Gripper and Underlay

FIXING THE GRIPPER(mind your fingers gripper nails are very sharp!)

STEP 1

Put down the gripper with pins pointing towards the wall. Leave a space slightly less than the thickness of the carpet between the gripper and the skirting board. This is for the trimmed carpet to be tucked into later.

STEP 2

Nail the gripper to the floor avoiding hitting the gripper pins.

STEP 3

When you reach a corner of a room cut the strip to length using a saw. Butt the next piece up to it and continue; there is no need to mitre.

STEP 4

In curved areas such as bay windows, cut gripper into short pieces to follow the curve. Where radiator pipes go through the floor, cut the gripper and continue after the pipe, keeping the right distance from the skirting.

STEP 5

At a doorway fit a metal strip midway under the door.

PUTTING DOWN THE UNDERLAY

STEP 1

When fitting carpets on top of floorboards, always lay an interliner before fitting the rubber underlay. This helps stop dust coming through the joints in the boards, and soiling the carpet.

STEP 2

To fit the rubber underlay, first unroll a short length of underlay in a corner of the room, rubber side down, so that the end and the side lie against the gripper strip.

STEP 3

Fix the edge of the underlay to the floor with a staple gun or with hammer and tacks. On a concrete floor, use double-sided carpet tape.

STEP 4

Roll out the underlay along the edge of the room, smoothing as you go and fixing along both edges. Make sure it is perfectly flat on the floor.

STEP 5

At the end of the room trim the underlay against the gripper strip with a trimming knife.

STEP 6

Repeat this across the room until it is completely covered.

STEP 7

To again prevent dust passing through to the carpet, tape the joints of the underlay together using carpet tape.