Your Guide to Buying Carpet Fitting Tools

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Your Guide to Buying Carpet Fitting Tools

People tend to like to do things on their own at times, especially when it comes to saving money. There is also a certain pride of accomplishment that is felt when a homeowner tackles a home improvement project on their own and is able to successfully complete it. Not only does this save them money, it creates a sense of achieving something meaningful. Fitting carpet can seem to be a daunting task for any homeowner, even one that is fairly handy around the home. However if the proper tools are acquired in order to complete the job along with the necessary accessories, any homeowner with a willing nature can learn to install their own carpet and save lots of money doing so. Homeowners simply need to understand the various tools that will be required to perform the job, the accessories that will accompany them, and how to go about finding and purchasing those items at the best prices available.

Basic Carpet Fitting Tools

Whether a seasoned installer or a novice trying to install carpet in their own home, everyone who deals with carpet will need the following tools in order to properly perform the job. Each tool provides specific assistance during the multiple phases of installing carpet.

Knee Kicker

The knee kicker helps the installer stretch out the carpet towards the corners of the room without leaving bulges or loose spots in the carpet. The knee kicker has teeth that grip the carpet and allow the installer to push the kicker forward with his knee in order to stretch out the part of the carpet he is working on. The kicker stretches the carpet over the gripper strip and allows the installer to tack it down securely against the edge of the wall. Knee kickers are particularly useful in tighter spaces such as on stairs or in closets where there is little room to work with. The teeth on the knee kicker are adjustable for the depth of the carpet and the length of the kicker is also usually adjustable.

Carpet Clamp

There are two different types of carpet clamps for installers to consider. A carpet clamp used for pulling carpet has a vice-like grip that clamps down on the edge of the carpet and it is attached to a heavy duty handle. The installer then pulls the carpet up with the handle, saving wear and tear on his hands and arms. This make pulling carpet much easier than by just using the installers hands. Another type of carpet clamp is a device that attaches to an air dryer and holds an edge of the carpet firmly in place while the air dryer blows air underneath the carpet. This is known as floating the carpet and it is used mainly for restoration when carpets get wet and need to be dried out before mildew sets in. This is an effective technique to save water damaged carpets from needed to be replaced.

Staple Hammer

The staple hammer is used to secure carpet padding to the floor prior to laying the actual carpet. It is important that the padding beneath the carpet be securely attached to the base floor so that it does not move around when the carpet is being laid and stretched. The staple hammer allows the installer to hammer staples through the padding and into the floor below, thus securing it against movement. The staple hammer is also used to staple the padding seams together to further prevent movement of the pad underneath the carpet.

Stair Tool

A stair tool is shaped like a chisel and features a long and flat blade attached to a handle that has either a flat and rounded top or is shaped like a "T" so it can be gripped by the installer. The stair tool actually has a few useful functions for the carpet installer, one of which is to wedge the carpet into the stair edge of the riser and corner portion of a staircase when laying carpet on stairs. The stair tool helps to make sure the carpet does not bunch up on the stair and is properly wedged into the bottom portion of the stair edge. Another use for the stair tool is to tuck the edge of the carpet underneath the trim section on the bottom of the wall and press it into the gripper strips that hold it in place.

Tack Hammer

A tack hammer is used to nail down grippers that have tiny pins sticking up that hold the carpet in place. The tack hammer is a precision hammer that has a long and narrow head that culminates in a squared point. This shape is necessary for the hammer to strike down on tacks that hold the gripper strips in place without bending the pins that hold the carpet. A full sized hammer is too large to hammer down the gripper tacks without bending and damaging the gripper pins, so the tack hammer is an ideal tool that is necessary to perform this function.

Seaming Iron

The seaming iron is a tool used to join two section of carpet together without leaving a noticeable seam in the process. The first step is to place seaming tape below the two sections of carpet that are going to be joined together. After verifying that the two sections of carpet are properly positioned to be joined, the edges are lifted up and the hot seaming iron is placed under the two sections of carpet onto the tape underneath. The hot seaming iron will melt the tape as it is slid along under the seams of carpet. The installer presses the two sections of carpet together and presses down onto the hot and melted tape to permanently join the two sections together. The installer uses a spiked carpet roller to further press down on the seam and weave the carpet fibres together as it is rolled and forth over the seam.

Cutting Tools

There are various cutting tools that will also be helpful when installing carpet. A wall trimmer is used after the carpet has been stretched to the edge of the wall to run along the wall and trim the excess carpet in a straight line. A lino knife is short for a linoleum knife, which has a curved blade that resembles a talon. It is used to cut and trim carpet but it is not designed for detailed cutting tasks. Gripper shears are similar to large scissors and are used to cut gripper strips into smaller sections when needed. There are also more specialised tools such as circular cutters for cutting around objects and cutters designed for edge trimming.

Carpet Fitting Accessories

Carpet fitting tools are a must in order to install carpet properly, but there are accessories that are also needed in order to complete the job. The following accessories will be needed to help with the installation process.

 Accessory

    Use

Staples

Used with the staple hammer or gun; used to secure carpet padding to the floor prior to installation of carpet; come in various sizes and lengths

Nails

Used with the tack hammer to secure gripper strips to the wooden floor; can also be designed to secure gripper strips in concrete or masonry

Adhesive

Can be used to further secure gripper strips to the floor; some adhesives are designed to be applied to the edge of cut carpet to prevent fraying

Seaming Tape

Used to seal two separate sections of carpet together into a permanent seam; used in conjunction with a seaming iron

Gripper Strips

Features rows of tiny pins that grip into the backing section of carpet; can be attached to wood, concrete, and masonry; sections can be cut with a gripper shear

The proper accessories make the task of fitting and installing carpet that much easier. Along with the proper carpet fitting tools, an installer equipped with the accessories needed to complete the carpet installation will find the job much easier and quicker to accomplish.

How to Buy Carpet Fitting Tools on eBay

Once you have made the decision and the commitment to install your own carpet, the next step is to locate and purchase the various tools and accessories you will need to perform the task. A great place to begin your quest for the proper equipment is to use the powerful search tools available on eBay. Simply navigate to the eBay homepage and enter a keyword such as "carpet fitting tools" into the search box. A list of available auctions will be displayed that contain references to the keyword. At this point you can search through the auctions until you find the right tools that you will need, or you can enter a more specific keyword that will take you directly to what it is you are looking for.

Once you have settled on an item you would like to purchase, the next step is to verify the feedback rating of the seller. When buyers purchase an item from a seller, they leave a rating and comments for the seller describing their satisfaction level with the transaction. Future buyers can read these reviews and see the various rating of each seller. Sellers that consistently have positive feedback ratings can be trusted to conduct the transaction honestly and with complete professionalism.

Conclusion

Deciding to install ones own carpet is not a decision that should be taken lightly or without understanding all the hard work and complexities that accompany such an endeavour. However, for those brave enough to take on the challenge, the results can be very rewarding both in terms of the self satisfaction of accomplishment as well as the financial savings of doing the work themselves. As long as the individuals have the right tools and accessories on hand to properly fit the carpet, and as long as they commit to the task, the job of installing carpet can be accomplished with a little effort and know how on their part.

The first thing for homeowners to do is research the tools that will be needed to perform the job and then find the best places to purchase that equipment for the lowest price. One of the best places to conduct research and find and compare the best deals is by using the online shopping and search tools available through the various retailers and auction sites such as eBay.

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