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12 Tools Needed for Carpet Installation

Even though we provide professional and affordable carpet installation services when you purchase your new carpet from us, some folks still like to install it themselves.

Installing carpeting is done two ways; either by tacks and/or tack strips or by gluing it down directly to the subfloor. Generally, a good majority is done with using tacks. Gluing would only be done where the carpet would be installed outdoors or directly to a concrete slab where moisture is present, like a basement.

In this post, I'll go over 12 essential tools needed for installing carpet via the more common tack strip method. Be aware that some of these items, like the knee kicker and power stretcher can be rented at a fraction of the cost of purchasing it. Only buy those items if you plan on installing multiple homes.

For step-by-step instructions on how to install your new carpet this way, please click here. Be aware that some of these tools may not necessarily be needed for glue-down installations.

Carpet Knife

This type of utility knife is specially made for cutting and trimming carpet edges and seams.

Duckbill Napping Shears

These specialty shears trims off stray fibers from carpet seams.

Knee Kicker

Use this to stretch carpet along the starting install walls of a room as well as short wall sections.

Notched Trowel

Roberts 1/4 in. x 1/4 in. x 1/4 in. Flat Top V-Notched Economy Trowel

Use the proper-size notched trowel to spread carpet-rated adhesives. While you may encounter tack strips throughout a home, some areas like steps and stair landings may require only a glue-down installation.

Power Stretcher

Use this when you have a large area of carpet to stretch across a room. This would be the most expensive carpet install tool, so renting it versus purchasing it is important.

Carpet Row Cutter

Use a row cutter to cut carpet edges for seaming.

Seam Roller

A seam roller helps press the back of the carpet into the seaming tape and smooth out irregularities in seams so they lie flat.

Seaming Iron

A seaming iron melts the adhesive on seaming tape to hold both edges of a seam securely.

Stair Tool/Carpet Tucker

A stair tool aka carpet tucker is designed to snug carpet in the gap between the floor and the wall.

Staplers and Electric Staple Gun

Staplers, electric staple guns, and hammer staples (shown above) are used to tack carpet pad to the subfloor.

Wall Trimmer / Stair Tucker

Roberts Multipurpose Wall Carpet Trimmer

Use a wall trimmer to make straight cuts in carpet along a wall.

Heavy Weight Carpet Roller

Roberts 75 lb. Vinyl and Linoleum Floor Roller with Transport Wheels

Another tool you can rent instead of purchasing, this roller smooths out newly laid carpet.

These 12 tools are essential to get any carpet install professionally installed via the tack strip method. Depending on what the carpet and pad calls for depends on which or all of the tools to get.

Please let us know if you have any further questions,


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Posted 2015-09-26T22:16:10+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL