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You can get a carpet cutter blade that fits in a standard razor blade utility knife handle, for a couple bucks for a package of them. So it's cheap enough for single/occasional use. It's thicker than a razor blade, and has the hook shape.


Carpet edgers are designed to trim a carpet to the right fit against a wall and under baseboard trim by sliding along the trim. If you're referring to the basic utility knife, they're designed with an appropriate angle to reduce hand fatigue, but any utility knife will do fine. A typical scissor won't have the leverage needed to shear the very heavy ...


If anything, I would expect the opposite problem: the area under the rug would wear less, and be noticeable when you take up the rug for that reason (if at all)! Assuming the rug is color-fast, of course.


Pad is fastened mostly to keep it in place while installing the carpet, and to keep edges from getting overlapped with slight movement. It's not a requirement for normal function. Once the carpet is laid there's not really anywhere it can go, and staples wouldn't stop it if it wanted to.

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