I recently purchased a home and have discovered (somewhat painfully) that there are nails/tacks sticking upwards about one inch from the edge of the wall about an inch and half apart from each other around the entire room. The carpet is supposedly newly installed. Can anyone tell me why these are here and how to get rid of them?
Simply put they are what you described. Carpet tacks are installed on the subfloor around the perimeter of the room near the baseboards. The strips are to latch onto the bottom of the carpet after it is stretched into position. Without them your carpet would act as a rug and buckle almost immediately. If you have carpet, you need these strips. However, if you want to, you can remove the strips, have remnant carpet bound on the edges, and use your furniture to keep in place. Hope this helps. G