CARPET / FLOORING: Tips to Install Wall to Wall Yourself
If you are a competent DIYer with all the tools (or access to rentals), you can save money by installing your own wall-to-wall carpet. While this project is not for everyone (hiring a professional installer is the way most homeowners go), it can be a satisfying, money-saving skill. Follow these steps to achieve optimum results:
- Remove old carpet and padding from room; vacuum the subfloor clean.
- Nail down an extra tack strip alongside the original tack strips.
- Spread padding adhesive onto floor along the walls and at all seams.
- Place padding on subfloor and secure seams with duct tape.
- Roll carpet across the room.
- When seaming two pieces of carpeting, use a cushion-back cutter to trim the edges.
- Apply latex seam sealer to carpet edges, let dry.
- Align the seams between carpeting pieces, then slip a piece of seam tape underneath.
- Activate the adhesive tape with a seaming iron.
- Use knee kicker to hook edge of carpeting onto the tack strips.
- Force carpeting down onto tack strip with stair chisel.
- Trim excess carpeting along wall with double-blade wall trimmer.
- Use knee kicker and stair chisel to force rough-cut carpet edge into space between tack strip and baseboard.
- Employ a power stretcher to pull carpet tight across floor; stretch carpeting toward each wall.
- Secure the carpeting at doorways with transition molding.
If you’re overwhelmed by this list, you might consider carpet tiles, a custom-bound area rug (measure your room, allow a border to accommodate any heating/cooling vents and then have it bound), or choose professional installation.
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