How do you install stretch carpet on stairs?


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Old 01-08-02, 11:58 AM
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How do you install stretch carpet on stairs?

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I want to install my own stretch carpet and pad on stairs , 12 risers, how do i do that? thanks
 
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I wrote a book here about that very subject early last year. I can't find it or it wouldn't let me go back past 9-27-01. I need to type this stuff in word, save it and post it here so I have a copy I can cut and paste.

Let me go look and see if I can go back further, and find it.

It's not a DIY job though, if you want it to look good.
 
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Found it! There is a spot at the bottom to go back pages!!!

That is definitely not a DIY'er job! But if you don't care if
it looks good then go for it.

Does the tread stick out past the riser? Do you want
them to be a waterfall style or an upholstered bullnose
style?

Depending on the style you want, tools will be needed.
Stair tool, rubber mallet, stair stretcher or knee kicker,
glue gun, and an electric upholstery stapler may be
needed.
Tackstrip will need to be used on the tread at the back
and the sides, with the pins facing away from you, and if
it is going to be waterfall style, tackstrip the riser at the
bottom leaving a gap as big as double the carpet
thickness, with the pins facing down. The edge of the
tread must be rounded off to prevent cutting the padding
and carpet over the years of use. The padding must go
over the tread edge that you will be stepping on and
then duct tape right on the edge to prevent the padding
from disintegrating from the constant foot pressure. Row
cut the carpet to width, but leave it longin the length.
Hopefully long enough to do the whole run of stairs in one
piece.(except landings and turns) Start at the bottom
and work up. The grain must fall down the staircase.

Either hook the carpet on the tackstrip at the bottom of
the first steps riser bottom, or upholstery staple. Fold the
carpet up and over the riser and take the slack out as
much as possible by hand. Now knee kick it to grip on the
tackstrip on the back of the riser. Don't let the kicker
slide, especially on a loop pile!!!!! Or the carpet is ruined
and snagged!!!! Now take the stair tool which looks like a
huge dull chisel, along with a rubber mallet, and hammer
the carpet into the back of the stair, right where the
riser meets the tread. Rub the carpet on the tackstrip on
the riser and do the next step the same. After you get
them all done, come back and stretch the sides with the
knee kicker.

Being a loop pile makes it that much tougher!! If your
stairs are a different width at the top of the staircase,
then they are at the bottom, or if there are spindles or
post that need to go around, or if the outside edge of
the stairs are exposed and need to be wrapped???? They
are challenging with even cut pile carpets. Now throw a
loop pile berber into the fray and the difficulty has tripled,
to make them look perfect.
 

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Old 01-08-02, 04:54 PM
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stairs carpeting

hey thanks;
i knew it would be tricky, the stairs are enclosed on the side and back "risers" but you mention leaving a gap on the riser at the bottom, other wise the strip goes up to the edge of each step on both sides? i prob won't do this but, may have one of my son in laws do it for there own practice? as you can see i have never stretched stairs, only glued and stapled. thanks what is the difference in the stair stretcher vs/ the kicker
 
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thanks what is the difference in
the stair stretcher vs/ the kicker


Wear and tear on your body. Also if the kicker head slips, the teeth will rip the carpet. A stair stretcher is funky looking. it looks like the legs on a TV tray for eating in front of the TV, only shorter.

Actually you want a gully to tuck the carpet into where the riser meets the tread. Tackstrip should be on the back of the tread, with the pins facing the riser, and a piece of tackstrip on the riser, with the pins facing down at the tread, leaving a space between the two the thickness of the carpet. after you stretch the tread, you use the stair tool to hammer the carpet in the gully between the two pieces of tackstrip. That way when you stretch the next stair up it grips the tackstrip on the riser, and keeps it from pulling out of the gully below.
 
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Old 01-09-02, 05:08 AM
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STAIR CARPET

THANKS AGAIN; ONE LAST,,do you want the t strip all the way up the rise or only part of except for the gap, in consideration that an overlay or wrap may have to be stapled. thanks
 
 

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