What does a Carpet Installer do?

Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

Jobs Roles

  • Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
  • Cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer.
  • Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
  • Roll out, measure, mark, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.
  • Plan the layout of the carpet, allowing for expected traffic patterns and placing seams for best appearance and longest wear.
  • Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
  • Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.
  • Cut carpet padding to size and install padding, following prescribed method.
  • Install carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
  • Nail tack strips around area to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet.
  • Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
  • Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.
  • Draw building diagrams and record dimensions.
  • Move furniture from area to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.
  • Cut and bind material.
  • Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.
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