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Question DetailsAsked on 7/31/2012

Carpet Repair: need a contractor to repair a seam in my carpet in my house.

We are in Tonawanda NY. The seam in the carpet has separated and left a space that is annoying and unattractive. I don't have any spare pieces of this wall to wall carpeting.

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Answered 8 years ago by HughV


A Carpet Installer can fix this. You probably can too - if you are able to scuff your feet toward the open seam and get the carpet to scrunch enough to close the seam up (may take two people scrunching from both sides), then you can do it yourself. IF you cannot get it to scrunch or pull it together, then you may need a professional - which would be rare, because carpets stretch and have more slack after some use.

Get some double-sided carpet tape (get a good brand like 3M, not a junk store brand, because they tend to dry out and release in a year or two). If this is a rolledge seam rather than a factory splice tht is opening up, you will find tape under there already - this should be peeled off the back and floor as much as you reasonable can.

You open up the seam a bit wider than the current problem area or all the way across the room if you want to solve it all at once and hopefully forever. While peeling and holding back one side, lay the double sided tape down so it is under the other side half its width - so half the tape width is under the csrpet edge, half sticking out - normally 4-6 inches wide, the wider the better it holds, but the harder to handle with sticking it to itself. Use 4 inch if owrking alone. Then, holding or propping the other side up in the air a bit above the taped side, so kneeling onthe taped side and reaching across the open seam to the untaped piece, you pull towards you on the loose edge while the other person scrunches the carpet towards you with their feet, and you work from edge to center of opening pulling the carpet tight till it butts the taped piece, then press it down into the tape. Work across the seam this way. When done all along the seam, so it is closed up and taped down, then walk it into the tape several passes to improve adhesion. I find that a half dozen scraps of wood laid down after the first side is taped, laying on top of the taped side and bridging over the tape to the floor UNDER the untaped half, helps keep the untaped edge from sticking before the seam is pulled fully tight - then pull the wood pieces out one by one as you come to them as you work across the seam pulling and sticking the edge.

I am sure there are videos on taping carpet seams if this explanation did not make sense to you.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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