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How do I attach a carpet runner down a staircase with a turn in it?

I need to install a carpet runner down a staircase. This is a typical installation with the brass bars in the corner between the tread and riser to hold it down. The difficulty is that the staircase ...
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should labor charge include waste percentage? [closed]

The carpet company is charging so much per yard for the carpet, and labor included. A 10% waste factor is added on. That means I'm paying 10% more for the labor, right? Is that normal? I'm told by ...
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Should I bind the edge of an unbound remnant rug? If so, how do I do so?

I was looking at possible area rugs for my apartment and found that the cheapest one was something called an "unbound remnant." However, a little googling revealed that unbound remnants shed their ...
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How to remove the “new carpet smell” (VOCs) from new carpet?

My wife is pregnant. We just had new carpet installed in the soon to be baby's room. We didn't realize until after it was installed that the "new carpet smell" is actually a bad thing. From what I've ...
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Can I install carpet in the attic?

I'm planning on adding a plywood floor to part of my attic. I have some old carpet that I'm thinking about laying on top of the plywood. Is this a bad idea?
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How can I remove old tea stain from carpet/rug?

I once accidentally spilled some tea on my carpet, and since I was in hurry I couldn't clean the carpet at all. The stain is now dried up, and my landlord is asking me to replace the whole carpet. How ...
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Should we install carpet before the baseboard and door casings?

We just had a carpet layer come in for measurements and a quote. We've not put in the baseboard or door casings yet, but the carpet layer has suggested that this will make things easier. Is this true ...
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Where should the floor transition from tile to carpet go?

I have 2 rooms planned, one will be tiled and the other will be carpeted with a door opening between them. Where should the tile stop and the carpet begin? In the figure below I have 3 different ...
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Is the carpet in my condo one solid continuous piece?

I ask this question more to satisfy my curiosity than to tend to a pressing need. But looking at the carpet in my condo (two bedroom) I don't notice any cuts in it. Was it installed as one continuous ...
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How do I remove polyethylene that's melted to a nylon carpet?

The situation: some workmen put down a polyethylene drop cloth, and then set a halogen light on top of it. So now I have spots approximately 2" in diameter, where the former melted into the latter. ...
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How can I repair a section of carpet that a cat scratched up?

Much to my displeasure, my (wife's) cat has torn up a large section (2'x6') of carpet. Eventually we would like to sell the house and this would definitely be noticed. Is there any way to repair the ...
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If I want to deodorize my carpet with baking soda, should I spray water on the baking soda?

http://www.housekeepinghere.com/weekly/baking-soda-carpets/ says that I should keep the carpet dry, while http://www.repair-home.com/flooring/carpet/carpet-cleaning-solutions.html says that I should ...
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Would hardwood or carpet be better for a humid place?

We live in northern New Jersey (read: can get really humid). We have wall-to- wall carpet in our bedroom. The humidity caused it to rise like a can of surstr├Âmming (rotten herring). I have three ...
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What is an alternative to a vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets?

There are reasons we are not interested in a vacuum cleaner at the moment. I'm sure the same applies for other people. Is there an alternative that can get rid of dirt as well as pick up bigger ...
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How do I move a carpet tack strip about an inch inward (ie, remove about an inch's worth of carpet)?

When I had carpet installed in my room, I had removed the baseboard from one of the walls. When the guys installed new carpet, they put it flush against all baseboards and then flush to the wall ...
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Carpet company wants to charge me for the waste they will have left over. Is this normal?

My floor measures out at 296 sq ft, but the carpet company wants to charge me for 330 sq ft. Their reasoning is that they are not charging me for the actual square feet of total area, but for the ...
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How can I fix a not-quite-hole in my carpet?

The actual strands of my carpet have been pulled up in a half-dollar-sized area, but the base weave that holds it all together is still intact. Is there any way I can repair this without doing a ...
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How do I keep my carpet edges from curling upwards?

A brand new rug that was put in under the coffee table has one corner that seems to keep lifting up and people keep stumbling on it. How do I fix this?
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How can I keep a rug from moving?

Not sure if this is the right place for this question but.... I have a rug that is about 15x20 feet. My problem is that every three weeks or so I need to take everything that is on top of it (coffee ...
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How important is carpet warranty when determining which to pick?

I have a quote, one from a big name national store and one from a local carpet store, the specs i.e. face weight, thread twist, density, etc are exactly the same, both are made from nylon, etc. ...
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Broken step on staircase

We have a broken step on our carpeted staircase. How can I remove then refit the carpet without damaging it? When the carpet has been removed, I will have to repair the step if possible, then refit ...
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How do I lift a fitted carpet without damaging it?

We recently bought a house and had a bit of work done on it. We then had carpets fitted in a lot of the rooms and all was fine. Recently noticed in our spare room (after shifting some of the crap ...
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How can I insulate my garage door?

Over the past year I've been converting our integrated garage so that it's a usage space. I've painted the walls, got lighting, power and water connected (To allow for a washing machine to be ...
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How do I make where my carpet meets tile look nice?

We've recently replaced our kitchen tiles. I pretty happy with the results but have no idea what to do with the edge. How do I clean this edge up so that it looks more appealing?
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How can I remove superficial pet urine stains from subfloor?

After removing the carpet from our bathroom closet, I found urine stains on the plywood sub-floor (serenity now). It sounds bad but the floors are quite sturdy so I'm reasonably certain that it's a ...
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How do I remove glued-on carpet?

I'm trying to remove carpet from a small closet in our bathroom (at most 3.5 ft by 3.5 ft). I started to remove it and it looks to have been glued around the perimeter. What's the easiest way to ...
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Recommendations for carpet tile installation

I have a high-traffic game-room that needs to be re carpeted. I've decided that carpet tile is the way to go because I want to be able to wash or replace individual carpet tiles when they are damaged ...
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How do I fix flattened carpet pile? Can I prevent this from happening?

As is often the case when replacing furniture, I've just bought a new sofa, but the old one has left "footprints" where the carpet pile has been squashed under the feet of the old one. Is there ...
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What is the best way to fix bleach stains?

A large amount of bleach was spilled on our carpet, and I'm wondering how we can try to restore the color. The carpet is a light tan color.
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The carpet on my stairs is worn. Should I repair it or just remove it?

In our house the second floor and the stairs to them have carpet over top of old hardwood floors (installed by previous owner). The carpet is wearing out, particularly on the stairs where it has come ...
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How do I fix a squeaky floor below my carpet?

I have a squealy floor below my carpet on the 2nd floor of my house. It sounds like the subfloor under the carpet is moving up and down a little and makes this awful load squeak when I step down on ...
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Should I use a subfloor for a finished basement's floor?

We are refinishing our basement and have not yet decided what to do for the floors. Part of the basement will be tile, and we are all set. However, the rec room side is going to be carpet. The ...