How To Install Carpet - Tools and Supplies
2021 by Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
My free Carpet articles are designed to help consumers tackle various home improvement DIY jobs with some professional advice and instruction.
Tools and Supplies
When I refer to carpet installers as "him" or "his" please note that it is not a gender thing and I mean no disrespect towards women. I have known and worked with many female carpet and flooring installers, who often do better quality work than some guys.
So you want to be a carpet installer? Or perhaps you just want to install your own carpet to save some money. Perhaps you just want to know how carpet is installed so you can make sure the installer you hire is doing a good job. This condensed version of How to Install Carpet, might work for you, or it might not. The question is, are you mechanically inclined and do you have the ability to do just about anything if you receive the proper instructions? Let's Find Out.
Some would say it is not a good idea for consumers to try to install their own carpet. Personally, I know a lot of very talented people who have the ability to learn on the go and can do whatever it takes to get the job done. So in my opinion, if you want to be a carpet installer for a day, a week or for the rest of your life I say it's worth giving it a shot.
Some call them carpet layers, some call them carpet fitters. Either way, installing carpet is hard work and requires mastering many skills in order to do it right. I installed carpet for about 30 years and even though I was trained by three master mechanics who were at the top of their game, I have found that there are many different methods to get the job done. So if you don't like the way I tell you how to do it, do it the way you think it should be done to make it easier, smarter, faster or better.
It seems that every carpet installer has his own unique style of carpet installation. Every carpet installer has his own special tricks of the trade that make him special and unique. I want you to understand this because no matter how I tell you to install carpet there will be plenty of installers telling you that my methods are wrong or that their carpet installation methods are better for some reason. There is a lot of ego in the hearts of many carpet installers and unwarranted strife between camps. I'm sure I'll get some nasty emails for writing my version of how to lay carpet, but for now lets just get to the meat of the matter and let the crumbs fall where they will. You want to know how to install carpet and I'm going to do my best to tell you what you need to learn in order to do the job right.
The necessary tools of the carpet layer's trade.
I'm going to give you a rundown of the common carpet laying tools. There are several key tools that every installer needs and a whole bunch of accessory tools that you can use if you want or need to. It seems that many old carpet layers sit around at night designing new tools for the trade. Some new tool designs are very useful but the vast majority of new and improved carpet tools I've seen through the years have been a waste of time and money.
I'm going to focus on the tools that are most common and let you sort out the long list of optional accessory tools on your own.
Must-have Carpet Tools:
Most carpet installers carry a host of power tools to do floor repairs and install under-layment when necessary:
There are a lot of regular tools that every carpet installer requires including:
There are a lot of various sundries and supplies that every carpet installer must keep on hand.
Transition metals (standard colors are silver and gold):
Rubber Reducer Strips for Carpet Transitions:
Carpet Seaming Tape:
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