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03:12PM | 05/04/08
Member Since: 05/03/08
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I ordered new carpet. I took up the old carpet, padding, and old tack strips. So I'm down to the old thin tiles that were originally under this carpet (house built in 1965). Some tiles are missing and/or loose, so I've bought some tiles to replace those areas, because the carpet measurer said that all the black mastic has to be covered up (these old 12x12 thin tiles have the black mastic underneath, and then concrete under that). The carpet measurerer said that since these tiles are dated around 1965, they won't nail new carpet tack strips into this old tile because of asbestos issues. So they must glue the new tack strips down instead (at an additional cost of $125). The problem is: This old tile is so crumbly; if they glue tack strips down to this old crumbly tile, the tile would probably come loose from the subfloor in no time at all. So what I want to do is buy new tack strips and nail them down into the floor myself. That way, the new carpet will stay put.

What do I need to know before nailing these new tack strips down? How far away from the wall should they be set? Is there anything else I need to know before I tack these down? I don't want to go to all this work, have the carpet guys come out, and them find a problem with how I laid these tack strips. Any help is appreciated.

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