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?

3 Answers 3


Rent (or buy) a carpet stretcher.

Here is a google search for carpet stretchers.

  • 1
    That is the tool but not how a DIYer would do it.
    – DMoore
    Jul 1, 2013 at 0:51
  • depends on the design of the actual tool
    – mike
    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:56
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    How do I use a carpet stretcher? Do I need a power stretcher, or can I use a knee kicker?
    – Tester101
    Jul 1, 2013 at 12:23
  • from the content of the OP, can you tell?
    – mike
    Jul 1, 2013 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, 2013 at 13:08

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


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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