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pete0403 11-12-2012 08:25 PM

Addition of a Half Wall in a Carpeted Room

I'm planning on placing a half wall in a room that currently is carpeted with berber. Under the carpet is a pad then concrete.

The half wall will be approx 10 feet long and 4 feet from the wall (red in rough drawing below). I don't want to put the wall over the carpet since one end will be free and I want maximum stability. My questions are do I need to put new tack strips around the wall and re-stretch the carpet over them? And are there any tricks that will make this easier and prevent me from messing up the way the carpet is laying?


joecaption 11-12-2012 08:28 PM

Going to need carpet strips.

pete0403 11-12-2012 09:00 PM

So basically,
lay the bottom plate on the carpet,
cut out the carpet and padding,
screw the strips into the concrete just under the edge of the carpet,
pull the carpet with my hands from either side over the strips
and push it down snugly?

Or should I use a knee-kicker?

joecaption 11-12-2012 09:05 PM

There nailed in not screwed. There really hard nails and should go right in.
When removing them from a slab you'll rip out some of the concrete there so strong.
I'd use a knee kicker unless your very lucky.

pete0403 11-12-2012 09:10 PM

Thanks for the replies Joe...i'll rent a knee-kicker. I'm open to any tips or tricks still...this will be my first carpet work and i know its a small job...but everything helps :):thumbsup:

joecaption 11-12-2012 09:39 PM

Going to have to be able to get up into the attic to add some blocking to attach the top of the wall to.

pete0403 11-12-2012 09:55 PM

Sorry, maybe I used the wrong terminology. The wall will only be about 36-42" high.

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