- Nov 17, 2019
Tack strips are extremely skin unfriendly. They will rip you open and make you leak.
This may have been covered but w-to-wall carpeting requires, at the very least, what I'll call tie-down bars around the perimeter. Think - thin wood strips small nails pointing out of the top. Of course they also have to be nailed down. Without those, the carpet and padding just become a crumpled mess in short order.
The problem is if you have nice finished wood floors, I do. The problem being the holes in your lovely wood floors.
I thought it was fascinating to watch the carpets being installed though. They also require what they call (or used to) in the trade, a "knee kicker." It has a carpet friendly claw on one end and a thick but firm cushion on the other end. Shove claw into carpet, kick the other end. This is also crucial for a well behaved carpet because it ensures that there is zero slack that might otherwise cause a problematic lump or wave.
As for audiophiles, assume that the vast majority are mostly clueless. If you're worried about sound being reflected, carpet the walls first.
Make certain the tiles are really 12 x 12 and not something like 11 3/4 like 2 x 4s are measured. Or 300mm x 300mm.
I wouldn't trust a flooring installer who would give a quote without looking at the space first. You just need to be willing to say no if you think they're giving you bad recommendations. Be willing to walk away and find someone else.Maybe carpet installers are different, but when it involves a group of people coming out and I don't know the exact price yet. I've never gotten anything else done for the $$$ I was told it would be before they came. So I'm suspicious here, I know carpeting is pretty basic, but is there a chance they'll tell me I need upgraded padding or something? I'm thinking if they came out for a measuring and consultation the $4.46/sq ft will somehow magically become $6.46.