October 10th, 2009

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Carpet Installation Tips For Beginners

Carpet InstallationInstalling a carpet by oneself can be a very fulfilling and rewarding project. But it is important that one collect all of the carpet installation tips that are available before taking on a project of this size. In the DIY rating with zero being very easy and ten being extremely hard, installing carpeting is up there with building a solar panel. This is primarily because there is a real art involved in installing carpet. Professionals who do this all the time make it look very simple, but installing carpet can be a challenge.

Saving time and money installing one’s own carpeting will require attendance at a class or workshop. This is the first of the important carpet installation tips. By attending a meeting led by a professional carpet installer one can learn the many tips and secrets that carpet installers use on a daily basis. One can also learn which areas they can save money on and which must be attended to if the carpet is to have a long life expectancy.

Great carpet installation tips stress that starting small is the only way to learn what unique problems are going to come up in the “big” project. By learning how to use the tools, equipment, and accessories on a small project one will not be so overwhelmed when they tackle the big room. There are some tools that react differently to left handed people than right handed people. Some of the equipment requires a bionic knee to operate properly and in a small room a person can figure out how to make that work without the surgery.

Installing carpet is a lot like working with wood. Measure, measure, then measure again. There is no room for error with carpeting. Cutting a piece too short can mean creating a void in an important area of a room. Having a list that contains all of the items that will be needed to install carpet will allow an individual to collect them all at once from a single source. Most expensive equipment that will be needed can be leased and some of the tools can be borrowed. By resisting the urge to purchase a tool that will only be used once an individual can save a tremendous amount of money when installing their own carpet.

Purchasing carpet tack strips that fit the requirements of the carpet is very important. Most carpets wear poorly and do not last as long as they should because they have been installed using improper carpet tack strips. These strips are basically the only thing holding the expanse of carpet laid in place. If they are too small the tacks will bend and release the carpet. If they are too large the tacks will tear the carpet and it will rip away from the strip.

No matter how careful a person is, it is likely that the carpet that is being installed will fray and begin to unravel at some point. Latex seam binding is not an expensive product but saves time and money when it is applied to all of the edges of a carpet as soon as it is unrolled. Carpet installation tips for DIY’ers include applying latex seam binding to every edge of the carpet.

Carpet may be installed on tile, wood, or linoleum for many reasons. An important tip is to be sure to lay cement board underlayment on the surface prior to putting down the padding for the carpet. Cement board underlayment provides the protection to the pad that is needed to prolong the life of a carpet. It makes walking on the carpet more comfortable and the carpet pad will not wear unevenly.

Among the many carpet installation tips one will receive from a professional will be that it is important to call a professional when a person feels they are in over their head. Carpeting, padding, underlayment, etc., is expensive. If a project becomes overwhelming or is taking way longer than expected, sometimes the best cost savings can be found in hiring a professional to finish the job.

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