carpet stairs

Old 02-08-04, 09:00 AM
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carpet stairs

We are replacing the carpet on our stairs with a runner type carpet (bound on the edges). We took off the old carpet and saw how it was stapled on, is this basically how you would do a runner also? The nap on the runner is real low and we think the staples will show. Any suggestions?
Old 02-09-04, 03:58 PM
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If you are going to use pad, i would suggest tackless strips. one on the tread 1" from the riser and one on the riser 1/4" from the tread. Make them 2" shorter than the runner is wide so the runner will overhang each side by 1", same with the pad. You will need a carpet kicker to make the carpet tight and a hammer and stair tool to drive the carpet into the gulley between the two pieces of tackstrip.
Old 02-19-04, 09:50 PM
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I did the samething. Removed the carpet off the stairs and then I stripped them (painted). If the runner type carpet you are talking about is like the one that I installed you will only have to staple or tack at the top and the bottom of the stairs. For each tread I installed those brass rods that hold the carpet where the riser and the tread meet. You can get them at any Home Improvement store or online. At the top I made a peice of oak trim to go over the carpet where I attached to the riser so that the staples don't show. At the bottom I stapled it to the underside of the tread. Hope this helps.

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