Installation is Everything, continued
Once the old carpet has been removed, the mechanics install tack strips, also called tackless, around the perimeter of the room. Tackless should be nailed in place about a 1/2 in. away from the baseboard so that the edges of the carpet can be tucked under the molding. Ask what type of tackless is best for your particular carpet. For most installations, a 1-in.-wide strip is sufficient, but some heavy woven and berber-type carpets require extra support. Ghanim often installs two strips of tackless side by side to secure woven wool carpets. "The extra strip ensures the carpet won't shift later on," he says.
Good installers use a special trimmer rather than a utility knife. The protected edge of the tool runs along the wall as the blade slices the fabric. "Utility knives," Ghanim explains, "tend to damage floors and baseboard molding."
While installers once used kneekickers for the entire installation, rooms larger than 10510 ft. should be power-stretched. "A power stretcher, which can be expanded to span a room, allows greater leverage. And that means less buckling later on," says Ghanim. With large rooms, a few seams are inevitable. "By making sure the pile runs in the same direction, a good mechanic can make them almost invisible," Ghanim says.
Combining a good carpet with the right pad and having it installed by a knowledgeable and careful pro will help you enjoy years of attractive comfort.

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