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Carpet installers lay carpet in homes, offices, restaurants, and many other types of buildings. Show Details
Carpet installers typically do the following:
Remove old carpet or flooring to prepare surfaces for laying new carpet
Inspect the condition of the surface to be covered
Fix any problems that could show through the carpet or cause uneven wear
Measure the area to be carpeted
Plan the layout of carpeting to get the best appearance and least wear
Install a padded cushion underneath the carpet
Roll out, measure, mark, and cut the carpet
Fit the carpet so that it lays evenly and snugly
Tack, glue, or staple carpeting to hold it in place
Finish the edges so that the carpet looks neat
Carpet installers lay carpet in many types of new and old buildings, including homes, offices, restaurants, and museums. Although installing carpet in newly constructed buildings requires minimal preparation, those who replace existing carpet must first remove old flooring, including any padding, glue, tacks, or staples. In some cases, carpet installers lay carpet over existing tile or hardwood.
Carpet installers work with special tools, including a "knee kicker" to position the carpet and a power stretcher to pull the carpet snugly against walls. When they have to join seams of carpet (for example, in large rooms), they use special heat-activated tape. In commercial installations, they may glue the carpet to the floor or to padding that they have glued to the floor. On steps, they may use staples to hold the carpet in place. They also use carpet knives, carpet shears (scissors), hammers, power sanders, and other tools.