Which comes first - installing doors or carpet?

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Old 11-28-04, 08:59 AM
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I have made some good progress with my basement finishing project. Normally, do you install doors/door frame and then lay carpet or vice versa? Thanks.

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Old 11-29-04, 04:38 AM
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Laying the carpet should be the last thing that you do.
 
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Old 11-29-04, 04:46 AM
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I'm with Gary, carpet is the last job, other than touch up painting. The stretchers will leave marks near the bottom of the walls many times which require a bit of spot touch up. Floor coverings need to be taken into account when installing doors as far as making sure the jambs are of approriate length, if they're too long, it's easier & quicker to cut them down prior to installation.
 
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Old 11-29-04, 05:30 AM
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Exclamation Regarding carpet in basement...

I guess that's also one of my questions: say you've done everything else but the doors and carpet. Are the door frames and jambs essentially going to sit on top of the carpet or does the carpet just run up next to the jamb? Also - same question on baseboard around the walls. Do you lay carpet attach it and then put up the base board? Thanks very much for your input.

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Old 11-29-04, 05:38 AM
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I like to set door jams up off the floor 3/4"to 1". So if no cold air return dont have to cut so much off the door bottom. Also put in all baseboard set up about 1/2" off floor painted or stained. Rug will go under it when they cut it in. Like said just touch the paint up after they are done.

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Old 11-29-04, 08:57 AM
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I did doors before carbet (I'm with Ed--1/2" off the floor) But I did all the finish trim after carpet--set the base and door casings gently on the carpet don't push it tight. I've seen people reccomend both ways. but for me as a DIYer it was easier to do the base after the carpet--and that way, no gaps.
 
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Old 12-01-04, 10:09 AM
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I'm not sure why you'd have gaps after carpet install--or were you installing a thinner carpet? I set my base trim on piece of base trim (3/8 to 1/2" off ground), and it's a frieze carpet going in; should be no gaps...

... except those in my miter joints!!!
 
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Old 12-01-04, 10:26 AM
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glynder : Miter joints you do put the first base down square end to the wall then cut the other wall base on a miter edge to it. Looks good if the wall corner is 90o 80o or 105o
If you put the base down after the carpet could be some of the tack strip is under it then and how will you get the carpet up then???

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Old 12-01-04, 11:06 AM
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I'm not sure why either--but I've seen a few that have gaps after installing it before carpet. Basement floors aren't always completely flat, put a place holder on each end and wherever the floor is lower the base won't follow, ergo gap.

I'm not selling one way as better, just that each needs to figure out what will work best for them.

By the way, the carpet installers knew to keep the tack strip off the wall so that my carpet isn't pinched between base and tack strip. Anyway, my carpet is going to last forever. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it. Now if I could get my kids to cooperate.
 
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Old 12-01-04, 11:10 AM
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Tack Strip...?

Don't want to derail the thread, but what do they attach the tack strip to on bare concrete? The floor with liquid nails or to the baseboard. Just curious...
 
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Old 12-01-04, 11:14 AM
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They nail it with short concrete nails. Yeah, I was surprised too, but it seems to work fine.
 
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