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post #21 of 29 Old 04-13-2012, 09:26 AM
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That's funny. Lol. I worked with a guy that was so lazy, he would trim the walls crawling on his elbows. And yes sweating to the oldies. Lol

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I agree, 3/8 is typical but I have done anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2. You have to know what the height of the pad and carpet is. You should tuck it under for sure though.
Carpet does not need to be tucked under the base. It can, but it isn't necessary, it won't affect performance or look.

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Carpet does not need to be tucked under the base. It can, but it isn't necessary, it won't affect performance or look.
True, it will work both ways but it is common practice to leave space for it.

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True, it will work both ways but it is common practice to leave space for it.
Maybe where you live, but I have installed all over Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. and base here has always been put on the floor until the last 10 years or so.

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I always use scraps of base if it is about 7/16" thick( not 3/4") that are about 4" long as spacers. I rest the base on those pieces. The carpet layers will nail their tack strip close to your base and use a tool to ram the carpet into that tight space and under the base. The object here is to give the carpet layers that space, but it can't be higher than the thickness of the carpet. Usually, about 7/16" will work.
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Maybe where you live, but I have installed all over Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. and base here has always been put on the floor until the last 10 years or so.
Yeah I guess it depends on where you live. Out here we always leave space.

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From an installer's perspective, it can be easier to trim the carpet, if the base is on the floor. The trimmer can catch on the bottom of the base and hang up, really slowing down the installer. But it can help a trim carpenter hide his mistakes. Also, if the base is on the floor, the trimmer can be used to tuck in the carpet and there is less chance of scratching the woodwork than you have tucking it under with a stair tool.

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One other thing. The wall side of the tack strip is beveled to lock the carpet in between it and the base. A raised base defeats this.

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1 way to do it

a gap of 3/8 will do it
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