If you have decided you would like to carpet a room, you can try to do the project yourself if you have the correct tools and a little know-how. Carpet installation is best left for professional carpet installation services, but if you are the type of person that is not afraid of a do-it-yourself project, you can attempt it yourself if you prepare yourself in advance for the tasks you will need to perform.
Here are some basic instructions to help guide you when installing your own wall-to-wall carpeting:
Preparing The Area
You will want to get the area you intend on carpeting prepared so you can do the project without any disturbances. The first step you will need to do is clean the existing floor surface. Sweep and vacuum the entire flooring so there are no particles of debris that could get into your new carpeting. After your floor is clean, remove the doors to the room so you will be able to get your carpet inside without any restriction.
Install tackless strips along each wall of the room you are carpeting. Do not place it in front of any doorways, however, as the tacks could cause injury to someone walking into the room if not properly installed. Place the strips about a 1/2" from the edge of the wall, the entire way around the room. If the floor is concrete, use epoxy glue to keep the strips in place.
Installing The Carpet Pad
Make sure you have the proper measurements for your room before you select your carpeting at a carpet supply store. It is best to add a foot to each dimension so you have extra carpeting in case you make any mistakes or if you need to match up patterning.
Place the carpet pad perpendicular to the direction that you will be installing the carpet. Place the edge of the carpet pad as close as you can to the tackless strips without covering them. Staple the carpet pad in place using a staple hammer.
Staple the seams to the floor by stretching each side of the carpet pad close to each other and alternate the staples from pad to pad as you follow the seam. Cut any excess carpet pad that may have mistakenly gone over the tackless strips so they are completely exposed.
Installing The Carpeting
Roll out your carpeting inside the room, leaving about 3" of extra carpet on each side of the wall. Trim any excess carpet and remove from the room. Where pieces of carpet are lying next to each other, seam tape will need to be used so the carpet will appear as if it is one piece.
Place the adhesive underneath the edges of the carpet and heat it to the proper temperature as provided on the directions. Press the carpet down into the adhesive so it sticks. Place heavy objects on the seams so the adhesive dries, making the seam obscure to the eye.
Attach the carpet to the tackless strip on the far edge of the room using a knee kicker to place the carpeting over the strip. Use a wall trimmer to remove any excess carpeting near the wall and use a stair tool to press the carpeting in place to be covered by baseboard.
Stretch the carpet across the room using a power stretcher so that it reaches the other sets of tackless strips. Repeat the knee kicker and wall trimming process on the other walls so the carpet is pressed into the strips and cut to fit.
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