I'm currently removing the carpet from my living room in order to
replace it with hardwood. I just realized that one of the walls in my
living room is a drywall that seems to have been built on top of the
carpet. So there are no tack strips across that wall and I'm just
having to cut the carpet as close to the wall as possible. Secondly,
the one tackstrip on the wall perpendicular to this drywall goes under
this drywall to the next room. So I guess I'm going to have to cut the
tack strip in the middle?
I'm a little worried about the little bit of carpet that's still stuck
to the wall. Not sure how to get a nice clean cut. Any advice will be
Thanks in advance,
I've seen this before in mobile homes and some modulars. There should
be wood trim at the base of the wall. Remove the trim and cut the
carpet flush with the wall. Cut the tack strip with a chisel flush with
Is it a full-height wall of quite a long length or simply a short
divider built into the room as a divider sort of thing? If I were
doing it, I'd far _prefer_ to lay the floor solid rather than leave a
wall sitting on carpet/pad, but how much effort I'd go to would depend
on just how substantial the wall really is. It really isn't much
effort to knock in a filler wall and slap some drywall back over it or
it might be possible if it's a "knee wall" or similar to simply raise
it up or move it out of the way temporarily.
W/O that, assuming there's baseboard and maybe shoe mould at the
bottom, take it off (of course) and trim as close as you can. The base
and shoe will then cover the sin. If there wasn't, same thing -- trim
as close as you can and then add base and shoe.
There is a type of circular saw that flooring installers use to cut the
bottom of trim around door frames so the new flooring material can be
slipped into the cut that is made making a clean install for the new
flooring material which raises the height of the existing floor when the new
flooring materials are laid. This circular saw sits flat on the floor and
the blade spins perpendicular to the wall or the door frame. A "kerf" is cut
out of the wall or door frame allowing new flooring material to be laid-in.
Call the tool rental service providers and ask about this type of circular
saw used by flooring installers.
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