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lawrence567

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7,507 posts

74 months

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Has anyone on here fitted carpet before?
I've got a small area to do & instead of paying someone to come in and do it i thought i'd have a crack @ doing it myself as it's just a bog standard square room.
I've watched a couple of tutorial vids on Youtube & it seems fairly straightfoward!
Any novices had a go before?
Where's the cheapest place to buy the Underlay & gripper from?

freecar

4,204 posts

71 months

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It's a piece of piss!

I've now laid 5 carpets including a hall, stairs and landing!

www.tradepriced.co.uk/

Here is where I bought my kicker (first one came from b&q) and underlay from.

Gripper should be installed roughly a carpet's thickness away from the skirting, if installing on a concrete floor different grippers will be needed (still nails in just with toughened pins instead of nails)
Start on the longest straight wall you have, orient the carpet so that it is straight (patterns, as well as the tuft pattern) and secure to the gripper with a hammer and cold chisel (wide, blunt chisel about 3" wide)by hammering the carpet down the gap between gripper and skirting.

Once you have one wall secured you can start on the stretch. Work from one side to the other position the kicker about six inches from the wall and let rip with the knee, this will stretch the carpet and the downward pressure you exert will make sure the carpet grabs onto the gripper. Once you have stretched the carpet grab a tuft in the centre of the carpet and pull upwards, if the carpet is tight enough it wont rise like a low-profile tent!

For cutting, use a new blade (end) for each wall. Insert the blade so that it runs into the gap underneath your skirting (the front of a stanley knife fits snugly against the corner) and pull it from wall to wall, any pipes for radiators need to be carefully cut round. Start with the carpet folded hard against the pipe, then make a straight cut towards the edge of the carpet, once cut, cut a small circle out to accomodate the pipe and arrange the carpet around it, the cut should disappear round the back of the pipe.

Can't think of anything else to mention, except good luck!

B17NNS

12,460 posts

131 months

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Total black art. I'm relatively handy but within 10 minutes I had destroyed a new (albeit relatively cheap) carpet rofl

The look on the chaps faces in the carpet shop when I was back within half an hour buying the same thing again (only this time with fitting) was amusing.

Simpo Two

59,541 posts

149 months

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freecar said:
Insert the blade so that it runs into the gap underneath your skirting (the front of a stanley knife fits snugly against the corner) and pull it from wall to wall
That's the bit where you'll find you've just cut it short by 5mm hehe

Nolar Dog

8,786 posts

79 months

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B17NNS said:
The look on the chaps faces in the carpet shop when I was back within half an hour buying the same thing again (only this time with fitting) was amusing.
rofl That I would love to see.
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Busamav

2,954 posts

92 months

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Simpo Two said:
freecar said:
Insert the blade so that it runs into the gap underneath your skirting (the front of a stanley knife fits snugly against the corner) and pull it from wall to wall
That's the bit where you'll find you've just cut it short by 5mm hehe
and you have spiked a heating pipe with the nails for the gripper rod biggrin

freecar

4,204 posts

71 months

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Busamav said:
Simpo Two said:
freecar said:
Insert the blade so that it runs into the gap underneath your skirting (the front of a stanley knife fits snugly against the corner) and pull it from wall to wall
That's the bit where you'll find you've just cut it short by 5mm hehe
and you have spiked a heating pipe with the nails for the gripper rod biggrin
You'll not cut it short, it'll end behind the gripper.

Gripper nails aren't long enough to hit central heating pipes, water underfloor heating with a concrete floor you'd use glued grippers.


I found it really easy, can't lay linoleum for love nor money though!

Laurel Green

17,706 posts

116 months

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freecar said:
can't lay linoleum for love nor money though!
Judging by some of the attempts I have witnessed by supposedly professional layers, you are not on your own there. Often finishing off the poorly cut covering with a thick bead of mastic to hide the poor workmanship.

shirt

15,921 posts

85 months

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buy and fit the gripper yourself. pay someone 20 quid per room to fit the carpet. relax in the knowledge that 20 quid is less than the cost of a new carpet.

Busamav

2,954 posts

92 months

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freecar said:
Gripper nails aren't long enough to hit central heating pipes,
that is not true in every case , my ex neighbour knows different .

schmokin1

1,096 posts

96 months

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Saturday 5th June 2010 quote quote all
i use a footlong piece of hardboard slid down between the carpet and skirting to trim the carpet against. slide it along as you go, and cut the carpet off a quarter of an inch higher than base level to leave a bit you tuck under the bottom edge of your skirting board.

It's well doable with a bit of practice, but knackering!

Rocksteadyeddie

7,644 posts

111 months

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shout Thecarpetfitter

Your thread has arrived.

Laurel Green

17,706 posts

116 months

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Rocksteadyeddie said:
shout Thecarpetcleaner

Your thread has arrived.
smile

mat13

1,820 posts

65 months

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Theres a reason that good carpet fitters can earn around 50k a year...

crackthatoff

3,274 posts

97 months

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freecar said:
Busamav said:
Simpo Two said:
freecar said:
Insert the blade so that it runs into the gap underneath your skirting (the front of a stanley knife fits snugly against the corner) and pull it from wall to wall
That's the bit where you'll find you've just cut it short by 5mm hehe
and you have spiked a heating pipe with the nails for the gripper rod biggrin
You'll not cut it short, it'll end behind the gripper.

Gripper nails aren't long enough to hit central heating pipes
oh yes they are I do it for a living !

crackthatoff

3,274 posts

97 months

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mat13 said:
Theres a reason that good carpet fitters can earn around 50k a year...
oh yeah? lol !

crackthatoff

3,274 posts

97 months

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after moving house I now have access to the interweb, any carpet related questions i can answer.
cheers noel

philmots

3,200 posts

144 months

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I'm going to have a crack at this myself... I'm prepared (so far) to do everything but fit the actual carpet!

Regarding skirting, i'm replacing it. do i need to keep a slight gap between the bare floor and the bottom of the skirting? so the carpet can tuck under it a bit? Or does it but up to it?

Thanks

Laurel Green

17,706 posts

116 months

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Skirting boards normally fit flush with the floor. Any competent fitter should not have a problem with this.

crackthatoff

3,274 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 17th August 2010 quote quote all
philmots said:
I'm going to have a crack at this myself... I'm prepared (so far) to do everything but fit the actual carpet!

Regarding skirting, i'm replacing it. do i need to keep a slight gap between the bare floor and the bottom of the skirting? so the carpet can tuck under it a bit? Or does it but up to it?

Thanks
Don't leave a gap. you will find dust will travel underneath and leave the carpet with a black line around the edges if you do. take the skirtings to the bottom and whack a line of silicone around for good measure thumbup


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