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ChrisB
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Posted: August 1, 2008 2:17 PM

Is it possible to self install carpet? Will I need special tools?
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Posted: August 27, 2008 1:35 AM

RE: self-install carpet?
It's always amazing to me that many diyers will attempt to install their own vinyl, ceramic tile, laminate, and hardwood floors without a second thought but will balk at the idea of installing their own carpet. The truth is, a fairly minor mistake in a vinyl floor can cost you the entire floor. Ceramic, laminate, and hardwood can also be extremely difficult and expensive to fix if you make a mistake. Carpet, on the other hand, is pretty simple to repair should you make a minor mistake, and with most carpets, a decent installer can perform an acceptable repair for a reasonable fee, should you botch a cut or mis-measure a room. You will need a few specialty tools, (which is why I assume most homeowners are reluctant to try it) but most are available at tool rental companies for a small fee. I say give it a shot. Carpet is the easiest type of flooring ot repair if you make a mistake. Check out www.findanyfloor.com/InstallationG... for detailed instructions. Just make sure you order some extra just in case, die lots can vary considerably from one roll of carpet to the next and you want to be sure you can find an exact match if you need it.
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Posted: September 4, 2008 3:20 PM

RE: self-install carpet?
Many homeowners elect to self install carpet. Depending on the type of carpet that you have selected, you will need a knee kicker, seaming iron, edge trimmer, power stretcher, razor knife and a stair tool to tuck carpet to the tack strip.
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