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Unread 02-12-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Default Pulling up carpet -- leave tack strip?

We're replacing all the carpeting in our new-to-us home. The previous owners were smokers, and the carpet is in bad shape anyway. To save a few bucks, we're doing the carpet removal/disposal ourselves. Do we have to remove the tack strips, or can they be reused? Which is the best way to go?
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Unread 02-12-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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They could possibly be reused, but I'd take them up. Carpet co. would probably prefer to use new. Think that they are pretty cheap.
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Unread 02-12-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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As the wife of an installer I can tell you that if they are not rotten you should leave them down. If they are falling apart from moisture pull them up.

The installer, who will make $2.00-4.00 per yard for installing your carpet (based on the type of carpet), has to pay for the tack strip himself. This is not part of the cost of the job but is considered part of the installer's responsibility. So if your tack strip is intact save yourself a little work.
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Unread 02-12-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Saylorsburg
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I say leave them if they aren't moldy or deteriorating....but be careful, those suckers are real sharp.
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Unread 02-13-2009, 06:48 AM
 
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I'm a flooring professional. No need to remove them unless they are dry rottted or moldy/mildewed.

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Streamer1212
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Unread 02-13-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Only place I would remove and replace them is in the doorways. Sometimes the points can get pounded down from heavy furniture being moved. Often these have a different aluminum strip with an edge guard and need replacing anyway.
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Unread 02-15-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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I am remodeling a house to flip and I just pulled up all of the carpet and pad. I onlypulled up the tackstrip where it looked damaged but left about 80% of it on the floor. It saved me a lot of work, and the installer was more than happy to reuse the old nad not have to put in new strip.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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I had two handy men install new carpet. They took out old tackstrip and did not put any in before putting in new carpet. Will this cause problems?
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Unread 11-05-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I had two handy men install new carpet. They took out old tackstrip and did not put any in before putting in new carpet. Will this cause problems?
Depends on the carpet.
Maybe it was a glue down?
Maybe you hired a couple of boneheads?
Maybe...
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Unread 11-05-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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I had two handy men install new carpet. They took out old tackstrip and did not put any in before putting in new carpet. Will this cause problems?
Tack strips are used, so the carpet can be stretched taught to minimize bunching, and or trip hazards. As long as yours lays flat you may be okay. A professional would have used tack strips. Glue down is typically a commercial installation, and most likely not applicable to a residential application.
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