Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Advice for prospective carpet un-layers

Thinking of ripping up your carpet?

If I were you, I'd get movers to move all the furniture, and carpet ripper-uppers to remove the carpet.

It is heavy, dusty work and sometimes there are hidden "treasures" under the carpet and/ or underlay. Like bits of stanley knives, or nails, or both.

Carpet is heavy and even if you vacuum regularly, dusty. Underlay perishes and creates more dust.

It also hurts your hands if you aren't an original hard-arse like me. Wear gloves.

It's also a good idea to make sure that you're prepared to wash and/ or wipe down anything that you leave out. That dust gets everywhere!

The actual pulling-up is quite fun. Enjoy that part.

Carpet is quite heavy. Have strong friends and/ or a trolley to move it.

Don't take your carpet to the tip - you have to pay for that. Sell it on Trademe - you'll be pleasantly surprised as to the amount you'll make (we're not talking huge figures here, but it's free money anyway).

Oh, and above all, have a plan. If you don't, you are likely to have a few shouting matches. (I always win them but it is noisy and probably unnecessary nonetheless!)

Next time we do this, I think we probably will hire movers or bribe lots of strong people to help with the furniture. And to move the carpet out. And to move the furniture back around for the carpet layer, both as he's working and once he's done.


Blogger Violet said...

Now I know for sure that I'm never going to do such a job myself. Hows the new carpet looking?

10:28 am  
Blogger The Skirt said...

It is truly a thing of beauty, thanks for asking :-)

BTW the knitting of your bootees and hat are going well - hope to have them done by the end of the weekend!

11:02 am  

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