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Old 12-10-2011, 11:35 PM   #166
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Thanks for the new pics, looks GREAT from my point of view. I think you will be ready for a floor laying apprentiship soon.
Aaaah, I don't think so. Some of the edges don't follow those backing lines, and as a result when you push them together, the pattern on the carpet doesn't look right.

And besides, I plan on retiring from the carpet installation business the second I am finished this job!

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It can very daunting laying carpet as Berber is not the most forgiving carpet to install. I am available ( no charge) if you ever feel the need for some help.
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It can very daunting laying carpet as Berber is not the most forgiving carpet to install. I am available ( no charge) if you ever feel the need for some help.
Your extreme generosity is showing again...

You know, all my life if I have decided I wanted or needed to do something I would take whatever time it needed to learn how to do whatever it was.

What annoys me about this particular job is that I started out with that big 7" strike against me. But regardless of that, there's no real reason that I cannot do this.

For whatever reason, I'm having the devil of a time getting the carpet to cut straight along one of the pattern rows.

I won't be doing any more trying tonight as the light is simply not good enough in here to see that well.

But tomorrow being another day will hopefully find me in a better frame of mind to get this thing done.
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When you cut with the row follower, make sure that the blade is on the side of the piece you are installing, not on the cutoff side. It will improve the look of the seam.
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When you cut with the row follower, make sure that the blade is on the side of the piece you are installing, not on the cutoff side. It will improve the look of the seam.
Now why the heck couldn't I figure that out for myself?

In places, there are all these horrible little fingers sticking out, doubtless the result of not having the cutter in the proper place.

Many, many thanks for that little tip Rusty.
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This morning I tried to cut the second side of the middle piece of carpet.

This was a selvedge edge and needed to go back about 1 1/4" to clear some of the mess on the back side, you know...that stuff that looks like it has melted.

So it turns out that it is possible to get a decent cut, and this one came out very well...it's the first cut I'm really happy with. Now if I can just get the adjoining cut to look as good, this will make a good seam.

Still working on the first pair of edges for the first seam. But I wanted to see how it went following Rusty's advice.
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Finally, a small measure of success.

The two initial edges have now been cut (again) and appear to be fine. What ultimately worked for this was to use a freshly sharpened pair of Chinese scissors...tapped the joint to get the blades tight...and have at it.

Now I have to pray that there is enough carpet that I can pull together so that I don't have spaces against the post or the angled wall.
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More good news...the carpet has pulled together without incident.

I tried a test seam on some scrap carpet - I'm finally learning - and that seemed almost too easy. No doubt I will run into one pitfall or another.

Then I did the short join by the post, and that presently has a 50lb. box of tile sitting on it.

And now that the first pieces are close enough to join, I'm going to tackle the last piece of carpet at the far end of the room. When I say last...I mean the last big piece. There will need to be a short piece at the extreme far corner, plus whatever section is needed to join in front of the windows.

I think what has made it all work today is the fact that the sun is shining, and I'm a real sun lover. Does wonders for the soul, as well as laying carpet it seems!
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Perhaps the mystery of the narrow carpet is revealing itself, at least partially.

This is the third and final roll to go down, and it was the first piece to be cut off the original roll at H.D.

The end against the back wall in this pic still measures 11' 4 7/8" wide, as did the other two rolls.
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This piece of carpet is 23' long, and about 13' out from the wall, or only 10 feet from the beginning of the original roll at H.D., it now has grown to measure 11' 11", not far off what it should be.
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I put the photo in with the measurement upside down so the folks in Oz could read it...you do believe that, don't you?

Here is where things got out of whack. Between the wall and that 13' mark, the carpet has a real dog leg in the selvedge side. Nice eh?
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At the start of that bend it's 142" wide, and just a few inches further in it is down to 139 5/8".
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As a small added bonus there is a hole in the backing...unfortunately, the fibers have thrown a shadow over most of the hole. But it's about 3" long and an inch or so wide.
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This is a close up of the dog leg. In person it's a real mess. I don't have any idea how this came about, but I will try to find out from Mohawk.

And one more thing, the opposite side of the carpet - which has very obviously been cut - wasn't cut anywhere near straight.

From where the carpet starts off at the wall out to about 14', the cut tapers just over 3" on the pattern. At least that accounts for 3" of the 7" that is missing on the other two pieces.
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