If you have a small area of carpet that needs to be replaced or even just re-stretched and attached to the tack strip this article will teach you how.
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Use the straight edge or Cushion Back Cutter to cut very straight lines when cutting out the old piece of carpet. The Cushion Back Cutter is used by guiding it between the rows of fibers in the carpet. Make sure the knife blade cuts perpendicular to the carpet backing so that the joint fits together as tight as possible. An angled cut will leave open space that may be visible after seaming the two pieces together.
Tack strip goes along the wall to hold the carpet in place on the floor. The nails that are pre attached to tack strip are different depending on the sub floor you are installing the carpet over, either concrete or wood. Make sure that you purchase tack strip for the type of sub floor that you have under the carpet, either wood or concrete.
Sweep the room and make sure there is nothing that will cause a bump thru the carpet, like a nail from the tack strip. there is nothing worse than feeling a bump under the carpet after it is installed.
Carpet pad goes under the carpet to give it a softer feel under foot and to help extend the life of the carpet. Cut the carpet pad with a utility knife. Lay a straight edge on top of the carpet where you want to put the seam between the old carpet pad and the new carpet pad. Run the utility knife along the straight edge cutting the pad as you go. Lay the edge of the new pad up against the cut you just made in the old pad and join the seam with duct tape. If you are installing the carpet pad over concrete you will use carpet pad adhesive to glue the pad to the concrete. Dribble the adhesive in lines on the concrete about 12 inches apart, you do not need a lot. If you are installing the carpet pad over wood sub floor you will use staples to staple the pad to the wood. Install a staple along the edges about every 12 inches making sure that the staple heads are not sticking up.
The nap must run the same direction in both pieces of carpet. Figure out the nap direction and lay the repair carpet piece where it will go next to the existing carpet with the naps of both carpets running the same direction.
Carpet edges must be very straight to have a good seam. Use a straight edge and Utility knife or Cushion Back Cutter to cut the carpet. Trim the carpet that is installed first and then trim the repair patch to fit the hole in the carpet. Make sure the repair patch of carpet lays flat and the trimmed edges just kiss each other when it is laid into its new home. You don't want any bunching at the seams and you also don't want any gaps.
A seaming iron works by heating the glue on the top of the seaming tape and then after the iron is moved out of the way the carpet is pressed into the glue which, when it hardens, holds the seam together.
The larger the area that you have patched the more necessary it is to stretch the carpet. Stretching the carpet is done with a mechanical stretcher that can be rented at most rental stores.
The carpet is already attached to the tack strip on one end of the room. It is now ready to be stretched and hooked to the tack strip on the opposite wall. The carpet stretcher has two ends, an end with hooks to grab and push the carpet with and another end that simply butts up against the wall that has the carpet already attached to the tack strip.
The edge of carpet that goes up against a wall will need to be trimmed and tucked under the baseboard to make a nice finish. Before trimming the carpet it is important to make sure the carpet is fully pressed into the tacks on the tack strip. Push the chisel into the corner between the floor and the wall hard enough to get a 90 degree bend on the carpet between the floor and wall. Now you are ready to cut along the wall.
There are two ways to cut along the edge:
Wall Cutter: A wall cutter is run along the wall while it cuts the carpet edge. It is the easiest way to cut a perfect length against the wall so the carpet can be tucked under the baseboard.
Carpet Knife: Using a carpet knife to trim the edge is a little tougher but can be done.
After the carpet edge is cut you are ready to tuck the carpet under the baseboard. Use the Stair chisel to push the carpet under the baseboard.