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QUESTION: We have installed carpet and it meets up with our vinyl flooring. We have a tac strip at the edge ofvthe carpeting and we can feel it when we push on it with our fingers. We think a transition strip would be a hazard since we can only find ones that are 6ft long. What can we do to have a smooth transition and avoid stepping on the tac strips?

ANSWER: The simplest solution is really simple - use a hammer to bend down the tack strip pins.  Should take just a few minutes and the cost is zero!  Work by trial and error, feeling the along for the points of the tacks and tapping as you go.  

We know of no really smooth method of joining transition strips, but they are available in lengths up to 12 feet. A colleague told me they are available at Home Depot.   

Hope this helps


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QUESTION: If we pound down the tac strips will it still hold the carpet down? If we hit them at an angle will it still hold the carpet?

I should have been more clear.  The pins (small nails) on the tack strips are angled at 45 degrees, facing away from the carpeted area.  When you pound them vertically, they bend over further and grip the carpet even more tightly.  

After finishing the process, go back and carefully feel for any that might have been missed.  

The only downside of this process is that the tack strips must be replaced when the carpet is replace - but tack strip is really cheap.  


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Carey Mitchell


Any question regarding carpet, including specifications, maintenance, installation, regulation.


Retired after 44 years in carpet manufacture, technical and research. Served 33 years as Director of Technical Services for the world's largest carpet manufacturer.

The Carpet and Rug Institute, Technical Chair - 12 years; American Society for Testing and Materials (40 years); American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (39 years); Society of Cleaning and Restoration (Board of Directors); US National Textile Research Consortium; Cleaning Industry Research Institute (Board of Directors and founder); Canadian General Standards Board Technical Advisory Committee; The Fiber Society; Alzheimer's Association of NW GA (Board of Directors); Trout Unlimited; Federation of Fly Fishermen

AATCC Review (Textile Chemist and Colorist Journal); Journal of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; International Journal of Flooring Sciences Cleaning Digest; Cleanfax Magazine; Floor Covering Weekly; Floor Covering News; Proceedings of the Technical Conference of the Polyurethane Association; Proceedings of the Symposium on the Science of Cleaning;

BS in Chemistry and Business Administration, University of North Georgia

Awards and Honors
Carpet and Rug Institute, Smrekar Award, 1998; Carpet Industry Leadership Award, 1994; Cleanfax Magazine Person of the Year, 1996; Cleaning Digest, person of the year, 1997; Institute of Inspections,Cleaning and Restoration Certifications award,1997; ISCT Lipscomb Award, 2004

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