Many people love to have carpeting in their home. It is soft and cushy and feels great after a hard day's work.

If your old carpet is ratty, you'll want to learn how to install carpet. Getting new carpet in your home could be the freshness you need.

It can be very expensive to pay a professional to install your carpet for you. They will nickel and dime you to death. This is completely unnecessary when you could simply install the carpeting yourself.

The first thing you'll want to do is get your materials ready. You will need a measuring tape, knife, hammer, stapler, chalk, duct tape, carpet tape, seam cutter, seam roller, seaming iron, wall trimmer, and strip cutter. Whew!

While that is a hefty list of materials, you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment after you learn how to install a carpet.

The first thing you'll need to do is tear out the old carpet. Use your utility knife and it will be easy to get up.

Once the old carpet is gone, clean the area extremely well. It would be a shame to have beautiful new carpet on top and dirty mess underneath.

Then, you'll need to lay tackless strips around the wall. The underlying layer should hook onto these strips. You just need to tape the edges of the underlying layer together. Then you'll measure the carpet and cut it into the right size to be laid down.

Hook the ends of the carpet onto the tackless strips so that it can stretch out to fit properly. You can even use a carpet stretcher to make sure that the carpet will have the very best fit.

Lay your carpet down by putting seam tape down. They you'll need to use the seaming iron to make the adhesive work effectively.

Next, push the seams down and roll over it with the carpet seam roller. Repeat with each piece of carpet you have to create a seamless and beautiful look.

The last thing you'll need to do is hammer the carpet down between the tackles trips and the wall. You can use a hammer for this activity. Finally, replace your baseboards and you're ready to go!

Learning how to install carpet is not as easy as installing other items. Still, it is a great skill to learn that will serve you well. Imagine never having to pay for carpet installation again!

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