Step 6: Install rods (optional)

Installing carpet runner rods
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Attach finials (if any) to outside of each rod bracket.

Place a bracket against either edge of the runner at the intersection of the tread and riser.

Hold them in place and mark the locations of the screw holes. Drill 1⁄16-inch pilot holes at each mark.

Screw each bracket to tread and riser.

Mark and cut rods to length with a tubing cutter or hacksaw.

Press rod into crease where tread and riser meet. Secure both ends in the brackets.

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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