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
Will this make a big mess and ruin the iron?
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
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.
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.
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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