Again, outside the obstacles and the overhead of the tools, the area
is insignificant. It takes perhaps 30 seconds to wash the bathroom
floor, no matter what size it is. It takes significantly more time to
clean around the commode, though even that is small compared to other
We didn't always have this much space either, which is perhaps why we
enjoy it now. I don't want anything bigger, though. We did look at a
couple of 3500ft^2 houses. I nixxed them. I had no idea what we'd
put in the space. ;-)
Alabama, but we make up for the mild winters with the AC in the
summer. It's still cheap compared to the other expenses of owning a
Certainly. That's why they make big houses, small houses, and I
suppose someone out there even likes condos. ;-)
Yes. Nothing lasts forever.
I wash mine in cold water and dry them on low. This gives
an acceptable lifetime for the rubber backing. I suppose I
could hang them dry, but I can't be bothered.
A bit like buying a mattress, isn't it? Carpet manufacturers used to publish
thread counts but stopped doing it the request of retailers who didn't want that
information available. Retailers argued that people were comparing thread counts
on different types of carpet (berber vs shag for example). You might ask your
sales person for the number and see if they will give it to you.
_I_ just (used to) look at the weave density. If I can easily
separate the tufts and see the backing I trust I'm looking at crap.
Comparing densities should provide a good idea of quality. I don't
think they go to the trouble of disguising inferior material with a
denser weave, but these days it wouldn't surprise me.
(I assess upholstered furniture first by the arm padding, then by
Somebody at your house must know how to vacuum.
The carpet fiber is just fine. It's the glue that holds the fibers
to the backing that's disintegrating.
I don't vacuum it at all any more 'cause the Hoover sucks up chunks
In 37 years, the only contractors that have previously visited have been
I just had the place weatherized/insulated. I was shocked by the
ineptitude of the contractors.
The most glaring example was that the nails holding down the subflooring
protruded into the crawl space.
They got tired of snagging on them, so they just pounded them back up into
the floor. Wonder what happens to the heads when you pound them up??
Duh!!! I'm still finding lumps under the carpet that I have to bang
down. That's another reason to go easy on the vacuuming.
I let 'em do stuff that I thought violated basic engineering principles
because, "they are experienced and know what they're doing."
Most of the stuff they screwed up was stuff they shouldn't have touched
After it was done, I regretted not throwing them out the first day.
But how do you find someone who is NOT an idiot and takes pride in his work?
After reading the links presented in this thread, I dread the upcoming
carpeting fiasco. Nobody is gonna take the time to do all the things
set forth in the CRI installation guidelines in one of the links presented
earlier in this thread.
Quality of work is the second reason to do-it-yourself (the first is cost).
I suspect the third reason for DIY is the pleasure of the effort and the
pride in the result.
You might consider carpet tiles.
A few days after Hurricane Yikes, I scored about 2000 sq ft of 2x2 carpet
tiles. A store in which they were installed suffered a wet floor and used
that as an excuse to have their insurance pay for new carpeting.
For about half the tiles, evidently fixtures were sitting atop them for some
years and they had no wear at all. Checking the manufacturer's number on the
back, I discovered these commercial, heavy wear, carpet tiles retailed for
Anyway, with some glue I've carpeted the library in my home and the office
snack-bar. Looks swell and will last forever.
Point is, carpet tiles were a trivial DIY project.
I used to think stain repellency was a good indicator. My brother had
an off white carpet and I spilled red wine on it. I got the wine out
with nothing but water. I had a new carpet intalled in a rental I
lived in for about 6 yrs. The short nap changed to an unidentifiable
fuzz in high traffic areas within 2-3 yrs and no doubt needed
replacement after I moved.
Yikes! Carpets are one of the biggest rip-offs in home industry.
After I helped my buddy/landlord install the carpet I mention above, I
swore I'd never pay for carpet installation again. Building new steps
(5!) for my deck was harder.
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