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How to install wall-to-wall carpets

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/31/2006 | Home Improvement

Margaret is looking for professional support to install the wall-to-wall carpets for the interiors of her new home. But recently she has come to know that installing wall-to-wall carpet can be done easily at home without paying a single penny to the professional installers. Not only did she give out a sigh of relief, but already planned a party once the installation is over with the money shes going to save. Wow! What a brilliant idea!

Like Margaret you too can opt for this choice. Only you should have a clear idea about the installation process. Check out the guidelines and it is even better if you can have a practical experience when someone else is doing the installation work of a wall-to-wall carpet.

With the proper guideline, you will find that you require a few installation equipments to get the job done easily. The most tedious part of the installation process of the wall-to-wall carpet is carrying the heavy roll of carpet and placing it inside. Once you have dragged it in the rest can be done by keeping some time in hand with the help of the installation tools.

Install the graph of the floor plan of your house clearly in your mind. If you lag in the measurement of your home, you will definitely face problems while installing the wall-to-wall carpets. Again to avoid wastage of the raw material, this prior calculation is a must.

Identify properly the areas where you are going to place the furniture. Prepare scale drawings marking every detail before you initiate with the installation process. The normal rolls of wall-to-wall carpets are 12 feet wide and can exceed to 15 feet width.

Once the idea of measurements has been sort out clearly, start placing the carpets from edges. The process will require a small hammer as you will have to nail the carpet along the edges where the gripper tacks attached to the carpet will firmly stick to the floor. These wooden strips are normally very thin and just four foot long.

Now it is time for the padding part. This has to be done on the entire floor and accordingly cut, shaped and positioned dividing the locations of placing furniture, etc. the padding has to be trimmed for fineness along the edges with the help of the utility knife. To hold the grip on the sub floor, staple it after every foot length of covering. Also the padding has to be inserted in the tack strips.

Wall-to-wall carpeting can be done with the use of both cut pile and loop pile. The two piles overlap, where the cut pile is from the bottom and the loop pile from the top side. And then the adjustment is made by cutting the edges.

To hold the wall-to-wall carpet stably on the floor, you will require seaming tape. Mark the regions with chalk lines and place the tape before you lay the carpet. Here another person can compress the carpet on the sub floor while you carry on with the laying process with the help of the tape. This is needed or else single-handed work wont bring out that perfection in the carpeting. You might also find gaps in between or a wavy pattern in fixing the carpet.