Preparing To Lay The Carpet

Yesterday we painted the drywall patch and saw that after two coats of primer plus two coast of paint how there was no difference in the paint colour’s tone on the wall. And, that’s the point, right? Once the drywall is repaired, you want it looking as if there was no drywall repair in the first place.

Now, before the carpet can be put back into position, I needed to replace the carpet tacks gripper strips which were removed during the creation of the dry well as part of the Clarke Basement Systems FlexiSPan solution for our cracked foundation wall.

There are two basic ways to do this. The Home Depot associate I spoke with suggested that I hammer in the carpet tack strip into the cement floor, placing a piece of insulation between the concrete and carpet tack strip.

Well, I did not do this.

Fitz suggested that I do not hammer in the nails on the underside of the carpet tack strips into the newly laid concrete floor patch  which was on top of the new dry well backup drainage. Why make holes in it?

Instead he suggested that I remove the nails from the underside of the tack strips and instead use some construction adhesive to keep the tack strips in place.

Made sense to me. So, after waiting 30 days for the concrete patch to cure, I began this step in our basement foundation wall repair.

missing carpet gripper strips Preparing To Lay The Carpet

So, first I measured some left over tack strips for the length of the gap between the original strips.

Then I cut two replacement strips and removed the nails which would have otherwise been hammered into the cement floor. In the picture below you see only the mini-nails on one side, the side which will remain upright upon which the carpet will be placed.

removing nails from carpet tack strips Preparing To Lay The Carpet

Following this I positioned them to see if they fit.

uneven surface Preparing To Lay The Carpet

Well, they did; however, I noticed that the cement patch was not completely flat causing space at either end between the replacement strips and the cement floor. The carpet strips need to be flat so that the carpet is itself flat when laid. So, I returned to trim a portion of the carpet strips and repositioned them.

construction adhesive Preparing To Lay The Carpet

Next, I applied the LePage No More Nails construction adhesive to underside of the two replacement strips and positioned them in the gap between the existing carpet strips on either side of the cement floor patch.

construction adhesive applied to carpet tack strips Preparing To Lay The Carpet

The next day I checked and sure enough those two replacement strips were not going anywhere; the construction adhesive was certainly doing its job.

carpet tack strips in place Preparing To Lay The Carpet

To continue to the next article in this series, select this link to read and see where  we lay the carpet and deal with the 12 foot long baseboard molding.

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