How to Use a Carpet Trimmer

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Using a carpet trimmer is something you can do to dive into laminate and other pieces of carpet. Use a carpet trimmer with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone, I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to use a carpet trimmer. Carpet trimmers are most commonly used to go up into corners and against walls, also used to dive into laminate and other pieces of carpet. For this job we will be using a carpet trimmer, and something to use as a straight edge. I'm gonna be using a seam strip for my straight edge. The way the carpet trimmer works is you have a razor blade that's adjustable length that comes out the bottom. You have your straight edge for your carpet trimmer that runs right across here. It's nice and long, so that way you can butt it up to your straight edge, and make sure that you're running a nice straight line. You press down, which pushes the razor blade through the carpet, and as you push the carpet trimmer through the carpet, the razor blades cuts it so it gives it a nice clean straight cut. We need a nice clean cut to dive into our laminate floor here, so we'll take our seam strip, put it into position, and firmly hold it down. Next, we're going to take our carpet trimmer, and put the metal bar up against our straight edge, and press down, and just begin to push it into the carpet. You want to make sure that your straight edge doesn't move, and that you keep contact with your trimmer to your straight edge. After you're done, remove the straight edge, and you can pick up your piece of carpet. Making sure that you have a nice, clean cut with the carpet trimmer can help you with your seams, your corners and anything where you have to cut into a different type of flooring. Thank you all for watching, and good luck with this project.

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