Can I use a clothes iron in place of "seam iron" on carpet?

I have a small run of wall-to-wall carpet that I want to join along a seam in a hallway -- maybe 3 feet across.
I purchased some carpet heat bond tape at the Borg. Can I use an old clothes iron to activate the teap and make the seam or do I need to rent a real seaming iron?
If so, how do I use the iron properly? - What setting? - How do I heat the tape?
- How much time do I have after heating the tape to position it before it hardens?
Will this make a big mess and ruin the iron?
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blueman wrote:

Without a doubt on this one.
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Bob F wrote:

The better question is "will it work." You can get an iron at Walmart for $6.00. Use it and toss it.
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HeyBub wrote:

I'd get one at a thrift skop or garage sale, or ask on freeecycle.
Lot's of people throw them away after burning something onto them.
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Will it work. Do you need to put wet towel done while doing it
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How about Hot Glue?
http://www.redtopic.com/seam-repair.html
Lot's of tips for a good seam...
http://www.rlapolymers.com.au/new_poly_carpet_seam_tips.html
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All very good ideas which gave me a couple of ones that worked... Two in particular:
1. I ended up using my HEAT GUN to melt the tape. Since I didn't want to burn my house down or melt the carpet I was very careful to (mostly) use the low setting and to keep the tip very close to the tape. As a precaution, I also wet the underlying wood floor and the top of the carpet. I melted about 6-12" of tape at a time, keeping the carpet clear of the tape and the heat gun. I then use my fingers to align the seam edges together and a scrap of 2x4 wood to apply pressure. All in all, this worked quite well.
2. For touch up spots, I used my $5 Radio Shack AA-battery powered "throwaway" SOLDERING IRON. Its fine tip was just perfect for fitting in to small cracks to melt the glue in some inaccessible spots.
Now if I had a long run to do or if I were working on expensive carpet, I would call in a pro or at least rent a steaming iron. But for the short run of cheap carpet that we have in our closet hallway, this way worked just fine -- and all it cost me was the $6 for a roll of seaming tape.
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blueman wrote:

Thank You for the report!
Lou
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Years ago I watched my sister in law do it. The carpet stuck well but and she used my mothers iron which was still fine when she got through. She also had a lot of experience installing carpet. I would think that anything that would ruin a regular iron would also ruin a seaming iron so you would want to be careful and not get glue on anything. I think I remember her using some kinf of paper between the iron and the carpet, maybe waxed paper or something like that.
Jimmie
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On Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:26:22 AM UTC-5, blueman wrote:

go to youtube. i could explain but there are plenty of vidieos out there that will walk you through it. its not hard to do at all.
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To use on glue tape
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On Sun, 3 Apr 2016 01:00:29 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

It works but it is tough on the iron. Be sure it is one your wife doesn't want. It also does not work in the gap like a real carpet iron. You need to iron the back.
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I had an old iron in my shop, I turned it up as high as it would go and let it sit for a while to let it cook, be sure you move it around every once in a while because some will time out. I laid down the carpet I wanted to seam face down, put the tape on it and ironed it in. It worked OK. I still had a few smaller pieces and I made a rug for my golf cart with one seam and it has been beat to death without coming apart. Bear in mind, carpet has a grain so when you seam it, be sure you line it up right.
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replying to blueman, Msmith wrote: Do i use a wet towel.while using. The iron
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