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showing a lounge room from which a wide passage runs. The passage has gripper on the floor against the walls and underlay between the gripper
 covering the whole floor. On top of the underlay is a roll of carpet pre-cut to size ready to be laid on the floor. The lounge room has carpet stretched and tensioned ready to be joined
 to the passage carpet. The carpet laying in full swing as part of the carpet installation procedure. The home is in Point Cook, Werribee, Vic. 3030. The carpet laying was done by 
 Concord Floors
carpet laying in full swing as part of the carpet installation procedure. The home is in Point Cook, Werribee, Vic. 3030. The carpet laying was done by Concord Floors
the carpet installation project fully completed for a home in Williamstown. The concord Floor's carpet installation procedure was fully 
adhered to by the owners. The result is a beautiful interior of a home. It has grey carpet on the floor, green curtins and light geen walls with burnt orange skirting boards and 
architraves.
the carpet installation project fully completed for a home in Williamstown. The concord Floor's carpet installation procedure was fully adhered to by the owners. The result is a beautiful home interior.


What is the carpet installation process?

Once you decide to install carpet inside your room you embark on a journey that has a definite procedure.

The complete carpet installation process is:

When the the above journey is well done one can look forward to a magnificent interior decor that gives one endless pleasure whilst one is living there. This can be the end result. This carpet was installed by Concord Floors in a Williamstown home, the most expensive suburb in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The carpet is the cheapest pricewise, was properly laid, and yet it has created visually a big impact on the interior decor of the home. The excellent interior decor result was obtained by following the Concord Floor's above procedure, articulated below, for the installation of carpet. The result exceeded the expectations of the happy owners.

Carpet installation in a home or building provides a soft and warm flooring surface that has the utilities of: easy cleanability, stain resistance and easy maintenance, a top surface on which children can boistrously play and generally be suitable for rough activities without hurting themselves. As Carpet flooring is a big part of the interior of the home, it forms an important part of a home's interior decor scheme and thereby the enjoyment its occupants experience whilst living in the home.

This article should provide you with information on how to go about purchasing carpet flooring, be it wall to wall carpet, or carpet tiles, where to buy them, and how to get them laid inside your premises. Should you want to lay your own carpet to save money, out of courtesy, we have given you, a simple guide on how to lay carpet, written by the manager of Concord Floors who is a proffessional carpet layer having practised this trade for over 40 years.

Also we touch upon your little known important legal duties imposed upon you by law, as owner of the premises where construction work is being conducted, the work being "carpet laying".

If you have purchased your carpet, or are in need to have the existing carpet repaired, restretched or serviced and need a carpet layer to do the work, then this is termed carpet laying.



the carpet installation procedure



a room in a home, in Werribee, Vic 3030, being measured for the purpose of working out how much carpet is needed to cover it in a 
 carpet installation project conducted by Concord Floors. The floor of the room is bare concrete and has a measuring tape stretched over and across it. This is the initial stage of 
 the carpet installation  process.
Take measurements, in metres and centimetres, of all rooms where you want to install carpet. Draw a rough diagram of the room and write the measurements down on the diagram
the selection of the carpet color is taking place. Inside the room that abutts another area covered with ceramic tiles, there is a doorway
 and carpet samples have been placed on the floor between the doorway and a wall of the room to see the interaction of colors and the resulting color scheme.This is the initial stage of 
 the carpet installation  process.
to see the interaction of colors between the carpet and wall and furniture, carpet samples will be brought to your home.


Take measurements, in metres and centimetres, of all rooms where you want to install carpet. Draw a rough diagram of the room and write the measurements down on the diagram. Mark where the doorways are. Email this diagram to me on m.krpina@hotmail.com or the measurements alone. Concord Floors will do a rough estimute of the quantity of carpet that is required to do your job. If you are using another carpet store do the same with them.

Your budget- decide on the figure that you wish to spend to fully complete the job. To know the cost of carpet per square metre installed, simply divide the budget figure by the number of metres.

Decide on whether you wish to change the underlay and who is to pull up the existing carpet, underlay, and do you want us to dispose of these materials, and if there is furniture in the rooms do you want us to move it about.

Selection of carpet range- From the budget figure and the rough quantity estimate, it is possible to work out what carpet ranges are appropriate and suitable for the job.

selection of color- Concord Floors will bring to your premises the appropriate and suitable carpet ranges (carpet sample books which have all different colors of carpet) for your budget. These sample books will be placed against your walls and tiles and furniture etc, for you to decide on which is the best color. In the meantime exact measurements of the areas will be taken by Concord Floors so that the exact quantity can be calculated.

If you do find an acceptable carpet and color a quote will be given there and then and you can make an agreement for the supply and installation of carpet.

If you don't find an acceptable carpet and color you might want to come to our store and have a look at more carpet ranges to see if you can find something that you like.



a stack of many different sizes of many carpet rolls neatly stacked on the concrete floor of the warehouse of Concord Floors in Derrimut.
This stack of carpet rolls is from which customers can pick their carpet from in their project of carpet installation.
a stack of many different sizes of many carpet rolls neatly stacked on the floor of the warehouse of Concord Floors in Derrimut. Out of these carpet rolls customers can pick their carpet for their carpet installation project.
a stack of many different sizes of many carpet rolls neatly stacked on the concrete floor of the warehouse of Concord Floors in Derrimut.
This stack of carpet rolls is from which customers can pick their carpet from in their project of carpet installation. This stack is of high quality wool carpet
This stack of carpet rolls is from which customers can pick their carpet from, in their project of carpet installation. This stack is of high quality wool carpet.
the carpet laying in full swing as part of the carpet installation procedure. Showing a wall and a floor covered with foam underlay
with gripper installed agaist the wall on the floor.The home is in Wollert, Vic. 3030
Once you give the green light to Concord Floors to proceed with the job, the carpet is ordered and cut to size and delivered to your premises. The gripper and underlay is put down.
showing a lounge room from which a wide passage runs. the passage has gripper on the floor against the walls and underlay between the gripper
 covering the whole floor. On top of the underlay is a roll of carpet pre-cut to size ready to be laid on the floor. The lounge room has carpet stretched and tensioned ready to be joined
 to the passage carpet. The carpet laying in full swing as part of the carpet installation procedure. The home is in Point Cook, Werribee. The carpet laying was done by 
 Concord Floors.Vic. 3030.
The pre-cut carpet rolls are placed and positioned on the laid underlay and gripper and stretched for tension.


showing a passage  The carpet laying in full swing as part of the carpet installation procedure. The home is in Point Cook, Werribee. The carpet laying was done by 
 Concord Floors.Vic. 3030.
two bodies of carpet laid out and positioned to be joined and where the join is to place, the carpet edges are prepared.
showing a Concord floor's carpet layer stretching and tensioning carpet laid out in a room with a power stretcher, in a home
 in Melton.
The pre-cut carpet rolls are placed and positioned on the laid gripper and underlay and stretched for tension.
showing a bedroom with installed charcoal colored carpet and a carpet trimmer cutting the excess carpet riding up the wall.
after the carpet has been stretched the excess carpet riding up the skirting boards is trimmed off using the carpetlayers carpet trimmer.
showing a bedroom with installed charcoal colored carpet completely installed.
after the carpet excess is trimmed the perimeter carpet that is touching the skirting board is tucked into the crotch that is the valley between the carpet gripper and skirting board. This is the final act in the carpet laying process. All that remains to be done is to hang back the doors and vacuum the carpet.

Once you give the green light to Concord Floors to proceed with the job, the carpet is ordered and cut to size and delivered to your premises. The gripper is put down and the underlay. The pre-cut rolls of carpet are placed on the laid underlay and stretched for tension. The bodies of different slabs of carpet are joined to make one continuous body of carpet.

The excess carpet running up the wall is trimmed, the scraps of off-cuts of carpet are collected and the carpet can now be vacuumed.

Where Carpet installation is carried out?

Carpet installation is a component of the floor coverings of buildings. As a result it is traded all over the world and Australia and Melbourne and western parts of Melbourne.

Where does Concord floors conduct a Carpet installation service?

Concord floors trades in carpet installation that is: the sale, supply and carpet laying of carpet flooring in the following areas: all suburbs of melbourne Victoria such as: St Albans, Deer Park Caroline Springs Werribee, Hoppers Crossing. For a complete list see Locations we service


your legal duties which come first.


In the year 2004 the government of Victoria passed in the Victorian Parliment, an Act called " Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004". This name is abbreviated often to "OHS". You can purchase or download this Act.

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

The National Code of Practice for induction for Construction Work defines construction work as: "any work on or in the vincinity of a construction site carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, de-commissioning, demolition or dismantling of any structure and includes......" Carpet laying is covered by this definition and comes under the Act's jurisdiction.

You must comply with this Act's requirements if you wish to stay on the right side of the law. Should an accident occur on your site or it's vicinity, you must report this accident immediately to the relevant authorities. They will then proceed with the matter along their established guidelines, which could involve a full investigation. In the worst case scenario you could lose your home and even more, and consequentally be bankrupted.

OHS Reqirements

The Act

the "Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004" is the cornerstone of legislative and administrative measures to improve Occupational Health and Safety in Victoria. The Act sets out key principles, duties and rights in relational to occupational health and safety.The geneal nature of the duties imposed on parties participating in construction work, by the Act, means that they cover a wide range of circumstances. They do not readily date and provide considerable fexibility for the duty holder to determine what needs to be done to comply.

The regulations

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 are made under the Act. They specify the ways duties imposed by the Act must be performed, or prescribe procedural or administrative matters to support the Act, such as requiring licenses for specific activities, keeping records, or notifying certain matters.

Compliance codes

They provide practical guidance to those that have duties or obligations under the OHS Act. They aim to provide easy to understand information on how to comply. This information, if applied appropriately, will mean those who follow it are deemed to have complied with their obligations under the OHS Act.

your legal practical considerations when buying carpet and having it installed inside your home or simply choosing a carpet layer for repair work

Duty of care- the owner and carpet installer and carpet retailer, have a "duty of care" to do everything reasonably practical to protect others and everybody, from harm in the workplace.

This "duty of care" extends to the owner's selection of personnel staff. Only staff that have been trained in the principles of OHS IN AN ACCREDITED COURSE, are allowed on site by law.

Concord Floors has an accredited carpet layer with a "WHITE CARD" CERTIFICATION that he has been successfully trained in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

This is his white card accreditation certificate

the government white card certificate of accreditation for safety whilst executing a construction job for a 
 Concord Floors employee.

THIS CARPET LAYER will make sure he gives you advice, should you ask for it, drawn from his training so that you comply with the OHS Act

That this law is absolutely needed, please read our section below on CARPET LAYERS CARPET INSTALLERS AND CARPET LAYERS


For a directory or list of Independent Carpet Installers and carpet Layers, who are cost effective CARPET INSTALLERS AND CARPET LAYERS



how to select the carpet colors and carpet styles that will enhance your home's beauty


If we take a look at the photos below of three different interior decor styles of these homes, where Concord Floors laid the carpet, you will be drawn by one of them more than the others.



the interior decor of a period home, with green patterned carpet and timber, tan colored fireplace and light orange walls. The home is in Southbank
and the carpet was installed by Concord Floors. It is beautifull.
a residence constructed in a period style. The carpet is a period style carpet.
the interior of a modern home with modern charcoal colored, twist pile carpet, grey walls and a honey colored floating floor. The home is in Melton
and the carpet was installed by Concord Floors. It is beautifull.
a residence constructed in a modern contemporary style. The carpet is a modern contemporary style carpet.
the interior of a modern home, with a grey wall, a modern beige colored, patterned carpet, and the red underlay still showing. The home is in Point Cook, 
 Werribee and the carpet was installed by Concord Floors. It is beautifull.
a residence constructed in a modern contemporary style. The carpet is a modern, period, contemporary style carpet.


All of the three interiors look beautifull but which is the most appealing to you depends on your personal tastes. There are no right or wrong answers in interior decoration.

For a discussion on colors and home interior design, should you be interested, even if it is just to confirm your own ideas, please go to our home interior design section. Here you should find readily understandable principles and rules for building a pleasing balanced harmonious interior color scheme. But as I have said the right color scheme for you is the one that you find the most appealing. HOME INTERIOR DESIGN


HOW TO WORK OUT HOW MANY METRES MY JOB WILL TAKE


This subject is discussed in the carpet section CARPET


CARPET INSTALLATION COST


Carpet installation cost has the the following components: the cost of the carpet, the cost of the carpet underlay, the cost of taking up and disposing of the existing carpet and underlay, the cost of furniture shifting to make carpet laying possible, the cost of an independent carpet layer to lay the underlay and carpet.

For information about carpet styles and their terminology please see Carpet and go to the section CARPET FLOOR: STYLES, YARN FIBRES and TERMINOLOGY


CARPET COST PER SQUARE METRE

This is the same as


CARPET PRICES PER SQUARE METRE (M2)

for an explanation of what is a square metre of carpet and a broadloom metre please see CARPET and go to the section headed "broadloom carpet" which is at the very top.

Carpet cost per square metre is a variable figure but generally:

Inexpensive polypropylene carpet cost starts at around $10-20 per square metre.

Dyed polyester carpet starts at about $19.00 per square metre.

Inexpensive polypropylene carpet cost starts at around $10-20 per square metre.

Inexpensive polypropylene carpet cost starts at around $10-20 per square metre.

Inexpensive polypropylene carpet cost starts at around $10-20 per square metre.

Below are examples of such carpets.



a sample of a polypropolene carpet of a cheap price, grey color supplied to the public by Concord Floors.
polypropelene carpet of a cheap price starts at around $10-20 per square metre.
a sample of a polypropolene carpet of cheap price, orange color in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public 
	by Concord Floors.
polypropelene carpet of a cheap price starts at around $10-20 per square metre.
an inexpensive polypropolene carpet, brown color expertly installed in a home in Hoppers Crossing by Concord Floors and
 supplied to the public by Concord Floors.
polypropelene carpet of a cheap price starts at around $10-20 per square metre.


an inexpensive polyester twist pile carpet, charcoal color expertly installed in a home in Kingsville South by
 Concord Floors and supplied to the public by Concord Floors.
inexpensive polyester twist pile carpet starts at around $10-20 per square metre.
an inexpensive polyester twist pile carpet, brown color expertly installed in a home in Werribee by Concord Floors 
 and supplied to the public by Concord Floors.
inexpensive polyester twist pile carpet starts at around $10-20 per square metre.
an inexpensive polyester twist pile carpet, brown color expertly installed in a home in Werribee by Concord Floors
 and supplied to the public by Concord Floors.
inexpensive polyester twist pile carpet starts at around $10-20 per square metre.


a sample of a dyed nylon carpet, gold color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public
 by Concord Floors.
dyed nylon carpet starts at about $20.00 per square metre
 a sample of a dyed nylon carpet, plum color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public by
 Concord Floors.
dyed nylon carpet starts at about $20.00 per square metre
a sample of a dyed nylon carpet, beigie/gold color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public
 by Concord Floors.
dyed nylon carpet starts at about $20.00 per square metre




a sample of a wool twist pile carpet, salmon color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public
 by Concord Floors.
Wool carpet starts at about $35.00 per square metre
a sample of a wool sisal carpet, coffee laite color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public
 by Concord Floors.
Wool carpet starts at about $35.00 per square metre
a sample of a wool sisal carpet, gold color  in a roll in the warehouse ofConcord Floors.
Wool carpet starts at about $35.00 per square metre
a sample of a wool sisal carpet, beige color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied to the public
 by Concord Floors.
Wool carpet starts at about $35.00 per square metre


a sample of a wool/blend twist pile carpet, green color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied
 to the public by Concord Floors.
A high quality nylon/wool blend can cost $125 to $150 per square metr
a sample of a wool/blend twist pile carpet, blue color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied
 to the public by Concord Floors.
A high quality nylon/wool blend can cost $125 to $150 per square metr
a sample of a wool/blend twist pile carpet, gold color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied
 to the public by Concord Floors.
A high quality nylon/wool blend can cost $125 to $150 per square metr
a sample of a wool/blend twist pile carpet, beige color in a roll in the warehouse of Concord Floors and supplied
 to the public by Concord Floors.
A high quality nylon/wool blend can cost $125 to $150 per square metr




carpet underlay cost per square metre

The cheapest underlays cost about $4.50 per square metre and the expensive $10.00 per square metre

carpet underlay cost per broadloom metre

To convert to the broadloom metres from square metre multiply by 3.6. The cheapest underlays cost about $16.20 per broadloom metre and the expensive $36.00 per broadloom metre



carpet laying cost

It is best to get an exact price from a proffessional carpet layer by way of a quote. This should be done by him after siting the job as there are many variables. Some of these variables are: Does he have to hammer in the gripper to a concrete floor or timber floor, how old is the concrete slab (concrete gets harder with time), will the floor be ready for carpet laying or will he have to takeup the existing materials, is there furniture that you would like him to move around, does he have to install underlay as well, etcetra.

But to give you some idea:

Currently in the Western Suburbs on a light weight carpet;



CARPET INSTALLATION PRICES

CARPET INSTALLATION PRICES are the sum total of the cost of materials (carpet + underlay + trims + gripper + adhesive tape) and carpet laying cost and any cost of travel time if applicable.

AVERAGE CARPET INSTALLATION PRICES:

based on inexpensive polypropylene carpet, where the furniture and existing floor coverings have been removed, and room is of 3.6 by 4.00 dimensions.

Cost to carpet 1 bedroom = about $400.00

Cost to carpet 2 bedroom = about $800.00

Cost to carpet 3 bedroom = about $1200.00

Cost to carpet 4 bedroom = about $1600.00


based on dyed polyester carpet carpet, where the furniture and existing floor coverings have been removed, and room is of 3.6 by 4.00 dimensions.

Cost to carpet 1 bedroom = about $480.00

Cost to carpet 2 bedroom = about $960.00

Cost to carpet 3 bedroom = about $1440.00

Cost to carpet 4 bedroom = about $1920.00


based on dyed nylon carpet, where the furniture and existing floor coverings have been removed, and room is of 3.6 by 4.00 dimensions.

Cost to carpet 1 bedroom = about $580.00

Cost to carpet 2 bedroom = about $1160.00

Cost to carpet 3 bedroom = about $1740.00

Cost to carpet 4 bedroom = about $2320.00


based on wool carpet3 where the furniture and existing floor coverings have been removed, and room is of 3.6 by 4.00 dimensions.

Cost to carpet 1 bedroom = about $704.00

Cost to carpet 2 bedroom = about $1408.00

Cost to carpet 3 bedroom = about $2112.00

Cost to carpet 4 bedroom = about $2816.00


CARPET STORES

There is a plentiful supply of these stores Melbourne wide. In the Western Suburbs of Melbourne to name a few that are close to us: Hoppers Crossing Carpet Court, Choices Flooring Hoppers Crossing, Williamstown Carpets, Carpet Call Hoppers Crossing, Hoppers Crossing Floorworld. Concord Floors is located in 5/93 ELGAR ROAD, DERRIMUT which is at the very centre of the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. We choose this location to be in close proximity to every Western suburb. And we do service every Western Suburb, so we won't leave you out.

WHAT FLOORING MATERIALS DO CARPET STORES SELL AND WHAT SERVICES DO THEY PROVIDE

Carpet Stores sell and install, generally, carpet, carpet tiles, laminate flooring, timber flooring, vinyl flooring, hybrid laminate flooring, bamboo flooring and some sell ceramic tiles

SIZES OF CARPET STORES

Carpet Stores generally must have a sizable floorspace area. They display many carpet ranges employing carpet display stands. A carpet range consists of 9 or more carpet colors of the same standard and style of carpet and a sample display of these colors comes with each color as an overlocked carpet mat of that particular color. As there are many carpet ranges a large floorspace area is needed.

Carpet Stores must take deliveries of small/large and heavy rolls of carpet. For this they employ a forklift with a carpet prong. They must be able to store this carpet until such time as it is needed for a job. When the job is called up, they must be able to roll out on the floor the carpet and cut it. They may possess a carpet cutting machine.

Carpet stores need floorspace area to display the other non-carpet products as well.

WHO CAN WORK IN CARPET STORES

Carpet and carpet tiles are usually bought from Carpet Stores that specialize in these products.These stores need to be specialised as selling carpet and other flooring materials requires indepth knowledge of the materials out of which they are constructed, how they will perform whilst in use and their suitabilty for your particular job requirement. You can get an appreciation of this subject if you go to our section on carpet constuction and interior home design. For carpet constuction please click on CARPET and go to the section "Yarns" which is close to the top. For and for home interior design please click on HOME INTERIOR DESIGN. From this you can conclude a carpet store needs to provide you with appropriate guidance.

There is another reason for specialization. With carpet sales comes the need to actually plan the way the carpet is to be cut into room sizes and where the joins are to be placed. After this the carpet seller or Carpet Store must arrange for a tradesman(s) to transport the cut carpet to your site and actually lay the carpet. All this requies technical knowledge gained through years of training. It is no small wonder that two big Australia wide chain of stores retailing many other products pulled out of selling carpet. They just weren't up to it.

The only people capable of working successfully in a carpet store are specialists in floorcoverings.

QUALITIES OF GOOD CARPET STORES

The secret to choosing the store from where to buy your carpet is to filter the stores' staff competence on carpet laying knowledge and their knowledge of carpet constuction and their knowledge of home design interior principles. They must be able to talk colors, textures, yarns and carpet laying.



THE BEST STORE TO BUY CARPET INSTALLATION FROM

All stores can provide you with a good carpet installation service. Somehow they all sell you carpet and manage to lay it on the floor for you. But could you have been happier if another store did the job for you. You will never, never know, because as the ade for tourism says "because you will never, never go". Stores that excel in carpet installation have the following features:

They let you choose the carpet because its your home and you are the boss. But should you ask the carpet salesman at the point of buying the carpet after considering all the colors "what do you think, is this the best color?" The salesman should be ready to give a correct answer to this question and not just to the best of his or her ability. That ability must be foundered on principles of interior decoration. The salesman must point out the best color and the reasons why it is the best color to the client. The client is then free to choose as he sees fit. The carpet color in the Williamstown home (at the very top of this file) was selected by the manager of Concord Floors after the client had chosen a different darker color. The client was given the reasons, and agreed with them. The result a happy client.

A good store is an honest store- what you see and buy is what you get. Some carpets look alike and can have substantial differences in their qualities and prices. A dishonest store can at their discretion do a "carpet substitution" whereby the carpet you have laid in your home is not the one you ordered, it is a different carpet range and of a lower quality for which the retailer paid a lower price and cosequently made a bigger profit margin. One store specializes in doing this and is very successful financially in business. How do they do it? This particular firm was asked by me to help out and buy me a roll of a 100% wool sisal carpet of a beige color. I was given a price to which I agreed. The price was cheaper that the price for the same carpet that I could get from the manuifacturer. A couple of days later the manufacturer's rep walked into my store and showed me a new range of sisal carpet that had a yarn compostion of 50% wool and 50% polypropelene yarn.The colors were the same as in the 100% wool sisal range. Polypropelene yarn is one fifth of the price of wool yarn and this new carpet range, to me from the manufacturer was at half the price of the 100% wool from the manufacturer. I cancelled my order from the dishonest "friend carpet store" and bought from the manufacturer because I knew thet I would get the 50% wool and 50% polypropelene fibre sisal carpet from the "friend carpet store.

A relative of mine bought a substantial amount of carpet for his home a "tripple storey". I wasn't invited to quote as perhaps he thought doing business with relatives was not a good policy. He bought from a store that is part of a huge chain of stores Australia wide that has enormous buying power. So far so good. The carpet he bought after seeing it in his own home was luxurious and thick, and he bought it for these reasons and remembered well the carpet's thickness. On the day it was laid when he got home from work and inspected the carpet it was nothing like what had been shown to him. The following day he asked them to pull it up and refund to him his money. The carpet store had short changed him on carpet quality stich rate. Everything was the same as in the sample that he saw but the stich rate of the pile was lower making the pile less dense. The matter went to court and the store pulled up the carpet and refunded the money to my relative. Some stores turn over such large quanties of carpet that they can order whole production runs, 400+ broadloom metres per range and per color, of carpet mimicking the manufacturer's carpet range and sell it all by themselves. Of course they will order a lower stich rate, to make it lower in weight, to secure a lower price and therefore a price advantage over their competitors.

Part of the installation process is the laying of the carpet. There aren't many top gun carpet layers left- most have retired or left the industry. The rewards for carpet laying work is not generous, in fact they are underpaid. With the exodus of top layers the bulk of the layers left take short cuts in laying work to speed up the time it takes to finish a job. This is the same money earned in a short period of time. This is the same as more money earned per day. The result for you is most likely you could have had your carpet laid better. These are signs of tradesmanship in carpet laying:

The qualities of good carpet laying



SHORT CUTS TAKEN BY MOST CARPETLAYERS



a room with a doorway jamb joined to a wall, and the architave boards on it that at bottom on the floor has 5 small pieces of gripper 
nailed to the concrete floor. The underlay is laid next to the gripper on the floor. This work was performed by Concord Floors in a home in werribee.
the gripper (smoothedge), keeping a constant and continuous gap between it and the door architraves. This is the work of Concord Floors and their method. Most carpet layers will not follow this method
a room with 2  doorway jamb joined to a wall, and the architave boards on it that at bottom on the floor has 10 small pieces of gripper 
nailed to the concrete floor. The underlay is laid next to the gripper on the floor. This work was performed by Concord Floors in a home in werribee.
the gripper (smoothedge), keeping a constant and continuous gap between it and the door architraves. This is the work of Concord Floors and their method. Most carpet layers will not follow this method
showing 2 bodies of carpet in place over underlay and stretched out that are positioned  next to each other in a doorway between 2 rooms
 ready to be joined and bonded together with the heatbond adhesive tape on top of the underlay and under the carpet where the join will occur. The rows of pile where the two carpets
 will connect when joined are intack and unsavaged which produces a top join.
The rows of pile where the two bodies of carpet will connect when joined are intack and unsavaged which produces a top join. some carpet layers do not follow this rule.
showing 2 bodies of carpet positioned  next to each other in a doorway between 2 rooms being joined and bonded together with  an iron. The
 The rows of pile where to two carpets will connect are intack and unsavaged which produces a top join.
The rows of pile where the two bodies of carpet will connect when joined are intack and unsavaged which produces a top join.


showing 2 bodies of carpet positioned  next to each other in a doorway between 2 rooms that have been joined and bonded together
 with  an iron. The rows of pile where the two carpets connect are intack and unsavaged and have produced a top join. The carpet area that has been joined has been rolled with the roller 
 that is in the picture.
After two bodies of carpets have been joined and bonded together with an iron, the carpet area that has been joined has been rolled with the roller. this action doubles the strength of the join. Some carpet layers do not use a roller.
showing 2 bodies of carpet positioned  next to each other in a doorway between 2 rooms that have been joined and bonded together with  an iron.
 The rows of pile where the two carpets connect are intack and unsavaged and have produced a top join. The carpet area that has been joined has been rolled with a roller. 
 A heavy red metal toolbox hase be placed on the carpet join to flatten the carpet underneath it so that when the adhesive glue sets the carpet will remain permanently flat.
A heavy red metal toolbox hase be placed on the carpet join to flatten the carpet underneath, while the molten wax is hot it so that when the adhesive glue (wax) sets the carpet will remain permanently flat.
showing 2 bodies of carpet positioned  next to each other in a doorway between 2 rooms that have been joined and bonded together with  an iron.
 The rows of pile where the two carpets connect are intack and unsavaged and have produced a top join. The carpet area that has been joined has been rolled with a roller. 
 A heavy red metal toolbox was  placed on the carpet join to flatten the carpet underneath it so that when the adhesive glue sets the carpet will remain permanently flat. 
 The box has been removed and the carpet area directly above the heat bond tape has been rolled again. The roller is on top of the joined carpet. When the carpet is rolled with a 
 roller the carpet join is twice a strong.
After two bodies of carpets have been joined and bonded together with an iron, the carpet area that has been joined has been rolled with the roller and had the heavy toolbox dragged along the join, the joined area of carpet is rolled again.
showing 2 bodies of carpet positioned  next to each other in a doorway between 2 rooms that have been joined and bonded together with  an iron.
 The rows of pile where the two carpets connect are intack and unsavaged and have produced a top join. The carpet area that has been joined has been rolled with a roller. 
 A heavy red metal toolbox was  placed on the carpet join to flatten the carpet underneath it so that when the adhesive glue sets the carpet will remain permanently flat. 
 The box has been removed and the carpet area directly above the heat bond tape has been rolled again. The picture show the finished product of a join and the way the joined carpet
 should look after joining. The join looks so good that it is invisible. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors.
the completed carpet join, is barely visible and is twice as strong as an area of carpet that has not being joined.


a room where the 2 slabs of carpet that are to be joined are laid out, positioned so that the pattern of one matches the pattern of
 the other one. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors in a home in Melbourne Victoria 3000.
the two carpet bodies meet under the door (when it is closed). It is here where the join is. one can not be even a little bit out or the job would look dismal. The laying of the carpet was done by Concord Floors. With such an expensive carpet it would be unwise to employ an amateur carpet layer.
shows a large room that is having carpet laid. The carpet is rolled out and covers most ofthe floor. To effectively stretch this carpet 
 the carpet layer needs to use a power stretcher. The laying of the carpet was done by Concord Floors.
A long body of carpet, To effectively stretch this carpet the carpet layer needs to use a power stretcher. The laying of the carpet was done by Concord Floors.
showing a completed staicase with the carpet laid on it. It is as beautiful as a statue with no gaps or holes any where. The treads have 
on their sides underneath the carpet gripper, onto which carpet sitting on the tread is stretched. The carpet is taut. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors, and the home is in 
Hoppers Crossing
a completed staicase with the carpet laid on it. It is as beautiful as a statue with no gaps or holes any where. The timber treads have on their sides carpet gripper, onto which carpet sitting on the tread is stretched. The left hand carpet edge has been overlocked. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors, and the home is in Hoppers Crossing
showing a carpet layer using a telescopic power stretcher to stretch carpet and create tension so that all ripples are eliminated
 there and then and don't occur in the future. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors in a home Melton.
a carpet layer using a telescopic power stretcher to stretch carpet and create tension so that all ripples are eliminated there and then and don't occur in the future. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors in a home Melton.

Most carpetlayers (I haven't met one that doesn't) put in half of the number of pieces of gripper which results in some parts of the gap between the gripper and architrave being wider. Into these wide spots the carpet over time will sag and sink. This will produce a cavity which will absorb light and thereby produce an ugly shadow. It will take the carpet layer double the time to hammer in the smoothedge this way.

good carpet layers do seam joins by not savaging the last row of pile on both bodies of carpet where they meet and the join is to take place

patten match the carpet pattern exactly not just mock match

most carpet layers will only mock match the pattern.

Where the carpet has a stiff and has a hard backing, or travel and cover large distances, he will always use the power stretchers, the bulldog or telescopic power stretcher to get adequate tension in the carpet.

As 90% of the carpet layers don't own a power stretcher it is hard to imagine how they do their work. Their work produces ripples (sausages) in the carpet afterwards and carpet restretches become necessary. In not using power stretchers they are twice as fast in carpet laying.

in stairwork he will also put gripper on the side of the tread so as to enable him impart tension on the carpet sideways

carpet layers won't take the time to hammer in gripper on the sides of treads because it takes time and makes laying the staircase harder.see CARPET LAYING OF STAIRS below.



Carpet Installation-A guide for the do-it-yourselfer by Miro Krpina, a carpetlayer and manager of Concord Floors


LAYING CARPET


HOW TO LAY CARPET using the STRETCHED-IN method


STRETCHED-IN method---here smoothedge (timber strips with short steel spikes protruding through the top side) are nailed around the edges of the room followed by the laying out of the underlay. The underlay may be of waffle rubber, foam or felt.

carpet laying procedure (STRETCHED-IN method)


Step by step

FLOOR PREPARATION


If the house is tenanted, the first step is to shift out the furniture, and scrap,clean and sweep the floor.

If it is a new home clean out the rubbish that is leftover from construction, then scrap and clean the floor.



a room with left over rubbish on the concrete floor in a house in werribee, Vic, by Concord Floors.
clean out the rubbish then scrap and clean the floor
a room that needs preparatory cleaning in a house, in Wollert, vic, showing a doorway between a bedroom and laundry where the floor tiling
 has been finished. The tiling floor abutts onto the bedroom concrete floor. the concrete floor next to the tiles has grit, dirt and plastic tile spacers all which would obstruct 
 the installation of carpet. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors.
a room that needs preparatory cleaning in a house, in Wollert, vic, showing a doorway between a bedroom and laundry where the floor tiling has been finished. The tiling floor abutts onto the bedroom concrete floor. the concrete floor next to the tiles has grit, dirt and plastic tile spacers all which would obstruct the installation of carpet gripper. The carpet was laid by Concord Floors.
a wardrobe floor in a room, that needs preparatory waste material removal, including wedges that are protruding from under the skirting boards,
 and cleaning in a house, in Wollert, vic, where the carpet installation was done by Concord Floors.
there are wedges protruding from underneath the skirting boards. These need to be pulled out.
a room where preparatory cleaning of the floor was done by concord Floors, in a house, in Wollert, vic, where the carpet was
 laid by Concord Floors.
a room where preparatory cleaning of the floor was done by concord Floors, in a house, in Wollert, vic. It is now ready for the installation of gripper.


a room where preparatory cleaning of the floor was done by concord Floors, in a house, in Wollert, vic, with a piece of gripper 
 has been placed, where the carpet was laid by Concord Floors.
a piece of gripper has been placed in position where it will be installed illustrating the need for the need for absence of rubbish from this area of the floor
a room in a house in Werribee, where the carpet laying process is under way, where the carpet is laid out and stretched
 and the doors have been taken off to assist in the carpet laying process being done by Concord Floors.
a room in a house in Werribee, where the carpet laying process is under way, where the carpet is laid out and stretched and the doors have been taken off to assist in the carpet laying process being done by Concord Floors.
a room in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, showing a timber floor with a protruding nail head that needs to be hammered home
 where the carpet laying is been done by Concord Floors.
a room in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, showing a timber floor with a protruding nail head that needs to be hammered home
a room in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, showing a timber floor with a protruding plaster blob head that needs to be scraped
and removed, where the carpet laying is been done by Concord Floors.
a timber floor with a protruding plaster blob head that needs to be scraped and removed


a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030,  where the timber floor boards have cupped and the
 cupping is been sanded down with an edge sander Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, where the timber floor boards have cupped and the cupping is been sanded down with an edge sander Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030,  where the timber floor boards have cupped and the
 cupping has been sanded down with an edge sander  Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, where the timber floor boards have cupped and the cupping has been sanded down with an edge sander Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, where the particle boards are at different heights and
 where the timber floor boards have been sanded down with an edge sander by Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, where the particle boards are at different heights and where the timber floor boards have been sanded down with an edge sander by Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, where the particle boards are at different heights and
 where the timber floor boards have been sanded down with an edge sander by Concord Floors.
a floor in a room, in a house in Point Cook, Werribee Vic 3030, where the particle boards are at different heights and where the timber floor boards have been sanded down with an edge sander by Concord Floors.


Pull out the tiling wedges that are supporting the tiles and slabs of plaster or timber supporting the skirting boards, in order that the carpet gripper can sit evenly and proudly on the concrete slab.

Sweep and if possible vaccuum the floor.

To assist you, remove the doors in order for them to not be an abstacle to the laying process.

If it is a timber floor, check for protruding nails and hammer them home, blobs of plaster, scrap them away. If left they will be felt underfoot when you walk over the carpet

Check that the slabs of particle board flooring aren't cupping at their edges. If they are use an edge sanding machine to sand off he peaks to level the floor.

Where there is a difference in height in the particle board flooring insert a sheet of plywood to raise to the same level and sand down the plywood to make a gentle gradient of transition


How to install or lay gripper (termed Smoothedge in carpetlaying)

Throw down the gripper (term: smoothedge in the trade) (the orange timber sticks in the photos) around the edges of the room.


showing gripper thrown around a room close to the walls.
gripper thrown around a room close to the walls
carpet layer affixing the carpet gripper to the floor in a room.
affix the carpet gripper to the floor, be it a timber floor or a concrete floor, by nailing. The nais are already in the gripper. For a timber floor the nails are for timber and for a concrete floor the nails are for a concrete floor. The two nails are different.
installed gripper around a wardrobe post installed by Concord Floors, in a house in Werribee, Vic 3030.
nail gripper around a wardrobe post and wrapparound post leaving a constant 8-10mm gap
installed gripper around an architave post installed by Concord Floors, in a house in Werribee,
 Vic Concord Floors.
Cut smoothedge into small pieces and nail these small pieces of gripper around architrave posts and wrapparound posts leaving a constant 8-10mm gap


finished gripper installation in a room.
installed gripper in a room.
installed gripper around an architave post installed by Concord Floors, in a house in Werribee,
 Vic Concord Floors.
installed gripper on staircase treads where the carpet is to be installed employing the bullnose method.


Hammer down home the gripper concrete nails into the concrete slab. Position the gripper on the floor so that the gripper's side closest to the wall is a constant a 5-8mm from the wall's skirting boards.

install the gripper right around the door jambs and wardrobe partition particle boards, wardrobe sliding tracts, always leaving a maximum 5-8mm gap (the crotch). This crotch should be one continous line. Into this crotch the carpet will be tucked in after the carpet is trimmed

The same applies to smoothedging the steps in a staircase

install the underlay.

HOW TO INSTALL THE CARPET UNDERLAY

bring into the room, the roll of carpet that is going to be installed into this room, and throw it onto the floor and unroll it and trim it so it sits neatly and snugly agains the gripper.



showing two steps. One has installed gripper around the step tread in a staircase and installed underlay. The other has the carpet fully installed. 
	  Work by Concord Floors, in a house Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030, Concord Floors.
installed gripper around a step tread in a staircase and installed underlay. Work by Concord Floors, in a house Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030, Concord Floors
a room with a roll of underlay being rolled out as part of the carpet laying process in a house in wollert, Vic, by
  Concord Floors.
a roll of underlay is rolled out to cover the floor out as part of the carpet laying process in a house in wollert, Vic, by Concord Floors.
a room with underlay that has rolled out as part of the carpet laying process in a house in wollert, Vic, by Concord Floors.
The underlay is rolled to cover the whole floor and trimmed in to not go over the gripper.
a room with underlay that has rolled out as part of the carpet laying process in a house in wollert, Vic, by Concord Floors.
The neatly placed and postioned underlay is systemmatically lifted to stay in place and exopse the substrate floor onto which is sprayed a solution of latex. The underlay is then immediately placed back onto the sudstrate floor. The latex will hold the underlay in place.


Lift up the underlay and apply a latex adhesive to the concrete slab to bond the underlay to the slab. replace the underlay to it's original position. Wait 5 minutes for the latex to grab before placing carpet on top of it. This ensures that the underlay won't move when the carpet is placed upon it and dragged, and generally moved when the carpet is being positioned and stretched during the carpet laying process.

If the substrate flooring is particle board flooring then afix the underlay to the particle board with staples with a staples applicator.


How to lay the carpet

You are now ready to bring into rooms the rolls of carpet that has been cut to suit the lengths of the rooms



a roll of carpet that has been unrolled and positioned in a room ready for laying by Concord Floors, in a house 
 in Werribee, Vic 3030
bring into rooms and throw down, the rolls of carpet that has been cut to suit the lengths of the rooms (the carpet cuts). Unroll the carpet rolls in the direction that they are planned to run. Cut in roughly the excess carpet riding up the wall and postion carpet for stretching.
rolls of carpet that have been cut to size, positioned and cut the at the points of the passage's dimensional variations, or corners
by Concord Floors, in a house in Werribee, Vic 3030.
bring into the passage the rolls of carpet that has been cut to suit the lengths of the passage and unroll and postion for laying. The passage is laid first befor the bedrooms.
slabs of carpet in a passage prepared for joining by Concord Floors in a house in Werribee, Vic 3030.
the postioned carpet is joined and stretched onto the gripper which holds it.
showing a bedroom and the bulldog power stretcher in action stretching carpet in the hands of a Concord Floor's tradesman
at one end of the passage the carpet is downfastened onto the gripper spikes which holds it in place. On the other end it is gripped by the head of the bulldog power stretcher and stretched on the gripper spikes parrallel to the perpendicular wall to the passage.


a telescopic power stretcher in action stretching carpet in the hands of a Concord Floor's tradesman.
the carpet in the rooms is joined to the passage carpet and stretched. Always first stretch in the direction away from the join.
a carpet layer in action trimming  stretched carpet in a room where the carpet is being laid by  Concord Floors.
After the carpet is stretched, using a carpet trimmer tool cut and trimm, the excess carpet riding up the skirting boards.
a carpet trimmer tool in place when it is trimming carpet, and a stair tool, which is a tool for tucking in carpet into the crotch which
 is the space between the gripper and the skirting board, after it has been trimmed by the carpet trimmer tool.
After the carpet has been trimmed, tuck with a stair tool (the tool with a blue handle in the picture), the carpet edges touching the skirting boards into the crotch. The crotch is the cavity that exists between the smoothedge and the skirting boards.
a carpet trimmer tool, on top of laid carpet in a room in a house
carpet trimmer tool, on top of laid carpet in a room in a house in Werribee


a section of laid carpet adjoining an inside corner created by doorway architraves that needs trimming and that can 
 only be trimmed by a stanley knife. Carpet being laid by Concord Floors.
where sections of laid carpet adjoining an inside corner created by doorway architraves that needs trimming and a carpet trimmer cannot be used then it is trimmed by a stanley knife. Carpet here was laid by Concord Floors.
The picture shows the finished product of a section of laid carpet adjoining an inside corner created by doorway architraves
 that needed trimming and that can only be trimmed by a stanley knife that was trimmed and the carpet tucked into the crotch. The Carpet was being laid by Concord Floors in a house 
 Werribee, Vic, 3030.
the finished product of a section of laid carpet adjoining an inside corner created by doorway architraves that needed trimming and that can only be trimmed by a stanley knife that was trimmed and the carpet tucked into the crotch.


Cut the excess carpet (the overflow carpet running up the wall) leaving a minimum length of 2-12 mm running up the wall. Where the room isn't square or rectangular, such as the passage above, cut the carpet at the points of the room's demensional variations, or corners, always leaving the a minimum length of excess carpet of 2-12 mm running up the wwall.

if the carpet in the room is to join another slab of the same carpet in an adjoining room, or butts up to carpet in the same, then make certain that the pile of the two carpets lean in the same direction.

to test whether the pile is pointing in the same direction, brush your hand across a small portion the surface of both slabs of carpets and see (and feel in loop pile carpet) visually that they appear to be the same color.


HOW TO JOIN 2 SLABS OF CARPET TOGETHER

For more details please, pictures and explanations see SHORT CUTS TAKEN BY MOST CARPETLAYERS


a body of charcoal colored carpet with the edge prepared for a join. The adhesive tape is half way underneath the carpet edge.
carpet edge of one body of carpet has been prepared for a join with the adhesive tape half way underneath the carpet edge section of the carpet.
a body of carpet of charcoal color, positioned where it will remain after the join is executed, where the carpet edge has been prepared
                for a join with the adhesive tape underneath the carpet edge.
carpet edge of one body of carpet has been prepared for a join with the adhesive tape underneath the carpet edge section. The carpet will remain in this position after the join is executed.
two bodies of carpet of charcoal color, where the carpet edges on both bodies has been prepared for a join with the adhesive tape underneath the carpet edge. 
	  Both bodies of carpet have been stretched and tensioned.
two bodies of carpet, where the carpet edges on both bodies has been prepared for a join with the adhesive tape underneath the carpet edge. Both bodies of carpet have been stretched and tensioned. The carpet will remain permanently in this position after the join is executed.
two bodies of carpet of charcoal color, where the carpet edges has been prepared for a join with the adhesive tape underneath the carpet edge 
	and actually joined.
two bodies of carpet, where the carpet edges has been prepared for a join with the adhesive tape underneath the carpet edge and actually joined. A carpetlayers iron was run in between the two bodies of carpet and under them. The iron was at a hot enough temperture to melt the wax on the orange heat bond tape which then gripped permanently the carpet.


underside of two bodies of carpet of charcoal color, where the carpet edges has been prepared for a join, and have been joined.
the underside of two bodies of the joined carpet with the adhesive heat bond tape exposed after the tape has been given time to cooldown and become a part of the new carpet section


to join two bodies of carpet lengthwise, first cut both carpets where they meet and will be joined, evenly and in a straight line. To get a perfect join a carpet layer places onto the carpet pile where the join is to take place, a screwdriver at a 30 degree angle, runs the screwdriver through the pile, parting the pile and continues running the screwdriver from where the join is to start to finish.

now that he has made a staight line in the carpet he employs a carpet cutting tool to cut the carpet.

Position the two bodies of capet together, eliminating all gaps. Place underneath the carpet in the join area, the heat bond tape and using a carpetlaying heat bond iron melt the wax on the tape dragging a toolbox over the join as you go along.


HOW TO STRETCH AND TENSE LOOSE SLABS OF CARPET

Now that the carpet covers the whole floor in one piece in which the fillers have been joined, stretch the carpet using power stretchers or knee kickers. The bulldog power stretcher is in the fourth photo, and the telescopic power stretcher in the fifth. The knee kicker is the third photo.

how to trim the excess carpet (the overflow carpet running up the wall) of 2-12 mm running up the wall


trim the excess carpet that runs up the wall with a special carpetlaying trimming tool and stanley knife.

Where it isn't possible to use the trimmer especially around architraves, use your stanly knife

tuck in the trimmed carpet into the crotch with a carpet layer's stair tool.

collect the carpet scraps from the floor that result from the trimming and clean and vacuum the floor.

The job is done- mission accomplished.



DIRECT STICK ---Glue is applied to the substrate (concrete slab or other surface receiving the carpet) and then the carpet is stretched out over the glue. No underlay is used.

DUAL BOND SYSTEM--smoothedge may or may not be naile around the perimeter of the walls. Glue is applied to the concrete or timber substrate onto which underlay is spread. When the glue has cured and gripped the underlay a layer of carpet glue is spread over the top surface of the underlay. When this glue is "tacky" (ready to gripp the carpet) the carpet is spread over it and strecthed and trimmed to size. This system is used in large arpeet installations such as hotels. The advantages are it stops ripples forming with the use of the carpet. Rarely used in domestic homes.




CARPET LAYING OF STAIRS


Stairs may be layed according to the bullnosed method or the waterfall method.


LAYING STAIRS EMPLOYING THE WATERFALL METHOD



finished carpet laying of gripper and underlay in laying of a staircase.
Cut to size the gripper and underlay and affix to steps. With the underlay go over lip of the tread. Form a crotch with the gripper at the intersection or the riser and tread. This is done by nailing two sticks of gripper, one on the riser and one on the tread.
The slab of carpet that has been cut to size and positioned on the staircase and bottomed has been stapled with an electric tacker to stay permanently
 in place.
Cut carpet to the exact width of the staicase. Commence your carpetlaying at the bottom of the step where the carpet is stapled. With the knee kicker stretch the carpet onto the horizontal crotch gripper. This will form a step. With the stair tool and rubber mallet knock the carpet into the crotch thereby affixing the carpet onto the gripper of the riser. With the knee kicker stretch the carpet onto the horizontal crotch gripper of the next step. Repeat process for all steps. Finally stretch carpet across the steps on the gripper at the sides of the steps, using a knee kicker of head of a power stretcher.
finished carpet laying of staircase.
the result of carpetlaying of a staircase using the waterfall method. note that the tread lip isnot pronounced or bullnosed.


LAYING STAIRS EMPLOYING THE BULLNOSE METHOD


Cut to size the gripper and underlay and affix to steps.Cut the carpet to size and affix to the prepared gripper and underlay

position the bottom of the carpet at the bottom step and staple with the electric tacker. With the stairtool (blue handle) press the carpet with force underneath the lip of the step above and staple the carpet to hold position and permanently stay in that position. Do this across the entire step. With your knee kicker tense the carpet across the step directly away from the lip and onto the gripper. repeat across the entire step. with your stairtool and rubbeer mallet force the carpet into the crotch. after this has been done across the entire step staple with the electic tacker at the bottom of the next carpet riser right across the step.

Strech the carpet crosswise with power strecher to tense it. The finished staicase.



The gripper and underlay and affixed to steps. Steps being laid by Concord Floors in a house in 
  Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030.
Cut to size the gripper and underlay and affix to steps. With the underlay do not go over lip of the tread. Form a crotch with the gripper at the intersection or the riser and tread. This is done by nailing one stick of gripper on the tread.
The slab of carpet that has been cut to size and positioned on the staircase and bottomed has been
  stapled with an electric tacker to stay permanently in place.
Cut carpet to the exact width of the staicase and unfurl across the staircase. Commence your carpetlaying at the bottom of the step where the carpet is stapled with an electric tacker.
showing the tools, electic tacker, carpet trimmer, hookbill knife and stair tool, and where one step where the gripper and underlay has been installed,
 and two steps that have been laid by Concord Floors in a house in Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030.
With the stairtool (blue handle) press the carpet with force in the area underneath the lip of the step above and where the riser ends, and staple the carpet there, in which position it will permanently stay. Do this across the entire step. With the knee kicker stretch the carpet onto the horizontal crotch gripper of the next step. This will form the first step. Repeat process for all remaining steps.
The finished product in the laying of a staircase with carpet. A staircase with beautifully laid carpet. Steps were
 laid by Concord Floors in a house in Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030.
The finished product in the laying of a staircase with carpet. A staircase with beautifully laid carpet. Steps were laid by Concord Floors in a house in Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030.


showing three steps with a power stretcher positioned across one and in action stretching the carpet across the step
to tense it and remove any ripples the carpet may have. Carpet is being laid by Concord Floorsin a house in Point Cook, Werribee, Vic 3030.
Finally, for excellence in the job, to get the carpet drum tight, stretch carpet across the steps on the gripper at the sides of the steps, using a knee kicker of head of a power stretcher.


CARPET RESTRETCHING OF CARPET CURRENTLY IN USE THAT HAS CARPET RIPPLES


Over a period of time, a need for carpet restretching can arise after new carpet is installed in a home. With time, what can happen is the carpet bubbles or ripples though people walking on it. The mechanics of how a bubble or ripple forms in a carpet is as follows: every time a step is taken the foot presses on the carpet and underlay downwards and this movement maakes the carpet travel 2-6 millimetres towards the concrete slab of timber flooring (carpet substrate). The thicker the carpet underlay, the greater the length of the movement. When this carpet travels during this movement, it stretches a little and physically becomes wider or longer. Now carpet is a textile which doesn't behave like rubber which when stretched bounces back. Carpet doesn't bounce back when stretched. On the footfall of each footstep the carpet is stretched, tavels and expands and doesn't return to it's original size. Consequently it grows insize. The walls of the room stop it from travelling further, so the only thing that can happen to accommodate the increase in size is for the carpet to permanently move upwards and form a bubble or ripple.



a slab of new carpet being laid with carpet ripples in it, in a room with a passage running of it in a home in Hoppers Crossing.
A slab of new carpet being laid with carpet ripples in it, in a room with a passage running of it in a home in Hoppers Crossing being neewly laid.
a slab of new carpet being laid with carpet ripples in it that have had the carpet ripples removed out of it, in a room with a passage
 running of it in a home in Hoppers Crossing. The carpet has a telescopic power stretcher on fully extended to show how carpet ripples were stretched out of the carpet
a slab of new carpet being laid with carpet ripples in it that have had the carpet ripples removed out of it, in a room with a passage running of it in a home in Hoppers Crossing. The carpet has a telescopic power stretcher on fully extended to show how carpet ripples were stretched out of the carpet
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room, that has been lifted of the gripper.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room, that has been lifted of the gripper.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper, with the foot of the power stretcher on the carpet
adjoining the wall and pressing on the carpet to impale it onto the gripper spikes where it will remain permanently.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper, with the foot of the power stretcher on the carpet adjoining the wall and pressing on the carpet to impale it onto the gripper spikes where it will remain permanently.


a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher
has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher
has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it. The picture shows the teeth or spikes of the power stretcher that grip the carpet.
the picture shows the teeth or spikes of the power stretcher that grip the carpet and the lever that drives the head once the head spikes engage with the carpet.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher
has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it.
slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher head with its teeth has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it and removing the carpet ripples.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher
has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it. The picture shows a carpet layer using the power stretcher to forcefully stretch the carpet and remove the
ripples.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room, that has been lifted of the gripper and where the telescopic head of the power stretcher has been applied against the carpet gripping it and stretching it. The picture shows a carpet layer using the power stretcher to forcefully stretch the carpet and remove the ripples.


a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper, where the bulldog power stretcher has gripped 
 the carpet and stretched it.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper, where the bulldog power stretcher has gripped the carpet and stretched it.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper, where the bulldog power stretcher has gripped 
 the carpet and stretched it. Showing the bulldog power stretcher on it's side on the carpet with its teeth or spikes exposed. Also the knee kicker, hammer and 
 stairtool.
a slab of carpet with ripples in it, in a room that has been lifted of the gripper, where the bulldog power stretcher has gripped the carpet and stretched it. Showing the bulldog power stretcher on it's side on the carpet with its teeth or spikes exposed. Also the knee kicker, hammer and stairtool.


HOW TO RESTRETCH THE CARPET TO REMOVE THE CARPET RIPPLES


Place the foot of the telescopic power stretcher at one end of the room and the head of the power stretcher at the other end.



Using the power stretchers lever stretch the carpet and with another tool impale it on the spikes of the gripper where it will remain permanently. Cut of the carpet that has risen up the wall and tuck in the carpet into the crotch between the wall and the gripper.

Another techique is to use the tubeless power stretcher, called the "bulldog". Stretch the carpet by means of the bulldog's lever and using the knee kicker impale the carpet onto the gripper's spikes.





CARPET INSTALLERS AND CARPET LAYERS

Carpet laying is a physically strenuous job. Most carpet layers end up staining physical injuries. It takes years to learn how to perform excellent joins, stretch carpets, carry carpet rolls which can be 100 kilos or more, from his vehicle into the house, and if the house is a double store carry the carpet upstairs. All this without injuring himself. He is also called upon to draw up carpet laying plans and so he must know where to place carpet joins when planning the job from the beginning and give appropriate guidence on such matters.

Every job he does, he must do proffessionally, that is in a tradesmanlike manner or he doesn't get paid. In affixing the gripper around the perimeter of the rooms, he must nail nails 13 mm from the skirting boards with a hammer with considerable force and without hitting the skirting boards. A small room on avrage has 150 nails. If he works for builders the builders rarely clean the floors properly, so that as he is nailing a stream of dust is directed into his face. He is always on his knees having to get up and down constantly.

The carpet layer must be efficient and fast to make a living.

With such pressures around about 30% turn to drugs (ice is popular with them), alcohol or they become addicted gamblers with never a dollar in their pocket. This would place them in breach of the the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and therefor unemployable.

Most carpet layers currently working as sub-contractors, don't have any training in Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. This would be one of the reasons why they inflict physical injuries onto themselves.

In employing a carpet layer it is sensible to bear all this in mind.

carpet layers near me?

Do you live in Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, Derrimut, Altona, Altona meadows, Tarneit, Truganina, Caroline Springs, Williamstown, Newport or surrounding suburbs, and require the services of a carpet layer to lay your new carpet or do re-stretches or perform repairs on your existing carpet? If so you are within 30 minutes drive from our business premises. You are located close to us and for us travelling time to your job will be minimal and you will not be charged travelling time.

Any work that concord Floors performs carries with it a 12 month warranty and that it will be executed in a tradesmanlike manner meeting government standards.

concord floors has an accredited carpet layer with a "WHITE CARD" CERTIFICATION that he has been successfully trained in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

the government white card certificate of accreditation for safety whilst executing a construction job for a 
 Concord Floors employee.

THIS CARPET LAYER, should you ask for it, give you advice on complying with the OHS Act, drawning on his training on this subject.

If so call us on 0412 740 200 or email us (m.krpina@hotmail.com) and let us know. We would love to do your work.

The following list is a directory of carpet layers that are idependent and in no way associated with Concord Floors, but whose prices are cost effective.

CARPET LAYERS


The following list is a directory of carpet installers that are idependent and in no way associated with Concord Floors.

CARPET INSTALLERS

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Altona Vic 3018
Altona Meadows Vic 3928
Altona North Vic 3025
Albert Park Vic 3206
Avondale Heights Vic 3034
Ascot Vale Vic 3032
Attwood Vic 3049
Burnside Vic 3023
Brookfield Vic 3338
Bacchus Marsh Vic 3340
Brooklyn Vic 30012
Braybrook Vic 3019
Broadmeadows Vic 3049
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Cairnlea Vic 3023
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Craigieburne Vic 3064
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Delahey Vic 3037
Diggers Rest Vic 3427
Essendon Vic 3040
Fawkner Vic 3060
Footscray Vic 3011
Gladstone Park Vic 3042
Greenvale Vic 3059
Glenroy Vic 3046
Hillside vic 3037
Hopetoun Park Vic 3340
Hoppers Crossing Vic 3029
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Kensinton Vic 3031
Keilor Dowwns Vic 3038
Keilor Vic 3036
Laverton Vic 3026
Melbourne, Victoria
Melton Vic 3037
Maidstone Vic 3012
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039
Maribynong Vic 3032
Mickleham Vic 3064
Newport Vic 3015
Point Cook Vic 3030
Pascoe Vale Vic 3044
Port Melbourne Vic 3207
Reservoir Vic 3073
Roxbourgh Park Vic 3064
St Albans Vic 3021
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Sydenham Vic 3037
Southbank Vic 3006
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St Kilda 3182
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Tullamarine Vic 3043
Tottenham Vic 3012
Taylors Hill Vic 3037
Taylors Lakes Vic 3038
Williamstown Vic 3016
Woodlea Vic 3335
Westmeadows Vic 3049
Werribee Vic 3030
Yarraville Vic 3013
Niddrie Vic 3042