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Easy How To Install Carpet on a Concrete Floor

How To Install Carpeting on a Concrete Floor

JT Floor Covering out of Interlochen, Michigan shows us how to install carpeting on a concrete (or cement) floor with step-by-step easy to understand instructions.

Hi Y’All,

So glad you are  here with us today!  Grab a seat and get ready to learn HOW you can install your very own carpeting on a concrete/cement floor!  My son Jason (Denine’s), the owner of JT Floor Covering showed us in very easy to understand steps.

IMPORTANT

Please make sure you watch the video first and refer back to our step-by-step instructions as a guide.

TOOLS & SUPPLIES WE USED

Measuring tape, drill, masonry drill bit, hammer, box cutter, duct tape, carpet stretcher (aka knee kicker which can be purchased or rented), rubber mallet hammer and of course the carpet and padding.

STEP-BY-STEP

  1. Sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly.
  2. Scrape all irregularities off the floor.
  3. Once again sweep and vacuum.
  4. Install concrete tack strips around the perimeter of the room, but not in the entryway area.  Remember when hammering the tack strips use the hand that will be against the wall.
  5. Measure and lay the binder or transitional strip in the area that will come into contact with the other flooring.  Often this is the entryway.
  6. Drill holes in the concrete using a masonry drill bit into the tack strips that did not adhere to the concrete and the binder strip.
  7. Hammer masonry nails into those drilled holes.
  8. Roll out and cut the carpet padding to the size of the room with a box cutter.
  9. Using a shuffling motion (see video) – stretch the padding out.
  10. Using a box cutter trim the padding to inside the tack strip and binder.
  11. Use duct tape to adhere the padding to the tack strips.
  12. Tape seams of padding together where necessary.
  13. Roll out the pre-measured carpet piece and cut to size.
  14. Stretch the carpet onto the tack strips using a carpet stretcher (knee kicker).
  15. Trim off any excess carpet using a box cutter or carpet knife.
  16. Finish off the carpeted floor by using a rubber mallet hammer to close the binder strip over the carpet.  We used a binder strip the length of our wall as we installed Luxury Vinyl Floor Covering in the kitchen section of the studio.
  17. Celebrate a job well done & enjoy!

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Installing Carpet on Concrete

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How To Install A Luxury Vinyl Floor on Concrete

How To Install A Luxury Vinyl Floor on Concrete

I bet if you have a basement you have thought about installing some sort of flooring to dress it up some.  JT Floor Covering out of Interlochen, Michigan shows us how with step-by-step easy to understand instructions.

Hi Y’All,

Glad your here!  Grab a seat and we’ll get started on HOW you can install your very own luxury vinyl tile floor!  My son Jason, the owner of JT Floor Covering showed us in very easy to understand steps.  Come let us share with you.

The Truth

Originally, we were going to film with two cameras so we could also take pictures to post with our to-do steps here, but alas we had one that failed us (isn’t it always something).

However, the good news is that we captured enough (more than) video to show you how you can install a luxury vinyl floor yourself easily.  Please make sure you watch the video first and refer back to our step-by-step instructions as a guide.

STEP-BY-STEP

  1. Sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly.
  2. Scrape all irregularities off the floor.
  3. Once again sweep and vacuum.
  4. Mark your area with a chalk line. In order to get a straight chalk line for a starting point, measure from one wall to your beginning area. We took the chalk line and stretched from one side of the studio to the other. Then Jason snapped the chalk line, leaving a straight edge to start the flooring from.
  5. Mix the Prepstar cement. This is a cement-based skimcoat that is used to smooth out the floor.
  6. Using a trowel, apply a thin coat to the surface. Once cement is applied, allow to dry thoroughly.   We used fans to speed up the drying process.
  7. Apply adhesive to the floor.  We used the brand 6200 adhesive.
  8. Using a trowel apply a thin coat of adhesive in a figure 8 pattern (see video).
  9. Once the floor has a clear sheen to it this indicates that the adhesive is tacky and ready for the next step.
  10. While the floor is drying, you can use a box-cutter (utility knife) to pre-cut the starting tiles in measured increments.  Our tiles where 48 inches long. In order to make a staggered pattern, we cut off between 6-40 inches off the tiles that formed the starting side.
  11. After placing the starter side of tiles on to the cement floor (they will look like a set of steps-see video), use full length tiles, butting up to each other snugly. Smooth down each tile with light pressure after it has been placed down. Immediately remove any adhesive that has come in contact with the top side of the vinyl tile, using a wet cloth.
  12. Apply pressure to the freshly laid floor by using a vinyl floor roller to seal the seams of each tile and remove any air bubbles. This will also help to attach the tile to the surface permanently. You can rent a roller from places like Home Depot.
  13. Finish off the vinyl floor by installing either a transitional or binder strip, depending on what it butts up to. We used a binder strip as we installed carpet in the filming section of the studio after laying the luxury vinyl floor.
  14. Celebrate a job well done & enjoy!

 

Want More of Us?

It Began With Two Women

To watch more of our fun DIY videos check out our YouTube channel “TheHard Hat Belles” or click  The Hard Hat Belles to go directly there.  Once there like and subscribe to receive notifications of the latest video releases. Or simply subscribe below to see each of our videos within our blog stories. . . .  You’ll be getting two for the time of one?

May Your Days Be Spent

Inspiring Hope

Bible Verse Proverbs 22:29

Love & Hugs,

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