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Post by Beav » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:09 am

Hi guys,

my daughter has a bedroom which is pretty much a rectangle which I would like to have a go at replacing the carpet.

Seen a few videos on youtube but I know they sometimes make it look a lot easier than it is. Would you say this is something that should be ok done by your average Joe?

Reason i'm asking is I know a lot of companies don't actually charge much more on top of the carpet to fit it and by the time i've bought the correct tools it might just be worth me getting someone in to do it?

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Post by dewaltdisney » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:28 am

It depends if you just want to lay it or have it fitted on gripper. In the past I have just layed carpet in bedrooms and as long as you have a door bar to grip the door area it is usually fine. You can buy underlay and gripper at Screwfix for under £50 for an average room but you need a knee kicker as well to stretch it and these are at least £20. I am sure you will be able to work out the best option. Get a quote direct from a fitter, it usually is a lot cheaper than the shop who calculate on square meters and not the perimeter.

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Post by aeromech3 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:46 pm

I have DIY both replacing just underlay where I could choose the quality and replacing all including gripper. You need to state if the shop will remove old and replace with a carpet incl. budget underlay. Yes much easier; doing it yourself can save a bit but expect a few curses tacking down the gripper and using a Stanley knife to trim into the skirting is a skill to avoid over cutting or scoring the board. Like DWD says, I got a fitter last time and the job was very neat, and he did not mind using the underlay I had bought.
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Post by Beav » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:50 pm

dewaltdisney wrote:
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It depends if you just want to lay it or have it fitted on gripper. In the past I have just layed carpet in bedrooms and as long as you have a door bar to grip the door area it is usually fine. You can buy underlay and gripper at Screwfix for under £50 for an average room but you need a knee kicker as well to stretch it and these are at least £20. I am sure you will be able to work out the best option. Get a quote direct from a fitter, it usually is a lot cheaper than the shop who calculate on square meters and not the perimeter.

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I have DIY both replacing just underlay where I could choose the quality and replacing all including gripper. You need to state if the shop will remove old and replace with a carpet incl. budget underlay. Yes much easier; doing it yourself can save a bit but expect a few curses tacking down the gripper and using a Stanley knife to trim into the skirting is a skill to avoid over cutting or scoring the board. Like DWD says, I got a fitter last time and the job was very neat, and he did not mind using the underlay I had bought.
Thanks guys. The room is 4 x 5M (20m square needed). I have found some decent 9mm underlay which will cost £75 on top of the £99 carpet.

Can you recommend anywhere online to buy?
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Post by Beav » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:09 pm

Would you guys recommend using any sticky spray?

I will/have been ordering carpet grippers, knee kicker, chrome chisel (for carpet laying).

I do have a staple gun thats advertised for use with carpet laying. Not sure which staples I need though?
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Post by aeromech3 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:49 pm

Sticky spray mostly for foam backed carpet and foam /rubber underlay around the edges to the floor to stop it shifting when you work the carpet; if you are not stapling. Staple guns will only take a particular size so check your gun, I used a hammer stapler. Have you read or U tubed carpet laying. Normally tape the underlay joints.
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Post by wine~o » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:31 pm

£ 99 carpet of that size won't be hessian backed, so depending on the backing glueing or stapling is the way to go, stretching is only normally required for hessian backed
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Post by Beav » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:09 am

aeromech3 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:49 pm
Sticky spray mostly for foam backed carpet and foam /rubber underlay around the edges to the floor to stop it shifting when you work the carpet; if you are not stapling. Staple guns will only take a particular size so check your gun, I used a hammer stapler. Have you read or U tubed carpet laying. Normally tape the underlay joints.
Yes, i've seen a few youtube videos. Not actually seen anyone use the adhesive spray but I ordered some as when we got the professionals in who did our staircase/landing (didn't want to do stairs as a first attempt) they were using it.

Carpets due tomorrow with underlay and carpet grippers. Kneekicker, chrome draper 3" bolster came yesterday.

A lot of people I speak to in person didn't even bother using carpet grippers in the bedrooms, but I aim to do it once and properly (touch wood).
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Post by dewaltdisney » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:09 pm

I hope it goes well, come back and let us know how you got on :thumbright:

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Post by Beav » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:13 pm

dewaltdisney wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:09 pm
I hope it goes well, come back and let us know how you got on :thumbright:

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Thank you and will do!

Looks like there is no gap at all under the skirting board so I hope I get a decent cut
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