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#269764 6-Apr-2020 17:52
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Carpet edge nail boards. The things that hold carpet down at the intersection of carpet/doorframe, carpet/tiles, whereever.

I'm always stepping on these and getting tiny pinpricks from the nails. I'm glad I've had a tetanus vaccination. Being home at the moment it seems excessive!!

I've had this experience in a number of places. Is this due to bad product or type? Is there a stage of installation/workmanship missed? I'd really like to know!

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  #2456116 6-Apr-2020 17:58
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It's Smoothedge. These nails are usually at an angle so they grip the carpet backing, and the  installer may tap them down a bit, eg if they are across a door. But you also need it to continue to stretch the carpet and not come loose, so they don't want to be tapped down too much. Although I have found to get a good installer these days is hit and miss from recent experience with wool loop-pile carpets, which they claim are harder to lay and stretch, and sometimes they don't put the smooth edge close enough to the wall, so it slips out over time, and they have to come back to fix it. ..


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  #2456119 6-Apr-2020 18:03
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It's call smoothedge or carpet gripper. It's a very common callback/complaint that we get call out to address.

 

Easiest way to fix is to grab a hammer and tap down the offending spikes where you walk over the the most. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2456121 6-Apr-2020 18:11
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Or carpet smooth. Which seems a right contradiction when you step on one.

 

Not a smooth sensation at all.


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  #2456170 6-Apr-2020 20:10
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Teo: Easiest way to fix is to grab a hammer and tap down the offending spikes where you walk over the the most.

At present I have a very long edge where carpet meets tile. I'm concerned on shocking the nearby tile. There are other problem areas all over the place. I'll diy most things, in this case I'm concerned about the carpet coming loose at some point in the future if I don't get this right ; )

Any more tips on technique?

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  #2456174 6-Apr-2020 20:15
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huckster: Or carpet smooth. Which seems a right contradiction when you step on one.

This seems like a product or installation technique ripe for redesign. Having said that I'm sure there is good and bad product priced accordingly. One of those simple looking things with hidden dimensions of complexity around design and installation.

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