Questions tagged [carpet]

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Is a plywood subfloor with outdoor carpeting glued on appropriate for a screened in porch

We have a 20 year old screened in porch that had a plywood subfloor with outdoor carpeting tacked on. We just pulled the carpet up and noticed blackish areas - mold? The porch floor does get wet ...
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Has my office chair done enough wear to the carpet to damage it beyond repair?

The carpet in my apartment has noticeable indentations from my office chair in it. I used a standard office chair with plastic wheels on the bottom for two years, but I didn't actually roll on the ...
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Replacing "bubbling" hardwood floor with carpet

My house has solid stone walls and it's in a humid climate (Wales, UK). When I moved in the ground floor living room floor was floating hardwood on top of a layer of fibreboard on top of a concrete ...
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Carpet squeaky, SqueakNoMore Drill Settings

I am using a Squeak No More Kit to fix up a squeaky, creaky carpet. For my power drill, what should my (a) gear switch and (b) torque control be set at? This is used to drill plywood subfloor into a ...
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Carpet cleaning types, vapor vs hot water vacuum

I have an around five year old carpet. It has accumulated some dust. A pet sometimes does a wee, that I collect with paper tissues, but of course not completely. My dust and hair stays also. Just ...
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Methods for fitting base cabinets on top of carpet

I am wanting to fit some kitchen-style base cabinets for storage in one of my rooms, however this room has carpetted floor. I was thinking about buying/building actual kitchen cabinets as these seem ...
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Carpet Tile for maintaining Squeak subfloor

I live in a larger two story 2000ft condo, where there are problems with carpet subfloor making squeaking sounds. After investigation, its due to loose subfloor screws or not being properly screwed ...
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Does Carpet Tile require use of a Plastic carpet protector?

I use a plastic chair protector with my office chair. Right now its sitting in the middle of the room and looks ugly. In renovation, we are thinking of getting "carpet tile". Would getting ...
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Carpet and Padding Type for Exercise and Floor Pressure, Seen in Hotels

I am doing exercise, light weightlifting, aerobics, and yoga on carpet. I use exercise mat, however I noticed its not enough. What is good type of carpet and padding, that holds up to exercise ...
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Carpet makes Whistling Sound

My carpet is around 5 years old. Now its starting to make a whistling sound stepping on it. I started doing Yoga/Stretching recently with a proper yoga mat. It requires lot of deep stretch which may ...
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Baseboard trim transition from carpet to LVP - Installation height

I am in the home stretch of finishing my basement and I'm ready to start hanging my baseboards this weekend. However, I am uncertain about the best way to handle the height of the baseboards based on ...
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Correct Order of Work For Re-Decorating

I purchased a house in the UK which needs considerably more work doing on it that originally anticipated. Because of covid backlogs it's really hard to get decorators/builders/etc booked in so I ...
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Is it better to use underlayment or carpet padding under rugs to reduce noise from downstairs neighbor?

I can hear my downstairs neighbor talk/sneeze/burp, and can hear and occasionally feel the vibration of their music through our gorgeous hardwood floors. I've asked them to keep sound levels low, but ...
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Do enzymatic urine cleaners work on old urine in carpeting and carpet padding?

Related to my previous question regarding urine in carpeting and carpet padding, I would like to learn if enzymatic cleaners work for urine that has been present in carpeting or carpet padding for 10 ...
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Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine?

Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine that is present in carpeting and carpet padding? Specifically, human urine that has been present in carpeting and carpet padding for years.
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Installing trim with carpet tack strips already installed?

I know that in general, trim should be installed first, followed by tack strips and then carpet. And typically I see something like having the trim be 3/8" to 1/2" off the floor and the tack ...
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Sealing Carpet and Baseboards

Would it be okay to use duct tape (or any kind of tape) to seal the space between carpet and baseboards? I've had various run-ins with pests and have always seen bugs come from baseboards and windows. ...
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Covered vent under carpet

I got carpet installed from Lowe's. The installers have covered the ac vents and return air vents in some areas. I have called them to fix it but I am not sure how can they do it and if they will find ...
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What IS this stuff?

So, I'm tearing up all the carpet in my house. It's all super old and stained to begin with, but then I have pets and hate the dirt that carpet holds. Plus it's all hardwood underneath. There's ...
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Basement floor tiling/ carpeting

I’ve been reading over how to tile or carpet a basement floor and I’m looking for the absolute cheapest option. I’ve read about laying a subfloor, but to be honest, I’m not very handy at all. Can you ...
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Z bar (vinyl to carpet) gap between vinyl and bar

I have to fit z bar between click vinyl and carpet. There is a 3mm gap between the zbar and the vinyl. I have tried trying to bend the zbar down but it won’t budge. Any ideas?
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Moveable rug cleaning vs fixed carpet cleaning

I have a large number of rugs (sizes up to 2 m x 2.4 m, approx 6'6" x 8') that need cleaning every few years. Despite the fact that the rugs are moveable, every carpet cleaner, and every carpet ...
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Leveling carpeted floor without replacing carpet

I have an older house that's previously had some structural work done. The work was done a few years ago, however, I think there was some minor re-settlement in the subsequent months, causing the ...
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How to handle carpet offgassing?

I moved into a new apartment and the carpet is offgassing VOCs. I'm quite sensitive to chemical smells and it irritates my nose and throat constantly. The carpet is around 1 year old, so it will ...
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Why are the areas (square footage) for carpet removal and for vinyl plank installation different?

I requested a quote (from Lowe's) to replace the existing carpet with vinyl planks. The area the quote uses to calculate the labor cost of installing the planks ("basic labor floating LVP/LVT&...
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How to repair loose nails in a carpet threshold?

Apparently the carpet in my house has been replaced a few too many times. Most of the nails are loose so the threshold is basically being held in place by hopes and wishes. I was hoping to improve the ...
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What should I use for an interior door threshold if the clearance is only 1/2”?

I just had hardwood floors installed in my office and I need to install a threshold to cover where the hallway carpet and hardwood join. The challenge is, the clearance is only 1/2” under the door (a ...
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What size dip in the floor needs to be filled before carpet is installed? [closed]

We are planning to put carpet over an oldish hardwood floor. I noticed that the floor has a dip of about 3/8" in a few areas. I intend to measure around with a long straightedge and see if I can ...
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Basement Floor Feels Uneven

I recently purchased a home with a full finished basement. The home was built in 1988. No foundation or structural concerns were noted during the home inspection. There is carpet in the basement. The ...
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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Building a built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in a room in the basement (~7'10" tall). I've read a lot of differing opinions on whether to build the bookshelf first or put the carpet in first. ...
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What is this yellow powder under my carpet?

We recently moved into a new house and rolled up one of the carpets that was fraying. Under and attached to the carpet is a yellow powder does anyone know what this could be? Are we silly to be ...
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Help with awkward transition strip between tile and carpet

I would like to replace carpet in a hallway with tile. The carpet extends into multiple living spaces. I can do all the transition strips except for one that has me flummoxed. The transition strip ...
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Repair ripped carpet

We bought a contemporary newly designed carpet. But it has only been a week now, and the carpet has started to show some damage even though we haven't used it. There was a particular blackish yellow ...
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Open Riser Stairs / Removing carpeting and converting to hardwood [closed]

We have a staircase from the first floor to the second floor. The stairs are open riser, with the treads wrapped in carpet. The reach a landing and then transition to closed risers. Some treads are ...
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Can I cut carpet tiles with a table saw?

I don't find any specific blades, however no explicit recommendation not to cut short pile carpet tiles with a table saw. That's however no base to assume that I should try it. For starters, I'm not ...
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How To Provide For Carpet Edging?

I have a lower level hallway in my house that is currently carpeted all the way through the hallway and into the adjacent Den room. See outline drawing below: This hallway is a high traffic area from ...
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Filling gap between drywall and stairs

I have a large gap between my drywall and stairs - my question is, how much of a gap is acceptable for carpet to be applied on the stairs? I have about a 1-1x1/8 inch gap between the stair edge and ...
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Why does my kitten's urine clean my carpet?

I have an old house with very old wall to wall carpets. The carpet by the front door is just awful, and I have been trying to clean it for a while, with poor results. Recently, however, my kitten, who ...
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Is it better to do convert builder provided carpet stairs to hardwood yourself, or have the builder do it from the start (e.g. for townhome)?

Title should summarize the question. I have heard that in general it is good to have certain troublesome things done by your builder from the start, depending on factors like lest you have to damage ...
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How to replace carpet with tile in entryway

We have an 18 year old cat who unrinates on or near doors that lead outside. I'm looking for solutions to make it easier to clean up/eliminate the odor. We do eventually plan on replacing the ...
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Mysterious black dots appearing on carpet

We purchased our house last August and I don't know how old the carpet is but it's definitely been around for a while. Earlier this year, these little black dots started showing up in one specific ...
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Which to install first...closet doors or carpet?

We are redecorating my son's bedroom. This includes converting the large bi-fold closet doors to sliding doors. We have also pulled up the carpet and are installing new carpet and padding. My question ...
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Installing cushion vinyl over carpet

I plan to put some cushion vinyl over my corridor carpet. I will be using proper cut sheets and not just off cuts as shown in the picture. Later on I will pull the carpet out from underneath the ...
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Floors squeak a lot since installing new carpet

Our condo was built in 1989, and I moved in in 2005 with all new carpets. A few months ago (15 years later!), we had new wall-to-wall carpet installed. Now there's creaks and squeaks everywhere in the ...
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Replacing carpet with laminate flooring - can I cover over damaged area?

I’ve decided to change from carpet (rug) to laminate flooring. There is a spot with some damage, near a vent. The damaged section has about a million nails in it so I want to leave it there. I was ...
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stiff textile material for simple underbed "drawer"

I have a 90cm x 200cm bed in a corner of my room. I want to use the floor beneath it as storage, but in a way that I do not need to crawl under it to get the stuff in the corner. I have a PVC floor; ...
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Baseboard/skirting board before or after carpet tiles?

I ask this question here as all results from my searches relate to installation of regular carpet, not carpet tiles I'm tidying up a small laundry room under a stairway. I will be installing carpet ...
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Will a door rubbing on the carpet cause excessive wear?

We recently had carpet installed in our master bedroom. We love it! My husband trimmed the door, it opens & closes well for me. The door is touching or rubbing the carpet when opening & ...
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Carpet badly burned, do I need to replace the whole thing?

My carpet was badly burned by a heat lamp. Bad enough that the room started to fill with smoke. The burn is about 8 inches in diameter. The entire room is about 13'x 14'. Is it possible to just ...
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What to put down under new carpet or "luxury vinyl tile" to prevent cold floors?

We have a hardwood living-dining room floor that was improperly installed (before we arrived), and squeaks and creaks something awful. We plan to rip out the old flooring and put in LVT (luxury vinyl ...
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