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Old 12-30-2011, 02:39 PM   #6001
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You beat me to it Bud. I was going to use post #6,000 to wish everyone a happy new year.
Now see dammit, I knew I should have waited.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE.

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Hey Keith, I won, I won, where is my prize at? Thank you, thank you very much.

Oh Like to have forgot

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE
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Well, it looks like just a couple of hours left to go in 2011 out on the wet coast. Yes, that's wet coast...or west coast if you prefer. Same place.

I've already received New Year's greetings from the other coast and those in the eastern and central time zones - for which I thank you.

If I may, I would like to acknowledge everyone who joined in on this thread this year, and there have been quite a few of you! Thank you! I just spent a few hours trying to read this thing since January 1st, now I see why it is taking everyone so long to get through it. And no, I didn't make it.

So from Mrs. Coco and I, please accept my very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012.

Happy New Year!
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Happy new year to you too Keith (in an hour and 25 minutes)! It's been fun reading this thread all year. You've made a lot of progress! Thanks for sharing with us.

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Wishing you and your misses the best health,wealth, and happiness in 2012 and the years to come.
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Keith, we wish this to be the best year ever for you and your sweety.
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Thanks very much Mr. Fix...the carpet is all done in the bedroom, and now I just have 31 stair treads to go!
I'm in the process of making up all the arbutus trims for the top edges of the stairs as we speak. 15 down and 16 to go.
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Keith: If you have any sizeable pieces left over you might consider binding the edges and using them for matts in your high traffic areas. I have found that to help keep the wear down on certain areas. Hope we get to see some pics of those stairs all finished.
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Keith: If you have any sizeable pieces left over you might consider binding the edges and using them for matts in your high traffic areas. I have found that to help keep the wear down on certain areas. Hope we get to see some pics of those stairs all finished.
Ahhh. Good idea.

We actually saved some stair runner from the house we sold in North Van more than 15 years ago and I have a couple of pieces of that in front of the doors to the bedroom right now.

It's a wildly patterned Axminster, so I think your idea of using the same carpet might look a whole lot better. I'm going to start measuring and cutting the stair carpet tonight.

Another question for you about that. You know with Berber there's a smooth way and a rough way when you run your hand over it, which way would I have that on the stair treads? If I move my hand from the front of the tread toward the back of the tread, should that feel smooth or rough? Or does it even make any difference?
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Another question for you about that. You know with Berber there's a smooth way and a rough way when you run your hand over it, which way would I have that on the stair treads? If I move my hand from the front of the tread toward the back of the tread, should that feel smooth or rough? Or does it even make any difference?
Yes there is a difference. It is called the nap(grain) of the carpet. It runs both front to back as well as side to side. Typically when installing carpet I try to install it so that when you enter a room you are "raising " the nap of the carpet. This tends to deter the nap from laying down and getting a matted look to it. I am sure you have seen that in heavily used areas like hallways and door ways. When installing on stairs I tend to have the nap being raised when entering the most often used area. That way it is less likely to be laying flat when I am in that room. EXAMPLE .. if I was doing stairs that were visible from a main room I would have the nap being raised when I came down the stairs into that room.

If I was carpeting stairs down to a basement I would tend to reverse it to the nap would be raised when leaving the basement (going up the stairs). This means the nap of the carpet is pushed into the up position and not matted when leaving the room.


When you are ironing carpet together you should look to see if you can avoid switching the nap. If you can then it will make for a much less noticeable seam. Sometimes it is just far too expensive to have to buy that much carpet to do it that way.

One of the worst things for carpet that most do not realize is being in bare feet or socks. The oils from your feet are wiped onto the carpet in the most heavily trafficked areas and is next to impossible to clean, giving it a high glossy look as well as attracting the dirt to it. Hope this helps.
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Well, at least I got one thing right. The nap runs the same way on all six pieces of carpet in the bedroom. But it is purely a happy coincidence that it will be raised when entering the room.

Now, as for the stairs here, neither set will land on any carpet. The lower (main) stairs will be visible from the dining room, but at an angle as the stairs are curved.

So it would seem that I should have the nap facing toward the back of the tread on the main stairs, and I don't think it would make much difference on the top stairs, so I may as well make them the same.

Neither set of stairs are visible from the upstairs rooms, only from the end of the curved hallway as you will be heading either up (to the roof) or down (to the dining area/front entry).

The top hallway is done in laminate and the lower floor in terra cotta tile.
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that would be how I would do it.
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that would be how I would do it.
Obviously another case of great minds thinking alike!
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