how to carpet stairs

Old 03-17-04, 05:28 PM
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how to carpet stairs

Can you please provide detailed instructions on how to carpet (basement) stairs. Thanks
Old 03-18-04, 04:38 PM
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You will need :
1) two pieces of tackstrip for each step
3)stair tool
4) straight edge
5)staple gun
6)utility knife
7)knee kicker

Cut tackstrip 1/2" smaller than the width of the stair tread(2 for each).
The pins on the tackstrip are placed in the strip at an angle so the strips are directional. The first tackstrip to nail will go on the stair risers, pins pointing down toward the tread, leaving a 1/4 inch gap at each side. Nail them so there is a 1/4 inch gap between the tackstrip and the tread.

Next nail the tackstrip on the treads1 inch from the riser, leaving a 1/4" gap at the sides.

Cut your padding the same width as the tackstripand staple it on the tread 1/4" away from the tackstrip. Staple padding to the riser and trim it 1/4" from the tackstrip on the risers. Repeat until all steps are padded.

Using a straight edge and utility knife cut the carpet to the width of the steps. the carpet pile should lay going down the steps.

Place the carpet on the steps. using the hammer rub the carpet onto the pins of the tackstrip on the bottom riser.

Using the knee kicker, kick the carpet so the carpet pulls tight on the first step by starting at the center of the step and working out to the sides.

Using the hammer and stair tool drive the carpet into the crotch of the step.

Repeat as necessary and you're on your way.

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