1 The parlor was first cleared of furniture - Fernando and Chhiring lifted the marble tabletop from an antique Scandinavian table base.
2 Without having a carpet pad to protect it, the floor beneath the carpeting was basically getting ruined by the rough bottom side of the old carpet.
3 Next, the two loveseats were moved. The trick was finding a place for all of the furniture since the carpet throughout the ground floor was being replaced.
4 With most of the furniture gone, the old rug was given a good vacuuming.
5 The carpet was rolled up and taken to the basement. The plan is to have all the old carpets cleaned before cutting them to fit in the smaller bedrooms at Skylands, my home in Maine.
6 The wood floor was given a thorough cleaning to remove as much of the rug damage as possible.
7 This is what was missing from the old carpeting - the recommended padding for beneath the new carpet.
8 The padding was unrolled onto the parlor floor before the new carpeting was positioned on top of it.
9 The carpet wasn't wide enough for the width of the room, so it had to be seamed with another section. I wanted a fitted rug, leaving a wood margin around the walls, so we hired an outside contractor to 'fit' the carpeting.
10 With a heavy pad beneath to protect the floor, he carefully measured for accuracy before trimming.
11 For a really clean edge, the contractor used a tool designed specifically for this purpose. This cutter uses double blades that cut either side of the row close and clean, producing better seams.
12 The long slender front guide of the cutter is beveled at the bottom, making it easy to stay in a row. The blades are changed frequently.
13 A very clean cut!
14 Meanwhile, latex glue was applied onto the seam sealing tape, which was positioned beneath the carpet at the seam.
15 The adhesive on the tape was heated with a carpet seam iron, joining it to the carpet.
16 The other section of carpet was laid down.
17 Using the teeth of a knee kicker to position just so, the two sections were joined together over the seam sealing tape.
18 For large-size rugs, the padded end is kicked with the knee to get the carpet into position. The dial adjusts the depth of the teeth.
19 You simply can't tell that the carpet has a seam.
20 And I like how the carpet now curves around the parlor stairs.
21 I'm very happy with the fresh, lighter color of this new carpet. It's far less brown than what was here before.
22 Next, the brown room was emptied of most furniture and moved to the newly carpeted parlor so that the brown room could be readied for new carpet.
23 But first, the bird room came next.
24 The new padding and carpet was laid up to the canary cage.
25 The cage and its stand was moved onto the new carpeting and was wheeled back into position when the installation was complete.
26 To bind the edges of the carpet, a wheeled carpet binding machine is used.
27 The spools of binding tape are attached to the machine.
28 The binding tape is fed through the machine, folded over the edge of the carpet, and sewn in place while the operator pulls the machine along.
29 All the edges are finished in this manner - nice and neat.
30 In the brown room, the old carpet was rolled up.
31 As in the other rooms, the floor beneath was a mess! it is very important to install rugs correctly in the first place
32 In this very large room, both the padding and the carpet were seamed together.
33 And the edges cut and bound to specifications.
34 And lastly, the front entrance and stairway were readied.
35 The newly carpeted parlor. What a wonderful, refreshed look the room now has!
36 The front entrance and stairway. I rearranged a lot of furniture and I think it looks so much better.
37 The birdroom is more edited, more open and airier. I am very pleased.
38 And the brown room looks like an entirely new room - so much roomier, with a new floor plan.