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Old 05-08-2003, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)

After a recent plumbing misfortune, I have to replace the carpeting downstairs in my home. I plan to lay the foam/carpet down by using the wood strips that were there before (wood strips bordering the room with nails pointing up that anchored the carpet)

My question is, seeing as it is a very oblong room, does anybody have any suggestions on an easy method to cut the carpet?

I can't think of anything better than getting the measurements of the room with appropriate angles, then laying the carpet out in a BIG room and cutting it. any help is, as always, appreciated. thanks
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Old 05-08-2003, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would take off all the trimwork along the floor, and consider replacing the tackstrips (woodstrips with nails) if they are water damaged. Cut the carpet large, and trim it against the wall once you get it laid down. Don't forget to strech it as well.

I've never laid carpet myself, and I don't know if I'd be able to handle it myself. Might want to consult with a professional, and if it's only the one room, it may be worth it to pay to have it installed.
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Old 05-08-2003, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why are you trying to do this yourself? If you've already made this puchase it's too late, but you can get carpet installed and all perty-like for $2-$5/sf.
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Old 05-08-2003, 08:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally posted by tarheelz
Why are you trying to do this yourself? If you've already made this puchase it's too late, but you can get carpet installed and all perty-like for $2-$5/sf.
I'm with tarheelz on this. With age comes wisdom, and in my case, a big part of that wisdom involves letting professionals do what they are professional at.
If that carpet is gonna be there for 15-20 years, it'd really suck if it started puckering up after after a couple years wear, because it wasn't stretched right.
I don't mean to impunge(sp?) your abilities, by any means, but sometimes it's just best to hire some things out. It may cost a little more, but you have to figure your time, and aggravation, into it as well.
Old 05-08-2003, 09:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
If you are going to do it yourself at least rent a power stretcher. If you're not doing it yourself then make sure that the guys that lay it use one. My parents just had to get theirs restretched on monday because when it got installed a year ago the installer only used a kicker.
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Old 05-09-2003, 12:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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just get a pro, so if anything goes wrong they fix it.
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Old 05-09-2003, 08:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
Location: upstate, NY
get hardwood floors instead, they look alot cooler
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Old 05-10-2003, 01:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
Thanks for the all the input, I'm trying to get this down while on minimal funds, the estimates I've been getting are around 2k, which stretches my budget too thin for my comfort. but from what some of you've been saying this may be something to leave to the pro's. Either way, I'm holding off until the summer probably, and i'm just trying to get knowledgeable before I make the decision. Thanks again for the info.
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