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I pulled up some carpet that is in front of a door way in order to replace the padding underneath, but when I laid it back down there was a slight gap and now if you step right on it you can feel the spike strip underneath (ouch!).

How can I get the fit snug so that I don't hit the spike strip anymore?

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Rent (or buy) a carpet stretcher.

Here is a google search for carpet stretchers.

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That is the tool but not how a DIYer would do it. – DMoore Jul 1 '13 at 0:51
depends on the design of the actual tool – mike Jul 1 '13 at 2:56
How do I use a carpet stretcher? Do I need a power stretcher, or can I use a knee kicker? – Tester101 Jul 1 '13 at 12:23
from the content of the OP, can you tell? – mike Jul 1 '13 at 21:42
If the room is large and you only have a knee kicker, kick the room in parts and have someone use nails to hold the carpet place while you kick it the rest of the way. – Evil Elf Jul 2 '13 at 13:08

Screw down a strip of threshold to span across the gap.

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Bend the offensive nails down, then caulk the gap. Alternatively, fill the gap by caulking into place a strip of durable material. Dry fit first to avoid making a mess.

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