Do It Yourself Carpet Installation

Do you have a room in your house that requires carpet installation and you want to do it yourself? Do you know how to do it and have the tools required to make the installation easy and look like it’s been done by a professional? Here are some hints and tips to get the job done quickly and easily.

When you have decided that you are going to lay the carpet yourself, one of the first things to do is some RESEARCH. Find as much information that you can from the internet through articles or tutorials, or take part in a carpet installation workshop at your local home improvement store. Once you are confident that you will be able to lay the carpet yourself, take accurate measurements of the room that you will be carpeting. Figure out a budget, then use that budget to purchase the carpet and padding you would like, along with what tools that are necessary to lay the carpet.

Tools that you will require for the installation include safety glasses, knee pads, a hammer, measuring tape, gloves, a seam roller, knee kicker, seam cutter, and seam tape. You do not need to purchase all of these items, you may already have some from another job around the home, such as the hammer or safety gloves. You will have to buy a seam roller or knee kicker if you are only doing one room or carpet.

You will then want to remove the old carpet, try and do this with minimal mess, it may seem like a time waster, but vacuum the old carpet first, this will minimize the amount of dust thrown about when you start to pull up the old carpet. Cut the carpet into around 3 or 4 foot wide strips, then start pulling up the carpet, roll the carpet as you are pulling it up to make disposal easier. You then need to pull up the old padding; it is not worth replacing the carpet if you are not going to also replace the padding. Once all old carpet and padding is removed give the floor another good vacuum, you want to ensure that there is NO dust or debris left on the floor.

Install new tackles strips and make sure they are secured and installed correctly, make sure they are butted up against each other in corners and not placed across doorways. Then lay the underlay down and staple into place.

Now you are ready to lay the carpet, this is the part that you need to do correctly. Lay the carpet out with around 6 inches overlapping the edge of the floor that can be trimmed off, so that the carpet fits the floor right. Mark the underside of the carpet with chalk where the carpet overlaps the floor, fold the carpet on itself and carefully cut the excess off to ensure you do not cut the underlay.

Next you will need to use the knee kicker to stretch the carpet over the tackles strips so the carpet is held in place, you will need to do this over the entire room and when finished trim the edges of the carpet carefully with an edge trimmer.

Finally, all that’s left to do is tuck the carpet in any gaps or around door edging and tack strips, trim the carpet around doors, and install edging on the door strip. Upon completion you’ll trim around any vent openings and install the molding, then sit back and enjoy your new carpet that you’ve installed on yourself.

Written by admin on July 2nd, 2009 with no comments.
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