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    How easy is it to lay carpet?

    Just got carpet to do our house and was wondering if it's worth doing myself, I like doing stuff myself and we're down to one wage at the moment.

    We've got polished hardwood floors so I'll need to put down the spiky things around the edges and underlay.

    Only have three bedrooms, a hallway and a lounge to do. About 60sqm.

    Any idea what it would cost to get a pro to do? Any tips?

    There're always experts on this forum.

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    Easy as @Savage1

    I had my whole house carpeted last year.

    Used the easiest method I know.

    Rang the carpet layer, he showed up before I went to work one morning and before I got home the laying was done, the mess cleaned up and Mum was happy as a happy thing ...... Easy As!

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    if you aint got carpet gear kicker etc don't give your self a head ache and possibly stuff it up imo.good luck though.
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    Im pretty handy in most areas but I wouldnt have a clue about laying carpet, you must have to cut it smaller than the actual measurements.

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    It is straightforward if you have the basic tools. Get a book from the library which will give you all the guff.

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    what P38 said
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gapped axe View Post
    what P38 said
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    I have done a couple of small rooms for myself .
    But not in main house that I would leave for a pro.
    Love walking my gun

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    I help a mate at times. You need that kicker or stretcher.
    And even still your screwed when it comes to the joins. It takes experience to "follow the weave" or cut the edge straight before the join. Plus the glue type tape and the iron type tool to melt the glue and make the join.

    Pm me if your in the central north island and are interested in me putting you in touch with him to do the job.

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    im gunna say , keep the polished wood floors , insulate under the house , ... carpets a menace , use floor rugs for laying on , its a crime to cover native floors
    NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT HURTS, HOW DARK IT GETS OR HOW FAR YOU FALL , .....
    YOU ARE NEVER OUT OF THE FIGHT . (Marcus Luttrell)

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    Right I'm going to get a pro to do it, think I'll still lay the underlay and spike things.

    The Mrs hates the native wood floors as they are hard to keep clean and the babies heads seem to bounce on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Right I'm going to get a pro to do it, think I'll still lay the underlay and spike things.

    The Mrs hates the native wood floors as they are hard to keep clean and the babies heads seem to bounce on them.
    Just let the tradesman do his job, he may not lay carpet on underlay and tack strip someone else has laid down.

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    Oh, and get good underlay, 11mm stuff, the cheap stuff is no good, get the thickest, makes carpet feel much better, you can often find a carpet layer on trade me that do cash jobs and sell the underlay too...

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    It's not rocket science, but there are specific guidelines in place that need to be followed to achieve the best results and longevity of the carpet.

    Definitely take these guys advise and get a pro to do it, and my advice as a carpet inspector, please let the pro do ALL of his own work. Including the perimeter gripper. The gully (distance the gripper is from the wall) is also relative to the carpet thickness so should ideally be set the correct distance out.

    If the carpet is new, you definitely want things done right to keep your warranty intact.

    I too second Shelley's advice, put the best underlay you can buy under it as the better the underlay the better the carpet will perform.

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    And you'll stuff your knees with the kicker and bang goes you hunting!
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

 

 

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