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padding a must?
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StacieM
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Posted: August 19, 2008 2:37 PM

I’m on a very tight budget and I need to replace my carpet. A retailer told me that padding is an absolute must. Is this true or can I get by without it?
JimLaeger
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Posted: August 20, 2008 2:42 PM

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Padding would be necessary unless you decide on a glue down application. It would be like driving your car without shock absorbers.
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Posted: August 24, 2008 10:41 PM

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I would purchase a good quality pad. They are different grades you can purchase but don't cheap out here. Not only will a top grade feel much more comfortable to walk on, but I believe it will help your carpet last longer. Can any carpet pros back me up on this?
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ScottSummers
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Posted: August 25, 2008 1:59 AM

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I heard about a sign above the door in a Southern California carpet store that reads, "Only a rich man can afford cheap carpet." The truth is, with flooring you should always go with the absolute best your wallet will allow. Whether you're talking about carpet, or the cushion under it, heed this advice. I have done warranty replacements where the pad had been down for less than a year and the manufacturer refused to pay for its replacement, but as a rule, always replace the pad when replacing carpet.
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Posted: August 28, 2008 5:39 PM

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Michael you are right on!
StacieM
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Posted: November 8, 2008 11:16 PM

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Thanks everyone for the advice.  I've decided not to skimp on the padding.
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