Old 12-19-99, 05:14 PM
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I want to install a carpet runner up 5 staeps and down a hallway OVER existing wall to wall carpeting. Is there a way to keep the runner from slipping on the staeps?
Old 12-23-99, 09:32 PM
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There is a piece of hardware that is used on finished wood steps to keep a center carpet runner from slipping. The ones I have seen consist of a rod that is a little longer than the runner is wide, which is attached to the steps by a bracket at each end that gets screwed into the steps. These should be available in more sophisticated hardware outlets. Hope you can find them and that they keep your runner from running!

Old 02-12-00, 12:05 PM
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The rods he's talking about are called "stair rods" and they are available in all different styles and sizes. Unfortunately, if the runner has any bulk to it, more likely than not, the runner will end up shifting and bubbling slightly as you use the stairs. Normally when the stair rods are used, the runner is still "tacked" down to the stairs preventing the shifting. Since you are using it over top of existing carpeting on your stairs, you probably will always have trouble. Also, since you are thinking of doing it that way, you may want to know that it will cause excessive wear to the nose of the step. The friction will prematurely wear both the existing carpeting and the runner. I wouldn't recommend this type of install, although if the above mentioned reasons aren't a problem, give it a shot.

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