We have been told by our customers, that certain companies will charge you extra for fitting the underlay and gripper rods when you have purchased underlay from us.
Here is our take on a DIY guide, and we hope it will help you do the job as it its quite easy if you are “handy”.
The first thing to do is check your floor is clear of and pipes where you are to fit grippers and door threshold trims – it is not uncommon that in old houses water and heating pipes are laid in notched joists just below the floor boards- so if you use a nail longer than the floor board – you could go through the pipe!!
If in doubt – stick the gripper and door plates with Gripfill in the offending areas
Fitting the door plate
Before fitting the carpet underlay the door thresholds strip should be sited directly under the door so when the door is shut you cannot see it.
Measure between the door frame and then cut the trim with a hack saw
If the floor is wood you can simply use 10mm nails or screws.
If the floor is asphalt or concrete you can stick them down with Gripfill and leave to dry.
Fitting Gripper Rods
Place the Gripper Rods 10mm away from the skirting boards with the pins pointing towards the skirting boards.
To cut the Grippers to size use a hack saw.
The Grippers are pre nailed and hammer in the nails.
Concrete and Asphalt Floors
Fit as above but use a bead of Gripfill under the Gripperods, this will maintain the integrity of the grippers if the nails work loose over time.
Ceramic Tiles and Marble
Cut the Gripper Rods into 100mm long lengths and stick in place with Gripfill.
The reason why you need to cut into small sections is that if your floor is uneven, the gripper will not lay flat.
Vac or brush the floor, cleaning any old plasters etc. and checking any loose floor boards.
Find the longest straightest wall and roll out carpet underlay keeping the edge butted against the gripper rods, and ruff cut the length.
Watch out for the grippers don’t scratch you!!
Repeat the process to the rest of room utilising all the underlay – keeping the small pieces away from areas of high traffic.
Where the underlay needs cutting, get your sharp Stanley knife and cut it using the gripper as a guide for the knife, this should give you a nice clean cut.
We hope this give you a good insight on how to fit underlay and Grippers.