Adding a wall to a carpeted room?

Old 04-25-10, 09:32 AM
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Adding a wall to a carpeted room?

Hello forum,

The main living space in my home is wall to wall carpet. It's about a year old, so in good shape.

I'm planning a renovation that will include building a "peninsula" sticking out into this area from one of the existing walls. This peninsula will be approximately 6' x 4' and will be typical stud-framed walls. I'm looking for advice on what to do with the carpet within this footprint - do I:

1) Build the new wall right on top of the carpet, such that the floor plate in each wall "clamps" the carpet down? This strikes me as the easiest option, but not "by the book."
2) Cut a hole in the existing carpet, build the new walls on the floor, then install tack strips and finish the carpet edge around the new wall as if it was a new installation?

Assuming #2 is the correct option, anyone have hints or tips? Will I need a power stretcher or any other special tools? I've never done carpet before but I consider myself fairly handy and able to follow instructions.
Old 04-26-10, 02:21 PM
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Welcome to the forums! #2 is the correct assumption. BUT not practical. As you mentioned you will lose your stretch. Build the wall on the carpet. When it comes time to replace the carpet it can be cut away and new carpet tack strips installed for the new covering. Good luck with the reno.

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