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Tools You Need and Must Have for Carpet Laying by Theresa Flores

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Tools You Need and Must Have for Carpet Laying

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Use the professional tools of carpet layers for a smooth, perfect fit on floor coverings for all rooms and stair areas while saving money on installation fees. A properly laid carpet wears evenly, features almost invisible seams at any joins, which should be located well away from heavy traffic areas, and ensures your home is safe from accidents caused by tripping on buckled areas.

Cutting and scraping tools used to install carpets include a variety of utility knives and shears. Floor scraper blades remove anything which may affect the finished surface of the carpet, such as old deposits of glue or concrete. Use specially designed tools like nap scissors and loop pile cutters to trim the loose ends for "invisible" joins (carpets usually come in 12-foot wide sections). Wall trimmers safely cut through tough carpet to provide the perfect fit at the room edges.

Heavy-duty electric staplers and electric glue guns fix carpets to the underlying wood sub-flooring for stairways and small rooms or anywhere where a tack strip is not suitable. Butane glue guns and cool-tip glue guns make smooth joins for large areas of carpet. Air underlayment and edge-binding staplers are specially designed tools for securing the carpet underlay.

Hand carpet stretchers, power carpet stretchers, stairway stretchers and knee kickers are used to provide the correct tension to install a carpet. For a small or narrow room like a lobby or hallway the knee kicker alone may suffice; larger areas require both a knee kicker and a hand or power stretcher. A knee kicker features a cushioned end for exerting pressure on the smooth end which forces carpet down onto the waiting strips of tacks at room edges. Hand stretchers work by adjusting the tension of carpets for medium and large rooms in a systematic manner. Power stretchers do the same work, but faster and with greater force. They are used when installing carpets in larger rooms (over 10,000 square feet). Both tools operate by a series of hooks at the far end which grab the carpet, separated by expanding tubing and controlled by a switch on the handle.

There are a few different types of installers and finishers.

Floor installers/floor layers: They install strips, slabs, and sheets, of coverings to floors and cabinets. Some coverings are for aesthetic purposes only, while others have practical purposes like muffling noise, making an area airtight, or absorbing shock. They use a number of tools including sanders, knives, shears, trowels, and rollers. The first step of installing any kind of floor covering is to make sure that the surface is ready to receive the covering; and smoothing, cleaning, or repairing where it isn’t. Next they examine blueprints and measure and prepare the right amount of the covering, whether linoleum, cork, or vinyl, and any underlying material like felt. The next step is to staple, glue, or nail any foundation material like a wooden platform or padding. This underlying material can serve multiple functions. It might muffle sound or prevent uneven wear to the surface. Lastly, they install the final covering, cutting and connecting pieces to make it fit snugly. Floor sanders/finishers: They smooth and sand hardwood floor coverings. First they examine the floor for any imperfections like roughness or leftover glue. They use power and hand sanders. Lastly, they spread multiple coats of hard finish over the surface. Tile Installers/tilesetters/marble setters: They install tile and marble into decks, ceilings, walls, and floors. Tile is a very common material because it is long-lasting, waterproof, and low-maintenance. It’s used in many commercial buildings like offices, public buildings like hospitals, and residences, like in bathrooms or kitchens.

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