Now that I fixed the carpet this way, I can't find the patch again...it's that good!
Repairing Burns in Carpet
I have several burn marks on carpet. What is the easy way to repair them?
My dog chewed a spot in the carpet. Here's how I fixed it...
1. cut out all the damaged fibers. Do not cut the carpet backing.
2. spread the fibers around the area so that they are leaning away from the damaged area. This allows you to get an accurate pattern of the damaged area.
3. cut a paper pattern of the damaged area. the pattern should be cut so it can lay on the carpet backing, right up to the fibers surrounding the damaged area.
4. using the paper pattern, cut a scrap of matching carpeting. this step is where the habit of never throwing out scrap carpeting comes in handy.
5. check for fit, then install patch in hole with hot glue around edges.
6. brush fibers back and forth with fingers to make them all stand up straight again.
7. trim the fibers on the patch with sharp scissors to match height of surrounding area.
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First cut off all the blackened fibers.
Then using some fibers cut from a closet corner or other out of the way place (under a baseboard heater?) Glue the new fibers in.
I think you have to have a little artist in you. The trick of course is to match the density.. length etc.
Damp Carpet w/Rust Spot & Moldy Odor
We've just noticed a rust strain on the carpet under a plastic carpet protector(used to allow a chair to roll freely). When we lifted the protector we smelled a moldy odor and the carpet felt slightly damp. Our house sits on a slab. Any ideas?
Yes.. don't put down anymore plastic. Typically for basements, but for your home as well since it is on a slab, you should not put down a carpet, pad or other covering which does not "breathe".. that is let the moisture through. If you trap it, as you found.. it will lead to mold and mildew.
Removing Old Carpet
I am in the process of trying to remove old carpet. I believe it is tacked on, and I would like to know the best way to remove it.
Actually, I have found just finding a loose or semi loose edge and ripping it up works best.
Carpet is typically only attached at the wall edges, often only with a sort of toothed board which grabs and holds it. Once you get it started, it will come up easy.
Measuring for Carpet
We are going to be recarpeting our stairs and hallway. How do we measure the floor so we know how many yards of carpet we need to buy?
Will you have it installed or do you plan to do it yourself. If you are having it done, they will usually measure for you and give you an estimate free.
If you want a rough idea.. break the areas down into squares and multiply the lengths times the widths adding each section. Divide the total area by 9 to give you square yards. This is not exactly what you will need, since there may be pieces that require waste based on the shapes of your rooms. But this will be close.
Carpet Runner on Stairs
How do I make a stair runner go around the corner?
I am not much of a carpet guy, but I believe short of having a piece of carpet big enough to encompass the all the turns... you will need to piece it together. You can hide the seams in the bottom inside corner of a step.
You can't bend the carpet around a corner.. Nor would you want to cut a 45 and piece it together across the landing.
Hide the seam in the step.
Masonic vs. Gypcrete as Leveling Agent
Can someone educate on the pro's and con's of each? We are trying to level a concrete floor, without going through the expense of poring concrete.
You can buy cement based leveling agents without having to pour the whole floor. They are stated as being called leveling agent. Just an extra thought for you even though I do not know what type of top flooring your are putting down.
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