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How can we cover a carpet for the long term?

Are there any plastic covers (or protectors or films) available that are more for long term (like about a year) as opposed to the short-term ones that last only 30-60 days. We're about to rent a ...
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How do I remove carpet adhesive from concrete?

I have a 12x15' sun room that currently has carpet over concrete. I pulled a 3' section of carpet and the entire floor has adhesive. Can I remove this using a liquid chemical or do I need a machine? ...
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Remove interior paint from carpet

I recently wanted to repaint an interior wall. I took many precautions to cover the carpet using tarps, tape, and newspaper. Despite all of that, I still managed to get paint onto the carpets and ...
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How do I best take up carpet & remove glue from concrete floor

Would someone give a good list of the equipment, tools, supplies, etc., I would need to take up carpet and padding that is glued to the concrete floor. Thank you.
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What is special about carpet cutters?

I currently have to cut a small piece of carpet and I wondered if I should get a carpet cutter. It seems to me that probably any solid, sharp knife (or scissors) would be suited similar well. So my ...
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Will an area rug cause the carpet beneath to wear out?

Is it true that an area rug (for wiping feet) which is lying on top of carpet will actually cause the carpet to wear out even faster?
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What happens to carpet when the padding is not thoroughly fastened to the subfloor?

What happens when the pad is not stapled down correctly. My pad had staples anywhere from 3in to 10in apart most were about 10in apart one section about 6ft long did not have any.
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Framing a wall over a carpeted floor

I have a carpeted basement. There is both pad and carpet over concrete. There is a section I want to wall off and turn into a bedroom, it will not be load bearing. I would prefer not to have to ...
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Install carpet tiles over laminate in basement?

We currently have laminate flooring in our basement, which appears to be installed directly on the concrete floors. We haven't noticed any moisture issues in the 3 years we've been here; we had some ...
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How to remove carpet tape from flooring?

I used Scotch Carpet Tape for Vinyl, Ceramic, and Hardwood. I've since removed the rugs, but the tape is stuck to the floor now. How can I remove it?
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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 ...
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What height to set baseboards before carpet is installed?

I am wondering how high I should space my baseboard off the floor before carpet. I know the tack strip will go next to the base and then carpet goes over it and tucks under the base.
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How to get rid of new carpet removed from a new house

I live in Sugar Land, Texas within city of Houston. I ripped off the newly installed carpet from a new house to install wood floor. What are the best way to get rid off the carpet and pad in my ...
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Carpet Pad Adhesive Type Identification and Removal

In removing some old stair carpeting, I found this older black glue applied to hold the carpet padding in place. Does anyone have a recommendation on what type of material it is, and recommend on how ...
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Cleanup after carpet spill

I just spilled 14 ounces of an energy drink containing fructose and small amounts of fruit and vegetable juices on my (probably nylon) carpet. I immediately covered the stain with about 50 ounces ...
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What's causing my carpet to squeak?

I had carpet installed just under year ago but have started to notice it's squeaking in certain places and was wondering what could be the cause. The original floor is tiled rather than wooden planks ...
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How do I fix a squeaky carpeted floor given that scored screws don't help?

My flooring--second story, carpeted--squeaks. I tried the scored screws solution answered in this question. I covered the entire room and adjacent hallway with scored screws on all the joists, every ...
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How to attach two pieces of carpets in a reliable way?

Since carpets here are sold in custom length, but only in fixed 4m width, one must do a bit of cut & attach here and there to cover the whole floor. When it comes to attaching two pieces, what's ...
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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 protect my rug from being dented by table stands?

I have one rug (rug on top of carpet in my apartment) in the living room where a center table rests, and one rug under the dining table. Each of the rugs have developed dents at the point of contact ...
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Carpeting over a ceramic tile patio- backerboard?

We have a 20ft x 10' second floor patio outside the master bedroom. Structurally, it is sound. The tile matches bedroom and rest of house- looks very nice. However, we want to put a good outdoor ...
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Checking for insects in the home?

We are about to move into our new home and it looks like the carpet had never been cleaned so we decided a new one would be best. I took up the carpet yesterday, and today I have a few bug bites on ...
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How to better isolate a floor with carpet?

I am going to put a carpet on a room. This room is on a ground floor and it's actualy cold (I can feel the cold on the ground). Is there some material that I can put between the carpet and the floor ...
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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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How can I clean grease from a carpet?

Accidentally put a greasy material on my carpet. I tried to give it a dry clean, but no luck. What else could I do to remove that greasy stain?
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Carpet Patch Repair

I had a professional carpet tech come to my home to repair a stain on our carpet, which needed to be patched, and although the final results look GREAT and I am very pleased, unfortunately when we ...
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How do I remove wet latex paint from carpet?

I have just stepped into latex paint and walked onto the carpet by accident. I haven't done anything yet it just happened. How do I remove the paint from my carpet?
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Turning and tacking carpet where it meets vinyl flooring

I had new carpet installed and I had them cut it so I can turn and tack the carpet over the edge of my new luxury vinyl plank. Now I'm looking for tips on how to get a nice straight carpet edge and ...
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do I need to bind the edges of a remnant if it has carpet pad attached on the underside?

I recently purchased a carpet remnant to use as an area rug in my living area. The carpet remnant that I purchased has the carpet pad already attached to the carpet. My living area currently has ...
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How should I remove baking soda from my carpet?

I had an issue with wet carpet in my room. I dried it using clothes and towels as much as I could but after that I put baking soda on it. Google seemed to suggest it was a good idea. I thought you ...
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How do I remove dried latex paint from carpet?

I dropped a brush while painting my office. We have brand new carpet and of course, I dropped the paint brush in a spot where there was no drop cloth >:( I thought since it's latex based paint I ...
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How to fix a creaky carpeted floor?

I recently moved to a 30ish year old building. The master bedroom's carpeted floor creaks horribly when anyone walks across it - loud enough to wake my wife and daughter in the next room at night! ...
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How to remove glued down carpet pad?

Going to tear up the carpet/pad and put in hardwood. Carpet comes up easy. The pad however has been glued down and it isn't your normal pad. It's the same thickness (give or take) but more like ...
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Splotches on carpet

Hi, pictured are splotches on my carpet. I have no idea how they got there -- my best guess is that I spilled water at that location one or multiple times and the dirt stuck to the carpet fibers ...
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How to cut thick felt carpet pad?

We are installing carpeting and purchased felt pad for it. Using a utility knife, though, even changing the blades frequently, we are having a really hard time cutting it. Is there a tool, ...
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Can I use double sided tape to install carpet on a concrete floor?

I'd like to put some indoor/outdoor carpet in a portion of my basement, however, I'd like to install it so that it's semi-permanent. Meaning, I don't want to use glue, nor do I want to use tack ...
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Can I use my wet-vac to shampoo my carpets?

I have an old Rainbow brand dry/wet vacuum that my mom got at a yard sale, similar to this model. My family grew up with this kind of vacuum at home, and it was useful not only for typical carpet ...
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Is it feasible to cover low-pile carpet with a 1/4" subfloor and vinyl tile in a kitchen?

Scenario: I'm the owner of a multi-unit 2 story apartment. The people living up and down are cousins to each other and are in the process of switching apartments -- long story, don't ask. The upstairs ...
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What can be used to fill a wide gap on a curved hearth?

We just converted our fireplace back into a wood-burning one. When we discovered there was a matching hearth already under the carpet, it was suggested to us to cut it out and use it. Unfortunately, ...
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Can I temporarily remove the bottom stairs on a staircase to help move furniture?

I just moved into a new place and really want to move my awesomely large (and somewhat expensive) sofa into the basement. The problem is that the stairs end in narrow hallway running perpendicular to ...
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Remove Outdoor Carpet Glue

We have outdoor carpet on my covered patio that we want to remove. The problem is that the glue holding the carpet down is orange and very ugly. ow can I remove this glue safely without injuring my ...
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Preventing mold with minor carpet water damage

We had an issue with the hot water heater in our basement that resulted in some minor flooding. Fortunately most of the water went straight out the nearby garage thats across the hallway, but some ...
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Determining health risks associated with carpets

I've read about the health risks posed by molds, but how can one determine the risks posed by existing carpeting? Are there some testing kits for allergen and bacterial levels? This is not the ...
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When replacing carpet, can you re-use the tackless strips?

I need to replace some carpet. Thee carpet was installed over a concrete slab, so the tackless strips were fastened down with concrete nails. The tackless strips seem to be in decent enough condition. ...
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Was my new carpet installed correctly?

My guess is no. We had carpet installed on our stairs and our upstairs hallway and bedrooms. The carpet install was "free" though we had to pay extra for the stairs. When vacuuming the steps the ...
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Should we use carpet tape or tack strips?

We want to install commercial carpet in a basement that currently has damaged linoleum/vinyl tiles over concrete. Can we use carpet tape around the parameter or do we need to install tack strips? We ...
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Precaution before getting a whiteboard: carpet stains?

I'm considering getting a nice large whiteboard for my living room. The problem is: I've got a light-coloured carpet in the room and I'm afraid if the whiteboard marker ink leaves stains on the ...
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What cleaners are there in the market to use for Air duct duct cleaning?

My house is near to the mountains so I' am unable to get any help from Air duct cleaning Denver experts as they are unable to come over my house. Can any body suggest me some cleaners used for air ...
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How should I finish a basement with a pitched floor?

I am building a room in the basement where the slab has a pitch. I have already installed had a foam and magnesium board subfloor and my intention is to have a carpet installed on top of that. The ...
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Allergies in brand new apartment [closed]

Recently I moved into a new apartment, and have had pretty bad allergies since. I wake up with allergies that last a few hours and then go away around lunch time, but the allergies return at night. ...