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Cathy8982

04:07AM | 07/25/03
Member Since: 07/16/03
I'd like to put some new carpet in my dining room and hallway stairs to the top landing. How do you take a stairway measurement? I have 12 steps.
I had someone come out and measure for me. I had used this company before, but this time he just wrote down how much carpet we would need. He never told me how much it was, just said he'd keep it on file until we were ready to come into the store and order carpet.
I'd like to try and figure out how to do this on my own. Thanks.

carpetman

04:44PM | 07/25/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
to measure for carpet on stairs,first start at the top step(were to carpet is to start) run your tape measure down to the bottom (were the carpet is to stop)you need the total of all the risers & treads top to bottom. a rough rule is every 2 steps is 3 ft. measure each set of stairs and landings.,now measure the width of the widest step, if the total length of steps is for example 25ft and the width is less than 4ft, you can get 3 strips of carpet from a normal 12.0 wide piece of carpet (3x4=12) so the carpet for this job would need to be 12 x 8'6"(cut that in to 3 pieces down the length 3 x 8'6" = 25'6")
add 18" to the 8'6" because the carpet has to end at the bottom of a riser the final amount to do the job is as follows 12 x 8'6" plus 12 x 1'6" total 12 x 10',a 12 by 10 is 13.33 sy yards........
cost will be the installed price of the carpet,plus the additional cost of removal of the old carpet.plus the cost of installing on stairs.....good luck

AWoodFloorSpecialist

06:49PM | 07/25/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
You seem upset that the person who measured your stairs tell you how much you needed.

There actually may be several reasons he did not tell you how much you needed.

When a contractor gives a FREE estimate they usually figure that a certain amount of estimates will end up as jobs and the time spent on the estimate is compensated by the installation. If he doesn't get the job, it really is a FREE estimate. It's getting more and more common for people to get a FREE estimate and then hire someone else to do the job based on those estimates.

By not giving you the estimate of how much you will need he increased the odds that he will be doing the installation.

There is also another consideration. If you have someone else install your stairs or you install them yourself based on the first guy's estimate who's responsible if it comes up short? I have the same problem in the wood flooring business.

It looks like the carpetman has you squared away on figuring out how much you need yourself.

Franklyn
Http://www.WoodFloorist.com

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