Step 3: Secure runner to first riser

Installing a stair runner
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Check end of runner with framing square. If not square, mark, then cut along backing with carpet knife. Dab cut edges with latex carpet glue to prevent fraying.

After glue dries to touch, unroll runner up 3 or 4 treads, making sure it’s between the layout marks.

Push end of runner against floor at bottom of first riser. Line up runner between the layout marks.

Staple end of runner to bottom of riser every 3 inches.

TIP: Push stapler through the pile and against the backing before pulling trigger.

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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