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jerryh3 02-25-2009 06:12 PM

Carpet question
About to tackle my first carpet install. 12x11 bedroom with a small closet. First question, which side of the padding goes up? One side has a mesh backing. I would assume this side goes down so the spikes on the stretcher and kicker would not pull it. Besides the CRI 105 guide, are there any other good resources online? Any other tips or suggestions?

Mudd 02-25-2009 07:29 PM

The mesh side should go up. You're not putting the pad across the tack strips.

As you walk on the carpet, the abrasive backing will rub the pad and that mesh preserves the integrity of the pad.

The pad should be glued/stapled to the subfloor.

Your stretcher's pins are adjustable. You just need to grab the nap with the stretcher, not punch through the carpet.

jerryh3 02-25-2009 07:52 PM

So the pins should not reach the backing?

Floorwizard 02-25-2009 07:55 PM

They should not go thru the backing....

rusty baker 02-25-2009 08:13 PM

The skim on the pad is so the carpet will slide when you stretch it. Back in the old days pad had no skim so we sprinkled baby powder on it so it would slide.

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