Save On Your Upcoming Carpet Installation By Removing The Old Carpet Yourself

Posted on: 27 December 2018

Are you planning on replacing all of the old carpeting in your home? If so, you may be looking for ways that you can save money on the upcoming carpet installation. One way that you can do this is by removing all of the old carpeting yourself. It's a relatively easy job that any homeowner should be able to handle, and you'll save on the labor costs of having a professional do it all for you.

Tools and Materials

Before you can get started, you'll need to gather the following tools and materials in order to remove the carpeting. Many of these you should already own, but if not, they can be purchased from a local home improvement store.

  • Utility knife

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Clawhammer

  • Pliers

  • Leather gloves

  • Knee pads

  • Duct tape

Carpet Removal

Start by locating an edge of the carpeting that can be lifted up. You want to start pulling the carpeting back so that it comes off the tack strip that surrounds the room. It can help to use a flathead screwdriver or claw hammer to get underneath the edge of the carpeting to lift it up.

Use your utility knife to the cut the carpeting into smaller strips that will be easy to roll up. Before you do this, check with your city to find out if there are restrictions to how long carpet rolls can be to be picked up during normal trash collection. You may discover that they want the rolls to be no more than four feet long to limit how heavy they are or to fit in the garbage truck for disposal.

Roll up each section of carpeting and secure it together with duct tape. All you need to do is wrap the tape around the carpeting to prevent it from unrolling.

There are likely staples in the floor from where the carpet padding was secured. You should use your pliers to pull up the nails and make the floor as smooth as possible.

Tack Strip Removal

The best technique for removing the tack strips involve using a hammer and screwdriver. Use the hammer to tap the screwdriver under the tack strip, then pull back on the screwdriver to lift it up. You will then be able to fit the claw hammer underneath the tack strip and lift it up if necessary.

With the carpet removal finished, your new carpeting will be installed in no time and at a reduced cost.


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