I have to admit that your last post has left me scratching my head. "This was really helpful to learn how to cut the carpet correctly. If you are doing that and you do not have a carpet seam iron at home, you can use a regular clothing iron in a pinch for the same usage. even six feet one half inch is not half of twelve feet. That would leave me 2 - 7' x 12' sections for a total running length of 24'. Use basic clear packaging tape. - How much should I cut off after the stretching is done? HD sells Legato and Lowes sells Fluor brands. When you are using steam tape you have to use the iron to activate it which ends up becoming a mess at times. Are these good tiles or is there another brand that would be cheaper/better? My problem was installers who were not CFI certified (Certified Flooring Installers), and I advertised for them. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published Then, I marked out a T on a 1/2" piece of plywood. I purchased some carpet heat bond tape at the Borg. I want to use the tape, but I can't justify dropping $100 on a seam iron for a 6' seam. In so far as the seam is concerned, they were not. I also don't know anything about sealing the seam. I was thinking lengthwise too, not widthwise and then rotating them. DoItYourself.com®, founded in 1995, is the leading independent Basically I'm wondering if I can heat the tape with a regular, household iron from the backside and then install it. When Smokey speaks, he's a pro. The problems will be two fold. TNX for any help Believe me. A little carpet language misunderstanding there. Any suggestions or tips on what to look for, or during installation? This will keep them back while you work with the sealer. I still am unsure how I'm going to do the seam. Twelvepole: I'm humbled. In fact, the carpet store owner suggested that I can unravel a pile and then cut the backing to get a square edge. Thank you very much." If you intend to stretch the material in over pad, the home owner sticky tape for carpet seams will not be sufficient. Are you using cut pile or a loop pile? I don't remember reading anything about a tracker and I'm embarressed to say I don't exactly know the difference between cut pile and loop pile. As for the carpet, I've been assuming it was an open loop pile, but I wasn't 100% sure what the difference was before. Start at one end of the seam, working from the backing side, and make frankenstein looking stitches the length of the seam. Ask the carpet dealer about the hold time for the carpet to seam. If it doesn't work, I have more than enough carpet to cut the seam and try over. After you position the seam, you'll have to choose between seaming the carpet with quick adhesive or with a seaming iron. suggestions. I stapled down one piece (about 3" back from the seam edge) face-down on one side of the T. Then I mesured 1" back from the seam line of the T and marked a parallel line on the carpet backing. home improvement and repair website. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. Website operating Situate you carpet sections so the seam tape can be easily placed on the bottom of the carpet. A few specific questions: I want to use the tape, but I can't justify dropping $100 on a seam iron for a 6' seam. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. One inexpensive way to do a seam if you don't have access to a seaming iron is to hand sew it. A poorly seamed carpet can look sloppy, and if you do not cut and join the edges properly, the carpet can even begin to unravel with wear. I have a small run of wall-to-wall carpet that I want to join along a seam in a hallway -- maybe 3 feet across. The seam tape will not adhere well if you don't use a weight and it may not look so good without being able to use a tracker on it. Place a carpet seaming iron under the two pieces of carpet, against the carpet seam tape, and plug in the iron. All information is provided "AS IS." I may do more carpeting in the future if all goes well on this one, but I've already dropped a ton on tools and materials to remodel this room. I sold carpet and other floor coverings. Wow, high praise for Smokey. Hi Smokey. Free delivery. To seam carpet, start by laying the pieces of carpet on the floor so that the edges overlap each other by 2 inches. How do I start to plan to lay new carpet? Thanks again for all the help. Unfortunately, my GF talked me into installing padding now, which opened up a can of worms. Thank you very much." Compare. I noticed the pile was not square though. Fold the towel in half and lay it over the seam tape. I found a tracker at that store too by the way. Second, when doing a seam conventionally, there is a tool called a tracker that helps get the glue into the backing and twists the yarn of the two sides together to make the seam less visible. Don't want to cut off too much, leaving a space (I've heard carpets "resettle" after being cut causing a shrink effect) Then I can flip it over and use the tracker to twist the yarn together. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. After you butt the substrate together, remove the packaging tape and proceed with the hot iron step. By logging into your account, you agree to our Let me know what you think. Can I use an old clothes iron to activate the teap and make the seam or do I need to rent a real seaming iron? In that case, I'd rather buy the tool and have it for next time. That stuff only works for a loose lay and then only temporarily if there is much traffic on it, especially over pad. You've educated me well beyond my original question and I appreciate that. A seaming iron is pretty hot. You have a fourteen foot piece of carpet and you're going to cut it down to two seven foot pieces. The room is roughly 6 1/2' x 16'. I proceeded to heat the tape, working on a 2' section at a time.