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SixStrRzr 01-27-2010 01:32 PM

Installing Carpet over ceramic tiles - ?
We'd like to lay w/t/w carpet over the existing ceramic tile in our single story home. We'd like to preserve the tile for future owners, as it is attractive - just not our current desire.

I've heard of Chemrex tack strip adhesive (instead of Liquid Nail), which would minimize damage to tile. We have no base boards/wall/floor wood molding, so all tacking would be to glued tack strips.

Is this the best way to go about this? I've also heard that it might be a more labor-intensive job, as the installers would have to use manual kickers, as power kickers might damage the tile.

rusty baker 01-27-2010 02:38 PM

Why not use Kanga Back carpet and put it down with double-face tape? No damage and very little mess to clean.

just tile 01-27-2010 04:23 PM

you can put a light power stretch on it. you are on top of the pad not the tile. or like rusty said look at kanga back carpet. i would not be affraid of a power stretcher though. good luck.

rusty baker 01-27-2010 04:55 PM

I would be more afraid of doing damage with a knee kicker than a power stretcher. I have never tried to glue tack strip to ceramic. We always nailed it in the grout.

just tile 01-27-2010 05:06 PM

that for sure rusty. a knee kicker is for closets only. i have glued stip to ceramic several times. we do alot comercial jobs where they want to save the tile, never had trouble with chemrex and powerstretcher.

rusty baker 01-27-2010 05:09 PM

just tile, have you tried the Pam system? I have heard good and bad results.

just tile 01-27-2010 05:24 PM

not familliar with pam, what is it.

SixStrRzr 01-27-2010 05:48 PM

Is PAM the hot glue gun process?

RE power vs. knee, I guess the installer will tell me if he's comfortable with it.. I believe we're going with 1/2" 8lb pad, pretty hefty, so maybe a PK will be ok.

Yes, brads into grout would be better than into tile....we can adjust our seams to align w/ grout lines.

I'm just getting back into the selection process, after the holiday break and some other pressing issues.

rusty baker 01-27-2010 06:06 PM

Pam is one of the hot glue gun processes.
I have used Kool Glide glue sticks. They work good but the glue dries so fast, you have to cut strip into 1' pieces.

Scuba_Dave 01-27-2010 06:09 PM

Or you could get area rugs......
Or a rug bound on all sides that fits the room

SixStrRzr 01-27-2010 06:17 PM

I thought of that, and it's been suggested...but, the wife wants w/t/w.....

just tile 01-27-2010 06:29 PM

8lb pad will be fine but not to comfy. makes my legs hurt when on it to long. but i'm kinda old.haha.good luck. and i have never had any luck with hot glue holding to power stretcher.

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