Do it Yourself Carpet Installation

Picking out carpet can be a lot of fun but once you have the carpet all picked out and delivered to your home it still needs to be installed. Most people choose to go with a professional installation because do it yourself carpet installation can be difficult. However, if you choose a do it yourself carpet installation, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration.

Correct carpet installation is important to get the most out of the look of your carpet. If it is not installed correctly it will not look good and will wear faster. It may also negate the manufacturer's warranty so be careful that you follow the steps for do it yourself carpet installation carefully.

  • The first thing you need to do is measure the room precisely as far as how much carpet you will need. Normally, the carpet retailer will send out an estimator to measure exactly but you should have an idea f how much you will need. When the carpet arrives, check it for imperfections before installing it. You will then need to remove the old carpet if there is any then clean the floor. Do it yourself carpet installation means that you have to prepare the floor properly.
  • Make sure that the floor is clean and dry. If the tackless strip and the carpet pad are in good shape, these may be reused. If not, they will need to be replaced. In do it yourself carpet installation, you will need to know how to install the tackless strips. Cut the strip to the length of each wall then nail the strips to cement with masonry nails. The pins should point up so the carpet can be stretched and tacked. (Tackless strip, so called because it does away with the carpet tacks that hold the carpet in place, are wood strips with raised tack points which extend into the carpet backing.)
  • Next, do it yourself carpet installation will include the carpet pad. Cut and roll strips of carpet pad across the room so it covers the tackless strip. Make sure the seams are even and cover them up with masking tape. The next step in do it yourself carpet installation is the carpet. You will need to cut the carpet slightly longer then the room so it overlaps. Then trim the excess using a utility knife. Make sure the seams are straight and butted up against each other tightly and secured on the under side with tape. In do it yourself carpet installation you will then need to use a carpet iron to melt the glue on the adhesive the use a rolling pin to seal the seams together.
  • Now you're ready to use a knee kicker to attach the carpet into the corners and walls of the room. This step can be pretty hard on the knees but needs to be done to make sure it is secure.
  • Using a carpet stretcher is the final stage of do it yourself carpet installation. After one corner of the room is secured with carpet, the carpet stretcher will help pull the carpet to the opposite end of the room. Continue working across the room, alternating corners and walls.
  • Once each wall is tacked, finish the carpet by using a carpet hammer to secure the carpet to the tackless strip. Then use a utility knife to trim the excess pieces of carpet. Do it yourself carpet installation is a difficult task but if you are willing to tackle it, it will save you money in the long run.

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Choosing a Carpet Type