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Laying Carpet with Carpet Pad

This type of installation requires no glue or adhesive to hold the carpet and pad to the floor. You do, however need to secure it to the floor at the perimeter to prevent the carpet from moving and forming lumps.

Firstly, install a wooden tack strip on the sub floor to run the perimeter of the room. The small points sticking out should be facing the direction of the wall. The tack strips need to be spaced away from the wall at a distance equal to the thickness of the carpet being installed.

Next, place the carpet pad within the tack strip layout and staple it to the sub floor.

Trim with a utility knife if necessary. Join any seams with duct tape. Lay out the carpet in the correct position and shift and maneuver in the correct position. To get the carpet over the tack strip a carpet stretcher and carpet kicker are needed. These tools can be a little tricky to use. All seams should be located in the low traffic, low visibility areas. All seams should be joined with seaming tape and an iron to melt the adhesive. Next press the carpet on to the tape and pinch together before the adhesive cools.

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