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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Before. I have done both and you can certainly do it either way but it is easier (and cheaper) more sturdy to fasten and shim the bottom to the floor without carpet in the way and because of the ...
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What is this white powder on my foundation?

Looks like effloresence to me, which itself is not harmful, but possibly a symptom, mainly of water movement; I would check perimeter walls for further signs of water infiltration, and make sure water ...
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Is it customary to build "built-ins" over carpet?

You should cut away carpet. The cabinets will last longer than the carpet and will just be a mess when it's time to install new carpet. I'd want the cabinets secured directly to the floor, not ...
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Why are the areas (square footage) for carpet removal and for vinyl plank installation different?

There are two main reasons: When you install planks there is a requirement that the ends of the plank must be within a certain distance of ends of other planks on adjacent rows. This means you ...
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Framing a wall over a carpeted floor

No, I would not recommend nailing through carpet. Whether or not you prefer to, cutting the carpet and pad and removing them (under the wall) is the only right way to do this job. Baseboards on top ...
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How to get rid of new carpet removed from a new house

Start by contacting your local waste management provider, either by phone or on the web. They will be able to tell you if they'll take it, and how you need to prepare it. If they don't take it, they ...
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What height to set baseboards before carpet is installed?

3/8-5/8" but most 1/2" Reasoning: you have padding and carpet. With a plush carpet and pad you might be at almost an inch or even over. you don't want the tuck to be so tight that it looks like ...
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What is this white powder on my foundation?

Efflorescence, salts rising to the surface due to presence of moisture. Common in cementitious materials where water is present. You can wash it away with mild HCL solution but the stains will remain....
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Why does my kitten's urine clean my carpet?

Urine (human and animal) contains ammonia, paricularly if it's left for a while, e.g. if you didn't notice it at first. Ammonia is used in carpet-cleaning products. In fact it's been used for stain-...
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Carpet badly burned, do I need to replace the whole thing?

It is possible to replace a section of carpet if you have a piece that is large enough. To tell the truth you will be able to see the section in most cases, to see other splices look at the doorways ...
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How to attach two pieces of carpets in a reliable way?

The trade name for it is... wait for it... carpet tape. This is a roll of 4" Carpet Seam Tape courtesy of wholesaletape.com and while although: This pressure sensitive tape applies quick and easy ...
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Which style transition/threshold do I need for carpeted stairs to meet floor boards?

My recommendation would be to terminate the carpet on the last riser. If you put in a threshold, yes you'll protect the end of the carpet, but you'll still have a lip for people to trip over and fall....
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Setting tack strip in concrete

I have used a combination of construction adhesive and concrete nails. Doing it by drilling and an insert or a concrete screw would be awesome but that is really going to take some time
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Covered vent under carpet

There is no reason if you get on your hands and knees that you cannot feel the grates or empty space. I would check all walls from 8-16" and press down with my hand. But even if you find ...
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Can I temporarily remove the bottom stairs on a staircase to help move furniture?

They are what is know to me as "housed stringers" the sides, have notches cut into them to allow the treads to set in the notches. The small vertical pieces in the corners are wedges driven in with ...
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How should I remove baking soda from my carpet?

If it's not vacuuming out, the issue may be with your vacuum. Check that the bag isn't full and that the brush doesn't need to be lowered for your carpet style. If you're still having difficulty ...
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drill concrete for installing tack strips

The tackless carpet strips installed on masonry surfaces have short evenly-spaced concrete nails on every strip. They are set in position and with a well placed hammer strike the point of the nail ...
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Can I put hard flooring over berber carpet?

No, that's not a very good idea for a few reasons. One is that if water is spilled and leaks through the cracks in the hardwood floor then the carpet will soak it up and do lots of bad stuff do the ...
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Can carpet scraps be used to repair existing carpet?

Yes, a skilled flooring installer can patch in carpet to repair damage. It needs to be oriented with respect to the "grain" and pattern-matched. Chances are you won't want to do that more than once ...
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Setting tack strip in concrete

Yes way too much labor. Use powder actuated fasteners and loads specific for concrete. I've removed the tack strips from concrete and this is what held them down. The fasteners were maybe 1" long. ...
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Setting tack strip in concrete

Tack strip for concrete, plus construction adhesive They make tack strip with nails specifically for concrete. They're thicker and harder than what's in the usual stuff, but nowhere near as large as ...
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Is a gradual 3/4 inch rise acceptable under carpet?

There are shims made for these situations. Have a look These are made by traxx. Ask at your local carpet shop or order on line If you take a look at the link you will see a variety of options ...
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Can I temporarily remove the bottom stairs on a staircase to help move furniture?

I would echo the responses above, that modifying a wall would be easier/better than modifying the stairs. Based on your drawings, you'd have to chop out about half of the staircase - a major effort. ...
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How can I effectively hide cables under my carpet or around the room?

Go up and over the door, and along the top of the wall. then down the wall to the computer. Use wiremold cable duct to make it neat. wiremold is a brand-name, I guess. Cable duct is more generic.
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How much extra carpet do installers need?

Carpet isn't paint. You can't infinitely cut and splice carpet and put a bunch of seams in it, and expect to have a surface that will wear well. So you can't understand the problem until you know ...
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How can I repair a carpeted floor partly worn down by an office chair?

Possible, but unlikely. It's not unusual for chairs used like this to create a ring of matted carpet where you usually sit, and the frequent pressure can damage the carpet's pad as well, giving the ...
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How do I work out a rug curl?

Synthetics tend to soften nicely with a little heat. If you're in a warm climate, lay them face down on a clean surface in the sun for a while. They should become noticeably more limp. Bring them ...
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Mysterious black dots appearing on carpet

Looks like grease. Check the door hinges and latch for dripping from over-lubrication. Does not look like mold, and mold doesn't usually occur on top of carpet like that anyway.
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Can I cut carpet tiles with a table saw?

As already noted in a comment, this is likely to end in quite a mess. And could be a bit dangerous too. A quick search confirms my hunch about the right way: score the back and cut with a utility ...
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