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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:

  1. Remove old carpet and padding from room; vacuum the subfloor clean.
  2. Nail down an extra tack strip alongside the original tack strips.
  3. Spread padding adhesive onto floor along the walls and at all seams.
  4. Place padding on subfloor and secure seams with duct tape.
  5. Roll carpet across the room.
  6. When seaming two pieces of carpeting, use a cushion-back cutter to trim the edges.
  7. Apply latex seam sealer to carpet edges, let dry.
  8. Align the seams between carpeting pieces, then slip a piece of seam tape underneath.
  9. Activate the adhesive tape with a seaming iron.
  10. Use knee kicker to hook edge of carpeting onto the tack strips.
  11. Force carpeting down onto tack strip with stair chisel.
  12. Trim excess carpeting along wall with double-blade wall trimmer.
  13. Use knee kicker and stair chisel to force rough-cut carpet edge into space between tack strip and baseboard.
  14. Employ a power stretcher to pull carpet tight across floor; stretch carpeting toward each wall.
  15. 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.

Sources

  1. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/floors/how-to-install-wall-to-wall-carpet-yourself
  2. https://www.doityourself.com/stry/howtoinstallcarpet/a>

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