Just look at that carpet! It’s covered in drywall dust and probably makes you think I’ve been secretly busy on some mysterious project that I didn’t tell you about and about to reveal some AWESOME room…but I’m haven’t — and I didn’t — and I’m not.
I’ve actually had some time ON my hands the last few days because a STINKIN’ sneeze herniated a disk and I’ve been living on ice, Biofreeze, a portable TENS unit and chiropractic visits. Well, I don’t know if herniated is actually what happened but I sneezed, something felt like it popped and I was in PAIN. So, no, I haven’t been doing any of this lately.
I can’t even bend over that far right now. LOL It’s so stupid it’s funny!
Nope, not lifting, pushing or pulling
… and trying my darnedest not to cough or sneeze!
But hey — it’s funny what you find when you have time on your hands and you click the button that says “Drafts”. Up pop 25 posts where you uploaded pictures and had intentions of writing some instructional information to go with them…at some point…when you weren’t knee deep in some project or another.
This is Madison’s bedroom. It was finished LOOOOng ago but I guess I haven’t had time to put the words in …until now. So here goes:
How to remove carpet. (Without breaking your back!)
First off, you’re going to want to prepare yourself with some essential safety gear and tools.
- Dust mask in case your carpet is saturated with dust (like ours was)
- safety glasses (mine are invisible in this picture — IT’S THE LATEST FAD!)
- hearing protection.
- a SHARP one of these bad boys. (utility knife)
There are some other tools you’ll need to but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. First, let’s get that ugly, filthy, disgusting carpet OUT of the house.
OK, so you have your tools, now how to remove the carpet.
Use your utility knife to cut the carpet into strips that are manageable sizes. Small enough for you to roll up and carry out of the house and THROW into the garbage pile.
After you cut, roll and toss your carpet strips — do it all again with the carpet pad!
Once all that crap is out of the house, you’ll need a couple other tools to pull that tack strip up. Be careful. There are nails on both sides of those creepers and it HURTS if you kneel down in the wrong place.
- Prybar (I call it a CRobar but am not sure if that’s spelled CroWbar or CroBar or CroeBar or what…so I go with PryBar because that is easy to spell.)
Then you have to pull up the gazillion staples that secured the carpet pad to the subfloor. I like these tools for that job:
- scrapers (5 in 1 painters tool works great for popping up staples)
Last but not least, you’ll need a:
- scraper with an angled handle is more comfortable for scraping up ALL the crap that was splattered and globbed, blobbed and gooped all over the floor while it was being built because they knew it was going to be carpeted so it REALLY didn’t matter WHAT was left on the subfloor. DID IT!??! @#@&*(#
And that’s really all it takes to remove your old carpet and prep your floor for something a little nicer. (AND I’m sure something that will be laid with a little more love and care.)