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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

Placing Carpeting Over Wood Flooring? Tips For Installing The Tack Strips

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Looking to cover up your hardwood flooring with carpeting? If so, you'll need to install tack strips around the room for the carpeting to attach to. A tack strip is a quart inch thick piece of wood that has tacks sticking out of it, which protects the hardwood flooring and keeps the carpeting stretched. Here is how you install these strips:

Tools and Materials

Before you can get started, you'll need several tools and materials to get this job done.

  • Tape measure

  • Nails (1-inch)

  • Miter saw

  • Hammer

  • Tack Strips

Prep Work

Start by removing all furniture from your walls so that you can measure each wall's length along the bottom. Be sure to remove the length of doorways, since tack strips cannot go over the threshold between rooms.

Your local home improvement store sells tack strips in lengths that are three feet long, so with the length of the perimeter of the room in mind, you'll know exactly how many tack strips to purchase. Just be sure to get one or two extra in case you make a mistake or have pieces that are too small to install on the floor.

Tack Strip Placement

Place the first strip in a corner, making sure to leave about a quarter inch between the wall and your tack strip. Each joining wall should also have a quarter inch gap between it and the tack strip too. You can use your finger as a reference, which is approximately a quarter inch wide.

Use short sections of tack strip for curves walls and corners to gradually make the curve. Use your miter saw to trim the boards as necessary.

Tack Strip Installation

Each tack strip should have three nails along the bottom that are spaced one foot apart. Three nails are all you need for the tack strip to stay on the floor, so if you are missing nails, add some to the board so that they are evenly spaced a foot apart. All you need to do is hammer the tack strips into the floor, being careful not to hit the shorter nails sticking up from the tack strip.

The tack strip should help your carpet maintain its shape and prevent it from fraying. If this job seems like too much work for you to take on, have your carpet installation company handle it all for you on the day that your new carpeting is installed.

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6 December 2017