout. Laying carpet means lots of bending, stooping and being on your knees. There will also be plenty of repetitive arm motions. Step number one in carpet installation is tearing out the old carpet. In most homes, this means taking up the molding around the base of the floor. Many people also remove all doors. You can save money by laying the floor covering over the existing pad. However, new carpeting really deserves new padding. This is a dirty job. Consider wearing a face mask.

Now it's time to lay the new pad. Padding should be placed on floor boards that are clean, dry and flat. Leave space between the edge of the pad and the wall. Now it's time to install the carpet. Measure across the widest point of the room and add at least a half a foot. Fold the carpet over with the pile side inward. Cut through the backing of the carpet from one end to the other. Stop at the point which was the exact measurement of the room. Carpet installation on all but the smallest rooms generally requires two roll widths. Be sure when laying the second roll to align the piles going the same way.

Modern carpet installation doesn't require nailing the floor covering into the wood. You will need a tool known as a knee kicker. This instrument stretches the carpet out over the padding. Once it has been stretched out, tacks along the padding's surface attach themselves to the back of the carpet. Next using a carpet stretcher you will pull the carpet firmly over the entire padded surface. Excess material should be trimmed off. The final step involves pushing the carpet securely underneath the edges of the wall. After you have completed this process, it's time to reinstall the baseboard moldings. Place a door guard over the carpet underneath the door. Re-hang the door and you've installed a carpet.

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