Padding questions

Old 01-01-05, 08:07 PM
Eric S Dobrowan
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Padding questions

My wife and I are having a new home built, and we are at the point
where carpeting is being installed. We have not had a very pleasant
experience with the builder to date, as there have been many mistakes and
poor workmanship issues which we are battling.

We paid to have all of the padding upgraded to "8lb rebond padding", or so
they call it. I visited the home this morning and noticed that they
installed 7/16" padding in all of the bedrooms, and 3/8" in the dining room,
and 1/4" in the Family room. The bedrooms are getting a plush carpet, and
the dining and living rooms are getting a plush carpet, but less so than the
bedrooms. The Family room is getting a berber-type carpet (if I am even
close to knowing what I am looking at!).

My first reaction was that they were either "screwing" me, or simply screwed
up, in the Family room, as the padding was only 1/4". Then I saw the 3/8"
padding in the dining room, which really had me fired up (you'd have to
understand the other headaches I have had so far with the builder!). So
when I got home this evening, I figured I'd do some research on the web
before I open my mouth and make an ass out of myself. Thanks to your web
site, I learned that certain carpets should not use 7/16" padding, such as
the berber style in the Family room.

However, my question is - do they make all size paddings in both 6lb and 8lb
weights? Am I still getting 8lb in the Family room even though the
thickness is only 1/4"? How can I tell if I am really getting the 8lb
padding I paid extra for?

Thanks for any insight you may offer.
Old 01-02-05, 02:57 AM
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" slab pad is usually an 8-lb minimum. It would fall apart if it were anything less.

The other thicknesses can be produced in as little as 4-lb cushion.(pure rental property junk) Voids carpet warranties.

Sounds like your buying down here, with all the problems your having with the builder.

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