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How To Reduce Your Carpet Installation Bill

Installing new carpet in your home is a great remodel because it is affordable and not very messy. That being said, you can make the project even more affordable if you do a small part of the work on your own. If you can remove your existing carpet, you can benefit from a much smaller labor bill. This article explains the best tools and techniques for removing carpet.

Pulling Up the Carpet and Pad

First, you need to find an edge where you can start to pull the carpet up. You can dig an edge out underneath the baseboard or the threshold of the door. Using a flat head screw driver or small pry bar. Once you have a small edge lifted, a good technique is to hook it with the claw end of a hammer and then lift it up. Be sure to bend your knees as you lift so you don't hurt your back. You can even use two hammers for better leverage. If you cannot find an edge to pull up, you can use a utility knife to cut a slit in the middle of the carpet and pull it up from there. The utility knife is also helpful for cutting the carpet into smaller pieces that are easy to lift and carry out of the house.

Removing the Carpet Pads

The carpet pad is usually not attached to the subfloor with anything except a little bit of adhesive. You can pull up the pad and then use a floor scraper or handheld chisel to scrape off any adhesive that is still stuck to the subfloor. The difficulty of this largely depends on what type of subfloor you have. Scraping adhesive off of concrete support is very easy, but it might be more difficult to scrape it off of a wooden subfloor.

Removing the Tack Strips

Finally, you need to remove the tack strips. These are easy to remove with a flat head screwdriver and hammer. Just knock the screwdriver underneath the strip, near the nail that attaches it to the floor, and then pry it up. This will usually pop the nail right out of the four. At this point, all you have to do is vacuum your floor and call professional installers like A-1 Linoleum & Carpet Co. Be sure to let them know that your subfloor is clean, clear, and fully ready for the new carpet to be installed.