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carpet on stairs

Post by lynnb » Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:07 am

Hi Shannon
Back, doing some more home improvements, I need to install carpet on the stairs.
11 steps in total. I included a couple pics with the stairways and the type of carpet I need to install. As you can see the old carpet is still in place and is held in place with the wood/nail lengths. What is your suggested way to go about cutting the carpet to proper width so it butts nicely to the sides and installing to the wooden steps? I'll post a pic of the steps with carpet removed when I get that far.
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Lynn
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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by lynnb » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:32 pm

Ok carpet is all removed.
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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by Shannon » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:06 pm

I do not do much for carpet installs only in a pinch if needed, but I will try to explain what i would do. First of all with the type of carpet you are installing those carpet tack strips should not be used. The carpet you are going to install has to short of a pile to use it. The nails will poke through it and also tack strips are usually used when an under lay is involved as well. So remove the tack strips. Cutting your carpet to width is a little tricky in this case because there will be no carpet on the stringers to hide any imperfections. Measure your steps carefully in a few different spots to see if they are somewhat consistent in width, hopefully they are close. cut the carpet into a strip about 1/16" wider than you need to get a nice fit. I like to start at the top so roll up the carpet so that it will unroll as you work your way down. Start at the top nosing but roll out a couple of steps worth to get your self lined up straight to the stringers. Staple the starting edge using a narrow crown air stapler to the underside of the nosing leaving enough above to wrap around the nosing. When stapling wriggle the nose of the stapler down into the pile of the carpet so the staples do not stick up. Work your way down the steps one by one pulling the carpet tight and stapling under the hosings in the corner and at the corner where the riser meets the tread. If the carpet starts running to crooked then you may need to cut it and make joints under the nose of each step.
A carpet with a pile is much more forgiving so good luck as this may be tricky with the product you are using.
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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by lynnb » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:13 pm

Thanks Shannon , I figured those strips would not be needed. Being a fellow Canadian, would homedepot rent the type of stapler your referring to? I have an air nailer but I don't think it would take carpet staples.

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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by lynnb » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:34 pm

Just out of curiousity Shannon is laying down laminate easier than laying carpet?

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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by Shannon » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:19 pm

lynnb wrote:Thanks Shannon , I figured those strips would not be needed. Being a fellow Canadian, would homedepot rent the type of stapler your referring to? I have an air nailer but I don't think it would take carpet staples.

I'm pretty sure they would you just need something that will shoot a narrow crown staple that's maybe 1/2" long
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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by Shannon » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:24 pm

lynnb wrote:Just out of curiousity Shannon is laying down laminate easier than laying carpet?
Laminate can be installed fairly easily but you should glue it down and you would also need metal stair noses . One thing with laminate is that it can be slippery in socks.
LVT is a great alternative because it is more of a vinyl /rubber surface and installed like laminate.
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Re: carpet on stairs

Post by lynnb » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:38 am

Thanks Shannon, lots to think about here.

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