carpet and baseboard

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by gjacobsn, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    Staple one end of the pad along the tackless, stretch it length wise and staple the other end. Repeat the process on every drop. Go back and staple the 2 sides of your room, then tape all your seams.
    I dont recommend staplng the seams of the pad & tape, only tape. I have seen issues with certain types of pad making popping noises when walked on due to the tape making contact in the staple recess then releasing.
    You might want to ask your installer to take a look at it before you go ahead and do anything. There's other things to consider too. Pad direction, pad layout, he might want a double row of tackless somewhere.......
    Im not questioning your ability to handle the task. Im just saying you can do a perfect job but it may not be perfect for the situation.
    As for the base boards. Carpet backing is rough.a little scuffing/ minor scratches is common. Especially with fresh paint. If that's an issue, leave them off until he's done. Expect to take them off again on the next carpet job.
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  2. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I agree with Tom but put a random staple in the pad outside of the tape seams, this keeps the joints together if the tape doesn't hold.
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  3. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor Senior Member

    Leave it up, it’s standard for a reason! Preferably 3/8” if the carpet is thicker, 1/4” if thin.
  4. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Show me where it says that. I'm not trying to be a butthead but have never heard that before.


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  5. Roland Thompson

    Roland Thompson Charter Member Senior Member

    Reading this is why it is hard for people to know what is right. Now is there a right way? Each installer will give you his likes and what they do not like. Like Daris said, the idea of strip is to have it pinch and lock in when tucked. If to high it can come loose of strip. Strip is only 1/4 inch high, so if you are going to hold it up keep it lower the 1/4 inch, that way it will still bend over strip before being tucked under base.
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  6. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor Senior Member

    I suppose it’s standard by builders. Almost always it’s up 3/8” for me. I tend to like the look better too, especially with some of the monstrously thick carpets
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  7. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    There is no “standard authoritarian answer” it all varies, one thing it should do is line up with adjacent pieces. If slab or subfloor is not flat a high spot would bring trim higher than a piece set on floor. For sheet vinyl base is on floor. If changing types of floor from carpet to thin gluedown vinyl then shoe mold or pull base and drop to floor resulting in the top portion of drywall where trim was possibly needing paint touch up or removal and taller base to cover. Also when on floor taller flooring can dwarf the base and result in poor aesthetics.
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