The Ultimate Carpet Installation Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Should you install your new carpet yourself or hire a professional to do it? As you might expect, there are pros and cons to both. Take our quiz to find out if you have the right "tools" for the job.

What is the major advantage of installing your own carpet?

If you have the skills to take on the job of installing your own carpet you can save a lot of money, choose when you want the work done and control the quality of the job.

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What is the downside of installing your own carpet?

While it is possible to install your own carpet, it is a big undertaking and things can definitely go wrong. It may take you much longer than you planned, the equipment may be difficult to handle or you may not be able to achieve the results you hoped for.

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_____ strips are strips of wood with pins that catch the carpet and hold it in place.

To install carpet, you will need tackless strips. These special strips of wood have angled pins protruding on one side which are attached face up to the floors around the periphery of the room and catch the carpet to hold it in place.

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Which tool is used to "kick" the carpet into place?

Carpet installation is not for the weak-kneed. You will need a knee-kicker, a heavy tool that allows you to "kick" the carpet into place around the edges of the room with your knee.

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Which tool allows you to lay your carpet evenly and smoothly?

Once you've kicked the carpet into place, you will need a carpet stretcher to ensure that the carpet is even and doesn't bulge anywhere.

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Which tool is used to make sure that the carpet sticks to the adhesive beneath?

Seam rollers with a smooth or a spiked surface are used when installing a carpet with glue. The seam roller is rolled over the carpet, pressing it down evenly over the adhesive beneath.

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What is the biggest advantage of working with the installation staff of your carpet retailer?

The biggest advantage of using the installation staff of your retailer is that both carpet and installation are the responsibility of the retailer and should be covered by the warranty if anything goes wrong.

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When choosing an independent carpet installer, what qualifications should you look for?

Most professional certifications require a carpet installer to have been in business for at least two years and to have passed certain tests that ascertain their installation abilities.

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Which type of pad is laid under a carpet?

An underpad, usually made of foam, is laid between the floor and your carpet to both muffle noise and make the carpet more comfortable to walk on.

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How much can you expect to pay for carpet installation?

Prices range from $3.50 to $6 per square yard, with extra fees for a new underpad and for disposing of old carpet.

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