Knee kicker needed?

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Old 08-18-19, 07:29 PM
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Knee kicker needed?

Over time there are these ripples that have formed in the carpet where it meets this closet.
Obviously I need to lift it up and make some cuts so it fits in, but would I need one of those knee kickers for this small job?
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Old 08-19-19, 12:07 AM
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It needs to be re-stretched. Knee kickers are pretty much only good for already stretched carpet like tacking a corner back down after you took it up due to a spill (the reason we have one for our units).
 
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How do you stretch carpet? Isn't that what a kicker does?

And even with no stretching tools I'm sure it would be an improvement if I were to pull up the carpet, cut off 1/4 inch or so and lay it back down. Don't you think? It's actually just these 2 closets (on either side of a desk inset) that have the carpet creases. The desk inset has no ripples on this side of the room.
 
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Stretching a carpet is done with a pole stretcher.
 
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Old 08-23-19, 09:46 AM
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A pole stretcher is needed. Besides, a beginner should never attempt to stretch a short carpet like that with a kicker. It is very easy to rip it.
 
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