Reason 1: Save money
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Removing carpet is usually easy. You'll save the cost of having the installer do it.
Installing new carpet yourself usually isn’t smart. When you consider the rental cost of
special tools, your time and the risk of wrecking an expensive piece of carpet, it just
doesn’t make sense. But tearing out the old carpet does.
Depending on where you live, an installer will charge $3 to $5 per square yard for tear-out. By
removing the carpet from a 12 x 15-ft. room, you’ll save $60 to $100 for an hour’s work. Talk
to your installer to find out exactly what you’ll save by doing it yourself.
Reason 2: Silence squeaks
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Drive screws through loose flooring and into joists to stop squeaks.
With a bare floor, you can eliminate floor squeaks the easiest, most effective way: by driving
screws into the floor joists. Existing nails or screws tell you where the joists are. Walk around
the room, pencil in hand, and mark squeaky spots. Drive screws 6 in. apart and add more
screws if needed until the squeak is gone. In most cases, 2-in. screws are best; for subfloors
thicker than 3/4 in., use 2-1/2-in. screws. If you want to prevent squeaks from developing, add
screws along all the floor joists.
Reason 3: Seal stinky stains
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Seal stains with stain-blocking primer.
Left untreated, pet urine stains can stink for
years. To stop the stench, wet the area with a
50/50 mix of bleach and water. After five minutes,
wipe up the bleach and let the floor dry
completely. Then seal the stain with a stain-blocking
primer, such as KILZ, BIN or 1-2-3. Be
sure to choose a primer that's recommended for
masonry if you have a concrete floor.
Reason 4: Hide wires
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Run coaxial cable
Staple cables that can be safely run under carpeting to the floor to hide them.
You can keep phone lines, speaker wire and
coaxial cable out of sight and safe from the vacuum
cleaner by installing them before the new
carpet goes in. Just staple the wire every 3 to 4 ft.
alongside the tack strip. Run it around the
perimeter of the room, but not across doorways
or other pathways where foot traffic will damage
it. Most important, don't use this trick to hide
extension cords or electrical wiring.
Reason 5: Replace rotten subfloor
If your subfloor has any rotten areas, it's
best that you discover and fix them; the
installer will charge you at least $75 and
maybe much more. Rotten subflooring
is common near exterior doors, especially
patio doors. Set your circular saw
depth to match subfloor thickness and
cut around the damage. Cut along joists
so the edges of the new patch can rest
on them. Then pull out the damaged
piece, cut a matching patch and screw it
to the joists. To prevent additional damage,
stop the water source. Caulking
around the exterior trim and under the
door sill may work, but the surest fix is
proper sill flashing.