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How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 09:00AM
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Hi,

Now that the leak has been fixed, the closet has dried and the carpet and carpet pad have dried, I need to put the carpet and pad back in the closet

Is this something I can do fairly easily or do I need to get an installer out to do it?

I'm guessing the closet is probably something like 5 x 10 feet or so

I tried looking up some info and videos online - looks like possible tools would be a 'knee kicker,' carpet stretcher and something that looks like a putty knife

Since the closet is pretty small, I'm wondering if I can skip the stretcher and possibly even the kicker and just lay the pad down, lay the carpet down on top and then use the putty knife to tuck all the edges and corners of the carpet in underneath the molding going around the periphery of the closet

Any thoughts? Any harm in not having a professional come out and do this?

Thanks in advance



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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 05, 2021 09:06AM
Is the tack strip still there, around the perimeter?
If it is, I would probably give it a go and see how well it stays in place. 5x10 should be like a rug, so even if you just get it onto the tack strips a little, it will probably stay in place, well enough.
If it doesn't, then you can call someone.





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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 09:07AM
Yup, tack strip still there, going all around the perimeter

Looks like the strip has been either nailed down or glued down onto the underlying subfloor (slab)
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 05, 2021 09:36AM
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pinkoos
Yup, tack strip still there, going all around the perimeter

Looks like the strip has been either nailed down or glued down onto the underlying subfloor (slab)

Good. Lay down the pad and then try to get the carpet back on the tack strip, as best as you can, then the putty knife can help you push the edge up under the moulding. Wear gloves when messing with the tack strip. It can bite.
There might be YouTube video of how to install carpet on a tack strip without a knee kicker. But in a closet just getting it a little anchored should be ok.
You do need to get it attached enough that you can vacuum without pulling it up each time.





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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 09:38AM
Gonna give it a shot, thanks

Will buy the $8 tucking tool from Lowe’s
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 10:06AM
Just measured out the closet and it's even smaller than I had guessed - about 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 feet or so
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 05, 2021 10:22AM
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pinkoos
Just measured out the closet and it's even smaller than I had guessed - about 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 feet or so

That should be pretty easy then.





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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 05, 2021 10:58AM
.....my experience is.....once one comes out of the closet.....it is difficult to get back in it [ it's Pride month ]........



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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 05, 2021 11:49AM
I'm guessing the closet is probably something like 5 x 10 feet or so

Just measured out the closet and it's even smaller than I had guessed - about 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 feet or so

Interesting how the first time you thought it was almost 2:1 ratio and now it turns out it's almost square (1.22 ratio). You really didn't like geometry, did you?
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 11:51AM
Haha - I don’t do math on the weekends (at least that’s what I tell my kids when they make fun of me when I’m trying to calculate a restaurant tip and am struggling)
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: June 05, 2021 12:34PM
Pinkoos,

Pry off the molding. Lay the pad and carpet as you stated. Re-install the molding. Done.



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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 02:35PM
Thanks, but I was able to do it with the carpet tucking tool from Lowe’s

I also used a hammer on the tool to make sure as much of the carpet was tucked underneath the molding as possible

Then ran a vacuum test to see if any part of the carpet pulled up and it didn’t, so I think I’m good

Thanks again for the help, my wife was impressed with my handyman abilities - scored some brownie points with her!
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 05, 2021 02:54PM
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pinkoos
Thanks again for the help, my wife was impressed with my handyman abilities - scored some brownie points with her!

That's your first mistake. Now wait for the honey do list.
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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 05, 2021 03:07PM
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pinkoos
Thanks, but I was able to do it with the carpet tucking tool from Lowe’s

I also used a hammer on the tool to make sure as much of the carpet was tucked underneath the molding as possible

Then ran a vacuum test to see if any part of the carpet pulled up and it didn’t, so I think I’m good

Thanks again for the help, my wife was impressed with my handyman abilities - scored some brownie points with her!

Excellent job!





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Re: How to put carpet back in closet?
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: June 05, 2021 03:27PM
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macphanatic
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pinkoos
Thanks again for the help, my wife was impressed with my handyman abilities - scored some brownie points with her!

That's your first mistake. Now wait for the honey do list.

Ruh-roh
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