David Marks

10:09AM | 10/20/01
Member Since: 10/19/01
2 lifetime posts
I want to install an interior wall in my bedroom, separating the closet and bathroom area from the rest of the bedroom. I have a slab foundation with carpet on the floor. Should I take up the carpet rather than nail the bottom plate over the carpet to the foundation?

Jay J

04:07PM | 10/20/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi David,

IMO, the EASIEST way to do this job is if the carpeting is glued. If it is, you cut out where you will be nailing your base plate. (Use pressure treated wood on slab.) If it's not glued, I'd still remove the carpeting but I'd have a Pro do the tack strips and the base plate. Both can be done at the same time. Wherever you have the opening, I'd leave the carpet there and consider using a 'suspended' french close door, and have the bottom trimed if necessary to clear the carpet's height. Or, suspended sliders. (Watch out for any door w/glass on it. If the bottom needs to be cut, you DON'T want to have to deal w/that!)

Using a high-powered nail gun could be tricky. You get one shot (not to coin a pun) at making the hole. If it doesn't take, you can't reuse the bad hole. Be SURE you get a complete explaination on this from the Rental Agency. Get a BUNCH more shots than you think you'll need. It may be worth having a Pro come in. Since this is tricky, the Pro would also kick the carpet in place too. Again, it's my opinion, based on what little I know on what you know.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

David Marks

05:58PM | 10/24/01
Member Since: 10/19/01
2 lifetime posts
Hey Jay J:

Thanks for the tip. I think I'll get someone in to frame the wall and tack the carpet. I'll hang the drywall and finish the job. I'll watch what they do in case I want to do that elsewhere. (I was thinking about a room separator for the living room and dining area...they are one big continuous room now).


05:12PM | 11/05/01
Member Since: 11/04/01
14 lifetime posts
ahhh dont give up so easy the hardest part is cutting the carpet layout where the wall is going to be door and everything if there is a door cut the carpet in the middle of the wall fold back carpet attach pressure treated plate to floor use screws called tapcons frame wall hang drywall finish and paint then call carpet guy to put carpet back down he can put it all back together with seaming tape and you will never know where it was if the carpet is small enough you could just roll it back then do the work without cutting it.
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