Resources on Area Rugs & Flooring
How to Install Carpet on a Basement Floor
This post at FamilyHandyman.com was written by the DIY experts of Family Handyman magazine. Here, two options of installing carpet on basement floors were explained. Option A is when homeowners have damp floors in their basement that should be kept dry. In this option, it is being recommended to install a vapor barrier before placing a wood subfloor or any kind of carpet pad. On the other hand, Option B is recommended for floors that are generally dry except when they have small amounts of moisture that evaporate through the slab. But for both options, it is suggested to seek assistance from professionals.
Flooring Basics - Tips and Resources
Here is a wonderful collection of helpful and informative articles on a wide range of flooring, carpeting, and rug styles and their proper uses. Start with tips on how to choose the proper carpet for the right room, complete with a wonderfully helpful section entitled Before You Buy. Continue with an informative page of tips, illustrations, and sources for a variety of flooring typesfrom tile to carpet and hardwood. Don't stop there. The next article covers tips on carpet fibers, installation guidelines, and technical info. Click the "Residential" button under Selecting Carpet and Rugs for the best tips. There are articles on carpet scams and how to avoid being overcharged. There are articles on carpet stains and how to deal with everything from mildew, to fading, to color change, to smoke damage, and much more. There are a lot of addition articles, covering virtually every aspect of carpet, area rug and floor care, purchase and installation.
Information about the book named Of Wool and Loom: The Tradition of Tibetan Rugs. This is the first overview of the Tibetan rugmaking tradition to be written in English by native Tibetan authorities on the subject. Introductory material presents a brief history of Tibetan carpet and textile weaving from its earliest origins to the present, including "planted-pile" textiles, drumtse knotted-pile carpets of the Wangden Valley, and warp-backed rugs of the Lhuntse region. It next traces the emergence of Tibet as a commercial centre of carpet weaving, and reveals an insider's account of the arduous process required to learn the craft, from apprentice to master weaver. A final section gives an account of the wide range of functions for which Tibetan rugs are employedby nomads, by the aristocracy, and by ordinary people, including special ecclesiastical and equestrian uses.
Kitchen Flooring Ideas
You can get tips and ideas for kitchen flooring, from laminate to vinyl, thanks to photos from the remodeling experts at HGTV.com, which serves as a primer to show you what's available. There are photo sections on beautiful kitchen flooring ideas, kitchen flooring options, selecting outdoor kitchen flooring, and how to install hardwood flooring in a kitchen.
How to Fix Ripped or Torn Carpet
Dummies.com, the publisher whose motto is Making Everything Easier, provides a 9-slide presentation with photos and copy on how to fix ripped or torn carpet. The tools you'll need are heat-activated carpet tape, seam iron and utility knife. Use the knife to life the edge of the seam or rip, and maybe lengthen it. Remove the old carpet tape from both side of the seam or rip. Know cut a strip of heat-activated tape long enough to fill the entire lifted edge. Lay the heat-activated tape into the seam, shoving it under both edges of the seam and fasten both edged to the seam. Slide the seam iron into the seam to heat the first section of tape. Do one 8-inch section at a time, pressing the edges of the seam down into the heated tape for about 30 seconds, and then move till you reach the end of the seam, then remove the iron. Now press down firmly on the seam edges to make sure they stick to the tape. And you're done.