Is it feasible for wife and I to replace wall to wall carpet
ourselves, with no prior experience? It's the upstairs hallway, 3
steps, a landing, 10 more steps and another landing. The width is
just under four feet. Another complication would be cutting to fit
around bedroom doorways.
I want to hire installers, but our money is REALLY tight and after
three installers failed to show up for estimates or even phone to
cancel, the wife started hinting we should do it ourselves.
Are there any major pitfalls to be avoided? Recommendations for a
good instruction book?
Thanks, Paul in San Francisco
I do many repairs around the house, but this job is one that I would
not even consider doing. IMO, it's either going to wind up looking
like hell, or else you're going to have to pay to have it done right
later, including the cost of buying carpet again.
Don't know if this is something you might want to consider, but there
are "carpet tiles" for DIYers. Product names are Legato and Tesserae,
both made by Milliken. Properly installed, they supposedly look like
regular wall-to-wall, and you can swap panels in and out if you get a
I did a little reading on them before I decided to just hire a pro
because the cost difference wasn't big enough for it to be worthwhile
to me, but both products got pretty good reviews from DIYers. IIRC,
Tesserae is the higher-end product, and Legato is available from Home
Yes you can do it but it's much harder then it looks and you need
knees of steel.
I've done some of my own installation and it turned out great but I
haven't done anything too complicated like major seaming of berbers.
There are web sites that show you the sequence for stretching and you
can rent most carpet tools.
If you can find a professional with a good reputation, I'd hire it
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