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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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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 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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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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What are our options for carpeting the basement of a split-level house?

The basement level of our house (1/2 below grade) is currently just vinyl tile on concrete slab. It's cold during the winter, so we would like to carpet it. We do not get water penetration through ...
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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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Is there anything special needed to cut out a section of carpet?

I am cutting out a section of carpet as I expand my entryway, and I want to ensure it's held down properly. I am putting a 4' high wall up where the double red line is, and cutting out that section ...
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How do I remove THIN layer of carpet glue from concrete?

The folks who owned this house before us were the cheapest people around. They glued carpet to our concrete floor with a very thin layer of glue. Now, I'm having a terrible time scraping it off. I ...
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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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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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How can I remove a coffee stain from carpet?

Recently a cup of coffee was spilled on the carpeting of our home. We tried to get the stain out with a chemical solvent to no avail, and called in the experts. Unfortunately due to our preprocessing, ...
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How to fix frayed carpet at tile transition

I have a carpet/tile transition where the carpet is becoming frayed. Pictures below for reference. I'm trying to figure out the best way to fix this. I don't have any spare carpet samples to use ...
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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 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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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 surströmming (rotten herring). I have three ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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Should I use a carpet kicker or stretcher?

I recently retiled my master bathroom. Our bedroom has carpet and I need to stretch the lay the carpet adjacent to the marble transition. For this small space would it be best to use a kicker or ...
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How do I install carpet tiles in a below grade room?

A few years ago, I saw an advertisement for carpet tiles that had a jagged edge so there would be less movement in the interlock between tiles, and prevented the need for glue. (would like to find ...
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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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Is heavier weight carpet padding a waste of money?

I'm looking to replace the carpet in a living room that was left in a state of considerable filthiness by the previous owners of the house. I went to a local carpet dealer who also does installation ...
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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 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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Can I install used carpet that's been removed from another home?

My carpet is about 25 years old now and it's time to go. I know some people rip carpet out of new homes because they're laying down hardwood. Any issues I should be aware of? (I like the idea of ...
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How to fix a bump in the carpet?

How can I fix the bump in my carpet? Please see two images below Click on photo for full size
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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 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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What is the best flooring for my basement?

I live in Michigan, where humidity is fairly high. I have a 70 pint dehumidifier that works great. I also have a sump pump and water powered backup sump pump. I am looking to floor my basement ...
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Is a 6" carpet seam okay?

The living room in my basement is 12' 6" wide and roughly 25' long. The contractor I've talked to wants to seam on a 6" strip of carpet to make the carpet fit. Is this recommended? Or should I have ...
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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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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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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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Can I fix a mold problem in wall-to-wall carpet myself?

Recently, an apartment-mate of mine flooded my toilet quite severely. It completely covered the bathroom floor (tiles) and seeped into the carpet. I'd say a good 6-8 feet of carpet was soaked in ...
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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 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 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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Is carpet installation easier before or after installation of doors?

I was wondering if carpet installation is easier if doors are not installed and how substantial the difference it makes to install doors after carpet. I would imagine it would be easier but by how ...
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What to expect when tearing up carpet?

What should I expect when I tear up carpet? My brother's dogs have stained my carpets with their pee and poop, he also has tracked in grease from his work boots and stained it with tattoo ink. I want ...
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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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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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How can I transition from carpeted stairs to an engineered hardwood floor?

I want to replace the carpet in my bed rooms(actually the whole 2nd floor) with engineer hardwood floor. The stair is from 1st floor to 2nd floor which will keep carpet. But I can't imagine how/where ...
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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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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. ...