Step 2: Fit carpet pad

Installing the carpet pad
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Cut carpet pad the same width as the tackless strips and 3 inches longer than the depth of the tread.

Butt pad to front edge of tackless strip. Fasten edge of pad to tread with 9⁄16-inch staples spaced every 3 inches.

Pull pad tight around nosing and staple every 3 inches into underside of nosing.

Cut pad where nosing and top of riser meet.

TIP: When using the waterfall method, clip 3 inches off the corners of the pad where it curves around the nosing.This helps hide the pad.

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    Tools List

    • knee kicker
      Knee kicker,
      rent from carpet store or rental center
    • Hammer stapler
      Electric stapler with 9/16-inch narrow-crown staples
    • carpet knife
      Carpet knife
    • carpet tool
      Carpet tool
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • metal cutting snips
      Sheet-metal snips
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hack saw
      Tubing cutter or hacksaw,
      for trimming carpet rods

    Shopping List

    1. STAIR RUNNER

    2. TACKLESS STRIPS

    3. CARPET PAD

    4. LATEX CARPET GLUE

    5. 3/4-INCH CARPET TACKS

    for temporarily holding runner pieces on winder stairs



    6. DECORATIVE STAIR RODS

    optional