Tired of stepping on tacks


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Old 07-28-06, 02:32 PM
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Tired of stepping on tacks

I just moved into a brand-new home two weeks ago. I'm already tired of stepping on the tacks that poke through the carpet at the transitions between carpet (berber) and ceramic tile. There are lots of these transitions--7, if I'm remembering them all right now. All but one are doorways (some with doors, some without). On our first floor, everything's laid over concrete. On the second floor, it's over the wood subfloor.

Since I've experienced this in other people's homes (our previous homes all had hardwood, no carpet), I'm assuming it's not a warranty issue that I can take up with the builder. (Or is it?) But what can I do about it? Is there some way to install a threshold over the tack strip? It's really painful when I step on these things barefoot, and I've got three little kids who run around barefoot as well. I'd also rather not end up with bloodstains on the carpet from punctured feet!

Thanks for any help!

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Old 07-28-06, 02:49 PM
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sangenuer, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
I am not a carpet installer but I believe they make different tack strips for different types (thicknesses) of carpet. This is indeed a Contractor issue. Good luck.
 
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Old 07-28-06, 05:30 PM
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Welcome sangenuer

Not a pro either, but I agree with majakdragon. You may not want to try anything right now on your own. Call the builder first.
 
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try tapping the pins with a hammer...gently. it should work
 
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Old 07-28-06, 07:48 PM
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Actually, the way the carpet installers finish those tacks (when they do it right) is they take the edge of their tucking chisel, or the side of a hammer head and rake it across the tacks. This curls the sharp points over, both locking the tacks onto the carpet, and dulling them so that they don't poke your feet through the carpet.
 
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Old 07-29-06, 09:07 AM
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Thanks for all the quick responses! I will bring it up with the builder at our 45 day walk-through in a couple of weeks. I'll let you know what they say!
 
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Old 07-30-06, 09:30 PM
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The installers should have tapped the spikes forward/down like MrRonFL said.
 
 

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