I am ripping up some perfectly good (but ugly) pink tiles in a high-visibility spot in our living room... They are situated in front of a gas fireplace, and they butt up against some perfectly good (but ugly) green carpet. The carpet is here for another few years, but we have decided to take out the tiles and replace them with a more modern hearthstone.
I have no experience in working with carpet, but whoever did the original work left a nice clean join/border between the carpet and the tile. No border strip, just a clean join. So, if I knock this tile out, and want to lay down some hearth stone, do I have to do anything special to make sure that the carpet doesn't pull up and look ugly?
I thought I'd check before I rip it apart and ms. building inspector chimes in.
The best thing to do is pull the carpet back away from the hearth. Then install the hearth. Carpet is not easy to do yourself but, can be done. Rent a carpet kicker, put peices of tack strip 1/4 inch from the new hearth and turn the teeth out on the kicker. Put the kicker in front of the tack strip and use you in a kicking motion to push the carpet onto the strip. Use a putty knife to push the carpet between the strip and the hearth. Tuck it till no fibers stick up.