Step 5: Fasten runner to riser

Fastening the carpet runner to riser
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Use carpet tool and rubber mallet to pack runner tightly between the tackless strip and the riser.

Near both ends of the tackless strip, staple the runner into the crease where riser meets tread.

Staple each edge of the runner 2 inches above bottom of riser. (For upholstered installation, staple edges to riser, then staple runner to underside of nosing every 3 inches.)

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 up to last riser.

At top of last riser, cut runner tight to the underside of the nosing or molding. Dab edges and end with glue and staple into top of riser and along edges every 3 inches.

TIP: Staple carpet directly to stairs, never through 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