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Old 12-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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About 12 years ago, I took some spare carpet and stapled it onto our steps. There was no padding under the carpet, just stapled directly onto the wood. Now we want to put padding and new carpet on these stairs. When I pull the old carpet up, some of the staples are nearly flush into the wood and VERY difficult to pull out with a Vise Grips. Is there any reason I need to pull these staples out? Can I just pound them flush into the wood? With pad and carpet, how would we EVER feel those staples through the new carpet?

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Hi Don,

Why the vise grips? Use a screwdriver and pliers as necessary. But you're right, you can just hammer them down more and then pad over.

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I think the staples I used are longer (3/4"?) and a heavier gauge than carpet staples are usually. The crown is almost too narrow to get a screwdriver into. But it might work. Just wondered if there is reason NOT to pound them down. I'm assuming I need to get most of the old carpet fiber out of the staple before I pound it down?

Obviously, the staple I have the close up picture would be easy to pull out. There are many staples that are much closer to the wood than that one.
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Bullnose pliers ground flat on the end and a scratch awl works great. I refinished a set of pine step like that and they turned out looking good, lot of work though, pad was glued and stapled.
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Sorry, maybe my question wasn't clear. I guess my real question is: Why would I want or need to remove the staples?
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Sorry, maybe my question wasn't clear. I guess my real question is: Why would I want or need to remove the staples?
If you ever planned to refinish the stairs instead of carpet you wouldn't be able to if you drove the staples in, if not, there is no reason not to to drive them in, it will be fine.
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Sorry, maybe my question wasn't clear. I guess my real question is: Why would I want or need to remove the staples?
As already stated in case someone wanted to refinish the steps at a later date. Removing the staples now would save a lot of talking about you and your ancestors.

Also if someone was treasure hunting, all the staples would give false readings.

For what is worth--After removing an old wood floor in preparation for tile, I by accident found that the tile nippers worked good on removing staples. With their round surface, once I got a bite on the staple I just rolled the nippers and out came the staples.
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No need to remove the staples.
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Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and help. I pulled out some of the easy ones but pounded down the rest. And now, the carpet is being installed today!

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