How To Fit

  • How to Remove & Fit Your Own Carpet and Underlay

    A lot of our customers here at Underlay4u regularly ask for our advice on how to fit their own underlay in order to save a bit of the costs and time associated with DIY projects, and do things on their own schedule. We get it – life is busy these days. DIY jobs need to get done when they get done, and not at a time that will disrupt the rest of your life. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of having to be at home to let the carpet fitters in, or arrange for a relative to drop round in the middle of the day with the spare keys to open up, you could just do it in the evening after work, or on Sunday when the kids are at football? In this post we’d like to go through the steps you can take in order to fit your own underlay quickly and easily, and also how to make the most of the process in doing up your home. Actually laying the underlay is quite an easy task once you have everything...

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  • How much does it cost to lay carpet per square metre

    Carpet is a sophisticated and stylish choice for the home and is the ideal choice for a cooler climate. If you're installing brand new carpets in your home, you'll want to know how much it costs to lay carpet per square metre so you can make smart choices that fit your budget. But there's more to carpet laying than simply buying a good quality carpet at the right price. You'll also need to think about the cost of accessories like gripper rods and door plates, labour and underlay. Calculating the cost You'll need to total up four figures if you want to have a truly accurate idea of how much it costs to lay carpet per square metre: • The cost of the carpet per square metre • The cost of the underlay per square metre • The cost of installation per square metre • The cost of any accessories required Do I need underlay? If you want to cut costs when laying carpet then skipping the...

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  • How to fit skirting boards on uneven walls

    Skirting boards give a clean and neat finish between the walls and the floors in your property. In older houses, the boards themselves can be quite ornamental with an attractive moulded profile, whereas modern skirting boards tend to be much plainer. If you're fitting new skirting boards, match them to the age of the house and attach them to the walls with glue or screws, making sure you mitre or scribe the joins for the neatest and most professional effect. If you need to replace skirting boards in an older property, you may find that the walls are uneven, presenting you with a real challenge. It's not an impossible task if you follow these simple steps. Measure twice, cut once Before you buy your skirting boards, measure the room accurately and then add 20% to the total figure to allow for wastage. When you get the boards home, leave them in the room where you intend to use them for...

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  • How to measure carpet for stairs and landing

    Whether you're planning on doing the fitting yourself, or simply trying to figure out how much carpet and underlay you will need, it can be tricky to know how to go about measuring floor space for stairs and on landings. Follow our easy guide to make sure you get it right. How to measure your stairs for carpet & underlay First, you'll need a tape measure, a pencil, and some paper. Begin by counting how many steps in total need covering. Next, measure the height and depth of each step - if they're all the same, you only need to measure one. Add the height of the step to the depth of the step, and multiply it by the number of steps you have to find the total length of the carpet you'll need to cover the stairs. The width of the carpet should simply be the width of the steps. How to measure your landing for carpet & underlay To measure carpet for a landing, draw a quick sketch of...

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  • How To Fit Your Gripper Rods and Underlay

    This post tells you everything you need to know about carpet grippers. There’s 2 sections. You can navigate the page easily. Just click the links below to read more and find the answers to your questions. Section 1. What are gripper rods? Do I need them? Where to buy? Section 2. How to fit carpet grippers If you’ve chosen to go down the DIY route, make sure you read this article in full. It will help ensure your project is a success. It will also help you minimise mistakes and keep frustrations to a minimum.   An introduction to Carpet Grippers This section addresses the most common questions asked about carpet grippers and gives you some insight into making the important decisions.   What are carpet grippers? What do they do? Carpet grippers are long pieces of plywood, usually 1.5m long x 2cm wide. They have sharp angled nails in them that are designed to hold the carpet...

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  • What state do my floors have to be in for a tip top job?

    Floor Boards All wooden floors boards must be structurally sound, level, smooth, and dry And clean to ensure that your carpet underlay will perform. Worn or uneven floorboards should either be replaced or levelled by sanding, planning or covering with flooring grade plywood. Chipboard Floors Chipboard should comply with BS5669 flooring grades, type, C2, C4 or C5. It is essential that floating chipboard and other Composition floors are dry smooth and have no lumps or bumps as this will cause uneven wear in the carpet and underlay Asphalt Floors Providing the flooring grade asphalt is in good condition, sound, Strong enough and has not suffered rutting or any other sign of Softening and is free from any form of contamination, the fitting of any carpet underlay is fine. Concrete Floors All concrete floors should be smooth sound and dry. If the floor is not smooth an application of latex...

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