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Question DetailsAsked on 11/18/2016

I need carpet stretching in 33904 area

approx. 600 sq. ft area in 2 bedroom condo. it needs stretching in 2 rooms plus short hallway

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You need a Flooring-Sales/installation/Repair (your Search the List category) tech from a company that does carpet installations.

Depending on how picky you are about it being really "tight" (which requires a power stretcher), it is not hard in normal hall and bedroom sized rooms to free up the edges from the tack strip (assuming adhered by tack strip) and, working from the center of the room, "scrunch" and "scuff" your feet (using rough bottom shoes or slippers which will drap on the carpet and force it forward over the floor or pad) to scrunch the slack to the wall edge where a second person uses a piece of wood and hammer to drive the carpet back down onto the nail strip. One step more advanced - buy a "knee bumper" or "knee kicker" for about $30-50. Most DIY'ers would not pay the $100 or so for a hydraulic carpet bar stretcher, and certainly not the $300-600 for an electric power set.

Times this does not work well for a DIY person - real heavy berbers and similar very heavy carpet, if on some types of foam carpet pad (which prevents it from scrunching along the floor though that can be alleviated with a "plucker" which hooks into the carpet and lets you pick the slack up to allow it to move along), glued down carpet of course, large rooms (over about 20 feet in long dimension), rooms where the baseboard/base trim strip sits low to the carpet so you can't pull the carpet free from the tack strip and then after taking the slack out push it back down on the tack strip (unless you are up to removing and replacing the baseboard. Also, patterned carpets that need the pattern to stay aligned straight or in a perfect circle or such need professional tools so they don't have wows and curves in the pattern. "Wound" berbers where the carpet is made in cords and then wound and sewn into an oval or circle also take special abilities to avoid separating the rows - ones where the "berber" pattern is just embossed or woven as the carpet is made, using traditional mesh backing, are not a special problem other than keeping the pattern uniform and not wavy or distorted.

Also - you need to be careful not to separate seams in the carpet, and be prepared to redo taped seams if the tape is old and not holding well any more. You do not "stretch" across a transverse seam - you stretch up to it, letting the slack accumulate to and to pass over the seam, weight that accumuylated loose material down, then restart the stretching forward from the seam - not actually using the kicker or stretch "across" the seam. You will also have to have a means of cutting the excess carpet the accumulates at the walls due to the restretching, without damaging the baseboard or wall - if no baseboard trim a utility knife or buying a specialty "cut and poke" knife works fine, otherwise usually requires a pair of offset handle carpet shears to do it easily, because you will have to cut along all walls in most cases, so a lot of cutting of pretty tough material. And of course make sure you trim it long enough to tuck fully to the wall edge - to the drywall or in many cases to the wall bottom plate (the 2x4 under the drywall) because in many or most cases the drywall does not reach to the floor and you don't want a visible gap there.

But, if you have normal carpet without a distinct pattern, you could check if yours is glued down and if not, try your smallest room and see if you can do it acceptably yourself by "scuffing" or with simple tools. Commonly bedrooms could use a tightening up every 5 years or so (assuming you are not one of these people who replace your carpet every 5 years or so), and halls commonly every year to couple of years (at least longitudinally) depending mostly on how much people scuff their feet when walking or how stretchable the warp (the backing mesh) is in the carpeting. If able to do it yourself you save maybe $75-200 (for a typical to large room) per stretching or commonly $200-500 for a normal partly-carpeted house, though I have heard of a couple of thousand $ bills for large mostly carpeted houses - not a small $ amount if you have a lot of carpeted rooms or a large house.

Here is a link to a similar question with answer which I finally found - mostly the same as what I said above though.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


Assuming you are willing to accept wrinkle-free carpet but not boot-camp bunk bed right carpet (which will actually loosen up soon anyway if pulled that tight), one other advantage of DIY stretching is you do not have to move all the furniture out of the room, or to one side and then back to other side after half is done in larger rooms, all at one time - you can do it a room at a time, moving the furniture into adjacent carpeted rooms.

Yes some carpet stretchers will move the furniture too - for a few hundred $ extra typically IF agreed to in advance.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD



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