installing Berber carpeting and pad

Old 01-19-01, 12:09 PM
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My hubby and I are getting ready to install a glow-n-the-dark berber carpeting in our daughter's room. Room size is 10 1/2 x 11 1/2...berber size is 12 x 15. What is the best way to insure a good fit when measuring and cutting the berber to the right size? Also, what about pad installation - it just needs to be stapled to the wood need to tape the pad seams, right? Any tips of installing berber would be appreciated. We will be using tack stripes as well...what spacing should be used when placing the tack stripes on the floor? Thanks.
Old 01-21-01, 07:33 AM
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Everyone gets berber confused with loop pile carpet. Berber refers to the color flecks(specs of color differences)

Tackstrip should be back off the baseboards, the thickness of the carpet, but no more then 3/8". Basically hold your finger between the tackstrip and baseboard as you nail.

After padding being sure to secure the padding to the floor so it doesn't move around while rolling out the carpet. Some installers tape seams, some staple or glue the seams to the floor, because the tape sometimes makes noise transfer.

Leave the roll of carpet in it's 12X15 size. Take it in the room and roll it out and get it square in the room. Leave the carpet long and up the walls on 2 sides, about 1". Cut down the extra on the other 2 walls, leaving it long about 1".

Loop carpet is all about lines when your finished. The loops will make lines, so the install will only look as good as how straight your lines(loop rows) are, after you stretch. That's why you cut it long, to leave room for adjustments.

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