Installing Wall-To-Wall Carpeting Using A Carpet Power Stretcher
Installing wall-to-wall carpeting is not a hard task, but without the proper equipment, it is difficult to do it correctly. The primary pieces of equipment necessary when installing a carpet are a carpet power stretcher and a knee kicker. It also helps to have a tape measure, hammer, and carpet tacks.
The carpet power stretcher is a fairly simple tool. Its function is to ensure the carpeting is completely flat and wrinkle-free. Wrinkles and folds in installed carpeting may cause damage and even falls. The carpet stretcher ensures the carpet is pulled tightly across the area and the knee kicker secures it tightly with carpet tacks.
The carpet stretcher’s basic design includes a long body which has one or more rows of teeth. The carpet is placed over these teeth and an activation lever ensures the carpeting is stretched taut. When the last side of carpeting is tight, then it is tacked into place. It is typically difficult for one person to use a carpet stretcher alone, however most are light enough to be maneuvered into position.
The carpet stretcher is usually used with a knee kicker. This tool is much shorter than the carpet stretcher and is moved along the carpet with the knees to help smooth the surface. When the carpet is secured to one wall, the knee kicker is moved toward the opposite wall, smoothing the surface of the carpet as it moves along. Once the carpet is smooth, the carpet stretcher is used to tighten it and make it taut.
Wall-To-Wall Carpeting Installation Process
The carpet stretcher is used by placing it against the wall where carpet is already secured with carpet tacks. One end of the stretcher is against the wall, while the other end faces the opposite wall. The teeth on the stretcher grab the carpet and the lever tightens and stretches the carpet in the opposite wall’s direction. This smooths out any folds or wrinkles left behind the knee kicker and completely straightens the carpet.
Once the carpet is stretched tight and completely smooth, it is secured against the opposite wall. The carpet stretcher is used several times to ensure the carpeting is completely smooth and taught before it is tacked down.
Once the carpet is tacked into place, the lever on the carpet power stretcher is released, loosening the teeth and releasing the carpet. This process is used to straighten and tighten the carpeting against each wall of a room. Most carpet stretchers are constructed of light-weight metal, with teeth along the bottom of the stretcher.
It is not difficult to install wall-to-wall carpeting, however it is crucial to use a good carpet stretcher to ensure the carpeting is straight and smooth, with no folds or wrinkles. This helps prevent damage to the carpet. It also helps reduce the risk of falling or tripping when walking on the carpet. Using both the carpet stretcher and the knee kicker helps ensure a straight, smooth, and tight installation. Using the correct tools helps ensure a durable and lasting carpet installation.
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