When you go to price carpet, oftentimes you notice that the greatest expense is the installation. Installing carpet not only includes laying the carpet itself, but also some preparation work. This will include checking the sub-flooring and removing old carpet or flooring. Make sure you devote sufficient time for this as well as the installation.
The follow are the proper steps on how to install carpet.
1. Assemble your tools.
You may already have some of the tools you’ll need. These can include tape measure, stapler, materials for repairing sub-flooring, utility knife, chalk line, work gloves, eye protection and knee pads.
These are the tools you will need specifically for pad and carpet installation. You may need to rent or borrow these: tackless strips, carpet roller, knee kicker, power stretcher, seam tools and a stair tool.
2. Remove old carpet or floor covering, make any necessary repairs, and clean the sub-flooring thoroughly.
If removing old carpet, use cutting tools to cut the carpet into fairly wide strips. Take care not to cut into the sub-flooring, but cut deeply enough through the carpet and pad so that it can be rolled up and removed easily.
You’ll be able to tell the condition of the sub-flooring once you remove the old carpet. You’ll see any places where actual damage to the sub-flooring itself has occurred or where additional sanding or cleaning may be needed so that the new pad and carpet can be installed properly.
After making any needed repairs, you will need to thoroughly clean the sub-flooring so that no residue from the old flooring is left. Use scraping tools and other devices to remove old glue or carpet tape. Once this is done, the floor may only need a good sweeping or vacuuming to be ready for the next phase in your how to install carpet project.
3. Install the tackless strips.
Although they are called “tackless”, they still have two or more rows of tacks, so use caution when handling them. Tackless strips are installed along the walls, with the points facing inward. They are not installed in front of doorways, nor are they installed flush with the walls; rather, a space of approximately.