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Re: Carpet edging w/o tacks or tackstrip

Posted By: Joe
Monday, 25 October 1999, at 7:31 p.m.

In Response To: Carpet edging w/o tacks or tackstrip (Jess Hume)

I installed carpet for many years so here are a few suggestions. If you have tack and pad carpet already installed elsewhere in the same room you need to keep the "stretch" of the installation intact. If you are concerned about the tacks sticking up through the carpet from the strip what willremedy that is simply tapping them down with a hammer lightly after the stretch to the new area is achieved. there is a product available called Z-bar that is installed under the tack strip and is nailed in simultaneously with it(the tack strip). It leaves a metal edge on the finish side of the tack strip. trim the carpet about 1/4 inch longer than the metal edge and fold it over the top and underneath. Than tap down with a hammer for a clean finished edge with the rough edge under the metal. otherwise use a use a piece of metal strip designed to replace tack strip for finished edges. this will have an exposed metal edge between the carpet and tile. It taps down on the rough edge of carpet with a hammer as well. hope that helps you out some, Joe

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