How to Repair a Split Carpet Seam

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Heavy foot traffic, improper installation or poor quality--whatever the cause of your split carpet seam, the repair calls for minimal skills and tools. You can have those curled-up edges tacked down in no time-- without the cost of a service call.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Heavy Object
  • Tape Measure
  • Measure the length of the split seam.

  • Cut carpet tape (available at hardware and home supply stores) to fit.

  • Pull back one edge of the carpet. Using a pencil, draw a line on the floor along the edge where the other part of the carpet meets the floor (see A). This will determine the center point where you'll place the tape.

  • Pull back both edges of the carpet to make room for the tape.

  • Remove the tack paper from both sides of the carpet tape.

  • Center the tape over the pencil line, then lay the tape on the floor (see B). Get help for this one if you can; it's easier to apply the tape if someone holds up one of the carpet edges for you.

  • Slowly roll down the carpet on the tape, making sure the carpet's edges meet.

  • Walk on the taped area or place a heavy object over it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try not to get carpet tape on your fingers, hands and clothing. It can be tough to remove.
  • Be sure to keep the tape flat once you've peeled off the tack paper; if it sticks together, you'll be cutting a new piece.

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