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Old 12-09-2011, 09:39 PM   #136
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on a lighter note.......will you be getting up early to see the lunar eclipse at 5:30 am? Suppose to be the last one of the year.

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:43 PM   #137
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I am just the opposite of Bud. I have installed vinyl, carpet and tile. And would rather install carpet. In fact I no longer do tile and only rarely vinyl. The only time I do vinyl is if it is a requirement to get a carpet job.
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on a lighter note.......will you be getting up early to see the lunar eclipse at 5:30 am? Suppose to be the last one of the year.
Since we are part way through December there could hardly be any more this year!

A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon.

I did get the notification in from the Sky & Telescope website. If I'm conscious then I will try a pic or two. Guess I should get the camera and tele lens ready to go just in case.
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I am just the opposite of Bud. I have installed vinyl, carpet and tile. And would rather install carpet. In fact I no longer do tile and only rarely vinyl. The only time I do vinyl is if it is a requirement to get a carpet job.
It's a good thing that you don't do tile Rusty. That would put Bud out of a job on the DIY site!

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Bud knows far more about tile than I ever did.
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Fortunately most carpet in those years could be stretched enough to make up for my lack of rational judgement when I had a carpet knife in my hand but that damned sheet vinyl was the worst for me. I probably replaced a dozen vinyl pieces for small bathrooms I screwed up before I wised-up and never touched another piece of vinyl. That stuff is retarded. Hell I couldn't even template a room and cut the stuff properly.

The best thing about tile is the customer usually doesn't stand around and watch too long like they can with carpet and vinyl. With tile when a mis-cut is made it is easy enough to "WHOOPS dropped that sucker". Hate it when that happens. Dropping a piece of tile pretty well destroys the evidence instantly.
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My problem with vinyl is that every manufacturer has their own adhesive, seam sealer and different requirements for every piece they make. 20 years ago, you only needed one adhesive and one sealer.
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My problem with vinyl is that every manufacturer has their own adhesive, seam sealer and different requirements for every piece they make. 20 years ago, you only needed one adhesive and one sealer.
That sounds exactly like all the tool manufacturers these days. Even something as simple as a tacker...every one of them has their own staples, which of course don't fit any other tacker.

Just a racket to keep us poor hard working guys broke!
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Sears had a rechargeable tacker that used the same staples as the slectric duofast that most installers use. It was great. I still have one, they made them about a year, and then for some reason discontinued them.
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Sears had a rechargeable tacker that used the same staples as the slectric duofast that most installers use. It was great. I still have one, they made them about a year, and then for some reason discontinued them.
I remember that...in fact I remember that they also used to have a manual tacker (way back when) that used proprietary staples. When I got the tacker, the sales guy told me they were going to stop making the staples to fit it shortly...so I bought about 40 boxes of staples. I think I still have a dozen or so boxes here, but have no idea where the tacker is now.

Another winner was that electric Arrow stapler. That useless thing wouldn't drive a staple through toilet paper. No kidding. It really could not drive a staple through common tarpaper. Total waste of time and money.
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Why not use a runner and then add some stair rods? they are really fashionable at the moment.

They are avaiiable cheap here www.quality-stair-rods.co.uk
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Why not use a runner and then add some stair rods? they are really fashionable at the moment.

They are available cheap here www.quality-stair-rods.co.uk
You should find a couple of pics on the first page of this thread which shows that the stairs are circular in shape.

A typical runner uses the waterfall type of installation, which cannot work with these stairs unless you cut and sew the carpet for each of the treads.

Since I am nowhere near good enough to do something like that, I will stick with my preferred option of covering just the treads only.

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I remember that...in fact I remember that they also used to have a manual tacker (way back when) that used proprietary staples. When I got the tacker, the sales guy told me they were going to stop making the staples to fit it shortly...so I bought about 40 boxes of staples. I think I still have a dozen or so boxes here, but have no idea where the tacker is now.

Another winner was that electric Arrow stapler. That useless thing wouldn't drive a staple through toilet paper. No kidding. It really could not drive a staple through common tarpaper. Total waste of time and money.
I had the same problem with a duo-fast corrugated fastener gun, still can't find the fasteners. Also when I moved to Chattanooga from Memphis I discovered you can't buy Pasload staples here so I had to buy a Bostich stapler. Only Pasload staples will fit the Pasload gun.
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Next question...I have just about finished getting the last of the underpad in place and will shortly be tackling the second piece of carpet, which is in the middle of the room.

In order to make the cuts off each edge of the carpet, do I need to partly stretch it first, or can I just use my straightedge with the carpet laying as is?

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There is no need to stretch carpet prior to it being seamed or installed.

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