March 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #55: When You Buy Carpet, Don't Forget the Accessories

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For those who are tackling a carpeting project on their own, it is important to remember everything they will need for the job. When you buy carpet, you are buying just the main part of what you will need. Here are a few other things that you should pick up when you buy carpet to install on your own. Underlayment You don't want to forget the padding that will give your carpet a soft feel under the feet. Most places where you would buy carpet will also sell many variations of underlayment, so be sure to inquire about the options you have. Cutting Materials You are going to need to cut the carpet you buy when you are laying it down. For the cleanest cuts, be sure to get a very sharp razor knife and straight edge. Use a hard surface to make your cuts on. Adhesives Depending on your choice of carpet, you will either need to buy carpet tape or staples. For traditional wall to wall installation, you will need anchor boards and staples. For carpet tile or sections, you will need strong double sided tape. There are other materials that may be required depending on your specific style and maker. Consult with your salesperson to find out if you will need anything else when you buy carpet.

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