Step 4: Attach runner to treads

Attaching a stair runner to treads
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Line up runner between layout marks on first tread. Push it hand-tight toward tackless strip.

Place front edge of knee kicker on center of the runner about 2 inches from the riser. Hold down front knob with one hand, using the other hand to keep the kicker’s shaft level.

Hit kicker with knee. Runner should engage tackless strip and become taut. Repeat every 3 inches, side to side.

TIP: If runner bulges and doesn’t lie flat against the tread, lift it straight up off the strip and begin again.

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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