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Old 03-17-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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I want to cover the stairs of my basement with carpet and then hide the gaps (or carpet cut) between stairs and wall. Normally a trim is put on the wall beside the stairs to do the job. This trim does the samething as a baseboard on a flat surface does, i.e., covering any possible gap (Or carpet cut). First of all what is this trimcalled in English? And is it custom made for each stair or Home Depot and...have it ready?
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Why can't the carpet be cut to fit?

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Of course the carpet is cut to fit the stairs. I want to hide the small gap between the cut and the walls.
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If the carpet was cut properly there would be no gap to hide.

What do you mean "of course"?

You first said "I want to cover the stairs", now you say "of course the carpet is cut to fit". I'm losin' ya here brother.

Stairs don't typically get an edge trim like the walls of rooms get a baseboard.

I'm almost afraid to ask: Who's going to cut this carpet?
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If the carpet was cut properly there would be no gap to hide.

What do you mean "of course"?

You first said "I want to cover the stairs", now you say "of course the carpet is cut to fit". I'm losin' ya here brother.

Stairs don't typically get an edge trim like the walls of rooms get a baseboard.

I'm almost afraid to ask: Who's going to cut this carpet?
I said I want to cover the stairs and to cover the stairs with a carpet of course it should be cut to be in the proper size. I cannot put a 12 feet width carpet on the stairs.
All the stairs that I have seen, including the one from first floor to second floor of my own house, have a sort of trim installed to the wall beside the stairs. It is something like a stringer upside down...
I looked in the internet and found the following photo
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...7GGLL%26sa%3DN

the part that shown as "wall string" is what I meant... Now I know its name!
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OK. The correct name is "Skirt board". Look at figure D of http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/hi_sta...447471,00.html
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These "skirt boards" that you see are installed before the carpet. They are in no way intended to be installed after, to hide mis-cut carpet. Cut your carpet exactly to the width of the steps, individually, if need be. You can also put a piece of tackstrip on each end of the tread and stretch side to side, in the event it is a litttle off.

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That's correct. "Riser Skirts" (there's yet another term for them) are never an element of the carpet installation. They are an element of the stair parts and assembly. Riser Skirts are an element of design and used (among other reasons) to keep subsequent painting and wallpapering away from the individual steps.

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